It is my privilege to be able to serve as the divisional principal of this excellent school. At WYIS, we believe in building a solid foundation in every student, both academically and in character. We do this through providing a rich learning environment where students not only learn to make sense of the world they live in, but also to embrace challenges as opportunities to grow. We offer a school environment where each individual feels valued and cared for.
In our rapidly changing world, our children are faced with many choices. As a school, we believe that we need to build into each child key values they can hold on to even as they navigate the world around them. We want to see each child reach his or her full potential and make positive choices in life. Toward this end, we have identified five key character traits we strive to develop in every student that comes through WYIS. These traits are Truth-Discerner, Positive Influencer, Dynamic Learner, Responsible Member of Society, and Global Communicator.
Here at WYIS, our programs are designed to bring out these traits in each and every one of our students. Students are taught to display intellectual curiosity, engage in solving real world issues, and practice resourcefulness. Through this process of discovery, students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to put their solutions into practice, hence, making a positive contribution to the people around about them.
Our students are supported by a team of extremely dedicated educators, who are not only all professionally qualified, but also have a heart to see each student reach their full potential. This results in a community that is caring and close-knit. We welcome you to come and experience this sense of community.
Meeting challenges. Driving change. WYIS is committed to equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and character to be innovative, resilient, and empathetic. Learning standards provide the framework for students to ask investigative questions and to develop problem-solving skills.
We are committed to the learning process. Try and try again. Fail, but don’t stop. Keep moving forward into something new, something stronger. Small class sizes create the focused opportunity and responsibility for growth. Every day, students are identifying areas of strength, cultivating their abilities through coaching and guided reflection. They are challenged to think beyond themselves. How can they make a positive impact on their community? Individual contribution is multiplied into community strength when we work together. Fall Camp weekend, morning advisory groups, department assemblies, athletic teams – all create small, intentional communities focused on relationship building and character development.
Each year has a theme such as “United We Serve” (2011-2012) and “YOLO” (2014-2015). How can we dedicate our time and talents to improve the quality of life of those around us? And, since we only live once, how should we live? We actively apply learning to large, world questions. The classroom is a launching point to awareness, stewardship, and influence.
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Secondary Teaching Staff
HS Math Teacher
Middle School Teacher
Social Studies Teacher
Social Science Teacher
Grade 6 Teacher
Art Teaching Intern
Religious Studies Teacher
Language Acquisition Teacher
Language Acquisition Teacher
Chinese Language Teacher
Chinese Language Teacher
Chinese Language Teacher
WYIS is a place of workmanship. Each child is an individual with strengths, hopes, passions, dreams. Our curriculum reflects both what happens in the classroom and every interaction teachers have with students throughout the day. This integrated approach is part of our school culture – teaching students to effectively communicate ideas, to address conflicts in a positive way, to think beyond the obvious. We are inclusive to all learners. Teachers and support staff work together to ensure every student’s learning is supported and challenged.
Each day opens with an opportunity to build community and expand ideas. In this 10-minute Advisory time, groups might discuss a trending TED Talk, challenge another group to a game, or review last minute homework questions. In Advisory, we’re learners together.
After the first bell rings, students attend a maximum of eight, 45-minute course periods each day. Over 85 different courses are offered in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Physical Education and Health, Fine Arts, Service Learning, College and Career Preparation, and Religious Studies and Ethics. All courses but world languages are offered in English.
With class sizes averaging eleven students, teachers focus on each individual. Middle school (Grades 6-8) focuses on developing responsibility, gaining independence, growing in understanding and empathy for others. High school (Grades 9-12) deepens subject knowledge, and explores various leadership and career paths. Twenty four credits are required for high school graduation, based on the semester credit system.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in Calculus AP, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics 2, Comparative Government and Politics, English Language and Composition, Chinese Language and Culture, Art 2-D and 3-D Design.
Portfolios. Resumes. Job interviews. WYIS students are equipped to manage future lives as adults through the College and Career Program. Grade 12 students work with a guidance counselor, financial director, and writing instructors to sharpen and showcase their abilities and plans for the future.
Morals. Choices. Guiding principles. Spiritual study and ethics courses are built into the educational experience as part of our holistic model. By defining and explaining their beliefs, WYIS students connect with their own identity and personal choices, and learn to understand the worldviews around them.
Research. Design. Film. Organize and manage. WYIS students learn the skills to collaborate and to think critically in a 21st century, media-driven environment. Technology tools are integrated into the learning experience following the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards.
Game time! WYIS students learn to master winning and losing. They learn to reason in the heat of competition. Co-curricular activities encourage students to find balance with regular exercise and good nutrition, to develop citizenship and productive life habits.
Progress & Reporting
Want the best for your child? We do too. A WYIS education is a partnership. The best learning breakthroughs are made in collaboration. Regular communication with families is a key to student success. Our online communication portal, Powerschool, allows parents to check weekly progress updates. Quarterly reports provide learning checkpoints. Semester conferences in October and March provide open consultations about each child’s learning. The time is reflective and action oriented.
We work with each student to develop a schedule and course load in line with their development and aspirations. Below is a sample schedule from one of our 10th grade students.
Monday through Friday
- 7:50 – Arrive
- 8:00 – Advisory
- 8:15 – SS203 Intro to Sociology
- 9:00 – SCI301 Chemistry
- 9:50 – EN202 World Literature
- 10:40 – Study Hall
- 11:20 – Lunch
- 11:55 – MA301 Pre-Calculus
- 12:45 – REL203 Let God Be God
- 1:35 – PE201 Health & Wellness
- 2:25 – SEC201 Yearbook & Design
- 2:25 – MU201 Choir
- 3:05 – Dismiss
1/2 Credit per Semester
At WYIS we are committed to seeing that every child has an opportunity to learn and grow. In most cases, the needs of individual students are able to be met by the classroom teacher with the use of some individualized assistance or curriculum modification as necessary. We are willing to discuss the needs of each child and determine if the necessary resources needed for success are available. In certain cases, one-to-one assistance can be offered.
We believe that children grow and learn best in a secure, nurturing environment. At WYIS, we place high importance on seeing that our students feel valued, successful, and esteemed. We treat each child with respect and encourage them to treat others in the same manner. Through developing character, we are positioning our students to become positive members of our global society.
Our school counselor is qualified, experienced, and available to assist our students and families who may be facing transition or other social or emotional issues.
WYIS provides assistance for secondary students who need English as a Second Language (ESOL) support. Our staff are qualified English and/or ESL specialized teachers who assist our students to reach a greater fluency in English. This program focuses on age appropriate vocabulary building and addresses listening, speaking, reading, and writing needs.