Seoul Science High School

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Seoul Science High School
Seoul Science High School Seal.gif
1-1 Hyehwa-dong
Jongno-gu, Seoul
South Korea
Type Specialty High School
Motto "예지의행 (叡智義行)"
(literal translation: "Intelligence and Righteous Action")
Established 1989
Principal Gyu-Hyeong Lim
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 373 (2012)
Seoul Science High School
Hangul 서울과학고등학교
Hanja 서울科學高等學校
Revised Romanization Seoul Gwahak Godeung Hakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Sŏul Kwahak Kodŭng Hakkyo

Seoul Science High School is a public school for gifted students (ages 15–18) interested in science. The school was established in 1989, and is located at Jongno-gu, Seoul. It is one of the nineteen science high schools in Republic of Korea. In 2009, it has become an 'academy for gifted students' selected by the ministry of education of Korea. Now it is one of the four such academies in Republic of Korea.

The school accepts its intake from the top 0.01% of middle school graduates.[citation needed] Before the transition, there were about 180 students in each grade, but the number decreased to 127. The general program was a three-year course, but an early graduation program existed. About one-third of sophomore students graduated one year earlier than typical high school students.[citation needed]

However, after the transition to 'academy for gifted students', students in each grade have decreased to 120, and the curriculum has set again to fulfill the need and curiosity of students. The new curriculum includes of the following :

  • Non-graded, credit-based graduation system
  • Strengthening research activities to develop creativity
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum

Purpose of Establishment[edit]

The school was switched from Science High School to Gifted High School according to the procedure set out in Enforcement Decree of the Gifted Education Promotion Law Act Article 19.[1] As stated in the article 12 of the same law, a person who meets the following conditions is defined as a gifted

  • 1.Those who are recognized as having a certain level of talent or potential above a specific subject or in a specific field, according to the method of standardized intelligence test, thinking ability test, creative problem solving ability test, or any other method of inspection, interview or observation.
  • 2.Those who are recognized to have a certain level of talent or potential in the artistic and physical fields according to methods such as inspection, interview, or observation other than practical examination.

In accordance with Article 1 of the Gifted Education Promotion Law, the purpose of SSHS is to make early identification of talented people and early education of their talents and abilities which will develop the natural potential of the individual, promote self-realization of the individual, and contribute to the development of the nation and society.[2]

Focusing on advanced courses[edit]

  • Geared to the level and aptitude of each individual
  • Various programs for whole-person education
  • No obligation to complete the curriculum of general high school
  • Differentiated selection process

Student recruitment is done nationwide, and multiple apply with other special high schools is available Unlike other general schools, students study ‘required courses’ at 1st grade, and have opportunity to choose a ‘advanced courses’ at 2nd, 3rd grade.[3]

In order to achieve graduation, a student must fulfill 170 credits in overall course work, which consists of 140 credits on academic course and 30 credits on research. Also, the student must fulfill at least 240 hours on special activities: 120 hours on group activity, and 120 hours on volunteer work. The university-level courses are accepted as Advanced Placement credit at KAIST, POSTECH, UNIST, GIST, and DGIST.[4]

The school has many national and international Science Olympiad participants and medal winners. Usually a quarter to a half of the Korean participants in the International Science Olympiads are from Seoul Science High School.[5]

Graduates from this school typically enter Seoul National University, KAIST, and POSTECH. Some students enroll to colleges abroad such as MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, and Cornell.[6] Many alumni have undertaken graduate studies at top institutions in Korea, U.S., and Europe after earning their bachelor's degrees.

The school motto is "Intelligence and Righteous Action" (예지의행, 叡智義行).

Most of the students at Seoul Science High School are male.

School History[edit]

  • 1988. 09. 12 Approval of School Establishment Plan (Ministry of Education)
  • 1988. 09. 14 Approval of School Establishment (Seoul Metropolitan Board of Education)
  • 1988. 11. 17 Freshman students in the 1989 academic year (30 students per class)
  • 1989. 03. 01 Inauguration of principal Kim Dong-wook
  • 1989. 03. 03 Admission of freshmen in 1989
  • 1989. 10. 27 Opening ceremony
  • 1990. 03. 01 Inauguration of the 2nd Major Kim Hong-woo
  • 1991. 02. 09 Graduated from the first semester of 1990 (60 students
  • 1992. 02. 14 The first graduation in 1991 (119 students), the second graduation (61 students)
  • 1993. 02. 12 The second graduation (118 students), the third graduation (35 students)
  • 1994. 02. 15 The third graduation (144 students) in the 1993 school year, the early graduation (33 students)
  • 1995. 02. 14 The fourth graduation (147 students) in 1994, the fifth graduation (15 students)
  • 1995. 03. 01 Inauguration of the 3 principal Joon Kil Joon
  • 1996. 02. 13 Fifth graduation (160 students) in the 1995 academic year, early graduation (22 students)
  • 1997. 02. 13 Graduated from the 6th graduation (157 students) in 1996, the 7th graduate (21 students)
  • 1998. 02. 12 The 7th graduation (158 students) of the 1997 school year, the 8th graduation (21 students)
  • 1998. 10. 03 Adjusted to 138 students (23 students per class)
  • 1999. 02. 10 In the 1998 academic year, the 8th graduation (116 students), the 9th graduation (39 students)
  • 1999. 09. 01 Inauguration of 4 major Song Young-jae
  • 2000. 02. 14 Graduation (62 students) in the 9th year of 1999, Graduation (65 students)
  • 2001. 02. 09 The 10th graduation (37 students) in 2000, the 11th graduation (66 students)
  • 2001. 04. 07 Middle School Gifted Education Center (2 classes)
  • 2002. 02. 15 The 11th graduation (63 persons) of the 2001 school year, the early graduation (78 persons) of the 12th school year,
  • 2002. 03. 01 Inauguration of the 5th Major
  • 2003. 02. 14 Graduation (45 students) in the 12th year of 2002, graduation (83 students)
  • 2004. 02. 09 The thirteenth graduation (47 students) in the 2003 school year, the early graduation (83 students)
  • 2004. 10. 13 Adjusted to 140 students (20 students per class)
  • 2005. 02. 03 Graduation (43 students) in the 14th grade in 2004, graduation (102 students in the 15th grade)
  • 2005. 03. 01 Inauguration of the 6th Hongdaedong Principal
  • 2006. 02. 09 2005 graduation (31 students), 16th graduation (100 students)
  • 2007. 02. 08 2006 graduation (50 students), 17th graduation (118 students)
  • 2008. 02. 14 The 17th graduation (30 students), the 18th graduation (121 students)
  • 2008. 04. 30 Designation of conversion of science gifted school
  • 2009. 02. 12 Graduated from the 18th year of the 2008 school year (32 students), graduated from the early 19th school year (129 students)
  • 2009. 03. 01 Transition to science gifted school, entrance of 119 freshman students
  • 2009. 03. 01 Inauguration of Principal Park Hee-sung
  • 2009. 03. 02 Academic homework (AA) introduction
  • 2009. 10. 29. MOU with the National Forestry Academy on curriculum management
  • 2010. 02. 05 Graduation (24 students) in the 19th school year in 2009, graduation in early 19th (115 students)
  • 2010. 03. 02 Completion of the classroom and completion of Youngjae Dong
  • 2010. 05. 10 MOU with KIST on curriculum management
  • 2011. 01. 17 Signed an exchange agreement with NUS High School in Singapore
  • 2011. 01. 19 Signed an exchange agreement with Mahidol High School, Thailand
  • 2011. 02. 11 2010 graduation (39 students), 21st graduation (18 students)
  • 2012. 02. 10 The 21st graduation of 2011 school year (98 people)
  • 2012. 03. 01 Science Dongduk Dong
  • 2012. 03. 01 Inauguration of the 8th President Choi Byoung-soo
  • 2012. 05. 07 Establishment of school buildings and rehabilitation, establishment of school building name
  • 2012. 05. 30 Signed AP agreement with POSTECH
  • 2012. 08. 31 Revision of curriculum to foster creative talent
  • 2012. 10. 08 Awarded the 26th Inchon Award for Education
  • 2013. 02. 07 Graduation of the 22nd semester of 2012 (120 students)
  • 2013. 03. 02 Opened Ecological Experience Hall
  • 2014. 02. 01 Selected as the best school evaluation school (Educational Plan and Curriculum Division)
  • 2014. 02. 02 Remodeling of library, transfer by class
  • 2014. 02. 06 The 23rd graduation of the 2013 school year (122 students)
  • 2014. 02. 19 Admission of freshmen in 2014 (125 students)
  • 2014. 05. 23 Ceremony for Completion of the Connection Hall of the Creative Talent Pavilion
  • 2014. 12. 26 Recognition of Superior Superintendent of Education
  • 2015. 02. 04 Graduation of the 24th year of 2014 (129 students)
  • 2015. 02. 23 Admission of new students for 2015
  • 2015. 03. 30 Elected 22 presidential science scholarship students (20 in Korea and 2 overseas)
  • 2015. 03. 31 Publication of the 25th anniversary of Seoul Science High School
  • 2016. 02. 04 The 25th graduation of 2015 (129 students)
  • 2016. 02. 22 Admission of new students for 2016 (131 students)
  • 2016. 03. 01 Inauguration of the 9th Major
  • 2016. 10. 04 Opening of Aram Pavilion
  • 2017. 02. 02 Graduation of the 26th year of 2016 (125 students) [Graduates total 3730 students]
  • 2017. 03. 02 Admission of new students in 2017 (127 students)


[History materials from Seoul Science High School Website]

School Buildings[edit]

Uihaeng Building[edit]

The Uihaeng building is the building you can see after you pass the Yeji building in the school. The main purpose of this building is a place students can sleep in. Students use this building after 11 pm when they finish their study in Yeji bulding. Usually 3rd graders use the 3rd floor, 2nd graders use the 4th floor, and 1st graders use the 5th floor. There is a terrace beside the 5th floor, and there is a path through the new building for 3rd graders who have none or less penalty points than others. Many 3rd graders want to use this new building because the quality is much better than Uihaeng building. The 2nd floor is for cafeteria, but it is also used for people who control and take care of us using dormitory. They look around and find us doing forbidden things in the dormitory, such as using notebooks at night or eating rae-men. The rule is we should turn off all the lights until 1 am and we are supposed to wake up in 7 am. Sometime students who couldn’t wake up at 7 am, gets penalty points.

Yeji Building[edit]

The Yeji building is the main building of Seoul Science High school.  It is placed in the center of the school, and is a four-story building. The building is named after the school moto, ‘Yeji’ which means ‘manners and wisdom’.  The first floor is mostly occupied with departments for the managements of the school such as the administration office, and the principal’s office.  There are also valuable scientific instruments such as the SEM or the Wind Tunnel at the first floor. The second floor is for Earth science; it has laboratories and classrooms.  It also has a study hall which connects the Yeji building to the library and the Fusion talent building.  The study hall allows the students to do their work at their free time and the study hours after school. This is often used as a path when the students are in a hurry.  There is also a small classroom where students can use their laptops for researching and making presentations. Because the classroom is small, students have to get permission from the teachers on a first come, first served basis. The third floor has a gym and classrooms, laboratories for physics. There are instruments such as the high-speed camera and the Forward looking infrared. There are laboratories and classrooms for biology on the fourth floor. The biology laboratory is full of scientific instruments.  There is an observatory on the rooftop with the largest telescope in Seoul. There are three telescopes for taking pictures of the large-scale structures of the cosmos and a planetarium bought in the 1990s.

Aram Building[edit]

Once upon a time, Aram building was a building where people work with wood to fix some defective tables and chairs. Since about 2000 to 2006, it was used as a warehouse. but, since 2006, Aram building had been Abandoned architecture for 10 years. But, it remodeled to a gym on september, 2016 and deserved a name, Aram. The building’s name, Aram, is comes from a name of a school newspaper-pubulishing regular club, Hanaram. It is a remote building, even more deserted than the Wu-am building. It located on the side of a schoolyard where a recycling bin located. There are six table tennis tables, a indoor driving range, two running mechines, a situp bench, and some strength exercising mechines and the cleanest and the most comfortable bathroom in the school which was also remodeled. There is also a personal indoor driving range separated to the indoor driving range used by students. The personal indoor driving range is usually used by P.E teacher. There are a parking lot on the rooftop. P.E classes are usually held in the building. They learn how to play golf and play table tennis in the classes. There are always a plenty of students playing a table tennis in their free time, including students belong to LA, a table tennis Irregular club.

Wu-am Building[edit]

Wu-am building is a four-story building. Wu-am is a pen name of Si-yeol Song, a famous civil minister of The Kingdom of Joseon. In front of the building, there is a famous rock named Thousand Years Rock. There is Chinese characters carved by Si-yeol Song on the rock. The rock is also a symbol of the school. There are also Statue of Jang Yeong-sil and a statue named 'a Site of Creation' in front of the building. Jang Yeoung-sil is a famous inventer of The Kingdom of Joseon who invented Joseon's first rain gauge. Wu-am building is a romote building. It is located on the hill and also far from Yuihang building and Yeji building, the main buildings of the school. But, there are several important classrooms such as korean classrooms, math classrooms, and social studies classrooms in the building, so students have to take a long walk whenever they have one of those classes in next period. The fastest way to get the building is using a path linking a cafateria in the Yuihang building and the Wu-am building. This path also has a cover that protect students from rain on it. In the first floor of the building, there are audiovisual room and a multipurpose classroom. Also, It gets damp in rainy season in the first floor, because it has poor ventilation. In the second floor, there are some multipurpose classrooms and a teachers' rooms. One of the teachers' rooms in the second floor of Wu-am building is a biggest teachers' room in the school. Also, there is a big stairway that we can use to go second floor directly from outside of the building. In the third floor, there are math classrooms and a teachers' room for math teachers. In the forth floor, there are korean classrooms and social studies classrooms and some multipurpose classrooms and a teacher's room for social studies teachers and Korean teachers. The building has two stairs, one on the left side and the other on the right side. In addition, on the center of the building, there is a bathroom.

1st floor[edit]



common classroom 4

Audio-visual room warehouse
2nd floor[edit]
Art preparation room Art room Admissions Department
wu-am Common Classroom 2
School office rest area
wu-am Common Classroom 1
3rd floor[edit]
Alumni hall Mathematics classroom 7 Mathematics classroom 6 Mathematics classroom 5 Mathematics classroom 4 Mathematics classroom 3 Mathematics classroom 2 Mathematics classroom 1 Mathematical Laboratory Mathematical

reference Room

4th floor[edit]
Social Resource Room Social Classroom 1 Social Classroom 2 Social Classroom 3 Korean Language Classroom 3 Korean Language Classroom 2 Korean Language Classroom 1 Humanities - Society Laboratory Humanities - Society reference Room

Fusion Talent Building[edit]

Fusion talent building is a building which is located right in front of the school gate. Instead of first floor, it is connected with Yeji building witch is the main building of the school. In first floor, there is teacher’s room and music room, and there is English room and library at second floor. For the case of advise room, it is very free that many students use the advise room. library is connected with Yeji building and study hall, so busy students use it as a hallway. It is prohibited to use it as a hallway, but for student’s usability, they allow students to use it. Above the third floor, there are guest room which is used for visitors for other schools. The guesthouse seems to be trying to impose a free impression on the outside guests, for example, there is only one bed in a room similar to the 4th and 5th floor, and there is a common room with cup noodles. In fact, when the students came from Singapore highschool, they showed OMG as we showed a narrow room with two bunk beds on the fourth and fifth floors. On the 4th and 5th floors, there is a male dormitory and is called a dormitory fountain. Ironically, it is in a fusion talent building, but if it is not an emergency evacuation, because of the risk of going out at night, the entrance into the fusion talent building is always locked.

Creative Talent Building(창의인재관)[edit]

It is next to the school yard. Because the school yard in the low place, this building is also very low. It is very low that the third floor of Creative Talent Building is in the similar height of Yeji building. Because of this building the school yard became smaller. It also has an elevator as well as Fusion talent building. In the first floor we have a classroom for computer, and It has Chemistry room in second and third floor. There is a big auditorium it has 300 seats. The first time it was used was used was when it was 21th graduation ceremony. In the past there was no pathway to go between second and third floor, so we had to walk up to auditorium about 10years ago. Also, It was the best place to watch sports day(But not now.).

It used to be built at the park lot over the waste building in the corner of the school yard but it failed because it infringe on the right to sunshine. It is the only building which that makes us to get wet when it is raining.

Daily Life[7][edit]

Wake up

A morning wake up song comes out at 6:57 and the students have to go outside of their dormitories and do a roll call. If you’re late it’s 1 penalty point, and if you don’t go out it’s 2 penalty points. And if the weather is rainy or bad the roll call is done in the cafeteria. After the roll call you can go back up to your dormitory and get ready for breakfast or get back to sleep.

Class and Between Class

Each of the subject have their own class rooms, so students have to go to their class during break time and get ready for the next class. It is similar to collage. Second and third graders have between classes. In the between classes students can almost do whatever they want with the teachers permission.

Free time

From 4:20 to 7:00 students are given free time. 5:30 to 6:30 is supper time. With your prime teacher permission, students can go outside of school. Students have to write the reason for going out. They usually write reasons such as ‘to buy underwear’, ‘because of illness’ etc. Second and third graders go out to play game at nearby internet café and play ‘over watch’ or ‘league of legends.’

Study hour

From 7:00 to 9:00 it is the first study hour. Students can study at the study hall or use the room for between classes to use their laptops for other assignments. The containable number of people in rooms for the between classes is limited. First graders 30, second and third graders 40. After the first study hour students are given a thirty minute break time. They usually go the cafeteria to get their snacks. From 9:30 to 11:00 there is a second study hour. Students have to vitally study at the study hall. They come out of the study hall at about 10:45 because the study hall door close at sharp 11.

Night life

After going into the dormitory there is no more roll call. Students can act freely. However they can’t take laptops, food, cards, or board games. After 12 o' clock students can't stay at other students dormitories. After 1 they have to turn lights off.


At least half of the students in SSHS are studying for Olympiads. Most of the student study for various Olympiads when pass the entrance exam. Math and Physics Olympiad are popular, and some students are studying for Chemistry Olympiad steadily. Most of the members of the national team are SSHS students. Studying for Olympiads is good for preparing tests in school, such as Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

Mathematics Olympiad(MO)[edit]

Students usually start studying Olympiads with MO, so SSHS students are good in math. There are 6 members of the national team in MO, and 5~6 students are always in SSHS. Half of the members are in third grade, and the rest of the members are in second grade or occasionally in first grade, too. About 60 students get a gold medal in IMO, and 2~5 students in SSHS get a gold medal every year. Surprisingly, school curriculum has nothing to do with MO.

Physics Olympiad(PO)[edit]

PO is popular as much as MO. The greatest feature in PO is that there are no awards in domestic unit. Students must listen to a free online lecture, and solve problems. Usually students in third grade are members of the national team, but there are sometimes a smart second-grade student.

Chemistry Olympiad[edit]

Chemistry Olympiad is separated in First grade class and Second grade class. It’s hard to be a member of the national team in second grade because gap of level of knowledge is big between grades. Chemistry Olympiad has Summer school and Winter school. Students study General chemistry in First grade class Summer school, and Organic chemistry in First grade class Winter school. Students study intensive course of General chemistry in Second grade class. MO and PO are more popular than Chemistry Olympiad, but there are members of the national team in SSHS every year.

Other Olympiads[edit]

There are other Olympiads such as Biology, Informatics or Astronomy.

Some students start studying for Biology Olympiad in second semester. Studying for Biology Olympiad is good for preparing tests in school.

Many students in third grade are studying for Olympiad in Informatics, but support of school is weak. Gyeonggi Science High School supports students much better for Olympiad in Informatics.

Club Activity[8][edit]

Regular club (mandatory one subscription)

Depending on the popularity, clubs are divided into three groups: Ga group, Na group, and Da group. Da group is the most popular

 (In 2017)

Ga group : Ajeulga(school magazine editing club), SBS(broadcasting club), Shutter Bug(taking pictures club), Between Act and Scene(drama club), LettiE(English conversation club),

Globe(protecting environment club), Arirang(loving Korea club) 

Na group : Biophere(Biology club), Hanaram(newspaper club), Eureka(English nespaper club), NeoArt(flim-making club), Periodics(theoretical chemistry club), SciCom(data processing club),

NeTix(chemical experiment club) 

Da group : Athena(book club), Quantas(physical experiment club), Trouble maker(invention club), COM & C(software research club), Mathematical Studies (mathematics research club),

Black hole(astronomical observation club)

Irregular club(no limit on the number of participating clubs)

(In 2017)

1)Study club

Science discussion club (Open Square), Life science research club (MAGnolia), Math & Magazine research club (M & J), Mathematics tutoring club (CALGeN), Aviation membership club (Aero Space),

Chemical magazine study club (Chela), Information Mentoring club (MWT), Long Term Experiment club (LTE), Chemistry Mentoring & Debating (CMD), Physical study club (star #)

2)Music club

  Instrumental ensemble club (Caritas), Ballad club (Livian), Band club (Ssangdre), Traditional music cub (Our Voice), Piano club (Klavier), Hip hop club (MIC),

Classic guitar club (Magic on the Board, MOB), Ocarina club (Ocarina)

3)Dance club

Boy dance club (You Can Dance), Girl dressed dance club (Deep), Girls dance club (Impression)

4)Sports club

Baseball club (Perfect Game, PG), Basketball club (Three Points, TP), Soccer club (Sudden Death, SD), Table-tennis club (Love-All, LA)

5)Other club

Christian club (milalhoe), Design club (What You Want, WYW), Magic study club (M), Cartoon creation club (shadows), Creative writing club (Letters), Composition & Rhythm Game club (TNT),

Board Game club (BGM)



All classes and assessments at the school is operate on a credit system and you can choose the course you want, like universities and other gifted schools. But if there’s a difference, all subjects are absolute assessments. That is, if the score is 90 or more, A + is given. If the score is 85 or more, and less than 90, A0 is given. If the score is 80 or more, and less than 85 A- is given. Since then, grades have been divided into 5 points. In addition, all the arts and physical education semesters are pass / fail system, and receive a pass if the score exceeds 60 out of 100 points.

If the grade of any subject is less than B0 or ​​Fail, you can apply for re-entry. You can apply for a maximum of four times per student per class and up to B + per class if you retake classes.


Basically, all courses are divided into three categories: required courses with scheduled classes, required courses to choose when classes are taken, and elective courses.

pplications are accepted every June and November. Unlike college, this school receives a course enrollment and then schedules a timetable according to the number of students. A minimum of 10 credits and a maximum of 29 credits are allowed per semester. If the number of applicants for any subject is less than seven, the subject is discarded. Also one class enter up to 20 people. There is also a hierarchy between subjects. For example, to apply for Advanced Chemistry I, you must have already completed Chemistry I, II, and III.

Since students do not enroll in the first grade, the credit is fixed(first semester 30 credits, second semester 29 credits). In the second year, there will be individual differences but generally most of students get 25-29 credits per semester. In the third grade, the individual differences become worse. Usually, about 40 credits are allocated to the first and second semesters. There are about 6-15 hours between classes. However, the level of the subjects difficulty greatly increases and also they live in the burden of entrance examination.

A set table[edit]

         Division Basic Mandatory Advance


Basic Select Advance Select Total
Curriculum Activities General Course Korean 6 2 6 4 154
Social Studies 9 6
Foreign Language 8 6 6
Arts and P.E. 8 2
Sub Total 31 14 14 4
Fusion course 5 17 (Fusion Basic Select

2 credits, Math Basic Select  More than 3 credits

Specialty course Math 15 4
Science 24 19
Computer Science 4 3
Sub total 48 26 5 12
Total 79 40 19 16
Research Activities Autonomous study Task Research 12 26
R&E 8
Field Research 2
Graduation thesis 4
Creative activity Group activity  More than 120 hours
Volunteer More than 120 hours
Total 180

Main Course[edit]

Sortation Required Subject Sub Total Basic Subject Sub Total Intensive Subject Sub Total
Korean Korean I(2)

Korean II(2)

Reading I(1)

Reading II(1) Reading III(1)

Reading IV(1)

8 Current Literature(2)

Classical Literature(2)



6 Media Language Criticism(2)

American & British Culture Research(2)

Economic Science(2)

Art History(2)


4 63
Social Studies Political Economy(3)

World Cultural Geography(3)

Korean History(3)


World History(3)

Foreign Languages English I(3)

English II(3)

English Conversation I(1)

English Conversation II(1) Communication(2)

Advanced Communication(2)

Chinese I(2)

Chinese II(2)

14 English III(3)

English Reading Comprehension(3)

English Composition(3)

Current English(3)

Arts & P.E. Health & P.E. I(1)

Health & P.E. II(1)

Leisure & P.E. I(1)

Leisure & P.E. II(1)

Art I(1)

Art II(1)

Music I(1)

Music II(1)

8 Sport For All(2)

The Fine Arts(2)

Life Music(2)

Sub Total 45 14 4

Fusion Course & General Course[edit]

Sortation Required Subject Sub Total Basic Subject Sub Total Intensive Subject Sub Total Total
Fusion Course Fusion Science(3)

Fusion Science Research(2)

5 Science History(2) Exploratory Information Exploration(2) 2 Special Lecture On Creativity(2) 17 91
General Course Math Math I(4)

Math II(4)

Math III(3)

Math IV(4)

Calculus I(4)

19 Calculus II(4)

Basic Statistics(3)

3 Number Theory(3)

Linear Algebra(3)

Science Physics I(3)

Physics II(3)

Physics III(4)

Chemistry I(3)

Chemistry II(3)

Chemistry III(4)

Biological Science I(3)

Biological Science II(3)

Biological Science III(3)

Earth Science I(3)

Earth Science II(3)

Earth Science III(3)

Physics Experiment I(1)

Physics Experiment  II(1)

Chemistry Experiment I(1)

Chemistry Experiment II(1)

Biological Experiment I(1)

43 Physics IV(3)   

Chemistry IV(3)   

Biological Science IV(3) 

Biological Experiment II(1)

Advanced Physics I(3)

Advanced Physics II(3)

Advanced Chemistry I(3)

Advanced Chemistry II(3)

Advanced Biological Science I(3)

Advanced Biological Science II(3)

Advanced Earth Science(3)

Data Structure(3)

Computer Science Computer Science I(2)

Computer Science II(2)

Object Orientation Programming(3)

Sub Total 74 5 12

Entrance exam[edit]

1. Qualification for application[9]

students who coincide with following conditions and who got a recommendation of principal or a teacher in school is qualified.

conditions :

  1. Who have talent and potential in the field of mathematics or science
  2. Those who have attitude and passion to advance into the field of science and technology and contribute to national development and human prosperity.
  3. Middle school students, graduates or have equivalent qualification

2. Ways of examination/Number of Recruitment[10]

  1. Document examination: Based on the resumes (including self-introduction), and school records, the admission officer assesses the applicant's academic abilities, passion for mathematics and science, personality, etc. Almost all of the students pass the first exam.
  2. Written Exam: Giftedness and Thinking Skills are evaluated by the 2nd exam. Only about 2 times of the quota pass the 2nd exam. However, some students who got outstanding scores at the 2nd exam can be selected prior than other students.
  3. Science camp: Many abilities --including Comprehensive assessment of creativity, scientific inquiry, personality, and leadership-- is tested in a variety of ways, such as task performance evaluation and interviews.

3. Difference between 2016/2017[edit]

Some students who got outstanding scores at the 2nd exam can be selected prior than other students. There was a change at this part from 2017.

  1. before 2017: Apart from where the student lives, about 50 students who got the highest grade at the 2nd exam are selected prior.
  2. From 2017[11]:
    1. Korea would be divided into 41 regions and it is possible to select regional gifted teenager each region. -Regional
    2. Those who have remarkable talents in particular areas such as mathematics and science, could be selected first. -Talents in particular areas

History of Seoul Science High School[edit]

  • September 14th, 1988: Approval of the establishment of Seoul Science high school (by the board of education-Seoul)
  • March 1st, 1989: Inauguration of the first principle, Dong-uk Kim
  • March 3rd, 1989: First freshmen enters Seoul Science High School (180 students)
  • October 27th, 1989: Opening ceremony of Seoul Science High School
  • February 9th, 1991: The first early-graduation (60 students)
  • February 14th, 1992: The first graduation (119students), the second early-graduation (61students)
  • April 30th, 2008: Designated to change into school-for-the-gifted.
  • March 1st, 2009: Changed to Science high school for the gifted, 119 freshmen enters the school
  • March 2nd, 2010: departmentalized class system is implemented, 융합인재관 is completed.
  • March 1st, 2012: 창의인재관 is completed.
  • February 4th, 2015: 24th graduation (129students), total 3,476 students had graduated SSHS.

Notable alumni[edit]

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External links[edit]


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  7. ^ "서울과학고등학교 - 나무위키". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  8. ^ "서울과학고등학교 Information.". (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  9. ^ "입학요강". 
  10. ^ "학생수". 
  11. ^ "지역균등". 

Coordinates: 37°35′29″N 126°59′55″E / 37.5915°N 126.9986°E / 37.5915; 126.9986