Information for Prospective Students (2024-25) 


Apply Early. Openings for New Students are limited.


Class Session:  September 7, 2024 - June 7, 2025  (in-person classes)


New Student Application Period:  through April 30, 2024, or until classes reach capacity


New Student Application fee:  $75  (non-refundable)



  • Beginning level:  Incoming Kindergartners & 1st graders  (at regular weekday school)
              (Transitional Kindergartners and 2nd-6th graders will be admitted if space is available)

  • Other levels:  Incoming Kindergartners through 11th graders  (at regular weekday school)
              (Placement Test required; must be able to read and write all hiragana)


Class observations:  We do not have class observation sessions. 

  • Here is an introduction video if you would like to see what we do.
  • If you would like to view a video of our beginning level class (kinder-1st graders), please indicate your request in the Comments section of the “Student’s Background” form, and we will send you a private link.


Placement Test Dates   (not applicable for beginning level students): 

  • May 11   (Saturday AM)
  • June 8    (Saturday AM & PM)

New Student Application Instructions:


STEP 1 for Current SMNG Families: 

  • Log in to your family account.
  • Select the "Family Information" form.
  • On the "Student Information" page, click "I have another student" and enter student's information.


STEP 1 for Families new to SMNG: 

  • Click here to provide us with your contact and student information.
  • Select "Create Account" (New User) and fill in Parent's name, email address, and select your password.
  • Click "Verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
  • Once you have verified your email address, log back in.
  • Complete the "Family Information" form.


STEP 2:  Submit the "Background in Japanese Studies" form.

  • Form is on the   page.


STEP 3:  Schedule your Meeting with the Principal.

  • This is a 15-minute session for the Principal to meet with both the New Student and Parent(s).
  • Select a day which is within 1 month of submitting the Background form. (Note: last meeting date is 4/27/24)
  • Sign-up form is on the  page.


STEP 4:  Submit the "New Student Application" by 4/30/24

  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Details will be provided during your meeting with the Principal.


STEP 5:  Register and pay tuition (online) between 5/1 and 6/15/24

  • Check our homepage on May 1st for registration instructions.
  • From 6/16/24, registration will be accepted if space is available. $75 Late Registration Fee will apply.

Other Information:


Tuition for 2024-25

  • $940 for full payment (or $500 x 2 installment payments)
  • $75 Late Registration Fee will apply from June 16, 2024



  • The full Annual Tuition is non-refundable from August 15, 2024.  This applies for both Full Payment and Installment Payment registrations.
  • Withdrawals prior to August 15, 2024 will be entitled to a refund of tuition paid less a $200 administrative fee.
  • Any exceptions to the refund policy will require approval by the Board of Directors for such extraordinary circumstances.
  • No tuition fee adjustments for holidays, short-term and long-term absences, suspensions, and emergency school closures.


Class Assignment

  • Class Assignments will be announced in late August.
  • Please keep your Saturday mornings open as your child could be placed in either A-class (8:20-10:10am) or B-class (10:25am-12:15pm).
    (Note: Aside from regular classes, the Stage Presentation and Completion/Graduation Ceremony are all-morning events; the Picnic/Undoukai is an all-day Sunday event.)


Please see our FAQ page and explore our website for more details.