Students learning shodo (Japanese calligraphy)

Learning at YIS

Inquiry is at the core of learning at YIS and extends well beyond classroom activities. Students connect what they learn inside the classroom to what they do outside school by exploring questions that arise from their curiosity, interests and passions.

Our academic programs, centering on the International Baccalaureate (IB), are enriched by field trips and expeditions to provide scope, challenge and a connection to the local community and natural environment, by a comprehensive service program in which all our students have opportunities to address local, regional and global community needs, and by a variety of sports, clubs and activities throughout the year that foster teamwork, leadership and well-being. Access to a range of devices enhances and extends students’ learning as they develop skills to create, choose and critically use technology.

Learning through inquiry extends to the development of staff as well. With regular access to in-house and regional professional and personal learning opportunities, staff grow together to improve student learning. Parents also enjoy a broad range of classes, workshops and events organized by the PTSA.


Learning is a developmental process that changes our thinking and behaviors, enabling us to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes while providing a catalyst for creativity, critical thinking and independent reasoning.



Our IB Academic Programs

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YIS is an IB Continuum School, offering the three main academic programs of the International Baccalaureate and the unique benefits of an inquiry-centered, transdisciplinary and skills-focused learning continuum from early years through high school.

Primary Years Program (PYP): Grades ELC 1 - 5

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP), inspired by the Reggio Emilia Method used in our Early Learning Center, offers a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning. It features an inquiry-based curriculum model that incorporates guidelines on what students should learn, how students should act as learners and as community members, on teaching methodologies and on assessment strategies.

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Middle Years Program (MYP): Grades 6 - 10

The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) is designed to meet the needs of students aged 11 to 16. It is a broad and rigorous curriculum framework, focusing on contextual, conceptual and inquiry-based learning. The MYP enables connections to be made between subjects while maintaining the integrity of the disciplines. Students experience authentic learning experiences and are able to make connections to the real world as they become critical and creative thinkers.

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Diagram showing MYP aspects


Diploma Program (DP): Grades 11 & 12

The IB Diploma Program (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The program has gained wide recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

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Diagram showing aspects of the IB DP Program


Academic Performance

We pride ourselves on offering a well-balanced education with opportunities for students to excel in many different areas. Academics are of course a priority for our students, and their hard work and talents are demonstrated through a variety of assessments, including external examinations. Read more about our assessment policy.