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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 5.

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 9 – 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 Grade 1 to Grade 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 Kindergarten – Grade 9.

We have more than 225 students from Preschool to Grade 8 (2021 September).

The teacher-student ratio is 1: 6

Inquiry – School Visit – Apply to SIS – School visit is scheduled by the secretary. The application fee is paid and the form is submitted by parents.
Interview Parent, and student(s) are interviewed upon acceptance of the application. Acceptance letters and invoices are sent to parents.
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. 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.

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: 20 students per class with a homeroom teacher and a team teacher
Primary / Middle 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: 550 yen and large size: 750 yen.