It is my pleasure to welcome our new and returning families to Busan International Foreign School for the 2017-18 school year! This is our 34th year of serving the expatriate families of Busan with the premier international education program in Busan! BIFS is about community and family partnerships and we need your positive involvement to achieve our mission and embrace our bright future!

We have had a warm and energetic start to the school at the end of last week with an exciting Opening Day filled with students and parents meeting their teachers, orientations, community building activities, welcoming assemblies, PTA sign ups, and an ice cream celebration! This coming week, the first full week of classes, will focus on assisting each student with settling into their classes, learning school routines and beginning the important work of learning.

As I mentioned in our schoolwide assembly this week, we open this school year with an increased enrollment of almost 350 students (with 82 new students and more coming each week!) from 38 different countries! Additionally, we welcomed eight new faculty to BIFS this year from with a wealth of international education experiences from around the world! We also welcome our long-standing faculty leaders, Mr Kevin Smith and Mr. Al Roland to their new roles as Heads of our Elementary and Secondary divisions this year. Our diversity, our commitment to educating the whole child, our provision of a warm and nurturing learning environment, our focus on delivering a quality international IB education through our PYP, MYP and DP programs, and our comprehensive community service activities are hallmarks of our school that we celebrate!

This year we will be focusing on continuing to improve our programs while having a steady and positive year of transformational learning for each student, every day!
Thank you for being a part of the BIFS family this year! I look forward to getting to know you this fall through various meetings and school activities! Thank you for your partnership and support this year as we seek to make a difference in the life of each and every BIFS student!

Go BIFS! Go Bears!

Have a great year!

Kevin Baker
Head of School