Korea POLY School
Korea Poly School also known as POLY, specializes in educating students that have lived abroad while nurturing those students who intend to live abroad.
For returnee students, being a part of the POLY family is their only link to their life in North America. For non-returnee students, it is a glimpse of something outside their home country. Teachers at POLY are given the opportunity to partake in the English education of these gifted students as well as affect their perspectives of the world.
Korea POLY School Programs
POLY offers two distinct full immersion language programs to students in early childhood up to junior high school. The POLY Elementary program has two distinct purposes: to give children the support they need to maintain their fluency and exceptional English proficiency and to bring the benefits of a North American curriculum to students who have not yet experienced life outside Korea. The POLY junior high school program prepares students for the TOEFL test in order to gain acceptance into elite high schools and universities across the world.
POLY School Campuses
Korea POLY School has the following campuses:
SongPa, MokDong, SeoDaeMon, JoongKye, Gwanak, MaPo, SeoungBuk, DongDauMun, ILSan, HwaJung, JeongBal, BuCheon, PyeongChon, BunDang, SuJi, AnSan, GwangMyeong, SuWon, YeongSu, ChangWon, Daejeon, NoEun, and SuSeong
The POLY Preschool Program is a wonderful immersion language program for very young learners. Preschool students spend their year studying phonics, reading, writing, doing arts and crafts, and developing social skills. They also enjoy activity-based lessons and monthly field trips where they can learn about their environment while using English.
The POLY Kindergarten Program is fun yet highly academic. The curriculum consists of reading, writing, phonics, science, and computers. Monthly field trips and computer-based reading development program further enhance their education.
Many returnee students seek to maintain their English fluency upon their return to Korea. In response, students in the Returnee Program are able to retain their immersion in the English language by receiving a rigorous, complete, and challenging education that conforms to North American curriculum standards. The POLY Returnee Program teaches reading, phonics, writing, vocabulary, grammar, science, and social studies.
Gifted and Talented
The POLY Gifted & Talented Program caters to students that have proven through a difficult entrance exam that they have the ability to do well in the POLY intensive language program. Unlike the returnee students, these students have never studied abroad. Gifted and Talented students study reading, phonics, writing, grammar, science, and social studies. The aim of the Gifted and Talented Program is to bring the experience of studying abroad to the students so that they may explore and appreciate English both as a language and as an essential tool.
The Educational Testing Institute (ETI) Program enables older students to get ready for the challenge of higher education by preparing them for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test’s Internet-based nature requires a unique approach from instructors and students alike. the POLY iBT TOEFL instructors are provided with a laptop and large screen LCD monitor to aid their teaching. iBT requires teachers who understand English beyond the mechanics down to all the nuances of tone, infection, and slag which are acquired naturally through living in a culture.
POLY School also seeks Korean-English bilingual individuals to assist campus directors in a variety of ways. Counseling with parents, working with non-English speaking staff, and conveying important information to teachers are tasks carried out by Academic Coordinators. In an ever-expanding organization, the possibilities are endless for those who can efficiently communicate and lead in a bicultural environment.
All POLY campuses are located in Seoul or surrounding areas, and Daejeon
Poly School Benefits and Compensation
Non-shared, furnished housing is provided for all teachers. Housing includes a bed, a TV, a refrigerator, a washing machine, a stove, and air conditioner, and phone service. Internet service can also be arranged, although setup fees will be deferred to the teacher in the event that the service does not already exist at the housing location.
For teachers hired in the US or Canada, one-way flights will be provided from any major North American airport to Korea. After completion of a one-year contract, a one-way flight will be arranged back to the teacher’s city of origin. For teachers hired in Korea, a one-way flight to a major North American airport will be provided upon completion of a one-year contract.
POLY will pay for 50% of National Health Insurance, the teacher is to pay the remaining 50%.
Upon completion of their one year contract, teachers will receive a bonus equivalent to one month’s salary.
POLY Working Hours
Teachers working the morning shifts work in total for 180 hours per month. Teachers working the afternoon shifts work 146 hours per month.
Korea POLY School Morning-Afternoon Schedule
09:00-19:30 Monday, Wednesday, Friday (with lunch time)
09:00-18:40 Tuesday, Thursday (with lunch time)
13:30-15:00 Afternoon Preparation Time
15:00-19:30 Elementary School
Korea POLY School Afternoon-Evening Schedule
13:00-21:00 Monday to Friday
13:00-15:00 Afternoon Preparation Time
15:00-21:00 Elementary and Middle School
Note: Teachers at POLY school do not work on weekends or national holidays.
Korea POLY School Teacher Training
Upon arriving in Korea, teachers spend one day in curriculum training, learning about all of the POLY programs and texts. This training will be followed by two days of observation at a campus where teachers can meet the teaching staff and put their training into practice. After a teacher arrives at their campus, they also go through an orientation period to become familiar with the characteristics and responsibilities at that specific location. Teachers will have ample opportunity to speak with the experienced teachers and get feedback on their teaching performance.
Twice a year, POLY teachers from every campus gather together to hear lectures from top professionals in the field of education, and to share ideas. The workshops include open-forum discussions about each POLY Program as well as other topics of concern such as classroom and workload management.