GIFS ADMISSION POLICY                                                                               Online Application

 Applications for admission to Gyeongnam International Foreign School are accepted at any time during the academic year that typically runs from late August to mid-June.  Admission is open to students of all nationalities in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

 Application for admission at all levels requires the completion of the registration form.  Applications are made through the GIFS business office.  An online application is preferred for initial application.

 Admission is subject to the payment of the appropriate enrollment fee.

 GRADES BY AMERICAN STANDARDS

Grade Age Grade Age Date
Pre-Kindergarten 4 6th Grade 11 General rule is that the child will be of age by September 1st of the academic year.
Kindergarten 5 7th Grade 12
1st Grade 6 8th Grade 13
2nd Grade 7 9th Grade 14
3rd Grade 8 10th Grade 15
4th Grade 9 11th Grade 16
5th Grade 10 12 Grade 17

Students will be placed in grade levels based on the chart above with the child’s age confirmed by a site such as http://www-users.med.cornell.edu/~spon/picu/calc/agecalc.htm

Students will be placed in the appropriate age group according to the chart above unless exceptional circumstances are apparent where a child is significantly above or below their peers in ability.

Where doubt exists as to the reason for a student leaving a previous school and applying to GIFS, the Principal or a designated administrator will contact the previous school prior to accepting the student.

Final approval for a student’s admission lies with the Principal.

Eligible Students

  1. Expatriate children
  2. Children from a marriage where one parent is Korean and the other parent is an expatriate
  3. Korean children who were educated overseas for more than three years
  4. Legally adopted Korean children by an expatriate family
  5. Children entering Preschool must be toilet trained before entrance

 Required Documents

  • Registration Form
  • Student Information Form
  • Copy of Foreign Passport for Non-Koreans / or copy of Residency Card
  • Certificate of Overseas Travel Record for Korean children
  • Official Transcripts from previous school
  • Immunization Record
  • Medical Information Form
  • Power of Attorney / Waiver Form
  • Statement of Understanding of Refund Policy

Procedures for admission to the school vary slightly according to the age of the candidate –

Elementary (Pre-K – Grade 3)

All prospective entrants must have an interview with a member of the school administration or admissions staff. Students will then take the IPT Oral test to determine their language proficiency and need for support.

Elementary (Grades 4 – 5)

All prospective entrants must have an interview with a member of the school administration or admissions staff. Students will then take the KET test and the IPT Oral test to determine their language proficiency and need for support.

Secondary (Grades 6 – 10)

All prospective entrants must have an interview with a member of the school administration or admissions staff. Students are required to take the PET test and the IPT oral test to determine their level and need for support.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma – Grades 11 – 12

All prospective entrants must have an interview with the IB Coordinator. An English language test is mandatory where a student does not have English as a first language to be conducted by the ELL Coordinator. The minimum standard is a pass in the Cambridge FCE exam, or equivalent.

Entrance to Grade 11, to begin IBDP studies, requires a minimum of five passes in (I)GCSE with C grade or better, or in the case of a student entering from another system, evidence that they have reached a standard of academic achievement such that they are likely to succeed in the IB program. The student must select option subjects from our course list.

Entry may be given after January providing it is clearly understood that the student may have to start Grade 11 again the following year if inadequate progress makes this necessary.

For students unable to meet our IBDP entry requirements an alternative course may be offered.

For Entry in Grade 12

All prospective entrants must have an interview with the IB Coordinator and Principal.

Students who have already completed 1 year of study at a comparable level to Grade 11 in the IB, and are adjudged to have a reasonable chance of success in either the IB certificate or diploma examinations, will be considered on their merits. They will be required to meet the minimum number of hours for each IBDP course, which may require additional (after school) instruction.

Korean Nationals

When the proportion of the enrolment for Korean nationals reaches 30% a waiting list for Korean nationals will be enforced.

Transfers from other International Schools

GIFS welcomes students transferring from other International Schools.

Students from other Educational Systems

Gyeongnam International Foreign School is committed to successfully integrating our students into our school community and to help ease the transition between different educational systems.

Excluded or Potentially Disruptive Students

When it is deemed that an applicant who has a previous history of disruptive behavior is unlikely to cause any harm to our current students or disruption to the existing school ethos and organization, then GIFS policy is that such students be given a second chance to continue their education.

However, it will be made clear to the applicant and their parents that Gyeongnam International Foreign School will accept such students on a one term probationary basis, and reserves the right to demand their removal at any time should patterns of behavior become unacceptable.

Students with Special Needs

The student and family will meet with our Special Needs Coordinator. If the school, in consultation with the parents, considers it has the capacity to contribute meaningfully to the educational progress of the student and there are no disadvantages to other students then such students will be welcomed. In some circumstances, a one-to-one teaching assistant or additional special needs support may be required. This would be at the parents’ expense.