At-a-Glance

 
Hong Kong Academy is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes for students from early childhood to Grade 12.
 

Hong Kong Academy’s Instructional Programme
 
The International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate Programme is one of the most rigorous academic programmes in the world. Stressing an inquiry-based, child-centred approach to learning the IB is characterised by:
  • A flexible curriculum framework enabling students to transfer to similar schools around the world, of which there are well over 2000 in over 120 countries
  • Emphasis on the whole student
  • Integration of personal, social and emotional development into the curriculum
  • Integration of entire family into the educational process
  • Emphasis on service learning as well as classroom learning
For more information about the International Baccalaureate, please visit the IBO’s website.
 

Culture of Learning at Hong Kong Academy
HKA fosters a culture of learning that celebrates curiosity, creativity and collaboration:
  • Globally sourced, research-based instructional practices from across the globe
  • Whole school learning community
  • “Units of Inquiry” integrate diverse subject areas and skills
  • Integrated specialist subjects (physical education, information technology, library, visual and performing arts)
  • Focus on learning process, not rote memorisation and testing
  • Daily Mandarin lessons in Primary School
  • World Language programme begins in Secondary School
  • Full-time Mandarin Co-teacher in PK1 and PK2 classrooms

HKA’s Learner Support Services
  • Students with a range of learner support needs learn in a mainstream environment
  • Expertly staffed Learner Support Center
  • Inclusion Support teachers and One-to-One Inclusion Support teachers and co-teachers for students with needs requiring this level of support
  • Full-time Occupational Therapist with an on-site OT Room
  • Full-time Speech and Language Therapist

Integrated Technology
  • Teaching and learning programme utilising individualised technology
  • Wireless campus
  • IT Portal with desktop Macs and laptops available for classroom use
  • One-to-One laptop student programme from Grade 5 onwards

Class Size and Structure
 
From Early Childhood to High School
Offering an inquiry-based, child-centered education within the International Baccaulareate framework: Primary Years Programme (PK1-Grade 5), Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10) and IB Diploma (Grades 11-12). IB Certificates and an HKA Diploma are also available for students who decide not to purse the full IB Diploma.

Primary School:
  • Early Childhood Programme (PK1-Grade 1)
  • Upper Primary School Programme (Grade 2-Grade 5)
Secondary School:
  • Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10)
  • Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12)
  • Certificates and diploma for students not pursuing the IB Diploma

Student and Faculty Demographics
 
Intimate Learning Environment:
  • Approximately 600 students; expanding to 660
  • Small class sizes
  • Student/teacher ratio of 6:1
  • Two classes per grade level in the Primary School
  • Up to 66 per grade level starting in Grade 6
Diverse Community:
  • International student body with no one country representing a majority
  • Focusing on understanding the different learning needs and strengths of students
  • Financial assistance available
Demographics of Student Population:
  • 70% from Sai Kung and New Territories
  • 26% from Hong Kong Island
  • 4% from Kowloon and outlying islands
Experienced, Dedicated Staff
Head of School Stephen Dare, Secondary School Principal Leanne Dunlap and Primary School Principal Virginia Hunt, all have postgraduate degrees in education and educational administration 
  • Approximately 60% of HKA teachers have graduate degrees
  • Significant commitment to professional development, both in-house and external
  • Low turnover of highly committed staff
For additional information, please view our online School Profile.