Admissions Guidelines

Helpful details before you apply, and for your application process.
Do you have additional questions?

Contact us at enroll@asij.ac.jp

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Admissions Items required

Online application form
(Includes Child Development form for Nursery through Grade 1 applicants)

Report Card: Scan and upload report cards (2 years, plus mid-year progress report when available, often in January)

Standardized Test: Scan and upload standardized tests (required Grade 6 -12) if you have them for younger grades as well, please include them

Application Fee: Send application fee by bank transfer, US $ check, or credit card

Recommendation Form: Enter teacher email addresses and our system will send your teachers the recommendation form as a google form to fill out. For middle and high school, 3 recommendations: one math and one English teacher, and a counselor/principal recommendation. For grades 1 to 5, the current and the previous year's teachers. For Kindergarten and younger, one recommendation.

High School applicants: Student essay and questions

ELC applicants: Parent Question

Reports: Scan and upload any additional reports required

(If your child is in a Japanese school, please contact us.)

Admissions Timeline

We begin to receive applications in mid-November for August of the next school year. Local and overseas applicants to all grade levels may apply at this time.

For local applicants to the ELC, Chofu Kindergarten, and Grade 1, screening sessions are usually held in December, January and February.  

We request the mid-year report cards for most applicants, often available in January.

Admission decisions usually begin in late February/early March and continue through the spring.

Kindergarten Applicants

Kindergarten is offered on both ASIJ campuses: at the Early Learning Center in Roppongi and at our K-12 campus in Chofu. Parents of kindergarten applicants are asked to indicate the campus of their choice when applying.

Parent Language Requirements

One or both parents need to be fluent in English to connect linguistically and support their child's education. English is the medium for all communication at ASIJ.

Grade Levels for Students Applying from Schools with Calendar Year School Schedules

Students applying from schools with calendar year school years (from January or February until November or December, as in Australia and New Zealand) will be considered for admission to the grade that extends their current school year. In other words, students applying for August enrollment should apply to begin the grade they are currently attending, and students applying for January enrollment should apply to join the grade they have just completed.

Standardized Test Results

Names of tests that your child may have taken include Iowa Test of Basic Skills, ISA Test, CogAt Test, MAP Test, Terra Nova, U.S. state tests such as the New York State Mathematics Test, U.K. National Curriculum Key Stage Tests, the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT), IGCSEs, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), etc. Please contact us if you have questions about standardized testing. If your child has not taken any standardized tests, ASIJ may require that testing be completed and results submitted prior to making an admissions decision. For those students taking the SSAT test, scores should be reported directly to ASIJ using our SSAT school code:1253

Physical Examination

A physical examination by a physician is required of all newly enrolled students. The Physical Examination form will be provided to accepted students. It is due at the Office of Admissions on or before your child's first day of attending classes.

Confidential Recommendations

Recommendation forms include a statement giving your permission for the teacher to provide confidential information about your child. One confidential recommendation form is required for applicants to ASIJ's Early Learning Center (nursery, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten at the Roppongi campus) and kindergarten (Chofu campus). Two confidential recommendations forms are required for applicants to grades 1 through 12. These recommendations should be written by teachers or counselors who know your child well and can provide an assessment of your child's academic performance and behavior. For elementary school students, the best recommenders are your child's two most recent teachers. For middle and high school students, one recommender should be a math teacher, and the second should be either an English teacher or a social studies teacher. Please ask teachers to keep copies of the recommendations they write!In special circumstances, you may request that ASIJ send the confidential teacher recommendation(s) to another international school in Tokyo where you are applying. This may be necessary during summer holidays when contacting teachers for additional recommendations is not possible.

Alternative Recommendations

If you are having difficulty deciding who should write your child's recommendations, please contact us, and we will work with you to identify appropriate recommenders.

Additional Recommendations

It may be appropriate to ask for one or two additional recommendations, particularly if your child has attended several schools or has worked with a learning support teacher or other specialist. These additional recommendations do not take the place of comprehensive educational studies, IEPs, or other specialists' reports, which are required to complete an application if they apply to your child. It is not necessary to provide family recommendations from employers, family friends, etc. They will not be considered in the application process.If an additional recommendation beyond the required number might pertain to your situation, please contact us for additional assistance in making a form available.

Recommendations in Languages Other than English

While recommendations in English are highly preferable, they can be submitted in languages other than English. In most cases, translation by a faculty member is possible. In some cases, you may be asked to have the recommendation translated and certified at your own expense.

Report Cards and/or Transcripts

In most cases, copies of the report cards you received as parents are preferred.Applicants to Nursery, Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten:Report cards or teacher narrative comments from any prior school years and the current year should be submitted if available. Children at ages 3, 4, and 5 may not have any reports to submit but can still proceed with the application.Applicants to grade 1: Report cards or teacher narrative comments from any prior school years and the current Kindergarten year should be submitted if available.Applicants to grade 2-12: Report cards and progress reports for each term should be submitted for the previous two school years, along with any similar reports for the current school year.

Homeschooling

If your child has been homeschooled, please contact us for information about how to report your child's academic program, progress, and results.

Additional Reports

The application asks you to indicate any supplementary school services your child has received or is currently receiving. These include, but are not limited to, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, learning support or resource room attendance, gifted and talented education, English as an Additional Language (EAL), English Language Learners(ELL), counseling, and behavior modification. All reports and assessments must be submitted before ASIJ can provide an admissions decision.

These reports include, but are not limited to, educational-psychological study and testing; speech and language assessment, diagnosis, and progress; Individual Educational Plans (IEPs), etc. In particular, reports or recommendations describing any accommodations (changes in curriculum or instruction that do not substantially change the requirements of the class or course) required by your child must be submitted. Please note that reports for services your child has received at any grade level should be submitted.

An exit report and follow up recommendations should be submitted if it has been determined that your child no longer needs therapy or support. ASIJ may require that assessments or evaluations be completed and the results submitted prior to making an admissions decision, and ASIJ reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if it is found that any relevant reports have been withheld. Please contact us to discuss the learning environment and services that would best meet your child's needs.