School support program

KIST strives to provide an education to children from various socio-economic backgrounds by keeping tuition fees as low as possible. One of the ways this is made possible is through the School Support Program (SSP) in which parents are given the choice of participating in particular duties in lieu of paying an annual fee. This helps us offset the cost of employing additional ancillary staff for particular services. Currently, SSP duty options include bus attendant duty and lunch supervisor duty.


In order to make the SSP as fair as possible, participation, whether through completion of duties or payment of a fee, is compulsory for all families regardless of any separate volunteer support contributed throughout the year.


When families first enroll a child at KIST, they have the option of choosing to participate in the SSP by completing duties or paying an annual fee. The support option selected remains valid during the period of enrollment at KIST. It is also possible to change the support option in subsequent years if preferred.


For families who choose the duties option, the number of duties required per year is based on the timing of initial enrollment, regardless of the number of children in the family enrolled at the school. The table below indicates the number of duties required versus fees (in Japanese yen).


School Support Program Duties Vs. Fees
Timing of initial enrollment Annual number of duties Annual fee option
August - October 4 100,000
November - December 3 75,000
January - March 2 50,000
April - May 1 25,000
June 0 0


Duties not completed during the year may be carried over to the following year; however, they may only be carried over once. Families leaving KIST before completing their required duties will be invoiced at the rate of 25,000 yen for each duty remaining.

Acceptance of an offer of enrollment at KIST indicates an understanding and agreement to cooperate with the SSP. Participation is a condition of continued enrollment. All students benefit from the savings made by parents contributing their time. The support given by parents through the SSP and other additional volunteer support is greatly appreciated.