In the YIS elementary school we facilitate purposeful and appropriate learning for students of all levels through the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). The PYP delivers curriculum holistically encompassing the academic, social, emotional, and physical breadth of learning. Learning is collaborative, hands-on, integrated, purposeful and action-oriented.

Learning is organized into six Units of Inquiry. Through these units, the classroom teachers integrate language, mathematics, science, personal social education, social studies and ICT, while single-subject teachers integrate music, art, drama, physical education and Japanese language.

Central to the development on internationally minded students are the attributes of the IB Learner Profile and PYP Attitudes. These characteristics are woven into the fabric of life at YIS - in the classroom, the hallways, the sports field, the playground and the lunchroom. The vocabulary of the IB Learner Profile and PYP Attitudes is integral to the interactions between students, teachers and parents.