Admission Information and Documents

Quality Education in a Caring Environment
The Administration, teachers and staff of Marist Brothers International School (MBIS) invite you to consider our school for your child’s education. Our curriculum, based on the California State Standards, covers ages 3-5 (Montessori), Grades 1-6 (Lower School), and Grades 7-12 (Upper School). All subject areas are taught by appropriately-qualified and experienced teachers.

Enrollment Requirements

Please take a moment to read and become familiar with the school’s admission policy and requirements before proceeding to the application process.

 Enrollment Requirements

 1.     To enter into our Preschool Montessori program, all students must be 3 years old by September 1, of their year of entrance.

2.     A student entering the high school must submit school records for all previous high school coursework.  Credit for graduation cannot be given without a full high school academic history.

 3.     Students transferring from a country whose school year follows a different calendar than MBIS will generally be required to continue in the year they have just completed (For example: a student completing Grade 7 in December in Australia, would remain in Grade 7 at MBIS for the remainder of the academic year).

 4.     All non-native English speakers applying for admission must be assessed for language proficiency.  Students applying for Grades 1-8 must take the Language Assessment Scales (LAS) test.  Students applying for Grades 9-12 must take the Stanford Standardized Test.

English Language Learners

The school has an English Language Learner support program for students from Grades 1 – 8.  Students who apply to enter Grades 9 – 12 must demonstrate above-average proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as in English comprehension.

Special Needs Students

Marist Brothers International School welcomes all applicants, but parents should note that MBIS personnel and facilities cannot accommodate the entire range of student needs, particularly those of severely learning disabled, physically challenged, or emotionally disturbed.  The school has limited resources to deal with mild and moderate learning disabilities, and remedial reading.


Admissions and placement will be determined on an individual basis.  The Admissions Team will make recommendations to the Administration.  The Head of School, in consultation with the Admissions Team, makes all final decisions regarding acceptance and special support required.

Priority of placement will be given to students with fluency in spoken and written English.

For any questions concerning admission please contact:

Marijana Munro (MBIS Head of School)


5 Step Application Process

All documents can be found under the related documents column on the right of the page for download.

1.       Application

Download and complete an Admissions Application Form.

 2.       Documentation Submission

Mail, scan and email, fax or hand-deliver the completed application form to the school, along with all appropriate fee(s) and supporting documents, as listed on the Admissions Application Form.

Marist Brothers International School
1-2-1 Chimori-cho, Suma-ku, Kobe,
JAPAN 654-0072
Ph: +81 78 732 6266        Fax: +81 78 732 6268

3.       Pre-Entry Testing

  1. Parents or Guardians will be contacted by phone or e-mail regarding the scheduling of the date of your child’s interview and entrance test.
  2. All applicants will be tested and/or interviewed to determine their language, numeric, social skills, and course placement.
  3. On the testing day, all applicants are required to bring in the original copies of the submitted documents.

4.       Acceptance

  • If you are applying during the school year, you will be notified of the testing results within 10 business days from the date of the testing.
  • If you are applying for an August admission date, you will be advised no later than May 10th of the status of your application for enrollment in the following school year.

 5.       Final Documentation Submission

All accepted applicants must submit to the school:

  1. All completed Health documentation.
  2. A completed Computer Usage form.
  3. Any other documentation which has been requested from the school.

For further details, or to make an appointment for a school tour, please contact the school office at (078) 732-6266.



1) Do students need to complete an admissions test to enter the school?

Yes, there is an admissions test for each grade. Additionally, for non-native English speakers, a Language Assessment Test is required. All prior student school records are required as part of the application process.

2) Are all nationalities eligible to enroll?

Yes, of course.

3) What happens after students graduate?

MBIS graduates have successfully entered colleges and universities worldwide.

4) If our child is not fluent in English, is it possible to enroll them in a grade lower than their age group?

No. Students are enrolled in their age-appropriate grade. There is various and extensive ELL support available for students.

5) Do your students wear uniforms?

Yes, we have a strict uniform policy. Please click on the Uniform link for further information and images. Uniforms can be purchased from Kobe Daimaru (078 331 8121).

6) Can graduates attend Japanese universities?

Yes, students have many national university options, including Waseda University, Kwansei Gakuin, Sophia University, ICU, and Doshisha University.

7) Do you offer student residences or boarding facilities?

No, not a this time.

8) Do you provide visas for the students?

No. It is the responsibility of the family to apply for a visa.

9) Do you have school buses?

Yes, there are two routes the Shioya route and the Ashiya/Sannomiya route. The buses stop at Motomachi, Sannomiya, Mikage, Ashiya, and Shioya. Buses leave school approximately 15 minutes after school ends.

10) Do the school fees include student supplies?

No, supplies are the responsibility of the family. Students are issued with textbooks. Some special courses (such as AP courses) may require additional textbook purchases.