A message from the Principal
The International School of Koje is a unique school. Founded in the 1970’s, the school was originally built to educate the international families contracted for the shipbuilding industry in the small town of Okpo on the beautiful South Korean island of Geoje (Koje).
The International School of Koje is an inclusive, international, learning community for children from the age of 2 to 18. ISK provides an education which promotes academic achievement, social responsibility and global awareness. We follow the International Primary Curriculum and are fully accredited to teach the International Early Years, Primary and Middle Years Curriculums. Our high school students follow the Cambridge IGCSE and A Level programmes for which we are also fully approved by Cambridge International Education, the William Pike Challenge Award and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. ISK is also accredited by WASC the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This accreditation helps to verify the schools quality and integrity.
At ISK students and teachers take pride in their school. The teachers model life long learning through current and continuous professional development and the children experience personalised learning which equips them well for university and beyond. ISK students are confident learners who are willing to challenge themselves to achieve their best; they are resilient and determined to succeed. ISK students demonstrate compassion and empathy towards each other and enjoy being part of the ISK family.
The ISK campus is a purpose built facility with a newly refurbished Early Years centre opening in August 2019. The science labs and maker spaces/design technology rooms are well equipped and in addition to this we benefit from a large outdoor space which includes an athletics track, adventure playground and garden area, where the children can explore the natural environment and grow their own vegetables. A broad selection of after school activities are available to further enrich the children’s learning experiences.
As a parent I recognize that selecting the right school for your children is a difficult choice and it is not one that is taken lightly. The information on our website offers a small example of our school philosophy, aims and mission. If you would like to find out more we look forward to hearing from you.
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 150 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.
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.
ISK is now in the planning stages for its next phase of growth and development which will further increase capacity.
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.