Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to attend an international school in Korea?

1. A student having one or more parents holding a nationality that is not Korean as verified by an alien registration card and Korean family registry.

2. A student who has lived overseas for no less than 3 years (1,095 days) as verified by the “Entry and Exit Certificate” issued by the Korean immigration department.

3. A student currently enrolled at an accredited international school in Korea.

4. A student with 6 semesters of official report cards and a letter of attendance from an overseas school. Note: 6 semesters status applies only to Elementary year Grade 1 and above.

5. One or both parents are naturalized Korean citizens whose child is considered to be unable to continue study in the local school system (Grades 1-12), as determined by the deliberation of the school’s Operations Committee, and approved by the Principal of the local school.

When is the deadline for application?

KIS operates a rolling admissions program. Students in Pre-K through Grade 5 can enroll throughout the school year. It is recommended that applicants have all eligibility documentation and testing completed at least one month before the anticipated first day of school.

Do students need to take admissions tests?

We conduct a face-to-face assessment in English in order to ensure that your child will be successful when enrolled at KIS. Our assessments focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing; and are considered in conjunction with previous school reports and a teacher recommendation.

In some cases a remote interview and writing test can be granted to students who provide successful results on their report cards and a positive recommendation from teachers. Official standardized test scores of students applying for G2 to G5 should be submitted to be considered for a remote test.

For PK and JK applicants, a simple assessment will be conducted to determine their readiness for school. The face-to-face interview will include coloring, playing with puzzles, looking at books and similar activities. For families located outside of Seoul or those who cannot come to campus are permitted to arrange a virtual interview.

Admissions Criteria

To maintain the rigor of our educational approach, we have created admissions criteria that ensure our incoming students are ready to join our community. Our final decision is therefore based on a holistic evaluation of each applicant’s academic record(s), their extracurricular interests and their character. When a student is either accepted or rejected for admissions at KIS, it is based on all of the above mentioned factors. No single factor will guarantee or preclude a student from acceptance.

We evaluate students based on their performance in the following categories:

Transcripts / Report Cards

Each elementary student is required to submit their current plus previous two years official reports when relevant.

Letters of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation serves as a means to understand how the student is perceived in a social setting as well as how the teacher perceives the student in terms of current and future academic performance.

KIS Interview and Testing

The formal interview and testing processes are designed not only to measure the student’s current ability but also how they may respond to an objective evaluator.

Common Questions

Q1. Is KIS an accredited educational institution?

Yes, KIS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We are also a Council of International School (CIS) Member School. KIS Seoul is recognized by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) as an international school. Students who attend KIS are able to transfer to schools in other countries.

Q2. Do you have a wait pool?

Yes, KIS begins accepting applications for the new school year in December of each academic year, and offers enrollment once the admission is given to the applicant. If a grade level is full to the maximum class size, we will maintain a wait pool during the applying year only. We will consider the applicants in the wait pool if space becomes available at the grade level.

Q3. What are your class sizes at KIS Seoul?

The maximum class size is 16 students in Early Childhood Education (PK and JK), and 18 in Kindergarten. In Grades 1- 5, the maximum class size is 20 students per classroom. Teaching Assistants work with homeroom teachers as a team up to Grade 1.

Q4. Does KIS have an EAL program?

At KIS, a learning support program for English as an Additional Language(EAL) is available for students who require English language support. This program is based on availability, with other additional academic supports available as well.

Q5. Do you offer additional languages?

KIS Seoul offers the Korean language to all students, and Chinese language to students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. 

Q6. What are your school start and end dates?

KIS keeps a US-style academic calendar, with the school year beginning in mid-August and finishing in mid-June.

Q7. What are your school hours?

The day at KIS Seoul Campus begins at 8:25 am and ends at 3:00 pm for all students.

Q8. Do you offer after-school clubs and sports?

Yes, KIS Seoul Campus offers a variety of After-School Clubs for two sessions of ten weeks each. After-School Clubs are offered from Tuesday through Friday during the Fall and Spring sessions, and run from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm.

After-School Clubs are run by KIS Seoul Campus teachers and qualified out side professionals.

Q9. What type of bus transportation services are offered to students?

KIS Seoul Campus offers exclusive bus service to many areas in Seoul. The bus service is provided for After-School Clubs. You can find more information in our school transportation section. 

Q10. Do you have a school uniform?

KIS Seoul Campus requires a uniform only for PE classes. Otherwise, the dress code is casual. Students should dress in clothes that allow them to play and learn. 

Q11. Do you have cafeteria services for students?

Yes, our school cafeteria works with Kizmeal, the official food provider at KIS Seoul Campus. Kizmeal offers hot lunch and snack service, with Korean, international and Halal options. Students may also choose to bring their own from home.