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Which International School Is Best for My Child?

November 14, 2016

International Schools in Korea

When looking into international or foreign schools for your child, there are many considerations that need to be made. Adjusting to a new school in a different country might be a difficult process for your child, especially considering the competitive nature of education in Korea. You want to think about what the school represents; what kind of reputation it has and the backgrounds of the teachers as well as practical concern; how far the school is from my home, the financial costs of each school and whether the school has the facilities that are key to my child’s education.

AngloINFO Seoul’s directory includes a comprehensive list of International Schools in Seoul. These schools include American, British, Canadian and IB curriculum international schools as well as international boarding schools for international students and expat parents looking for an alternative to the Korean public school system. For those so inclined, there are non-denominational and religious preparatory schools both listed.

Here’s a closer look at international schools in Seoul.

Dulwich College Seoul

Dulwich College Seoul offers a first-class British-style international education for over 600 expatriate students aged 2 years to 18 years from over 40 different countries. It is built upon the history of Dulwich College London, one of Britain’s most prestigious independent schools, founded in 1619. As with all Dulwich Colleges, Dulwich College Seoul has selective entry criteria and currently runs a programme based on an enhanced English National Curriculum from 24 months up to Year 13 (US Grade 12). The curriculum follows the best practice of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and English National Curriculum. They are also registered to offer Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSE examinations and offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for students. Mandarin is taught from Reception. French, Spanish and Korean are also offered in the Senior School.

The College motto is “Detur Pons Mundo’ or “Building Bridges to the World”.

Toddler: KRW 18.931 million
Nursery and Reception: KRW 28.998 million
Year 1 to Year 11 (Kindergarten to US Grade 10): KRW 29.337 million
Year 12 and 13 (US Grade 11 and 12): KRW 30.494 million

Subway/Metro line #9, stop 922, Shinbanpo Station, Exit 1

For more information, see our directory here

EtonHouse Prep

EtonHouse Prep is a British, independent preparatory school for boys and girls aged 4 -13 located in Hannam-Dong in the heart of Seoul. There is also EtonHouse Lodge for younger children between 18 months to 4 years old located in Itaewon-dong. The school attracts pupils from the expatriate and Korean communities celebrating diversity and offering a distinctive education based closely on the National Curriculum for England (NCE) enriched with International Primary Curriculum (IPC) themes. At its core, education is about self-discovery, challenge, broadening minds, and building confidence, self-assurance and a passion for learning and reflection. The school believes education is about much more than studying and passing exams. At EHPS, they believe that our children should experience a unique character-moulding journey, a ‘preparation’ for the next stage of their lives.  

Classrooms are bright, well-equipped with interactive whiteboards and spacious thus providing the best learning environment for children. In addition the school includes:

Roof-top gymnasium
Well-stocked library with ICT technology
Music and drama Hall
Five music practice rooms/one-on-one tuition rooms
Cookery area
Large and bright art studio 
Spacious roof garden for outdoor play
Outdoor play areas for the Early Years classrooms

Address: #68-3, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Take a look at some of EtonHouse Prep’s artistic pursuits.

For more information, see our directory here.

Dwight School Seoul

English speaking international school located in Sangam-dong, Seoul. Dwight School Seoul is the first IB candidate international school in Seoul to offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for students from ages three to eighteen. Dwight School Seoul is dedicated to igniting a “spark of genius” in every child. They nurture and cultivate this spark through our commitment to three pillars: personalized learning, global vision and community. The three pillars provide students with the tools they need to ignite this spark, turning passion in to purpose. The Seoul location, which boasts a seense of community and personal education, is the most recent member of the growing Dwight Schools, which also includes campuses and programs in New York, London, Vancouver Island and Beijing. Students in Seoul and across our international campuses connect, interact, and share their different perspectives and cultural experiences through a variety of trips, exchanges, and digital communications, enriching the educational process for all.

General Details:
Dwight School Seoul 
1582-1 Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Phone Number: +82 2 6920 8600 
Important emails: 
Admissions: [email protected]

Here’s the Dwight School Seoul at a glance.

For more information, see our directory here.

Seoul Foreign School 

Seoul Foreign School has a reputation as one of the best international schools in Seoul. Established in 1912, SFS is the most experienced and first authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma School in Korea. The school offers an international pre K-12 learning environment committed to academic excellence and educating the whole child. Additionally, SFS offers an International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), and the UK’s English National Curriculum (ENC). SFS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school has a unique and caring environment characterized by high expectations, genuine commitment, expert instruction and exceptional outcomes. This generously resourced and inspiring environment optimizes student learning and academic excellence. 

Contact information:
email: [email protected]

Address: 39 Yeonhui-ro 22-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 120-823

Tel (82 2) 330-3100

Fax (82 2) 335-1857

Here’s an in-depth look at their campus.

For more information, see our directory here.

Chadwick International School

Located in the Songdo International Business District, Chadwick International runs from Pre-K to grade 12. The sister campus of the Chadwick School located in Los Angeles, the history of the Chadwick name dates back to 1935. Chadwick Schools have the goal of helping to develop global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and leadership skills. The school focuses on experiential and inquiry-based learning both in and outside the classroom including Outdoor Education and Service Learning programs. Additionally, Chadwick International offers a 7-day full boarding program specifically designed for students in Grades 9 -12 who want to expand their Chadwick educational experience into the residential life experience. 

Chadwick International
45, Art center-daero 97 beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, 22002 Republic of Korea
Tel: +82-32-5030/5031/5032
Email: [email protected]
Here is the school through the eyes of Chadwick students. 
For more information, see our directory here.
Gyeonggi Suwon International School

Located in the city of Suwon, Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS) is an international baccalaureate based school with Christian values. GSIS is one of only two schools in the country that is authorized with an International baccalaureate program, primary years programme and middle years program as well as the diploma programme. The dynamic and rigorous curriculum at GSIS is designed to kindle a passion for inquiry, to recognize diverse intellectual talents, to seek areas of service, and to cultivate a Christian worldview in a high-tech, modern setting. 

For More Information:

Gyeonggi Suwon International School
451 YeongTong-Ro, YeongTong-Gu, 
Suwon-City, Gyeonggi-Do, 
Republic of Korea 443-808

Admissions:  031.695.2800
Email: [email protected]

For more information, see our directory here. 
Rainbow International School

Rainbow International School is a non-profit private day-school. located in Seoul. A  nondenominational school which proudly represents students from 25 different countries, RIS opened its doors in 2007. Its multicultural atmosphere is both warm and friendly while it takes its academics very seriously. The concept for the Rainbow International School is to challenge conventional education and prepare the students for a 21st century career, where every child will need to be prepared as a globally competent and competitive citizen. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges(WASC) and Council of International Schools(CIS), RIS provides a quality learning environment which challenges all students to develop a positive vision for their future.
Contact Information
Address: 2-32, Yangjae 1-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea 137-131
Phone: +82-2-571-2917      Fax: +82-2-572-2916    email: [email protected]
For more information, see our directory here. 
Yongsan International School of Seoul

YISS is a Kindergarten (age 5) to 12th grade college-preparatory international school focused on developing students who are motivated from within and empowered to excel. The school welcomes families and students of all religions, backgrounds, and worldviews, providing a rich, multi-cultural experience anchored in the core principles of truth, excellence, and diversity. The student body of 980 students represents more than 54 different countries. Within this learning environment of diverse perspectives, the YISS community prepares students for a lifetime of learning, achievement, and service, anywhere in the world.

285 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu
Seoul, Korea 140-210
Tel: 82-2-797-5104     
Fax: 82-2-797-5224      
Email: [email protected]

For more information, see our directory here. 
For our full list of international schools in Korea, click here. 

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