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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply to Chadwick International?

Application for admission to the 2018/19 school year open between November 1, 2017 and January 19, 2018. Any student may apply at this time. 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. When possible this information will be made available to prospective families on the Admissions webpage.

What grade should my child apply to?

Students coming from schools with similar calendars as Chadwick International should apply to the subsequent grade they have completed in that same school year (e.g. candidates completing grade 2 in the United States in June 2018 should apply to grade 3 for 2018-2019 CI school year).

Students coming from Korean schools must apply to the grade they will be starting within that same school year.

Ex. Candidates starting 2nd grade in Korean schools in the beginning of 2018 must apply to Grade 2 at CI for the 2018-2019 school year.

Grade/Age Eligibility Chart for the 2018-2019 School Year
Date of BirthGrade Level
Sept.1, 2013 - Aug.31, 2014Pre-K
Sept.1, 2012 - Aug.31, 2013 K
Sept.1, 2011 - Aug.31, 2012Grade 1
Sept.1, 2010- Aug.31, 2011Grade 2
Sept.1, 2009 - Aug.31, 2010Grade 3
Sept.1, 2008- Aug.31, 2009Grade 4
Sept.1, 2007 - Aug.31, 2008Grade 5
Sept.1, 2006 - Aug.31, 2007Grade 6
Sept.1, 2005 - Aug.31, 2006Grade 7
Sept.1, 2004 - Aug.31, 2005Grade 8
Sept.1, 2003 - Aug.31, 2004Grade 9
Sept.1, 2002 - Aug.31, 2003Grade 10
Sept.1, 2001 - Aug.31, 2002Grade 11
Sept.1, 2000 - Aug.31, 2001Grade 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 review of school records and the CI entrance assessments.

How do you select students for admission?

Admissions is competitive. We look for students who have the greatest potential to succeed, making the most of their academic abilities and actively participating in the many opportunities available outside 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 talent. 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 will be assessed in their reading comprehension, quantitative and English language skills. Pre-selected students will be invited back to campus for individual and group interviews. To be eligible for admission at Chadwick International (CI), a student may hold either a foreign or a Korean passport. Siblings of current CI students will be listed as preferential candidates for admissions.

How important are test scores?

Test scores are 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 varied 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. At Chadwick International (CI), most 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 inclusivity is to speak in a language that all people on campus can understand. Additionally, one of our goals as an institution is to improve student proficiency in English, which is best accomplished while being fully immersed in the language.

For student whose first language is not English, our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is available. ESOL teachers assist mainstream teachers with planning and offer teaching strategies most suited to such students. ESOL teachers also 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 mid-June. Holidays include Korean national holidays such as Chuseok, Lunar New Year, Hangeul Day, as well as other international holidays like American Thanksgiving, Spring Break and Winter Break, etc. Please visit our website to view the current school year calendar.

What are your school hours?

School starts each day at 8:00 a.m. Monday ends at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday classes are finished at 3:30 p.m. Community programs (CICP) run from Monday to Friday, after regular classes are finished.

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. As CI moves toward full integration of the IB curriculum, teachers with previous IB teaching experience are preferred.

With over 200 faculty members, representing 30 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 7:1 allows for 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 and in good taste 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 1-4) or MacBook (Grades 5-12). We are currently working on the Apple platform based on our observations of best practices among international schools and our research on curricular integration. Families may purchase laptops for school use through our vendor or from another provider. If a student already has an Apple laptop the Technology Department can help 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 study Korean. 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-mindness 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.
More information about the IB programmme can be found here

Do you offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses for upper school students?

No, CI offered AP courses until 2015-2016 school year. The AP Program has been replaced by IB-DP courses.

What amount of homework should my child expect?

The amount of time a students spends on homework varies. The norm for Chadwick International is as follows:

Kindergarten:No formal homework assigned
First Grade:10 minutes x 4 nights = 40 minutes a week
Second Grade:20 minutes x 4 nights = 80 minutes a week
Third Grade:30 minutes x 4 nights = 120 minutes a week
Fourth Grade:40 minutes x 5 nights = 200 minutes a week
Fifth Grade:50 minutes x 5 nights = 250 minutes a week
Grades K – 5 are also expected to do a minimum of 20 minutes of English reading each week.

Sixth Grade:1.5 hours per night x 5 nights
Seventh Grade: 2.5 hours per night x 5 nights
Eighth Grade:3.5 hours per night x 6 nights
Upper School:

For regular courses, a typical student should be expected to spend 4-6 hours per course per week.A typical student in Honors and AP courses should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week per course.Students with lower levels of language proficiency should expect to dedicate additional time for homework.

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 Korean'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, pizza or vegetarian meal each day. A sample menu can be viewed here. 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 KISACinterscholastic 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, in Songdo as well different parts of Seoul and Bundang.

Can parents get involved at Chadwick International?

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 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 percourse 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 any local 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 school's records before entering Chadwick International according to Article 21 (the Enforcement Decree of the Elementary and Scondary Education Act).

I would like to know the Class of 2018 College Acceptance list.

Please click here to view the class of 2018 college acceptance list. (As of May 31, 2018)