Hong Kong
International, Chinese curriculum
Bilingual
Ages 5 to 18

The ISF Academy

CurriculumInternational, Chinese
Age RangeAges 5 to 18
BilingualYes
International Baccalaureate Yes
Avg. students per class -
Max. students per class 22
First year fees: HK$425,640

Fees / Price

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

Yearly fees: HK$224,640
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: HK$201,000
Total first year fees: HK$425,640
See full breakdown of fees

School Information

Number of students

1544

Number of nationalities represented in the school

21

Most common nationality

Hong Kong

Ratio of local students to international students

70% local : 30% international

Average number of students per class

KG3 - G5: 20
G6 - G10: 22
G11 - G12: 16

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Yes

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

Where necessary, The ISF Academy may implement a "Scaffolding Program" for enrolled students requiring added language reinforcement.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Latin

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 1 hour a day for Grade 1 to 3 hours a day for Grade 12.

Uniform required

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment. The assessment process in both the Primary and Secondary Schools is divided into different stages. Applicants who do not pass one stage will not be invited back to the next stage. Successful applicants are those who pass all stages.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

FOUNDATION YEAR
Assessments for Foundation Year Applicants are as conducted as detailed below. All applicants will be invited for Stage 1A. Not all applicants will be invited back for Stage 1B, and not all Stage 1B applicants will be invited back for Stage 2.

- Stage 1A: Student Group Activities: Conducted in either English, Putonghua, or Cantonese as requested by the applicant. (about 45 minutes).

- Stage 1B: Student Group Activities; Conducted in both English and Putonghua. The 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).
- Stage 2: Parent and child meeting with a senior member of the school.

GRADE 1
Assessments for Grade 1 Applicants are as conducted as detailed below. All applicants will be invited for Stage 1. Not all applicants will be invited back for Stage 2.

- Stage 1: Student Group Activities (about 1 hour): Conducted in both English and Putonghua. The 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).

- Stage 2: Parent and child meeting with a senior member of the school.

GRADE 2 TO GRADE 11
Assessments for Grade 2 to 11 applicants are conducted as detailed below. All applicants will be invited for Stage 1A. Not all applicants will be invited back for subsequent stages.

- Stage 1A: Written papers in Chinese, English, Chinese Mathematics*, and English Mathematics;
- Stage 1B: Putonghua and English Oral Interviews, as well as a Student Group Interview; and
- Stage 2: Parent meeting with a senior member of the school.
* For Grade 2 to 5 only

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

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.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations/assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

Class of 2015 International Baccalaureate IB Diploma Results:

The full IB Diploma was pursued by all 28 students in the class of 2015. 28 students (100%) successfully fulfilled all requirements for the award of the Diploma. 20 of the 28 students (71%) were awarded the bilingual Diploma.
Point scores per students (pass rate 24 points maximum score 45 points) were as follows:
40+ points: 8 students (29%)
35 - 39: 11 students (39%)
30 - 34: 9 students (32%)
24 - 29: 0 students (0%)

Average total point score: 37.5

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The Learning Support program aims to help all students achieve success in school and to develop wholistically into global citizens who are independent and deeply rooted in Chinese culture. “Learning”, in this context, covers personal, social, emotional, intellectual, moral, and spiritual areas.

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.

Student access to education psychologist

Educational psychologist

School start time

8:00 am

School finish time

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

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Amnesty International, athletics, battle of the books, orchestra, badminton, basketball, chess, Chinese art, Chinese dance, computer coding, drama, English creative writing, English speech and debate, football, gifted and talented lecture series, gymnastics, math, media and communications, model United Nations, outdoor exploration society, tennis, robotics, swimming, volleyball, table tennis, strength and fitness

School provided lunches

Yes. the school's lunch vendor, Sodexho (HK) Limited, prepares food on campus. Menus are changed periodically and parents can choose to purchase monthly or daily meal plans. At present Sodexho (HK) has three menu choices available each day.

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

Dance room, covered play area, gymnasium with a 7-meter high vertical climbing wall, 4 basketball courts, 8-meter wide horizontal climbing wall, rooftop playground with running track

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The ISF Academy offers a unique education in Hong Kong. It is an internationally accredited independent school offering a Chinese and English immersion education with a global perspective. Striking a balance between tradition and innovation, between East and West, The ISF Academy is a connected community of learners that is based on a vision of education where the power of ideas to shape lives is understood and respected, and where hope for a better, brighter future forms an essential driving force for 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. ISFr 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.

Location

Get in touch with the school

Contact email: admissions@isf.edu.hk
School's webpage: academy.isf.edu.hk/en
Address: 1 Kong Sin Wan Road Pokfulam Hong Kong