Admissions Policy

Fukuoka International School (FIS) welcomes all nationalities for admissions. 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

    a. Fluent English speakers

    b. Non-fluent English speakers

  2. Siblings of current FIS students

  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

All grades are placed in the age-appropriate grade based upon their age as of September 1st of the school year. Applicants for the Early Years Program can apply once they are three years old however must be 5 years old as of September 1st to enter Kindergarten.

It is expected that students will live with their parent or legally appointed guardian. For students for whom this is difficult due to the 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.

Waiting list are created once a grade level is full. In order to be admitted to the school or placed on the waiting list, the full application process must be completed before this can occur.

Inclusion Policy

FIS is an inclusive learning environment. It is the fundamental task of FIS to ensure, through active collaboration, that all students are treated equitably. This means that FIS welcomes applicants with learning differences and diversity. However, severe learning difficulties may be difficult to support. The Head of School and Student Support Coordinator will make the admission’s decision about FIS’s ability to support individual learning differences. Support for students with learning differences is somewhat limited.