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2015 Admission Fair at TCIS

Held on campus, split into PYP, MYP & DP groups
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Thomas Penland

on 6 November 2015

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Transcript of 2015 Admission Fair at TCIS

Head of School
Dr. Thomas J. Penland
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina
Over 30 years experience
28 years educational leadership in Asia
TCIS Head of School since 1996
Longest Serving Head of School in Korea
Agenda
Greeting & Introductions
School Information
Student Ambassadors
Admissions Criteria & Procedures
Korean University Admissions
School Tours
Admissions Counselors Available

Welcome to
TCIS History
Founded in 1958 by Christian Missionaries
Boarding since 1960
Accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges-USA) since 1973
Certified by Korean Ministry of Education since 1999
Authorized International Baccalaureate World School since 2005
First School in Korea authorized for all 3 IB Programs.
TCIS Mission
Taejon Christian International School (TCIS) provides international students a
high quality internationally based education

within a
Christian environment
utilizing

positive educational experiences
and biblical foundations for

spiritual growth
.

Our Faculty
Secondary School
PYP
Primary Years Program
(PreK - Grade 5)
Diploma Program
(Grade 11 - 12)

Middle Years Program
(Grade 6 - 10)
MYP
DP
IB
What is the IB?
IB vs AP = Research
“A student who goes for the IB diploma, which requires the equivalent of six two-year courses, must also write a 4,000 word extended essay, often a research paper on some topic. Most of the former IB students I know say the extended essay was the most satisfying and challenging thing they did in high school, and prepared them well for college research. Let me put this next sentence also in all capitals:

IN THE UNITED STATES, ONLY THE IB PROGRAM AND A FEW PRIVATE SCHOOLS CONSISTENTLY REQUIRE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO WRITE MAJOR RESEARCH PAPERS.”

(http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10701.aspx Davidson Institute for Talent Development)
IB vs AP = Research
A 2011 study of IB students' experiences after high school found that:

IB students graduated from college at higher rates
57% of all students graduate within 6 years of enrolling full-time at a 4-year institution (US national average)
81% of IB students graduate within 6 years of enrolling full-time at a 4-year institution
IB Students have Higher College Acceptance Rates

IB Students graduate from college at higher rates
College Admissions Support
at TCIS
College & Career Planning Guidance
College Entrance Exam Guidance
College Application Process Support
Certified & Experienced College Admissions Counselors
SAT, ACT Test Center
Recent TCIS
College Admissions
Amherst College
Brown
University of California

Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, LA
California Institute of Technology
Cambridge
University of Chicago
Columbia
Cornell
Duke
George Washington
Georgia Tech
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Johns Hopkins
MIT
TCIS College Admissions
London School of Economics
University of Michigan
New York University
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania
Rhode Island School of Design
Purdue
Stanford
University of Washington
Wellesley College
College of William and Mary
KAIST
Seoul National University
Korea University
Yonsei
Ewha

Elementary School
Grades K1-5
Baseball
Basketball
Book Club
Boy Scouts
Chess Club
Creative Dance
Drama
Girl Scouts
Gymnastics
Jump Rope Club
Praise Teams
Soccer
Taekwondo
Touch Rugby

Middle School
(Grades 6-8)

Basketball
Battle of the Books
Chess Club
Cross Country
Ink Blotz (MS Publication)
Love All, Serve All Service Trips
National Junior Honor Society
Praise Dance Team
Rugby
Soccer
Student Council
Swimming
Table Tennis
Tennis
Volleyball
30 Hour Famine
High School Activities
Grades 9-12

Amnesty International
Chess Club
Dance Club
Drama-Musicals
Environmental/Eco Club
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Film Crew
Global Issues Network Association
Literary Magazine
Korean Club
LASA Mission Trips
M Alpha Theta Math Team
Math League
Model UN
National Honor Society
Rugby
Science Club
Spanish Club
Student Council
Student Life Teams
Student Tech Squad
Volleyball Club
High School Activity Leagues
KAIAC
(Korean American Interscholastic Activities Conference)
Volleyball
Cheer Leading
Cross Country
Basketball
Swimming
Soccer
Forensics
Orchestra
Band
Choir
Chess
Tennis

APAC
(Asia Pacific Activities Conference)
Volleyball
Tennis
Cross Country
Basketball
Soccer
Forensics
Orchestra
Band
Choir
Drama
Rugby
Dance

High School Activity Leagues
Holistic Education

ACTIVITIES
TCIS Activities Video
Holistic Education
Building Student Character
Christian
Character Education
Weekly chapel
Annual Spiritual Emphasis Week
All students take Bible class while enrolled at TCIS.(Secondary - one semester per year)
Service Opportunities
Love All Serve All (LASA)
Grade 9-12 Students & Faculty
Vision/Service trips

Spring break
Cambodia
India
Philippines
Thailand
Digital Citizenship
Embracing Technology
1:1 MacBooks for TCIS Secondary School Students
1:1 Mobile iPad lab for Elementary School Students
Apple/MAC Platform
10g – WiFi campus
RESPECTFUL
RELATIONSHIPS








NO Bullying
NO Violence
NO Threats
Life of Acquisition versus Life of Contribution
We strive to make our dorms
as family-like as possible
in partnership with parents,
communicating regularly concerning the well-being of your child.

The dorm experience enhances the educational program at TCIS for your child.

TCIS Boarding Program
Boarding Program
(6th – 12th)
Boarding Program
Bi-Lingual & Native English Speakers
Certified Teachers
8:1 ratio (Students to Dorm staff)
Staff
Daily Study Hall
Academic Assistance
Tutoring
Academic Support
Full service Cafeteria and snacks
Laundry facilities
Transportation to and from Daejeon bus/train stations & Seoul
Services Provided
Full time nurse
First aid, emergency care
Daily medication
Referral services
Medical Services
Admission Criteria
1. International Student (Non-Korean)
2. Korean Student
Stayed overseas over three (3) years
(1,095 days) or Six (6) semesters
OR
One parent is a foreign passport holder.

Admission Procedure
Rolling Admissions
Fall Semester - Apply by May 1st (recommended)
Spring Semester - Apply by December 1st (recommended)

Admission Procedure
Documents
: www.tcis.or.kr
Application Form & Fee
3 years of transcripts
Teacher Recommendations
School Report
Passport copies
Exit and Entry form/ for non-Koreans, copy of alien registration cards
Entrance Exam
: English and Math
Admission
Note: By Korean govt. regulation, the number of students who have Korean citizenship cannot exceed 30% of the student capacity. To reserve a space, a deposit is recommended.
Thank you
101 Faculty & Dorm Staff
Christians
IB Trained
52 with Advanced degrees (Masters, PhD)
Nationalities:
Australia
Brazil
Canada
China
Columbia
Congo/France
Korea
New Zealand
Russia
Taiwan
United Kingdom
United States

Announcements:
Merit Scholarships
TCIS / KAIST Science Camp
December 27 - 30, 2015
Elementary - Info & Tour
Secondary - Info & Tour
Boarding Program - Info & Tour
Admissions Counseling
IB
1.
Inquiry-based learning
2. Holistic education
3. Real-life local application
Think globally, Act locally.
4. Constructivist approach
Learners create their own meaning in learning, every student’s experience and perspective adds to the learning in the classroom
5. Criteria-based assessment
Student work is compared to standards and not to other students’ work.
6. Language of Instruction is English, with strong support of Additive
Bilingualism.
(Davidson Institute for Talent Development)

..."If your student is an 11th or 12th grader and you are choosing between AP and IB, in my mind IB is the better program. The principle reason is that it has significantly more emphasis on writing than AP. The IB exams, unlike AP, rarely have multiple choice questions. Students must answer in essay form and their answers are graded by humans (Usually about half of AP exam questions are essays graded by humans.)”.
IB vs AP = Research
IB vs AP = Research
PYP
Primary Years Program
Diploma Program
Middle Years Program
MYP
DP
The Primary Years Program (PYP) for PK(age 4)-5th grade is an inquiry-based curriculum which focuses
on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.


PYP Exhibition = RESEARCH CURRICULUM

The Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10 helps students develop the:
knowledge
understanding
skills

attitudes
necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.
MYP PERSONAL PROJECT
The Diploma Program for grades 11-12 is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a diploma that is recognized by leading universities around the world.
Extended Essay,
Creative, Action, & Service
Theory Of Knowledge
How do different salt concentrations affect colonies of good bacteria?
How does temperature affect the absorbance of DNA measured by a UV machine?
How did Che Guevara contribute to the Cuban Revolution and the years following the revolution?
To what extent was the New Deal effective in saving the economy from the Great Depression?
How was the start of the feminist movement connected to changes in women’s role in World War II?
Extended Essay Topics
Campaign to Raise Awareness of Dokdo
Art that Reflects My Vision of Korea in the Third Millennium
Creating a Clay Bird that is also a Musical Instrument
Creating a Makeup Kit that Increases Awareness of Problems which can arise from wearing teenage make up
Creating Two Flash Animations Focused on Corruption and Individuality
Expression of My Personal Ideas about Influence and Identity through Artwork
Following a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian Diet
Personal Project Topics
International Baccalaureate
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