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The TASIS Advantage

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The college counselors at TASIS are always looking for ways to improve their practice and forge new connections, so each year they carve out time to attend professional development conferences, visit colleges around the world, and host informational forums on campus. Through the years they’ve built relationships with hundreds of college admissions officers, and one of their favorite questions to ask is how they regard candidates from TASIS. 

A common theme emerges time and again: college admissions officers hold the School's mission and internationalism in high regard. With a student body comprising nearly 60 nationalities, an extensive Academic Travel Program, a pioneering Global Service Program, and a mission to instill the values of personal responsibility, civility, compassion, justice, and truth, TASIS produces well-balanced students who are cultured, intrepid, and socially conscious. 

This built-in advantage, combined with a rigorous academic program that allows students to pursue an International Baccalaureate Diploma or take a wide range of Advanced Placement courses, is the bedrock from which TASIS students pursue their post-secondary goals.

Motivated students build upon this foundation by demonstrating an impressive commitment to a combination of visual and performing arts, athletics, local and global service, and leadership positions on and off campus. They take advantage of the opportunities provided by a school that does not forget its Founder's simple but timeless advice: "Fill all their waking hours with commitment to study, sports, the arts, and responsibility to others. Instruct—stretch them in all areas."

In a podcast recorded in February 2019, former UK College Counselor Howard Stickley discusses, among many other topics, how TASIS graduates invariably credit the School for preparing them so well for post-secondary life and how TASIS has built up a strong reputation with excellent universities in recent years, with former students paving the way for today’s students. This portion of the conversation begins at the 29:07 mark.