Admissions

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Applying to Dulwich College Seoul

Dulwich College Seoul opened in the centrally located Seocho District in 2010 and is recognised as a leading international school in the city. Our College is a co-educational day school for students from Nursery to Year 13 (age 3 to 18 years), and over forty different nationalities are represented in our community.

Dulwich College Seoul is academically selective and follows an enhanced British curriculum adapted for the needs of our international student body. Students in Year 10 and Year 11 follow a course of study leading to IGSCE examinations and then follow the IB Diploma Programme in Year 12 and Year 13. Our strong academic curriculum is complemented by rich co-curricular activities.

Continuing the tradition of excellence started by Dulwich College, our graduates go on to study at leading universities in the UK, USA and around the world.

The primary teaching language is English. To ensure our students will thrive we assess the English level  of non-native speakers before making an offer. Our Mandarin programme is streamed and caters to all abilities.

The close collaboration among our Colleges gives our students unique opportunities to participate in network events and benefit from the group's relationships with leading educational and artistic organisations.

We encourage you to visit our campus to learn more about the College, meet the College leadership team and tour our campus.

Our Open Days take place between January and April on selected days. Sessions begin at  8.30am and last approximately one and a half hours. Please book your visit now. If you cannot attend an Open Day, please click here to schedule an appointment, or for more information please enquire here and a member of our Admissions team will be in touch.

Admissions Criteria

We accept applications throughout the year. As a foreign school, we are only permitted to enrol students who are either (i) a child of at least one foreign national or (ii) a child of a Korean national who has lived overseas for a minimum of three years. Please enquire with our admissions team if you are unsure about eligibility.

In addition to providing the application form and supporting documents, all students wishing to enrol are subject to the criteria below. Please review and complete the online Enquiry Form. To determine which year to apply for, please refer to our student age placement guide. As a general rule, students should have reached the age indicated in the table below before 1st September of the year of application.

Nursery and Reception

Children applying for entry in the Early Years must submit current and prior school records from their current teacher if the student has had previous education. Students entering Nursery and Reception must be toilet trained. All applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee before a place is offered.

Year 1 and Year 2

Children applying for entry into Year 1 and Year 2 must submit current and prior school records. The student will also be assessed by the Head or Deputy Head of DUCKS for their year level before the Admissions Committee reviews the application or a place is offered.

Junior School (Year 3 to Year 6)

Students applying for entry into Year 3 - Year 6 must submit current and prior school records. Students also undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. The Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) consists of verbal, quantitative and non-verbal assessments. Candidates whose first language is English will also complete a 30-minute writing assignment. Candidates whose first language is other than English will also take an “English as an Additional Language" assessment.

Senior School (Year 7 to Year 13)

Students applying for entry into Year 7 - Year 13 must submit current and prior school records. Students also undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. The Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) consists of verbal, quantitative and non-verbal assessments. Candidates whose first language is English will also complete a 60-minute writing assignment. Candidates whose first language is other than English will also take an “English as an Additional Language" assessment. Students will also need to provide their Subject Options for review as part of the admissions process. Candidates for the IGCSE and the IB Diploma will also be interviewed by the Head or Deputy Head of Senior School.

Entry into Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13

Entry into Year 11

Applications for enrolment into Year 11 are considered on a case by case basis and are typically not considered for Term 2 and Term 3, as current students will be on study leave for mock and final exams for a large portion of this period.

Entry into Year 12

Candidates applying for a place in Year 12 will be interviewed by the IB Coordinator or Head of Senior School.

Entry into Year 13

The College will very rarely consider entry into Year 13. To be considered, students must be applying from a nearly identical IB programme and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Once all application documents have been received, the Admission Committee will review the student's application materials and inform parents about the admission decision. As Dulwich College Seoul is a selective school, not all students who apply will be offered a place. The selection process will take into account academics as well as their ability to fit into the school socially and emotionally.

Overseas Candidates

Special arrangements can be made for the entrance assessments to be administered at the candidate's current school. If a candidate cannot be interviewed, a provisional place may be offered, which can be withdrawn if the College later determines it cannot support the child's needs or there is a concern raised that was not previously known.

Language Support

At Dulwich College Seoul, we appreciate the cultural diversity that non-native English speakers bring to our school and we are able to support a percentage of students who are non-native English speakers. Applicants who speak languages other than English should be able to demonstrate age-appropriate academic proficiency in their native tongue. Our admissions team may request that students be assessed on their ability to handle the academic challenges of English before an admissions decision is made.

Learning Support

We only enrol students whom we know we can support. We enrol students with learning challenges when the information available indicates that the student’s learning needs can be met by the services we provide.

Our team will consult students and parents to conduct all necessary assessments and review copies of all previous reports and records. We request that parents provide all information available to enable our admissions review team to make an accurate decision about learning support services and admission.

Please click below to read our Learning Support and Special Education Needs Policies.

To contact our Admissions team with questions about the application process, please call +82 (2) 3015-8517 or email admissions@dulwich-seoul.kr

Our Fees

Below are our school fees for the 2017-18 academic year.

Annual Tuition Fee

  • Nursery and Reception: KRW 30.852 million
  • Year 1 to Year 9: KRW 31.430 million
  • Year 10 to Year 11: KRW 32.343 million
  • Year 12 to Year 13: KRW 33.427 million

Other Fees: For Application to Dulwich College Seoul

  • Application Fee: KRW 400,000 (non-refundable and non-transferable on application)

Other Fees: On Acceptance to Dulwich College Seoul (once only)

  • Capital Levy: KRW 4.0 million (refundable in first year subject to terms and conditions, non-transferable)
  • Placement Deposit: KRW 3.0 million (refundable subject to terms and conditions, non-transferable)

 

School Lunch and Bus Services Fees

Both lunch and bus services will be available to full-time Dulwich College Seoul students on payment of the relevant fees. Bus services are subject to restrictions on age and location.

Uniform

All parents are expected to purchase the school uniform for all students at the College from Nursery to Year 11. 

Payment Terms

Tuition fees are paid annually. The capital levy and placement deposit are due for new students only. Tuition fees, capital levy and all other sums for which the parent/guardian is liable must be paid before the beginning of the College academic year. Regardless of whether fees are paid by the parent/guardian or the employer of one of the parents/guardians, the parent/guardian shall take full responsibility to ensure that all fees are paid in full before their child may begin classes at the College. Families with three or more children enrolled in full day programmes are entitled to a tuition discount of 5% per student. The terms for payment and refund are set out in detail in the Terms and Conditions Governing Enrolment and Admissions to Dulwich College Seoul.

Frequently asked questions

Below are a number of questions that members of our admissions team are often asked by our families.

Waiting List

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes, we do have a waiting list for some year groups, especially for places at DUCKS (our school children aged 3 to 7 years old). Parents are encouraged to apply early for a place at the College. Please click here to enquire about admissions at Dulwich College Seoul or email admissions@dulwich-seoul.kr

If so, how are admissions prioritised?

Priority is as follows:

1. A child of a full-time faculty member

2. A qualified sibling of a current student who has completed the application process by 1st February for entry into the following academic year

3. A child who has been on the waiting list before 1st November of the academic year preceding the academic year for which the applicant has applied

4. A child transferring from another Dulwich College International school

5. Other applicants in accordance with the College’s Admission Policy

Testing

Do you test all children before admission?

Dulwich College Seoul is a selective school. All students seeking admission into Dulwich College Seoul are subject to observations and/or evaluations.

What kind of test is it?

Students applying to DUCKS are required to provide a confidential report (to be completed by their class teacher) and will be invited to class for an observation. Students applying for Year 3 to Year 13 are required to take the Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) consisting of verbal, quantitative and non-verbal assessments. There is also a written English Assessment. Academic staff will review test results and previous school records, and in some cases applicants will be required to have an interview. Students who are found to require English as an Additional Language support will have additional assessments to further evaluate readiness to access the curriculum.

How long does it take?

Observations for children applying to DUCKS will take approximately 40 minutes. Students applying to Year 3 and above will need approximately two and a half hours to complete their evaluation.

How long does it take to get the results?

Results will be processed within one week of evaluation, on condition that all application documents have been submitted.

I do not plan to visit Seoul before we move. Where can my child be tested?

A teacher in your child's current school can conduct the evaluation on our behalf. Parents will need to provide the email address of the teacher or registrar with whom we should correspond.

Class Size

How big are your classes and what are your student/teacher ratios?

Dulwich College International schools have established the following maximum class sizes as follows:

· Nursery - 16 students: 1 classroom teacher; 1 teaching assistant

· Reception - 18 students: 1 classroom teacher; 1 teaching assistant

· Key Stage 1 (Y1 to Y2) - 20 students: 1 classroom teacher; 1 teaching assistant

· Key Stage 2 (Y3 to Y6) - 22 students: 1 classroom teacher; 1 teaching assistant

· Senior School (Y7 to Y13) - 20 students: 1 subject teacher

While the College expects to maintain student levels below the maximum, it reserves the right to increase the student numbers per class under special circumstances. Classes in Seoul may run at a lower maximum in accordance with the School Policy submitted to SMOE (Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education).

School Lunches

Can my child eat lunch at school?

Yes. Parents may choose to provide a mid-morning snack and packed lunch for their children if they wish. Alternatively, they will be given the option to purchase both from the College’s caterers. The College caterers provide nutritious food to the children with a daily choice of an Asian or Western menu, which take account of the diverse range of religious and ethnic backgrounds of our students.

Who are your caterers?

Please see details below:

Quadra Dining Services

Contact us:

Our on-site office in the Dining Hall of Dulwich College Seoul Tel: 02) 3015-8590 Email: meals@dulwich-seoul.kr

How much do lunches cost?

Please click here for more information.

Do you accommodate children with food allergies?

Yes, details of the specific allergies are notified to the catering company. Parents must inform the College Nurse and the caterers of any food allergies that a child has. The College caterers may be able to provide alternative meal plans for certain allergies. Parents should contact Quadra directly for further details.

Do you serve food with nuts?

Dulwich College Seoul enforces a nut free policy throughout the school. Quadra abides by the College's No Nuts policy as there are students who may have potentially fatal reactions to nuts.

Can my child bring lunch to school?

Certainly. Parents are welcome to provide a mid-morning snack and packed lunch for their children. Children eat their packed lunches in the Dining Hall with all the other children. We support parents in providing a healthy option for our students’ lunches at school. Therefore, any packed lunches or snacks brought from home should not include sweets, chocolate, biscuits, fizzy drinks or other similar items. Excessive amounts of snack are discouraged. Dulwich College Seoul is a nut-free campus. Parents must take this into account when bringing in birthday cakes, snacks, lunches or any food for class parties or theme days, as there are students who have potentially fatal reactions to nuts.

What time do the children eat lunch?

· DUCKS (Nursery to Y2) - 12.00pm to 12.30pm

· Junior School (Y3 to Y6) - 12.30pm to 1.00pm

· Senior School (Y7 to Y13) - 1.00pm to 1.30pm

What kind of food do the children eat?

There is a choice of a Western or Asian meal each day.

Uniform

Do Dulwich students wear a uniform?

All students at Dulwich College Seoul are required to wear the school uniform, except those in the IB Diploma Programme, who are required to wear business attire. Being smart is important at Dulwich College Seoul. We encourage the students to take pride in their appearance and have high expectations and standards. There is a different uniform for warm and cold weather, and students should adhere to seasonal requirements. 

What does it look like?

Please click here to see in detail what the uniform(s) look like.

Where can I buy it?

Uniforms are available for purchase at our College Shop. Purchases can be made in person or online.

Can I buy it online?

Yes, the College provides online purchase services. You can arrange to collect the items at the school shop. 

Homework

How much homework will my child get?

In Year 1 and Year 2, children will be given a home learning task each week in addition to their reading books. This should be a largely practical task and could be related to any curriculum area. In Year 2 children will also receive weekly spelling. Spelling will be set on a Monday. The children will have all week to practise them at home before being tested in school on the following Friday. Children in Year 2 will also be set some Mandarin homework by their Mandarin teachers. Children who become very interested in a particular topic may do extra work or research at home. They should have the opportunity to share and celebrate this with their teacher and class where appropriate.

In Junior School the homework becomes more formalised and is based on the framework used by other Dulwich College International schools. Homework should be built into the planned curriculum and be suited to the individual needs of the child. It is used to follow up the learning in the classroom to consolidate and extend the children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum. Students who become very interested in a particular topic may do extra work or research at home. They should have the opportunity to share and celebrate this with their teacher and class where appropriate.

All tasks will be differentiated to suit the different needs of various children but all students should spend roughly the same amount of time on their homework tasks. Homework should increasingly promote independent study and research skills. Homework will usually be set for four days a week (Monday to Thursday) and consists of regular work that the students complete daily, such as reading (which will be recorded in their reading diary), Mandarin (which will be set by the Mandarin teacher), instrumental practice and a spelling, punctuation and grammar task. The students will also have some weekly tasks that consolidate work being done in class. Year 3 and Year 4 have three tasks a week (English, Mathematics and Integrated Curriculum), and Year 5 and Year 6 will have four tasks a week. It is important that the routine for setting homework is consistent so that students can plan their time, and not receive unexpected tasks.

In Senior School homework is an integral part of student learning. It enables students to consolidate, practise and develop the skills they have learnt in class in order to prepare them for subsequent lessons. Students should spend around 90 minutes on homework per day in Year 7 to Year 9, for a total of 7.5 hours per week. This expectation will increase to 120 minutes in Year 10 and Year 11. IB Diploma students should be completing around three hours of study per day with an additional three hours on the weekend, adding up to around 18 hours per week. This should be divided into around six hours' work on SL subjects and ten hours' work on HL subjects with time left over for work on TOK and Extended Essay.

School hours

What are your school hours?

Primary School (Nursery to Year 6):

· 8.15am to 3.30pm: Regular school hours

· 3.30pm to 4.30pm: Co-curricular Activities

Senior School (Year 7 to Year 9):

· 8.15am to 3.30pm: Regular school hours

· 3.30pm to 4.30pm: Co-curricular Activities

Senior School (Year 10 to Year 13):

· 8.15am to 3.30pm: Regular school hours (Monday and Friday)

· 8.15am to 4.20pm: Regular school hours (Tuesday to Thursday)

Buses

Do you offer bus service?

The school provides bus service that is contracted through a local bussing company. School bus routes and stops are determined based on the requirements of those using the service, and may vary from year to year. We make every effort to meet the needs of our students.

What if my child stays at school late for activities? Can my child still get a bus home?

Yes, we provide buses for students participating in co-curricular activities. These buses depart the College at 4.40pm.

How much are the bus fees?

Please click here to see the details of our bus services.

To contact our Admissions team with further questions please call +82 (2) 3015-8517 or email admissions@dulwich-seoul.kr