Busan Foreign School

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Basic Information

Address: 45, Daecheon-ro 67 beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea 48084
Phone Number: +82 (0) 51 747 7199
Fax Number: +82 (0) 51 747 9196
Director/Owner: Mr. Iain Macfarlane

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Additional Information

Ages: 3-18
Accreditation/Affiliation: WASC
Nationalities: Over 20 nationalities
Language(s): English, Spanish, Korean
School Types: AP

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Enrollment: See website for more information.
School Setting:

Foreign / International School in Korea.

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 8:20 to 15:30
Classroom Size: 15-22
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:8

Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School.


American Core Standards, Advanced Placement

Exams: PSAT, SAT, AP,
Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
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Extracurricular Activities: Check the website for more information.
Admissions Requirements:

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Admissions Deadline: Rolling admissions
Mission Statement:

Our mission is to inspire each learner and provide educational services that nurture their social, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth. BFS students are prepared to enter top universities worldwide and become responsible, contributing citizens in a rapidly changing world. Our ongoing commitment to intercultural understanding and a strong partnership of students, parents, and teachers allows us to achieve this in a caring and supportive environment.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We believe that all students, regardless of their financial or social standing, deserve an equal right to quality education.

School History:

Busan Foreign School opened its doors to the Busan community and its surrounding areas in October of 1996.

With only two students originally, it has since expanded to encompass nursery to twelfth grade, currently educating 249 students from 21 different nations. In addition to the increase in enrollment, the curriculum has developed into a highly rigorous American standards-based program that offers students a wide variety of courses and activities.

Visa Requirement:

As per our host country (ROK) immigration requirements.

Notes/School Information:

Busan Foreign School, fully certified by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), serves international families from Pre K-3 to 12th grade. We are a small school and strive to maintain a small school feel. Most class sizes range from 15-20 students, and our early childhood program has even smaller class sizes to ensure quality learning.

Over 95% of the teaching staff are either US or Canadian certified teachers, and all staff and administrators are trained in the most current research of best educational practices. The Common Core curriculum and other U.S. based national standards guide all classroom instruction. Staff members are required to professionally develop their skills. At the secondary level they apply their training in teaching rigorous Advanced Placement courses in the Maths, Sciences, English, Humanities, Languages, and the Arts. Busan Foreign School was accepted in 2016 year to the AP Capstone Program, becoming the third school in Korea administering this Diploma. At the elementary level, we have implemented Eureka Math, the most widely used math curriculum in the U.S. and the only curriculum fully aligned to Common Core, which connects math to the real world and builds student confidence to achieve true understanding. School-wide we subscribe to the Readers' and Writers' Workshop model to hone English literacy skills.

Busan Foreign School strives to offer a balanced program of academics, athletics, and arts. We believe that both academic and nonacademic life are equally important and help to shape our students into model citizens of the world. BFS competes in the Southern Korea Athletic Conference (SKAC) and the Korean International Schools Activities Conference (KISAC) with several other schools in the region in both sports and non-athletic annual events such as Speech and Debate, Science Fairs, and an Arts Festival. Furthermore we encourage and support students to participate internationally in reputable competitions such as the National Honor Society, Yale-NUS Model United Nations or the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to name a few.

With a new building and grounds as of the fall of 2013 - including a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) tower - Busan Foreign School is committed to continuing its strong tradition of providing a nurturing, yet rigorous, academic experience for all learners. BFS is a member of ISS, Search Associates, KORCOS, EARCOS, NHS, and the National Association of Student Councils.