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Sven

Sven

Elementary School Student

Our three day camp was my favorite. It was an opportunity to learn in a fun manner, and to be outdoors. I was able to share a room with 3 other people during the camp.

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Charlie

Charlie

Middle School Student
I would like to trade places with my teacher, Mr. Mejia. If I majored in Physics like he did, math would be so much easier!
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Aitor

Aitor

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.

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Polina

Polina

Middle School Student
I 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.
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Kath

Kath

Parent

Some children only have one unforgettable teacher in their life, our children have countless.

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Midori

Midori

Parent

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.

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Maria

Maria

Parent

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.


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Ellen King

Ellen King

Science Teacher

YIS is so welcoming and has such a close-knit community. The school values balance within all aspects of life, for both their students and teachers.

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Luis Castro

Luis Castro

French / Spanish Teacher

Languages 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.

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Lee Parker

Lee Parker

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.

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Audrey Brown

Audrey Brown

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.

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Nalin

Nalin Advani

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.

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Arthur Yoshinami

Arthur Yoshinami

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.


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Destiny Ishihara

Destiny Ishihara

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.


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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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Live Learn Lead

Our new mission reflects our passion and enthusiasm for learning and leading lives of balance and purpose in building a caring community.
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Expeditions at YIS

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

There is an unusually strong sense of care and belonging at YIS along with great pride in the cultural diversity of our community members.
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We are YIS

We are 650 students from more than 45 countries speaking multiple languages. Learners, explorers, helpers, adventurers, performers and Dragons, we are all YIS.
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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.
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