Hong Kong
International curriculum
Ages 11 to 18

Island School

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CurriculumInternational
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 11 to 18
First year fees: HK$161,200

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Number of students

1200

Number of nationalities represented in the school

40

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

Additional language classes offered by the school

Japanese, French, Chinese, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

All classrooms are fitted with the latest interactive and digital facilities served by a broadband and wireless network.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Recommended homework allocation. These allocations are approximate. Many subjects will set homework of an extended nature which will involve research and extended project work. The time a student will spend on these often reflects the students’ motivation, interest and ability to study independently.

- G6: 1 hour per night. Daily reading. Being involved in an activity twice a week.
- G7: 1,5 hours per night. Daily reading. Being involved in an activity twice a week.

Uniform required

Students in Grades 6 to 10 have to wear school uniform.
Students in Grades 11 and 12 are exempt from wearing the school uniform.

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment/interview

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Applicants must demonstrate through interview and assessment that they are capable of engaging with an English medium curriculum.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Approximately 98% of each graduating class go on to university.

External examinations or assessments available

GCSE/IGCSE, IB Diploma

School bus service available

No

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Island School accepts students with a wide range of ability, some of whom have Special Educational Needs. The Individual Needs Department is responsible for identifying these students, and supporting them both directly and through collaborative work with mainstream teachers.

Learning support offered

Students’ Special Educational Needs are identified using information passed on from Primary schools, from school-based assessments and from concerns raised by parents, students, staff or other relevant bodies.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The initial context for the school to develop a policy on making provision for gifted and talented students was the 2002 OFSTED inspection that highlighted a need to ‘challenge’ the more able in Key Stage 3. At the same time the ESF placed it on their Development Plan. The subsequent ESF Gifted and Talented Curriculum group has stated that
“All students have the right to access a comprehensive curriculum that provides relevant and worthwhile educational programmes, that acknowledges differences in pace and learning styles and that enables them to participate, learn and experience success. The ESF recognises the need to offer and deliver a differentiated curriculum that enables gifted students to achieve their full potential and, at the same time, provide for their social and emotional needs”.

Island School policy is to provide as many opportunities as possible for ALL students to be stretched academically in different aspects of the curriculum, rather than identifying a particular cohort for these opportunities. This educational offering is provided within both the subject areas, the cross-curricular lessons and in extra-curricular programmes such as Mathematics competitions.

School start time

7:55

School finish time

15:10 (Fridays at 14:00)

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The extra-curricular program at Island School is viewed as an integral part of the development of all students. Through a rich and diverse program, students can experience safe, enjoyable, and challenging activities. Students will learn how to work collaboratively through being part of a team, whether it is a sports team, debating team, by hiking in the hills, or playing in an orchestra. They will learn about commitment and responsibility to themselves and one another.

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

3 playgrounds, indoor sports hall, swimming pool, artificial astroturf pitch

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Island School is one of 21 schools run by the English Schools Foundation (ESF). The ESF was founded by Ordinance in 1967 to provide a ‘modern liberal education’ through the medium of English.
Island School is an IB World School.
Island School's focus is on igniting a passion for learning in every student. Giving students facts is no longer enough for them to succeed post-sixteen. Island School's role as teachers is to show students how they can problem solve, question and think creatively with new concepts and ideas. The school encourages students to become resourceful, adaptable and confident learners.

Teaching approach of the school

In 2010, Island School (IS) adopted a philosophy of learning, which underpins Island School pedagogy, curriculum structure, guidance and well-being provision, and community interactions.
The Island School Code, developed by students in collaboration with teachers, enhances every student's experience at school. It encourages students to: respect the diversity of the school community, be positive role models, take action to support those in need, who respect for others and the environment, be positive about learning and respecting the rights of others, to learn in their own way and to take responsibility for their own actions. The school lives by this code and together with the school's philosophy of learning, it is central to its structure and operation.

Summary of prices and fees

School fees, for a twelve year old child , in HKD

Yearly fees: HK$122,900
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: HK$38,300
Total first year fees: HK$161,200
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Where exactly is this school?

Get in touch with this school

School's webpage: island.edu.hk
School's Fees webpage: www.esf.edu.hk/school-fees
Address: 20 Borrett Road Mid Levels Hong Kong