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 of Seoul and the surrounding cities.
Seoul International School's history begins with its founder, Mr. Edward B. Adams. His story in South Korea is forever linked with that of the school. After arriving in Korea, he envisioned the creation of an international school independent of all political and religious affiliations.
In 1973, his hard work, dedication, and passion for education and the people of South Korea culminated with Seoul International School becoming one of the first international schools in South Korea.
While the school may have humble beginnings, under Mr. Adam's guidance, it has grown in importance and prestige within the international school community. Today SIS has become a leading international school within South Korea and Asia.
In 1973, Seoul International School was issued the first ever Letter of Authorization (pictured on the right) by the Korean Government to a foreign school.
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As SIS grew and expanded, a larger facility and campus were needed. In 1981, the present eight acre site was selected and a unique 150,000 square foot Korean inspired building design was chosen for the school. Conveniently located on the southeastern border of Seoul, the school is about twenty-five minutes south of Lotte World, Jamsil subway station, and Olympic Park. The move to the lovely wooded campus with its many cultural artifacts was made in May, 1985.
In 1997, in response to increased enrollment, the Annex building was constructed on site to house the school's growing elementary school.
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 campus.
A new artificial turf soccer field as well as a new parking garage were added to the campus.
2013 - New Building
In a move to update and modernize the facilities, a seven story building was constructed in 2013. Today the building houses the middle and elementary schools and features 30 classrooms, 2 gymnasiums, the elementary school library, a makerspace room, a science lab, and art and supply rooms.
In the summer of 2019, the school invested heavily in remodeling the secondary library, atrium, and network infrastructure.
- A new fitness/dance studio
- Automatic doors at all main entrances
- New network infrastructure including cabling, servers, switches, WIFI access points, and network security software
- Installation of networked photocopier system throughout the campus
- Building of a new security center
- Installation of networked door locks and security cameras throughout the campus
- New ceiling tiles in the main and annex buildings
- Remodeling of all bathrooms
- New soundproofing of the annex building music rooms
The renovated school library is home to over 10 000 books, as well as meeting and seminar rooms, and it features flexible seating arrangements for studying and reading.