Our Story

Our Story

Peninsula Hanaro Korean School was established in August 2004 to teach Korean language, culture, history, and a variety of Korean traditions. Our school is primarily geared for Korean Americans, but it is open to anyone who is interested in the Korean culture in the Peninsula area. With 40-50 students ranging in age from kindergarten to adult, it is the largest and only non-church affiliated Korean school in the Peninsula area.

McMurran Hall - 3rd Floor, Christopher Newport University (CNU), Newport News, Virginia.

Our school year is from September to May and is divided into Fall and Spring semesters. Classes are held on Saturdays (except holidays) from 9:30am to 12:20pm.

$160 per student per semester (Fall/Spring)
(Family discount: $150 for second child; $100 for third child; fourth child is free)
No refunds are issued after semester begins.

  1. Developing a positive self-esteem as a Korean American through the cooperative efforts of learning Korean language, history, and culture.
  2. Offering a well-rounded education by providing enrichment classes such as Origami, Calligraphy, Korean Traditional Games, Drawing, and Drama.
  3. Strengthening students by actively involving them in the main stream of society by sharing Korean virtues and culture through community outreach cultural events.
Peninsula Hanaro Korean School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship, other school activities, and all school administered programs.

*Peninsula Hanaro Korean School is a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt nonprofit charitable organization. Financial contribution to Peninsula Hanaro Korean School is tax-deductible. Donors will receive a tax receipt acknowledgement of the donation.

Our Staff

Youngmi Lee
Youngmi Lee
Ji-eun Gang
Ji-eun Gang
Eunhee Bang
Eunhee Bang
So-Young Yun
So-Young Yun
So-Young An
So-Young An
Jamin Anderson
Jamin Anderson
Linda McKenna
Linda McKenna
Webmaster/Admin Assist.

Our Classes

Announcements and Upcoming Events

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21aprAll DayRegular Class

28aprAll DayRegular Class


5mayAll DayRegular Class

12mayAll DayField Day / Chorus

Class Photos

Past Events

Photos from school events and activities
Brush Painting 2/11/17

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Seollal Celebration 1/21/17

Only a few images were uploaded to this page.

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Janggu Class 1/14/17

All the students got to try some basic janggu techniques taught by a guest teacher.

Cooking Hotteok 12-03-2016

Everyone tried their hand at making the popular Korean snack called "Hotteok," pancakes filled with various sweet fillings or cheese.  Only a few photos were uploaded to this page, but you can check out all the photos by clicking HERE.

Learning to make triangle kimbap

On 11/19/2016, Hallasan class had fun learning how to make triangle kimbap, which is a popular snack in Korea.  

Brush Writing 11-19-2016

Only a few images are uploaded to this page.  Please check out all photos from the brush writing by clicking HERE.

Open House 2016

There was an open house on 10/22/16. After a brief parents meeting, the parents were invited to observe their children's classes.  We want to thank everyone who could attend!!

School Picture Day

Picture day was September 24 and October 1.  We had great fun taking class pictures and trying different poses. 

Chuseok (September 2016)

Our school celebrated Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) on September 17, 2016.  Everyone got to try some songpyeon (sweet rice cakes) and made Korean hacky sack called "jegi," ending the day with a jegi-chagi contest outside.

Korean New Year (February 2016)

All the students and staff were invited to wear their traditional Korean costume (Hanbok) to school for our Korean New Year celebration.  The day included Korean food, games, and traditional bowing to the elders (parents) who were invited to join the celebration.

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Financial Support

Funding requirement for running Hanaro Korean School are provided by tuitions paid by students and donations received from board members, organizations, and individuals.

Board of Directors - Peninsula Hanaro Korean School has an active board of directors. They provide the school with educational, social, and community wide fundraising activities all year round. They are also involved in assisting students and teachers in and out of the classroom as unpaid volunteers. They help establish educational policies; deliberate on the budget and secure the financial resources to run the school; and provide various fundraising events.

Click here for a list of our board members and other contributors.


ASSISTANT TEACHERS - Adult and High school student volunteers work closely with teachers to enhance and/or provide individual instruction and supervision. Student volunteers earn community service credits toward their high school volunteer requirements. Currently we are blessed with over 13 Assistant High School Teachers, they liven up the school and energize the students.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION - Members volunteer for school and classroom activities. Some of the past activities that the parents association have provided are pizza parties, birthday parties, piñatas, ice cream socials, and picnics.

Click here to download a PTA membership form.

Support Our School

We would love to have you be a part of our team of volunteers!! You can volunteer as an assistant teacher and/or to share your special talents or skills.

If you would like to make a donation to help support our school, all amounts are welcome and helpful. Your gift will be used towards school operating costs, equipment/supplies, and special events for the students, as well as scholarships for student volunteers.

*Peninsula Hanaro Korean School is a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt nonprofit charitable organization. Financial contribution to Peninsula Hanaro Korean School is tax-deductible. Donors will receive a tax receipt acknowledgement of the donation.

Please send us an EMAIL and let us know how you would like to help.

If you're interested in joining our teaching staff, please email us a completed application form along with your resume.