I worked for 10.5 months at this school before being "let go" because three of my dropped out of the school (Because they moved to a different part of the city over an hour away!). They gave me three written warnings back to back to satisfy the contract clause requiring three warnings to fire me, even though the students all left at the same time. I have no doubt they did this so they wouldn't have to pay my severance payment at the end of my year-long contract, and they could also withhold money from my paycheck to cover the costs of my initial airfare and recruiter fee. This obvious lack of integrity is only one of the reasons I would recommend avoiding this school at all costs.
Throughout the year, the teacher turnover rate is extremely high for a school, and we were constantly replacing both foreign and Korean teachers. After four months I too considered leaving, but wanted to fulfill my end of the contract and so I told myself that it was only a year and I could change schools afterwards. Hindsight is certainly 20/20 in this case, and I should have seen all the red flags. Had I known I would be fired a month and a half before completing my contract, I would have definitely left sooner, as most teachers there tend to do. To give you an idea of the turnover rate, by month seven I was the veteran foreign teacher at the school, and by the time they terminated my contract I was the longest-working teacher of both foreign and Korean workers (with the exception of the vice-director, who doesn't actually do any teaching).
Housing is not as promised in the contract. Instead of a single furnished studio apartment within walking distance of the school, you're given what's called a "goshiwon" or "gos*i*el" which is a very small room with just a bed and a desk used mainly by university students needing their own place to study. The bathroom, showers, and kitchen are all shared. The rooms are extremely tiny, and you will be shocked as to what they consider adequate living space. Electricity usage is posted for all rooms in the hallway, and if you use more than their desired amount the landlord will yell at you in Korean to the point where people are peaking out of their own rooms to see the commotion. Furthermore, you have to catch a bus to your school, which will cost an extra $4 total each day and detract about 15 minutes each way.
Speaking of yelling, if you are ever in disagreement with any of the chosen books for cla*s*s, or the placement of lower level students in upper level cla*s*s for the sake of saving money and not having to hire on new teachers, you will be chewed out in Korean in the most embarrassing way, right in front of all the teachers in the teacher's room and even the students in your class. The director once entered a co-teacher's classroom mid-lesson and berated them loudly, in Korean, for 10 minutes while their students watched on in horror. When one student quit as a result (they told their mom and their mom kind of flipped out), the teacher was reprimanded, received a written warning, and had the student's tuition docked from their pay.
ILS in Jukjeon is a place that sounds like every other on paper. What they actually do to the teachers there should be criminal.
I'm at a much better school now, and just want people to know that I don't believe ILS Jukjeon represents the hagwon system as a whole, but is one of those rotten apples that gives them all a bad name. There are much, much better positions out there.
Jukjeon is a nice place, very pretty in all seasons.
Early contract terminations
High turnover rate
Advice to Management
Treat your employees better.
Provide adequate housing.