Daeil Foreign Language High School
|Daeil Foreign Language High School|
|Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, Korea, Republic of|
|Principal||Gong, Yun Seok 공연석|
|Number of students||approx. 1,200|
|Slogan||Beautiful Dreams, High Hopes
(아름다운 꿈, 높은 이상)
Daeil Foreign Language High School (Hangeul: 대일외국어고등학교, Hanja: 大一外國語高等學校), located in Seoul, is one of the most prestigious high schools in South Korea. The private, coeducational, college preparatory school was founded in 1983 as the first foreign language high school to be established in South Korea aiming the goal of nurturing future global leaders with remarkable foreign language abilities. Daeil offers the largest variety of foreign language curricula among all foreign language high schools in the nation. All Daeil students choose one language among Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, or English to study during their three years at Daeil. Korean, and English, are mandatory subjects, regardless of which focus language students choose when entering the school.
While the school was originally founded to focus on foreign language education, it has over time come to serve more as a preparatory school for selective Korean universities and foreign prestigious universities in USA, Japan, UK etc.. According to 2008 university entrance statistics, Daeil achieved the highest number of students (248 in total) entering the three top national universities (Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and Korea University) among all kinds of 2200 high schools in Korea.
Like most schools in Korea, Daeil starts its school year in March, starts its second semester in September, and ends the school year in February.
Daeil consists of four main buildings (Main Building, Central Building, Language Lab, and Yul-gok Building), a garden, a dormitory, and a cafeteria.
10th grade and 11th grade students study in the Central Building, while 12th grade seniors study in the Main Building.
The school library located within the Language Lab, and is renowned for being the largest high school library in Korea.
In addition to the library, foreign language conversation classrooms are located in the Language Lab.
This particular area is designated as the 'FOZ'; Foreign Language Only Zone, where students must speak in a foreign language to earn 'language points' and to avoid penalty - both of which are tallied in the official school records.
The school receives applications from junior-high school students of Seoul only (starting 2009). An official admissions exam takes place annually, usually around late autumn. For the most part, students must achieve exceptional scores on this exam, as well as having a prominent middle school record, and various accolades. In its promotional material, Daeil claims to draw students from the top 1% of Korean junior-highschool students. Also, the admission exam includes a formal interview, which is overall considered challenging, as such; students who wish to be admitted undertake rigorous test preparation regimes.
The Daeil faculty includes graduates of top ranking Korean universities such as Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and Korea University, as well as native foreign language instructors who teach Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and English conversation, comprehension classes.
DOSP (Daeil Overseas Study Program) is a sectioned, optional studies track for students wishing to study abroad, i.e. to apply to foreign universities.
Students wishing to join the DOSP must sign up at the beginning of each year, and a nonformal interview type acceptance is required.
DOSP classes are scheduled after regular school hours, and students mainly take subjects to earn credits for Advanced Placement exams, the SAT I, SAT Subject tests, and other preparation classes to studying abroad. However, teachers and counselors for the DOSP are not provided by the school, which leaves the burden of payment and scouting to the hands of the students and their parents.
Daeil DOSP program has been discontinued indefinitely since August 2010 due to the lack of support and subsidies from the school and declined popularity.
Admittance to universities
According to 2008 university entrance statistics, Daeil achieved the highest number of students (248 in total) entering the three top national universities (Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and Korea University).
Lee Yong Jae 이용재
Mr. Lee was the vice-principal of the school under Mr. Kong until February 2013.
- Address: (Zipcode: 136-100) 17-180 Jeongneung-dong Sungbuk-gu Seoul, ROK