International Christian School - Uijongbu
Uijongbu, Republic of Korea
Founded: 1983; NICS school since: 1983
Grades: K - 12
The following letter was recently communicated to the Uijongbu school community from the president of NICS on behalf of the Executive Team and the Board. An additional news article can be found at: http://www.nics.org/news/2017/time-weep/.
October 10, 2017
Dear ICS Uijongbu Community:
It is with saddened heart that I write this letter. You are aware that ICS has struggled in recent years with major declines in enrollment. This year, enrollment has dropped to the point that the school has now become unsustainable. The downward trend continues as U.S. military personnel are moved southward, as well as contractors and others involved in military-related vocations.
We, therefore, regretfully announce that the school cannot continue operating status-quo after this school year is completed (June 2018). We are committed to finishing out this school year strongly, so there is no need to worry about this academic year. We felt it is vitally important that staff and parents have plenty of time to make other arrangements for your children for the 2018-19 school year. We will do everything we can to assist you.
ICS was founded in 1983 with 83 students; the school is the “mother” school of the NICS/Oasis network of schools, which now circles the globe. While our hearts are saddened by this reality, we know that God has a plan and we trust Him to provide for all involved. At one point in our history, ICS UJB had 360 students. Korea has changed, the Uijeongbu environment has changed, and many of these changes are beyond our control. As you know both the Indian Head School (UJB) and the DoDDs school (Cp. Casey) have closed in recent years.
I know your hearts are saddened by this news; it is not an occasion that brings any of us joy. This is, however, a time that we must celebrate the many hundreds of students who have come and gone through our halls, the many lives that have been positively impacted, the wonderful staff that have stood before our students, and the many sacrifices that were made to keep ICS the wonderful school it is. We are indebted to so many people, and express our deepest gratitude.
We will be working out the details of the transition of the school over the next few weeks and months, making sure school records, transcripts, etc., are kept for future reference. The school’s leadership will be providing periodic updates to assist you in this transition. Thank you all for your many years of support for ICS!
Blessings in Christ,
Joe Hale, President, NICS
Duane Jobe, VPLD, NICS