Established in 2011, we may be a new school but we draw on a long and established history of educational excellence. The pioneering work of Frances Mary Buss, 160 years ago, at North London Collegiate School, paved the way for an exciting and inclusive movement in education.
Here at NLCS Jeju we are building on these foundations to create an optimal environment for our community. If you were to ask current parents why they chose NLCS Jeju, they would tell you that the students here are cheerful, balanced, at ease with themselves and each other - yet excited and enthused by the challenges before them. They might add that we succeed in combining academic excellence with a wealth of cocurricular opportunities, all underpinned by a deep commitment to the individual needs and passions of each student. Our students believe that anything is possible.
To be a leader in international education, we believe that a school must offer outstanding facilities to help realise the potential of its students. We have invested heavily to ensure that our community has access to facilities to be envious of.
NLCS Jeju serves a student body of over 1,150 students from Nursery (Age 3) through to Year 13. We are a boarding and day school, with most students in the Secondary School, Year 7-13, boarding.
A significant majority of NLCS Jeju students are Korean. A small minority hail from China and Japan, and the remaining students, come from English-speaking nations worldwide. All of our students come to NLCS Jeju with considerable ability in English. Additionally, we are a selective school based on academic potential and achievement. We currently have an acceptance rate of 34%. Students are tested in both specific subject knowledge, English language ability and in overall thinking skills as part of their application process.
We offer a broad curriculum, rooted in traditional academic disciplines. Our students develop a profound understanding of the subjects they study by engaging with the thinking that lies at the heart of each discipline.
We offer the IB Diploma in the Sixth Form, with students choosing from 37 Subjects. Before our students reach the IB Diploma, they take the IGCSE course. This year, our students collectively took 895 iGCSE examinations and an incredible 95% of these were high passes (A*-C).
This year saw our third cohort of students graduate with their IB Diplomas. We were very proud to learn that the average score, including the core, was 38 and they are currently attending universities such as Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, London School of Economics etc.
From Year 7 upwards we offer eight spacious and well equipped Boarding Houses that are a home from home to the majority of secondary students. We focus on providing students with a family atmosphere and our pastoral care is classified as outstanding.
All of our Houses are divided into two, with a separate girls' and boys' side. This unique arrangement, means that students benefit from interaction in co curricular and social time, yet also experience the benefits of single-sex education during the week. This is a philosophy that proves very successful in developing the students' confidence and social skills in the lead up to university.
Our co curricular programme is a critical component of our school's community. Teachers, students and external experts collaborate to offer over 180 clubs, activities and societies every week. In a single week, a student could train with the rugby squad, practice film making, play chess, play in the school orchestra and learn to surf.
The co curricular ethos and programme is designed to build qualities that will allow our students to excel academically and also have the strength of character to succeed at university, in the workplace and in life. In a caring and safe environment students are actively encouraged to try themselves out and develop in areas such as resilience, adaptability, communication, empathy, commitment and leadership.