ISK is a coeducational international school for children from Nursery to Year 13 (UK) or Grade 12 (US). We follow the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). We are a truly international school, currently with around 100 students from all over the world.
ISK is owned by the Seyoung Foundation, chaired by the CEO of DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering). The Seyoung Foundation also owns the local university, Koje College, and Okpo Kindergarden.
The role of the Seyoung Foundation is to oversee the finances of ISK. They appoint a Head of School, who reports to the Seyoung Foundation at board meetings. Please click the link below to find out information on the Board members.
Go to the link to Seyoung Foundation.
Origins and Development of ISK:
In 1975 DSME created an international school department for their contractors’ children and it was called Daewoo Foreign School. In 2002 the school was established as an independent organization and was renamed Okpo International School.
In September 2013 the school became part of the Seyoung Foundation and changed its name to the International School of Koje.
At about the same time, the school was outgrowing its facility, which it rented from DSME, and was in need of a bigger more modern campus. With its own careful financial management and contributions from local government and sponsor companies, ISK was able to buy a nearby piece of land from DSME and construct a much bigger purpose built facility, which opened in May 2014.
In May 2014 our new school opened and it has excellent facilities for up to 540 students. There are 27 classrooms, a gymnasium, a large library, a science lab, music and art rooms, dedicated play areas for older and younger children, outdoor soccer pitch, basketball court, running track, rooftop garden, parents lounge and a cafeteria.
The current situation:
Over the past 4 years the island has seen a decline in the shipbuilding industry and with the onset of COVID many project have been deferred or cancelled. This has had a major impact upon the school with student numbers falling rapidly. The school has adapted to the new reality and continues to provide an excellent education as witnessed by the recent CIS accreditation. "The encouraging reality is that despite being battered in the last few years by enrolment declines and the necessary reduction in staffing, teaching and learning continue at very high levels" CIS Accreditation report May 2021.
We are optimistic that numbers will rebound but regardless of the situation ISK is guaranteed to remain open and retains the continued support of the Seyoung Foundation.