Thank you for your interest in Shinagawa International School (SIS) in Tokyo and Welcome to the Admission Section of our Website. Our vision is to foster passionate, independent, highly-motivated learners who actively contribute to world peace.
In the following pages you should find all the information you need to understand our policies and admissions procedure before applying to Shinagawa International School in Tokyo. If you have any questions at any time please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Office.
- International mindedness: SIS seeks a shared understanding of educational philosophy from parents. International mindedness is the bonding feature of our school community and it is vital for our prospective families to demonstrate this perspective as well.
- Inclusive Education/Diversity: SIS welcomes families from various cultures, countries, and linguistic backgrounds.
- Holistic Approach: SIS not only takes the academic background of a child into consideration but also their disposition and their self-management, social, and communication skills, before making the final enrollment decision.
- Transparency: SIS expects families to share all the required and related information about the social, physical, emotional, and academic development of their child.
- Support: SIS expects families to be fully aware of the school rules and regulations and be supportive of and involved in, their child’s education journey.
Admission Policy and Student Placement at SIS
Preschool through Grade 7
A child with the appropriate age for the grade level before 1st September of that academic year is eligible for standard admissions. Appropriate ages for the grades are:
|*Preschool||3 years old|
|Preschool||4 years old|
|Kindergarten||5 years old|
|Grade 1||6 years old|
|Grade 2||7 years old|
|Grade 3||8 years old|
|Grade 4||9 years old|
|Grade 5||10 years old|
|Grade 6||11 years old|
|Grade 7||12 years old|
A child whose birthday is on or after 1st September of that academic year but has exceptional academic skills and appropriate social maturity may still be considered for admission into a particular grade. Acceptance is contingent upon a successful interview and previous school records.
Most children are admitted before September, but if vacancies exist the school will normally admit children throughout the course of the year.
Enrollment Interview and Assessment
All students must go through a level test and an individual interview in order to be accepted into Shinagawa International School (SIS) in Tokyo. As a part of the application process, all parents must sit for the enrollment interview, which is to ensure the school’s philosophy and programs match parent’s educational beliefs and expectations. Factors that contribute to acceptance depending on the grade are:
Ability to separate from parents, social maturity, self-help skills, language ability, fine and gross motor skills and the current makeup of the class. Students must be able to toilet themselves independently.
* Children who will turn 3 years old in any given academic year can apply to be admitted throughout the year.
* Children who turn 2.5 years old before April can be admitted in April. Exceptional Admission
Ability to separate from parents, social maturity, self-help skills, language ability, fine and gross motor skills, academic ability and the current makeup of the class.
Age-appropriate social skills, language ability, academic ability and the current makeup of the class.
Shinagawa International School (SIS) in Tokyo is committed to follow and further develop the International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Programme. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is followed from Preschool to Grade 6.
SIS also offers a Middle School Inquiry Learning Programme for its students. The programme is an extension of our current Primary Years Programme (PYP). Each year, we will add an additional year level to allow your child to continue their education through the Middle School Inquiry Learning Programme.
We have students from more than 30 different countries including America, Korea, UK, Australia, China, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Peru, Taiwan, India, Philippines, Japan etc.
- Preschool, Kindergarten – 8:30 am to 3:15 pm
- Grades 1 to 7 – 8:30 am to 3:15 pm
All subjects (except for Japanese classes) are taught in English; therefore, students need sufficient English ability to keep up with class learning. However, since we have students with a variety of language backgrounds, we offer EAL (English as an Additional Language) in grades 1-9 to support second language learners.
We offer two Japanese language learning programmes: The Kokugo Programme, for students who are proficient speakers of Japanese, and The JAL (Japanese as an Additional Language) Programme. In the Kokugo programme students follow the national curriculum and learning objectives that are utilized in Japanese public schools, however, it is a modified version due to English being our main language of instruction. We offer Kokugo/JAL Japanese class up to 5 times a week for Grade 1 – Grade 9.
We have more than 160 students from Preschool to Grade 7 (2021 January).
The teacher-student ratio is 1: 6
After students are enrolled, parents and guardians will need to be able to communicate with foreign teaching staff about their children, school events, etc.; however, no specific level of English ability is required of parents and guardians.
In order to maintain international diversity in our school, we keep the maximum ratio of 25 % for any nationality. Therefore, at Shinagawa International School (SIS), we accept children/students from a variety of nationalities and backgrounds.
We may accept students whose parents are both Japanese, however, the students must be eligible according to the Admissions Policy of SIS.
Since international schools accept students who may arrive in Japan from overseas at any time, applications for admission are accepted year-round. SIS, as well, does not set a fixed application deadline. The interested applicants should first find out more about SIS Tokyo, such as by signing up for a school visit and fill out an advance registration form.
Additional expected costs include school uniform, a few of after school programs (for only the programs taught by outside experts), summer school (for only participants) and field trips/school trips, PTA contribution fee, annual stationary fee.
Yes, starting with your second child, a 20% discount is applied to the tuition fee.
SIS Tokyo accepts new students all year round. Since the new school year in Japanese schools starts in April, SIS may accept students then as well. The students will join the class appropriate to their age, according to our Admissions Policy.
No, we are a secular school and we welcome students from all races, religions, and cultures.
All class teachers are native English speaking teachers from UK, USA, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. All teachers have education certificates and licenses from their countries and they are well-trained, experienced and committed to excellence.
We offer many After School Programs (ASP): Art, Sports, Drama, Music, Coding, Ballet, Languages, Science Clubs, STEM Clubs, and more. ASPs are run at the school by staff, instructors, and some outside experts.
Yes, we do. Please contact us for more information.
Fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills are held regularly throughout the year. The low student-teacher ratio contributes to close care and quick response during accidents.
We work with Kiwi’s Kitchen to provide school lunches for our students. Purchasing school lunch is optional and orders are placed in advance weekly and monthly.
They have 4 different main dishes every day including one vegetarian. They are available in 2 sizes: regular size: 550 yen and large size: 750 yen.