Namsan International Kindergarten

Because it’s never too early to think BIG!

A look at NIK!

Namsan International Kindergarten (NIK) is an independent early years school receiving educational consulting from the long established Seoul Foreign School. NIK is an accredited International Baccalaureate PYP school, providing an international, intentionally designed Early Years education. NIK campus is about 30 minutes driving the Seoul Foreign School campus. NIK’s learning environment is purpose-built to provide a stimulating learning environment for children of 2 to 5 years of age (Pre-K2 to Kindergarten). This is achieved as learning takes place within the context of a spacious, eco-friendly outdoor play area which includes a garden with grassed areas, a sandpit, a wading pool, as well as an indoor multi-purpose room for physical fitness and other extra-curricular activities. Children thrive in our specially designed Early Years environment while developing a love of learning through the Primary Years Programme (PYP), which is an inquiry-based program.

Namsan International School Students

Our Program:

NIK offers a nurturing and supportive environment where cultural diversity is highly valued and appreciated. An inquiry-based learning environment promotes student learning by connecting their prior knowledge with new knowledge. Committed, caring, and highly qualified international teachers provide rich learning experiences and planned opportunities for students to reflect on what they have learned.

Teachers work with children in small groups and individually, meeting each learner at his or her current level of understanding. Teachers purposefully design developmentally appropriate activities that encourage language, social, inter-cultural, sensory and motor skills development. This provides students with the opportunities to build on their existing knowledge to develop new ways of understanding how the world works. For young learners, wondering, exploring, investigating, interacting with others, making connections and trying out their ideas all contribute to the skills of inquiry-based learning.

NIK endeavors to be a caring international community of learners working in partnership with parents to promote a school environment where students feel secure, nurtured, independent, responsible and highly valued.

“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.”
~ Chinese Proverb ~

Mission Statement:

Namsan International Kindergarten inspires and promotes educational excellence, personal integrity, and responsible global citizenship through a dynamic international experience.

Vision Statement:

Namsan International Kindergarten endeavors to work in partnership with Seoul’s international families and the community to enhance and involve the abilities and skills of the whole child, including his/her personal, social, physicial, and intellectual development.

To Achieve Our Vision, We Will:

  • Seoul International Kindergarten StudentsProvide a child-centered, developmentally appropriate, international curriculum
  • Encourage lifelong enthusiasm for learning in a safe, well-designed environment
  • Collaborate closely and meaningfully with parents to ensure that children are given every opportunity to thrive and prosper, with an emphasis on social and emotional development
  • Offer broad and relevant learning experiences in a transdisciplinary context with a focus on the importance of exploratory learning and active play
  • Identify and foster every child's abilities and talents and help them reach their full potential
  • Encourage children to become self-motivated learners
  • Equip children to communicate and work effectively with others
  • Instill in each child an awareness and respect for others and the world around him/her
  • Inspire children to be happy, confident, purposeful and successful
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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