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 kindergarten students of any language ability. It is not imperative that a child speaks English or Japanese for acceptance into Kindergarten. Students will be taught language foundations throughout the kindergarten year. 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 those students entering the School into the International Division from Year 1, an English language proficiency assessment is required. Our language learning 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.