Schooling Options

Schooling Options

OIST Graduate University has created this site to share information on different schooling options available in Okinawa. The information presented here is based on recent onsite visits to local schools and parent inquiries. Should you have any further questions based on your child's specific needs, please contact Anne Hendler, Education Coordinator 

Virtual International School Presentation

OIST members can watch a virtual presentation from local international schools (login required).

OIST School Subsidy

The President and Executive have approved a partial subsidy program, which will be paid from the institution’s limited private funding. This program will help support attendance at accredited international schools in Okinawa, in which the curriculum is taught in English.

Eligibility conditions do apply. In addition to the child’s primary language being other than Japanese, at least one custodial parent must be a foreign national, and joint parental income must not exceed limits set by OIST.

Please review the School Subsidy Introduction below for more details on the program.

School Subsidy Introduction

If you think you will be eligible for the School Subsidy, print and complete the application form (link below). Please note that other documents will need to be submitted with this application form, you will find them specified in the document. Print and complete the application form, then either send it by email (after scanning) or internal mail with all relevent other documents to Dr. Samantha B. Ross, Vice President for University Community Child and Youth Services, or contact her at Samantha.Ross@OIST.JP

OIST School Subsidy Program Payments and Reapplication

School Subsidy Application Form

Educational Websites and Apps

To help support families in choosing relevent and effective educational material for their children, please find below a curated list of recommended websites (tab 1) and apps (tab 2).

School Curriculums

There are a range of different curriculums on offer in Okinawa, please consult the following infographics to see what these are.

School Websites

Here you will find direct links to many of the schooling options available in Okinawa. In the second column you will find links to the schools admissions pages.

School Fees

The documents below outline the tuition fee costs for some International schools around Okinawa. Any additional costs (school uniform, lunches, buses and clubs) have not been included.

School FAQ

Below you will find FAQ documents in English and Japanese, covering some of the schooling options available in Okinawa.


Onna Elementary School

Please use this link to access a map explaining Onna Elementary School registration effective April 2020.

Please use this link to access a PDF copy of the exemption form required for transfers to Onna Elementary School.

The enrollment process for kindergarten and elementary school can be found here.

OIST International Classroom

The English language arts program that was previously run from the International Classroom in Onna Elementary, is now operating in an afterschool capacity from Seaside House.

Eligible families for this program include those who previously participated in the International Classroom at Onna Elementary School, those currently participating in that program, or who would have been participating if the English program was still operating. This includes students who would previously have been able to transfer to Onna Elementary, from other districts, to attend the International Classroom.

Please click here to register your interest in the OIST International Classroom, English language arts program. Places in the program are subject to availability, which will be clarified in the acknowledgement of your registration via email.

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