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2021-22 ELC Kindergarten Admissions Information

Thank you once again for your interest in NIS. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Some of you have nearly completed the admissions process, but some of you have only initiated the process or made a general inquiry.


For Students Who Have NOT Applied

To submit application forms, it is easiest to use the NIS online application portal HERE. Once you complete and submit the online application form, you will be able to upload reports and other required documents. It will require you to create a login name and password.

Please also note that the school has changed our policies on reserving spots in classes, and we have created a registration window for families to consider when applying. These policies can be found HERE.

For Students Who Have Applied

Application Materials

For students who have additional documents or materials to submit, please send them to us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. All transcripts and other school records (past two years) must be forwarded to the school prior to the interview. Recommendation forms are available for downloading as a PDF at:


Testing may be required for some applicants. Testing must be held on campus, which requires an additional appointment prior to an interview. This will depend on the individual applicant, their enrollment timing and educational background.

The Interview

The interview with the principal and the applicant families is the last requirement within the admissions process. This is meant to be a family meeting with the student, parents, and one of the Whole School Principals. The interview is conducted in English; parents can arrange to bring a translator if they feel it is needed. It is expected that both parents attend the interview, as it is an important, final part of the admissions process and also the beginning of the transition process for the applicant, the family and the school.

The Admissions Decision

After the admissions process has been completed, which includes any testing and the interview, the school will determine admissions eligibility, grade placement, whether additional support is needed, the appropriate level of support, and, ultimately, whether or not we are confident that the student can succeed at NIS enough to maintain satisfactory progress. In some cases, Provisional Acceptance can be offered to reserve seats in advance (read more about Provisional Acceptance HERE).


School Bus

PLEASE NOTE: As of October, 2018, Bus #2 and Bus #4 is at or very near capacity for the 2018-19 school year. Wait-lists will be created once capacity has been reached.

Interest in the NIS bus service is very high. Bus lists for the 2019-2020 school will not be determined until the re-enrollment process for current students is completed in the spring of 2019. Wait-lists will be created for buses that are full, and priority will be first-come/first-serve (for students who have completed the admissions process) with the exception of families with registered siblings. To register for the school bus, or be placed on the bus wait-list, you need to submit the Bus Registration Form. If you have any questions regarding bus registration, please contact us.

Contact Information

We need current and up-to-date contact information before enrollment. Once you know your home address in Nagoya, please let us know as soon as possible. We will also need other contact information (such as mobile phone numbers, new email addresses, etc.) as well as soon as possible. It is required that parents give the school at least one email address - and agree to check it regularly - to receive communication from the school.


Invoices are issued at the point of registration for all applicable tuition and fees and are payable within 14 days. Failure to pay within the terms of the invoice will result in the places being released for other students. Registration and billing policies can be found HERE.


As always, if you have any questions about the status of your application or what documents are missing, or anything else, please feel free to contact us anytime.

- Erik Olson-Kikuchi, Director of Admissions & Development (
- Kayoko Watanabe, Admissions & Development Office Assistant (