Typical Korean School Lunches
The Korean School Schedule
The school day starts at 8:30 a.m. and depending on the grade level and the day of the week, school typically ends between 1 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The school days are shorter in Korea, but the school vacations are shorter as well.
When students enter middle school, their grade level reverts back to 1st grade. According to western grade levels, Korean middle school is 7th-9th grade, but in Korea, it is regarded as 1st-3rd grade. The same concept applies to high school. High school is 10th-12th grade, but in Korea it's 1st-3rd grade. They do not use terms 7th-12th grade in Korea.
Since Anaya receives all of her schooling in Korean, we also home school her in English. If we ever decide to return home, we want to ensure that she can perform at the same level as her peers. Because of the way the school year begins, her grade level in Korea can be different than her grade level in the U.S. For example, when she starts the 5th grade in August (U.S. grade level), she will still be in the 4th grade in Korea. In Korea, she won't be in the 5th grade until March of next year.
Personally, I think students cleaning schools is a great idea. I believe it teaches the students responsibility. They each play a role in the upkeep of their school. Students are required to sweep their classrooms, vacuum, dust, and take out the trash and recyclables. They clean the desks, black boards, hallways, and they even scrub the stairs. Every student has an assigned cleaning duty, and there are specific times during the day where they have to partake in that chore. Periodically, there is a cleaning lady that comes to clean the bathrooms, but the other areas of the school are the students' responsibility.