Frequently Asked Questions
We've summarized some of our most frequently asked questions here.
- When can I submit an application?
- At what age am I able to enroll my child?
- Does my child need to sit an entrance examination?
- Who attends the admissions interview?
- Can we have a tour of your campus?
- What level of English proficiency is required for admission?
- Is it possible for a student of Japanese nationality to apply for admission?
- Do you support student visas for expatriate students?
We are an inclusive school and do not require a pass/fail admissions test. However, for placement purposes only, students whose home language is not English must take an English language placement assessment and all students from G3 and above are required to complete a MAP (math and reading) assessment. Students who are Grade 2 and below will undergo a short observation.
Although English proficiency is not required for pre-kindergarten students, a certain level of English proficiency is necessary for both Elementary and Secondary students. An English proficiency test may be required based on Head of School’s discretion. If an applicant's English level does not meet the accepted level for their grade, the student will be supported by our ELL program after enrollment.
Yes, we accept students of all nationalities and a number of FIS students are Japanese nationals. Please be aware that Japanese Compulsory Education Law states that Japanese national students in Grade 1 through 9 are expected to attend a Japanese school. Some exceptions are allowed but require special procedures - please contact our Admissions Office for further information.
- Do you provide a school bus service?
- Do you provide a school lunch service?
- Do you have any club activities?
- Do you offer after-school care services?
- What are your school hours?
- Do you have a school uniform?
- Where can I find the academic calendar?
We have a compulsory PE sports shirt only. We also have a range of other optional uniform items (hoodies, fleeces, house t-shirts, sports shorts and tracksuit pants) available for purchase through our online uniform store. Our house t-shirt is not compulsory, however from time to time students will be required to wear their house colors to a school event. Many of our students choose to purchase, and wear, an FIS house t-shirt.
- Where are your teachers from?
- Does FIS accept students with special learning needs?
- What are your class sizes?
- What is the IB?
- Which colleges and universities do FIS students go on to attend?
- Do you conduct criminal background checks on your employees?
Our staff are from all over the world! We're really proud of our diversity at FIS and value the different experiences, backgrounds and views that each member of our community brings. We attend international job fairs each year (in Australia, Asia and the UK) to seek out excellent teachers who embody and embrace our guiding statement and learning philosophy.
We are an inclusive school that does not have a pass/fail admissions test. If we believe that a student can be successful within our programs, then we will offer admission. In some cases, if a student presents with a learning difference that may affect their ability to be successful at FIS we might ask for additional admissions information. We expect families to share all the information that they have so we can reach the right decision together. We want to make sure that every student that we admit is set up for success. In some cases, we might advise families that this is not the right school for them based on what is best for the student.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a series of high quality, challenging educational programs for students aged 3 to 19. All of the programs focus on fostering critical thinking and building problem-solving skills, while encouraging diversity, international mindedness, curiosity, and a healthy appetite for learning and excellence. At FIS we offer all three of the IB programs for a cohesive IB education experience.
We take child protection and safeguarding extremely seriously at FIS. All of our employees undergo extensive pre-employment checks before they begin their employment. You can read more about our Child Protection and Safeguarding practices here.
- How can parents get involved at FIS?
- Do you have parking available?
- Do parents need to be able to communicate in English?
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.