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High School Student

This year I will be participating in the trip to Cambodia, and I am excited to experience it first hand and see the changes that we can make.

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Middle School Student

We play with anybody, not just our close friends. At lunch, we sit with different people not just the same people everyday. It's a very accepting community.

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High School Student

Without music, I wouldn’t be able to express my feelings and communicate well. I use my instruments as my style of communicating to others.

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Middle School Student

At YIS everyone is supportive of each other. Last year when I was new, I remember how other students helped me learn the buildings and where to go, and whenever I have a problem there's always someone there to help me.

Read More about Jacky

Aaron Reed

Elementary and Middle School Art Teacher

I’ve been creating pictures since I could hold a crayon, did my university studies in art and design, and have been painting, drawing, and making stuff all my life. What is best about teaching art is working with children.

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Angela Czubak

Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

I run the Elementary School Garden Club. Some days, when I need a little break, I go out into the gardens and putter about or water.

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Curt Patterson

Japanese Music Teacher

Musical growth and development in students is a very tangible thing and it is exciting to be a facilitator of that. The fruits of our efforts are meant for sharing. This brings joy to both the musician and our audience.

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Arishana Riek

Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher

Teaching through a conceptual lens that is based in inquiry allows for so many “aha moments” in the day, both teaching and learning.  I’m often in awe of the students’ thinking.

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For us as parents, it is a pleasure to witness how confident our daughters are that their actions will make our world a better place.

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I created the YIS Tokyo Parents Group to connect YIS parents who live in Tokyo. We get together regularly for coffees to get to know one another and to help each other out.

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There are many different activities such as cooking lessons, a hiking club and many other activities to socialize with other parents.

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My son's and daughter's sports teams - basket team, soccer team, volleyball team and baseball team - are all a source of happiness and new friends.

Read More about Jing

Tiffany Schafer-Howley

Class of 1996

My first visit to the school, just a few days before the start of the semester, was quite memorable as I had chosen the school by brochure alone...yep the internet didn't really exist back then!  

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Matthew Sato

Class of 2014

I am currently based in Los Angeles as a music composer writing music for several upcoming short films. In L.A., I am able to network through projects and mutual friends and also through fellow YIS Alumni.

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Resa Mishina

Class of 2012

I am now based in New York City as a professional actress. I audition for musicals, plays, TV, and film projects constantly. I get to travel and work across the United States, which I think is a perk of being a performer.

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Tomoko Yasuda

Class of 2016

A lot of my favorite memories in YIS come from the sports matches and practices. I used to play a sport each season, rotating between football, cross country, and field hockey.

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Expeditions at YIS

Adventurous wilderness expeditions create authentic opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills and conceptual understandings for life-long learning and appreciation of the natural world.

Learning at YIS

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

Live Learn Lead

Our mission reflects our passion and enthusiasm for learning and leading lives of balance and purpose in building a caring community.



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