About Hokkaido International School

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Hokkaido International School is a private (secular), coeducational day/boarding school offering an American-style education from early years to high school for students of all nationalities. HIS was founded in 1958 and remains the only international school on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) and the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS). English is the language of instruction.

Foundational School Statements 

VISION STATEMENT: To emerge as a leading center for authentic learning where academics, arts, athletics and attitudes are integrated into environmental and experiential education.

MISSION STATEMENT: HIS emphasizes active learning within an internationally-minded community. We embrace a comprehensive approach to education by encouraging excellence and perseverance in all endeavors.

LEARNING STATEMENT: At HIS, learning is the process of making and applying connections between knowledge, skills and understandings through inquiry based, multi-age, collaborative and experiential instruction.

Learning Outcomes "THE HUSKIES" 

Honest Learners and Leaders who
  • manage their lives with integrity 
  • make ethical and moral choices 
  • are self-motivated and self-directed 
  • set high standards 
Understanding Collaborators who
  • contribute to the betterment of groups 
  • analyze, evaluate and synthesize information 
  • work well with diverse individuals and situations 
  • actively participate in service
Solution Creators who
  • persevere 
  • self reflect 
  • demonstrate resilience and flexibility 
  • strive for innovation
Knowledgeable Thinkers who
  • show curiosity and interest in their world
  • are confident and explore new experiences 
  • demonstrate purposeful creativity 
  • use multiple resources for research
Internationally Minded Citizens who
  • display courtesy and respect for themselves and others 
  • are caring stewards of their own and the global environment
  • transfer knowledge and skills to real-world situations 
  • understand cultural and personal differences
Effective Communicators who
  • actively and empathetically listen, speak and discuss 
  • read and write critically and effectively
  • purposefully use technology 
  • express themselves through the arts
Socially & Personally Responsible Individuals who
  • take ownership for their identity and actions 
  • demonstrate reliability and commitment 
  • manage personal resources 
  • pursue physical and mental health

Accreditation, Associations & Memberships 

Hokkaido International School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) and the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS). HIS is an International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and an International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) school.
HIS' latest accreditation term of 6 years was granted in 2018


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University Partnership Agreement 

Hokkaido University signed a partnership agreement with Sapporo University in the early winter of 2012. The relationship has benefited HIS students by giving them greater access to the facilities of a university, including sport, performance and library facilities, alongside an expansion of learning opportunities. 

The Community 

Hokkaido International School is located in Sapporo, the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost major island. A metropolis of 1.9 million, Sapporo is the largest city on the island and the 5th largest city in Japan.


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