Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS) opened its doors to students for the first time on September 18, 2006. The school was founded as a partnership between Gyeonggi Provincial Government, Suwon City, and Dr. Thomas J. Penland, Headmaster of Taejon Christian International School (TCIS), acting on behalf of and with the expressed approval of the TCIS Board of Trustees. The school is now under the governance of the not-for-profit Hyosan International Education Foundation (HIEF). The school still maintains a collaborative and supportive relationship with TCIS. The Head of School, Mr. Stephen Lush overseas the delivery of the school mission on behalf of the Foundation Board. The purpose of the school is to provide a high quality international education for foreign children in Korea that will serve to further attract foreign investment to Korea.
Our mission will always be to provide a high quality international academic program to international students guided by a Christian philosophy of education that embraces and seeks a diverse student population. An open Christian environment will be established on the campus, and children of all faiths will be welcomed as well as children from homes that do not practice religion. The school will dedicate itself to educating the whole person: academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The staff will challenge all students to strive for their highest potential as God has gifted them and to always be motivated to share that giftedness with the rest of humanity. The school will actively seek ways for students and teachers to give back to the Suwon community that is hosting them as foreign guests.
GSIS projects a capacity enrollment of over six hundred (600) students in grades Pre-K-12. The school is authorized with the International Baccalaureate Organization in the Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP). GSIS is one of the first schools in South Korea authorized to offer the full IB programme in PYP, MYP, and DP. The school is also accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools), KORCOS (Korea Regional Conference of Overseas Schools), KAIAC (Korea–American Interscholastic Activities Conference), Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and has membership with the College Board (PSAT, SAT, AP programs).
GSIS academic standards will be high to ensure that each student has as many open doors as possible to pursue upon completion of his/her studies. In addition, GSIS will create a nurturing and caring Christian environment where students, teachers, and parents work as a close knit community. Our student to teacher ratio will be low thus allowing for more student-teacher interaction and assistance. The learning community will collaborate to offer the highest quality international education possible and will seek to make it cost competitive. The desire is to work with all international families to make the education of their child affordable.
GSIS allows students to demonstrate learning by the transfer of knowledge and understanding to real-life situations. Students from K-12 are involved in understanding and learning to manage independently their own learning. They also are involved as well in service learning in the school community, local community, East Asia, and the world. Students discover how to apply what they are learning to make a positive difference in their lives and the greater community.