Academics & Curriculum
Taejon Christian International School offers a high quality, challenging 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.
As an IB parent and the Assistant Dean of Admission at Stanford University, Debra Von Bargen has firsthand experience working with many IB graduates. As her son began the IB Diploma Programme, she saw him do things he never thought he could do. In her role as the Assistant Dean of Admissions, she is excited to see how a student has taken on the IB and knows that IB students show very high success rates during their first year of university.
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TCIS is a Three Programme IB School
The International Baccalaureate Organization was founded in 1968 as a non-profit educational organization that aims to meet the needs of students who are pursuing an international education. There are more than 4,300 authorized IB schools around the world in more than 150 countries.
One of the main aims of IB education is to promote intercultural understanding while also fostering compassion, action, creative and critical thinking and lifelong learning. The rigorous academic standards that are the foundation of learning in all IB programmes also provide expectations for young people to engage in service to their many and varied communities as well as to undertake action to better the environment through sustainable activities and thinking.
TCIS believes that effective education does more than produce good test scores, but it produces students that display specific intended traits. The Learner Profile is the set of ideals that the IB believes is embodied in an internationally minded human being, and it represents the type of person that IB programmes are trying to develop. The Learner Profile lists the following as the primary student traits for cultivation:
You can read about the IB Learner Profile in more detail on the IB’s website.
As a faith-based Christian school, TCIS believes that the fundamental principles of IB programmes are a solid foundation to deliver a Christian world-view, within international education. The TCIS mission and vision are carried out alongside their delivery of IB programmes.
The First Three-Programme IB World School in Korea
TCIS is very proud to count itself as the first school in Korea to be authorized to deliver three IB Programmes. TCIS gained its authorization to deliver the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in 2005 and attained its authorization for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2008. TCIS was able to offer the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in 2012.
Effective K-12 Education That Builds Upwards
IB’s programmes work together to provide a seamless international education experience for students at ages 3 to 19. TCIS subscribes to three IB programmes in order to ensure that a continuity and progression of learning, service and action encompass a TCIS student’s life from a very young age until one is ready to enter tertiary education. The delivery of the IB Learner Profile, along with rigorous, sequenced academic standards at all grade levels, drives student learning and development over a series of years and a variety of experiences.
IB programmes are inquiry-based and learning with them is driven by continued development and application of critical and creative thinking skills as well as conceptual understandings. The transition between IB programmes is seamless with students being challenged to use these previously learned skills in critical and creative thinking to expand their understanding in the increasingly rigorous course work.
Education That Works After Graduation
The many varied facets of the holistic education program that IB provides generate internationally minded, global citizens who have the skills and the mindset to continue their learning throughout the entirety of their lives. Critical thinking and inquiry are the cornerstones of IB education. IB students embody these foundational principles in both their everyday actions as well as their future goals.
IB programmes are recognized worldwide as excellent preparation for tertiary education. Many 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 programmes in the years prior to entering university.
Dr. Brenda Williamson
Director of Academic Affairs (K-12)