ELC Admissions



ELC Preschool & Kindergarten Admissions


NIS accepts applications at all times of the year for all grades. However, since admissions for younger students into the ELC at mid-year can be challenging at times for the students and disruptive to the classes they are hoping to enter, we encourage all families to be in close contact with the Admissions & Development Office as soon as possible when families are considering NIS as an option for their child’s education. Preferably, families will have had a chance to visit the school and through the admissions process become more familiar with the Reggio Emilia philosophy and the IB PYP program.

For students entering the ELC Preschool 3 class at the start of the school year, applications are accepted as of October 1 of the year prior to their desired enrollment start (a little over 10 months prior to the start of the anticipated school year). Families can apply at any time for all other grades, but we prefer to receive applications no more than one year in advance of the desired enrollment date.

Admissions interviews are required for all families who are applying to NIS. An additional teacher meeting is also scheduled for ELC applicants as part of the admissions process, preferably on the same day as the admissions interview or just before planned enrollment. Besides wanting to ensure that the NIS ELC program is an appropriate match for each student, we also wish to ensure that each applicant’s family has an understanding of the curriculum (the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Reggio Emilia philosophy), our educational system and an awareness of the expectations of being a member of our community.

Families are reminded that they are expected to have an appreciation for our school’s mission and objectives and an awareness of the importance of international mindedness.  Parents and students should both have an appropriate level of English language proficiency and a demonstrated commitment to the acquisition of English language skills. Families are expected to understand that the school must carefully consider diversity in languages in addition to enrollment capacity for all classes in making admissions decisions.


Mid-Year Admissions

Admissions timing is an important consideration for all families, particularly if the child is being relocated at mid-year or currently living in Japan and in a program that follows an April to March school year and wishing to enroll in the ELC at mid-year. The NIS school year follows an August to June calendar year, and we recommend parents plan carefully, preferably in consultation with the Admissions Office, regarding availability, enrollment timing and any concerns about curriculum differences or language development.

Students who are enrolled in local preschools or kindergartens and who wish to transfer to NIS after the start of Quarter 3 may be placed on a waiting list or denied admission depending on ELC enrollment capacity and any pending applications. In general, admissions after Quarter 4 has started is reserved for students who have relocated from abroad and have limited options for schooling in Nagoya.

Families living outside of Japan who plan to relocate to Nagoya at mid-year may apply at any time, and enrollment is possible provided there is program compatibility and class availability. Parents are urged to contact the school well in advance of any planned relocation to inquire not only about availability but also to ensure that the NIS ELC program is a good match for your child. As a practice, NIS does close classes once enrollment reaches our maximum capacity.

ELC Tours

NIS always encourages families to visit the school as the best way to ensure that our program is a match for your child and your family’s overall educational goals. Tours of the ELC and the campus, and observation of classes can be arranged through the admissions office. Tours for the ELC, however, do not start until 4-6 weeks after the school year has commenced. Please confirm with the admissions office regarding the timing of ELC tours. NIS does not allow one-day “trial” enrollment or extended lengths of time visiting the classroom for students whose families are considering applying.

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Admissions Open House

While we always prefer to meet with families on an individual basis, NIS also offers Admissions “Open Houses” that provide an option for a more general, group information session for interested parents as well.

Admissions Open House

ELC Preschool Full

As of Sept. 1, 2019, the ELC Preschool (ELC Preschool 3 and 4 class) is full for the 2019-20 school year and all interested families should submit a registration of interest or a complete application to be placed into a wait-pool (wait-list) for mid-year enrollment. Seats are available for the ELC Kindergarten. All applications submitted for the 2019-20 ELC Preschool will be processed as usual, including interviews when appropriate, and only students who have applied will be eligible for consideration. Learn more about the wait-pool HERE

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