Asia Pacific International School

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Asia Pacific International School
South Korea
Established 2007
Director Euysung Kim
Enrollment 350
Color(s) Green
Mascot Green Hawk

Asia Pacific International School (APIS, Korean: 아시아퍼시픽국제외국인학교) is a private, nonprofit school, fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), with the following mission:

APIS strives to educate its students, in a loving and caring Christian environment, to become globally enlightened citizens, who are able to bridge the gap between the East and the West, and are ready to welcome the exciting challenges of the New Pacific Century.

APIS has created a global network of campuses under one school — our East Asia campus in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and our campus of theWest in North Shore (Hauula), Hawaii — offering a unique educational opportunity to draw from the advantages of both the East and the West.


APIS offers a rigorous, international K-12 curriculum with an added emphasis on the East Asian culture and civilization to help our students gain the competitive edge necessary to take on the challenges of the New Pacific Century. We encourage our students to go beyond English which is our language of instruction and acquire proficiencies in at least two East Asian languages (Chinese or Japanese).

In the Elementary School, children develop both educational and social skills in a warm, nurturing environment. The joy of learning is as important as the mastery of skills or the completion of tasks. Through the use of readers’ workshops and writers’ workshops, our Language Arts program focuses on developing our students’ comprehension, fluency and stamina. This as well our four Core-Emphases in Math, Performing Arts, East Asian studies and Spirituality provide a breadth and an exceptional foundation for our students to be successful as they move into our middle school and high school programs.

The Middle School curriculum addresses the intellectual, physical, and social growth that defines the early adolescent years. Through core classes and exploratives, classroom instruction is aimed at promoting academic rigor and excellence while accommodating students with diverse talents and levels of maturity.

In our High School academic program, our goal is to prepare our graduates to become confident, independent scholars who are enthusiastic learners with a passion for knowledge. We place a particular emphasis in humanities in our curriculum, focusing on developing analytical minds and effective verbal and written communication skills. We expect and require consistent hard work by all students as a fundamental skill leading to growth and success. We also offer a variety of courses in Advanced Placement.

APIS students must have a minimum of 25 units of credit for graduation. distributed among the following subject areas: English, Korean Language & Literature, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language, Fine Arts/ Technology, Physical Education, and Electives.


APIS school staff includes more than 50 fully qualified teachers. The school is designed to offer an intimate, family-like learning environment and features a student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1.


There are currently about 350 students enrolled at Asia Pacific International School.


The APIS Seoul campus is located in northeastern Seoul, Nowon-gu. APIS classrooms and administrative offices are located in the main building. In addition to classrooms, the campus includes a main auditorium, children's playground, athletic field, gymnasium, music practice rooms, and fitness center. Every classroom is equipped with a smart board and high-speed wireless access. Special features include a professional recording studio (equipped with Protools HD and an Avid C24 Control Surface) and a 3D printer (Zprinter 450).

APIS Hawaii is located in Hauula, on the North Shore of Hawaii, approximately 1 hour from Honolulu. Nestled against the emerald green mountain backdrop and overlooking the crystal waters of the mighty Pacific Ocean, our Hawaii campus provides students the unique opportunity to pursue their academics and connect with the beauty of their natural surroundings at the same time. APIS classrooms and administrative offices form a purposeful learning community that blurs the lines between inside and out. The 97 acre campus includes flexible, 21st century classrooms, music and performing arts facilities, purpose-built “Maker spaces” and state-of-the-art science labs where students have the opportunity to undertake hands-on learning, athletic fields, and a competition swimming pool.

University Acceptance[edit]

The school has had students go on to numerous highly regarded universities such as Stanford, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, Duke, Washington, NYU, etc.


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