Japanese Junior High Schools and American Junior High Schools are a little different.
In Japan, everyday, there are 5 or 6 classes.
In America, everyday there are 8 or 9 classes.
In Japan, class is 45 or 50 minutes.
In America, class is 39 or 40 minutes.
In Japan, students must learn English.
In America, students can choose what language they want to study. Many students want to study Spanish. Secondly, many students study French. Other popular languages are German, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.
In Japan, students eat lunch in their classroom. Everyone must eat Kyushoku.
In America, students eat lunch in a cafeteria. I will tell you about this now. A cafeteria is a very big room. There are many, many tables. During lunch time, all the students go into the cafeteria. Some students bring lunch. Some students buy lunch. Teachers eat in another room. Teachers and students do not eat lunch together.
In Japan, students have cleaning time. Students clean the school.
In America, people have jobs to clean the school. These people get money.
In Japan, students must do club activities.
In America, not many students do club activities after school. Many students do club activities in High School, but not Junior High School.
In Japan, students come to school by bike.
In America, most students come to school by bus. But, some must walk or come by bike.
In Japan, students stay in the same classroom all day.
In America, students change classrooms. They have 3 minutes to go to their next class. Teachers stay in the same classroom all day.
In Japan, students keep their books, notebooks, bag, jacket, clothes in their classroom.
In America, in the school hallway, students have lockers. Students must leave their books, notebooks, jacket, and clothes in their locker. Between classes, students must go to their locker to get their next class's book.
In Japan, students must wear uniforms.
In America, students can wear what they want.
In Japan, students change grades in April.
In America, students change grades in August or September.
In Japan, Junior High School students are from 12 years old until 15 years old.
In America, Junior High School students are from 11 years old until 14 years old. If you lived in America, you would be in High School right now.
In Japan, summer vacation is for 5 weeks.
In America, summer vacation is for almost 3 months.
Winter vacation and Spring vacation are the same in Japan and America.