Elementary School


Pre-K 2 year old program

Seoul Foreign Elementary School is committed to a child-centered philosophy that promotes positive social interactions, emotional health and well-being for our students.

  • we embrace inquiry and view each child as an individual who is strong, capable and resilient.
  • we recognize the importance of play-based learning and its role in developing a variety of communication skills with a focus on language acquisition.
  • your child’s experiences in the Pre-K 2 program will help them successfully transition into the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), which is the next step in their learning journey in the Elementary School.

Early Years

The approach to teaching and learning in the early years at SFS is centered around the belief that young children learn through play. Play provides children with a sense of well-being and opportunities to explore their world. It is also the means through which children grow intellectually, emotionally and physically. Research informs us that learning in the early years is most effective when there is a balance of child-initiated play and adult-initiated learning engagements. We therefore construct our daily schedules to ensure children have ample time to play in carefully set up environments supported by adults.

  • we view young children as competent learners who are active inquirers and theory builders
  • by listening to children’s thinking and closely observing their play, teachers at SFS reflect and collaborate in supporting children with their development and exploration of the world observations form the basis of the day-to-day planning.
  • teachers make teaching and learning visible to others through ‘pedagogical documentation’ (a collection of written observations of children’s investigations, conversations and discoveries, photos and videos).
  • this documentation highlights how children develop knowledge, skills and dispositions for learning such as social skills, communication skills, self-management skills, curiosity, commitment and enthusiasm
  • we believe children develop these skills and dispositions in the indoor and outdoor learning environments through interactions with adults, peers and materials

Outdoor learning plays an important role in the early years. Teachers take advantage of the special nature of the outdoors as it offers children opportunities to move on a large scale, to use all their senses, to be active and to express feelings and ideas.

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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