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American and Internationally Recognized Texts 
Used in All Grades

Language and Literacy




Grades 1 and 2 students read and write simple summaries and stories. Second graders learn to write cursive writing. Phonics is a daily focus in both grades.   

Grades 3-5 read various books, poems, and short stories of all genres. Students learn how to comprehend, analyze,  and synthesize the stories read. The students respond to the literature and write essays to inform, entertain, describe, and persuade.  



Middle students develop writing and thinking skills by focusing on vocabulary and building strong grammar knowledge. Students in 6th grade use BJU 6th grade readers and work on grammar,  comprehension, and vocabulary. All grades 6 through 8 study editing, revision techniques, and literary terms through writing. Seventh and eighth-grade students are stretched in their comprehension and analysis of the literature by reading literature from short stories, novels, and poetry, all in various genres. Students will read extensively. Books include Much to Do About Nothing by Shakespeare, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Hiding Place (a biography), The Cay, Star of Light, The Giver, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.  



Grades 1 through 5 study Bible stories and verses and learn how to apply the lessons of forgiveness, love, honoring our parents, and good character traits. 

Secondary students study the Bible together for 20 minutes four days a week. Subjects include surveying all 66 books of the Bible and an in-depth study of the Gospel of John, Proverbs, and Romans. 

The chapel meets every Friday for all grades. The students memorize Bible verses, sing songs, and play games.


Science activities through hands-on STEM projects, research, and experiments are done in all classes.

Grades 1 through 3 study science using hands-on experiments, discovery, exploration, and research.

BJU Science textbooks are used in grades 4 and 5 and high school biology.

Grades 4-12 present an experiment or a project for the annual science fair every February.

Kesler Science is used in our middle school science program. Chris Kesler, an award-winning science teacher in America, developed the program. Kesler Science uses complete 5E lessons: engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation. Steve Spangler, whom TIME magazine stated as "one of the most influential people of the year," joined Kesler in creating this outstanding curriculum. Spangler inspires the next generation of scientists and engineers.

High school subject choices include Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics. High school students are required to take at least two science classes. More classes are available on our SevenStar online program.

Physical Education & Recess


Recess:  (free play) Grades one and two play in the park or the gym every morning for 30 minutes. 

Grades three to five play 30 minutes daily at the local park, the front parking lot with balls, or the gym.

Physical Education:  (coach directs the class) Grades one through five have 30 minutes of Physical Education twice weekly. Students play basketball, do exercises and gymnastics, play four square, jump rope competitions, and play many group games.

Grades 6-12 have Physical Education as an elective. Students have 50 minutes of physical Education two to three times a week, taking fitness tests and playing various sports, including basketball and volleyball.  

Grades 6 through 12 enjoy an hour of lunch, and the students can go out for recreation daily. Grades 9 through 12 may leave the campus during lunch with parental permission.

Art, Music, and Drama

Art is done at least once a week in grades one through five. Students use a variety of mediums to express emotion, imitate great artists, and express creativity. They are also taught about famous artists worldwide and to recognize renowned art.

Music is taught two times a week in elementary school. Students study music history worldwide and learn to sing spirituals, folksongs, and classic and popular songs. Grades 3  perform handbells. Grades 4 and 5 perform the ukulele.

Concerts are held several times a year. Students are taught to read music and how to play with rhythm.

Grades 7 through 12 have art, photography, drama, and sculpture. 

Electives in Secondary School


NLIS Electives for the year 2024-2025 are as follows: 

Physical Education

Introduction to High School Art



Computer Skills

Home Economics


NLIS actively uses technology to help students meet this digital age with confidence and skills. One computer is available for all students from grade three through grade 8. Students from grade 9 must bring their computers to school daily.

K-2 grades take standardized tests online, listen to reading, and learn technology rules and parts of the computer. 

Grades 3-5 review technology rules and parts of the computer and learn keyboard skills with at least 85% accuracy and at least 30 wpm. Students improve their keyboard skills by taking typing tests. Projects include various research activities and some introduction to coding.

Computer Class is an elective offered to grades 6 through 12. Students have 50 minutes two to three times a week to improve keyboarding skills, learn how to do Google Drive lessons, create accounts, manage documents, code, design surveys, create PowerPoint presentations, and make spreadsheets. Computer classes may be taken for one semester or all year. 

Computer Standardized Testing

All grades 1-8 standardized take tests online.

9th graders take various practice SAT standardized online tests throughout the year.  

10th-grade students take the preSAT test.

11th-grade students take the SAT if desired.

High school students can take online courses through SevenStar Academy, an online accredited school based in America. Advanced placement, honors, and other classes our small school can't offer, such as world languages, physics, calculus, etc.



Grades 1 through 8 use Singapore Math. It is a top-tested math text emphasizing problem-solving and mental math. It focuses on mastery. Students learn to conceptualize math skills. According to the International Student Assessment, Singapore scored 549 points in the most recent results. The global average is 489.

7th and 8th students study pre-algebra and geometry with Singapore Math.

9th-12th grade  9th-grade take Algebra 1, 10th-grade Geometry 1, and 11th-grade usually take Alegebra 2. 12th grade can choose to take Geometry 2, Precalculus, Accounting, and Trigonometry through an accredited online course in class. Honor classes and AP classes are available in most math classes.

Japanese Literacy 


Native Japanese experienced teachers teach grades 1 and 2 four times a week, 45 minutes a day, and one hour to grades four and up.

Track One is for students who use Japanese in their homes. These students, from grade one through high school, use the Japanese national textbook (Kokugo textbook) and kanji workbooks, and they have weekly kanji tests.

Track Two is for students who do not use Japanese in their homes. These students from grades 3 through high school meet with a bilingual teacher and follow a different curriculum. The goal is for all the students in Track Two to take and pass the National Japanese tests for foreigners, beginning with the N5. See this site for more information about the tests:

Other languages are also available to high school students online.  

After school, Japanese language classes are offered for non-native Japanese speakers.

Students can study after school with a qualified teacher for the Eiken test. Many of the students at NLIS take and pass the Eiken tests from an early age. 

Social Studies and History

Grades 1 through 5 use teacher-made units,  hands-on projects, and research to study social studies, history, and global citizenship. Japanese history and culture are explored in all grades.

Child protection classes are taught to all students once a year for two to three days to all classes. Puberty lessons are included for grades 4 through 12. Sexes and ages are divided, enabling the students to feel safe during the daily question-and-answer times. 

Middle school students study Asian history, ancient history, and geography, focusing on the Eastern Hemisphere, landforms, environmental problems, water, society, economics, and Japanese history.

High school studies Humanities: World History, World Geography, Global Issues, and Government.

Elected student council members lead school assemblies, work on projects, and learn leadership skills.  

High school students volunteer 50 hours of community service during the four years of high school.  

Advanced Placement Courses

High school students are encouraged to take advanced placement classes. The College Board creates these challenging courses in America. Some courses offer college-level curricula. American colleges and universities grant placement and course credit to students with high exam scores. Advanced Placement courses are accepted by universities in America, Canada, Japan, and over 100 countries worldwide. It is more widely used than IB. At this time, all advanced placement courses are done online through SevenStar Academy, an accredited school in America. 



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.

NLIS has books available in each class for students to read in class and borrow.  NLIS teachers and students are very thankful for book donations.

Special Activities


New Life International School has special activities throughout the year. These events help the students bond with their teachers and classmates and help motivate them to love school. We work hard and play hard. The children participate in three class parties, at least two field trips,  and several special theme days, such as Beach Day, Opposite Day, 100 Days, Christianity Week, Personal Safety Week, and Camp Literacy Day every year. NLIS has had a violin concert, a ventriloquist, a drama teacher, and other motivational speakers come to the school this year. The Secondary students have a "Spirt Week" with different activities planned every day. 

Secondary students are invited to attend the Christian Academy School in Tokyo's College Fair annually.

Other special activities include an art and science fair, the lower grades rotate going to the fire station, the police headquarters, and the bus station every ​and graduating 6th, 9th, and 12th graders have special field trips. NLIS is an active school!

Accreditation & Associations


Candidate for Accreditation. Approved by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges WASC
Accrediting Commission for Schools
for grades 1 through 9.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200, Burlingame, CA 94010

NLIS teachers, students, board members, and parents are working hard to obtain full accreditation by 2025 for all grades.  NLIS provides quality education and safe care that parents trust. 

We are also affiliated with the Christian Academy of Japan in Tokyo. CAJ is an accredited school with over 60 years of experience.

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