South Korea Education System
Ranked Number One Internationally
Population: 50.22 million
Primary School: Free education from age 6 to 15 (Grades 1st to 6th)
Senior High School: Tuition based schools from ages 16 to 18
School Year: 220 days a year
School Day: 13 hours a day in school (after school many attend a hagwan-private study sessions)
School is in session two Saturdays a month as well as 5 days a week.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm in school
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm in hagwons (3/4 of students go to these study sessions)
High School students do not normally get home until after 11pm, so dinner is served at school
Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST)
South Korea spends $6,976 per student in primary grades, $12,338 per student in lower secondary school, and $9,698 per student in upper secondary.