Elementary School

Primary Years Programme

The IB PYP is an transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that balances the search for understanding, the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, the development of positive attitudes and the opportunity for positive action. At the heart of the PYP is a commitment to using structured, concept-based inquiry to drive learning. Students are encouraged to construct knowledge and generate questions as they build an understanding through carefully planned learning engagements.

We believe that some of the best learning can take place outside the classroom, so we take students outside to make the most of what our environment can offer. Our campus provides engaging learning opportunities outside the classroom, as we have purposeful built playgrounds and a large forested area for play and exploration and we back directly onto Ansan Mountain. Our fleet of school buses allow for out of school field trips.


The purpose of assessment at Seoul Foreign Elementary School is to improve student learning, to provide information on student learning and to contribute to the efficacy of learning programmes. Assessment is the ongoing process of gathering evidence for and of learning. This evidence will be used to give recognition and timely feedback to the learners and all other stakeholders.

  • Assessment will reflect best practice that supports the learner and the teacher in the promotion of student achievement.
  • At Seoul Foreign Elementary School we believe assessment is integral to all teaching and learning. It is central to the PYP goal of thoughtfully and effectively guiding students through the five essential elements of learning:
    • the acquisition of knowledge
    • the understanding of concepts
    • the mastering of skills
    • the development of attitudes
    • the decisions to take action
  • Seoul Foreign Elementary School’s approach to assessment recognises the importance of assessing the process of inquiry as well as the products of inquiry.
  • The main aim of assessment in the PYP at Seoul Foreign Elementary School is to provide feedback on the learning process and the development of the five essential elements to inform further learning.
  • Students and teachers are actively engaged in assessing the student's' progress as part of the development of their wider critical thinking and self assessment skills.


Maths - Common Core State Standards

Language - Common Core State Standards

PYP - Next Generation Science Standards and AERO standards for Social Studies

Social - 2 counselors,

Technology - 1:1 in Grade 4 and 5, iPads, mac carts, DLC’s

Arts - G4 play, music concerts, G5 instrument, g4/5 choir

Approaches to Learning

Through the Approaches to Learning (ATL) in the PYP, MYP and DP IB programs, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”. The ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the process of learning.

There are five ATL skill categories that house a set of skills students embrace throughout the year when developmentally appropriate: communication skills, social skills, self-management skills, research skills and thinking skills.

39 Yeonhui-ro 22-gil, Seodaemun-Gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea 03723

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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. 


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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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