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New Life International School welcomes inquiries from all interested students. Students are accepted throughout the year. 

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Admissions Requirements and Procedures


Welcome to New Life International School! 

For students living in Japan, please get in touch with the school for more information. The school is open on weekdays from 8:40 to 4:30 at 055-287-9577. On weekends and evenings, please call 090-6014-2663. The school's email is  We will schedule an interview and skills test as soon as possible. 

If you are not living in Japan yet, please contact the school by email or phone.  Your child can be interviewed online. If accepted, the student will take the skills test upon arrival to Japan.  Since your child cannot be tested in person before admittance, the online interview, school records from the previous school, and a letter of recommendation from a current teacher or principal will determine acceptance.

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Student Entrance Qualifications

All students must meet the five following  requirements:

1. Age Requirement:

Students are placed in grade levels primarily by age. Grade one begins at age six. The cut-off date for grade placement is April 1st for all grades one and above.

Grade and Age Comparison Chart

Elementary or Primary School

Grade 1:          Age 6-7

Grade 2:          Age 7-8

Grade 3:          Age 8-9  

Grade 4:          Age 9-10

Grade 5:          Age 10-11

Grade 6:          Age 11-12

Junior High (Secondary School begins) 

Grade 7:                                     Age 12-13                    Japanese system: Junior High Grade 1

Grade 8:                                     Age 13-14                    Japanese system: Junior High Grade 2

High School (Secondary School continues)

*Grade 9, Freshman              Age 14-15                    Japanese system: Junior High Grade 3

Grade 10, Sophomore          Age 15-16                    Japanese system: High School Grade 1

Grade 11, Junior                      Age 16-17                    Japanese system: High School Grade 2

Grade 12, Senior                     Age 17-18                    Japanese system: High School Grade 3

*Grade 9, the Freshman class, is when America begins to record an official high school transcript. The transcript is helpful for college applications. In Japan, grade 9 is still considered Junior High, grade 3. 

2. English Language Requirement:

Each student will be interviewed and take a reading and math test to determine their English language level and basic skills ability. Language assessment will include the following steps:

1. A teacher who is the student's grade level and the head of the school will give the child an oral test to see how well the child can speak and comprehend spoken English. Children entering first and second grade will answer simple English questions. They will describe pictures and respond to simple commands. Older children will have more personal interview-style questions. The interview takes from 15 to 30 minutes.


2. A school official will interview at least one parent in English or Japanese to determine the child's language ability and experiences. 

Note: Students who enter grade 1 are not required to have English skills. All students from grade 1 who are not on grade level in English must take extra ESL classes after school. A small percentage of grade 2 students may enter with no English skills.

Students in grades three and above must be able to speak, read, and write in English to enter the school.  However, the student's English may be up to two grades lower and still be accepted if the student has good grades and is motivated to work hard to catch up.  In other words, if a child is in 5th grade but speaks on a 3rd-grade level, he or she may be admitted.

3. Basic Reading and Math Skills Requirement:

The students will take a reading and math assessment to determine the child's skill level.  The tests are on the same day as the interview.  The interview and assessments take 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the student's age. 

4. Grade Level Requirement:

A student entering grade 1 has no pre-school attendance requirements. However, students should be able to read and say the alphabet before entering grade 1.

A student entering grades from the second grade must have attended and passed the previous grade level to be entered into the next grade of our school.

Transfers: Students educated in Japanese schools or homeschooled with English skills can transfer to our school. NLIS must receive permanent records from all previous schools, including grades and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or the head of the school. In the case of homeschooling, NLIS requires the child's transcripts with grades of all courses studied.

5. School Regulations, Policies, and Procedures Requirement:

At least one parent/guardian must read the NLIS School handbook on our website and agree to follow and support all NLIS regulations, policies, and procedures. Children must also agree to follow the school regulations. 

Upon acceptance, parents must sign and turn in several documents, including the contract, health records, permission to go to the public library, media permission, etc. 

We are excited about your child's future with our school! New Life International School will provide a rich learning experience and a safe environment where children can express themselves freely as they explore God's wonderful world.


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Uniform Requirements

To keep clothes competition down and to help the students feel unified, all students must wear  only the following colors:

  • black

  • navy

  • white

  • beige

  • gray

Bottoms, trousers, or skirts may also be plaid.  Dresses, skirts, trousers, short pants, jackets, and sweaters should all follow the uniform colors. No T-shirts, blue jeans, sweatpants, or yoga pants, please. Students should follow the uniform rules every day, Monday through Thursday.  

Fridays: Fridays are "free days. "Students may wear any color and style of clothes they desire as long as they are respectable. 

Exception: The school t-shirt is allowed, and students can wear nice-looking jeans with the school t-shirt any day of the week.

Shirts: Shirts must be a solid color and not have logos, designs, ribbons, ruffles, or stripes. Boys' shirts may be either button-up, polo style, or sweaters. Girls may wear sweaters or blouses. 

Dresses, skirts, and shorts:  Girls may wear dresses, skirts, and trousers, but all must be in the school colors. Skirts and shorts must not be shorter than 12 centimeters above the top of the kneecap, and underwear cannot show. Any color of leggings and socks is allowed. 

Boys may wear trousers and knee-length shorts. 

Badges: Every child must wear the school badge to help the community identify the child as part of our school. The badge's place is on the front left of the shirt. Children will receive one school badge free of charge. Students may purchase more badges for 300 yen each. Exception: A badge is unnecessary if the student wears a school T-shirt.

Shoes: Students are free to wear any color or style of shoes, boots, sandals, etc., as long as they are safe. Students do not wear indoor shoes. However, students must bring one pair of indoor shoes. After it rains, the park is sometimes muddy.

Physical education: All children from Grade 6 must wear separate clothes for physical education classes.  T-shirts and sweatpants are allowed during physical education classes and on Fridays. These should also be in the school colors. Students should wash their P.E. clothes every week. There is a designated place for the students to change. 

Please review our "School Handbook" page for more information on our school rules.

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