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CityHong Kong
CurriculumsIB and Chinese
Languages of instructionEnglish and Chinese
Age RangeAges 5 to 18
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Language of instruction English and Chinese
Native English and Chinese teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Chinese)
Class sizes Average 21 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: HK$244,650
to: HK$298,470
Address: 1 Kong Sin Wan Road Pokfulam Hong Kong
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Number of students

Over 2,000

Number of nationalities represented in the school

18

Most common nationality

Hong Kong, Chinese

Ratio of local students to international students

88% permanent HK residents

Max. number of students per class

22

Average number of students per class

21

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and Chinese speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and Chinese

ISF is a bilingual school and we strive to equip our students with the language skills required to engage with the curriculum in both Chinese and English. In the Pre-School and Primary School, students are taught in mixed ability classes with Chinese as the dominant language of instruction. Teachers are expected to differentiate to meet the needs of our students. From Grade 2 onwards students seeking to enrol at ISF will need to have age-appropriate levels of fluency in both Chinese and English to perform well in the curriculum. In the Secondary School, students are placed into either a Language A or Language B program in accordance with their ability level.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Latin and Greek are offered through ISF’s exclusive Shuyuan program

Use of technology in the classroom

EdTech is well equipped and prepared to support any circumstances that require the Academy to switch to remote learning with technology, equipment and online resources to meet educational and operational goals. Students are supported by One-to-One electronic device program appropriate for their grade level with Academy-installed software or online resources under the guidance and supervision of their teachers.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Homework is an integral part of school life and helps children to understand that learning also takes place outside of school. Homework is relevant to class work and teachers give what they believe the child can handle comfortably and independently. The amount for homework varies from by year level.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

In selected grades

Entry evaluation for students

To be eligible for consideration of enrollment, every applicant must pass the admission assessments, complete the entire admissions process and fulfill all the admissions requirements. There are no language requirements for the Foundation Year, while appropriate grade-level proficiency in both Chinese and English must be met by Grade 1 to 11 prospective students.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

FOUNDATION YEAR
All applicants will be invited to participate in Student Group Activities, conducted in either English, Putonghua, or Cantonese as requested by the applicant (about 45 minutes). Shortlisted applicants will join various bilingual activities led by a teacher speaking English, Putonghua, or Cantonese as requested by the applicant (about 1 hour). Finally, there will be a meeting among the parent, child and a senior member of the school.

GRADE 1
All applicants will be invited to participate in Student Group Activities conducted in both English and Putonghua (about 1 hour). Shortlisted applicants will be led through the various bilingual activities by a teacher speaking English, Putonghua, or Cantonese as requested by the applicant (about 1 hour). Finally, there will be a meeting among the parent, child and a senior member of the school.

GRADE 2 TO GRADE 11
All applicants will be invited to do written papers in Chinese, English, Chinese Mathematics*, and English Mathematics. Shortlisted applicants will have oral interview in Putonghua and English, as well as a Student Group Interview. Finally, there will be a parent meeting with a senior member of the school.
* For Grade 2 to 5 only

For further details, please refer to https://academy.isf.edu.hk/index.php/welcome-from-dean-of-admissions/admissions-policy/admissions-assessment-process/

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Foundation Year - Monday, September 20, 2021
Grade 1 - Monday, November 29, 2021
Grade 2 to 5 - Thursday, January 6, 2022
Grade 6 to 11 - Thursday, January 6, 2022

ISF adopts a rolling admissions process for grades with vacancies, generally accepting students from August of the current year to February of the same academic year. Parents are requested to contact our Admissions Office to check availability.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

Class of 2021 International Baccalaureate IB Diploma Results:

The full IB Diploma was pursued by all 60 students in the class of 2021. Diploma fulfilment rate was 100% with 76% of students awarded the Bilingual Diploma.

Results overview by number of students:
Full Score of 45 points: 9 (15%)
44 or 43 points: 13 (22%)
40+ points: 38 (64%)
Average score: 40.2

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, guided by ISF core values, the Eight Virtues + One, the overarching goal of The ISF Inclusion (SEN) Policy is to ensure that every ISF learner can reach success in a safe, caring and supportive learning environment.

Learning support offered

The ISF Academy employs a team of multi-disciplinary professionals to provide comprehensive learning support services for students from Foundation Year to Grade 12.
The Learning Support Team (LST) promotes learning diversity and believes that all students can be successful when provided with the appropriate support for their individual needs. In both Primary and Secondary Schools, there are learning support and enrichment specialists who offer differentiated instructional programs for students with diverse learning styles and strengths. LST consists of Clinical and Educational Psychologists, Guidance Counselors, a Social Worker, a Student Guidance Officer, and School Nurses. They work together with teachers and parents to enhance students’ physical, social, emotional and academic development through a wide range of counseling and learning support initiatives. Walk-in chat room sessions are available to any student who may wish to share his/her feelings, thoughts, or concerns with a counselor in a safe place. LST also offers a variety of social groups, learning strategies workshops for parents and students, and after-school programs that foster life skills and boosts self-esteem.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The LST initiates a Gifted and Talented Identification process from Grade 4, based on prior attainment, parent nomination, teacher nomination and the Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4) issued by the GL Assessment Group. 6.2. Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) programs are also made available for Grade 2 - 12 students and families.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, through the LST

School start time

8:00 am

School finish time

Kindergarten: 2:00 pm
Grade 1 to 12: 3:30 pm

Supervised care before/after school

No

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Athletics, battle of the books, honor orchestra, badminton, basketball, chess, Chinese art and craft, Chinese dance, computer coding, debate team, drama, engineering and robotics, English creative writing, English speech and debate, football, gifted and talented lecture series, gymnastics, mathematics team, Model United Nations, netball, outdoor exploration society, tennis, swimming, volleyball, table tennis, wushu, strength and fitness, Young Ambassador Program, Experiential Learning Program, music instrument classes

School provided lunches

Yes

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

Vegetarian options available on a rotational menu

Sports activities included

Physical education. The curriculum is designed to develop each student’s motor skills and athletic abilities. The program focuses on health and personal responsibility, along with teaching safety and developing solidarity through group sport activities.

Sports facilities at the school

Multi-purpose Sports Courts, Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, Playground, Basketball Courts, Squash Courts, Wushu Center, Fitness Room, Climbing Walls and Running Track

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Other facilities at the school

Charles Kao Square - a well-equipped multifunctional space; Shirley Lee Memorial Terrace - a biodiversity garden; Yidan Chinese Cultural Center for the appreciation of Chinese language, art and history; The Clifford C. F. Wong Primary and Secondary Library; Music Room; The H. J. Zhang Black Box Theatre; a 785-seat Auditorium; Makerspaces for STEM; Molecular Biology Labs; Product Design Labs; Science Labs; Exhibition Foyer; Cafeteria

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The ISF Academy is an internationally accredited non-profit private independent IB World School, founded our core values of the Eight Virtues + One, offering a unique immersive Chinese and English education with a global perspective in a well-appointed, purpose-built campus in the verdant environment of the Southern District. Our learners are independent thinkers and global stewards inspired by a vision and pursuit of all-round excellence and contribution to a brighter future. Our dedicated faculty and personalized University Guidance and Counseling see our graduates complete their journey with outstanding IBDP results to make further achievements in higher education and lifelong learning.

Teaching approach of the school

The ISF Academy has a strong, future focused vision of education that is well grounded in traditional Chinese cultural values, where the world is a classroom, and learning is not constrained by differences of language and culture. The global perspective of each learner is also shaped by the unique curriculum, based on the solid foundation of the IB Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme and enhanced by the school's ISF Shuyuan Classics and Sciences courses. Experiential learning provides an essential 'real world' counterpoint to ISF's demanding academic courses. ISF's commitment to The ISF Academy community is to work in partnership with each family to develop the individual potential of each child, to share the journey with its trials and challenges, and turn today's dreams into tomorrow's achievements.

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