Frequently Asked Questions

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Shinagawa International School (SIS) in Tokyo is committed to following and further developing the International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Programme. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is followed from Preschool to Grade 5.

SIS also offers a Secondary 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 40 different countries including America, Korea, UK, Australia, China, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Peru, Taiwan, India, Philippines, Japan, etc.

  • Preschool to Kindergarten – 8:30 am to 3:15 pm
  • Grades 1 to 11 – 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) from Grades 1 – 11 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 classes up to 5 times a week for Grade 1 – Grade 11.

We have more than 400 students from Preschool to Grade 11 (September 2023).

The teacher-student ratio is 1: 6

Preparation: Review our Admissions Policy and Admissions Handbook to check your child’s eligibility.
Inquiry (Optional): You may ask about availability, learn about our teaching and learning philosophy.
School Visit – Apply to SIS: A school visit is scheduled by the secretary. The application fee is paid and the form is submitted by parents.
Interview – Assessment: Successful applicants are invited to take the interview and assessment. MYP and Primary students have MAP tests to assess their English language, reading, and math level.  An acceptance letter and invoice are sent to successful applicants.
Enrolment: The Enrolment form is filled and the payment is made by parents.
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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 Japanesehowever, 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. 

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.

Yesstarting 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.

Early Learning Center / Primary: 22 students per class with a homeroom teacher and a team teacher
Secondary School: 20 students per class

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.

Yes, we currently run several bus routes throughout the city. The bus routes are designed to cater to families living in the wider Tokyo area. Please contact the school for more information.

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: 650 yen and large size: 850 yen.