International and foreign schools in Seoul are now accepting applications for the academic year! All the schools on this list are K-12, progressive, inclusive, and prepare their diverse students for what’s to come – their personal futures and higher education, but also the 4th industrial revolution, the New Pacific Century, and beyond! If you’re looking to enrol your global thinker in the making at one of the best international schools in the academically rigorous South Korean capital (i.e., the Seoul Capital Area), there’s no better way to start than with this Top 10 list of International Schools in Seoul!
This academic year marks Seoul Foreign School’s 110th anniversary! This is the 7th oldest international school in the world and the oldest British international school in Korea with an outstanding reputation, facilities, and teachers. Its focus in on a nurturing environment and holistic teaching that extends well beyond the classroom, though it doesn’t lack academic rigor. The SFS campus has four sections and offers both the IB and the British National Curriculum, whereby different section offer alternate curricular pathways that ultimately lead to High School. Read more about this distinct concept here!
KIS constantly works to provide its diverse community of students with new learning experiences and opportunities. It offers an American college preparatory curriculum enriched with 125+ extra-curricular options, applied learning, global partnerships with the likes of Harvard and MIT, and much more. Since 2000 when it welcomed its first group of students, KIS has grown into one of South Korea’s leading educational institutions that models its core values of global citizenship, integrity, adaptability, balance in life, and empowerment!
YISS is a warm, inclusive community of students, parents, and Christian educators that welcomes students of all religions and worldviews from more than 50 countries. This results in a rich multicultural experience, which is anchored in the principles of truth, excellence, and diversity. YISS’s curriculum framework is based on Common Core Standards and other US-based learning standards, with different spiritual and character education programs to choose from! Though relatively small, YISS is one of the most competitive international schools in Seoul.
SIS develops inquisitive, independent thinkers and collaborative learners who acquire the essential knowledge necessary to be caring and creative contributors to the world around them! It offers a challenging American curriculum and a commitment to the arts, humanities and sciences as the best preparation for both higher education and service to humanity. The campus is located just south of Seoul and is catching up with the needs of their vibrant learning community through significant and ongoing renovations.
Seoul International School, 15, Seongnam-daero, 1518 beon-gil, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea 13113, +82 (0) 31 750 1200, www.siskorea.org
Chadwick International is an authorized IB World School deeply committed to self-discovery through experience and reflection – instead of being lectured to, students are encouraged to lead their learning. Learning at the school is not one-dimensional, but a multifaceted experience that allows students to explore their passions, identify their purpose, and discover their potential! The school is situated in the smart city of Songdo and attended by students representing over 50 nationalities.
Dulwich College Seoul is built upon the history of Dulwich College in London, one of UK’s oldest independent schools, and provides an evidence-based, exemplary British-style education to 700 expatriate students aged 4 to 18 from over 40 different countries. The school approaches its curriculum (which includes the IGCSE syllabus and the IB Diploma program) in a holistic way, no matter the learning environment, and places an emphasis on personalized student support, which is beautifully evident in their University Counselling program!
APIS is a purpose-driven school that offers cutting-edge education in preparing students for the New Pacific Century. Small by design, APIS is reimagining education – “bridging the gap between East and West” (with the help of its sister school in America – APIS Hawai‘i) and providing education that is personalized and relationship-based. To put this in numbers, in 2018, 11% of APIS students went on to the top 10 universities and 80% secured spots within the top 30 universities in the world! For a better glimpse at what makes APIS so special, check their signature programs and its Hibiscus model of education.
Dwight School Seoul is the first fully authorized IB continuum school in Seoul, providing international education to the highest recognized academic standards. Dwight School Seoul is committed to finding the “spark of genius” in every child and cultivating it through their three pillars: personalized learning, community, and global vision. The school promotes both academic excellence and personal interests through their unique programs that include Makerspace, Nature Education, Quest program, and more!
CDS is the only international school certified for Korean academic accreditation approved by the Korean Government (as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). It offers an American curriculum following the Dalton Plan in an English-only setting. Since their program is designed to offer students opportunities to acquire content knowledge, critical thinking skills, and collaboration skills through inquiry, experimentation, research and analysis, those who graduate from CDS are not only academically capable but a person with character and curiosity!
GSIS is an IB school with a Christian philosophy. Though Christian, the school is more than welcoming to families from other faiths and those that do not practice religion at home. Providing a blend of support and challenge, GSIS fosters dynamic surroundings where every student can grow up at their own pace! Since the school puts such an emphasis on wellbeing, spirituality and creativity, the benefits are twofold: in addition to being offered places at the most prestigious universities around the world GSIS students go on to enjoy happy lives as global citizens.