The Guardian Way

The Guardian Way is an honor code designed to:

  • Provide a social contract based on the ideals of Truth, Excellence, and Diversity.
  • Establish a foundation for students to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Help build a school community of young men and women who are committed to moral and academic integrity.
  • Develop the character of students who will make an impact on their surroundings well beyond their time at YISS.
  • Help students take responsibility for their own behavior and learn to solve problems independently.

As a Guardian, I will seek TRUTH by:

  • Being reflective.
  • Persevering to learn.
  • Speaking truthfully to others.
  • Doing what is right even when no one is watching.
  • Informing teachers or administrators when there is a problem or others need assistance.

As a Guardian, I will strive for EXCELLENCE by:

  • Being responsible.
  • Doing the best I can on any task set before me: mental, physical, spiritual, or social.
  • Respecting and following the rules and policies established by the teachers and administration.
  • Using words that build others up and help create a positive community.
  • Treating the school’s materials and facilities with respect and care.
  • Practicing patience, kindness, graciousness, and self-control in my speech and behavior.

As a Guardian, I will support DIVERSITY by:

  • Being respectful.
  • Speaking kindly to others in and out of class.
  • Believing the best about others and trying not to take offense.
  • Treating others with respect and dignity at all times, even those who are different from me.
  • Standing up for others when I see them being mistreated.