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Chadwick International School Seoul
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Chadwick International School is deeply committed to self-discovery through experience and reflection. Students develop the joy of learning, self-confidence, well-being, and curiosity through interactive and practical experiences. Our schools share the core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion.

Chadwick School has grown significantly since opening in 1935, but the legacy of its founder, Margaret Lee Chadwick, remains a driving force behind the school’s continued development. Now in its 75th year, Chadwick has more than 800 students in kindergarten through Grade 12 and has graduated more than 3,000 students.

One of Chadwick's most significant milestones is the founding in 2010 of Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea, expanding opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education and become lifelong members of the Chadwick Community. Chadwick International School develops global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge, and the ability to lead.

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Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 18

Max Class Size

Unknown

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10 Reviews of Chadwick International School

Average Ratings

Overall 3.08
Facilities 3.67
Academics 1.83
Teachers 2.83
Sports 1.83
Music & Arts 1.50
Science & Tech 1.50

Reviewer Nationalities

American (4) Israeli (1)

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Katj Thl., 24/06/2022 @ 04:58:03
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Overpriced. Here it's all about marketing, not much value other than the brand and the good sport facilities. It might work if you are very rich, but it's definitely not the best school out there. It's just a hip playground for rich Korean kids. The focus is on sports and other trendy activities, not much time is left for real teaching. Academics are not the priority and the results are clear. #Alert! A lot of pressure to donate to their fund. It happens in the fall and parents are pushed to donate to an already very rich school. Korean parents donate out of fear of being left behind and teachers donate to avoid being labeled as uncooperative with the school's mission and face retaliation. Where is that money going? Nobody knows. Dodgy culture overall, and way too much appetite for money.

kassy5059, 01/06/2022 @ 03:40:28
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Such bad administration that is American focused and shows no understanding of other cultures. Head of School is arrogant and privileged and thinks he walks on water. He is completely disconnected and lacks self awareness. There is a talking down to other cultures and jokes about students and parents. Horrible place!

Mark W, 11/02/2022 @ 14:58:30
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When I joined Chadwick little I knew I was joining a cult. Praise the leaders and deny the reality of the school, that's what's expected of you... The academics are without direction, the school adopts IB but not one of the principals has IB experience. They are either first timers from the US or they came from the greedy for profit schools in Asia. As other people noticed, they just put their label on the hard work made by external cram schools. The amount of manipulation of teachers is insane, no wonder many of them are burned out. With covid it became even worse. The salary is high but they have many ways to bring it down and as a foreigner in Korea you have little to no legal protection in the work place. In 2018 a dozen teachers were deported mid-year because the school failed to take proper care of their visas. The school makes you sign an agreement so you can't criticize them, one when you first sign and additional ones when something hits the fan. Stay away unless you are really desperate and drowning in debt, and avoid any school with admins that worked here. P.s. housing is a big problem too.

Z B, 08/01/2022 @ 22:54:47
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Toxic working culture, multiple threats to staff from the admins. Cult-like following of the head of school and great disconnect between the administrators and the teachers. The school has plenty of funds but they are used for non-educational purposes. Don't come as a teacher, if you signed a contract get out asap. Send your kids here only of your company pays for the tuition, otherwise you'll pay big dollars but none of them will go into your children education.

Parent, 20/08/2021 @ 03:59:32
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Chadwick International touts itself as being a high-quality education with a diverse student population. I would guess that nearly 90% of their students are Korean. The school's diversity relies on the many Korean students who are dual passport holders. Truly foreign students represent a very small number. The school deceives in website and promotional materials by heavily featuring foreign students. The principals claim they are open to dialogue from parents, yet rarely accept suggestions for change. Korean parents are afraid to voice their opinion for fear that their children will no longer be welcomed. Foreign parents are more vocal but overlooked because the school's primary mission is cultivating Korean students to eventually attend non-Korean universities. The school administrators over-communicate by sending many long messages, but not enough information of substance is conveyed. Parents are required to purchase (expensive) MacBooks and iPads for their children, depending on grade level. The future may be in technology, but it does not mean our children should be tied to their devices for every aspect of learning. Chadwick is overpriced for what we're getting, and the school is not nearly as excellent as the leaders would have you believe. Would not recommend and cannot wait to get my children out of this school.

Expat, 14/02/2021 @ 16:47:25
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Poor administration that does not address concerns from international parent community with topics ranging from poor academics, inadvertent isolation of international children when teachers teach to the class majority, inability to adequately address food allergy safety concerns & inability to balance local education demands with international family demands. Beware: Education stats from school are not truly reflective of Chadwick; instead external rigorous cram schools are part of the local culture & has caused friction among international student experience, teachers & families. Your child will be behind if you depend solely on Chadwick to teach them. Be prepared to pay for outside private support just like the locals do or risk your child struggle with major learning gaps when they transition to their next school.

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Seohyeon (Elin) Kim, 2 years ago


This is a place where you don't hear too muck Korean. Even though people from other countries teach kids,but there are Korean teachers too. There is a subject that you choose ,world languages where you can speak Korean,Mandarin,etc. I personally love this school.

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Dayeon (Sarah) Kim, 5 months ago


This SCHOOL is SO Amazing!!!!! There are so many subjects to learn!

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Aleksander (Sandro) Kucan, 8 months ago


Awesome school..... You know why? because im here

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Korean Sisters, a year ago


The school is nice And friendly plus the education is great

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