10th Anniversary Campaign

First Annual Parents’ Weekend a Success!

Parent-AssociationOn April 29-30, ISAK hosted its first annual Parents’ Weekend and, by all accounts, the event was a huge success! For those parents who were unable to attend, here are some highlights:

DAY 1 – Friday, April 29
Parents were greeted upon arrival and enjoyed a welcome reception which was followed by lunch with their sons/daughters. The nice weather enabled many guests to enjoy their meal (and the beautiful view!) outside on the terrace.

Eating LunchFollowing lunch, an optional tour gave parents a look inside two new buildings under construction, Residence Hall #4 and the Kamiyama Academic Center. Both buildings are on track for completion this summer and will be ready for use in the 2016-2017 school year. (Read more about our Phase 2 construction project here.)

The afternoon also included classroom visits and CAS / Project Week presentations. As many of you know, ISAK students have created an array of complex service and volunteer projects that are making a difference here in Karuizawa and around the world. International student-led projects include helping earthquake victims in Nepal by rebuilding schools, collecting books to start rural libraries in Vietnam, and hosting an English language camp to help Burmese refugee children in Thailand. Closer to campus, students have been visiting elderly people in Karuizawa, promoting a campus wide recycling program, and volunteering at a local elementary school. In all, there are over a dozen major service projects underway by ISAK students.

presentationsThese student-led projects are something that sets ISAK apart from most other high schools and the presentations were one of the highlights of Parents’ Weekend. It was exciting for parents to learn more about these efforts and how ISAK students are making a difference in the local community and beyond!

“The CAS presentations gave an insight to what the G-10 and G-11 students did during their project week. It showed the students’ interest and commitment to varieties of topics. As a parent, I am impressed to see the students speaking with confidence and maturity about their research.”
– Mrs. Lee, G-11 parent

“It was impressive to see how far the students have gone in terms of learning and applying these ideas and skills into the different projects they shared with us. The ISAK philosophy of creating positive change is surely taking place as could be seen in how much these students are already impacting the community and beyond through their various CAS projects.”
– Ms. Hara, G-11 parent

“The presentation materials and the presentations were bilingual, and I was so impressed by how confident the students were. The presentations were better than some corporate presentations I’ve seen! I was surprised and touched by how serious the students were about achieving change. I am looking forward to seeing what they do next!”
-Mrs. Taniya, G-10 parent

After enjoying a reception in the Asama Commons with ISAK faculty, staff and administrators, parents held their own meeting to get to know each other and to learn more about the newly formed ISAK Parent Association. The event-filled day wrapped up with a reception for faculty and parents at the home of ISAK Head of School, Mr. Jemison. This was a wonderful opportunity for parents to chat with the Head of School, engage with other parents in a more social setting, and start planning for upcoming events such as the first ISAK graduation.

DAY 2 – Saturday, April 30
On Saturday, current parents returned to campus and were joined by some of ISAK’s newly accepted students and their parents. Saturday’s events included presentations on topics such as Academics at ISAK, how ISAK is different from others schools (and what to expect), the ISAK Leadership Program, and University Counseling. After lunch, new families joined current families at a reception where they got to meet new friends, exchange contact information, and get answers to many questions about what to expect next year.

Parents Weekend

“I enjoyed meeting the parents of new students and was reminded of how we felt as new families two years ago, but I was also sad when I realized that not only my son, but also I would have to leave the nest of this wonderful ISAK community in another year. “
-Mrs. Sado, G-11 Parent

At the end of the action-packed weekend, parents headed home with a better understanding of life at ISAK and the many ways their sons and daughters are being empowered to grow, learn, explore, and work for positive change.

“We were impressed with the maturity and intellect of the relatively extroverted student body, which has obviously thrived under the student empowered environment nurtured by the school. It was our pleasure to meet some of the ISAK staff. We continue to be impressed with their professionalism and openness, complemented by an air of jocularity. We could not be happier with the creation that is ISAK. It was our privilege as parents to be invited behind the scenes for a glimpse of ISAK residential life.”
– Mr. Kingston, G-10 parent

All in all, the weekend was a success! Many parents left excited and ready to start planning for the 2017 Parents’ Weekend.

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Dear Friends of UWC ISAK,

UWC ISAK is celebrating its 10th anniversary! We are proud of where we’ve come from, and we are excited about the next decade.

At this important milestone, we are wondering – in pursuit of broadening our impact, could an ISAK Lower School be considered as one of the options and would it be feasible? A school that embraces ISAK values and vision for a better future?

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