Taejon Christian International School | Since 1958


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TCIS: An International School in Korea

A Profile Of Our Acacemic Program

  • One of the oldest foreign schools in Korea, serving Daejeon, Seoul, Asia, and the World with more than 60 years of international education experience
  • K-12 learning that is vertically aligned for progressive learning with no gaps
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges [USA], assuring a quality institution and facilitating the acceptance of students to English-speaking universities worldwide
  • Fully-authorized for the full IB curriculum framework which is recognized and respected by institutions all over the world
  • Built on American course standards, as well as United Kingdom and Australian national standards
  • Highly-qualified educators from all around the world, bringing a vast range of experience and cultural richness to the classroom
  • English-language instruction to strengthen literacy and fluency for both native-speaking and those learning English as an additional language (ELL)
  • Licensing as a foreign school in Korea sets a structure for foreign and national eligibility requirements.

A Holistic Approach to Learning

A Focus on the Learner

At TCIS, we believe in preparing children to be curious, discerning, systematic, creative, goal-focused, and reflective. We also invest in helping children to develop habits, systems, skills, and standards for themselves. With those things in place, the engagement with classroom content becomes personal and alive. Students with these qualities do well now and in the future, and our ultimate goal is to grow students who are future ready, for whatever context that looks like for them personally.

Balanced Learners

This focus on the individual also acknowledges students as people with unique goals, talents, and passions. To cultivate a person, holistically, means that attention needs to be given to all areas of development (physical, social, emotional, etc.) This is the traditional approach at TCIS and a characteristic of IB done well.

Continuous Learners

The concept of continuous, life-long learning is important to us as educators and mentors. We want students to leave this community with the skills to be successful in university and beyond. When we first considered the IB program, we recognized the structure for continuous learning, with three developmentally sound programs that progress seamlessly through the years. This fits very well with the TCIS standards for vertical alignment of curriculum in K-12, and we have seen so much positive impact in students over the years.

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Elementary School

Our youngest learners are encouraged and given opportunities to explore and inquire about the world around them. Within the PYP framework, elementary students learn how to ask questions and test or find their answers. Children are guided through new experiences in a way that they begin to think more deeply and acquire processes for more effective personal learning.

Beginning with data-driven, play-based learning in Kindergarten and gradually developing into real experimentation and research, students learn how to learn.


Middle School

Students in middle school, having learned strategies for inquiry about the world, begin to think about their identity and the idea of place within the world. As they learn concepts across their subject classes, they also begin to look at the communities around them and how they can make a difference in serving people and groups, according to their gifts and passions.

Academic rigor and workload gently increase as students approach grade 9, and students make a gentle transition into high school, and ultimately into the Diploma Program.

Middle school

Senior Students Performing an Experiments

High School

Students in the Diploma Years, having inquired about the world and discovered more about their potential place within it, further their studies with rigorous academic learning and research methods. Courses are intensive, and students acquire skills, habits, and experience to make them college-ready at an exceedingly high level. 

Students in their last four years of clubs and activities engage more snd more in leadership roles within the school, taking extra initiative and responsibility for the things they are passionate about. 

High School

Big-Picture Academic Focus

English Language of Instruction

English is the language of instruction as well as the common language on campus among our diverse staff and student nationalities. Our English language learners (ELLs) access a system of additional support through the English Language Acquisition (ELA) Department, in accordance with proficiency levels, to develop their language skills and also access the content in our inclusive classes. More than conversational English, students meet with full classroom content to progress in their studies while learning technical/academic language.

University/College Matriculation

IB programs are recognized worldwide as excellent preparation for tertiary education. Universities and colleges around the world acknowledge that IB graduates are well prepared for the rigors and independence of learning in educational environments at the tertiary level. As well, many universities and colleges give advanced standing and/or credits to students who have completed IB diploma in the years prior to entering university. The TCIS College and Career Counseling team offers students a wealth of knowledge and assistance  for evaluating, deciding, and applying to universities around the world. 

Read more about our university acceptances.

S.T.E.M, Humanities, Arts Focus Programs

These are areas that our students typically want to continue on with, in university. We often receive students with special interest and/or aptitude in these areas, so we have made sure that we have programs in place that will satisfy student's interests and prepare them for continuation in college. Double science and humanities tracks in the DP, and Higher Level Arts and Studio programs are available for concentrated learning for students who have those directions in mind. 

Christian Education

As a faith-based Christian school, TCIS also believes that the fundamental principles of IB programs are a solid foundation on which to approach a Christian worldview within international education. Many of the values that we promote as Christians align with conscientious, caring, and peace-loving citizens of a unified world. The TCIS mission and vision are carried out alongside their delivery of IB programs as we strive to cultivate internationally-minded learners who lead in purposeful change. As children learn about the world, we want them to know the potential they have for affecting and shaping it for the better.  

A Leading IB World School

Taejon Christian International School offers a high-quality, comprehensive education to international students. The TCIS educational experience is a holistic one that follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) system of education, which is highly regarded around the world as one of the most effective programs preparing students for the rigors of university and their future careers.

Read About The IB At TCIS


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