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Seoul International School

A Tradition of Excellence Since 1973

Seoul International School bus on road

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.

Adams & SIS; Educational Family in Korea

· Grandfather / Rev. Dr. James. Edward Adams 안의와 (1867-1929)

o 1891 – Co-Founded PyeongYang Foreign School (PFS), the first international school in the Korea peninsula while working in Korea as an education missionary of the American North Presbytery Association

o 1897 – Established the first church in Gyeongsangbuk-do province, Nammundan Church (currently Cheil church) in Daegu

o 1899 – Assisted Dr. Woodbridge O. Johnson, medical missionary of the American North Presbytery Association, as a founding member of Jaejungwon (former Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center 

o 1906 – Founding Headmaster of Keisung School (former Keisung High School), the first secondary school in the Yongnam district, and continued service as 3rd Headmaster

· Uncle / Rev. Dr. Edward Adams 안두화 (1895-1965)

o 1953 – Served Keisung School as 3rd Board Chairperson

o 1954 – Co-Founded Keimyung Christian University (former Keimyung University)

Mr. Adams & Korea

Korea's Kyongju

Two Brothers and Their Magic Grounds

Korea Guide

Mr. Adams' special affection towards Korea and its culture is shown through his English publications;

Letter of appreciation from the President of Korea

 

His achievements enabled foreigners to gain deeper and broader understanding about Korea, the history and culture. The President of South Korea, the First Lady, and a number of US government officials sent Mr. Adams Letters of Appreciation for his work.

SIS Beginning

As Mr. Adams’ reputation grew, he began to see his dream plan out, an international school independent from all political and religious affiliation. He wrote numerous letters to the Korean government and the President and his effort was finally realized.

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.

First ever Letter of Authorization issued by the Korean Government to a foreign school

Early Days of SIS

Mr. Adams, staff and students planting on the school grounds (1973~1974)

Students when SIS only had Elementary School (1973~1974)

Faculty (1976)

1977 New Building Ceremony

Opening ceremony speech in 1977
Attendees standing during national anthem at 1977 opening ceremony
Mr. Adams founder giving a speech at foundation celebration.
Seoul International School original logo
Seoul International School's old graduation

1977 - First Graduating Class

1979 WASC Accreditation

The school was first accredited in 1979 by The Western Association of School and College (WASC) based in California for a six-year term. Subsequent accreditation were proudly received in 1985, 1991, 1997, 2003, 2009, and 2015.

Accreditation at sis

1981 - Purchase Of New Lands

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. 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 move to the lovely wooded campus with its many cultural artifacts was made in May, 1985.

School Events

1993 SIS 20th Anniversary

1985 EARCOS - SIS hosted EARCOS

1997 - Annex Building & Swimming Pool Renovation

In 1997, in response to increased enrollment, the Annex building was constructed on site to house the school's growing elementary school.

Campus after Annex build is constructed

2006 -Teacher Apartments

New teacher apartments were built to house the growing number of teachers at the school. The apartments are located within a 5 minute walk from the school campus.

2007 - New Soccer Field & Parking Garage

A new artificial turf soccer field and parking garage, that can hold more than 260 vehicles, where added to the campus.  

2013 - New Building

To accommodate the an ever growing student body and a need to modernize the facilities, a new seven story building was constructed in 2013 to house the middle and elementary schools. The new building houses 2 gymnasiums, the elementary school library, art & supply rooms, middle and elementary school offices, a multipurpose room, and 30 classrooms. 

Elementary students enjoying field day at Seoul International School
Construction on outside of new building

Atrium - 2019 Renewal Coming