Headmaster's Welcome

Welcome to Yongsan International School of Seoul. YISS is a loving, caring community that allows parents and students to become a part of something bigger than themselves.


At YISS, our vision is to see our students impact the world with servants' hearts. Investing in them is at the center of our purpose. We do this by fulfilling our mission, honoring our values, providing outstanding teachers, and working closely with parents. Furthermore, our classroom interactions, service learning projects, athletic and extracurricular programs, and dedicated PTO reflect the importance of love and concern for others.

Our mission statement emphasizes our values of truth, excellence, and diversity. We believe unexamined information can lead to misconceptions about truth. Our faculty members come to us with a biblical worldview reflecting what they personally and philosophically embrace themselves. They, in turn, encourage students to think critically by evaluating ideas, facts, and events in light of what is true to develop a worldview that enables them to know the truth – both internally and through personal experience and inquiry.

We are committed to excellence, which drives us to make sure we do all things well. Students who attend YISS receive an education that enables them to analyze, critique, explore, explain, and defend ideas, thoughts, and worldwide values. Working to our potential is not a push for perfection but a willingness to stretch oneself. We encourage students to commit to excellence in all they do.

An appreciation of diversity assures that YISS enrolls students with a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. This diversity truly gives our student body an international experience, enabling us to dialogue and share our differences concerning personal beliefs and values. Despite these differences, our students are challenged by and value the beauty of the created world around us.

This year our theme is "Be Strong and Courageous," taken from Joshua 1:9. This passage of scripture addresses how God does not want us to be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will be with us wherever we go. Our theme reminds us that we are equipped and empowered to be strong and courageous.

We hope you will explore and discover why we believe YISS is an exceptional place to receive an outstanding education that enables students to become global citizens who value truth, excellence, and diversity. We consider it a priority to meet students' various needs – intellectual, social, spiritual, and physical – and desire to see all of our students reach their potential both as students and individuals.

May God richly bless each of you,

Dr. George Zickefoose