Hello and welcome to the ISK website for the 2018/2019 academic year.
Going into my second year here at ISK I am very pleased to highlight some fantastic new developments that have occurred during the summer vacation.
When I joined ISK this time last year the school was starting to adjust to a new and lower school roll as a result of changes in the local shipbuilding and oil industry.
The core quality of ISK was not compromised so with a determination and vision ISK has not only reaffirmed its presence in the local region; it has remained an exciting and very active school that attracts parents of all nationalities.
Consequently, as part of ISK’s ongoing development a decision was made towards the end of the last academic year to extend the age range into Years 10 and 11 (US Grades 9 and 10) and offer a study programme called IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). This was a strategic decision to demonstrate to the regional community and beyond that ISK has even more to offer in terms of its educational programmes, with the establishment of a true secondary department.
Along with this commitment ISK has recruited 5 new secondary teachers, a science lab technician, and built a new ‘state of the art’ science lab that will facilitate exciting science projects and experiments both for the secondary and primary students. This has triggered off ISK needing to be an exam centre which is now in the application process with both Cambridge and Pearson.
ISK is also applying to become a WASC accredited school which will help with students transferring to American colleges as well as boosting the school’s reputation.
Although this is ‘new business’ ISK is also going into a cycle of re-accreditation with IPC and IMYC and accreditation for IEYC.
The student numbers are increasing as I write this introduction, with the current total being 153.
So to conclude ISK with its international educational programme, international student profile and international range of teachers is clearly moving into a new and aspiring time of its life. So if you are a prospective family, looking for a school in Geoje, please come and visit us and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed!
International School of Koje
ISK is a coeducational international school for children from Nursery to Year 11 (UK) or Grade 10 (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.