Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As you work through the application process there will be many questions. We are here to help you and provide all the information you need! Below are some common questions perspective parents and students ask us.
Our school year must include 180 teaching days, usually beginning the third week in August and ending mid-June. Holidays include the Korean national holidays, American Thanksgiving, three weeks at Christmas, a week during Lunar New Year, and a week for Spring Break. Take a look at our calendar to view the flow of a typical year.
Elementary School: The maximum class size is 14 students in Early Childhood (PS and JK), 20 in Senior Kindergarten, and 20 in Grade One. In Grades Two through Five, the maximum class size is 22 students per classroom. Teacher assistants are provided up to Grade Two. In addition, parents and high school volunteers may assist teachers in the classrooms.
British School: The maximum class size is 22 students per classroom in Year Reception through Year 9.
Middle School: The maximum class size is 22 students per classroom.
High School: Class sizes range from 5 to 25 depending on the course. Lower division classes tend to have more students while some specialized upper division courses can have very few students.
We have a fleet of buses serving most of the expatriate residential areas of the city but are generally limited to driving routes that do not exceed one hour in driving time each way. Although we do our best to accommodate all families, we cannot guarantee school bus service. We will process bus request forms on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Preschool students bring a snack from home. All other students bring their lunch from home or purchase a hot lunch prepared by the school’s caterer. Menus are available in advance.
Elementary School students must adhere to a standardized dress code. White or red polo style shirts (short or long sleeved), khaki or black trousers, shorts, skirts, or skorts are acceptable. Shoes need to be closed toed and a pair of athletic shoes must be kept at school for Physical Education classes.
Middle School students must also adhere to a standardized dress code. White or red polo style shirts (short or long sleeved), khaki or black trousers, shorts, skirts, or skorts are acceptable. Only black or brown closed-toed shoes are allowed.
High School students do not have a dress code except for the basic need to adhere to neat, clean, modest, and safe dress. Students are requested to NOT wear crop tops, tops with spaghetti straps, halter tops, excessively tattered/torn pants, very short skirts or very short shorts to school. All students are to wear shoes or sturdy sandals at all times.
British School: Year Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students take home a reading book every night; Year 3 and Year 4 students spend approximately 45 minutes per night on homework; Year 5 and Year 6 students spend approximately one hour each night; and Year 7, Year 8, and Year 9 students can expect to spend anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes for homework each night. Each child has a Homework Organizer with assingments that parents can access.
Elementary School: The amount of time any student spends on homework assignments normally should not exceed 30 minutes per night for Grades 1-2 and 60minutes per night for Grades 3-5.
Middle School: Normally, sixth graders are assigned an average of about 90 minutes of homework daily; seventh and eighth graders about two hours. However, the amount of time a child spends each night will depend on his or her academic background, study skills, maturity level, and organizational skills.
High School: Normally, about 3 to 4 hours of homework per day should be expected; however, during exam times, more time may be necessary.
British School: French and Chinese are offered to students in Year Foundation and up.
Elementary School: Korean and Chinese languages are offered.
Middle School: Spanish, Chinese, or Korean are offered.
High School: Spanish, French, Chinese and Korean are offered
British School: All school supplies are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided by the British School as needed.
Elementary School: ES supply list
High School: A list of supplies to be purchased for each grade level is available.
They certainly are! Parents help us in many different ways: providing snacks, helping with field trips and special events, assisting with make-up and costumes for plays, helping students publish books, substitute teaching, serving on committees, and offering their expertise in sponsoring activities or clubs after school or on Saturdays. The list goes on!
School-wide: There are SWEP (School Wide Extra-curricular Program) activities going on every day which include Girls Scouts, Boys Scouts, ballet, gymnastics, Taekwondo, and soccer, to name just a few. There is also a PTA run Saturday Sports Program. Offerings in both programs change from semester to semester depending on instructor availability.
British & Elementary Schools: Key Stage 1 students, Key Stage 2 students and Elementary School students who participate in these activities do not have access to late activity buses for liability reasons. As such, parents are responsible for providing transportation.
Middle School: Four late bus routes are available to Middle School students who participate in these activities.
High School: The extensive list of activities includes special events, clubs, athletic programs, music programs and drama activities. Four late bus routes are available to High School students who participate in these activities.
British School: The National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) standardized tests in basic maths, maths application, reading and non-verbal reasoning are administered in April/May.
Elementary School: The Education Records Bureau (ERB) is administered in early February to Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. Students take MAP testing three times a year and MAP Primary twice a year.
Grade 9: CTP
Grade 10: IGCSE Exams
Grades 10 and 11: PSAT
Grades 11 and 12:SAT I & II, IB Exams
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 facilitates college admissions worldwide (based on a country’s prerequisites). Students who score high on IB exams may receive college placement or credit in American colleges/universities. Students will need two years (grades 11 and 12) to complete the requirements for an IB Diploma.
The majority of our graduates 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. Click here for a a detailed list of college and university acceptances for the previous school year.
For students beginning after the first day of school, the division counselor will assign them a "buddy” who is responsible for helping a new student through the first week of school.
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. A list of local English church services in Seoul is available here. As service schedules are subject to change, please contact the churches to confirm service times.