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CityHong Kong
Leaving qualificationMAP
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications
Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 8 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: HK$178,400
to: HK$228,500
This school has more than one campus in Hong Kong:
The Garden Campus: Ages 4 to 18

Address: Ap Lei Chau Centre 138 Lee Chi Road Ap Lei Chau Hong Kong

The Grove Campus: Ages 4 to 18

Address: 332 Ap Lei Chau Bridge Road Ap Lei Chau Hong Kong

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

United States of America

Ratio of local students to international students

We have a ratio of 1:10 local to international students.

Native English speaking teachers

Most are native English speakers (from the US, Canada, the UK or Australia). Mandarin teachers are native Chinese speakers.

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, we offer English as a second language support through our learning support program.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Students have a choice from Grade 1 and up between Mandarin and French.

Max. number of students per class

It varies from 12 to 22 depending on the grade level or subject, but we always stick to an average 8 to 1 student to teacher ratio.

Average number of students per class

Our average ratio is 8 students to 1 teacher.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, every class has one.

Use of technology in the classroom

Students Grade 3 and up all partake in a 1:1 Laptop Program. Younger grades make use of ipads, interactive white boards, or other appropriate technology. We have a darkroom for film photography, a media-technology center for Grades 3-12 and a recording sound booth. Students use technology in most areas of the curriculum both for instruction and production.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?


External examinations or assessments available

Students complete MAP assessments twice a year and ISA annually.

Results in these examinations

Compared to other English-speaking international schools worldwide, the mean is above average in math, reading and writing.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

1/2 hour per day, assigned and due weekly.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We've had two graduating classes so far of 14 students total with all 14 of them attending a higher educational institution after graduating.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, we have a learning enhancement team that provides learning support and learning extension for gifted children.

Learning support offered

Differentiation within the classroom, pull-out or push-in for individualized programs and IEP, speech therapy, behavioral therapy, individual or small-group extra instruction.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

About 20% of our students are exceptionally gifted (two years or more ahead of their age in one or more subject). We have a learning extension program and customized programming, in addition to differentiation within the classroom. Students who qualify may choose to work with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for math.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, but comprehensive psychoeducational assessments have an additional cost.

Entry evaluation for students

No we don't require entry exams. Some students who are identified to require additional support may be invited to attend a trial day with an assessment in math and literacy, to determine the level of support required upon enrollment.

Brief description of entry evaluation required


Waiting list

Yes, in some grade levels.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

8:15 am for PreK and K
8:30 am for Grades 1 to 8
9:00 am for Grades 9-12

School finish time

3:15 pm for Pre-K and K, 12:45 pm on Wednesdays
3:30 pm for Grades 1 to 8, 1:00 pm on Wednesdays
5:00 pm for Grades 9-12, daily

Supervised care before/after school

No we do not.

School bus service available

Yes. In the Ap Lei Chau campus there is a mandatory bus or public transportation policy. (Private cars are not allowed.)

School provided lunches

We have an outside vendor that families can order from and they get delivered to the school at lunch time.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Children bring their lunch from home or can order through the outside vendor.

Uniform required

Uniforms are required for Pre-K to Grade 6. A dress code applies for Grades 7-12.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We have about 25 activities offered every term, and the exact classes change termly. Favorites tend to include Wrestling, field hockey, Innovation Interns, Poetry Club, Photography or Chess Club.

Sports activities included

PE classes are provided as part of the curriculum at all grade levels. Several extra-curricular sports are also offered.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, our team called the Black Dolphins complete in sports such as Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Field Hockey, Wrestling and Cross Country

Sports facilities at the school

We use the Community Center for our sports facilities, as well as neighborhood recreational facilities.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Exciting, innovative, challenging, experiential and customized.

Teaching approach of the school

Small classes and technology allow us to customize as much as possible for each student's strengths and interests. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving, collaboration, presentation, and innovation, with experiential learning when appropriate. For example, we have a classic 50-foot sailboat that is used as an "outdoor classroom" to teach science and social studies.

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