Information for Prospective Students (2022-23)


The 2022-23 school year begins on Saturday, September 10, 2022. (in-person classes)



  • Beginning level: Incoming Kindergartners & 1st graders (at regular weekday school)
    (Transitional Kindergartners and 2nd-8th graders will be considered if space is available)

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


Class observations:  Due to COVID Protocols, we are suspending all class observations this year. 

  • 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 14   (Saturday AM)
  • June 11  (Saturday AM)
  • July 9     (Saturday AM)


New Student Application Period:  through June 11, 2022, or until classes reach capacity (we recommend applying early)


New Student Application fee:  $60 (non-refundable)

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:  Click   on the homepage, and submit the "Student's Background in Japanese Studies" form.


STEP 3:  Please check the page in 24-48 hours, and submit the "New Student Application."


STEP 4:  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).
  • Principal Norio Miyago will contact you to schedule a Zoom meeting.


LAST STEP to Enroll:  Register and pay tuition (online) between 5/1 and 6/11/22

  • Check our homepage on 5/1/22 for registration instructions.
  • From 6/12/22, registration will be accepted if space is available. $50 Late Registration Fee will apply.

Other Information:


2022-23 Tuition:  $875 (total for the year) for full payment (or $310 x 3 installment payments)

$50 Late Registration Fee will apply from June 12, 2022


Class Session:  9/10/22 - 6/3/23


Class Times:


Class Placements 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). 


If you have a schedule conflict that cannot be changed, we will make every effort to accommodate your child, but please understand that this may result in a class placement that is not optimal for your child's level.


(Note: The Stage Presentation and Completion/Graduation Ceremony are all-morning events; the Picnic is an all-day Sunday event.)



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