As a community we care a great deal about our students and their well-being. While all faculty members play an active role in helping students, our elementary, middle school, and high school counselors provide additional support through individual and group counseling services, and other forms of outreach and connections to the school community.

Students at YIS engage in reflective practices and learning activities that encourage them to identify strengths and abilities, pursue their interests, and develop resiliency. Counselors encourage the personal, social, and academic growth of our students through social-emotional learning, wellness programs, and academic advising delivered in classroom and tutor group sessions, seminars, retreats, and individual and family meetings. Our goal is to have our students cultivate the interpersonal skills that will enable meaningful participation in a global society as responsible citizens.

We welcome new students and families into our community through orientation sessions and ongoing individual and family meetings. Our counselors are experienced, supportive, and committed to making the student experience at YIS a positive one.    

Preparation for life beyond YIS plays a central role in our university and career counseling programs. Students are well-prepared to make thoughtful choices about their post-secondary paths, considering a wide array of opportunities and seeking their best fit outcomes. Over ninety percent of students matriculate directly to university, while a smaller group of students pursue gap year experiences.

Adam Clark
Counseling Team Leader/Middle School Counselor

Eliza Kumamoto
Elementary School Counselor

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Anthony Mastreani
High School Social-Emotional and College Counselor

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Monna McDiarmid
High School Social-Emotional and College Counselor

Health Office

The YIS Health Office, located on the first floor of the South Building near the playground equipment on The Street, serves as the school infirmary and health information resource center for the YIS community.

Should you have any health-related questions, feel free to contact our school nurse, Michiko Bowering, by phone at 045-621-4027 or by email to nurse@yis.ac.jp. The office is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on school days.

When should my sick child stay home from school?

While going to school regularly is very important, a sick child in the classroom probably will not be fit to learn and may spread a contagious disease to her/his classmates. It is in your child’s and their classmates’ best interest to keep them home from school when they are not feeling well.

You should not send your child to school if she/he has:

  • A temperature reading of above 37.5C in the past 24 hours (Child should not return to school until they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.)

  • Vomiting in the past 24 hours

  • Diarrhea in the past 24 hours

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)

  • Bad cold, with a very runny nose or a bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night

  • Influenza, a child needs to stay away from school 5 days after the start of symptoms and should be fever free for 2 days without using medication. The onset of flu symptoms (such as having high fever) is considered to be day 0, so in total students should stay away from school for 6 days.

  • A rash where the cause is unknown

  • Suspected conjunctivitis (Pink eye)


If you have any questions about whether or not your child should stay home from school, please call your doctor or the health office.

Medicine Administration During School

The Medical Authorization form can be found on the School Forms page.

General Health Information & Resources

The Medical Directory contains a list of hospitals, clinics and other medical resources that may be useful for parents.


Guidance from the Health Office regarding recommended immunizations.