FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)…

1. Does the Kindergarten or the School have vacancies for my child?

While there are waiting lists for some year groups but this changes all the time throughout the school year. For up to date information on the availability of places, please contact our Admissions Office via email to either info@angelsenglish.com or school@angelsenglish.com

Note that the vacancies cannot be confirmed until all the application has been submitted and the registration papers have been duly processed.

2. What are the conditions for due entry?

LAIK/ LAIS enrolment policy is academically non-selective. However all the subjects are taught in English and therefore proficiency in English relevant to age is a must. The school will test the student to determine the level of proficiency for each student.

More information on pre-registration eligibility can be found on our site in the relevant section.

3. Apply for a place for my child?

Application intent forms can be submitted on the Admissions page. Further refer to the Admissions process to determine the exact requirements and due dates for submissions and payments.

4. How long does the application process take?

The parent must submit an application form (available at the school office), duly filled in and later the registration forms as well. If already enrolled in another kindergarten/ school, the same will be duly contacted for a written report and if everything is satisfactory and there are places available, the candidate and/or parents will be called in for a test or interview (as deemed necessary), and upon successful completion, a place will be offered. This process can take between 4 weeks – 2 months.

5. What is the deadline for applications?

While the normal intake is in September and secondary admissions in April each year, special consideration is given to students who may be forced to arrive in Japan at other times. As the international community remains flexible and also in view of job changes etc, Little Angels welcomes applications all year round and students arriving from overseas can start at any time during the academic year, sufficient care will be taken to address the needs of such students.

6. What 'Year' will my child will be enrolled in?

In general, all admissions in our Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High school are based upon academic merit and ability. However, for the benefit of our Japanese clientele, the school year groups are determined by approximate age groups. The school will administer appropriate tests to determine the child’s ability and advise upon the “Year” level he or she should be enrolled in. Note that age alone is not a sufficient criteria for a student’s enrolment in a particular grade.

7. What facilities exist for children with special needs?

The LAIS school policy is tailored to meet the requirements of all type of learners. The kindergarten and school both offer special assistance to students in need.

In the Kindergarten, the role of the school counselor is to identify any learning disabilities or special requirements of the child and together with the school leadership, tailors an appropriate learning strategy coupled with teacher participation.

In the Elementary School, any special learning needs are identified by the leadership and help is offered. While students requiring special or Intensive English may be asked to participate in the IEC program, other students with requirements in Logic or Emotional needs may be offered suitable counseling at school. Note that such help is only for facilitating the student and regular outside consultation with a specialist may be warranted in such cases. In general, most learning needs are catered to and for within the classroom by the class teacher and teaching assistant in partnership with parents. This implies the need and may involve an Individual Focused Scheme in order to improve upon key development targets which are planned with the parents. The school communicates with parents if the need for speech or occupation therapy is considered necessary; parents are put in touch with a relevant specialist who carry out assessments and agree a support schedule with school. Parents however must meet the fees for these special services.

This school support service is reviewed in each semester and may be continued or stopped depending on the student’s ability.In the middle school, learning support needs are coordinated by the Coordinator and assisted by a full-time Learning Support staff (if deemed necessary). English development needs are assessed on an individual basis both for English as an Additional Language and for specific learning difficulties. Suitable support may be offered via the in-class help as well as extra targeted sessions for individuals and small groups. For those taking the Checkpoint, IGCSE and A level exams, support can sometimes include an application for extra exam time.

8. What are the class sizes?

The normal number of students per class in the kindergarten may vbary from 15-20 and for all other years, the normal class size is 10-22, although from High school upwards most class sizes are much smaller than this. In some classes, the student body may be very small depending on the number of students selecting particular subject options.

9. What is the staff to student ratio?

All kindergarten classes have a class teacher for teaching various subjects (in alternation) but music, physical education and Art classes will be taught by dedicated teachers. In the elementary classes and upwards, the classes have individual subject Teachers. Our teachers often participate in regular training offered by internal and external staff and possess suitable certifications.

10. What languages are taught at Little Angels?

The English language is the medium of instruction from Kindergarten through High School.

However, Japanese is taught from Year 2 and follows the same curriculum as that recommended by the Japanese Ministry of Education for the age level.

The Chinese language is taught from Y4 upwards but remains an optional subject in the higher grade levels. Depending on demand, French, German, Spanish etc., may also be offered.

As of 2015, English, Japanese and Chinese are offered at Checkpoint and at the IGCSE level and beyond.

11. What nationalities are represented in the student population?

As of February, 2015, the school has over 120 students with over 12 nationalities and the school offers a dynamic and fostering international experience to all the students.

12. What about school uniforms?

The students from Kindergarten through the Elementary School must wear the School uniform as prescribed. However, there are exceptions on certain days and events. Kindly refer to the LAIS school uniform policy for more details.

13. Do you operate a school bus?

A bus service exists for the kindergarten only. It operates between the Main campus and Station campuses and covers the area between Ogikubo to Kogane. Exact details can be ascertained from the school office.

Seats on the bus need to be booked and paid for a term in advance. For further details and payment arrangements contact the school office.

The school does not provide bus or transportation services in the Elementary through High School.

14. School start and end timings?

Kindly refer to sample KG, ES, MS or HS schedule in the relevant links to learn more.

15. Are there any after-school activities?

The school provides after-school ‘care’ services (until 6PM on working days only) for children in Kindergarten through Year 4 of elementary school. During that time, the students are actively involved with homework preparations, playing logical games / puzzles, viewing videos, playing some sport activities within the school campus.

The Calligraphy club, Dance club and other learning activities are some of the special activities on offer.

16. What about sponsored students from Embassies and Corporations?

The Little Angels International School is a pioneer in enabling students learn in English and within an international environment thereby fostering a bright future amongst the student body.

The school actively welcomes sponsorship from Embassies or Consulates in Japan. We have a special program to make our school a welcome and effective alternative for foreign representative and their children / wards. Please contact us directly for more information. Fees may be paid directly by the concerned embassy or consulate on behalf of the children.

As a legally incorporated body under the Laws of Japan, the School understands the true value of corporate membership, associated social benefits and the economic matters. We sincerely welcome all corporations (Domestic or Foreign owned) to get in touch with us directly via mail or the Telephone. All corporate members are required to pay an initial joining fee and a yearly (renewable) membership fee, which entitles the member company to send children (certain conditions apply) to our school at huge discounts. We also plan to offer specially tailored programs (during the Spring / Summer) for the corporate sponsored students.

Email for Embassies and Corporations: sponsor@angelsenglish.com or call us at 0422-57-6887.

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