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Meet Our Community


Elementary School Student

I am a part of service learning and I like that because we get to help the homeless and poor. I am also involved in drama production. I haven't done it before but it will be a new experience for me and I am excited to start.

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High School Student

I enjoy Art and Individuals & Societies because they help you explore ideas. In Art we turn our own ideas into a physical piece, whereas in I&S we learn about past ideas of individuals and societies.

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Middle School Student

I would like to meet the members of a band called Sekai No Owari. This is an international band and some members of the band are also international school students, so they make English songs and Japanese songs.

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High School Student

I personally loved our Continuous Learning phases. As someone who works better independently, I was able to focus so much more.

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Larissa Sears

Gr. 2 Learning Assistant & ES Service Learning Coordinator

I love being able to share my passion for gardening with our Grade 2 students through our hands-on kitchen gardening for Service Learning.


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Daniel Patterson

Kindergarten Learning Assistant

Living in Japan there are countless places to explore, and always new things to see and plenty of international opportunities to experience.


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Steven Heere

Grade 1 Elementary School Teacher

I'm passionate about outdoor learning, environmental education, makers education, and science.


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Donna Saito

Elementary School teacher

I have been in Japan for over 30 years and I am still intrigued with the culture, language and food. .

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The climate change and sustainability action event that was held by students, faculty, administration and parents last year stands out for me.

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I volunteer at the library regularly. I get to understand what the students are like, what teachers are like, and I can find books I think my daughter will like.

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For us as parents, it is a pleasure to witness how confident our daughters are that their actions will make our world a better place.

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I created the YIS Tokyo Parents Group to connect YIS parents who live in Tokyo. We get together regularly for coffees to get to know one another and to help each other out.

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Nikita Modekurti

Class of 2015

YIS has a very international environment and teaches values of not just tolerance, but acceptance. Truly a school that embraces and celebrates all cultures, faiths, genders, orientations, and abilities. It’s a little more difficult to find that out in the ‘real world’, and I would like my future children to experience similar respectful values that YIS has.

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Leslie Helm

Class of 1973

I was born and raised in Japan as were both my parents as well as one of my grandfathers.

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Nic Hamada

Class of 2003

As the new campus project developed, Taisei Corporation came to realize that I had been a student at YIS, so they asked me to join the project because of the close connection. 

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Sawa Matsueda Savage

Class of 2003

I was always worried that my interests were all over the place, but I ended up doing something that requires just that: to be interested in all kinds of fields.

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Building for our learning community

Our new purpose-built campus in Honmoku unleashes myriad learning opportunities for students, teachers and parents.

Student Leadership Retreat

In line with our mission of Live, Learn, Lead, at YIS we believe leadership can be learned. What is leadership, and what are the practices that make someone a good leader?

Expeditions at YIS

Adventurous wilderness expeditions create authentic opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills and conceptual understandings for life-long learning and appreciation of the natural world.

Learning at YIS

Learning changes our thinking and behaviors, enabling us to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes while providing a catalyst for creativity, critical thinking and independent reasoning.