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|Language of instruction
|Native English teachers
|Extra languages (other than English)
|25 students / class
|25 students / class
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|Number of students
|Number of nationalities represented in the school
|Most common nationality
About 80% of students studying are Australian or New Zealand passport holders.
|Native English speaking teachers
The majority of teaching staff are Australian but the school has teachers from a diverse range of backgrounds.
|Language support for students not fluent in English
Yes. Students who have satisfied the English level entrance assessment requirements but for whom English is their second language can receive professional support in our enhanced English as a Second Language (ESL) program. In primary school, the ESL program runs parallel to English classes for three 45 minute lessons a week. Students participating in this program will not miss out on what is being taught in their English classes as the ESL teachers will complement the topics and tasks done there. The ESL teachers are expert in the area of second language acquisition and regular sessions with them will help your child develop English language skills for all subjects across the curriculum. ESL support is also provided in secondary English classes.
|Additional language classes offered by the school
|Max. number of students per class
The school strives to keep class sizes to a maximum of around 25 students where possible, and a maximum of 20 in the Reception classes.
|Average number of students per class
|Use of technology in the classroom
Technology is used in the classroom from Early Childhood to Secondary. The digital learning journey begins in Early Childhood, where the school provides Apple iPads and Chromebooks in the classrooms. AISHK teachers are innovative, utilising creative tools to encourage inquisitive learning, making it fun and interesting for young children.
AISHK introduces a school designated 1 to 1 laptop program beginning from Middle and Upper Primary to Secondary school students. Year 12 students have the freedom to bring their own devices to match their learning needs and habits as necessary.
|External examinations or assessments available
As in Australia, students are tested internally throughout the year to ensure they have achieved the educational outcomes of the curriculum. As part of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are held each year for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Students in Years 11 and 12 elect to study for either the Higher School Certificate exam (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Hong Kong examinations are not available. Each year, students may participate in the Australian schools' competitions for Mathematics, English, Science and Computer Studies.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?
|Approximate hours of homework given
The needs of individuals and classes will influence the amount of homework set, but as a guide, AISHK suggests the following homework guides for Primary students:
Secondary students will be given the following homework in no more than 6 subjects per day:
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs
Yes. The Learning Support program is run by Learning Enrichment Centre (LEC) and caters for children who are completely mainstreamed with minimal withdrawal for specialist learning enrichment services.
|Learning support offered
When additional help is required, an LEC teacher designs a program to suit the needs of a particular student. The program is very flexible. The LEC teacher may offer support within the classroom and work alongside the class teacher in helping the student, or the student may be withdrawn from class at certain times during the week and given help on a continuing basis or for a short period of time depending on the specific needs of the student.
|Entry evaluation for students
Upon receiving a completed application for admission, including school reports for the past two years, the Head of School will decide if the student needs to be assessed prior to entry. Many students coming from Australia where the education systems are closely related to AISHK, may not require assessment prior to entry.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required
Most students with a first language other than English are assessed, as are those who need learning support. The school will endeavor to place your child in the class that is right for his/her academic and social development, not just the class the child is old enough to attend. An assessment interview is undertaken by professional teachers to ensure that an applicant has attained a level of English and / or academic ability that will enable him/her to succeed in the classroom and to ensure correct placement.
Depends on the grade level.
|School start time
|School finish time
2:50 pm or 3:30 pm depending on the grade level
|School bus service available
An outsourced bus service is offered for AISHK school through Kwoon Chung Motors Company. While AISHK works with the bus company to arrange bus schedules and follow up any bad behaviour on the buses, please note that
|School provided lunches
Students from Preparatory onwards (Prep – Year 12) have their lunch at the school. Hot and cold meals, sandwiches and rolls, as well as a range of salads and balanced snack foods, are available at the school cafeteria located on the 1st floor level. There are no facilities available for the reheating of food.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered
Orchestra, choir, guitar, chess, badminton, running, gymnastics, soccer, sew fun, art and craft, trampoline, debating, creative ICT, drama, jazz dance, netball, touch rugby, basketball, tennis, volleyball, glee club, maths and science, taekwondo, cooking, oil painting, science adventure
|Sports activities included
Physical education, swimming.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students
|Sports facilities at the school
25 metre multi-lane indoor swimming pool combined with a shallow learning pool, gymnasium, outdoor field.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school
Australian International School Hong Kong (AISHK) is a co-educational K-12 day school located in Kowloon Tong. The Australian International School Hong Kong is a progressive and high performing school, and a source of pride for the Australian community in showcasing the best of Australian education.
AISHK is an IB Diploma school.
|Teaching approach of the school
AISHK is dedicated to providing a world-class education, enabling each student to optimise their academic, cultural, physical and social development. Student wellbeing is a focus for the school as it embarks on a journey of implementing its Positive Education programme schoolwide. The Positive Education programme complements the school’s rigorous academic focus and enables students to develop personality and character, positive/growth mindsets, a determination to celebrate excellence, develop confidence, and establish and maintain genuine and meaningful friendships.