Taejon Christian International School | Since 1958

High School

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A Foreign High School Experience in Korea

TCIS gives students extensive preparation for entrance into colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the UK, and other international programs around the world. The rigor and workload, the close guidance from teachers, involvement in co-curricular activities, peer interactions, and English-literacy initiatives set students up well to live lives of balance, as well as preparing them to enter and succeed in university.

Beyond this, students experience the traditions, structures, and culture of foreign schools similar to those found in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom. 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 diverse international faculty brings cultural diversity and learning formats that are typically only found in an internatinoal school like TCIS. 


"College Ready" and "Future Ready"

One of the overarching phrases that is used often in our high school is "future-ready." At the end of their time at TCIS, we want students to have gained the knowledge, skills, and character that makes them adaptable and prepared to take the next steps toward their personal goals. It is a foundational concept that begins in the younger grades, but it becomes ever more central as students move closer to graduation.

"College ready" is a priority in the high school, as it is the direct next step for our graduates. Students often focus on getting into one specific college, but there is more to being college ready. Study habits, literacy, research skills, communication skills, self-management, resilience, and many other skills and traits are necessary to be successful IN university. The entire high school experience works together to help buildup  these things in our students. 

These essential skills that make a child ready to do well in university are also skills that will serve them personally and professionally for their entire lives. Many of a person's habits and general approaches to life come from these teenage years, and we want to be sure that we make the most of the opportunities available to us. In addition to preparing subject content, we ask ourselves as a community:

  • "How can we teach hard work?"
  • "How can we help students to see failure as an opportunity?"
  • "What co-curricular opportunities do students need to discover interests and practice character skills?"
  • "How can we guide students to find the kind of balance that makes life rich and fulfilling?"
  • "How can we help students to value people?"
  • "As we prepare this child for a professional life, are we also preparing them for happiness?" 

Future readiness is a benchmark, and it is our ultimate goal in high school – to cultivate students who are well prepared to succeed in university and instill in them the skills and character that carry on throughout a life of success and happiness.


Boys playing soccer on the TCIS field
TCIS Dragons Logo (in black color)

Clubs, Activities, and Athletics

Clubs, activities, and athletics are vital parts of the TCIS holistic educational program for learning balance and leadership. They are fun ways to develop socially, physically, and mentally, and they add opportunities to practice essential skills introduced in classroom learning. These programs are fun, and they help students learn about themselves and the things they love to do.

The IB Programs in High School

As you may know, the IB Continuum offers a course of learning frameworks that best serve students for developmentally appropriate learning. The high school model is delivered in a progression of closely connected learning experiences through the Middle Years Programme  into the Diploma Programme.



MYP For High School Learning
[Grades 9-10]

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for international middle school students between the ages of 11-16. The five-year program offers an educational approach that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects. There are Global Contexts in the MYP that make this program particularly powerful in the lives and education of children at this age. The MYP offers a high level of aligned education for international middle school students, which is not always found in Korea.


Read About The MYP At TCIS

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DP For High School Learning
[Grades 11 &12]

The IB 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 it also encourages community involvement and global-mindedness. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and attitudes necessary for students to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.


Read About The DP At TCIS