The Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Boarding at HIS

Welcome to Hokkaido International School and your home away from home. The dorm parents, staff and teachers are committed to providing you with a supportive living experience over the time that you are learning at HIS. 

In response to the growing popularity of our boarding program, in 2017 ~ 18, the Executive Board approved and oversaw the construction of a major extension to the on campus dormitory. 

With a new capacity of 40 students (20 girls, 20 boys), we currently anticipate spaces for the 2023 - 2024 school year, however, we would encourage you to apply early in 2023, since we could see wait lists.

Boarding Program Mission

Our boarding program mission is to provide students with a healthy and supportive environment. We provide a safe, family-like atmosphere so our residents may reach their potential.

We count on your cooperation and commitments to:

  • Your Education
  • Your HIS Community
  • Your Dorm Community
  • Your Dorm Parents

All are essential as we all work toward an excellent year in the dorm and at school.

Greetings from the Dorm Parents, Dan and Lerida, Raluca, and Neil!

Dan Stern

From Minnesota. Dan has always loved to travel. As a teacher and dorm parent, he believes relationships, respect, and dignity are the foundation of any fruitful partnership. In his free time, he plays basketball and board games. 

Lérida Jerez

Lérida was born in Mexico City many springs ago. She enjoys traveling, baking, and cooking as long as she doesn't have to do the dishes. Besides being a dorm parent, she also teaches elementary in HIS. 


Raluca Nagy

Originally from Romania, Raluca has lived in Belgium, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Japan. Before starting to write fiction six years ago, she worked as an anthropologist and lecturer. Raluca is still teaching part-time, currently at Hokkaido University. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, winter sports, and reading.

Neil Maclean

Originally from the United Kingdom, Neil has lived and taught in Vietnam, France, Italy, Belgium, Romania as well as Japan. Before moving into secondary teaching eight years ago, he worked as a journalist and editor. In his free time, Neil enjoys winter sports, creative activities, and discovering new places.


HIS Boarding  Information & Fees