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Welcome to yis Elementary School


Welcome to YIS Elementary School, where we offer an inquiry-based curriculum through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP). Through the PYP, we endeavour to provide opportunities for our students to develop understandings of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be life long learners in our ever changing world.

We aim for our students to develop confidence in their own abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. The PYP is focused on  developing international mindedness, understanding and respect. We value the development of the whole child in all areas of learning. The students are supported and nurtured in their social and emotional development as well as in their creative, linguistic, sporting and academic programs.

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 place a strong emphasis on how students learn as well as what they learn. Students learn to reflect on their learning, becoming critical thinkers and develop an ability to take action. Our program is designed to prepare our students to become active, caring and thinking participants of a peaceful and sustainable future.

We believe our students learn best when they are actively involved in authentic learning engagements across all the curriculum areas. We want our students to be happy and engaged learners, who are eager to come to school, and to interact with friends and teachers from all around the world.

We also offer a variety of fun and engaging activities for elementary students.

We look forward to welcoming you to YIS.

Jacqueline Pender
Elementary School Principal
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