History and Philosophy

A Tradition of Excellence since 1973

When Seoul International School opened its doors in 1973, it became the first foreign school, after Korean Liberation in 1945, to be fully recognized by the ROK Ministry of Education with a license issued to SIS on June 5, 1973.

From that beginning SIS has grown and expanded to provide excellent opportunities in education for the growing and changing expatriate community. SIS was first located on the campus of Konkuk University where a new classroom facility was completed in 1976.

The first graduation of the four-year high school program was held in 1978. As SIS grew and expanded a larger facility and campus were needed. In 1981, the present eight acre site was selected, and the unique building of Korean design with 150,000 square feet was completed just over four years later. The move to the lovely wooded campus with its many cultural artifacts was made in May, 1985. Conveniently located on the southeastern border of Seoul in the direction of Seongnam City, the school is about twenty-five minutes south of Lotte World, the Jamsil subway station and Olympic Park.

The Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) based in California accredited Seoul International School for a six-year term in 1979. Subsequent accreditation were proudly received in 1985, 1991, 1997, 2003 and the spring of 2009.

The philosophy and learning expectations explain what Seoul International School is striving to achieve as it adapts to the ever changing needs of Seoul’s International Community. SIS stands as an education institution of high quality where culture blending and a global focus are evident in both the academic and activity programs.

Our Philosophy

Seoul International School (SIS) is an academic institute whose purpose is to provide a challenging U.S. curriculum to meet the primary and secondary educational needs of international students living in Seoul, Korea.

The school is committed to the arts, humanities and sciences as the best preparation for higher education, for service to humanity and for life-long learning in our rapidly changing world.

Our efforts focus on developing students’ intellectual, creative, moral, physical and emotional abilities to their fullest, in cooperation with parents and the global community.

SIS seeks to offer a broad set of educational experiences, both curricular and co-curricular, in an environment that is safe, orderly and supportive.