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Education

Introduction

Students of all ages, from pre-school through 12th grade, usually attend one of the DoDDS on the installation. Ikego housing detachment and Yokosuka Naval Base each have their own elementary school. The DoDDS middle school and high school are on Yokosuka Naval Base. Since Ikego does not have a middle school or high school, all children will go to school on Yokosuka once they graduate elementary school.

While there are certainly some excellent private and public schools in the communities around the bases which often welcome foreign students, most charge tuition and other fees which could be considered high. Homeschooling is another option, there are multiple home schooling groups in Yokosuka. For information on homeschooling, public school, and private school options in the local area please contact the Child and Youth Education Services Officer, Mr. Christopher Dickson at DSN 315-243-3222 or internationally at 011-81-46-3372 or by email at christopher.dickson@fe.navy.mil. You can also go to the Navy Japan Child and Youth Education Services website or the Navy MWR Yokosuka Child and Youth website.

Child & Youth Education Services (CYES)

Welcome to Fleet Activities Yokosuka! There are many educational opportunities for families here. Japan is a beautiful country with a rich culture and lots to do. There are also challenges in making the transition. Use the info and resources on this website to help make the transition smoother and for further assistance with educational needs contact the CYES office.

Menu Pages

  • Schools: On-base DoDEA, Private International, Public Japanese, Home School
  • Support: Transition In/Out, Deployment, Special Needs, Post Secondary
  • Community: Installation Links, Resources, Partners, Japan Culture

For daily education info and opportunities please like and share the Yokosuka CYES Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yokosukacyes.

NAVY CYES HISTORY

Military families are transient; they relocate an average of every 2.9 years. Military kids fly before they learn to walk, get their passport before their driver’s license. Their hometown isn’t on the map, it is the map. As students, military kids attend 6 to 9 schools by graduation.

Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) established Child & Youth Education Services (CYES) Navy-wide to address the education needs of military families that come with frequent transition and extended deployments. CYES is a function of Child & Youth Programs (CYP) under Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). The Navy School Liaison Officer (SLO) is responsible for implementing all aspects of CYES and School Based Programming.

CYES MISSION

CYES helps connect military families to their command, school, community and future. The mission of Navy CYES School-Based Programming is to cultivate an environment supportive of transitioning families, school preparedness, and military mission readiness. School Based Programming is a collaborative effort to facilitate transition and orientation experiences that addresses the needs of mobile students, and provides support during deployments while promoting academic achievement and successful social and emotional adjustment at school.

Bus Service -- School Bus Service is available for students that live off base. The Transportation Office is responsible for all student transportation issues and can be contacted at DSN 315-243-9564 or internationally at 011-81-46-9564.

Meals -- For the elementary and middle schools lunch is provided at school by the Navy Exchange system. Students have the option of buying the lunch provided, bringing one from home, or leaving school campus to go home. Students may not leave the campus to have lunch at the Community Center without their parents' (or some adult appointed by their parents) permission/supervision and the school must be notified. Please call the school office for questions on this policy. Also, please coordinate with your child's teacher to let them know if your child will be going home for lunch on a regular basis.

High school students have an open campus for lunch and are able to go to the Main Street concessions, the NEX Food Court, the Bowling Alley, McDonald's, Taco Bell, the Commissary, Sbarro's, as well as the school Student Forum. There is no lunch service is available at the high school.

Before/After School Programs -- All four schools in the CFAY Community have a variety of before and after school programs along with school sports activities. Please see the School Age Care website to research what programs are available at the school your child will be attending.

Exceptional Children Programs -- To further meet the needs of students, teachers trained in art, gifted education (GE), ESL, and learning disabilities are available at CFAY schools. It's also recommended to contact the school prior transferring to discuss any specials needs your child may have to ensure your child's educational success here in Japan.

DoD Schools

Yokosuka

Ikego

  • Ikego Elementary School --Proximity to site: About 14 km (8.7 mi) from Yokosuka base. Population: 480 students; Standardized Test Scores

Please review the Installation DoDEA Schools website for pupil/teacher ratio, grading system and Achievement Testing scores.

Immunization Requirements

Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)- Three doses of Polio Vaccine (oral or injected), at least one of which was administered after the fourth birthday.

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis* (DPT)- Three doses given singly or in combination, at least one of which was administered after the fourth birthday and the last dose was given within ten years.*Pertussis immunization is not required for individuals older than six years of age.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)- Two doses of live vaccine given singly or in combination at least one of which was administered after the fourth birthday.

Hepatitis B (Hep B)- Three doses for those not vaccinated in infancy. Highly recommended for students already enrolled.

Purified Protein Derivative (PPD)- Last PPD must have been administered within the past three years. PPD requirement may vary at each base. Yokosuka base requires PPD every three years.

Kindergarten Physical Examination - The physical examination, required for all kindergartners entering DoDDS, is available at USNH.

Varicella vaccine - It is highly recommended that unvaccinated persons who lack a reliable history of Chickenpox during their early childhood should be vaccinated at age 11-12. Persons 13 years or older should receive two doses at least one month apart.

Annual Registration Requirements

The following items are required for annual registration of each student:

  • Copy of sponsor's PCS orders, stating rotation date and duty station.
  • Dependent's Entry Approval, or a letter of command sponsorship
  • Copy of student's birth certificate or passport
  • Report card transcript from the school last attended
  • Immunization card or record. The traditional yellow shot card (SF-601) may be obtained at any military hospital or Public Health Service medical facility. An alternate form is the DPSA Form 122.1 DoDDS Certificate of Immunization. The card or record must contain a complete and accurate report of the student's immunizations, the student's name, and the date and signature of the verifier. USNH Yokosuka can verify that the student has had all required immunizations.
  • Copy of page 2 "Record of Sponsor"
  • Student's Social Security Number or, for non-residents, a Passport number.
  • Name, address, and phone number of person in the local area to contact in case of emergency.
  • Sponsor's signature on the original registration.

Entrance Requirements

DoDEA has changed its Early Childhood Education programs entrance requirements for all DoD Schools for Calendar Year 2009-2010.  Age requirement are:

  • Sure Start and Pre-Kindergarten Programs, a child must be 4 years of age by September 1.
  • Kindergarten Programs, a child must be 5 years of age by September 1.
  • First Grade, a child must be 6 years of age by September 1. 

If you have any questions about exceptions, contact DoDEA.

If your student(s) will be entering a sports program, a sports physical will be required. Forms for this simple physical are available at the schools or at USNH Yokosuka.  A medical Power of Attorney will also be required before any student will be admitted into a sports program. Available at the schools these POA's can be executed at the Naval Legal Service Office (PSD Building, 2nd floor).

Much of this paperwork can be completed prior to your arrival, please view the schools website for specific enrollment information. 

Adult Education

While being stationed overseas this give many adults a great chance to further their education.  A great place to begin that process is with the Navy College Office right here on base. Please see Education-Training (College/Technical).


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TALARIS - Learn about early childhood education.
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Choosing a School for your Child - Department of Education
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School Matters
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SchoolQuest -- Designed by Military Child Education Coalition
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