Frequently Asked Questions

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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 1-10 to support second language learners.    

We believe that learning another language provides the opportunity to grow beyond a single culture. The ultimate goal for students attending SIS, from Kindergarten through Grade 7, is to set each student firmly on a path towards bilingualism. Specifically, the goal of Japanese education at Shinagawa International School is to develop the capability of each student to communicate in Japanese: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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.

Yes, in order to maintain international diversity in our school, we keep the ratio of 25 % for any nationality. Accordingly, At Shinagawa International School (SIS), we accept children/students from a variety of nationalities and backgrounds.

Yes, it is possible to accept students that their parents are both Japanese. 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 their tuition fees.

SIS Tokyo accepts new students all year round. Since the new school year in Japanese schools starts in April, Shinagawa International School, of course, accepts students in April. They 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.

On average, in the Preschool and Kindergarten years, we have no more than 20 children with Homeroom Teacher and Team Teacher for each class. In the Primary classes, student numbers are 20 for each 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.