AFTER just 18 months at its new site in Sai Wan Ho, the Korean International School is beginning to run out of space. It can still take new students in its Korean stream but has a six months waiting list for those wishing to join the English stream. The school has 352 students and offers a British, American and Canadian-standard curriculum up to grade seven in the English stream and grade eight in the Korean stream. Principal Woo Jong-nam said that, by adding extra classrooms, the school could expand to include education up to university entrance. 'At the moment, we are short of classrooms and we would like to expand at the back of the school where we have 2,000 square metres of land. If we get approval, we would like to build another 24 to 32 classrooms,' he said. 'Probably, in December, we will have an answer on whether we can break ground. We have already submitted our schedule [and] are waiting for approval.' Mr Woo said both the Hong Kong and Korean governments had played a large part in the school's development. The school started in Wan Chai in 1988 but, when the local Korean community raised $3.76 million, the Hong Kong Government donated the land at the school's present site to build the facility. The Korean Government matched that figure to help construction. 'There were a lot of Koreans in Hong Kong before 1988 but, financially, they were not ready to start a school. We started with just having Korean classes on Saturday and, after 1988, the residents contributed money and we started a school.' Currently, the school has 197 children in its English stream (including 81 non-Koreans) and 155 in the Korean stream.