Okinawa Christian School International’s Admissions Policy sets out the criteria for admitting students to the School.  The page describes our application process, timing, and materials required for your application. We are not a boarding facility and we do not sponsor student visas.

Admission Policies

Age Readiness

  • Students entering Pre-K, must be three years old by September 1 of the admission year. 
  • Students entering Kindergarten, must be five years old by September 1 of the admission year.
  • Students entering 1st grade, must be six years old by September 1 of the admission year. 
  • Students transferring from other schools will be placed in grades appropriate to their age and previously completed grades. 

Health Screening

  • Students must submit a completed physical, to include a TB screening (skin test, x-ray, or QFT).

Residency Requirements

  • Students must reside with a parent or legal guardian or in a school-recognized alternative residence (host family or relative). 
  • Families are responsible for reporting to OCSI when their child is not residing with the parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • OCSI is unable to sponsor student visas; students in Japan on tourist visas are not eligible for enrollment. 

English Language Requirements

  • Students must have English abilities that are appropriate for their grade level. 
  • Applicants for grades 9-12 should have grade-level English proficiency.
  • Applicants for grades 6-8 should be within one grade-level of English proficiency.
  • Applicants for grades 1-5 should be within two grade-levels of English proficiency.
  • Applicants for Pre-K and Kindergarten will undergo a screening process to assess readiness and English proficiency during the interview. 
  • If your child requires English support at the time of enrollment, they may be required to attend the Literacy Support (ESL) class; an additional one-time fee is required. 
  • Parents must understand that OCSI is an English-speaking school and that they are expected to participate in their child’s education by being informed and are responsible for all OCSI expectations and communications in English.

Pre-K Additional Information

  • In order to help students adjust to the new learning environment and to ease the transition, new Pre-K students will be required to attend only half-days for the first week. 
  • Pre-K students are not eligible to ride the bus unless all of the following conditions are met: they have turned five years old, they have a sibling in 3rd grade or above, they only ride the bus one-way.
  • Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child each day at the Pre-K classroom.
  • Pre-K students must be completely toilet trained in order to attend. 

Wait List

When the number of eligible applicants exceeds the availability of spaces for a particular grade, your child may be placed on a waiting list. Families are encouraged to have their child attend an alternative school while on the waiting list. You will be notified by our Admissions team as soon as a seat becomes available; the principals may request additional testing before final acceptance.