Based in beautiful Sai Kung, Hong Kong Academy (HKA) is a non-profit, independent IB World School for students aged 2-18 years old. They provide a well-rounded curriculum and co-curriculum that encourages all learners to find joy in learning and fulfill their greatest potential.
For students, learning at Hong Kong Academy is a journey that opens up new perspectives, maximizes growth opportunities, and builds a strong sense of identity. HKA empowers students from the earliest years to graduation to become self-directed and active contributors in their communities locally and the world globally!
HKA believes that even the youngest learners have exemplary passion and curiosity. Their Kindergarten mini-exhibition, held this year, confirmed this belief. The project had Kindergarten students explore its central idea of how living things coexist in habitats. Guided by their homeroom and specialist teachers, visiting experts and teacher librarians, students formed questions and recorded their observations. In small groups or pairs, they produced poems, books, posters, and habitat models. This then provided the opportunity for the young students to share with confidence their new knowledge with their parents and peers from other grade levels!
HKA teaches its students to see all events, expected or unexpected, as a chance to learn and create an opportunity for growth. Grade 4 students rose to that challenge in March when the idea of performing in the annual play was eroding due to COVID-19. They were not deterred, instead, the team decided to redesign their plans and took the play online. With this decision, roles and responsibilities shifted, and new opportunities opened around filming, visual effects and technical production. In a year like no other, the grade 4 students pulled together and found new ways to grow their skills and achieve their goals.
HKA provides students with numerous outlets and chances to shine collaboratively and individually. The school uses project-based learning to encourage students to apply their academic knowledge and develop transferable skills. An example of this is the Grade 5 PYP exhibition. Students work in small groups over several months on a project inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Allowing them to dive deep into very complex issues and investigate, synthesize, plan, reflect, act, and then present the results of their effort to the HKA community. The entire process allows students to pinpoint their unique skills and interests, learn what's important to them, and see how they can make a difference for the planet.