International Christian School - Uijongbu
Uijongbu, Republic of Korea
Founded: 1983; NICS school since: 1983
Grades: K - 12
International Christian School Uijeongbu (ICSU) is located in the sports complex district of Gyeonggi province and the city of Uijeongbu, adjacent to a 28,000 capacity soccer stadium. ICSU, the first school in the NICS network, is a K-12 school serving the international community of Dongduchon, Ilsan, North Seoul, Uijeongbu, and Yangju. ICSU began as Liberty Christian School in 1983, when U.S. Army chaplains requested Dr. Joe Hale start a school, to help in the education of American children. Because Uijeongbu was north of Seoul, the U.S. military bases did not offer “Command Sponsorship” of American military families. ICSU provided an English language school, where none had previously existed.
In the past 34 years, Uijeongbu grew from a small community to a city of nearly 500,000. While Korean is the main language, well over 35% of the people, in and around ICSU, speak English. Thousands of residence apartments were built within a 1 kilometer radius of the school. In the eastern side of Uijeongbu, another massive apartment construction project is underway, with dozens of new 20+ story apartment buildings. Costco has also built a modern store that would rival any Costco in the United States. Just 1 kilometer down the road is the province's science complex, that houses an observatory, telescope, and neutron microscope that is available for use by any school in the province. The climate in Uijeongbu is mild and the city is surrounded by majestic mountains.
Korea emerged as a modern country near the end of the 20th century and is on the cutting edge of technology. The average Korean trades in their cellular phone every 4 months! Korea is an extremely safe country, where crime is virtually non-existent. The government has built many public parks, river walks, hiking trails, and public use areas that create a high quality of living. Modern highways, clean and landscaped cities, friendly people, and the fastest nationwide Internet in the world, makes South Korea a highly desirable place to live.
At ICSU, we believe that education is the pursuit of truth in the context that Jesus Christ is the absolute truth. ICSU has a reputation of having a close-knit family atmosphere, with well-mannered students and supportive parents. God has truly blessed ICSU!
Korean-Americans make up the majority of our student body, although many different passport countries are represented, including Canada, China, Hungary, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, Philippines, and Russia.
Many changes are underway at ICSU. We use a variety of different curricula, on a 5-year cycle that encompasses every subject. Technology is integrated into all levels of the school. In the past year, ICSU became a 1:1 school, using dedicated Chromebooks with every Grade 4 to 12 student. Kindergarten to Grade 3 students use iPads. The entire school replaced and upgraded its network infrastructure, with Wi-Fi throughout the entire campus and HDMI digital projectors and Smartboards in every classroom. Schoology is used to provide a blended learning environment and flipped classrooms.
ICSU follows the American school year, with 180 instructional days. American and Korean holidays are observed, including a three week Christmas and Lunar New Year break, week long Spring Break, and various other American and Korean holidays, giving staff and students needed breaks in the routine. School runs from the first week of August to the first week of June.
Staff are fully supported at ICSU. Fully furnished apartments are provided to all professional staff, both expat and local hire. Our MemberCare makes weekly runs to Costco, to support staff purchases of American goods. Training opportunities exist in country and out of country. Come join us at ICSU. We are a family who supports and cherishes our staff, students, parents, and community.