HIS is registered as a school under the rules and regulations of the Japanese Gakko Hojin. These rules require HIS to have two boards; the Executive Board and the Board of Councilors. HIS is a nonprofit school and its board members volunteer their services to the school.
The Executive Board is responsible for:
- setting policy
- financial oversight
- hiring the Head of School
- overseeing program assessment
- long-range planning
- maintaining a relationship with the Board of Councilors as outlined by the Board of Councilor's Ground Rules
The Executive Board Submits candidates for Board membership to the Board of Councilors for approval. The Executive Board's nine members, consisting of parents and former parents, serve up to a maximum of two, three-year terms. A representative from the U.S. Consulate, and the Head of School, also hold voting seats on the Executive Board.
The Board of Councilors
The Board of Councilors (currently 24 members) meets twice a year in October and May to approve the school budgets, approve new members to both boards, approve the hiring of a new head of school, and approve major long term decisions that are proposed by the Executive Board. Board of Councilors members are selected from the broader HIS and Sapporo community from people who have a demonstrated commitment, interest, and involvement in HIS.