American and Internationally Recognized Texts
used in all Grades
Language and Literacy
Common Core Standards are used to guide the curriculum and the unit studies in all the language and literacy classes at New Life International School.
Kindergarten through Grade 2 learns to read and write through a wide variety of reading texts, writing assignments, handwriting exercises, and a daily phonic focus.
Grades 3-6 read a wide variety of books, poems, and short stories of all genres carefully chosen and at native English level. Students learn how to comprehend, analyze, and synthesize the stories read. The students write to respond to the literature read and write essays to inform, entertain, describe, and persuade.
Junior high students develop writing and thinking skills with a focus on vocabulary and building strong grammar knowledge. Students study important editing and revision techniques through writing. Literary terms are taught appropriate to the study of the short story, novel, and poetry. Through reading literature from various genres, students are stretched in their comprehension and analysis of literature. Special focuses are on the short stories of O'Henry and other authors, at least one novel study, and a nonfiction study every year.
Art, Music, and Drama
The National Art Standards are used to guide the direction of the studies in the Fine Arts at NLIS.
Art is taught in every grade once a week. Students use a variety of mediums to express emotion, imitate great artists, and release creativity. Students are taught about famous artists around the world and to recognize famous art.
Music is taught two times a week from kindergarten through elementary school. Students study music history from around the world and learn to sing spirituals, folksongs, classic and popular songs. Grades 3 & 4 perform handbells and grades 5 & 6 perform the ukulele. Concerts are held several times a year. Students learn to read music and how to play with rhythm.
Junior high students focus on visual arts. Color, pattern, repetition, line, shape, emphasis, balance, value, rhythm, variety, unity, texture, and form through a variety of projects using graphite, acrylic paint, oil pastels, and wood and Paper Mache sculptures are explored.
Junior high students lead a biannual school assembly and lead the student council.
Dramas are performed by all grades every year.
NLIS is working toward accreditation through Western Colleges and Schools (WASC). The initial visit is expected this fall. This will help students from NLIS be accepted into universities around the world.
We are affiliated with the Christian Academy of Japan in Tokyo.
Kindergarten through grades 6 study Bible stories and Bible verses and how to apply the lessons of forgiveness, love, honoring our parents, and perseverance to our lives. Our studies focus on character development.
Junior high students study Route 66. This is a survey of the 66 books in the Bible.
A chapel time is on Fridays for all grades. The students memorize Bible verses, sing songs, and play games during this time.
Grades 3 through 8 may choose to go to Joy Bible Camp every June in Okutama. Students from international schools all over Japan join for one week of English camp. The students study the Bible, play games, swim, go hiking, do arts and crafts, and have a lot of fun contests. Our students come back very tired and very happy.
Grades 9 and up may go to the English Bible camp, HiBA, in Chiba. This is on the coast where the students stay in cabins, body surf in the ocean, go hiking, study the Bible, and have a lot of fun.
Shape America is used to guide the direction of our physical education at NLIS.
Kindergarten grades have at least 2 recesses daily.
All students from grade one and up have 30 minutes of daily activity at the local park, in our front parking lot, or in our small gym.
Grades 1-6 have 30 minutes of physical education two times a week. Students play sports, dance, have relays, exercises, gymnastics, and jump rope competitions.
Grades 7-9 have 45 minutes of physical education two times a week. Students play various sports, take fitness tests, and do exercises.
Common Core Standards are used to guide our lessons in technology.
Grades 1 and up use computers almost daily to look up information, do research, play learning games, take tests, and listen and read online books.
Keyboarding is taught from grade 3 twice a week.
One computer for every student through junior high is available.
High school students must buy their own computer so papers and coursework can be saved easily.
Junior high students do Google drive lessons, create accounts, manage documents, make spreadsheets, presentations, and surveys.
All students from grades 1 through 8 take a standardized test once a month online.
9th graders will take a practice preSAT test online.
Kindergarten through grade 8 uses Singapore Math. It is one of the top-tested math texts available and emphasizes problem-solving and mental math.
Junior high students study pre-algebra and geometry with Singapore Math.
9th-grade students take Algebra 1.
National Science is used for our standard in teaching science and health to grades kindergarten through grade 6.
Kindergarten through grade 3 explores science activities through hands-on STEM projects, research, and experiments.
Grades 4-6 study science through STEM projects, research, and experiments using American textbooks.
Grades 3-6 present an experiment or a project for the annual science fair every February.
Next Generation Science Standards are used for our junior high science program.
Junior high students study the earth, life, and physical science using PowerPoint presentations, and labs.
Junior high students present a group science project for the science fair in February.
Native Japanese, experienced teachers teach 4 times a week, 45 minutes each day. All grades from grade 1 through high school use the Japanese national textbook (Kokugo textbook) and several kanji workbooks.
Social Studies and History
Common Core Standards are used to guide the lessons in social studies.
Kindergarten through grades 6 uses American textbooks, hands-on projects, and research to study social studies, history, and global citizenship. There is a special focus on Japanese history and culture in all grades, as well as a sexual abuse week course.
Junior high students study the Asian government, history, and geography with a focus on the Eastern Hemisphere.
Classes walk ten minutes to the prefectural library near Kofu station every other Friday. Students check out two English books and one Japanese book. This encourages the love of English and Japanese literature.
Throughout the Year
School is made memorable with special activities throughout the year.
There are 3 class parties, 2 field trips, several special theme days, and visiting speakers every year.
An art fair for all grades is held in July and a science fair for grades 3 and up in February.