A Message from the Headmaster

Dear Friend of KIS

Thank you for visiting the Korea International School (KIS) website. KIS today stands at the forefront of international education in Korea. Our students represent the promise of what the youth of today bring to the future. This is a result of their KIS education, which emphasizes intellectual inquisitiveness, critical thinking, creative expression, physical well being, respect for others, and integrity in all things. We regard these qualities as the hallmarks of a KIS education and to fulfill our responsibility as educators hold our students to the highest standards of scholarship, personal development, and citizenship. As we look to the years ahead, there are items on our agenda that we wish to pursue.

  • We want to ensure that our graduates gain admission to the finest, most selective universities in the world. To do that we will strive to continually raise our standards for admissions, for recruiting faculty and administration, and for student performance.
  • We believe that a diverse school environment is important for the socialization of young people and to ensure their success as global citizens. To that end we actively recruit students of a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, both at home and abroad, to join our student body.
  • We want our school to represent the best that Korea has to offer, but also that our students come to understand the world in which we live-socially, economically, culturally, and linguistically. We demand that our students reach out to the world, to learn about its peoples and its ways, and will continue to do so, and that they embrace an inclusionary rather than an exclusionary vision of humanity.

We will judge our success by the degree to which we accomplish these goals. Likewise, we ask that you, as a member of our broad education community, hold us accountable as we guide KIS on its course toward meeting its purpose and its destiny.

And finally, I would like to comment on a personal goal that I share with Y.B. Min, Chairman of YBM and the person instrumental to the founding and the success of KIS. On the school’s opening day in 1999 he said that his fondest wish was that one day a student going forth from KIS would become Secretary-General of the United Nations. I cherish that wish and dedicate my every effort on behalf of the school to ensure that it will one day come true.

Yours sincerely,

Sunshik Min, Headmaster