NLIS High School

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

NLIS students have many unique opportunities for learning and preparing for college.


These opportunities include the following:

  • High student achievement

Studies show that smaller schools are associated with higher student achievement and that students are more satisfied with their education 

  • High communication skills

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 that would normally not be offered in a small school setting are offered at NLIS.  

This is an accredited online school that offers high school students in public and private schools around the world classes. 

  • Advanced Placement Courses

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 may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.  At this time all advanced placement courses will be done online. The tests will sometimes be proctored by a teacher at NLIS.

  • Career training in local businesses near our school

  • Leadership roles in the student council, forming after-school clubs, tutoring younger students after-school, and many other opportunities.


High School Graduation Requirements:

American high schools are four years, from 9th grade to 12th, eight semesters.  A half-credit is usually earned for a semester-long course.


In order to graduate from New Life International School, students must complete 25 credits. 

Minimum Requirements

  • 2 credits of Bible (taken by all students all 4 years, but for only 20 minutes a day, therefore, eligible for one-half credit a year)

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

  • 2 credits of Science 

  • 3 credits of Humanities (Social Studies)

  • 3 credits of Mathematics

  • 3 credits of Japanese

  • 1.5 credit Fine Arts, Drama, or Music

  • 1.5 credits PE/health

  • 1 credit for 50 hours of Community Help

  • 4 credits of Electives


Courses Eligible for Each Category



One-half credit for every year of Bible Class at NLIS, twenty minutes a day 



Grade 9:

  • Writing & Grammar

  • Fundamentals of Literature

Grade 10:

  • Writing  Grammar    

  • British Literature

Grade 11:       

  • Writing & Grammar

  • American Literature

Grade 12:       

  • Writing & Grammar

  • World Literature

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



Grade 9          

  • Life Science

Grade 10        

  • Biology

Grade 11        

  • Chemistry (this is not a required course)

Grade 12         (Possible courses)

  • Physics

  • Environmental Science

  • Robotics

  • AP Biology

  • AP Chemistry

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


Social Studies*

Grade 9          

  • World History

Grade 10        

  • Comparative Politics and Government

Grade 11        

  • Ancient History

Grade 12        

Possible courses could be:

  • Japanese Culture

  • Psychology

  • AP Economics​​


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


Grade 9          

  • Algebra 1 (also Algebra 1 Honors is available)

Grade 10

  • Geometry

Grade 11        

  • Algebra 2

Grade 12  

Possible courses could be:     

  • Pre-calculus

  • AP Pre-calculus

  • AP Algebra

  • AP Geometry

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



  • Physical Education (general)

  • Health classes

  • Strength and Conditioning

  • 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

  • Instrumental class (piano, guitar, handbells)

  • 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 Language Spanish 1 Online Course*

  • Spanish 2*

  • Spanish 3*

  • French 1*

  • French 2*

  • Physical Education classes

  • Health Classes

  • Gospel Choir*

  • Handbell Ensemble

  • AP classes*

  • Math classes

  • Science classes

  • Poetry class

  • Bible class

  • Japanese classes

  • Art classes


*extra fees are required for all Advanced Placement Courses