Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction
|Native English teachers
|Extra languages (other than English)
|15 students / class
|20 students / class
All the details about this school in their own words
|Number of students
|Number of nationalities represented in the school
|Most common nationality
USA & South Korea
|Ratio of local students to international students
|Native English speaking teachers
|Language support for students not fluent in English
Yes, English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program
|Additional language classes offered by the school
Korean to all grades (PK-G5)
|Max. number of students per class
PK: 15 / JK: 16 / KG: 18 / G1-G5: 20
|Average number of students per class
KIS Seoul currently has an average of 15 students in a classroom.
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?
Yes, for PK-G2
|Use of technology in the classroom
IPad and MacBook programs.
|Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)
Live ZOOM Lessons / Recorded videos
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?
No, KIS Seoul is a non-sectarian, international, inclusive, inquiry-driven learning community for elementary-aged children.
|External examinations or assessments available
MAP Test: G2-G5
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?
Yes, mostly reading assignment and inquiry based research
|Approximate hours of homework given
It's up to each grade level.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation
KIS Seoul is an elementary school so G5 students are transferred to the KIS Pangyo for secondary programs.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students
|Student access to education psychologist
School Counselor helps students to connect with.
|Entry evaluation for students
Interview and testing.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required
The formal interview and testing are designed not only to measure the student’s current ability but how they will respond under the extra scrutiny of an objective evaluator. The interview additional is a time when the student is able to share their personal thoughts, ideas and concepts towards education. This should be taken as a serious aspect of the evaluation.
Depends on the grade level.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)
KIS encourages parents to complete the application process as early as possible. Students may be admitted to KIS and enrolled at any time during the school year if a seat is available.
|Students can join after academic year begins
Yes, if seats available.
|School start time
|School finish time
|Supervised care before/after school
We do not have childcare/programs after the school day, but we do offer After School Clubs throughout the school year (2 sessions for 10 weeks, Fall & Spring )
|School bus service available
Yes, but limited areas in Seoul (mostly Gangnam, Jamsil, Yongsan areas)
|School provided lunches
Yes, it is an optional program. Lunch and morning snack can be purchased from the cafeteria. International are Korean styles are mixed in a week and Halal menu is available.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)
Halal menu / Allergy cares
No school uniform, but we have PE uniform (summer/winter).
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered
Dance and ballet, Taekwondo, ukulele, chorus, battle of the books, Chinese, become a magician, Harry Potter, avenging the galaxy, destination imagination, etiquette factory, Pokemon card club, soccer, music jump rope, finger works, Lego robotics.
|Sports activities included
Physical Education (PE)
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students
Not for the elementary levels at KIS, but there are sports jamborees and competition (Cross country, football matches with other international students (Pre-covid time)
|Facilities at the school
Science lab, Design Center, Art room, Music room, Library and etc.
|Sports facilities at the school
Outdoor soccer field/basketball court, indoor gymnasium, rooftop soccer field for lower year students, rooftop playground, indoor climbing wall.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school
Korea International School Seoul : We are a non-sectarian, international, inclusive, inquiry-driven learning community for elementary-aged children.
|Teaching approach of the school
KIS is a school that values its Western tradition in education, and to this, the school has established a challenging and well-rounded academic curriculum, where the arts, student activities and athletics are also highly valued. The students are nurtured to acquire ‘habits of mind’ such as problem solving, decision-making, critical and creative thinking skills as well as to gain academic success.