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[2] Seoul Foreign School

 Submit Document for Admission
- Complete application forms
- Provide documents listed on Application Process Checklist

(a) School Application Form
(b) Maintain Foreign Passport Form
(c) Confidential Teacher Recommendation Form
(d) Medical History Form/Report 08 Medical Exam ( Including proof of TB Skin Test)
(e) Photocopy of Title Page of Passport: ___ father ___ mother ___ child
(f) Copy of Report Cards from current and last two school years (translation to English)
(g) Recent Achievement Test Scores
(h) At least two pages of recent creative writing demonstrating the child's ability to write independently
(i) At least two pages of recent mathematics assignments, quizzes or tests
(j) Application Fee (payable in cash, personal US check, or Korean GIRO form-225,000 won or $180 per applicant
(k) Informal interview with the Director of Admissions or with a Division Counselor

- Submit Application Fee

 Tuition Fee

* TUITION ( consisting of both a Korean Won portion and a U.S. Dollar portion ) :
Korean Won
U.S. Dollars
  Elementary School - Grades JK-5
 Middle School - Grades 6-8
 High School - Grades 9-12
 British School - Reception - Year 6

 Annual Bus Fee
  High School Senior Fee
 Early Exam Fee (per exam)
 IB Fee-Junior Year
 IB Fee-Senior Year

* NEW STUDENT FEES ( Paid when Application is Submitted ) : 
 Application Fee (Non-refundable)
  Registration Fee (Refundable only if not Admitted)

Please note that the School expects that payment of tuition will be made in both currencies in the amounts billed. This policy will ensure that the school will have the appropriate amount of U.S. dollars and Korean won for 2003-04 operations. In cases of hardship,
the School may allow payment all in one currency; the exchange rates used will be the average
basic rate for the month previous; there will be a service fee charged. Please contact the
Business Office (Mrs. Kim, direct line: 330-3134) to make these arrangements.

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS (an invoice for Tuition and Other Fees will be provided by the Business Office) :
For Korean Won : Payment is made through the Korean GIRO system.
For U.S. Dollars :
(1) By wire transfer to :

- Account Name : Seoul Foreign School
- Account No. : 154-00082-433
- Bank Address : KORAM Bank, Yonhi-dong Branch
                            Woojung Sports Center BD 194-30
                            Yonhi-3-dong, Seodaemoon-ku
                            Seoul, Korea
- Swift # : KOAMKRSE
- Chips Code : 209808
- Telephone : (82-2) 322-4100
- Fax : (82-2) 322-4105

(2) By personal check written on a U.S. Bank.

FOR RETURNING STUDENTS - Payment of a minimum of 25% of tuition is due on or
before April 30, 2003. The balance of tuition and fees are due on or before July 31, 2003,
unless the installment plan option is selected.
NEWLY ENROLLING STUDENTS - Payment of all tuition and fees is due within 30 days
after admission or prior to the first day of classes, whichever date occurs first.
Installment payment plan options are normally available only to new students enrolling prior
to the first day of classes in August..
LATE FEES - Late Fees may be charged for any payments received after the due date.

( Available only for Tuition and Bus Fees-All Other Fees Are Payable When Invoiced )
NOTE : As a convenience to parents the tuition and bus fee may be paid in installments; all other fees must be paid in full with the second installment. Payment in installments is subject to the approval of the Director of Business Operations and are not available for students enrolling after October 24, 2003, the end of the first quarter. There is a service charge for using the installment payment plan; therefore, the total amount paid will be greater than the annual tuition paid as a single payment.


1st Payment 25%
( Percentage payments 2nd Payment 35%
will be of annual amount : ) 3rd Payment 42%
First Payment due : April 30, 2003  
Second Payment due: July 31, 2003  
Third Payment Due: January 6, 2004  


( Refunds will normally be made in the currency used to pay the School )
NOTE : As a convenience to parents the tuition and bus fee may be paid in installments; all other fees must be paid in full with the second installment. Payment in installments is subject to the approval of the Director of Business Operations and are not available for students enrolling after October 24, 2003, the end of the first quarter. There is a service charge for using the installment payment plan; therefore, the total amount paid will be greater than the annual tuition paid as a single payment.

Late Entry Discount
Early Withdrawal Refund
April 30- Jul 31
     90% of annual tuition & 100% of bus fees
Aug 1- Aug 15
     75% of annual tuition & 100% of bus fees
Aug 18- Oct 24
     70% of annual tuition & bus fees
Oct 27-Jan 2
Oct 27-Jan 16
     40% of annual tuition & bus fees
Jan 5-Mar 26
Jan 19-March 26
     20% of annual tuition & bus fees
Mar 29-Jun 11

PLEASE NOTE : Late Entry Discounts and Early Withdrawal Refunds are not based on number of days or a “pro-rata” calculation and Early Withdrawal Refunds are not available for families using the installment plan to pay tuition and bus an average of about 90 minutes of homework daily; seventh and eighth graders about two hours. However, the amount of time your child spends will depend on his or her academic background, study skills, maturity, and organization.

High School: Normally, at least 3 to 4 hours of homework per day should be expected; however, at exam times, or when things pile up, more time will be necessary.

Do you have cafeteria services?
Elementary School: Students in Junior and Senior Kindergarten and Grade One bring their lunches to school and eat in the classroom with their teacher. Grade Two - Grade Five eat in the cafeteria and have the choice of bringing their lunch from home or purchasing a set menu hot lunch featuring western food prepared by the cafeteria staff. Menus are available a month in advance.

British School: Preschool students bring a snack and students in Reception - Year 2 bring a cold packed lunch to be eaten in the lunch room. Students in Year 3 - 6 go to the cafeteria for lunch and either bring their own packed lunch or purchase a cafeteria lunch offering both western and Korean foods. Menus are provided a month in advance.

Middle School and High School: Students eat in the cafeteria and either bring their lunch from home or buy lunch in the cafeteria offering both western and Korean food. Menus are provided a month in advance.
Do you offer foreign languages?
Elementary School : No foreign language classes are offered.
British School : French is offered to students in Year 3, 4, 5, and 6
Middle School : Eighth graders can choose from Spanish I, French I, Korean I, or Intensive Korean.
High School : Korean is offered from levels I through to Advanced Korean II. French and Spanish are offered from levels I through to IBS/IBH.
Do you have after school activities?
British and Elementary Schools: There are several PTA sponsored after school activities happening every day and on Saturday mornings including Girl and Boy Scout programs, ballet and dance, gymnastics, martial arts, soccer. The list to too exhaustive to mention and changes from semester to semester depending on the availability of parents and teachers. There is no late bus service provided for British and elementary school students who participate in these activities. Parents are responsible for providing transportation.

Middle School: The After School Activity Program is not based on who is the best, but on who is interested. The list includes Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Computer Club, Yearbook Club, Basketball, Arts & Crafts, Swimming, Cross Country, Soccer, Student Senate, Knowledge Master Open, Drama Club, Intermezzo Chorus, Christian Students Club, Intramural, as well as PTA sponsored programs. Four late bus routes are available to middle school students who participate in these activities.

High School: The extensive list of activities, special events, clubs, athletic programs, and music and drama co-curricular activities can be found in the High School Handbook.

Four late bus routes are available high school students who participate in these activities. See the School Bus Information for details.
Are parents involved with the school?
They certainly are! Parents help us in many different ways - by providing snacks, helping on field trips and special events, doing make-up and costuming for plays, helping students publish their books, substitute teaching, serving on committees, offering your expertise to sponsor an activity or club, and on Saturdays coaching a team. The list goes on!.
How do we schedule classes for Middle and High School students?
Middle School students will complete a course selection scheduling form to choose electives such as band, chorus, Introductory Korean and (for eighth graders) foreign language. Each student will then be assigned to core curriculum classes plus electives and will receive an individual schedule indicating the periods, teachers and room numbers of each class. New students will meet with the middle school counselor to discuss options and to finalize the schedule prior to New Student Orientation.

High School students will provide a transcript of all high school courses taken to date so that full credit for previous course work can be awarded. A math and written placement test may be required. Students must meet with the Academic Counselor in person to schedule classes prior to the first day of school. Your letter of acceptance from the Admissions Office will outline in detail the steps you need to take in order be prepared for this scheduling meeting
What is your student breakdown by citizenship?
This varies from year to year, but on average of the 1200 students on campus in the four divisions, 65% are US citizens; the remaining 35% represent 45 nations with the largest representations from Australia, Canada, France, India, Sweden Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. The one thing all students have in common is that they are all from somewhere other than Seoul, and that the majority of them are "Third Culture Kids". The booklet entitled "The Third Culture Family" in the back pocket of this folder is research-based but parent-friendly, and will give you insights to the characteristics of families like yours.
Where are your teachers from?
In the British School, the majority of the teachers are from the United Kingdom. While the majority of teachers in the other divisions are American, we also have teachers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Spain etc. and our foreign language teachers are often from their native countries.

Over half of our teachers have earned their master’s or higher degrees and the average number of years of teaching experience is 12 years.
Do you administer standardized tests?
Elementary School
: California Achievement Test is administered in early February to Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5.
British School
: The National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) standardized tests in basic maths, maths application, reading and non-verbal reasoning tests are administered in April/May.
Middle School
: The IOWA Test of Basic Skills is administered annually to grades 6-8.
High School
Grade 9 : CTPIII (Comprehensive Testing Program)
Grades 10 and 11 : PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test)
Grades 11 and 12 : SAT I & II (Scholastic Assessment Tests), ACT (American College Test), International
Baccalaureate Exams (IB)
Grades 10 - 12 : Advanced Placement Tests (AP) :
What is IB (International Baccalaureate)??
The IB diploma is a two-year program of studies with syllabi and external examinations developed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The IBO awards an internationally recognized diploma that may facilitate college admissions worldwide (based on a country’s prerequisites). Students who score well on IB exams may receive college placement or credit in American college. Students will need two years (grades 11 and 12) to complete the requirements for an IB Diploma.
Where do SFS graduates go to university?
The majority enroll at universities in the US, with the remaining students entering universities in the UK or their home countries. The goal is to find an appropriate match for each student -- academically as well as socially. A wide range of universities, including the most selective, hold SFS in high regard; they know that a student who graduates from SFS is well-prepared to succeed in the most competitive of environments. A detailed list of college and university acceptances for the previous school year is available upon request.
How long does the application process take?
Typically we begin processing applications for the following school year in May and continue throughout the year. Our Admissions Office is open for the majority of the summer for your convenience. As soon as all of the forms, documents, and fees listed on the checklist in the Admissions booklet have been received, the application can be considered for admission if a space is available at the appropriate grade level. If a grade level is full to capacity, we have to wait until a student withdraws before we can consider new applications on the waiting list. We know that your child’s education is a major concern in your accepting the move to Seoul and we understand this. Our best advice is to complete the application process as early as possible.
How will you help my child make the transition to Seoul and SFS?
For new students beginning in August, New Student Orientation is offered the day before school starts. This is an opportunity for the students to meet other new students, their teachers, the counselor, the principal and to tour the school. In addition, for Middle and High School students it’s an opportunity to get their schedule, be assigned a "Buddy" to help them find their locker, learn their lock combination, and traverse the campus in search of their many classrooms.

For students beginning after the first day of school, the school counselor or teacher will assign them a "Buddy" or "First Friend" who is responsible for helping your child through the first week of school.

"The Third Culture Family" booklet included in the back pocket of this folder has many suggestions for parents to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
If our family is not Christian, can we be excused from religion classes?
Believing that any well educated person should be exposed to Christianity, Seoul Foreign School requires that all children participate in the school's religion curriculum. This curriculum introduces children to Christian teachings and values, but is non-denominational and not evangelistic in orientation. SFS students come from a wide variety of religious orientations, including Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, atheists and agnostics. They have participated in the school's religion curriculum without experiencing discrimination or demand for conformance to a particular personal belief system.

The format of the religion curriculum varies among the four divisions. With younger children the instructional program introduces students to Bible stories and Christian values, attempting to apply these stories and values practically to daily life. For example, discussions about responsible decision-making, life long value formation and the formation of positive interpersonal relations flow naturally from biblical illustrations

High school religion courses not only inform students about Christianity but also encourage comparisons and contrasts with other points of view. High school students select their religion courses from a variety of course options.

The school's underlying Christian ethos is an important aspect of the Seoul Foreign School experience. Through the religion curriculum students learn the basic tenants of Christianity and come to have a deeper understanding of their own spirituality, worthy objectives for all of humankind.
Are there English Christian church services available in Seoul?
Yes, there are many. Seoul Foreign School would like to encourage your family to maintain contact with the Christian faith by attending the church of your choice during your stay in Seoul. You will find a list of church services on the next page. As schedules are subject to change, please call to confirm service times.
English Language Church Services in Seoul

Anglican Cathedral
(735-7480) located next to the British Embassy in Chong-dong.

Catholic Mass (330-3130) located in the SFS Middle School Atrium - Sunday mass at 11:00 a.m. Occasionally mass time is changed to meet priest’s schedule. Call to confirm.

Hannam Village Chapel (7913-4523) located on Yongsan Military Base.

International Catholic Church (793-2070) located in Hannam-dong. Sunday masses in English, Dutch, Spanish/Italian and French.

International Lutheran Church (794-6274) located in Hannam-dong near the intersection of the road to Itaewon.

Memorial Chapel (7915-2955) located on Yongsan Military Base. Protestant service, Episcopalian, Catholic mass, Pentecostal sevice, Church of God and Christ service.

Onnuri Church (793-9686) located next to the Shindong-A Shopping Center in Seobinggo-dong, Yongsan-Ku. Children/Youth service, Adult service. English translation available at 11:30 a.m. Korean service. Japanese service, Chinese and Miyanma/Pakistan/Mongolian/Nepal services.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (362-7005/365-3744) in Ahyon-dong, Mapo-Ku. Divine Liturgy.Seoul International Baptist Church (333-0662) located near Itaewon, adjacent to Namsan tunnel #3. Sunday bible study for all ages, Youth and adult bible classes , Praise and Worship service.

Seoul Union Church (333-7393) located at Foreigners’ Cemetery Park, Memorial Chapel. Take Riverside Drive to Foreigners’ Cemetery exit near Yangwha Bridge and follow Foreigners’ Cemetery signs.

South Chapel (7918-4043) located on Yongsan Military Base. Catholic mass, General Protestant service, Gospel service, Church of Christ service and Victorian Christian Fellowship.

[3] Early Childhood Learning Center
An international non-profit preschool for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old, which is intended to encourage independence, cooperation and education for life by following a curriculum based on the ideas of Maria Montessori. A Board elected by and from the parents of students directs the school.
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RM 901, Hannam BLDG 737-37, Hannam-Dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea
FAX +82-2-793-8849 / E-mail : KOREA OFFICE +82-2-793-8866
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