NLIS High School

Welcome to New Life International School's first year of high school! 

NLIS students have many unique opportunities for learning.


These opportunities include the following:


  • High communication skills and high student achievement A small teacher-ratio improves the ability for deep discussion in the classes.  Students learn how to think for themselves as they have deep discussions daily with the teachers and each other. 

  • Online courses from Sterling Academy  This is an accredited online school that NLIS provides for the high school students. 

  • Advanced Placement Courses (high-level classes similar to the IB program) These classes are created by the College Board in America and offer college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.  At this time all advanced placement courses are done online. The tests will be proctored by a teacher at NLIS. 

  • Career training in local businesses 

  • Leadership roles in the student council

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High School Graduation Requirements:

American high schools are four years, from 9th grade to 12th, eight semesters. Transfer students are accepted.


To graduate from New Life International School, students must complete 25 credits. 

Minimum Requirements

  • 1 credit of Bible (studied in homeroom 1 hour a week every year)

  • 4 credits of English (taken by all students all 4 years; classes include literature, writing, grammar, speech, and AP courses)

  • 3 credits of Science (Earth/Physical, Biology, and Chemistry)

  • 3 credits of Humanities (World History, Comparative Politics, and Government)

  • 3 credits of Mathematics  (Algebra 1, 2, and Geometry, other voluntary math courses include Pre-calculus, AP Pre-calculus, AP Algebra, and AP Geometry)

  • 3 credits of Japanese

  • 1.5 credits of Fine Arts, Drama, or Music

  • 1.5 credits of PE/health

  • 1 credit for 50 hours of Community Help

  • 1 credit for Senior Project Presentation

  • 3 credits of Electives


Courses Eligible for Each Category



One credit is earned through morning Bible study, one hour a week, throughout high school.



Grades 9 and 10

  • Writing & Grammar, Literature (British & Elements)


Grades 11 and 12       

  • Writing & Grammar, Literature (American & World)

*Advanced Placement English courses may replace any of the above English classes.​



Grades 9 & 10

  • Earth/Physical Science and Biology


Grades  11 & 12         

  • Chemistry and any elective, if desired, which could include the following: Physics, Environmental Science, Robotics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry

*Advanced Placement Science courses may replace any of the above Science classes.


Social Studies*

Grades 9 & 10            

  • Ancient History and World History

Grades 11-12

  • Comparative Politics and Government and any elective, if desired, which could include the following:  Japanese Culture, Psychology, Sociology, AP Economics


*Advanced Placement Social Studies courses may replace any of the above Social  Studies classes.


Grade 9          

  • Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 honors

Grade 10

  • Geometry or Geometry AP

Grades 11-12

  • Algebra 2 and any elective, if desired, which could include the following: Pre-calculus,  AP Pre-calculus, AP Algebra, Accounting

*Advanced Placement Math courses may replace any of the above math classes.



  • Physical Education 

  • Strength and Conditioning

  • Health classes offered each grade, including sex education and abuse classes

  • Sports, as available


World Language*

  • Japanese class offered in each grade

Extra Japanese classes may include:

  • Japanese Composition

  • Japanese Literature and Society

  • Other languages are offered through the University of Nebraska

*Advanced Placement Language courses may replace any of the above World Language classes.


Visual Performing Arts

  • Art Design

  • Computer art graphics

  • Drawing and Painting

  • Gospel Choir

  • Drama


50 hours Community Service

Ideas include volunteering: 

  • at senior homes

  • at local businesses

  • to start an after-school club

  • to do farm work (Yamanashi is the fruit capital of Japan)

  • to teach English to new students or outside the school

  • to work with the city volunteer center - usually picking up trash

  • in any capacity as approved by the senior teacher


*Modern Languages include:  Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, French 1, French 2


Physical Education classes, Health Classes


Gospel Choir, Handbell Ensemble

Art classes


AP classes (there is an extra fee for these classes)

*These are offered in the classroom through an accredited online school in America.