Our Guiding Statements

Our Guiding Statements are our Mission, Values and Definition of Learning, which ensure everything we do in the school is aligned with what we believe is best for our students and their learning. The statements are unique to YIS and are used to inform us in planning, development, and decision making, in order to continuously improve learning for all students. Our Impact Strategy provides an overarching vision and direction for the development of the school and extends our thinking and actions, to ensure we are having the impact we want, with the Mission, Values and Definition of Learning as our guide.

Our Mission

School Mission logo: Live Learn Lead



Our Values

We are mindful of the needs and rights of others.
We are honest in our dealings.
We are peaceful in our intentions.
We are responsible in our actions.
We are supportive of each other.


Our Definition of Learning

Learning is the acquisition of knowledge and skills leading to the development of understandings and dispositions.


Our Commitment to DEIJB

At YIS, our school values are deeply rooted in the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging (DEIJB). Our DEIJB commitment is to ensure that every member of our community is respected, valued, and feels a sense of belonging. This includes actively amplifying and embracing gender equity and the diverse voices and experiences of Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) individuals, people with disabilities, neurodiverse individuals, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. By embedding these principles into every aspect of our community life, we create a rich tapestry of perspectives that promotes learning and fosters mutual respect.

Our Stories


Live Learn Lead. Three simple and dynamic words that capture the essence of who we are as a school community and what we are striving for, and which serve as an ongoing catalyst for growth and for telling our stories - students’ stories, faculty and staff’s stories and families’ stories. The simplicity of our mission enables a common understanding of our shared purpose but at the same time allows interpretations as diverse as the individuals who comprise our international community. The stories below provide a glimpse of Live Learn Lead in action. Visit us to find out more.