KIS has many partner institutions around the world to enhance KIS students’ global involvement. Through these institutions, KIS has formed long-lasting relationships with like-minded organizations to build mutually beneficial world-wide opportunities, cultural awareness, and understanding of complex issues. This is a partial list of those institutions:
<Universities and Schools>
KIS has hosted many programs with students from Harvard including the Harvard Glee Club (concert and workshops), the Harvard Radcliffe Pitches (concert and workshops), Ivy League College Entrance seminars by KIS alumni and students from Harvard and other Ivy League schools. A KIS student has been awarded the Harvard Prize Book each year since 2011.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Since 2014, MIT and KIS have had a joint program with M.I.T. student leading engineering workshops on the KIS campus to help students learn various STEM/Science related topics including coding, computer programming, electrical engineering, acoustical engineering, and robotics during the winter break period. Students gain specialized content and receive hands-on STEM-related education to encourage them in the science and engineering field.
Seoul National University
SNU professors provide a series of lectures about Korea, such as the Korean model of economic development, as advanced KIS social studies content. Students gain in-depth knowledge from the lectures to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and future of Korea. KIS students visit the Graduate School of International Studies at SNU to attend lectures and tour the facilities.
Groton School in Massachusetts is a school that some KIS students have transferred to in order to gain overseas experience. Likewise, KIS has received transfer students from Groton. School leaders and teachers of both schools visit each other’s campuses for exchanges and curriculum development. This relationship has developed over several years and is now a part of our school’s identity.
Applied learning goes global: Genevieve Fowler at KIS The Korea Times | October 19, 2016
St. Mark’s Academy
Saint Mark’s Academy near Boston, Massachusetts, has had a relationship with KIS for a few years. In 2010 and 2012 KIS hosted representatives of St. Mark’s Academy including a well-regarded teacher to provide enrichment for KIS students. More recently, KIS hosted a group of exchange students from St. Mark’s Academy as a cross-cultural experience both for them and for KIS students.
Tierra Linda School (California)
Another school partnership activity has been featured in media that has been shared globally (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWvRr539t68&feature=youtu.be). KIS joined with a school in Camarillo, California, to have students interact in real time to complete a computer coding activity as a collaboration activity between KIS and other schools to give our students added educational opportunities.
Rock Ridge High School
KIS has been hosted at the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, for the past two years. Through this partnership, delegates from KIS have opportunities to interact with youth leaders from around the globe including member schools from South Africa, Singapore, Lebanon, China, Germany, France, Estonia, Mexico, Australia, and the United States.
WLSA (World Leading Schools Association) http://www.wlsafoundation.org/
KIS was the first international school in Korea to acquire WLSA membership. WLSA events include student exchanges, international conferences, international internships, college admissions fairs and counselor professional development, and scholarships for disadvantaged youth.
EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) http://www.earcos.org/about_board.php
KIS is an EARCOS member school, among the 156 member schools in S.E. Asia. Former KIS School Director (Mr. Steve Cathers) is an EARCOS Board of Trustees member serving as the Vice President this year.
WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) http://www.acswasc.org/
KIS has received a full 6-year accreditation from the WASC accrediting commission, which accredits more than 4,900 schools and universities. This accreditation ensures KIS student diplomas, transcripts, and credits will be honored by colleges and universities worldwide.
KAIAC (Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference) http://www.kaiac.org/
KIS is an active member of the KAIAC conference that provides a well-rounded program of interscholastic activities for international member schools in Korea for sports, arts, and academic activities including cross country running, cheerleading, swimming, forensics, orchestra, band, choir, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and soccer.
AISA (Association of International Schools in Asia)
KIS along with other international schools in East Asia compete in different sporting events and activities to encourage intercultural cooperation. Member schools include KIS, Senri Osaka International School, Seoul International School, Yokohama International School, and Busan International Foreign School.