Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply to Chadwick International?


Applications for admission to the 2020-2021 school year open between November 1, 2019 and January 16, 2020. Foreign passport holders could apply throughout the year if any vacancy becomes available.



How many students are admitted to each grade level?

Vacancies are dependent upon re-enrollment of current students. The possibility of opening additional sections in any grade will be determined by the number of eligible applicants and availability of teachers.

What grade should my child apply to?

Students coming from schools with similar calendars as Chadwick International should apply to the subsequent grade level they have completed in that same school year (e.g. candidates completing Grade 7 in the United States in June 2020 should apply to Grade 8 for the 2020-2021 school year). Students coming from Korean schools must apply to the grade they will be starting within that same school year (e.g. candidates starting Grade 7 in Korean schools in the beginning of 2020 must apply to Grade 7 at CI for the 2020-2021 school year.

Grade/Age Eligibility Chart for the 2020-2021 School Year
Date of Birth Grade Level
Sept.1, 2015 ~ Aug.31, 2016 Pre-K
Sept.1, 2014 ~ Aug.31, 2015 K
Sept.1, 2013 ~ Aug.31, 2014 Grade 1
Sept.1, 2012 ~ Aug.31, 2013 Grade 2
Sept.1, 2011 ~ Aug.31, 2012 Grade 3
Sept.1, 2010 ~ Aug.31, 2011 Grade 4
Sept.1, 2009 ~ Aug.31, 2010 Grade 5
Sept.1, 2008 ~ Aug.31, 2009 Grade 6
Sept.1, 2007 ~ Aug.31, 2008 Grade 7
Sept.1, 2006 ~ Aug.31, 2007 Grade 8
Sept.1, 2005 ~ Aug.31, 2006 Grade 9
Sept.1, 2004 ~ Aug.31, 2005 Grade 10
Sept.1, 2003 ~ Aug.31, 2004 Grade 11
Sept.1, 2002 ~ Aug.31, 2003 Grade 12

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, an exception to the grade/age eligibility requirements may be possible in special circumstances, based upon a thorough review of school records and the CI admission assessments.

How do you select students for admission?

Admissions to Chadwick International is highly competitive. We look for students who have the greatest potential to succeed, make the most of their academic abilities and actively participate in varied opportunities outside of the classroom. Initially, the Admissions Committee considers the candidates' school records, teacher recommendations, and other test scores. The student's character and integrity are also significant in our decision-making process, as are leadership, commitment, and talents. Prior to our selection of a candidate, the Admissions Committee considers each student in the context of the applicant pool in order to bring together a balanced and diverse group of new students with the ability to thrive in our community, academically and personally.

Candidates applying to Grades 3 ~ 11 will be assessed in Math, Reading Comprehension and English language skills. Pre-selected students for those grades will be invited back for individual and group interviews.


How important are test scores?

Test scores are just one piece of the complete student profile. They provide us with a standardized measurement that is used in conjunction with all of the information gathered about the candidate. Given that our students come from various educational backgrounds, test scores are one way we can objectively assess our applicants. Students will also be evaluated through writing samples, individual interviews and group activities.


Can I attend Chadwick International if my first language is not English?

Yes. However, for students whose first language is not English, an ESOL Program is available only for a few grades in the Village School. The ESOL Department assist mainstream teachers with planning and offer teaching strategies most suited to such students.

At Chadwick International, many students speak English as their second or even third language. English is the primary language that we use when communicating with each other, both orally and in writing. We want all communication to be inclusive rather than exclusive, and the only way that we can guarantee inclusion is to speak in a language that everyone on campus can understand. Additionally, one of our goals as an international school is to improve student proficiency in English, which is best accomplished while being fully immersed in the language.

Keep in mind that all the admission assessments are administered in English, and due to the high volume of applications, spaces become very limited for students who lack proficiency in the English language. 



How does the ESOL Department work with students whose first language is not English?

English as a Second Language (ESOL) teachers assist students by being present in English classes to answer questions and offer help when necessary. ESOL teachers will often co-teach with the mainstream teachers in order to address common areas of difficulty of students for whom English is not their mother tongue. In addition, English ll classes are also set up for students for whom an intensive push through the language barrier would be most beneficial. Enrollment in this extra English ll class for grades 6 to up is determined at the time of admission and is further evaluated in the first few months of attending CI.

What are your school start and end dates?

Our school year includes approximately 180 school days beginning on mid August and ending in the beginning of June. Holidays include Korean national holidays, such as Chuseok, Lunar New Year, Hangeul Day, as well as other international holidays, like Spring Break and Winter Break, etc. Please visit our website to view the current school year calendar.

What are your school hours?

School starts every day at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. On Monday, classes finish at 2:45 p.m.

Community programs (CICP) run from Monday to Friday, after regular classes are finished. There are some limited options for CICP classes on the weekends as well. 

Where are your teachers from?

"Teachers made this school. Teachers with a love of children in their hearts; teachers who are eager searchers of truth; teachers who are willing to share their longer experience with children and at the same time are able to learn from the naturalness and sincerity of their pupils." - Margaret Chadwick, 1952

Careful planning and recruitment strategy has resulted in a highly qualified and diverse faculty at Chadwick International (CI). CI attends international education hiring fairs throughout the year in the USA, UK, Australia and Asia in search of the most highly qualified and motivated faculty who embrace our diverse campus environment and embody our core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness and compassion.

With over 200 faculty members, representing 27 different countries, our teaching staff have an average of 13 years teaching experience. Our educators are fully certified with the majority holding a Masters or higher degree in their related fields of education.

What are your class sizes?

The average class size is approximately 20 students. Our student to faculty ratio of 8:1 allows individual attention to the unique and specific abilities and needs of each student in a class.

Does Chadwick International have uniforms?

No. Margaret Lee Chadwick, the founder of Chadwick School, our sister school in California, believed that choice of dress was a means of self-expression for students, so we do not have uniforms. However, we do have a dress code that requires that students dress appropriately for school. Students receive guidelines to assist them in making their choices about what to wear to school.

What school supplies do we need to bring?


All basic classroom supplies are included in the cost of tuition. They will be provided by the school as needed. Each student will be required to bring their own ipad (Grades 1-3) or MacBook (Grades 4-12). We use Apple platform based on our observations of best practices amongst international schools and our research on curricular integration. Families may purchase laptops for school use through our recommended vendor or from any another provider. If a student already has an Apple laptop our Technology Department can help to ensure it meets the minimum specifications for use in school. The school will provide required specifications upon enrollment.


Do you offer world languages?

Yes. Although English is the language of instruction at Chadwick International, we hope our students will gain competence in a language other than English and/or their mother tongue. Students in PreK and Kindergarten take Korean language classes. Grades 1-5 students may select from Korean or Mandarin. Students in all other grades can choose from Korean, Mandarin or Spanish.

What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme?

Founded in 1968, the IB curriculum is currently offered in over 3,000 schools in 148 countries around the world. The IB Organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. The curriculum aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. IB encourages a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn and to participate in community service. It also seeks to develop international-mindedness in students, by first developing an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. (Source:

The IB is divided into three programmes : the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in grade PreK-5; the Middle Years Programme (MYP) In grades 6-10; and the Diploma Programme (DP) in grades 11 and 12.

Chadwick International is an authorized IB PYP school, and a candidate school for both the MYP and DP.

Do you have an Outdoor Education Program at CI?

Yes. Chadwick International Outdoor Education will be a K-12 progression. Age appropriate experiences and challenges will be incorporated at each grade level. Student experiences will build on previous learning and instructors will help students recognize the ways in which new learning applies to their lives at school and at home. For more information, please visit the Outdoor Education (OE) page: CI OE

What are the graduation requirements at Chadwick International?

The Upper School graduation requirements are:

1. Students attain a total of 24 credits over the course of Grades 9-12.

2. Students study a minimum of four courses at a Grade 12 level of the entirety of the year.

3. Meet the minimum requirements for each subject as follows

  • English: four credits
  • Individual & Society: three credits
  • Mathematics: three credits
  • Science: three credits (2 credits of lab sciences)
  • Global Language: two credits
  • Arts: one credit
  • Health & Physical Education: one credit
  • Outdoor Education: participation for each year at Chadwick **
  • Completion of Creativity Action and Service (CAS)
  • Completion of EE or Senior Project

The above requirements are minimum levels of graduation, however in most cases to best support student entrance into college we would expect that students would attain four years of study in the core subject area of English, Individuals and Society, Mathematics and Science, more that two years of a Second Language and a minimum of two years of Arts and PE.

One Credit is awarded each year for the full-time study of year long subject in Grades 9-12 at Chadwick. Partial credits may be awarded for subjects that have less hours then a regular course of study such as Theory of Knowledge (ToK) .

Do you have cafeteria services?


Yes. All students have available a hot lunch plus salad bar, provided by one of Korea's most prestigious catering services for international schools. Students eat in either the Village School or Middle/Upper School cafeteria. Menus are posted to the schools' website and offer a choice of a Korean, International, pasta and vegetarian meals each day. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch from home if preferred.


Does Chadwick International offer any activities after school?

Yes. Extra-curricular activities are numerous, including a variety of clubs and athletic opportunities. The list of clubs and activities may change every quarter, depending on students' interests and instructors availability. Chadwick International is a member of both the KAIAC and KISAC interscholastic leagues, and many of the activities and athletics available to students are based on these league activities.

Does Chadwick International provide transportation?

Yes, busing is available, at a fee, to different parts of Seoul and Bundang. Each year, eligibility is determined by grade level.

Can parents get involved at Chadwick International?

Yes. We welcome parent involvement in the school; this spirit of participation enhances our community and the experience of all involved, especially the students. All parents become members of the Chadwick International Parents Association(CIPA),which provides a myriad of opportunities to participate and to support the school's mission.

The CIPA is formed for the purpose of "giving assistance to the faculty and administration of the school, and carrying on activities generally intended to promote and support the school." We rely on the richness and diversity of talent in our parent body: there is something for everyone! Please visit the CIPA webpage for more information.

What are the tuition and fees for this year?

Please click here for the yearly tuition and fee information. Paying tuition in two different currencies (KRW and USD) is a typical policy amongst international schools in Korea. One of the reasons behind it is due to the fact that by the nature of international schools, some expenses are made in dollar, such as salaries and global purchases, and others are done in Korean won, so having fund in both currencies facilitate the transactions, and minimize the risks of devaluation.

Can I apply to Chadwick International from outside of Korea?

Yes. For students currently overseas, along with the application form and supporting documents, standardized tests (ISEE, SSAT or MAP) will be required. After scores have been submitted to us, we will schedule Skype interviews with students and parents.

Please contact the Admissions Office directly for the details on how to complete the application process from abroad.

Is Chadwick International accredited for the Korean Scholastic Credentials Recognition (KSCR) Program?

Yes. Chadwick International has been designated as an accredited Foreign Educational Institution (FEI) since the founding of the school on September 7, 2010. The Relations Act stipulates that Korean nationals must attend weekly courses consisting of two hours per course in order to obtain a certification by the Korean Scholastic Credentials Recognition (KSCR) Program. Through the KSCR, Korean students at Chadwick International will not be required to take the Korean GED test, which is a prerequisite for admissions at Korean universities. Chadwick International School received the very first authorization by the Ministry of Education to offer the KSCR on campus.

Is it mandatory for foreign students to complete the KSCR program?

No. Foreign students are not required to take courses with KSCR. The KSCR applies to Korean students only.

For Korean students transferring from public or private schools in Korea, how does Chadwick International deal with the student's school records from their previous school(s)?

All students who are newly enrolled at Chadwick International are regarded as 'newly enrolled students' regardless of their grade. However, students transferring to Chadwick International from Korean schools (excluding international schools in Korea that are not accredited for KSCR program) will be recorded as 'transfer' on the student's record of previous school, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE) guidelines, revised in 2015.

Parents of newly enrolled students must correct student's status on the previous schools’ records before entering Chadwick International according to Article 21 (the Enforcement Decree of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

I would like to know the Class of 2019 College Acceptance list.

Please click here to view the class of 2019 college acceptance list. (As of May 31, 2019)