ELC and Grade 8 work together to create ceramics with a purpose.
Did you know that the YIS community has funded and constructed 10 elementary and junior high schools in the rural province of Pursat, Cambodia? Did you know that 18 of our students will build the 11th school there, in the rural village of Angkrong, in February 2018?
Time to honor the achievements from Season 1
John Tanner, Head of School from 1976-1993, paid a visit to YIS after several years.
The Kanagawa Special Olympics Unified Basketball team spent three days in November and December practicing with YIS students, staff and parents, continuing a long-standing tradition of community engagement, and providing friendly competition for the whole family.
We were prepared to make the AISA Girls Volleyball tournament one of the best of our high school years, and even more so because YIS was finally hosting it. As we strived to improve through hard work and a few losses, we learned to pick ourselves up, building our momentum towards getting YIS into the finals. And that's exactly what we did.
Cellist Chris Gibson and R&B singer Aisha, both YIS alumni, continue to gain recognition in Japan's active and varied music industry.
Sato comments, "I thought of poverty as something very distant and far away from me as I only had some vague ideas. But as I started to do my internship, I was able to get a better idea of it and how even a water well or a school can help families to break the poverty cycle."
Season 2 begins! YIS Athletics is back and so is the weekly write-up
Middle School StudentI would like to trade places with my teacher, Mr. Mejea. If I majored in Physics like he did, math would be so much easier!
High School Student
I'd like to meet the well-known psychologist, Carl Jung. I would like him to teach me how to live my life to the fullest, and how to teach others to do the same.
Middle School StudentI will be joining the Middle School Girls Volleyball team and the Brainbowl activity this year. I was a part of the volleyball team last year. I loved that kids from different grades were in a team together so it gave me a chance to make friends with people who weren't in my immediate friends group.
Elementary School Student
I'd want to meet J.K. Rowling because I lover her stories and movies. I think she has a very creative imagination.
The kids learn how to think for themselves. This is what is required in today's environment where so much information is available at one's finger's tips.
I chose YIS for my son because I felt the school will give him that unique chance to study within an international environment, with students of multiple backgrounds.
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.
French / Spanish TeacherLanguages are much more than a coded set of sounds and rules: they are a gateway to hundreds of years of history and culture, to a different way of seeing the world.
Secondary School Psychology, and Individuals and Societies Teacher; Global Citizen Diploma
I work with the Student Council (STUCO); as a Global Citizenship Diploma Coordinator, and with STICH - the Student Teacher Inspired Coffee House.
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.
Class of 1983
As you become young leaders in the opportunities and vocations you choose, you will often find inspiration from the magical experiences at YIS.
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.