Admission


Application form for the 2020-2021 new academic year beginning in September 2020 is now open !

APPLICATION PROCESS

First, check LFS admissions conditions and financial regulations online. Consult our FAQ page below. Contact admission@lfseoul.org for any additional questions. A meeting will be organized in case your child is not from a French education system.

Second, start the online application process via Eduka platform: LFS Application Request Form

Please note that there may be additional documents required from the list below depending on your profile and request:

  • Certificate of school attendance for the current school year, including nursery
  • Last three school reports (or livrets scolaires)
  • For students in grades 9 (3ème) and 10 (2nde) currently educated in a French School: a copy of the Fiche de dialogue avec voeux (Course Guidance Communication Form) with guidance notification and areas of specialization 
  • A photocopy of the child and parents’ passports
  • A photocopy of the Family Record Book (livret de famille) for children with French citizenship
  • A photocopy of the Family Relation Certificate for non-French citizens
  • A photocopy of the Birth Certificate for non-French citizens
  • A photocopy of the original Alien Registration Card (upon receipt)
  • A photocopy of the vaccination pages on the Health Record
  • For Korean children whose parents both hold Korean passports, including dual citizenship holders with Korea: A certificate (record) issued by the Korean Immigration Services  (‘출입국에 관한 사실 증명서’) indicating time abroad of more than 3 years (365 x 3 = 1095 days)

In case of application to Intensive English Program (Parcours intensif en anglais, PEAI) in Kindergarten, and in American International Section (Section internationale américaine, SIA) in elementary and secondary school: A motivation letter and all documents demonstrating English proficiency level upon application. A language test and interview will be held during the first week of back-to-school.  

Application Request for Bridge Class: After you submit your application form, an interview will be organized to determine your acceptance.

Third, wait for about 2 weeks while your application request is being deliberated by the admissions team. Depending on your application and profile, you may be asked to schedule an interview or share additional documents.

Fourth, receive approval of registration email provided that administrative and financial conditions are approved and within the limits of available places. An invoice email will shortly follow.

Fifth, secure your place by paying First-registration Fee based on your invoice. 

Sixth, you have been accepted to LFS, congratulations!

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[Preparation for the New Academic Year]

 

End of June: school supplies list for Middle School and High School students available on  https://www.lfseoul.org/fermeture-vacances-dete-summer-vacation/

Thursday, August 27th 2020 : Information meeting for the new families 

Wednesday, September 2nd 2020: Commencement of new school year

Optional class requests will be confirmed at the new school year, depending on the number of enrolled students.

For more information, please contact: admission@lfseoul.org

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For more information on the French School and Korea:

French School of Seoul (LFS) welcomes all children whose parents opt for a multilingual and international French education.

 

ADMISSIONS CONDITIONS AND ELIGIBILITY

Priority Application Requests

  • French-speaking children, enrolled in a French school (public or private under contract)
  • French-speaking children, enrolled in an independent or unrecognized school: assignment in a grade is determined based on an evaluation test in French and mathematics.

Non-French-speaking students can apply to LFS under the following conditions: 

  • At Kindergarten, students can join regular classes straight away.
  • At elementary school, students can apply to Bridge Class. An interview with the Director of Primary school will confirm inscription.
  • At secondary school level, the student, parents, and School Management hold a tripartite interview, followed by a common agreement to set up a french language test within a reasonable time frame to confirm inscription.

 

What grade should I apply for my child? 

French primary and secondary education is based on a 3-5-4-3 system, different from that of the Korean or Anglo-American system. Please consult LFS stages of education here: Stages of Education

 

Children whose parents hold Korean passports and/or dual passports including Korea: Application request must meet the requirements of the Presidential Decree of February 28, 2009. Please carefully check your admissions conditions before application here:  Admissions Conditions

 

My child does not speak French?  “Bridge Class” 

Non-French-speaking children, of elementary school age, can now be admitted in “Bridge Class,” an integration class specifically focused on intensive French language learning. A dedicated teacher makes bi-monthly regular assessment for each child. Students progressively start joining regular classes for certain subjects such as arts or math. Once students have gained necessary skills in French to follow regular classes, they fully join the regular French curriculum, with complementary French lessons if necessary. 

 

What are your ‘intensive English programs’? What is ‘American International Section’? SIA  

LFS offers intensive English programs starting from last year of Kindergarten. For the last year of Kindergarten (GS), we offer the PEAI (‘Intensive English Program’), and starting from the first year of elementary school (CP), we offer the SIA (‘American International Section’/Section internationale américaine, SIA) up to first year of high school. SIA in particular, is a bilingual and bicultural intensive program established between France and US College Board. Please note that this program is a) an intensive program focusing on history, geography and literature, and b) open for students who are already fluent in both French and English.

GENERAL ADMISSIONS FEES (ANNUAL)

The table below summarizes the annual general fees of LFS and applies to the academic year of 2020-2021. Please consult the 2020-2021 Financial Regulations for a complete and detailed overview. 

 

Tuition

= (A)

Meals

(B)

TOTAL**

= (A) + (B)

Inscription fee*

(one time)

Kindergarten & Elementary school₩12,598,000₩1,273,000₩13,871,000₩3,500,000
Middle school₩17,321,000₩1,602,000₩18,923,000₩3,500,000
High School₩18,966,000₩1,607,000***₩20,573,000₩3,500,000

*Inscription fee is a one-time paid fee upon inscription.

**Total fees excludes the inscription fee.

***High school lunch is not mandatory. Please see the LFS Financial Regulations for more information.

Please note that this table does not include the reduced price that only applies to children of French nationality that benefit from French school grants / scholarship, and to the children of French nationality and for which school fees as described below are not fully borne, directly or indirectly, by a company. Please refer to the 2020-2021 LFS Financial Regulations for more detailed information. 

 

ANCILLARY FEES (ANNUAL)

Please note that the ancillary fees listed here are a summary, and are subject to change.

Wednesday Cafeteria * – for Kindergarten and Elementary School₩309,000

* Please refer to LFS Financial Regulations to check for special conditions

School Bus₩1,980,000
PEAI (Intensive English) or SIA (American International Section) Program – for Primary School₩1,600,000
SIA (American International Section) Program – for Middle School₩1,900,000
SIA (American International Section) Program – for High School **₩2,140,000

** Only Seconde

Extra-Curricular Activities (AES)Differs per program. 

Please refer to AES catalogue.

Mandatory Secondary School Exam Fees 

(Brevet, Bac)

Differs per exam. 

Please refer to LFS Financial Rules.

Please consult the FAQs before you start the application process.

GENERAL ADMISSIONS

When can I apply to LFS?

An online application process for French School of Seoul (LFS) is open throughout the year. Please note that a new application form for the new academic year (beginning in September) opens March every year: 2020-2021 Year application is now open! 

What is the academic year and semester at LFS?

LFS school year, which begins in September, is divided into 3 semesters: September to December, January to March, and April to early July. Please see the LFS 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.
LFS 2020-2021 Academic Calendar is now also available.  

Please note that the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar, is proposed by the LFS Board (Conseil d’établissement) and validated by the AEFE. We draw your attention to the fact that this validation took place before the current health crisis: the evolution and consequences of which could lead to, if necessary, the revision of the 2020-2021 calendar.

What grade should I apply for my child?

French primary and secondary education is based on a 3-5-4-3 system, different from that of the Korean or Anglo-American system. Please consult LFS stages of education here: Stages of Education

What are your school hours?

Kindergarten students attend school from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:35 PM, and elementary school students from 9:00AM to 3:45 PM, except on Wednesdays when classes end at noon. From middle school, school hours differ based on the selected courses by students, but the hours generally range from 8:00AM at the earliest to 6:10 PM at the latest.

How do I pay the admissions fees?

You will be handed an invoice from the school upon receipt of your application form and all of your required documents. With the exception of the first registration fee, you have the option to pay the total tuition in a lump sum in the beginning, or pay per trimester. Please consult the 2020-2021 Financial Rules for more detailed information regarding this matter.

Do you accept children of Korean nationalities?

Yes, but in the case of parents whose nationalities are Korean, or hold double nationalities with Korea, the child has to meet the admissions criteria of having stayed abroad for more than 3 years (365 x 3 = 1095 days), regardless of the child’s own nationality. For more detailed information, please consult the LFS Admissions Conditions. After meeting this basic criteria, there are additional criteria per grade if your child does not speak French:

-Kindergarten: Able to apply regardless of French fluency
-Elementary school: Able to apply to Bridge Class in case of a non-French speaking child
-Middle school and High school: Able to directly apply if the child speaks French. If not, the student, parents, and School Management hold a tripartite interview, followed by a common agreement to set up a french language test within a reasonable time frame.

Do you accept children who do not speak French?

Yes, LFS has launched a program currently in the elementary school to integrate the non-French speaking students called the “Bridge Class.” Non-French-speaking children, of elementary school age, now can join this class specifically focused on intensive French language learning. A dedicated teacher makes bi-monthly assessment for each child. Students progressively start joining regular classes for certain subjects such as arts or math. Once students have gained necessary skills in French to follow regular classes, they fully join the regular French curriculum, with complementary French lessons if necessary. The end goal of this class is to enable students to eventually join the regular curriculum successfully. Please contact admission@lfseoul.org for more detailed information and requirements.

Here is the basic application requirements for non-French speaking students:

-Kindergarten: Able to apply regardless of French fluency
-Elementary school: Able to apply to Bridge Class
-Middle school and High school: The student, parents, and School Management hold a tripartite interview, followed by a common agreement to set up a french language test within a reasonable time frame.

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS AND POLICIES

What is LFS’ language policy and what language programs are offered at LFS?

LFS offers diverse and reinforced language curriculum where our students have the possibility to follow various paths adapted to their personal projects. Starting at age 5, for English and Korean, there is the regular PARLE (Parcours Adapté et Renforcé en Langues Étrangères) track, and the more intensive PEAI (Parcours en anglais intensif) track. Please read here for more information: LFS Language Policy & LFS Language programs diagram

What are your intensive English programs, and what are the conditions for enrolling my child in these programs?

LFS offers two programs that fall under intensive English stream, one at the last year of Kindergarten (GS) called PEAI (Parcours intensif en anglais, PEAI), and one that begins at the elementary school level called SIA (American International Section / Section internationale américaine) that is continued through secondary school. Please note that both programs are where certain subjects are taught in English.

  • PEAI: For last year of Kindergarten (GS) grade. Students wishing to join PEAI need to be fluent in French, with a good level of English, and motivation and dedication to work hard. Students need to have an interview with the teacher and a language test if necessary.
  • SIA: From grade 1 (CP) to grade 10 (Seconde) starting September 2020. Students wishing to join SIA need to pass a language test and an interview with the teacher, as well as good academic grades. SIA is a bilingual and bicultural intensive program focusing on history, geography and literature taught in English, and is expanding to high school level from September 2020, beginning at grade 10 (Seconde). Please also carefully note that SIA is only for students who are already fluent in not only in English but also French. Please read here for more information about  SIA: SIA

SERVICES AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

What kind of extracurricular activities (AES) are offered at LFS, how late does it run, and when can I apply?

LFS offers a wide arrange of extracurricular activities of artistic, linguistic, sportive and cultural nature. Official registration opens twice a year (First registration in September, Second registration in February), depending on whether the activity runs for the entire year, or per semester. Prices differ based on the number of students per class, number or hours, and number of classes per week. The latest an AES activity can finish is around 7PM in the evening. Please consult the AES section under Services and AES catalog for more detailed information.

Is there a school bus?

Yes, there is currently a north-bound school bus that runs from the French embassy to the school. Specific bus route as well as spaces available can vary per semester, so please contact intendance@lfseoul.org for more detailed information.

Do you have cafeteria services? What kind of menu is offered at the cafeteria?

All LFS students eat their lunch at the school cafeteria, with the exception of high school students. LFS Kindergarten and elementary school students do not eat lunch at school on Wednesday, except on special occasions approved by the school (Please see the 2020-2021 Financial Regulations). The monthly menu is reviewed by a dedicated school committee and prepared onsite with a nutritionist. It is generally based on French/Western cuisine, with a weekly to biweekly incorporation of the Korean/Asian cuisine. You can view the monthly menu here: LFS Monthly Cafeteria Menu (FR)

If you still have questions about admissions after consulting the FAQs section, please do not hesitate to contact us at: admission@lfseoul.org or +82 (0)2-535-1158.

While the situation has improved, based on the information and preventive guidelines set by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, and for the safety of our students and the entire school community, Lycée français de Séoul (French School of Seoul/서울프랑스학교) will hold an online Open House event.

APPLY FOR MAY VIRTUAL OPEN-HOUSE HERE 

 

  • Place: Online platform (you will receive the event URL a few days before the event)
  • Time and Program: 2020 May 27th (WED) 6:30 PM. English (Korean)
  • Program: Introduction to LFS in English, Q&A, and a virtual tour of the campus

This event is for parents who are interested in the primary school of  LFS and its programs, mainly for parents with children from ages 3 to 10 (international age). If you have questions about secondary education at LFS, please note that it will not be the main focus of this event.

* We receive applicants on a first come, first served basis. If you have applied but cannot attend due to unforeseen circumstances, please notify us in advance; if not, you will not be able to apply for next time. 

*Depending on the minimum number of applications, schedules may be changed or cancelled. In such a case, the school will contact you individually.

 

Thank you for your understanding during this extraordinary time. 

LFS holds several Open-House events throughout the year. If you want to know more, please contact: minkyung.kim@lfseoul.org