Meet Our Community

The close friendships and cooperation between our students, staff, parents and alumni lie at the heart of YIS. A host of events and activities are offered by and for all the people that form the fabric of our multicultural and multilingual community. Through the diverse selection of activities offered by the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), families form friendships, parents support learning opportunities and staff and students are buoyed by a common purpose. Events such as the popular Food Fair unite the YIS community and the surrounding neighborhoods in a gala of food, music and a joie de vivre. After graduating, our students remain closely connected to their school days with visits to campus and participation in school events as part of a growing network of alumni. Indeed, some have returned as staff members, while others now have children at the school. Explore our community's vibrance through the links above and through our social media. We hope you'll find a connection to the people and experiences you'll discover, and look forward to you joining our community soon.


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Elementary School Student

I like music because I can express my emotions in a different way. I’m self-taught on the piano and I love coming up with my own songs.

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Middle School Student

I love the new Honmoku campus for its modern and spacious build. My favorite place to spend time is the fourth floor deck.

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I feel completely welcome and relaxed at YIS, I have found soulmates here. That’s how wonderful this community is.

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High School Student

The amount of freedom and flexibility the school gives us really shows the trust teachers have in us as students. There are so many opportunities to get involved and to discover new interests. 

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Rod Malig

Head Lifeguard/Swimming Coach

I volunteered and helped with water safety when I was still in the Philippines, so for most of my life aquatics has played a large role.


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Since my time as a student at YIS I have wanted my children to get educated in the same wonderful environment I grew up in.

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Larissa Sears

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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Nikita Modekurti

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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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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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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