Enrolment FAQs

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions we receive regarding our enrolment process. We hope we are able to answer all of your queries, but if not, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your additional queries.

We advise parents to apply online for Kindergarten before June in the year prior to entry at the latest. That said, we do accept enrolments for the entirety of the year, subject to availability. Be quick to secure your place!

Regrettably, it is a requirement that all applicants to SJIS undergo either an assessment or interview with the Head for admission to the International Division and with the Deputy Principal/School Principal for entry into the Japanese Division. This step is crucial in determining the child’s ‘school readiness.’ Additionally, children must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian during the assessment process.

We can only accept children from families that have permanent residency or have the legal temporary visas to be able to live and work in Australia. Tourist visas are not eligible for enrolment. Please note, all visas must be arranged prior to application to the school.

Regrettably, SJIS does not accept enrolments from students on international student visas. Parents must have either Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency, or hold an Australian business, researcher or student visa. Tourist visas are not eligible for enrolment at SJIS.

Our staff work diligently to make sure that students feel welcome immediately, even if they have never spoken a word of Japanese or English. SJIS accepts students of any language ability. It is not imperative that a child speaks English or Japanese for acceptance into our school. Students will be taught language foundations starting from Kindergarten. SJIS provides a safe and nurturing environment for children to pick up the necessary language foundations and conventions to excel in their continued education. For students enrolling in the International Division without strong English skills, we offer a dedicated language support (EAL/D) program delivered by a specialist teacher in a tailored learning environment.

Both our English and Japanese language classes are set up in a three-tiered structure (streamed by language ability), which ensures that all children are placed in the right language ability class for them to learn and flourish.

Absolutely. We offer Experience Days for those families interested in enrolling their child/children in the school, but who wish to experience a day at school first. Experience Days are priced at $150/day. For more information on Experience Days, please contact us

Yes, we are a co-educational, non-denominational, multicultural school which welcomes ALL children from ALL nationalities and religions.

Yes. We offer a 10% reduction when two children from the same family enrol at SJIS. For three or more siblings, a 50% discount rate is applied from the third child.