Incheon Nonhyeon High School

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Incheon Nonhyeon High School

Incheon Nonhyeon High School (인천논현고등학교) is an all-girls general public high school located in Namdong, Incheon. The school converted into a unisex educational facility in 2012. Incheon Nonhyeon High School began with 10 classrooms, housing 337 people in 2006. Since 2006, the number of students has dropped about 15%, down to 286 people in 2015. As of February, a total of 2381 students have graduated from Incheon Nonhyeon High School. Following the standard South Korean education grade level pattern, offering education in the upper secondary grades 10-12.

Since 2011, the school has received numerous academic achievement acknowledgement. South Korea’s Ministry of Education commended Incheon Nonhyeon High School’s academic improvement for the years 2011-2012, which being part of the 100 schools chosen nationwide for an improved academic achievement assessment. Often participating in dance competitions, noteworthy events being: the host for a 2013 international dancing sports championship, winning the grand prize during the Jangbae National Dance Sports Competition in 2013, winning a general prize in the Jangbae National Dance Sports Competition in 2014, and hosting the 2014 Hoechong National Dance Sports Competition. In 2013, the school won bronze in aerobics during the National Sports Championships. Most recently, the school won an amazing 1st place in a 2014 nationwide CPR competition. (http://nh.icehs.kr/sub/info.do?m=0103&s=nh)

Because dancing helps to decrease social isolation, increase communication skills, and decrease bodily tensions, as Elliot, 1999;Parish-Plass & Lufi, 1997 Schwartz, 1989 found, References Lee, S. B., Kim, J., Lee, S. H., & Lee, H. (2002). Encouraging Social Skills through Dance: An Inclusion Program in Korea. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 34(5), 40-44.,(http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umuc.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=b22a7dba-8af6-4418-8db1-03e7aff4b9ba%40sessionmgr198&vid=1&hid=103 ) the school’s academic achievement may be related due to its competitive dancing.

As of 2015, there is a staff of 58, 43 of which are the primary teachers. There is a decrease in budget, a repercussion of the decline in students enrolled. (http://nh.icehs.kr/sub/info.do?m=0105&s=nh) Student enrollment is in decline due to a continuously decreasing trend of the birth rate in South Korea. (http://www.edunews.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=3731)

The contour of the school’s emblem is that of a pen, symbolizing scholastic research and culture creation. Within the emblem is a magnolia flower, symbolizing assiduity and the love of nature. The bottom embellishment is Obong Mountain, which symbolizes promising spirit.

Incheon Nonhyeon High School was originally a co-ed establishment, teaching both genders. The decision to convert to a unisex girls school was based on the opinions of the students, parents, education community and Department of Education.

Being an academic high school, this school does not contain the same features of a vocational or technical school, but focuses on college preparation. Approximately 72% of South Korean high school students are enrolled in an academic high school. References Byun, S., Kim, K., & Park, H. (2012). School Choice and Educational Inequality in South Korea. Journal Of School Choice, 6(2), 158-183. doi:10.1080/15582159.2012.673854(http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umuc.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=2eaf96e4-1032-4b10-ab2c-f3bcfa8fc025%40sessionmgr110&vid=0&hid=103)

Incheon has adopted the High School Equalization Policy(HSEP),(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4019447/ ) making Incheon Nonhyeon High School a HSEP school. Byun, S., Kim, K., & Park, H. (2012). School Choice and Educational Inequality in South Korea. Journal of School Choice, 6(2), 158–183. doi:10.1080/15582159.2012.673854




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