Nurturing creative, global, servant leaders with patriotism and global vision
In this era of rapid globalization and increasing accessibility to information, a cultural education which celebrates and preserves national identity is essential. KMLA fosters creative talent through its gifted education programs. At the same time, we nurture leaders in diverse backgrounds who aspire to create a bright future for the nation and contribute to the improvement of human welfare, by encouraging our students to imbue traditional values and customs.
KMLA celebrates two historical figures, Choongmogong Lee Sun-Shin and Dasan Jung Yak-Yong, as integral symbols of our school. Their accomplishments serve as excellent examples of the spirit required to foster a strong nation and make lasting contributions to the world. As part of their cultural education, students study Korean ethics, music, language and history in the Cultural Center and participate actively in excursions to war memorials, museums, and other historically important sites. The goal is to infuse a sense of history and the spirit of reunification within the current generation.
A cultural education which instills filial piety fulfills a core component of our philosophy: we encourage students to practice filial piety through Honjung and Sinsung (traditional courteous greetings to their elders in the morning and evening) on a daily basis. Students are taught to do the same with their parents during trips home. KMLA also provides educational programs focused on traditional courtesy through the study of classic texts such as Myung Shim Bo Gam, So Hak, and Non Uh.
KMLA students dress in hanbok (Korean traditional clothes) for their school uniform. They practice traditional games such as the swing, Korean tackling, Jegichagi, and Tuho for the Three Generations Folk Sports Festival. Students are required to take traditional music and archery courses, and choose between two traditional martial arts, Taekwondo and Kumdo, for their daily morning exercise.
Providing optimal developmental opportunities, as the gifted are resources of the nation and global society, is the goal of a KMLA education.
All students should have the opportunity to receive the optimal education for their skills and talents. This is a core concept of KMLA’s educational philosophy. Just as we provide a tailored studying environment for students in special situations (the disabled, for example) so they can develop their abilities as full-fledged members of society, a gifted education is necessary to meet the demands of students who display outstanding abilities in special fields.
The gifted have the potential to contribute to Korea and the world by creating indispensable knowledge and information which enhance human welfare. Therefore, KMLA encourages students to recognize themselves as resources for all humanity.
Ethics and morals are central to KMLA’s educational philosophy. The harms of using one’s abilities for selfish purposes permeates every course and campus life. Students are educated to think in ethical ways that can positively influence society, the nation, and the world.