At Gangnam International School, our philosophy lies in educating the whole child. We strive to raise our students to be happy, caring, responsible, self-reflective, inquisitive, creative and innovative thinkers and doers who endeavor to contribute to society in ways that ripple out beyond their local community.
We nurture not only the cognitive development of our students, but also support the development and well-being of each learner’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and psychological self (e.g., habits of mind) while also following each student’s individual interests and learning styles.
We are a globally conscious community of life-long learners.
We strive to collaborate, innovate, and create.
We demonstrate loyalty, compassion, and humility.
We empower leaders who are respectful, responsible, and reliable.
The goal of our Primary Program is to educate the whole child in an environment that supports overall development and maximizes each child’s potential. Our program is designed to enable and empower our students to be independent, critical thinkers who actively build their knowledge and persevere to succeed in constructing their knowledge and in mastering skills. Our students grow to be members of a strong community and learn to give back to one’s local and global communities through school-wide volunteer programs and activities.
Our Middle School Program covers grades 7 and 8 and is designed to be learner-centered and supportive of the developmental and educational needs of young adolescents. The middle school years are an important time of transition during which students experience unprecedented cognitive, social-emotional, and physical growth. Our small classroom size and assessment practices help us meet individual student’s learning needs unique to the middle school years.
The goal of our High School Program, which includes high performance expectations and support for each student’s personal development, is to provide a four-year educational experience that prepares students to be lifelong learners and to develop skills that will enable them to have the academic readiness to continue their education at a post-secondary institution and, eventually, successfully enter their chosen field. After the pandemic, the programs for supporting students’ social-emotional growth, such as student-led clubs, Student councils, and Yearbook Committee were added to the academic courses again.
Schoolwide Learning Outcomes
Critical thinkers visualize from multiple perspectives and consider possibilities for innovation. We ask questions and produce organized ideas, and nurture our curiosity to solve problems andto determine the reasonableness of our decisions. We learn independently and collaboratively to sustain our lifelong love of learning.
Creative, Innovative Thinkers
Creative, innovative thinkers explore knowledge across a range of subjects and engage with issues and ideas of local and global significance. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change. We express ourselves confidently in more than one language and in many ways. We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience.
Empowered individuals act with integrity, honesty and with respect. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. We practice a proactive approach in our academic pursuits, which at times will require taking social, psychological and cognitive risks. We prioritize and manage stress in the pursuit of future goals. We understand our strengths and weaknesses, and seek personal development. We are articulate in expressing our points of views and ideas using academic language.
Community participants show empathy, compassion, and respect toward our own cultures as well as the traditions and values of others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and within our own community. Thus, we grow from our experience and act with a global consciousness to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world.
Effective communicators express confidently in more than one language. We collaborate and listen carefully to the perspective of others. We gauge the audience to communicate our ideas effectively and respectfully to various groups/individuals and in a wide variety of formats. We act with a global consciousness and model strong citizenship within our school, community, nation,and the world.