Yokohama International School Community

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Leo Konno

Leo Konno

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.

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Sena

Sena

Grade 12 student

Since we're all so privileged, service is important to give something back to a community, not necessarily abroad and not necessarily something material. Simply giving your time and effort, like I did in Japan this summer, is rewarding.

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Curt Patterson

Curt Patterson

Japanese Music Teacher

I've learned to see the koto through the lens of a music educator emphasizing concept-based inquiry, and I am looking at more and more how YIS can become a voice for this kind of program, using the koto to teach foundational skills and bringing about a sort of renaissance for traditional music across Japan.

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Flynn McCreath

Flynn McCreath

Grade 4 Teacher

We brainstormed together, things that they could do with this time, words that are associated with creation, and they came up with the three words, play, inspire, create.

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Sophie Brown

Sophie

Parent

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.

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Niels

Niels

Grade 5 student

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.

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Students

Sena

Sena

Grade 12 student

Since we're all so privileged, service is important to give something back to a community, not necessarily abroad and not necessarily something material. Simply giving your time and effort, like I did in Japan this summer, is rewarding.

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Niels

Niels

Grade 5 student

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.

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Lukus Student community profile

Lukus

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.

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Travis Wright

Travis

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.

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Kai
Kai

Kai

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.

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Polina

Polina

Elementary Student

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.

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Lisa

Lisa

Elementary Student

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.

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Teachers

Curt Patterson

Japanese Music Teacher

I've learned to see the koto through the lens of a music educator emphasizing concept-based inquiry, and I am looking at more and more how YIS can become a voice for this kind of program, using the koto to teach foundational skills and bringing about a sort of renaissance for traditional music across Japan.

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Flynn McCreath

Grade 4 Teacher

We brainstormed together, things that they could do with this time, words that are associated with creation, and they came up with the three words, play, inspire, create.

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Brinya Tananone

Director of Activities and Community Programs

We have great kids who are super eager. They want to be involved in YIS, they want to be a part of this community, and they are very proud of the school. It makes my job so much easier because I don't have to sell YIS to the kids - they're sold already.

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Katy Vance

Librarian

The best part of my day happens to be the four periods of lunch when so many students are coming in and out of the library during that time. We'll have DP students studying, middle school students reading, and elementary students playing board games. The fact that everyone can share the space and allow all these activities to happen at once is one of the things I love about the YIS community.

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Misao Akashi

Japanese Language Teacher

The best part of my school day is when I see my students have an "aha!" moment. Seeing my students discover something, whether it's intentional or not, is the best entertainment I could ever have in my life. I learn so much from these moments.

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Peter Noonan

Music Teacher (MYP/DP)

Music is my meditation; It is my unconditional love; It is my breath. I love being able to play music with all of the students in the school and getting to see new musicians formed every day.

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Rebekah Madrid

Humanities / History Teacher (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.


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Frank Zaal

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.

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Parents

Sophie Brown

Sophie

Parent

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.

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Richard

Richard

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.

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Molly Sweeny

Molly

Parent

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.

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Debra Rojaj

Debra

Parent

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.

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Amy O'conner

Amy

Parent

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.

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Midori

Midori

Parent

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.

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Alumni

Leo Konno

Leo Konno

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.

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Marie Buda

Marie Buda

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.

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Leslie Helm

Leslie Helm

Class of 1973

I met all kinds of people at YIS and that has helped me to appreciate people with different backgrounds and different perspectives.

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Jessica Werlin

Jessica Werlin

Class of 2009

YIS's small class sizes, collaborative projects, group extracurriculars and class trips created tons of opportunities to learn to work well with other students - across the smorgasbord of cultures they embodied. In the same vein, the exposure to alternate ways of thinking that YIS provided has given me a unique point of view to bring to the otherwise homogeneous American workplace I'm currently in. Both of these things have definitely helped distinguish me from my peers.

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