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Tabunka Free School Arakawa Campus / Shinjuku Campus

About Tabunka Free School

Tabunka Free School provides an opportunity for immigrant children to learn Japanese and study other subjects on an everyday basis. Most students are 15 years or older and/or have graduated junior high school in their home countries.

※Supported by The Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment in fisical year 2016

Arakawa Campus

■Morning Classes
Preparatory classes for high school entrance exams targeting students 15 years and older/or students who have graduated junior high school in their home countries and wish to attend high school in Japan.
Class Schedule: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 3:50pm
Subjects: Japanese, Math, and English

Daily Class Schedule

TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
10:00-10:50 JapaneseJapaneseJapaneseJapanese 
11:00-11:50JapaneseJapaneseJapaneseJapanese
11:50-1:00LunchLunchLunchLunch
1:00-1:50MathEnglishMathJapanese
2:00-2:50JapaneseJapaneseJapaneseEnglish
3:00-3:50JapaneseJapaneseJapaneseEnglish

Shinjuku Campus

■Morning Classes
Preparatory classes for high school entrance exams targeting students 15 years and older/or students who have graduated junior high school in their home countries and wish to attend high school in Japan.
Class Schedule: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm
Subjects: Japanese, Math, and English

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:00-9:50JapaneseMathEnglishMathEnglish
10:00-10:50JapaneseMathEnglishJapaneseEnglish
11:10-12:00JapaneseJapaneseJapaneseJapaneseJapanese
12:10-13:00JapaneseJapaneseJapaneseJapaneseJapanese

In addition to weekday classes, MCT holds volunteer-run Saturday classes (Kodomo project) and afterschool sessions to help students prepare for high school entrance interviews and essays.

Program Content

■Japanese
Most students at Tabunka Free School start from the Japanese alphabet (hiragana) and have to apply for high school within one year. They therefore start learning how to read and write as soon as they arrive. After mastering basic grammar, the students practice reading comprehension using resources such as elementary school textbooks.

■Math and English
It is crucial for immigrant children to aim for high score on their Math and English exams, particularly because it is difficult for them to get high scores on their Japanese exams. As high school exams are administered entirely in Japanese, classes focus on teaching students learn how to solve Math and English problems in Japanese.


For all subjects, students are divided into several classes according to their Japanese proficiency, learning style and need.

Tabunka Free School Events

  • Spring semester: Educational field trip, High School Guidance I
  • Summer semester: Summer classes
  • Fall semester: Field trip, Career guidance (click here for details), Parent-student-teacher conference, High School Guidance II(click here for details, only in Japanese language)
  • Winter semester: High school visits, Winter classes, Christmas party, Graduation ceremony
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Teachers

Tabunka Free School teachers hold teaching credentials and/or have extensive experience teaching Japanese. Each student is assigned to a homeroom teacher who provides individual support throughout the year, taking the student on high school visits, providing career guidance, and holding parent-student-teacher conferences.

Fees

 Admission fee   10,000 yenMembership fee3,000 yen

■ Class fees
Morning Classes
Morning Classes    
20hours/week
66,800yen(tax included)per semester
(2months)
(prints and textbooks fee included)
Spring semester I (April, May)
Spring Semester II (June, July)
Fall Semester I (September, October)
Fall Semester II (November, December)
Winter Semester I (January, February)
Summer Class(August) 22,600yen
High School entrance exam prep classes22,600yen (tax included)
(prints and textbooks fee included)
March

■Other fees
Textbooks 3,000 – 5,000 yen

※Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We make decisions regarding enrollment on a case by case basis.
※Students can enroll at any time of the year. Please call for information in Japanese, English and Chinese.

Track record

Almost 100 percent of Tabunka Free School students go on to high school.

Year
Total number of students
Students who took
high school entrance exams
Students who passed
2005 24 7 7
2006 41 18 18
2007 71 33 33
2008 91 33 33
2009 93 48 48
2010 97 41 40
2011 59 49 46
2012 51 49 47
2013 94 55 54
2014 96 55 54

■Tabunka Free School Class of 2014
Tokyo Metropolitan High Schools: Kokusai HS, Asuka HS, Tagara HS, Shinjuku Yamabuki HS, Fuchie HS, Adachi Shinden HS, Takedai HS, Asuka Part Time HS, Kougei Part Time HS, Hitotsubashi Part Time HS, Ogikubo Part Time HS, Asakusa Part Time HS,
Private High School: Kantou Kokusai HS
Chiba Prefecture Part Time Schools: Matsudo Kokusai HS, Urayasu Minami HS
Saitama Prefecture Part Time Schools: Warabi HS, Soka Minami HS

■Tabunka Free School Class of 2013
Tokyo Metropolitan High Schools: Kokusai HS, Asuka HS, Tagara HS, Shinjuku Yamabuki HS, Fuchie HS, Minami Katshusika HS, Adachi Shinden HS, Asakusa HS, Takedai HS, Harumi Sogo HS, Asuka Part Time HS, Koyama Part Time HS, Minami Katshushika Part Time HS, Hitotsubashi Part Time HS, Ogikubo Part Time HS,
Private High School:Gyosei Kokusai HS
Chiba Prefecture High Schools:Matsudo Minami HS, Funabashi Part Time HS
Saitama Prefecture High Schools:Soka Minami HS, Iwatsuki HS, Nanryo HS

■Tabunka Free School Class of 2012
Tokyo Metropolitan High Schools: Asakusa HS, Asuka HS, Asuka Part Time HS, Adachihigashi HS, Otasakuradai HS, Ogikubo HS, Kokusai HS, Shinjuku Yamabuki HS, Tagara HS, Chihaya HS, Hikarigaoka HS, Fuchie HS,Kohoku Part Time HS,Hitotsubashi HS, Akabane Shogyo HS, Koyamadai Part Time HS, Arakawa Kogyo Part Time HS
Private High Schools:Kanto Kokusai HS, Toshima HS, Kyouei HS, TKC Chuo HS
Saitama Prefecture Schools:Toda Shoyo HS

■Tabunka Free School Class of 2011
Tokyo Metropolitan High Schools: Asakusa HS, Asuka HS, Asuka Part Time HS, Adachihigashi HS, Itabashi Yutoku HS, Edogawa Part Time HS, Otasakuradai HS, Ogikubo HS, Kitatoshimakogyo HS, Kirigaoka HS, Kokusai HS, Shinjuku Yamabuki HS, Tagara HS, Takenodai HS, Chihaya HS, Hachiojitakushin HS, Fuchie HS, Fussa Part Time HS
Private High Schools:Adachi Gakuen HS, Kanto Kokusai HS, Keihoku HS, Koku HS, Tachikawa Joshi HS

■Post-high school career paths of Tabunka Free School graduates:
More and more students are going on to vocational schools and universities or are studying abroad.

■Graduates’ voices
Details -Japanese only