As a community we care a great deal about our students and their well-being. While all faculty members play an active role in helping students, our elementary, middle school, and high school counselors provide additional support through individual and group counseling services, and other forms of outreach and connections to the school community.

Students at YIS engage in reflective practices and learning activities that encourage them to identify strengths and abilities, pursue their interests, and develop resiliency. Counselors encourage the personal, social, and academic growth of our students through social-emotional learning, wellness programs, and academic advising delivered in classroom and tutor group sessions, seminars, retreats, and individual and family meetings. Our goal is to have our students cultivate the interpersonal skills that will enable meaningful participation in a global society as responsible citizens.

We welcome new students and families into our community through orientation sessions and ongoing individual and family meetings. Our counselors are experienced, supportive, and committed to making the student experience at YIS a positive one.

Preparation for life beyond YIS plays a central role in our university and career counseling programs. Students are well-prepared to make thoughtful choices about their post-secondary paths, considering a wide array of opportunities and seeking their best fit outcomes. Over ninety percent of students matriculate directly to university, while a smaller group of students pursue gap year experiences.


Our Counseling Department's Shared Beliefs and Philosophy

The YIS comprehensive counseling program:
  • Supports student well-being at YIS
  • Proactively addresses the personal, social, academic, and career needs of all students
All counselors at YIS believe members of our community: 
  • Have a right to feel safe, supported, and accepted
  • Are capable of positive change and growth
  • Can live a life of purpose, connection, and joy
  All YIS counselors: 
  • Guide, support, plan, and implement programs as part of broader pastoral care in our community 
  • Celebrate diversity and foster the development of personal and cultural identity
  • Advocate for the wellbeing of community members
  • Collaborate with students, teachers, families, school leaders, and external service providers
  • Engage in a process of ongoing professional learning
  • Support students in an individualized way with a focus on their unique journey