We welcome applications from all nationalities, although our primary mission is to serve the international community legally living in Japan for work. For this reason, we have established a priority system for our admissions and waiting lists. The admission categories are as follows (listed in order of highest to lowest priority):
Siblings of current FIS students
Dual nationalities (Japanese and other nationality)
Japanese nationals (within this group, Japanese nationals who have lived overseas or have attended English schools will be prioritized)
Due to increasing demand, some of our grade levels are full and currently have waiting lists. Because of the mobile nature of our community, spots do come up regularly, and we encourage all interested families to submit an application. Applicants will only be added to our waiting lists once a full application is received. When spots become available, places will be offered to the students on our waiting lists in the priority order listed above.
Students aged 6+ 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.
English is our language of instruction and communication.
Although English proficiency is not required for Early Years students, a certain level of English proficiency is necessary for both Elementary and Secondary students.
Our admissions process is aimed at giving us insight into what language support might be necessary to ensure that your child will be successful at FIS. All prospective families fill out a Language Survey to identify which languages are spoken and to what proficiency. Depending on their linguistic background, the student may be required to take the WIDA Model Assessment, determining their language abilities in the four language domains (Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening). These results play an integral component in determining the degree of support needed. If an applicant's English level does not meet the accepted level for their grade, the student may be supported by our ELL program after enrollment.
It is important that at least one parent/guardian is able to function with some English language as all communication from FIS is in English. After enrollment, our bilingual school staff are able to provide some level of translation support to families. If FIS parents/guardians are interested in improving their English, they are able to enroll in English classes taught through our community English conversational school, FICS.
FIS is an inclusive learning environment and we welcome applicants with learning differences. Severe learning difficulties may be difficult to support however as we have limited support services and facilities available. During the admission process, the Head of School and Student Support Coordinator will make a decision about FIS’s ability to support an individual's learning differences.
For expatriate students, an official dependent visa is required in order to attend FIS. The school's mission is to serve the international community legally living in Japan for work therefore we are unable to accept students with temporary visitor visas.
It is an expectation 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.
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Contact our Admissions Team on +81-92-841-7601, or use our inquiry form.
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