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Seoul Science High School (SSHS) was founded in 1989 to provide a special curriculum for gifted students in mathematics and science. Since then, our school has taken a leading role in the field of science education in Korea. In 2009 our school was officially designated as a school for the gifted. With this designation, our school has complete autonomy to design an advanced curriculum to meet the special needs of gifted students. The level of academic achievement of our students is of the highest level in Korea as they have been through an extremely rigorous 3-step nationwide selection process. With these gifted students, excellent teachers, well-equipped facilities, and highly advanced curriculum, SSHS is preparing for a giant leap into the future.

The distinct features of our school can be summarized as follows.

  • 1

    The curriculum operates on a credit-based system. Unlike general high schools in Korea, where students progress by grade, our students progress by establishing their own individual curriculum based on ability and interest. Students can graduation if they complete 180 credits of the coursework and other graduation requirements.

  • 2

    The curriculum is research-oriented. Various research programs are designed to promote student inquiry, creativity, and collaborative skills. In particular, the R&E program, where students learn by participating in a research project under the guidance of professors and scientists in research institutions and universities, provides our students with unique opportunities to acquire skills and attitudes required of future scientists.

  • 3

    The curriculum is geared for enrichment with a view to deepening students' knowledge base. Many creative interdisciplinary courses are being designed to support students' inquiry and creativity.

  • 4

    Various programs are developed to build student character in order to train them to be future leaders who will contribute positively to our society. Humanities education is emphasized and a carefully designed reading program exists to develop critical thinking. The requirement to participate in Oriental Fencing, our school sport, is another example of our effort to promote harmonious development of mind and body among our students.

  • 5

    We believe our school has many more reasons to be considered the world leader in the field of special science education for the gifted. The academic achievement of our students is of the highest level. We select talented students with great potential from applicants nationwide through a rigorous four-step selection process. Our teachers are the best in Korea, recruited through a nationwide dedicated selection process. The teachers in our school are required to participate in 60 hours in-service training, annually, to continue developing their professional knowledge and skills in special education for the gifted.

Students Enrolled (Based on 2018)

  10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Total
Classes 8 8 8 24
Students 132 123 130 385

FACULTY & STAFF 2018

Principal 1

Mathematics

15

Vice Principal

1

Physics

11

Korean

6

Chemistry

10

Social Studies

5

Biology

8

Foreign Language

7

Earth Science

6

Music, Arts & PE

4

Computer Science

5

Nurse, Counsellor &

Registered dietician

4

Staff

40

Total 123

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