There are a number of reasons why we are happy at YHIS. Most importantly are the academics and approach to teaching. The curriculum at YHIS is on par or above those of the local schools, and does not provide unnecessary stress from an environment focused on “teaching for the test.” Despite this, the students continue to do very well on NJ ERB tests. The math/science curriculums are at least a grade level advanced. The Unit of Inquiry approach to teaching allows the students to explore topics in depth, which keeps them interested and engaged. Also, with this approach to teaching, there is an overlap of concepts across all subjects and it better prepares students to think critically, solve problems, ask the right questions, learn how to research information, and apply creativity; all of which are characteristics that are required for a successful career in the future. Additionally, the curriculum focuses on developing well-rounded individuals by enhancing other qualities such as presentation skills (my kids have been doing presentations in Mandarin since they were 3!), leadership skills, ability to work in teams, understanding the importance of giving back, etc. Again, these are characteristics necessary for any career, which I don’t feel are taught early-on in schools that teach in a traditional manner. The excellent teachers are incredible in providing a warm environment focused on learning. They are always available to answer questions or respond to concerns. The small classroom size assures that all the students get the necessary attention. The staff is aware and involved in all aspects of the school and is also available to meet with parents. All of this and I haven’t even touched are how impressive it is that my non-heritage children are quickly becoming fluent in Mandarin, an extremely complicated language that is most widely spoken in the world. Aside from becoming bilingual, the research demonstrating the extensive benefits in brain development of children being exposed to multiple languages at an early age is immeasurable. Finally, the after-care enrichment programs are some of the best that I’ve come across. All of this provides my kids with an atmosphere where they are excited to go to school and continually have a love for learning. It also gives me comfort in knowing that I selected a school that is putting them on a clear path for success.