Discovery Week’s mission is to provide SFS HS students with an excellent experiential education opportunity to further SFS’s Mission statement of promoting Christian values, personal integrity, and responsible world citizenship. To this end, DW courses will provide students with an experience from at least one of the following educational elements: service, historical/cultural enrichment, physical challenge/skill acquisition, academic enrichment.
Discovery Week is a required curricular program sponsored by Seoul Foreign School. It is a regular school week in that the program has educational objectives, but it is different in that courses are offered in a format which most often does not resemble traditional classroom instruction.
The offerings are rich and varied and may be conducted on the SFS campus, in Seoul, in Korea, or overseas. Along with other SFHS students, our hope is that students will be exposed to people, places, and ideas with which they do not ordinarily come in contact. The courses meeting the DW mission above are designed each year by faculty sponsors and approved by the high school administration.
Students in all courses will contribute to the Reflections booklet that is published after Discovery Week. Students who have a record of misconduct and/or are on academic warning or academic probation may be ineligible to participate in Discovery Week courses that travel overseas. In addition, students whose tuition is not paid will not be eligible to participate on an overseas course.
Each student is required to make four (4) different choices, after a discussion with their parents. The course selections are not in any order of preference and will be considered equally when sorting course groupings. Students will be asked to designate a first choice; however this designation comes with no guarantees. The designation may be used in course selection sorting but will be used for improving programming options going forward.
During the selection process, each student and parent sign a Discovery Week declaration binding the parent to fulfill certain financial obligations and the student to abide by certain behavioral standards while participating in the Discovery Week course. Both parent and student contracts are considered binding and parents are required to pay for Discovery Week expenses while students must follow the rules. Family Leave is not allowed during Discovery Week. Any exception to the parent contract (granted only under the most unusual and unavoidable circumstances) must be approved by the principal.
View here some reflections from past Discovery Week Experiences:
- DW Vietnam on the LCMS World Mission Blog: The Vietnam Blog - an official blog of LCMS World Mission
Discovery Week Oman Trip 2013 Student Created Music Video