About Hokkaido International School

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The Faculty 

HIS Sapporo has 20 full time and 6 part time teachers, Pre K-12. The upper school has 17 teachers, 7 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 AP Capstone (Seminar and Research), Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, World History, European History, US History, Comparative Government, Studio Art, English Language and Literature, and Japanese. Outdoor education is an important part of the middle school and high school curriculum.
Starting in 2019-2020, AP Human Geography and AP Psychology will be offered at HIS.

HIS Secondary Grading Scale

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Secondary Courses Offered

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:
Design
Visual Art
Beginner Band
Advanced Band
Choir
Dance
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, Algebra 1, Algebra 2
Science - General Science, Biology, Chemistry
Physical Education
Languages - choose one of the following:
Japanese, Spanish, English Language Learning (extended English)

Electives
Outdoor Education
Publications
Visual Art
Beginner Band
Advanced Band
Design
Dance
Choir

High School - Grades 11 and 12

Core Subjects
Language and Literature - 2 year cycle of US and European literature and language study
(can be taken at the AP level)
US History (can be taken at the AP level)
Math Courses - Practical Math, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus
Science - Biology, Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, AP Biology
Physical Education
Japanese (can be taken at the AP level)
Spanish
English Language Learning (extended English)

Electives
Design
Visual Art (can be taken at the AP level)
Beginner Band
Advanced Band
Dance
Choir
Publications
Outdoor Education
Online Courses (need principalʼs permission)

 
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