The deal’s been sealed and the plans drawn up, but there are still many questions surrounding the details of the Global English Education City, to be built in Daejung-eup, Seogwipo. With the first classes expected to be held in 2011, the authorities responsible for the execution of the school have revealed some of their intentions.
Student Enrollment The international school will initially open elementary and middle school grades schools with three classes for each. The high school level classes will begin later. Grades four through six will total nine classes of 180 students (20 students per grade). The middle school is expected to enroll 216 students (24 students per grade) between the seventh and eighth grades. According to the Jeju Special Governing province law, foreign students can enroll if they are below third grade.
The targeted student audience will be sought nationwide and will go through both general and special admission screening processes but as to the specific method and process, it will be up to the discretion of the school principal. A fund for local Jeju students, exceptionally bright students and socially underprivileged will be set aside so that they will also have the chance to be accepted into the international school. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is expected to come up with the financial budget of 53.2 billion won for the school.
State of the Art Facilities The school will have the latest academic facilities such as an information science library and a multi-media learning center. In addition, the campus will include a gym and swimming pool. What is garnering the most interest is what the boarding facilities will exactly entail. The students will be assigned to twin dorm rooms, with 70 percent of the residences being occupied by elementary students and 30 percent by middle school students. The faculty will also have secluded on-campus residences, with a ratio of 10 students per teacher so that they can give their fullest support to their students.
Freedom to choose the latest curriculum The head of the school will have the full power to decide what should be taught and with what textbooks, except for the Korean language and social sciences subjects. What would also be different from other private international schools is that it would be a public school supported by the government whereby the tuition would be lowered. It would also consider special admission procedures for local Jeju students.
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