Epic Arts and the YIS Community

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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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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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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Middle School Student

I like to bake or cook for fun. I enjoy trying new flavors and expressing myself through my passion for food.

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Naoki Okura

Japanese Language teacher

I help supervise the HS Drama/Film production team. We are working on a video of a modern take on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing".

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James Makdisi

James Makdisi

Class of 1994

We were kids put together from all over the world in a safe environment, with small class sizes and good teachers to facilitate academic, sport and social development.

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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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