Taejon Christian International School

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Basic Information

Address: 77 Yongsan 2-ro, Yuseong Gu Daejeon, South Korea
Phone Number: +82.42.620.9116
Director/Owner: Michael Moimoi

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Additional Information

Ages: 4-20
Accreditation/Affiliation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), International Baccalaureate (IB)
Nationalities: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, France, Germany, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Others
Language(s): English, Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Japanese
School Types: K-12 International School (Day and Boarding)

$22,000 - $45,000

Enrollment: 400
School Schedule (Hours in Day): 8:15 - 4:10
School Size: 400
Classroom Size: 12
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

Three Program IB World School – built on American and International course standards

Support Services:

Specific learning needs supported with IEP
English language learning (ELL) support
College guidance and application support

Computer Capabilities:

TCIS is an Apple school: iPad program in Elementary and 1:1 laptop program in Secondary School.

Extracurricular Activities: Conference Sports (6-12): Badminton, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Paddle Tennis, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball Clubs and Organizations: “A Gift” Orphanage Support Club, “Ampersand” Literature Writing, “Compassion International” Child Advocacy Club, “Golden Time” Medical Interest Club, “Pen In a Box” Schools Supply Club, “The Golden Dragon” Newspaper Club, Amnesty International Club, Chess Club, Cooking Club, Dance Club, Eco Green Club, Future Business Leaders of America, GIVE Local Needs Support Club, KaIST/TCIS Outreach Partnership Program, LASA Service Group: Bangalore, LASA Service Group: Boracay, LASA Service Group: Chiangmai, LASA Service Group: Manila, Model United Nations, Peer counseling, Prom Committee, Robotics Club, Science Club, Spiritual Fellowship Club, TEDx Youth@TCIS, UNICEF Arts and Music Programs: Band, Choir, Fall Theatre Production, Film Club, Open Art Club, Spring Musical Recreational Athletic Programs: Kendo Club, Tae Kwon Do
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Admissions Deadline: None: Rolling Admissions
Mission Statement:

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

School History:

A Background of Christian Missions in Korea

In 1900, Pyongyang Foreign School opened in Pyongyang to serve the children of missionary families in Northeast China and Korea. The school provided a boarding and day school for missionary children and other foreigners.

PFS closed in 1940 due to the increasing militarization of Korea. In the mid-1950s, the mission community united and requested their leaders to open a boarding school for missionary and foreign children in Korea, away from the conflicted northern border. In 1958, the missions cooperatively founded Taejon Foreign School with eight primary-aged children. The dormitory opened the following year. In 1960, the school’s name changed to Korea Christian Academy. The name remained Korea Christian Academy (KCA) from 1960 until 1993.

The Recent History of TCIS

In 1993, Korea Christian Academy (KCA) became Taejon Christian International School. Dynamic changes in Daejeon and Korea contributed to the discussions resulting in the name change. In the early- and mid-1990s, Daejeon experienced tremendous development as the center of science and technology research for Korea. Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) moved from Seoul to Daejeon in 1989; this move clearly indicated the pending growth of families seeking foreign education in Daejeon.

In 2010, TCIS began the Techno Valley Campus Relocation Project. TCIS needed to relocate to a place where it could accommodate its growth and be in the middle of the growth that Daejeon as a city was experiencing. In partnership with Daejeon Metropolitan City, the newly-established TCIS Korean Christian leadership and investors successfully finalized the relocation of the entire school to the current Techno Valley campus in September 2012. The new TCIS Board of Trustees remains fully committed to the same mission and focus for TCIS that the original founding missions established over 100 years ago. Today, TCIS continues to deliver a top-quality education with values and a Christian worldview to children from all over the world.

Notes/School Information:

A Unique School Mission

One of the first things that stand out about TCIS is the combination of high-quality academics and a Christian community ethos. TCIS is one of only a handful of schools in the world to offer all three IB continuum programs in a Christian worldview context. TCIS was a forerunner for IB investment in South Korea, becoming the first school in the country to offer all three programs. Every year, students distinguish themselves in their academic performance, athletic competitions, visual and performing arts, and compassion to serve the needs of their fellow humans. Through educational best practices and a message of both love and hope, we work to cultivate internationally-minded learners who are competent, compassionate, and strong leaders.

Boarding Care for For Support and Growth

Since 1959, TCIS has also operated a supportive boarding program to serve families from outside of Daejeon. More than just a place to stay, the Residence Life Program guides and encourages students to be academically responsible and to live with good character. The boarding staff, dormitory operational structures, and positive peer relationships help to contribute to academic success and character growth. There are a number of advantages to living in the TCIS Boarding Care Program, which goes beyond the main school experience. These are most often seen in areas such as academic performance, social wellbeing, character development, and preparedness for life in university.

Holistic Learning

One of the most exciting things that we do at TCIS is to help students understand just how amazing this world is and what sort of potential they have in it. We love to provide new experiences for all ages. We offer opportunities to develop their skills and discover their passions. These experiences help to solidify their academic learning with practice and provide a setting in which to gain experience in leadership. From international sports competitions to arts festivals, academic clubs, volunteer opportunities, or advocacy groups, students have leadership opportunities while being involved with the things they love to do.

Students learn skills and character that will carry through their entire lives. This comes as a benefit for academic learning, but it also brings balance to their lives. Lifelong passions are often begun early on in these formative years.

Future Ready

Where the TCIS and IB philosophies for teaching come together most pointedly is in the belief that we create learners. Many programs focus on content-based models in which students are taught a topic that can be assessed for recall. TCIS teaches concepts and processes which are based on the Design Cycle and the transfer of knowledge. Students are taught to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. This focus on the whole person is essential in creating a child that can be successful, not only in classroom tasks but in any life situation. A TCIS education prepares students for university and for a professional landscape that is constantly changing.