Show your team spirit! Come and support our Dragons at their home games this week.
Established in 2011, the ICJC is designed to help students as well as the greater YIS community explore and appreciate Japan's rich, unique culture through curriculum enhancement programs, music and arts education programs, hands-on workshops, Yokohama historical tours, and lectures by special guests.
It was truly an inspiring sight to see so many of our students, both returning and new, actively joining their peers on the court, the pitch, and running through the streets of Yokohama. Regardless of the eventual team results at the end of this season, it is easy for me to say that this season has already been a successful one.
Although mountain biking can be fun, and climbing rocks can be thrilling, the reasons for YIS having a scaffolded Outdoor Education program extend beyond only having fun.
Director of University Counseling, Hillary Hewins, emphasizes the importance of learning about oneself in high school in order to navigate the university search and application process.
Welcome to the new school year! Today we welcomed 670 students from 54 nationalities who, as always, brought a renewed energy that makes international schools the vibrant places they are.
The only way to get better at it is to read more, and there is no such thing as a bad book.
Summer is a time for relaxation and fun. As international families, we often use the time to travel, explore new places, or to reconnect with our home country and family.
On a beautiful sunny day on Saturday the 57 members of the YIS Class of 2017 celebrated their high school graduation along with families and friends.
The IB program and inquiry-based learning is so important. In the corporate world, it's translated as thought leadership, and the ability to communicate clearly is a really needed skill.
We arrived to Japan the week before the YIS Food Fair two years ago. I knew about it before we got here because I was looking at the school website, and I thought, what a great opportunity to go see the school and to introduce the kids to the school. So we really started YIS with the Food Fair.
YIS parent and middle school coach
Seeing the progression of skill is great, because by the time the season ends, you have a completely different player. You can't underestimate a player's potential to grow and learn. What you see on day 1 is not what you'll see on the last day of the season..
We chose YIS because we wanted an IB school for Audrey and Jasmine. Our biggest desire for them in life and in education is to be happy, confident, open minded and well balanced. We feel YIS embodies this ethos and is a small enough school that the girls feel comfortable and important.
Grade 3 Teacher
I enjoy leading the Nature Club with Sketching, an Elementary School activity. This activity always includes two optional family weekends to the Oi Bird Park in Tokyo and a hike along the Enkaizan trail to Kamakura.
I am passionate about outdoor education. In my previous school, I led expeditions to regions like the Amazon rainforest and the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada mountains taking advantage of the diverse geography of Colombia.
Team Leader of Physical Education
I love sports. I play Soccer in my own time and love to keep fit and watch live sport. My love for sport helps me in my day to day job as I feel I can pass on my passion for sport to the students at YIS.
There's diversity in what the children decide to explore, and inquiry can be very different from one year to another. I really like this aspect; you never know what's around the corner, because the children are leading the learning.
Class of 1974
My first teacher at YIS, Ms. Tsugawa, helped me assimilate into YIS from Hawaii when I entered Grade 2. I owe my love for team & individual sports to Mr. French and Mr. Matsumoto. I never excelled in science but discovered the importance of innovation from Mr. Kerr.
Class of 1990
I left Japan to attend and graduate from University in the United States. I returned to Japan the day after receiving my degree and worked in many different locations, careers and positions.
Class of 2016
YIS supported me with so many chances to perform koto, and that really helped me to improve. I really like composing, so it was fun to challenge myself by composing an original piece as a YIS alumni. I really enjoy coming back and working with the YIS students.
Class of 2004
The IB programme really prepared me well for the future. Perhaps the most important class I ever took in YIS was Theory of Knowledge. I was encouraged to question and scrutinise everything that I had ever learnt. It was truly eye-opening. The critical thinking skills I gained in that class has helped me throughout my whole career as a scientist.
High School StudentThe one trip that stood out for me was the Okinawa expedition. We were part of a scuba diving course that provided us with a diving certification. Being a part of a great experience like this while surrounded by friends was a truly memorable moment for me.
When I first came here, a lot of people helped me, my teacher, my new friends, everyone around me. I want to be that same kind of helpful person.
Middle School Student
The most interesting project I've taken part of has been working with the Student Service Committee which gives an opportunity for students from elementary to high school to come together and work with various types of service groups. The biggest accomplishment we had last year was creating the first service exhibition where groups in YIS got to promote their causes to the whole community.