By Yun Suh-young
Incheon and Sejong City will see new types of high schools for gifted students to allow them to receive cross-disciplinary education in science and the arts, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said.
The new "Science and Arts School for the Gifted" will be established in the two cities in the next three to four years, according to the ministry.
The ministry said it will allow the new schools to educate talented students who both have scientific creativity and artistic sensibilities.
The school will be the first to converge the two fields of study. It will run a separate curriculum from other specialized schools.
The curriculum will be called STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The goal of the school is to provide science and technology education as well as arts and liberal arts studies.
It will include intensive education in the history of science civilization, engineering and communication. The rest of the curriculum will be similar to other science schools.
The opening date will be March 2015 for Sejong, the new administrative town in South Chungcheong Province, and March 2016 for Incheon, west of Seoul.
The student quota for Incheon is 75 for each grade and 84 for Sejong. Instead of running like regular high schools where students can graduate if they finish all three years, the new schools will allow students to graduate once they have acquired sufficient credits.
The details of student selection, guidance plans and curriculum are still under discussion, according to a ministry official.