PALOS VERDES, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Chadwick School, a leading independent K-12 school based in Palos Verdes, CA, will open and operate a sister school, Chadwick International School, this fall, in the New Songdo City in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, Korea. The new Chadwick International School represents one of the most technologically advanced education facilities in the world and is currently accepting applications for kindergarten through seventh grade for the 2010-11 school year.
“Education transcends academic excellence. It must also involve the development of leadership and good character.”
The New Songdo International City LLC (NSIC), a joint venture between developers Gale International and POSCO, built the 500,000 square foot school as part of its US $35 billion multi-phase commercial, residential and industrial project also known as “city in a box.” Cisco is providing the complete digital infrastructure, wiring every square inch of the city, and calls Songdo City the template for creating future ”Smart+Connected Communities.”
The Chadwick International School will provide English language K-12 education that offers a global perspective; is balanced, innovative and dynamic; and fosters the development of students’ ethical standards and leadership skills in a digital state-of-the-art learning environment. The new facility offers a glimpse into what schools of the future may look like, with such hi-tech features as Telepresence; Smart Boards; digital projection; campus-wide wired and wireless networks; and an eight-channel television production studio. Chadwick International School facilities also include the 700-seat Broadway Theater; 156-seat Black Box Theater; Main Gymnasium with two full-sized basketball courts and climbing wall; 25-meter pool; Library Media Center and Technology Center.
“The International School is a key part of our development for Songdo,” said Stan Gale, president of Gale International. “NSIC (New Songdo International City LLC) is excited for the opportunity to partner with Chadwick to open the school. Chadwick is a leading K-12 school in the United States with a phenomenal reputation for producing graduates who succeed at the next levels of university education and become leaders and world citizens.”
Chadwick was chosen by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to act as the founder and operator of the school based upon its successful 75-year history as a forward-thinking independent school. Different from the traditional Korean model, the Chadwick model of education is based on more creative, flexible and research-based methods that emphasize critical thinking rather than memorization. Chadwick is one of only four American members in the Round Square consortium of more than 70 outstanding schools around the world.
“The Songdo project is consistent with Chadwick’s mission and global vision,” says Rick Learned, chair of the Board of Trustees of Chadwick School. “Graduates of Chadwick attend leading colleges and universities in the United States, which is a result of our continuous mission to educate students of exemplary character and help them excel through rigorous academic discipline, self-discovery through experiential learning and a focus on the local and global community.”
A former student body president at Chadwick, Mr. Richard “Dick” Warmington, class of ’60, has been tapped to be President of Chadwick International. Mr. Warmington is the former president of a Hewlett Packard/Samsung joint operation in Korea, a business that he launched for Hewlett Packard in 1988, and the former president of Hong Kong-based Hewlett Packard Asia.
“Dick is an exemplar of the core values, outstanding character, and academic excellence that are the goals of a Chadwick education and he is excited about this opportunity to give back to his alma mater,” said Ted Hill, Chadwick’s Headmaster.
This fall 2010 also marks the 75th Anniversary of Chadwick School, which currently educates approximately 850 students, with an 8 to 1 teacher-to-student ratio, and has produced over 3,000 graduates. Founded in 1935 by Margaret Chadwick, the school was built upon her belief that, “Education transcends academic excellence. It must also involve the development of leadership and good character.” Famous Chadwick alumni include Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner; singer/actress Liza Minelli; celebrity chef Aida Mollenkamp; Academy Award-winning writer, producer and documentarian Peter Davis; and former teacher, photographer Cedric Wright.