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.


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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Asian teenager holding a brown electric guitar, looking at the camera.


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 teacher, in casual brown jacket, in his profile picture

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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