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Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Seoul Foreign Elementary School. We are delighted to welcome you into our international school community. Seoul Foreign School (SFS) is the premier international school in Seoul and has faithfully educated the international community for over 100 years. We began with 12 students in 1912 and have grown to over 1400 students in 2014. Our community today is comprised of families from over 50 countries. We celebrate our diversity and are proud of our heritage.

We offer a rigorous child-centered program based on the highest educational standards available. We are continually striving to maintain Seoul Foreign School’s status as a leading international school in the region. Our vision is to develop a global student who demonstrates personal integrity, embraces educational excellence, welcomes diversity and applies Christ-like attitudes in every day life. Our graduates are equipped to be the world leaders of tomorrow.

We have a dedicated and highly qualified faculty who seek to nurture and develop the 'whole child' by providing experiences that enhance a child’s cognitive, affective and spiritual domains. Our teachers are committed to creating the finest learning environment for all SFS students. You, as a parent, are your child’s first teacher. We, as a school, seek to provide the best educational program possible through - academic excellence, diversity and service. At SFS, our relationship with the parents is built on trust, communication and a shared focus on developing the whole child. We are continually seeking to strengthen this bond with you, so please know we are here to support your family at any time.

We invite you to visit our Academics page to see the dynamic curriculum we provide for our students. We have an inquiry-based curriculum to inspire creative and critical thinking. To help parents thoroughly understand our curriculum and how our students are taught, we host a number of curriculum workshops throughout the year. Our teachers have worked diligently to develop the finest international curriculum available for elementary school students, based on best practices from around the world. We feel parents’ understanding of what we do in the classroom is an integral part the home-school relationship, which ultimately supports your child’s educational journey.

We have purpose-built and state-of-the-art facilities to educate your child(ren). I invite you to come and tour the premises in person and/or volunteer to help with the many activities students are involved in while attending SFS! If your questions are not answered on these pages, please contact me personally at:

Damian Prest
Elementary Principal
Seoul Foreign School

Damian Prest's Biography

Damian is the Elementary Principal at Seoul Foreign School. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) and a Master of Educational Leadership. The National College of School Leadership in London awarded his principal certification. Damian is currently working towards completing his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). His wife Renata is a teacher and they have two children, Elliot is 9 and Helena is 5. The Prest family has called SFS home since 2006.

Damian hails from Wagga Wagga, Australia. Renata is originally from Nowy Sacz, Poland. Elliot was born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Helena was born in Severance hospital here in Seoul, Korea.

Damian has spent the last 18 years studying, teaching and leading in International Schools around the world. This includes: United States, United Kingdom, Poland, United Arab Emirates and currently Korea. This provided Damian with a wealth of curriculum knowledge and experience. He embraces the diversity, educational excellence and the commitment to service that international education offers. 

In his spare time Damian enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, IT gadgets, reading and sports.

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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