Yongsan Garrison schools to close in June after six decades of teaching military kids

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Falling enrollment prompted officials to combine the Seoul American Middle School and the Seoul American High School. (KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES)
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Falling enrollment prompted officials to combine the Seoul American Middle School and the Seoul American High School. (KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES)

Yongsan Garrison schools to close in June after six decades of teaching military kids

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 17, 2018

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — U.S. elementary, middle and high schools on Yongsan will close at the end of this school year as the military population shifts to its new headquarters south of Seoul, officials said Friday.

Seoul American Elementary School and Seoul American Middle High School have served the children of soldiers and others stationed in South Korea for decades.

But Yongsan’s population has declined sharply as U.S. Forces Korea and the other commands moved to Camp Humphreys, which has its own schools, as part of a long-delayed relocation plan.

“The decision and request by the command to no longer operate schools in Seoul is based on the pace and requirements of the Yongsan transformation efforts,” the military said in a press release.

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