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Welcome to YIS High School


Welcome to YIS High School. I hope that current YIS students and parents as well as those considering the school in future will find the information in this section of the website helpful.

At YIS you will a find a school with a rich history, a diverse student and faculty body and a commitment to providing a balanced and exciting international education. As a school, we have a strong sense of our history and our future. From our origins in the reconstruction following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake to our mission of developing students equipped to succeed in a changing world, YIS is a school that believes in interacting with its various communities. As you scroll through our website, you will see evidence of this in our community involvement programs, both local and global, and the artistic, sporting and other extra-curricular opportunities available to students. We believe that successful students are involved students, and we challenge them to take advantage of all that we offer.

At YIS, we consider learning to be a developmental process that changes our thinking and behaviors, enabling us to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes while providing a catalyst for creativity, critical thinking and independent reasoning. We have strong academic programs that are challenging and rewarding for our students. Our graduates attend leading universities and colleges around the world, testimony to their talents and aspirations as well as the efforts of our hard-working teachers. We are proud to also offer the Global Citizen Diploma, a credential that complements the IBDP and fosters the skills and experiences that create globally aware and accomplished graduates. This diploma, which originated at YIS, is now also offered by Zurich International School in Switzerland and NIST International School in Thailand, and has received positive responses from colleges and universities.

We are very conscious of how rapidly technology is changing our world and as such it is vital our students are exposed to what is current and become adept at using the latest tools for learning. Our Connected Learning Community, in which every student is equipped with his or her own laptop computer and teachers integrate a wide range of applications in the teaching and learning process, helps to ensure that students are well prepared.

Our over-arching aim is to instill in our students the qualities embodied in the IB Learner Profile; we help them to become good communicators, open-minded, principled, inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, caring citizens, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

We are committed to the values of an international education and, at the same time, have a tradition of being part of our local community. We are also proud of our family atmosphere, which I think even casual visitors to the school can sense. Finally, we strive to ensure that parents are comfortable in approaching us to work together for the success of their children. It is a partnership!

John Snowball
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