Our School Vision, Mission and Values

KIS Vision and Mission

Way back in 1974, our foundation document was created with this goal: “to develop Kodaikanal School into an autonomous, multicultural, multinational, Christian school in mission as a Christian service to children and parents of all communities of Indian and international society, providing an opportunity for a quality education coupled with a specially designed opportunity for deepened spiritual development.” As you can see, we were a truly international school right from the beginning! However, as our current successor long range planning document, “Design ’18, says:

‘What we continue to envisage is a residential school where students and staff of various nationalities, cultural backgrounds, and diverse experiences can learn from one another while they live and study together. The fact that the school is set in an Indian context provides a particular focus for the learning process.’

KIS Vision Statement

‘‘We strive to be a school the world needs: Our graduates will be transformative leaders, caring humans and thoughtful ambassadors for a just, sustainable and peaceful world.’’

KIS Mission Statement

‘‘Kodaikanal International School (KIS) is committed to empowering young people from diverse backgrounds with vision, knowledge, compassion and cross-cultural understanding. We are a community that welcomes everyone and seeks our purpose in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.’’

KIS Values

The following principles guide our community life:

  • Accountability

  • Appreciation

  • Concern for Others

  • Consistency

  • Context

  • Cooperation

  • Integrity

  • Openness

  • Performance

  • Reverence