Cheongshim International Academy

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CheongShim International Academy
CheongShim International Academy Logo.jpg
Motto ACG (Altruistic Mind, Creative Knowledge, Global Leadership)
Established September 31st, 2006
Type Private
Principal Park, HyunSoo
Students approx. 600 [1]
Grades 7-12
Location Gapyeong-Gun, Sorak-Myeon, Songsan-ri, 102 Beonji,
Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea
Campus Rural
CheongShim International Academy(청심국제중고등학교).jpg

Cheongshim International Academy (Korean: 청심국제중고등학교, Hanja: 淸心國際中高等學敎, abbreviated as CSIA), is a private school in South Korea. The school is located in Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi Province.[2] CSIA is classified as a special purposes high school (특수목적고등학교) by the government of South Korea.[3]

CSIA currently consists of a middle school and a high school[4] There are three buildings: the school, a dormitory for girls, and a dormitory for boys.[5] The middle and high school both study at the same school. There are about a hundred students in each grade, so there are about six hundred students in total.[6] Each school annually accepts about a hundred students and a similar number annually graduates.[6] The high school is divided into an international and a domestic division and the classes are specialized for each department.[6]

CheongShim International Academy has come under frequent media scrutiny.[7][8][9]



According to the CheongShim International School Official Website, the plans for the school began to be formulated on July, 2002 [10] by the Unification Church.[11] The Foundation (engineering) plans were approved on June 2003.[4] While the original name for the school was to CheongShim Middle and High School (청심중고등학교), the name was changed its current name on September, 2005.[4] The Groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of the school was held on the November of 2004. The school itself finished its construction process in 2005 [10] and the completion of the building was commemorated with a ceremony on June, 2005.[10] The school received its certificate of incorporation on the August of 2005 [10]

Originally, the school planned to admit three hundred members each.[12][13] It was found with the purpose that all subjects except Korean and History of Korea would be taught in English.[12] There were also specialized courses such as TOEFL and SAT classes to be offered to people who wish to study abroad in the future.[12][13] The school also stated that it had plans to create a research institute for middle school studies in order to increase the expertise of its teachers.[12] Although the school was technically labeled as a special-purposes high school,[3] the admission process followed the procedure of a foreign language high school for the first year [12]

The admission process for the first year of students began on November, 2005.[14] The requests for admissions and the documents were accepted from the beginning to the middle of November.[14] The admissions tests were given around the second half of November and the selections were announced at the end of November.[14] The first CheongShim Initiation ceremony was held on March, 2006, with 99 middle school students and 100 high school students each.[10] The first principal of CSIA, Lee Jong-Hyo was also appointed on the March of 2006.[10]


There are a total of 600 students in the school.[1] There are a total of 47 teachers as of 2008, of which twelve are non-Korean teachers.[15] Of the teachers, 17% of the teachers are non-Korean teachers and 56% of the teachers have MD-PhD degrees.[15] The current principal is Park Hyun-Soo.[16]

Currently, all classes besides Korean and Korean history are taught in English. All classes besides Korean and Korean history use American textbooks or textbooks chosen by the teachers. The Educational Philosophy follows the ACG (Altruistic Mind, Creative Knowledge, Global Leadership) motto of the school. The educational style has been claimed to broaden students' viewpoints and improve students' thinking. There are also optional classes after school hours.[17]

CheongShim International Academy also has a relatively high admission rate for the top-ranked colleges. In 2013, about 50% of the International Department’s graduates went into the top 30 colleges around the world such as: the University of Oxford, Yale University, Princeton University, and the University of Tokyo. About 53% of the Domestic Department was accepted by the top three ranked universities in Korea, SKY. People who were not included in these statistics were also accepted into ‘good colleges’ in Korea. Of the 100 graduates, around 24 students have also received scholarships from their respective universities.[18]


The ratio of the accepted students to applied students in the middle school in 2008 was 22.6:1. In 2009, the ratio was 17.9:1.[19] And in 2010, the ratio was 17.56:1.[20] This had led some news organizations such as Veritas Alpha and Yonhap News to argue that the competition rate has been steadily decreasing.[19][21]

CheongShim International Academy has also hosted and created several competitions over the years, including: ACG History Tournament,[22] ACG Math Tournament,[23] Youth Peace Camp,[24] and CheongShim International Academy Model United Nations (CSIAMUN) [25] The CheongShim Foundation is currently planning to create an elementary school for students who 'had prior experience abroad.' It had submitted the plan to the Gapyeong Educational Ministry but the plan has not been approved as of March 2013.[7]

In 2013, students from CSIA created an organization called Openowledge.[26]

Admission Process[edit]

Generally, there are five steps to the admission process: online application, physical application, a self-introduction letter, self-improvement plans, and an interview.[27] CheongShim Middle School is the only school that accepts applicants from all of Korea [17]

The middle school application process is divided into two general parts. In the first part, applications must submit their student records, a letter of self-introduction, and self-improvements plans worth 60 points, 25 points, and 65 points respectively. The topics on the applications are similar, but change every year.[17] Middle school applicants must write the plans in the school under a time limit.[17] The high school application process is divided into two different parts. In the first step, the applications are separated based on their English grades for their second and third year (four terms) in middle school. This part is worth 160 points. The second part is admitting the same applications, and the English grades are also included in this part. The average English grade is 1.3 class. The second part worth 40 points. There are no timed application writings for high school.[28]

The self-improvement plans can be further subdivided into three different parts: self-studying plans, reading, and volunteering history. The self-studying plans is the most considered portion. Some news such as DongA has claimed that experience is the most valued element and that teachers' opinions are also highly valued.[29]


CheongShim International Academy has been frequently referred to as a 'school for nobility.' [8][9] People have argued that the lack of admissions involving students in the 'social consideration' category and the matching admissions in the 'social considerations without economic problems' category were indications that CheongShim was a school for nobility.[8] Critics have also noted alleged manipulations and inadequate management of the admission process.[9]


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  10. ^ a b c d e f 연혁 [School History] (in Korean). CHEONGSHIM INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ 청심국제중•고교 통일교에서 세워…통대협,성도들 주의당부 [CheongShim International Middle and High School established by the Unification Church... Warnings] (in Korean). 국민일보. February 21, 2006. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
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  15. ^ a b 교사진 [Teachers List] (in Korean). CHEONGSHIM INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY". Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ 학교장 인사말 [Introduction by the Principal] (in Korean). CHEONGSHIM INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c d 한국시, 영어·한문으로 바꾸는 것 재밌어요 [Korean Poetry, it's fun to change them to English and hanja] (in Korean). Jcube Interactive. May 22, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
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  27. ^ 청심국제중고, 전국 10대 도시 찾아가는 입학설명회 개최 [CheongShim International Academy, hold introduction presentations that the 10 biggest cities in Korea go to] (in Korean). Sports World. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
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