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International Schools in Sapporo Japan

Hokkaido International School

Hokkaido International School is located in Sapporo's Toyohira-ku, in the community of Hiragishi, approximately 14 minutes from downtown on the Nanboku subway line. The school is about a five-minute-walk from Sumikawa station.

 photograph of HIS school building & dormitory

Historical Background

Founded as the "American School" in 1958, Hokkaido's only international school became "HIS" in 1961 with a new campus that opened in Fukuzumi a year later. In 1995, we moved into a brand new building in Hiragishi.

Accreditation and Affiliations

HIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools, the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools, American Overseas Schools, and the Japan-America Society. HIS is registered by the Japanese Ministry of Education under gakko hojin status.

Campus

Constructed between June 1994 and August 1995 as a joint-venture of Japanese and American companies, the building occupies four floors. Thirteen classrooms, a six-thousand-volume library, science and computer labs, and rooms for art and music occupy the second and third floors. The gymnasium/stage and training room occupy the top floor. The ground floor contains classrooms for preschool and kindergarten, and features the multi-purpose room, International Room, kitchen, staff room, and administrative offices. In addition, there is a spacious dormitory that can accomodate 20 students.
Computers have been a part of classroom instruction since the mid-1980s. From 1993 through 1996, HIS has acquired over 45 Macintosh color computers. In the computer room, 19 stations, and two printers are linked by Ethernet and Timbuktu Pro.
The gym is available for a variety of groups for indoor sports activities and special programs.

Admission

Although H.I.S. admits all expatriate children regardless of their English ability, English is the language of instruction, and all of our students must understand and speak it. Host nationals may be admitted based upon their English ability and interviews with the faculty. The headmaster, in consultation with the classroom teacher, determines admission eligibility and the entrance grade level. Students may be required to complete courses in English as a second language (ESL) before being permitted to attend regular classes.

Philosophy

Hokkaido International School strives to serve Hokkaido's international community and particularly those whose educational needs can be met by an English-based curriculum with educational standards similar to those of other international schools.
We acknowledge the uniqueness and value of each individual. We believe that students should have opportunities to develop pride in themselves, and to fulfill their potential.
We believe that to live effectively in the modern world, we need to develop a global perspective that promotes international cooperation and understanding.
We recognize the importance of collaboration among school personnel, parents, and relevant community organizations to address the social, emotional, and ethical growth of our students while instilling in them the skills to explore, adjust to, and serve an ever-changing world.
We believe that change within the school must be well-considered and systematic, based on long-range plans. Whenever it is appropriate, decisions should be made through a shared process involving those who will be affected.

CONTACT

Hokkaido International School

Wayne Rutherford

1-55 5-jo 19-chome, Hiragishi
Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 062-0935

Tel: 011-816-5000

Fax: 011-816-2500
E-mail:
his@his.ac.jp

Website: www.his.ac.jp

 

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CONTACT

Hokkaido International School

Wayne Rutherford

1-55 5-jo 19-chome, Hiragishi
Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 062-0935

Tel: 011-816-5000

Fax: 011-816-2500
E-mail:
his@his.ac.jp

Website: www.his.ac.jp

 
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