High School at HIS
The four-year high school curriculum at HIS is taught through two multiage groupings:
Grades 9 and 10, and Grades 11 and 12.
The 9th and 10th Grade Curriculum
Prerequisite courses for the 9th & 10th grade years are: Mathematics, Literature, History, Science and Physical Education.
The humanities themes of Ancient Civilizations & Literature (2014 - 2015) and Modern Civilizations and Literature (2015 - 2016), rotate on a two year basis. At the completion of this two year cycle students can choose to take the AP examination for World History.
Science also rotates on a two year basis between Physics and AP Environmental Science.
Within classes students can opt to take the course at a standard level, or challenge themselves by taking the course at an honors level.
Ninth and tenth grade students have three areas from which to select electives: languages, arts, media our outdoor Ed. If they are still developing their English language skills and the ELL director recommends it, they must continue in English Language Learning (ELL). If they are not enrolled in ELL they may choose Japanese language or they may take Spanish. The other two electives can be chosen from the following; visual art, choir, instrumental music, jazz band, music theory, drama, outdoor pursuits or media and publications.
The 11th and 12th Grade Curriculum
There are themes for humanities that rotate on a two year basis with year one being the United States, and year two Europe.
Science also rotates on a two year basis with year one being chemistry and year two biology.
In the 11th and 12th grades students can choose from a wide variety of electives which include visual art, choir, instrumental music, jazz band, music theory, drama, psychology, outdoor leadership or media and publications.
Within classes students can opt to take the course at a standard level, or challenge themselves by taking the course at an honors or AP level.
AP Note for 2013-2014
Available courses include English Literature and Composition, US History, World History, Japanese, Calculus, Physics, Music Theory, and Studio Art.
For more information on courses, please go to Course Descriptions.
More HIS High School Information
For a list of credit requirements for graduation please see the HIS Secondary Handbook. Students and parents are encouraged to read the Secondary Student Handbook for further information about high school at Hokkaido International School. You may view, save, and print a copy by clicking 2013-2014 HIS Secondary Student Handbook. (PDF 729 KB).