Yongsan International School of Seoul is a not-for-profit international school that offers a strong, well-rounded academic and extracurricular program for kindergarten through grade 12 students.
In 2004, the Korea Foreign Schools Foundation (KSFS) was established with the approval of the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Energy (MOCIE) to establish, operate, manage and administrate the Yongsan International School Seoul (YISS), a new international school facility in Hannam Dong. According to the KFSF, "the mission was to establish a renowned, world class educational institution for the children of foreign investors in Korea in efforts to stimulate foreign direct investment which will be mutually beneficial to both the Korean economy and the foreign investors as well".
The KFSF is a non-profit organization made up of representatives from Korean and foreign business organizations and government agencies that is tasked with improving the living conditions for foreigners in Korea through the construction of international school campuses.
The operator selected by KFSF in 2006 was formerly the International Christian School which had been operating in Korea since 1990 and had nearly 500 students. YISS has maintained a curriculum and climate which reflects the Christian values upon which it is built; however, after being selected by KFSF, the school offered parents a choice between a secular track (Oasis) and a track which includes Christian instruction and chapels (NICS).
Since its inception in 2006, YISS has doubled in size, increased it AP course offerings, and expanded many other programs. The KFSF has remained active in the school by providing continued support, guidance, and scholarships. Each year KFSF presents scholarships to selected graduates of YISS.
YISS is accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International.
Dr. Joe Hale serves as the Founder of YISS and the former ICS Seoul. ICS was started by the organization Dr. Hale founded in 1983 called Network of International Christian Schools/Oasis International Schools, Inc. (NICS/Oasis).
NICS/Oasis continues to serve YISS, a member school, through many sources of services and support, including but not limited to:
- Advertising and promotion outside of Korea
- Expatriate staff recruitment, screening, and placement
- Pre-field training for expatriate staff
- Staff support services
- School administrative structure; governing policies, quality controls, standards, etc.
- Coordination of stateside business affairs for the school as needed
- Training and evaluation of school leadership
- Discounted benefits through "group" rate purchasing (health insurance, software programs, etc.)
- Optional shipping and warehousing of school textbooks, etc.