From humble beginnings, YAS was founded in September 2006.  The mission of YAS was and still is to serve the expatriate community of Yantai by providing an excellent education in an enriching environment.
YAS is the best English-based school for expatriates in Yantai!

Humble Beginnings

Steve Costa founded Yantai American School in September 2006. With nine students, YAS (then Yantai Academy) started holding classes in a two bedroom apartment in Huang Hai. The staff consisted of one paid American teacher and parent volunteers.

School Grows

Since 2006, YAS has outgrown two school buildings to be in its current location in the Lai Shan district.  The growth of Yantai is attributed to its excellent teaching staff and from the support of the students' parents.  

WASC Accreditation

In 2010, YAS began its initial accrediation self-study to become accredited by the U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting board WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). YAS received initial accreditation in 2011 and is accreditated through June 2021.