Seoul
American, Christian curriculum
Ages 5 to 18

Yongsan International School of Seoul

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CurriculumAmerican, Christian
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 5 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): ₩26,816,189
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: ₩26,816,189

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Number of students

1000

Number of nationalities represented in the school

55

Most common nationality

USA

Ratio of local students to international students

1:7

Max. number of students per class

ES: K - 15, 1st-5th - 22
MS & HS: 25

Average number of students per class

ES: K - 14, 1st-5th - 20
MS: 20
HS: 14

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, in kindergarten and 1st grade.

Native English speaking teachers

Yes. 82% of the full-time teachers are from North America, and foreign language teachers are native speakers of the languages they teach.

Language support for students not fluent in English

English language learners (ELLs) can participate in an instructional program for non-native speakers of English. The program helps students attain a certain level of English proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, bringing them to the appropriate academic level. YISS offers the program to a limited number of students each year. Students' English language abilities will be assessed during the admissions process.

Additional language classes offered by the school

ES: Korean or Mandarin
MS: Korean, Mandarin, or Spanish
HS: French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, or Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

Kindergarten-2nd grade classrooms have class sets of computers for center and group work, while our upper elementary classrooms have a 1:1 laptop program for students to use during school. To support student needs for consistent technology access, every student in 6th-12th grade is assigned a laptop for classroom and home use.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts that have been taught in class through practice, review, and remediation. Teachers will ensure that the homework given is at the appropriate level of difficulty and length.

Approximate hours of homework given

It is impossible to set exact time limits on homework due to varying student ability, understanding, and/or time management skills. If students are regularly spending more than the suggested time limits, they should communicate with their teachers.
Kindergarten - 5 minutes
1st grade - 10 minutes
2nd grade - 20 minutes
3rd grade - 30 minutes
4th grade - 40 minutes
5th grade - 50 minutes
6th Grade - 60 minutes
7th Grade - 80 minutes
8th Grade - 100 minutes
High School - up to 1 hour between class meetings per non-AP class, up to 4 hours between class meetings per AP class

Uniform required

The YISS uniform consists of polo shirts with uniform-style bottoms.

Waiting list

Qualified applicants who are not accepted due to space availability are placed in our wait pool and will be considered if spaces become available. YISS strives to maintain a balance in gender and diversity and to ensure academic success and availability of needed programs or classes.

Entry evaluation for students

YISS does not perform evaluations, but evaluations need to be provided with applications.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Applicants for kindergarten-4th grade should provide standardized test scores, if available, at the time of application. Otherwise, the applicant may need to complete onsite testing at YISS. If testing results are not provided but are required, YISS Admissions will contact you after your application has been completed. Applicants for 5th-12th grade are required to provide a copy of recent standardized test results to complete an admissions application. The following are test results currently accepted: Stanford (SAT), MAP, TerraNova, IGCSE, ERB, ISEE, OLSAT, SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ITBS, STAR, US State Standardized Tests.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in February.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, if there is space.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

98%

External examinations or assessments available

YISS administers the following standardized tests:
NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Test: 2nd-8th Grades
ERB Writing Assessment Program (WrAP) Test: 6th-12th Grades
AP Tests: 10th-12th Grades
PSAT: 10th-11th Grades
SAT I & II: 11th-12th Grades

Results in these examinations

The class of 2017 had an average composite SAT score of 2067. Over 90% of YISS students who take AP tests pass with a 3 or higher.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

YISS a part of the Network of International Christian Schools. While YISS recruits Christian educators, our student body is comprised of students from many varying faith backgrounds and more than 50 countries.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

YISS offers two programs for students. Students in the NICS program attend Bible class and weekly chapel, while students in the Oasis program attend character education and/or philosophy class and weekly assembly. Our Oasis program is reserved for students who are actively practicing a faith other than Christianity. Within the application you will have the opportunity to select which program you prefer for your child.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Learning support offered

Learning support services are offered to meet the diverse learning needs of our student population, specifically those students who require additional services in order to be successful in the mainstream classroom. This includes specialized class instruction from our learning support teachers in the areas of mathematics and reading. YISS is also one of the few authorized schools in Asia, and the only school in Korea, to provide the Arrowsmith Program for students with learning difficulties and other cognitive impairments.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

YISS is a college preparatory school with a rigorous curriculum. There is an accelerated math track in middle school, and YISS offers 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school.

Student access to education psychologist

No

School start time

ES: 8:00 a.m.
MS & HS: 7:50 a.m.

School finish time

ES: 3:00 p.m.
MS & HS: 3:10 p.m.

Supervised care before/after school

Students can be dropped off between 7:25-7:50 a.m. For elementary and middle school students, there are optional after school activities until approximately 4:30 p.m. provided with an extra fee.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

ES: Over 20 after school activities ranging from art, to music, and sports are offered each trimester to appeal to a variety of student interests. These activities give our elementary students the opportunity to learn something new or sharpen skills while developing new friendships and having fun.
MS: Middle school is a time when students discover more about themselves and their interests; thus, we offer a wide variety of clubs during school as well as after school activities to help them explore these interests.
HS: Our high school offers a robust array of over 50 clubs, including administrative clubs and honor societies for our student leaders.

School provided lunches

Both a Korean and international set menu are prepared on-site every day at a competitive price.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Boneless and halal options are available daily.

Sports activities included

Physical education is taught in kindergarten-8th grade and 10th grade, and sports classes are available as optional electives.

Sports facilities at the school

Our recently-renovated 350-seat gymnasium accommodates a full basketball or volleyball court and is equipped with six retractable basketball rims. The auxiliary gymnasium has six height-adjustable basketball rims for younger students. Our well-equipped weight room includes resistance machines, free weights, treadmills, rowing machines, and other equipment. We also have a multi-purpose room used for dance, Zumba, and more.
Our outdoor athletics facilities are uniquely situated on the roof of our athletic building with a view overlooking the city. The regulation-size synthetic turf soccer field includes two standard goals and six practice goals. There is a 100-meter all-weather track beside the field, as well as a rubberized track surrounding the entire field. We also have a hard court tennis court adjacent to the track and field.
Our aquatics facilities include an indoor, six-lane, 25-meter, heated swimming pool with custom, top-of-the-line starting blocks, all surrounded by a spacious deck. The pool utilizes a fully automatic touchpad and scoreboard system. There is a viewing balcony overlooking the length of the pool. The facilities also include large boys and girls locker rooms with ample showers and suit dryers.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

ES: basketball, soccer, swimming
MS: basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball
HS: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Yongsan International School is a community of students, parents, and Christian educators working together to instill in each student a passion for truth, a commitment to excellence, and an appreciation for diversity.

Teaching approach of the school

The instructional program at YISS consists of a curriculum based primarily on standards from the U.S. educational system. Courses are designed and taught to challenge students academically and help them to think critically and creatively while being taught from a foundational biblical worldview.