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Hokkaido Int'l School Mr. Wayne Rutherford, Headmaster
Hokkaido International School
1-55, 5-jo, 19-chome
Hiragishi, Toyohira-ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan 062-0935
Tel: 81-11-816-5000
Fax: 81-11-816-2500
E-mail: his@his.ac.jp


The Hokkaido International School (HIS) is a private, coeducational day and boarding school that offers a U.S.-style education from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1958. The school year comprises 3 trimesters extending from late-August to mid-June.

Organization: The Executive Board is selected by the previous year's Executive Board and approved at the annual Spring Association Meeting. The Executive Board's 6 members, who may or may not be parents, serve 3-year terms. A representative from the U.S. Consulate and the School's administrator also sit on the board.

Curriculum: The School's curriculum is U.S. and English is the language of instruction. The School is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools and the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Japanese Ministry of Education has registered HIS under Gakko Hojin (legal holding body) status. The School is incorporated as a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon, as the Hokkaido International School Corporation.

Faculty: In the 2000-2001 school year there are 24 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members, including 11 U.S. citizens, 7 host-country nationals, and 10 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 178. Of the total, 23 were U.S. citizens, 61 were host-country nationals, and 94 were third-country nationals.

Facilities: Constructed between June 1994 and August 1995 as a joint venture of Japanese and U.S. companies, the school building occupies 4 floors. Fourteen classrooms, a 6,000-volume library, science and computer labs, and rooms for art and music occupy the 2nd and 3rd floors. The gymnasium/stage and training room are located on the top floor. The ground floor contains classrooms for preschool and kindergarten and features the multi-purpose area, the International Room, a kitchen, a staff room, and administrative offices. Next to the school building, there is a dormitory to accommodate 20 students from outside Sapporo.

Finances: For the 2000-2001 school year, the School's income derives from regular day school tuition and fees, rentals, gifts, and grants. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $4,666; Kdg.: $6,571; Grades 1-6: $6,666; Grades 7-9: $6,952; and Grades 10-12: $7,142. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of $1.00=&#yen;105.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.