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New Life International School welcomes inquiries from all interested students.  Students are accepted throughout the year.  Please feel free to contact the school office to arrange a class visit and a tour of our school. 

Admissions Requirements and Procedures


Welcome to New Life International School! Our mission is to provide quality Christian education in a safe, loving, family atmosphere. Our vision is to equip children to become active, independent, expressive, and loving.  Qualified, trained teachers and staff work hard to provide a safe, loving school environment where children are free to ask questions, thus enabling students to explore deeper into learning.

For students living in Japan, please contact the school for more information.  The school is open on weekdays from 9 to 4:00 at 055-287-9577 in Japanese or English. Call Suzy Brown in English or simple Japanese at 090-6014-2663 anytime.  The school's email is

For any who are not in Japan yet, please contact the school in any of the above ways for an admissions packet. Since your child cannot be tested in person before admittance, school records from the previous school and a letter of recommendation from a current teacher or principal can be used to determine acceptance.  An interview and test will be done with the new students who have lived abroad upon arrival to Japan to determine the student's level of English and math.


Student Entrance Qualifications


1. Age Requirement:

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


The minimum age for kindergarten classes is four years old.  K1 and K2 (ages 4 and 5) are taught together in a multi-age classroom but have different learning objectives according to their ages. As soon as a child becomes four, he or she may enter our school.  For example, if a child turns four in September, he or she may enter in September. Students must have toilet skills before enrollment.  Our kindergarten is eligible for the working parent discount.  The children love NLIS kindergarten and the parents are extremely pleased with their children's confidence, manner, and English skills after attending kindergarten.

Grade and Age Comparison Chart

Preschool and Kindergarten

K2:       age 4

K3:       age 5

*Note:  We do not have a kindergarten for age 3 at this time.


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 useful for college applications.  In Japan, grade 9 is still considered Junior High, grade 3. 


2. English Language Requirement:

Each student will be assessed to determine his or her language ability. Language assessment will include the following steps:

1. Interview the child and at least one parent to determine the child's language ability and experiences.

2. Test the child directly to see if the child can comprehend spoken English, answer simple English questions, and respond to simple commands for children in kindergarten through grade two. 


Students who enter kindergarten and grade 1 are not required to have any 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 3 and above must be able to speak, read and write in English to enter the school. Grades three and up must pass an English interview. 

3. Basic Skills Requirement:

At the time of English language testing, students will also be given an academic test to determine the child's grade level ability in reading and math.  

The interview and tests take from 20 to 45 minutes.  Most of the students enjoy the interview, and some even say they want to do it again.    


4. Grade Level Requirement:

A student entering kindergarten or grade 1 has no preschool attendance requirements. However, students should be able to read and say the A, B, and Cs before entering grade 1.


A student entering grades 2-6 must have attended and passed the previous grade level to be entered into the next grade of our school.

NLIS must receive the permanent records, including grades and test scores, from all previous schools.

Transferring Japanese school students: Students who have been educated in a Japanese elementary school and have English skills can transfer to our school, but every child’s personal situation will be assessed of whether the child can successfully function in our school. 


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. 

Parents are asked to sign and turn in several documents, including health records, permission to go to the public library, media permission, etc., upon acceptance.

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.

Tuition and Fees     

All admissions fees are non-refundable.  All prices are in yen.

Application Fee                  10,000   

The application fee is payable at the time of application upon entrance to kindergarten,  elementary, junior high, and high school.


Entrance Fees

The entrance fee is payable upon entering kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school.                                             

           Kindergarten  Ages 4 and 5         60,000    

           Elementary     Grades 1-6          180,000     
           Junior high     Grades 7-9            80,000    

           High school    Grades 10-12      120,000    

Annual Fees

Annual fees are payable at the beginning of every school year.  All prices are yen.

Building Fee                            60,000    

Accident Insurance Fee             1,450 


                                               Annual        Monthly

*Kindergarten    1st child      630,000       52,500       

                           2nd child    567,000        47,250 


Elementary        1st child      756,000        63,000      

                           2nd child    567,000        47,250 


Junior High        1st child     756,000        63,000              

                          2nd child    567,000         47,250 

High School      1st child      756,000        63,000                                 

                          2nd child    567,000         47,250 


*Tuition Discount for Kindergarten Children of Working Parents

A tuition discount is available to all working parents for kindergarten classes.  The Yamanashi government will pay 37,000 yen a month toward tuition, thus making the tuition payments only 15,500 a month for the first child, less for the second.

Tuition Reduction for 2nd & 3rd child 

Families with more than one child attending NLIS at the same time will receive a 25% tuition reduction for the 2nd child and 3rd child.  As a result, the 1st child is charged ¥63,000 per month, but the 2nd and 3rd children are only charged ¥47,250 per month.   This price reduction applies only to tuition, not to entrance fees or other fees.


After School Care is available from 3:00-5:00 pm. 

Uniform Requirements

To keep the competition of what we wear at school down and to help us feel unified, we ask the students to wear only black, navy, white, cream, beige, or gray tops and bottoms.  No blue jeans or sweat or yoga pants, please.  The uniform should be followed Monday through Thursday of every week. 

All tops and bottoms must be a solid color unless it's the school t-shirt. The school t-shirt may be worn on all days. Shirts may be either button-up or polo style. No t-shirts except during physical education classes and on Fridays. Girls may wear dresses, skirts, and pants, but all must be in the school colors, and skirts and shorts must not be higher than 15 centimeters from the knee.  Underwear cannot show.  Dark leggings are allowed.  Junior high and high school boys may wear plaid trousers, and girls may wear plaid trousers or a skirt.   


Every child must wear the school badge to school to help the community identify the child as part of our school.  It should be pinned onto the shirt above the front left pocket, or in that position if there is no pocket.  Children will receive one school badge free of charge.  Other badges are available for 300 yen each.

Students are free to wear any kind of shoes, boots, sandals, etc., as long as they are safe and useful for school.  Students are also asked to bring one pair of indoor shoes to be kept at school for use in case of rainy weather.   


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


All children from Grade 7 must wear separate clothes for physical education classes.  These should also be in the school colors.  Blue jeans and sweat/yoga pants are acceptable for physical education.  A time and a place will be given for the students to change.  Students should take home their P.E. clothes every week to wash.  


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

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