Admission To Fukuoka International School in Japan

Students of all nationalities are eligible for admission to Fukuoka International School. The admission process begins with (1) the completion of the application forms (available from the main office and this website), copy of passport and submitted with official records from the student's previous school as appropriate. (2) An interview must be arranged with the Head of School. Students are admitted and placed in a grade after consideration of age, achievement level and last grade completed at their previous school as well as consideration of their language aptitude.

Testing in English proficiency may be required for both elementary and secondary school students. At the secondary level, mathematics proficiency testing may also be required. A request for admission cannot be considered if it is more than six months in advance of the start date.

Applicants for pre-kindergarten must be three years old. Applicants for kindergarten must be five years old 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.


Students are accepted throughout the year and 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. If there is a waiting list, priority will be given to international applicants with English proficiency.

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.