Taejon Christian International School | Since 1958

High School and the DP

DP For International High School Learning

The Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for high school students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based, two-year course that aims to encourage high school students to be knowledgeable and inquiring but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.

Through the DP, TCIS is able to cultivate internationally-minded learners who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.

A Foreign/International High School Experience

TCIS and the DP program give students extensive preparation for entrance into colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the UK, and other international programs anywhere in the world. The rigor and workload, the close guidance from teachers, involvement in co-curricular activities, peer interactions, English-literacy initiatives all set students up well to enter and succeed in quality universities.

Beyond this, students experience the traditions, structures, and culture of foreign schools similar to those found in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia. Students engage in clubs that hold international affiliation, such as the National Honor Society, Model United Nations, the Red Cross, Amnesty International, and others. A variety of international faculty bring cultural diversity and learning that is typically only found abroad, or in a foreign school in Korea. 

TCIS Offers the DP to a Greater Variety of Students

TCIS runs an inclusive IB DP program. Where some schools restrict access to students as a sort of elite program, we believe very strongly that the quality and challenge of the DP program is beneficial to a wide range of students. Students who successfully pass their DP courses and all of their supplementary requirements find themselves ahead of many in the world for university acceptance; they will have been through a course of study that prepared them exceptionally well for university.

TCIS is committed to supporting all students to achieve their potential in a holistic academic program. TCIS senior classes consistently score well above the world average and achieve remarkably well, especially for an inclusive group.

Class of 2021 Full DP Results


Two Perfect Scores


Scoring 40+


DP Pass Rate


Average DP Score

Four-Year DP Score Results

Class World Average TCIS Average High Score
2018 29.8 35 45
2019 29.6 35 45
2020 29.9 34 42
2021 33.0 37 45


Four-Year DP Pass Rate

DP Program of Study Options

Students may engage with the DP program of study at one of two levels:

  1. students are encouraged to become full IB Diploma Program Candidates by meeting all IB DP requirements, including TOK and the EE.
  2. students may choose to be IB Diploma Course Candidates, which means that they must take six DP courses, but they are not required to take three Higher Level courses and complete the TOK and EE. This reduces the intensity of academic requirements significantly and results in a fully accredited transcript of high school completion.

Valedictorian giving his graduation speech at podium

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

TCIS Mission Statement

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