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American and internationally recognized texts used in all grades

Language and Literacy

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 apply what they read and use strategies to comprehend, analyze, and synthesize the material read. Reading includes novels and short stories.  They will write essays to inform, to entertain, to describe, and to persuade. 


Junior high students develop writing and thinking skills with a focus on vocabulary and build 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

Art and Music are taught several times a week.  Handbells are taught in grades 3 & 4. The ukulele is taught to grades 5 and 6.  Students learn to read music and how to play on rhythm.  


Junior High students focus on visual arts. They learn about 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.

Junior high students lead the biannual school assembly.

Dramas are done annually with all grades.

Accreditation and Associations

We have applied for accreditation through Western Colleges and Schools (WASC).  We hope to have our initial visit by the accreditation committee in the spring of 2021.  


We are members of the ACSI Star Program. 


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.

Junior high students read the Bible and have discussions on what they learn. 

Chapel is on Fridays for all grades.

    Physical Education

          and Recess

Kindergarten has 2 recesses daily.


From grade one and up, physical education is taught 2 times a week.  Students play sports and exercise.  

All students have a short daily recess at the local park or on school grounds. ​


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.  


We have one computer for every 2 students.

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.

Special Activities

Throughout the Year

School is made fun and memorable with our special activities throughout the year!  We have 3 class parties, 2 field trips, several special theme days, and visiting speakers every year.  We have an art fair for all grades in July and a science fair for grades 3 and up in February. We also have dramas, concerts, and

speeches yearly.  


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.


Kindergarten through grade 6 does hands-on STEM projects and experiments and studies American textbooks.

Grades 3 - 6 presents an experiment or a project in our annual science fair every February.

Junior high students study the earth, life, and physical science using American texts, PowerPoint presentations, and labs.  They do a group science project and present it to the school in February.

Japanese Language

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

American textbooks, hands-on projects, research, and presentations with a special focus on Japanese history and culture in all grades.

Junior high students study the Asian government, history, and geography with a focus on the Eastern Hemisphere.

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Contact Us

Facebook:  New Life International Yamanashi

Tel. 055-287-9577 in Japanese


in English



5-4-16 Asahi

Kofu, Yamanashi 400-00255

400−0025 山梨県甲府市