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Taejon Christian International School

Mission & Vision



Updated for the 2017-2018 school year–TCIS Mission & Vision

As part of the ongoing committment to review and excellence, TCIS has updated the school mission statement and defined essential understandings for the community. Not satisfied to merely provide adequate education, TCIS is always looking at how to implement best practice in education and provide for student needs for preparedness in today's world. This is not a departure from TCIS traditions or values, but a refining of our values.





TCIS Educational Framework

The TCIS Educational Framework is a system of statements and definitions by which we operate and measure our success as an educational institution. It defines how we educate and evaluate students, as well as how we invest in and evaluate our faculty. These statements allow those who visit our community to see who we are and what we stand for.

Not only for visitors, however, our educational framework allows us to keep focus on who we are in our core. More than just an abstract philosophy, we use it as an operating structure to guide our work within the classroom and for creating both policies and programs.




TCIS Mission Statement

TCIS strives to cultivate internationally minded learners who lead in purposeful change.


School Motto

Learn • Love • Lead





Definition of Learning

Learning is the process of developing and growing oneself through the search for truth.


Learning Principles

  1. Thinking/Taking Action
    Learners deepen their understanding when they apply their learning to authentic situations by:
    • developing research and thinking skills
    • inquiring into concepts and ideas
    • solving complex problems and issues
    • reflecting and giving thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experiences.
  2. Future Ready
    Learners prepare for a future of collaboration and communication by:
    • communicating creatively and confidently in a variety of ways
    • evaluating information
    • realizing the need for interdependence
    • empathizing with other perspectives
    • engaging in experiential learning and outreach
  3. Character
    Learners build character to determine who they are today and tomorrow by:
    • acting with integrity, fairness, and justice and by respecting the dignity and rights of others
    • taking personal responsibility for actions and consequences
    • cultivating a culture of respect and understanding
    • developing resilience and perseverance when facing challenges and/or setback
    • serving others through acts of compassion.
  4. Whole Person
    Learners pursue wholeness and balance in all aspects of their lives by:
    • maturing intellectually
    • growing spiritually through exploring God and personal faith
    • nurturing emotional health
    • maintaining physical well-being
    • cultivating social relationships
    • encouraging stewardship of resources.



TCIS graduates are the mission of TCIS




Definition of Leadership

Leadership is envisioning change and acting as the catalyst for principled endeavors. Leaders inspire the community to model integrity and servanthood, taking strategic action to generate purposeful change.


Leadership Principles

  1. Thinking/Taking Action
    Leaders transfer knowledge and understanding to take action towards purposeful change in the community.
    • Leaders continue to grow in competency in order to assist with creating vision.
    • Leaders are self-directed and undertake independent action that motivates self and others.
    • Leaders understand that change is a process and not an event.
  2. Future Ready
    Leaders value diversity and create passionate synergy on the vision.
    • Leaders express their ideas via multiple formats and forums.
    • Leaders listen and collaborate.
    • Leaders grow other leaders.
  3. Character
    Leaders are others-focused and demonstrate courage, forthrightness, and perseverance.
    • Leaders advocate on behalf of others to increase awareness, empathy, and understanding.
    • Leaders generate positive change in their communities.
    • Leaders serve others and the environment. (Christ-like actions)
  4. Whole Person
    Leaders understand that situations require different styles of leadership to ensure productive and sustainable change.
    • Leaders adapt their leadership to the community’s ever evolving needs.
    • Leaders are lifelong learners.
    • Leaders expect Christ-like actions from themselves and others.


IB Learner Profile With the TCIS Christian World View

As an IB World School, we subscribe to the IB student profile that defines the traits of a successful student and one that has been successfully educated. As a Christian school, we have given much consideration as to how we would see a student who has been successfully educated with a Christian World View and we have aligned these ideas with the IB profile format:

IB Descriptor

Aligned Descriptor

(TCIS for Christian World View)



Inquirer

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Inquirer

Built in God’s image, we are created to explore and be curious about His world. We seek His wisdom and understanding through processes and activities as an expression of our faith.



Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Knowledgeable

God’s revelation through His Word and the Holy Spirit holds relevance to every sphere and aspect of life. This knowledge of God allows a framework to view humanity in all its endeavors. Such knowledge extends the students’ understandings of humanity and God in all disciplines and school activities.



Thinker

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Thinker

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.



Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Principled

Understanding God’s character and grace provides a standard that shows us how to be principled in thought and in our actions toward our neighbor and our environment.



Risk-taker

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Risk-taker

Seeking wisdom from God and exercising faith, we act in obedience according to His word and direction without always knowing the outcomes. We demonstrate our confidence in His promises and in His power working through us as we make difficult decisions and perform challenging tasks.



Communicator

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Communicator

We are designed by God to live in community. We work best, when we work together in the unity of the Holy Spirit. We recognize that our interactions, both verbal and nonverbal, with one another should be full of grace; communicating the truth in the same love that God has demonstrated to us.



Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Open-minded

We are open to understanding differences, actively exploring perspectives and diversity. We know such activities can enhance learning and deepen our understanding of the world and God’s plan for it.



Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Caring

Jesus taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves. As imitators of Christ, we strive to show kindness and empathy toward others and be good stewards of His creation. We support each other through hardships and celebrate together in our joys and achievements.



Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Balanced

We live a balanced life when we understand the value of being involved in a variety of activities: arts, sports, academics, social life, family, but keeping God at the center of those activities. As we live in balance, we discover the gifts God has given us, we appreciate those gifts he has given others, and we trust God to use those gifts in all endeavors.



Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

Reflective

We are called to be still and know that He is God and recognize His ways are higher than our own. He has given us intellect and the ability to thoughtfully examine our experiences and opportunities, in relation to His truth and plan. He has also given us the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts as an essential part of contemplation.

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