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High School

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KIS high school empowers students to define success. We offer a strong academic foundation, offer opportunities for students to cultivate their interests, and support social-emotional development and healthy autonomy.

Our students are curious, creative, and motivated learners. We provide a quality feedback-oriented, standards-based curriculum and a robust AP course selection including the AP Capstone program. We encourage high school students to pursue their interests while also guiding them to find community connection through student-led service initiatives and internships. The design thinking process – empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test – and applied learning are integral to student growth.

 

 

High school at a glance

423

students ninth through twelfth grade

8

languages spoken by high school students

16

nationalities represented

26

rigorous, relevant AP courses

32

sustainable service and volunteer programs

70+

student-led clubs

 

 

While college and career readiness is a priority, our ultimate aim is to equip you to tackle real-world challenges and make a lasting impact on your broader community. We take immense pride in fostering your sense of responsibility and leadership. You are a problem solver and change-maker!

 

 

Christina Powers

Christina Powers

High School Principal


 

Learning in Action

Applied Learning: Programming

At KIS, we see examples of applied learning each day as students find opportunities to transfer content knowledge and skills from one project to the next. Here, one high school student shares how he applied his programming experience to solve a yearbook problem: how to efficiently build a student index.


 

Several students are sitting at a table, each with a laptop in front of them.


 

We want our students to feel supported. Our comprehensive counseling program emphasizes student well-being and counselors also partner with teachers and families to ensure each student receives the care they need.

Community is intentional. At KIS, we cultivate community in classrooms, grade-level advisory groups, student-led clubs, and co-curricular activities. We promote a safe, inclusive environment that welcomes all students to thrive.

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OUR COMMUNITY

KIS Voices

Micah Crochet

High School English Teacher

Micah Crochet High School English Teacher.

At a glance, Micah’s favorite disciplines – music, language, science – seem mismatched. But Micah is fascinated by how pieces come together to form a whole musical score or novel or chemical reaction.

Read Micah’s Story

"My mind works in composition,” Micah Crochet says. Before he joined the high school English department, Micah studied, performed, and taught music. When he moved to Korea with his partner, Micah considered other subject areas he would enjoy teaching too, reviving his interest in literature and chemistry. 

At a glance, Micah’s favorite disciplines – music, language, science – seem mismatched. But Micah is fascinated by how pieces come together to form a whole musical score or novel or chemical reaction. In his English classroom, he teaches students to spot the parts that create the word or sentence or story, celebrating the essential function and intricacy of language and communication. 

Micah also celebrates individual student voices in his classroom. Student perspectives contribute to the school community and Micah welcomes their insight in his own classroom too. A few years ago, he asked a class about dropping a particular novel from the syllabus and was surprised by their insistence that it stay: the book was a challenge, but meaningful. Each book on the syllabus adds to their collective conversation – yet can also speak to one.

Sara

High School Student

Sara High School Student.

Sara is impressed by the teachers she works with. “They support your learning,” she says, “and recognize your improvement.”

Read Sara's Story

Sara was born in Japan and attended some school in Germany but moved to Korea from Maryland. When she started high school at KIS, she noticed a couple of things that make KIS stand out. First, many classes and clubs are multigrade, giving learning conversations new depth. Sara appreciates the different views and approaches to projects. “Everyone learns from each other,” she says.

Sara is also impressed by the teachers she works with. “They support your learning,” she says, “and recognize your improvement.” At KIS, teachers provide achievable benchmarks to help students meet a standard and discuss their progress along the way. All high school students have a scheduled autonomous block, or autoblock – students often meet with teachers or peers during their autoblock. That chunk of time also gives students freedom to explore their learning through independent projects.

One subject Sara enjoys is social studies. She sees the connections between people and cultures and likes to learn more about countries and languages. Sara is glad KIS offers a Chinese language program too. She knows the spoken language from her Taiwanese mother but is now excited to learn the written language. At the close of her first year at KIS, Sara is excited for more opportunities to design her future.