Admissions Procedures

St. Mary’s International School serves the diverse international community of Tokyo, Japan. Any student may seek admission, regardless of religion, nationality or ethnic origin. School records from the previous two years should be submitted at the time of application.


How to Apply

Please send the following items at the time of application:

  • completed application forms including a recent photo of the applicant;
  • records of all previous schools;
  • teacher recommendations (see application forms);
  • a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport page showing his birthday;
  • a recent family photo;
  • a ¥20,000 application fee, which may be paid online here.

Upon submission of these documents, please call the St. Mary’s Admissions Office to arrange Screening Test with the respective building principal.


Screening Test

A screening test with the purpose of determining if the student has the requisite language level and academic background to enable him to follow our curriculum is compulsory for all prospective students. The screening test consists of several components:

  • an oral interview;
  • a mathematics screening check;
  • an English language exam measuring grade level reading, vocabulary and usage;
  • a writing sample.

After the screening test has been completed, the principal and admissions team will review all the application material and make a decision regarding acceptance. Students may be denied admission to St. Mary’s based on the results of the test.

Once officially accepted, the student will be placed in learning groups accordingly and the parents should:

  • pay the registration fee;
  • pay the required tuition and other fees according to the policies of the school;
  • submit the remaining application forms (ID form, health form, and bus form if applicable).


Applicants from Outside Japan

Applicants residing outside Japan may also apply without a personal visit and may be given tentative acceptance based on school records. However, in such cases, the interview should be scheduled upon arrival in Japan and, as with any other student, the Screening Test will be administered to the student before he can be officially enrolled at St. Mary’s.


Requirements

Age Requirements

St. Mary’s International School adheres to certain age restrictions for admission into the various grade levels. A child must be 5 years old by September 1 of the year of admission to be eligible for the Readiness Program (Kindergarten), or 6 years old for Grade 1. The age requirements for grade placement are as follows:

Grade
Age on Sep 1
RP
5 years old
Grade 1
6 years old
Grade 2
7 years old
Grade 3
8 years old
Grade 4
9 years old
Grade 5
10 years old
Grade 6
11 years old
Grade 7
12 years old
Grade 8
13 years old
Grade 9
14 years old
Grade 10
15 years old
Grade 11
16 years old
Grade 12
17 years old


English Requirements

  • Applicants to RP and Grade 1: English proficiency sufficient to follow the regular school program is required for acceptance. In order to be considered for an interview, a student must have either attended an English-speaking Kindergarten or have received a satisfactory score on a standardized readiness test. Exceptions are made for students in Grade 1 who may be eligible for our English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
  • Applicants to Grades 2 to 5: English proficiency sufficient to follow the regular school program is required for acceptance. In order to be considered for an interview, a student must have either attended an English-speaking school or have received a satisfactory score on a standardized readiness test. Exceptions are made for students who may be eligible for our English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
  • Applicants to Grade 6: In order to be considered for an interview, we strongly prefer that the applicants have had at least one year in a school where the main language of instruction is English. However, we are willing to receive applications from any student wishing to enter Grade 6 so long as it is understood that language ability will be one important factor in deciding whether to proceed to the interview and testing stages.
  • Applicants to Grade 7 to 12: In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must have studied at least two years in a school where the main language of instruction is English. These two years of English language schooling must have taken place within the previous three years.


Application Process for RP and Grade 1

The following dates are for the 2020-21 school year.

Readiness Program (RP)

Application is due
November 1
Call to schedule appointment for interview and screening
November 13 – 29
Teacher Recommendation (Form #4) is due

(Note: Form #4 should be sent directly from your son’s school)

January 7
Interviews & Screening with applicant and both parents
January 8 – February 7
Current school progress report is due
January 27
Admission decision letters sent out
Last week of February
Acceptance form is due
March 6
Registration fee is due
Two weeks after invoice date

Grade 1

Application is due
November 1
Call to schedule appointment for interview
November 5 – 12
Teacher Recommendation (Form #4) is due

(Note: Form #4 should be sent directly from your son’s school)

November 8
Interview with applicant and both parents
November 18 – December 13
Screening at 9:00 am
January 18
Current school progress report is due
January 27
Admission decision letters sent out
February 14
Acceptance form is due
February 24
Registration fee is due
Two weeks after invoice date