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There are distinct differences between all the middle schools in Japan. Many of the activities and elective classes offered in each school are different. However, what is similar about all of them is that each school has its own school uniform, song, and badge.  Although there are different classes offered in each school, all middle schools follow the same core curriculum. There are eight subjects that students are taught each week: Japanese language, social studies, math, science, fine arts, health & physical education, industrial arts and homemaking.  Students are also offered elective and moral education classes. Japanese middle schools require students to take responsibility for the school grounds, assist in lunch preparation and clean up. If you want to learn more about the differences among Japanese middle schools click Japanese Middle Schools.

What does a typical school day entail in a Japanese middle school? The school day varies from school to school, but if you attended the Otaki Middle School your day would go as follows: Every day you would be expected to arrive at school wearing your uniform. Boys wear pants and jackets;  girls wear blazers and skirts. On most weekdays you would arrive at school at 8:45 a.m.  Once a week you would be expected to arrive at 8 a.m. to help with the upkeep of the school grounds.  In the spring, you would help to weed the yard and in the winter, you would shovel snow. You would attend four classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon. On the first and third Saturday of each month, you would also attend three morning classes. Extra curricular activities such as sports, clubs, and other activities are available for students during and after school hours. Learn about other middle schools in Japan. 

Here is a sample schedule for an average middle school student in Japan. Do you have more questions about Japanese Middle Schools?

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