At KIS we enjoy learning. We think each school day is an opportunity for fun and challenge as students engage with curricular content and extracurricular activities. We recognize our students are whole individuals with their own interests, ideas and hopes, and so our mission is to encourage each student to be more who they are, helping to identify and develop their strengths.
We believe a supportive environment is essential to learning as students grow and navigate campus relationships, teaching one another and learning together.
When we consider success, we count its many facets. As educators, we expect our students to excel as they can academically, and we encourage continued learning. Our variety of activities ensures students pursue additional talents too. But we also see the success of students practicing balance in their academic and personal lives, and navigating moral and ethical discussions now, all to prepare for their role beyond KIS.
Korea International School welcomed its first group of students in 2000, at our current Seoul campus. Our founder dreamed of preparing Korean and international students to pursue further education, laying the foundation for our future thinkers, innovators and leaders. During the school’s early years, the KIS board, administrators and educators considered the best course for our learners. We committed to applied learning and the development of a strong STEAM program. We created makerspaces, and developed transdisciplinary learning units to help learners make connections between content areas. In 2006 KIS opened the Pangyo campus housing elementary, middle and high school grades. In 2018, we celebrated our thousandth graduate.
Our commitment to innovation continues. We practice design thinking, taking our best ideas from past to present iterations. KIS responds to our learner community, providing excellent academic and extracurricular opportunities which empower learners and teach authenticity and adaptability. KIS applies learning within our school community, and is now developing service components for different courses. KIS features an experiential education (EE) program to take learning outside, inspiring some classes to extend outdoor education throughout the school year. Our learners continue to matriculate at top colleges and universities around the world.
Korea International School is proud of our history. When a school is founded, the first group of administrators, educators and learners are part of a daring venture. Nearly twenty years later, we choose to keep daring as we design our future.