Yangon International School is a co-educational private college preparatory school located in a suburb of Yangon, Myanmar. YIS seeks to foster the development of the whole child: one who is academically well prepared, socially responsible, culturally sensitive and personally fulfilled.
Yangon International School is a co-educational, private, college preparatory school located in Yangon, Myanmar. The school’s driving mission is to foster the development of the whole child: one who is academically well prepared, socially responsible, culturally sensitive and personally fulfilled. YIS is the culminating vision of the owner, U Tin Maung Win, who wanted to create a school with an American curriculum to prepare young people in Myanmar to study overseas.
The school opened in the fall of 2004 with 86 students. YIS now has over 560 students from pre-school to grade 12. Most students are Burmese nationals, although the student body grows more international as Yangon becomes more cosmopolitan. The first class graduated in 2009. YIS is located on two beautifully landscaped campuses.
YIS facilities are modern and include an air-conditioned gym, swimming pool, playgrounds and a nine-story instructional building as well as an early childhood campus. There are multiple IT labs and Wi-Fi is available throughout the campus. In addition, there is a spacious library, three science labs, a large multi-purpose room, a performing arts floor, a fitness center, and four art rooms. Construction has begun on a new, state of the art addition.
As the school has grown, more high school courses have been added, including 12 Advanced Placement courses, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and ESL. Through grades 2 to 10, students take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. The PSAT is required in grade 11. All seniors in grade 12 take the SAT.
There are 56 certified foreign teachers mostly from the United States, as well as from Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand; two guidance counselors; two ESL teachers; a Myanmar Studies department; and a staff of teaching assistants. Many teachers have advanced degrees and several years of teaching experience.
Yangon International School has been awarded a Six Year Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school has a continuous review cycle to ensure that the accreditation standards and recommendations are met.
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