Christianity at SFS

Many people often question what exactly makes Seoul Foreign School a “Christian” school. People read the mission statement and see “Centered in Christ” and are confused as to exactly what that means. Some worry that SFS may be overly “Christian” and others feel that it is not “Christian” enough. SFS does not have weekly chapels; it is not affiliated with a particular denomination nor with a particular church; it does not teach core subjects like math and social studies from a Christian curriculum. SFS enrolls students from all religious backgrounds and welcomes them as integral members of our diverse community.

So, what exactly is “Christianity at SFS?” In a word it is “modeling.” What makes SFS “Christian” is its faculty. SFS seeks to hire only practicing Christians who are also exceptional and experienced teachers. Through the modeling of the faculty, students see first hand what Christianity is and what it is not. They learn how Christianity is lived. Our faculty come from a wide variety of denominations—Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and more—and thus SFS is a truly ecumenical community. Students are also taught about Christianity in religion classes and attend assemblies that focus on particular aspects of Christianity like Christmas and Easter. It is hoped that students come to understand what Christians believe, see how it is lived out in the lives of their teachers, and then feel free to draw their own conclusions. Essentially, when SFS claims to be “Centered in Christ,” it means that it is a community where the faculty and staff live, work, make decisions, and build relationships from central hope that all is done following the example of Christ himself.

SEOUL FOREIGN SCHOOL
39 Yeonhui-ro 22-gil, Seodaemun-Gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea 03723
82-2-330-3100

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Welcome to Seoul Foreign School, a K-12 IB World School, founded in 1912. We are widely regarded as the leading international school in Seoul. We are a non-profit school where 100% of your tuition directly impacts student learning. Of the international schools in Seoul, we offer an unrivaled 100-year+ legacy of educational excellence, international diversity and commitment to educating the leaders of the future.

About SFS

Welcome to Seoul Foreign School, a Pre K-12 IB World School, founded in 1912. We are widely regarded as the leading international school in Seoul. We offer an unrivalled 100-year+ legacy of educational excellence, international diversity and commitment to educating the leaders of the future. We are a non-profit school where 100% of your tuition directly impacts student learning. 

Admissions

We welcome the opportunity to meet you and show you a firsthand look at our campus. Contact us by email or by telephone to make an appointment. We understand a visit is not always possible. The entire admissions team is ready to help you in any way we can. 

Academics

The Elementary and Middle Schools follow a US-style curriculum. The British division follows the National Curriculum of England. In the High School Gr. 9-10 students may choose to take the IGCSE Program and for Gr. 11-12 we offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. Namsan Int'l Kindergarten is a PYP candidate school.

Athletics

SFS athletes develop character, responsibility, dedication, commitment, teamwork, leadership, and experience applicable in all areas of life.  While our teams enjoy winning results in competitive conferences, we measure success well beyond the win-loss column.

Fine Arts

Seoul Foreign School enjoys a long history of rich curricular and co-curricular performing and visual arts programs.  Over 90% of our students are involved in the arts each year and are showcased in our visual arts displays and over 40 annual public performances put on by our music and drama departments.  

Student Life

At SFS we care about the development of each individual student academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. There are many choices for participation at SFS. We encourage students to not try to do them all, but to choose wisely. 

Alumni

With a history of over one hundred years, SFS has provided education for extraordinary Alumni. Today, more Alumni are becoming a part of our parent community. Having ‘Legacy’ students at SFS is a compelling testament to our tradition of excellence.

Giving

The Annual Fund provides additional resources to help continue the tradition of excellence at SFS. Your support provides many needs throughout the school, further enhancing our academic and extracurricular programs – setting us apart from other international schools in the world.

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