Welcome to Yantai American School (YAS):


I am honored that you have decided to join our community of learners.

As a parent I certainly understand the importance of selecting a school for your child.

I appreciate that you are placing your trust in us and we take our responsibility for your 

Child’s education very seriously.


From our beginning in the fall of 2006 until now we are committed to academic excellence in a caring environment.


We are blessed with excellent teachers and diligently recruit and retain the best teachers we can for our YAS students.


YAS is a special place,  we are a “Third Culture Community”. For your child this will be more than just a school, it will be their community. Many of our parents also find their community in Yantai through the school. We look forward to the growth of our relationship with you.


Having now been operating for twelve years, we can see that a YAS education is providing good results for the students. They leave us better equipped academically and with fond memories of an outstanding education in a warm environment.

While, we are proud of our accomplishments of the past, we are excited about our plans for improvement  and becoming even better in the future.



Steve Costa



Humble Beginnings

WASC Accredited

Founded in 2006 with nine students, YAS began holding classes in a two bedroom apartment in Huang Hai. The staff consisted of one paid American teacher and parent volunteers. 

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the accrediting board of WASC. YAS received WASC accreditation in 2011 and is accreditated through June 2021.


The Teachers

YAS hires teachers primarily  from the U.S. Many of our teachers have teaching degrees, and all American teachers are ESL certified.


AP Courses

YAS offers AP classes for  high school students during after-school clubs. Students who test well are able to earn college credits.