About Hokkaido International School

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The Faculty 

HIS has 18 full time and 13 part time teachers, Pre K-12. The upper school has 13 teachers, 6 of whom share time in elementary. Teachers on staff come from the USA, Canada, Australia, Peru, Bulgaria, and Japan. Of the secondary staff, 70% have advanced degrees. Student/Teacher ratio in the upper school is approximately 10:1 and class size average is about 17 pupils per class.

The School Year 

The HIS school year is 180 days long and is divided into semesters. HIS follows a rotational, A-day B-day block schedule with 4 blocks on each day. The school year begins in mid-August and ends in mid-June with a one-week fall break in October, a three-week winter break in December/ January, and a one-week spring break in March.

The Curriculum

HIS' curriculum begins in the Early Years (ages 3 & 4) with a Reggio Emilia inspired classroom where children, through teacher guided "provocations" inspire students to curiosity, creative play, expression and questioning. At the elementary level the core of the curriculum is defined by the International Primary Curriculum. The middle school follows the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). At the high school level, HIS offers a Western-style, college-preparatory curriculum culminating in AP offerings in Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, European History, US History, Comparative Government, Studio Art, English Language and Literature, and Japanese. From 2012-2013 HIS is offering outdoor education as an option in its high school program.

Grading Scale

(Due to small class size, HIS does not compute a class rank.)
(HIS does not give A+)  

  A = 94%-100%   B+ = 87%-89%
  A- = 90%-93%   B = 84%-86%
          B- = 80%-83%
  C+ = 77%-79%   D+ = 67%-69%
  C = 74%-76%   D = 64%-66%
  C- = 70%-73%   D- = 60%-63%
          F =  0%-60%

Middle School and High School Courses Offered 2016-2017

For detailed information on HIS Middle School and High School courses, please visit the Academics page and scroll down to Course Descriptions.

Middle School (Follows the International Middle Years Curriculum)

Core Subjects
Language Arts
Social Studies
Math
Science
Physical Education
Languages - choose one of the following:
Japanese, Spanish, English Language Learning (extended English)

Electives - students must choose two of the following:
Drama
Visual Art
Instrumental Music
Jazz Band
Keyboard (beginner piano) on a rotation for 2017 ~ 18
Creative Writing
Note: students must choose one drama, one visual art and one music course over the three years of middle school.

High School - Grades 9 and 10

Core Subjects
Language Arts - 2 year cycle of ancient and modern world
Social Studies - 2 year cycle of ancient and modern world
Math - geometry in 9th grade and algebra 2 in 10th grade
Science - 2 year cycle of physics and environmental
Physical Education
Languages - choose one of the following:
Japanese, Spanish, English Language Learning (extended English)

Electives - students must choose two of the following:
Outdoor Pursuits
Drama
Visual Art
Instrumental Music
Jazz Band
Music Theory 1
Media and Publication

High School - Grades 11 and 12 (students select 8 courses)

Literature - 2 year cycle of USA and Europe
(can be taken at the AP level)
History - 2 year cycle of USA and Europe
(can be taken at the AP level)
Math Courses - Math for All Practical Purposes, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus
Science - 2 year cycle of biology and chemistry
Physical Education
Japanese (can be taken at the AP level)
Spanish
English Language Learning (extended English)
Outdoor Pursuits

Drama
Visual Art
(can be taken at the AP level)
Instrumental Music
Jazz Band
AP Music Theory
Media and Publication
Outdoor Leadership
Online Courses from BYU (need principalʼs permission)
Study Hall
(need principalʼs permission)

 
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