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Admissions FAQs

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Can applicants visit the school?

We welcome and encourage campus visits. We hold a number of open houses throughout the year, but you can call and make an appointment for a campus visit and tour at any time, including summers.

Do you have a boarding or homestay option?

No, students must be living with at least one of their parents who is residing in Tokyo and be a dependent on their parent's visa.

How many different nationalities attend your school?

We have over 50 nationalities represented within our student body. American families make up about half of our student body, including families with dual nationalities.

Age and Grade Placement

The general birthday cut-off date is September 1. Applicants for nursery must be three years old before September 1 of the year of enrollment; applicants for pre-kindergarten must be 4 years old before September 1 of the year of enrollment; applicants for kindergarten must be 5 before September 1 of the year of enrollment. Please note that no exceptions can be made to these eligibility requirements. Applicants to grade 1 should be 6 years old before September 1 of the year of enrollment. However, applicants to grade 1 who do not meet this eligibility and who have successfully completed kindergarten at another school outside of Japan may be screened for possible enrollment in grade 1.

Do graduates attend only American universities and colleges?

While the largest percentage of our students choose to attend university or college in the United States, many others attend schools in Canada, the UK, Australia and Japan. 

Do you admit students with special learning needs?

We have a learning support program K-12 that supports students with mild learning needs. Each applicant is reviewed individually to evaluate whether we can support their learning needs within our curriculum. We encourage prospective families to contact our admissions office to discuss their particular situation.

Do you have to be a native English speaker to attend school at ASIJ?

No. English is our language of instruction, but we have students with a variety of language backgrounds. A high level of English proficiency is needed to be successful in our program, but we offer an ELL program in grades 1-8 to support second language learners. Students must have native level proficiency in all areas of academic English by the end of Grade 8.

Is there an admissions test?

There is no general entrance examination. We review school reports, test scores and recommendations. Applicants may be requested to participate in academic, English or other screening prior to an admissions decision.

Do you get many new students each year?

Yes. We admit over three hundred new students each year, so new students are a part of life at ASIJ.

Where do your teachers come from?

We recruit worldwide in order to hire the most talented teachers in the world. While the majority of our teachers are from North America, we also have teachers from the UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Europe, and South America.

Can I donate to ASIJ during the Admissions application process?

While ASIJ is most appreciative of philanthropic support from friends, the school does not accept gifts from prospective families who are not otherwise affiliated with the school during the Admissions process. This ensures that the focus remains on ASIJ’s prospective students and their strengths as candidates for admittance.