Busan Foreign School

Co-Education (3-18)
Day School
+82 51-747-7199
45 Daecheon-ro 67beon-gil, Jwa 3(sam)-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea

Year of Foundation 1996
Enrollment Phase / Grades Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12
Boarding Day School
Number of students 250
Nationalities 20
Teacher Student Ratio 1:8
Accreditations WASC, AP Capstone Diploma
Headmaster Upper School Principal: Mr. Carl Brenneman / Early Childhood & Elementary Principal: Ms. Lauren Harvey
Yearly Tuition Fee (Min) https://busanforeignschool.org/admissions/school-fees/
Yearly Tuition Fee (Max) https://busanforeignschool.org/admissions/school-fees/


Busan Foreign School is an international school with an American style educational philosophy and curriculum.

Our mission is to inspire each learner by providing educational services that nurture their social, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth. Our students are prepared to enter top-tier universities worldwide as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world. Our ongoing commitment to intercultural understanding and a strong partnership between students, parents/guardians, teachers and the community enable us to achieve this in a caring and supportive environment. Busan Foreign School has been fully WASC accredited (PreK-12th Grade) since 1998.

Busan Foreign School opened its doors in October of 1996. We are currently educating over 250 students from 25 different nations. The curriculum has developed into a highly rigorous American standards-based program that offers students a wide variety of courses and activities. Busan Foreign School provides additional student support services to best serve all student learning styles. Over 95% of the teaching staff are either US or Canadian certified teachers, and all staff and administrators are trained in the most current research of best educational practices. The Common Core curriculum and other U.S. based national standards guide all classroom instruction. Staff members are required to professionally develop their skills. At the secondary level they apply their training in teaching rigorous Advanced Placement courses in the Maths, Sciences, English, Humanities, Languages, and the Arts. Busan Foreign School was accepted in 2016 year to the AP Capstone Program, becoming the third school in Korea administering this Diploma. At the elementary level, we have implemented the highly regarded and respected Singapore Math curriculum. School-wide we subscribe to the Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop model to hone English literacy skills.

Busan Foreign School strives to offer a balanced program of academics, athletics, and arts. We believe that both academic and nonacademic life are equally important and help to shape our students into model citizens of the world.

With a new building and grounds as of the fall of 2013 – including a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) tower – Busan Foreign School is committed to continuing its strong tradition of providing a nurturing, yet rigorous academic experience for all learners. BFS is a member of ISS, Search Associates, KORCOS, EARCOS, NHS, NJHS, and the National Association of Student Councils.



American Curriculum

Languages of instruction


Foreign languages

Spanish, Korean


Advanced Placement, AP Capstone

University counseling


Learning support



BFS offers a large variety of after school clubs, for the most part free of charge. They usually take place right after school and a late school bus is available. Activities range from academics (match, chess, robotics, …), arts (ensemble, choir, visual arts, …), and sports (soccer, basketball, cross-country, volleyball, track, …). The activities change each term. Activities are run mostly by our own teaching staff. We partner with local outside trusted academies in order to expand our offering (professional soccer, fencing, tennis).
School trips
Community service
Performing arts

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