Home-Schooling in Korea
Home-schooling is a route that many expat parents are increasingly opting for. The cost of international school tuition fees (between 10,000USD to 18,000USD) can be very off-putting, and many parents want their children to be educated in the curriculum of their home country. International schools cannot always offer this. With many accredited, practical courses to be found on the internet, home-schooling is a realistic option. Parents don’t have to be teachers to consider schooling their children from home, either.
Here are some things to consider when looking into it:
Is Home-schooling legal?
Yes, home-schooling is completely legal for foreign parents. It is also legal for children with parents of dual nationality. It is only illegal for Korean families (where both parents are native Korean), and even then the authorities do not punish the offence. It is estimated that South Korea has between 600-1,000 home-schooling families.
Where to look?
There are plenty of online options for parents to look into building their own curriculum. Or, if you prefer, there are online education programs such as the Keystone Program. They offer either full time courses, or part time courses to supplement home-school learning.
Here are some recommended online schooling programs:
In comparison to international education, home schooling is quite affordable. The true cost can vary widely, depending on selected courses and required materials. As well, some programs charge additional fees upon taking an exam.
Is it hard to apply for middle/high schools after home-schooling?
The only drawback is that foreign students may have difficulty being accepted into Korean universities, should they choose to continue higher education here. Other than that, the diplomas offered by distance learning programs are generally very well-respected. Students looking to apply to international schools throughout the world should not expect to be discriminated against on the grounds that they were educated at home. This is because all students must pass an examination upon being admitted to the schools, and be able to demonstrate proficiency in the instructional language of the school.
How does it affect higher education opportunities in Korea?
Again, your options won’t be affected as students must pass entrance exams and language proficiency tests for the country they wish to go.