Korea Science Academy of KAIST

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Korea Science Academy of KAIST
KSA front gate logo small.jpg
MottoCreativity, Passion, Service
PrincipalDr. CHUNG, Yoon
Academic staff
Campus899, Danggam 3-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan
Korea Science Academy
한국과학기술원 부설 한국과학영재학교
Revised RomanizationHanguk-gwahag-gisurwon buseol hanguk-gwahangnyeongjae-hakgyo
McCune–ReischauerHan'guk-kwahak-kisurwŏn busŏl Han'guk-kwahangnyŏngjae-hakkyo

Korea Science Academy of KAIST (한국과학기술원 부설 한국과학영재학교) is a science magnet school, located in Busan, South Korea. It was founded in 1991 as Busan (Pusan) Science High School (BSA). In 2001, BSA was designated as a school for science gifted students in 2001 by the Ministry of Science and Technology. The name was changed to the Korea Science Academy (KSA) in 2005. In 2009 the school announced formal ties with KAIST.


  • December 18, 1989 Ministry of Education approved to establish Busan Science Academy.
  • March 1, 1991 Chang-sik Shin appointed to first principal.
  • March 1, 1991 Ministry of Education appointed BSA as researching school (until February 28, 1993.) (Research Topic : Development of advanced science learning program for gifted students.)
  • March 4, 1991 Opened school and took first entrance ceremony. (2classes, 60 students.)
  • February 11, 1993 First completion ceremony (41 students passed in the entrance examination of KAIST)
  • February 15, 1994 First graduation ceremony and second completion ceremony (Graduated: 16 students, No. of students who completed courses of BSA: 51)
  • March 1, 1994 Chan-ung Park appointed to second principal.
  • March 1, 1997 Ministry of Education appointed BSA as a model school (until February 28, 1998.) (Topic : Developing and operating "High school information management system")
  • February 18, 1998 School building newly constructed in new place and moved. (Yeonsan 9(gu)-dong, Yeonje-gu, Busan, Korea. → Danggam 3(sam)-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, Korea.)
  • November 1, 2001 Ministry of science and technology appointed BSA as "Science Academy for gifted students.".
  • November 14, 2001 Ministry of science and technology and Busan metropolitan district office of education concluded the agreement about "Science Academy for gifted students." .
  • April 12, 2002 Busan metropolitan district office of education and KAIST concluded the agreement about managing "Science Academy for gifted students.".
  • March 5, 2003 Took entrance ceremony of 144 Science Academy students
  • July 12, 2005 Changed the name of school to "Korea Science Academy"
  • August 29, 2005 The 1st graduation ceremony of KSA (14 students)
  • August 21~26, 2006 International Students Science Fair 2006 at KSA (21 countries, 67 schools).
  • March 1, 2008 Professor of KAIST, Ph.D Jang-hyeok Kwon appointed to the principal.** First University professor principal in high school
  • May 22, 2008 KSA and KAIST concluded MOU to unification. (To speaking strictly, KSA will be an attached high school of KAIST.)
  • March 1, 2009 Inauguration of Jang-hyuk Kwon as the 7th principal
  • March 4, 2009 Entrance Ceremony of KSA of KAIST (141 students)
  • February 3, 2010 Entrance Ceremony of KSA of KAIST (160 students / 143 Korean Students, 17 international students)
  • February 9, 2011 Entrance Ceremony of KSA of KAIST (154 students / 146 Korean Students, 8 international students)
  • February 22, 2012 Entrance Ceremony of KSA of KAIST (157 students / 149 Korean Students, 8 international students)
  • February 20, 2013 Entrance Ceremony of KSA of KAIST (149 students)
  • March 1, 2013 Inauguration of CHUNG Yoon as the 8th principal


  • The curriculum is composed of academic courses (135 credits), Creative Research Activities (30 credits), Leadership Activities courses (8AU)

International Academic Exchange Programs[edit]

Academic exchanges with overseas prestigious universities, research centers and other related institutions for the gifted.

Partnership Schools (19 organizations in 11 countries)[edit]

Country Gifted institutes
USA (3)

- Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

- Northside College Preparatory High School (NCPHS)

- Roanoke Valley Governor's School (RVGS)

Russia (5)

- Kolmogorov Math and Science High School

- Novosibirsk Math and Physics High School

- St. Petersburg Math-Physics High School

- Moscow Chemical Lyceum

- Lyceum Physical Technical High School St. Petersburg

Thailand (2)

- Mahidol Wittayanusorn School (MWITS)

- Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS)[1]

Australia (2)

- Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS)'

- John Monash Science School (JMSS)

Singapore (2)

- National Junior College (NJC)

- National University of Singapore High School of Mathematics and Science (NUSH)

Japan (1)

- Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior School

China (2)

- High School Affiliated to Fudan University

- Hong Kong G.T. (Ellen Yeung) College

Israel (1)

- Israel Arts and Science Academy

U.K. (1)

- Camborne Science and International Academy

Malaysia (1)

- Alam Shah Science School

Germany (1)


Admission Policy[edit]

  • Highly gifted students with potential and creativity are selected through 2 or 3 phases process.
  • 144 students nationwide are admitted every year.


  • With outstanding abilities in mathematics and science, middle school students, graduated from middle school and students with equivalent qualifications can apply for KSA of KAIST. In addition, students recommended by gifted student education centers, principals, teachers and the superintendents of their local Office of Education can apply for the school.
  • Students who have passed an official qualification test are eligible to be recommended by local superintendents


1. Hi-Tech Science Building (Changjo-gwan)

  • The science building (building size : 61,200 square feet) houses labs equipped with the latest facilities and devices
  • 9-story building, 1,150 square meters
  • Designed for lab work in information and applied sciences
  • State-of-the-art equipment including telescopes, SEM, NMR, and SPM
  • A center for research the engages students and professors

2. Art&Physical Education Building (Seol Dong-geun-gwan (previous Yeji-gwan))

  • Character development through the students' activities such as sports and a number of club activities
  • Building size : 6-story building including the basement
  • facilities : 36 rooms - recreation music room, gymnasium, orchestra room, music room, art room, pottery room, and club rooms including photo room, press center etc.

3. Dormitories

  • 177 rooms in the male student residence (Gyoenu-gwan), 79 rooms in the female student residence (Jignyeo-gwan)
  • On weekends, a wide variety of volunteer works and general interest programs are available.

4. ECC (English Communication Center)

  • Three exclusive foreign language classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia facilities to help enhance linguistic capacity of students and faculty members
  • English Therapy Programs with native speakers of English
  • Issue KSA Newspaper

6. Guest House (Baekyang-gwan)

  • 17 rooms for visiting faculty and parents
  • facilities : 2 conference rooms, 1 laundry

See also[edit]


  1. ^ {{|title=Kamnoetvidya Science Academy |url=http://www.kvis.ac.th}}

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°09′57″N 129°01′31″E / 35.16583°N 129.02528°E / 35.16583; 129.02528