Admissions Policy

Students of all nationalities are eligible for admission to Fukuoka International School. The school's mission is to serve the international community legally living in Japan for work. For this reason the school has the following admissions priority.

    1.  Expatriate applicants

    2.  Present student immediate family

    3.  Dual nationalities (Japanese and other nationality)

    4.  Japanese nationals
             a)   Japanese nationals who have been aboard due to work.
             b)   Japanese national who have been in English media schools

A request for admission cannot be considered if it is more than six months in advance of the start date.

Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten 3 must be three years old. Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten 4 and Kindergarten must be four years old and five years old respectively on, or before, September 1st of the school year.

It is expected that students will normally live with their parent or legally appointed guardian. For students for whom this is difficult due to distance from FIS, please contact the school regarding other possible options.


Testing of English proficiency may be required for both elementary and secondary school students. At the secondary level, mathematics proficiency testing may also be required.


Students are accepted throughout the school year until mid April.  The student will be placed in a class or grade according to the determination made by Head of School. The placement will reflect the student's previous educational experience, age and academic needs.

Due to the increasing number of enrollments, the creation of waiting lists for places within the school are sometimes required. In order to be admitted to the school or placed on the waiting list, the full application process must be complete before this can occur.


Special Educational Needs
Fukuoka International School does not undertake to provide all specialized educational needs such as severe learning difficulties or job-specific vocational training. In the high school (Grades 9-12) courses are essentially college-preparatory with a demanding academic emphasis. Support for students with special needs, at this level, is limited.