The middle school curriculum is a three-year curriculum. Students are assigned to schools by lottery in eachregion and school group. For areas in which commuting is extremely inconvenient, the schools to attend areassigned according to the middle school groups designated by the superintendent of education. Likewisewith elementary school, middle school education is mandatory and free. Parents who do not send theirchildren to middle schools are subject to fines.
Based on accomplishments of elementary school education, middle school curriculum focuses ondeveloping basic abilities necessary for learning and daily life and fostering proper character anddemocratic citizenship.
Students learn at least eight subjects each semester and the subjects are as follows :
|Course (category)||Course hours for 1st to 3rd graders||Major learning areas|
|Korean language||442||Listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, literature|
|Social studies (including history) and ethics||510||Politics, law, geographical awareness, history, relationship with oneself, etc.|
|Mathematics||374||Number and calculation, letters and formulas, functions, geometry, probability and statistics|
|Science, industrial arts, and home science/information||680||Force and motion, matter, biology, earth, family, technology applications, information culture, etc.|
|Physical education||272||Health, challenge, competition, expression, safety|
|Art (music, fine arts)||272||Expression, appreciation, habituation, experience|
|English||340||Listening, speaking, reading, writing|
|Optional||170||Chinese characters, environment, information, environment and green growth,foreign languages (German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian,Arabic, Vietnamese), public health, career and occupation, etc.|
Creative experiential activities are extracurricular activities divided into 4 types of activities; autonomousactivities, club activities, career development, and volunteer activities. Schools can utilize the activitiesflexibly considering the development of students and academic demand. The types and activities ofcreative experiential activities in middle school are as follows.
||Forming amicable relationships with peers, fosteringindependent and rational problem-solving ability,experiencing research process in wide variety of topics, etc.|
||Forming artistic discrimination, healthy physical andmental development, increasing research and problemsolving capability, understanding and studying variouscultures, fostering knowledge for a social leader|
||Practicing volunteer works utilizing students’ interests and specialties|
||Enforcing positive self-concept, career exploration|
School violence refers to acts including, but not limited to: assault, blackmail, enticement,defamation, threats, coercion, forcing favors, sexual violence, bullying, cyber bullying, and physical,mental or property damages caused by harassment through exposure to pornographic or violentinformation on computer networks. Behaviors that some may view as not serious/student pranksmay still constitute school violence and be subject to corresponding penalties.
by The Blue Tree Foundation
by The Blue Tree Foundation
by The Blue Tree Foundation
The victim should immediately request counseling from his or her homeroom teacher, and reportany damages. If it is difficult, the victim may call the ☎117 School Violence Report Center foremergency rescue, protection, or counseling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The parents must report to the homeroom teacher if the child has been a victim of school violence.After being notified by the parents, the homeroom teacher must report to the school violenceexclusive unit. The exclusive unit conducts an investigation of the matter and reports to the schoolprincipal. The exclusive unit deliberates self-resolution by heads of schools. If the case falls under theconditions for self-resolution and the victim and the parents agree, the school principal may resolvethe case autonomously. However, if the case does not fulfill the conditions for self-resolution or ifthe victim and the parents do not agree to it, the school must request deliberation by the schoolviolence deliberative committee established in the district office of education under the jurisdiction.
This primary counseling class was created for students in crisis who are experiencing difficultywith school life due to various reasons. The class provides a counseling service to assist students inadapting to school life.
The autonomous committee for countermeasures against school violence is a legal committee in theoffice of education to deliberate matters related to the prevention of and countermeasures againstschool violence.
The autonomous committee deliberates on the prevention of and countermeasures against schoolviolence, protection of victim students, guidance and punishment of aggressor students, mediationof disputes between victim students and aggressor students, etc.
Wee Center is the secondary counseling organization established at the office of education level forstudents in crisis who cannot be helped by the school. The center provides one-stop services thatare customized for students, and offers a combination of professional diagnosis, counseling andtherapy.
Wee School is the tertiary counseling organization established at offices of education of cities andcounties for students who require long-term therapy and education due to serious crises that resultin a suspension of education. It operates various counseling and therapy as well as commissionededucational services including alternative learning programs at boarding schools.
SOS support team on school violence, operated by The Blue Tree Foundation, provides variousprograms such as school violence prevention, problem solving, and recovery for school violencevictims and attackers, families, and schools. Call for phone counseling (☎1588-9128) or visit thewebsite (www.btf.or.kr).
Help Call 1388 is a counseling service for youth operated by the Ministry of Gender Equality andFamily. You may receive counseling on various things, including school violence or peer relationshipwith a professional counselor, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call for phone counseling (☎1388),visit on-line (www.cyber1388.kr), or use with text message or kakaotalk (#1388).
Sangdami Ssam is a mobile psychological counseling service in which KB Kookmin Bank, theMinistry of Education, kakao, and the Korean Open Doctors Society support counseling andtreatment costs related to school violence. Search “Sangdami Ssam” from ‘KakaoTalk’ add asa friend, and send a message to get professional counseling. (Available hours: 10:00~24:00weekdays, not available on weekends and holidays) About 10 students deemed to be a victim,an inflictor, or in high risk of school violence can get KRW 800,000 support for psychotherapythrough screening every month.
"Wee" stands for "WE + Education", and "WE + Emotion"