The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Yokohama International School will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, in the Tanner Auditorium, commencing at 7:30 PM.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned school website with a brighter look, streamlined navigation and responsive design that greatly improves usability on mobile devices.
On Friday, October 16, the YIS High School Japanese Music Ensemble, together with violinist Saori Nakazawa, will perform in Yokohama.
We've had an amazing first month in the YIS Library...
An annual school tradition for over 40 years, the Food Fair is a full-day celebration of our multi-cultural school community that includes food stalls from many nations, games, musical entertainment, a raffle, vendors and much more.
On September 17-18, YIS 7th and 8th graders embarked on Project One School with their trademark energy and enthusiasm. Their mission was to design, organize and pitch an idea to bring YIS together as One School: to build community, team spirit and to engage in interdisciplinary learning.
High School Student
The amount of after-school activities is something I really enjoy about being a YIS student. With YIS being smaller than other schools I have attended, it's a nice surprise to find they have so many activities in music, sports, service groups, and much more.
Middle School Student
When I came to YIS, my teacher and the other students were nice to me and made me feel welcome. The teachers and our principal listen to what the students have to say and that makes us feel that we are part of making decisions. YIS is the best school I have ever gone to.
The community at YIS is really good, sometimes we work with other grades, like elementary gets to interact with middle school or high school... its not just the same people you work with everyday and you can get to know other people really well.
I love learning at YIS because its fun and everyday we have a different way of doing it. We have different activities giving us different styles to learn, making us confident in whatever we do.
High School Student
I love how in YIS, students are recognised for their talents/passions, which could be anything ranging from music, academics, dance to running marathons, and they are encouraged to follow their passion and extend it to a university level.
Humanities / History Teach (MYP/DP)
Our student leaders are the most important people in the whole school. They are the ones to get things done, they're excited, they want to make things better.
Dutch Mother Tongue Teacher
The Mother Tongue program at YIS is very important because it acknowledges and builds the identity of the student and also creates a link between family life at home and the school environment. Also, for new students, I feel like our Mother Tongue program helps smooth the transition into the everyday school life.
Mathematics / Physics Teacher (MYP/DP)
I am the coordinator for the animal relief club, I'm teaching latin dance, and I'm also the coordinator for the astronomy club. There are so many activities going on. It's not just the students who have a great number of activities to choose from, it's also a great opportunity for teachers to do the things that you are passionate about.
Head of Design / Visual Art (MYP)
We want to provide students with experiences that they can't get anywhere else: real-world exciting challenges that engage students and have relevance to their lives. As a teacher, I came to YIS because the school has a reputation for trying new things and pushing things forward, giving students experiences that they wouldn't get in other schools.
Grade 1 Teacher
The PYP at YIS does not look the same in every context because it is meeting the needs of those children at that time. It is working from their passions and from their interests and then taking the core curriculum and applying it in ways that the children can relate to.
Middle School Counselor / TOK Teacher
I think we have a really good balance of structuring things so that students can succeed, but then expecting them to rise to the occasion time and time again, giving them greater responsibility and ownership over their own learning, so that when they finish they really have solid habits for self-management and self-direction.
In addition to the high quality, well balanced education that as parents we all want our kids to have, YIS offers this wonderful sense of community amongst the students, teachers and parents that you can immediately feel, but cannot easily describe - this is what makes YIS a truly special place.
Our child enjoys a great variety of learning experiences and opportunities for cultural exchange everyday. Whether it is going to the park, reading in the library, or enjoying art and music classes, he is always active and engaged with his classmates.
At YIS, they are teaching more how to learn than what to learn. Many schools are more top-down, meaning that teachers tell students what to learn based on the textbook, but here kids have to study how to learn by themselves based on their inquiry.
I like the connections that they make in MYP, that something you learn in one class can be connected to something that you're doing in another class.
Teachers here look at the whole child, and not just test scores. They want the child to succeed not only at school but in life, and they impart those skills.