International Christian School - Uijongbu
International Christian School Uijeongbu (ICSU) is located in the sports complex district of Gyeonggi province and the city of Uijeongbu, adjacent to a 28,000 capacity soccer stadium. ICSU, the first school in the NICS network, is a K-12 school serving the international community of Dongduchon, Ilsan, North Seoul, Uijeongbu, and Yangju. ICSU began as Liberty Christian School in 1983, when U.S. Army chaplains requested Dr. Joe Hale start a school, to help in the education of American children. Because Uijeongbu was north of Seoul, the U.S. military bases did not offer “Command Sponsorship” of American military families. ICSU provided an English language school, where none had previously existed.
In the past 34 years, Uijeongbu grew from a small community to a city of nearly 500,000. While Korean is the main language, well over 35% of the people, in and around ICSU, speak English. Thousands of residence apartments were built within a 1 kilometer radius of the school. In the eastern side of Uijeongbu, another massive apartment construction project is underway, with dozens of new 20+ story apartment buildings. Costco has also built a modern store that would rival any Costco in the United States. Just 1 kilometer down the road is the province's science complex, that houses an observatory, telescope, and neutron microscope that is available for use by any school in the province. The climate in Uijeongbu is mild and the city is surrounded by majestic mountains.
Korea emerged as a modern country near the end of the 20th century and is on the cutting edge of technology. The average Korean trades in their cellular phone every 4 months! Korea is an extremely safe country, where crime is virtually non-existent. The government has built many public parks, river walks, hiking trails, and public use areas that create a high quality of living. Modern highways, clean and landscaped cities, friendly people, and the fastest nationwide Internet in the world, makes South Korea a highly desirable place to live.
The mission statement of ICSU is to provide an education that enables students to be productive, responsible citizens with a positive Christian worldview. Education being the pursuit of truth is taught in the context that Jesus Christ is the absolute truth. ICSU has a reputation of having a close-knit family atmosphere, with well-mannered students and supportive parents. God has truly blessed ICSU!
Many different passport countries are represented. 60% of students are American, with Koreans making up the next largest group with 30%. The remaining countries include Canada, China, Hungary, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, Philippines, and Russia.
Many changes are underway at ICSU. We use a variety of different curricula, on a 5-year cycle that encompasses every subject. Technology is integrated into all levels of the school. In the past year, ICSU became a 1:1 school, using dedicated Chromebooks with every Grade 4 to 12 student. Kindergarten to Grade 3 students use iPads. The entire school replaced and upgraded its network infrastructure, with Wi-Fi throughout the entire campus and HDMI digital projectors and Smartboards in every classroom. Schoology is used to provide a blended learning environment and flipped classrooms.
ICSU follows the American school year, with 180 instructional days. American and Korean holidays are observed, including a three week Christmas, week long Lunar, week long Spring Break, and various other American and Korean holidays, giving staff and students needed breaks in the routine. School runs from the first week of August to the first week of June.
Staff are fully supported at ICSU. Fully furnished apartments are provided to all professional staff, both expat and local hire. Our MemberCare makes weekly runs to Costco, to support staff purchases of American goods. Training opportunities exist in country and out of country. Many of the staff are granted U.S. Army civilian ID cards that allow access to nearby bases – Camp Red Cloud is five minutes away by car. Salaries are rising, to help meet modern financial needs. Also provided is annual airfare, insurance, retirement, and bonuses.
Come join us at ICSU. We are a family who supports and cherishes our staff, students, parents, and community.