Our Campus

Our campus is located behind the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST).

Address: 106 Samso-ro, Geonguk-dong, Buk-gu, Gwangju

주소: 61005 광주광역시 북구 삼소로 106


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Curriculum Overview

Kwangju Foreign School uses the Common Core and NextGen standards to guide our instruction. To see more details, please choose the grade level below.

Director’s Welcome

Hyun Sook Myung
Founding Director

Welcome to Kwangju Foreign School!

KFS is a private foreign school, located in Gwangju, South Korea. As the Founding Director and Chief Administrator, it is an honor and privilege to welcome you to KFS! Thank you for stopping by our website.

We have been inspiring academic excellence and building character since 1999 through a rigorous American-style curriculum. We focus on the whole child. Using the Common Core standards to guide instruction, KFS maintains an excellent student to teacher ratio so that each student gets the care and guidance they need to be successful.

At KFS, we are the Cougars and we have Cougar Pride! We encourage our students to be their best self each day, both inside and outside of the classroom. As Cougars, we are lifelong learners who value all people and the contributions they make to our world.

Kwangju Foreign School enjoys a tight-knit community that feels like family yet we are able to offer a variety of courses to our students. Our talented and qualified faculty members, in partnership with parents, continually work to keep our programs current with the ever-changing world in which we live.

Our doors are always open. Please reach out to any of our dedicated faculty members, your PTO Representatives, or any member of our Leadership Team. It is our privilege to serve and assist you in any way we can.

School Principal

Mr. Marcus Kotze

Mr. Kotze was born and raised in South Africa before moving to Korea in 2001. He has been an educator since 1999 and has worked in education in South Africa, Korea and Indonesia. He has earned degrees in many areas of education to support teachers, students and their families. His most recent degree is a Master of Education in English Second Language Acquisition. Mr. Kotze has been fortunate to serve in many roles in the schools he’s worked in: school teacher, university lecturer and principal. KFS is his third tenure as principal having previously served in the role in Korea and Indonesia. Mr. Kotze has been in education for over 20 years with 5 years of that leading schools. He believes in the holistic education of students, focusing not only on academic achievement but more importantly on soft skills development leading to graduates who are balanced individuals ready to make a difference in their community. When Mr. Kotze isn’t at school, he loves spending time with his family, reading, and playing various sports.


Kwangju Foreign School's First Class


Kwangju Foreign School opened its doors in September 1999 with an enrollment of 25 students. It was founded by Robert Holley, an international lawyer, educator, and television personality in South Korea. Mr. Holley sought to help meet the needs of foreign children in the area and to provide them with an affordable international education. Today, KFS provides a comprehensive education for foreign students and Korean nationals from a variety of countries and cultural backgrounds.

Our first school was located in the Yongsan-dong region of Gwangju. In 2012, Kwangju Foreign School moved to Geonguk-dong with a modern campus neighboring Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST).

Kwangju Foreign School is a vibrant, diverse community of students and teachers from around the world. Our teachers are highly educated, qualified professionals with a wealth of experience from their native countries. Our diverse student body and faculty work together in an engaging, stimulating and modern learning environment with an understanding and respect that enhances the learning experience.

Contact Us

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Phone number: 062-575-0900
If you’re calling from outside Korea, please dial +82-62-575-0900

Fax number: 062-575-0902
If you’re faxing from outside Korea, please dial +82-62-575-0902

Email: secretary@kwangjufs.org

So, you want to join our great KFS staff?

KFS completed hiring for the current academic year. If you are interested in joining KFS in the future, then please click on the “Apply Here” button and complete the document.