Hong Kong is a vibrant education centre with array of choices when it comes to international schools. The start of the Hong Kong school year in August and September saw some big changes, with several major insitutions opening their Hong Kong branches, and established schools launching new facilities and curriculums.
Mount Kelly School Hong Kong
MKSHK will be Hong Kong’s first Preparatory School, wholly modelled on the British Independent school Preschool and Preparatory structure, when it opened its doors in September, 2017. It offers small class sizes and high-quality classroom teaching, with British-trained staff delivering the English National Curriculum. Dating back to 1877, Mount Kelly in England is one of the top schools in the southwest. Now, the it has launched its first sister school in Hong Kong. MKSHK offers an all-round education, with an extended school day, daily Chinese language classes, specialist EAL provision, the Shackleton Programme and a UK summer exchange programme for pupils.
MKSHK opened its permanent City Campus in September 2017 with the Mount Kelly International Preschool (Playgroups, Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception) in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Preparatory School (Years 1-4) in Hung Hom Bay. Children entering Nursery and Reception at the Mount Kelly International Preschool are guaranteed the highest priority of admissions to Year 1 at MKSHK. MKSHK will be Hong Kong’s first and only British Preparatory School in Hong Kong, offering a direct pathway to Mount Kelly School, England. Applications are open for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
Stamford American School
Stamford American School is a world-class international school for students five to 18 years old, launching in Hong Kong in September 2017. Coupled with individualised learning plans, regular standardised MAP assessments in Reading, Math and Science, bilingual and daily options in Chinese and Spanish, a problem-based STEMinn Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Innovation) and a Leveled Reading Program, Stamford students enjoy a standards-based curriculum based on the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) and Common Core Plus frameworks.
Stamford has finalised the school’s recruitment of high quality teachers for its opening 2017/2018 academic year, the majority of whom are from the US, Canada and the UK. Above having five STEMinn leaders joining the school, over 60 percent of the teachers hold Master’s degrees.
Yew Chung International School
YCIS believes the holistic approach nurtures leaders of the future with skills for the 21st century. Providing an innovative curriculum to expatriate and Hong Kong students, this allows adaption to the ever-changing world and equips them for the challenges ahead. At it’s heart is the co-cultural system, bringing the East and West into its learning philosophy, from Early Childhood Education to the IB Diploma Programme. Cultural appreciation is fostered through the school’s Co-Principal and Co-Teaching system, and the promotion of fluency in two world languages, Chinese and English, creates a bilingual learning environment, enjoyed by all ages and abilities.
Primary and Secondary campuses are embracing Learning Communities for enhanced, flexible and innovative student learning; with high specifications, new designs and facility layouts are now underway and being enjoyed. The Secondary campus will soon unveil a three-tier Global Learning Centre to further promote student acquisition of 21st-century skills.
Canadian International School of Hong Kong
CDNIS is a private, non-profit institution with 1,800 students representing 40 nationalities. An IB World School, CDNIS offers the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. What distinguishes the DP programme at CDNIS from others in the region is that all students at CDNIS take the full DP and twin it with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Graduating with two high school diplomas offers students versatility in their applications to post-secondary institutions. Scholarly achievement is only part of the CDNIS experience as more than 70 after-school activities allow students to explore and expand their skills and knowledge.
Project Innovate is a new initiative that builds upon CDNIS’s world-class expertise and practice, to provide “future-ready education.” This innovative approach to learning meshes the key skills, competencies and dispositions that today’s students need to prepare them for the fast-changing world.
Malvern College Hong Kong
The approach Malvern College Hong Kong (MCHK) is the fifth international campus of Malvern College UK. Inheriting over 150 years of heritage and ethos from the mother school, MCHK will be bringing the best practices of a British boarding experience to a day-school setting within Hong Kong. Opening in September 2018, MCHK will ultimately provide 960 places for students from Years 1 to 13. The school will deliver the full IB curriculum, targeting students from a range of cultural and educational backgrounds. By combining a culture of academic excellence with an array of creative and sporting opportunities, MCHK will inspire and empower students to exceed their expectations and to fulfil their potential.
Malvern College Hong Kong will combine the ethos of a traditional British boarding institution within a contemporary day-school setting. The House system will form the backbone of a strong Pastoral Care programme, thus creating a well-knit family of learners.
Hong Kong Academy
Hong Kong Academy (HKA) is an IBO World School. It offers the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes for learners from ages three to 18. HKA’s community come from more than 40 countries, with no one country representing a majority. It’s globally-sourced curriculum offers a rigorous, inclusive education that supports students in their individual pathways to excellence. Approximately 15 percent of the student body receives some form of learner support.
In February 2017, HKA inaugurated its two-storey high indoor climbing wall. The Walltopia wall features six lines for top-rope and lead climbing. Flexible routes offer various challenges for different skill levels. Students have the opportunity to climb as a part of the regular school programme, with after-school and extended learning climbing activities planned for the future.
Kellett School, The British International School in Hong Kong, is an English National Curriculum school (including I/GCSEs and A-levels), offering education to children aged four to 18. Founded in 1976, since then the school has earned an enviable reputation as one of the leading international schools in the city. It offers a vast range of extra-curricular activities and greatly values parent involvement to help develop its students and achieve its aim of engendering “a love of learning and confidence for life”.
Student well-being is a high priority for Kellett, and, as such, the Wellbeing Team has introduced “Feel-Good Fridays”. Every Friday there is an event or theme with the goal of relieving a little stress and keeping both students and staff happy before the weekend.
Kellett School has two campuses, at Kowloon Bay and Pok Fu Lam | kellettschool.com
Nord Anglia International School
NAIS is part of a global family of 43 international schools located in 15 countries across China, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Southeast Asia. In total, Nord Anglia Education teachers and staff look after more than 37,000 students globally. NAIS follows the English National Curriculum, starting with the EYFS Framework, before moving onto IGCSEs and IB Diploma. The school focuses on individualised learning, with rigorous curricula that ensure students have a creative and challenging learning experience. Students across the Nord Anglia Education (NAE) family produce final year results well above the world average, with over 91 percent going on to their university of choice.
NAIS recently underwent a full school inspection that involved the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the body responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council. NAIS achieved excellence in all nine categories of the inspection such as pupil’s achievement and learning, pastoral care, governance, leadership and management.
American School Hong Kong
ASHK is a KG to Grade 12 non-profit, college preparatory school. It offers a holistic American and international education taught by qualified North American teachers. ASHK is operated by Esol Education, the world’s largest operator of international American schools. Esol has 40 years of experience in establishing and operating high standard International schools worldwide. Currently, more than 10,000 students attend Esol’s nine schools across three continents. Highlights include:
- US Common Core with an IB Program
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) focus
- Daily Chinese Program with traditional/simplified Chinese writing
- Sports and extra-curricular activities
- Stanford Academic Summer Program
- Student Leadership and Social Responsibility Programs
- Global Program partnering with ASHK’s sister schools in Esol Education
The school’s newly renovated gymnasium was opened for use in March 2017. It includes a standard college basketball court, an international-size volleyball court, two training volleyball courts, three badminton courts and four training basketball hoops. All ASHK students enjoy having their PE lessons and ECAs in this new, well-equipped facility.
This article appeared in Expat Living’s 2017 City Guide, which has tips and advice on living in Hong Kong. Get your FREE copy here.
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