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Admissions Wait-Pool

NIS Wait-Pool Information (2024-25)

Availability limited in some classes; applicants may be placed in a Wait-Pool


While NIS strives to meet the needs of all international and internationally-minded families in the Nagoya region, our school enrollment places are limited. Admissions availability in some classes for the opening of the 2024-25 school year are now extremely limited and/or at capacity. Parents considering NIS as an educational option for your child are urged to contact the Admissions and Development Office as soon as possible.

All applications submitted for the 2024-25 school year will be processed as usual, including testing, orientation meetings and interviews. Families are encouraged to review the policies for guaranteeing/reserving seats and the registration window HERE. The official registration window for the 2024-25 school year opens on March 25, 2024 for grades 2-12. For classes that are full, students deemed eligible will be placed in a wait-pool of candidates until a spot becomes available.

NIS has an option to pre-purchase or advance reserve places for students (or potential students) enrolling mid-year (or for next school year). More information is available HERE.


How does the Wait-Pool work?

When the number of enrolled students reaches a maximum desired Teacher-Student ratio, a wait-pool is created for students to enter when/if a space becomes available at some point in the school year. The NIS wait-pool list is not based on a first-come, first-serve order of priority, but, rather, our admissions categories place precedence over admission timing. The order of preference for space for qualifying students is by the categories below (in order of priority):

  1. Current students (Students who have re-enrolled)
  2. Siblings of a current/existing student
  3. Staff children
  4. Returning NIS students (a student who has withdrawn, continued their studies in an English-language curriculum somewhere else, and wishes to re-enroll in a later year)
  5. Siblings of a past NIS student / Children of NIS alumni
  6. New expatriate students
  7. Transferring students from a Partner Preschool
  8. Transferring students from a different JCIS school
  9. New local students

Families will not be asked to pay a tuition down-payment to stay on the wait-pool, but families must have paid the application fee in full in order to be considered for placement on the wait-pool.