The IB for International Education in Korea
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.
The IB programs work together to provide a seamless education experience for students at ages 3 to 19. TCIS subscribes to the three IB programs to ensure that continuity and a progression of learning, service, and action encompass a TCIS student’s life from a very young age until he or she is ready to enter higher 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.
In 2012, TCIS became the first Three-programme IB school in South Korea, proving once again the sort of innovative educational philosophy at work in the school. It was more than 8 years in the journey of building and training to arrive at that point, but the IB program fits our school well for focus on the individual learner. It also aligns very strongly with the long history of TCIS mission and our holistic approach for teaching balance, leadership, service, and a growth mindset. Many schools around the world have now adopted portions of the IB program, but TCIS remains one of the best IB international schools in Korea, with unparalleled experience in delivering the continuum across all grades.
The TCIS Journey With IB
In 2001, our Head of School had visited an IB school on his professional travels in Asia and was very impressed with the format. The approach was inquiry-based, student-focused, it promoted global and local community involvement, and it prepared children with necessary skills alongside the delivery of content. As he shared his experience with the faculty and leadership on his return, the school recognized the connections between the missions of both TCIS and the International Baccalaureate. It was then that our journey with the IB began. We began work and became authorized for the PYP in 2004, the DP in 2008, and finally the MYP.
In 2012 we became the first Three Program IB school in Korea. This, in itself, is not the laurel that we pride ourselves on so much as the idea that TCIS is a school of vision and innovation for education that prepares children for the future.
The IB Continuum
A Program for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
The three academic programs in the IB fit together as a developmentally-appropriate series for students to learn. From the youngest learners in the Primary Years Program (PYP,) through the Middle Years Program (MYP,) into the Diploma Program (DP) before matriculation, each of the programs provides a structure of learning that well prepares students to progress through each program and into university. This is one of the major strengths of the IB as a whole – that concept learning and core skills are developed in ever deeper and more complex ways as students grow.
PYP in Elementary School
For the youngest learners, in grades Kindergarten through grade 5, the PYP provides a structure in which to inquire, investigate, and learn how to ask good questions. Learning happens in a fun and natural way.
MYP in Middle School & High School
As students enter their teenage years, their ideas of 'self' begin to solidify. The MYP promotes ideas of community and connections to help focus this transition into powerful personal learning experiences.
DP in High School
As students progress in their studies and approach their move into university, learning intensifies. The DP course of study challenges students to acquire the knowledge and skills to be well prepared for success.