Hong Kong
International, Christian curriculum
Ages 5 to 11

Island Christian Academy

CurriculumInternational, Christian
Age RangeAges 5 to 11
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate No
Avg. students per class -
Max. students per class -
First year fees:

School Information

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

English as an additional language

Once each week an additional after school activity is held for students who would benefit from extra practise in spoken English. Students are invited to attend this activity in order to have further exposure to the English Language.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Mandarin

Use of technology in the classroom

Learners at Island CA are given opportunities to gain practise in important 21st century ICT skills in order to better organise, communicate, research and problem solve. The school's programme is two-pronged: students are taught appropriate skills, as well as given lessons in digital citizenship in order to help them become safe users on the Internet. Students in year 3 and above are given school email addresses. This allows them to learn to communicate in an online context, as well
as provide them with a collaborative working space in Google Drive. Students in Year 4 and above maintain an ePortfolio on Weebly, allowing them to reflect on, and collect learning artifacts. All classes have access to iPads and laptops (higher years) as well as the computer lab for whole class learning. Island CA also takes advantage of eLearning, such as RAZ Kids and Mathletics, in order to extend the students' learning.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

As a guide, the following can be expected for home learning at the different year levels:

- KG3 - G1: Daily reading practice with an adult (5 minutes per day). Weekly spelling (a few minutes daily) (Year 2 only). An additional task which would take about 10 minutes.

- G2 - G3: Daily reading practice with an adult (10 minutes per day). Mental math’s practice (5 minutes per day). Weekly spelling (5 minutes per day). An additional task which would take 30 minutes through the week.

- G4 - G5: Daily reading practice which should be with an adult at least twice a week (10 minutes per day). Daily mental math’s practice (10 minutes per day).
Weekly spelling (5 minutes per day). An additional task which would take 40 minutes through the week.

Uniform required

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

For Kindergarten places, given the young age of applicants, academic skills are not assessed, but children will be expected to demonstrate age- and developmentally- appropriate behaviours, communication and adaptive skills.
For Primary places, assessments will be performed to determine if applicants can perform with high proficiency in an English language teaching medium, and can meet behaviour and academic standards for their year level in a self-directed, independent manner.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The main application period is from 1st to 30th September of the year prior to the desired year of admission. Applications may then be accepted, at the discretion of the admissions officer, especially to accommodate families moving into Hong Kong during the school year.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Christianity

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support Department

Learning support offered

At Island CA there is a Learning Support Team. The team offers support to the staff, including sharing resources and ideas as well as monitoring those students who experience difficulties and challenges.
Island CA offers a voluntary paid service for those students who would benefit from additional support in or out of class.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Island CA utilizes a differentiated curriculum that responds to the educational needs of each child. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is used at the school, encourages and enables students to utilise their varying learning styles and provides plentiful opportunity for children’s special abilities to be enhanced and developed.

Students who are identified as having a special ability are appropriately extended within the classroom programme. In addition, Island CA organizes various extension activities during lunchtime and after school as part of education outside of the classroom (EOTC).

School start time

8:00 am

School finish time

2:30 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Tennis, basketball, hockey, football/soccer, gymnastics, touch rugby, arts and craft, music, languages.

Sports activities included

Ball games, athletics, gymnastics, dance, swimming.

Sports facilities at the school

3 covered playgrounds

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Island Christian Academy is a school founded through a vision given to the school many years ago. This school is the product of many years of research, planning, and praying to ensure the sound delivery of Christian education encompassing all facets – emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual – of the children with whom the school is entrusted.

ICA is committed to bringing out the best in your child as the school develops the whole child. ICA wants to nurture their growth in wisdom-(intellectual development), stature (physical development) in favour with God (spiritual development) and man (social and emotional development). Its desire is that Island will be a place where a student’s development in spiritual, character and academic areas will complement each other, leading to the building of students with wisdom and integrity. ICA wants to be a school where students are nurtured as individuals in preparation for the variety of roles they will assume – as part of an ever changing international community.

Teaching approach of the school

The school's educational philosophy is to nurture the whole child as a unique and loved person; by God, their families and their community. Island Christian Academy is an international primary school, for students aged 5-10 years, with an English teaching medium and an international staff. The curricula it has selected are relevant, of a high quality, internationally recognized and easily integrated with Christian studies, character, values and ethics components.

ICA is using the International Primary Curriculum (an inquiry based model) alongside the UK National Literacy Framework, Australian National Mathematics program and Easy Chinese/Primary Mandarin Curriculum. It is also using the Biblical Foundation Curriculum for its faith based teaching, which is an international Christian curriculum that can be easily integrated into various subject areas, such as those offered through IPC.

The school's philosophy will ensure a balance between academic focus and values formation. Island Christian Academy is an international school where each child flourishes academically, physically, spiritually and socially. The value of the international curriculum is its ability to glean the best practices in education from around the world and bring them to bear upon the educational environment of a single school.

Island Christian Academy will provide inclusive education, recognizing and addressing some children’s special academic needs. It must also make provision for those who are less fortunate or may fall upon hard times with scholarship and provision to help those within the community who may be in need.

Location

Get in touch with the school

School's webpage: www.islandca.edu.hk
Address: 70 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan Hong Kong