Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English and Chinese|
|Native English and Chinese teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English and Chinese)|
|Maximum||28 students / class|
All the details about this school in their own words
|Number of students||
|Native English and Chinese speaking teachers||
|Language support for students not fluent in English and Chinese||
English as Additional Language Program
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Mandarin, French, Spanish
|Max. number of students per class||
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Digital Literacy, Design Thinking, Information Literacy
Technology provides us with valuable opportunities to enhance student learning and teaching effectiveness. Digital literacy encompasses the use of a wide range of digital tools, media and learning environment to provide opportunities for the transformation of teaching and learning, enabling students to investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organize and be responsible digital citizens while navigating their own learning. Through the effective use of technology, learners develop and apply strategies for critical and creative thinking, engage in inquiry, make connections, and apply new understandings and skills in different contexts. VSA students take part in a Digital Citizenship programme to equip them with the necessary skills and attitudes to help them become responsible and productive global citizens.
Features of our digital literacy programme include:
Design Thinking equips individuals to solve complex problems and build innovative solutions through developing revolutionary ways of thinking. VSA is at the forefront of incorporating Design Thinking into the curriculum from Year 1 upwards in the next school year, training students as young as age 6 to think as designers and problem solvers and equip them to become future leaders.
Using the Design Thinking process, we emphasise with users , defined their needs and problems , ideated (challenged assumptions and created ideas for innovative solutions, prototyped and tested their solutions).
At VSA the school libraries are central to learning and play a key role as places for encouraging passion, innovation, curiosity, and problem solving. Our skilled library staff work in partnership with teachers and students to develop key research skills that they will use in their units of inquiry and major pieces of work including the PYP Exhibition, MYP personal project and the DP extended essay. At VSA we are committed to bilingualism and we have a large collection of more than 100,000 items including English and Chinese fiction and non-fiction books, journal subscriptions, databases, periodicals, magazines and multimedia tools. The library’s online catalogue and e-resources are available to students anytime via our school portal system. Our school libraries are an important part of school life and reflect and welcome the whole VSA community.
|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)||
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
|External examinations or assessments available||
|Results in these examinations||
VSA has had IB full scorers for the past 4 years.
For results from the past 5 years please visit: www.vsa.edu.hk/learning/academic-results/myp-dp-results
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
For recent University Placements please visit: www.vsa.edu.hk/learning/academic-results/university-placements
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Counselling, Learning Support and University Counselling
|Learning support offered||
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
Internal and External Scholarships
For full list of scholarships please visit: www.vsa.edu.hk/admissions/scholarship-opportunities
|Entry evaluation for students||
Interview and assessment
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
Year 1: All applicants are interviewed in a group setting (in English and Putonghua). Shortlisted students and parents are invited to attend a parent interview with a member of the Senior Management Team.
Year 2 – Year 5: Applicants will join a 40 minutes lesson in the appropriate year level, in which they will participate in the class activities and be interviewed by teachers in English and Putonghua. After the lesson, applicants will need to take a written assessment which consists of English, Chinese and Mathematics.
Year 6 – Year 11: Written Tests (Chinese Language, English Language & Mathematics). Interviews in English and Putonghua.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
|Students can join after academic year begins||
|School start time||
|School finish time||
Monday to Friday (except Wednesday): 3:30 pm
|School bus service available||
|School provided lunches||
The cafeteria is equipped with an on-site kitchen, providing freshly cooked meals. The cafeteria also serves breakfast, and snacks during recesses and after school.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
VSA provides abundant learning opportunities beyond the school, both locally and globally, to enhance students' learning. Through these activities such as CAS trips, camps, environmental groups, field trips, house days, Model United Nations, music and science competitions, sports teams and more, students develop a greater sense of international mindedness and social responsibility.
For full list please visit: www.vsa.edu.hk/student-life/creativity-activity-services
|Sports activities included||
Track and field, badminton, basketball, rugby, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, bowling, fencing, cross country, ball hockey
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
VSA participates in HKSSF (Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation) and ISSF (International schools sports federation of Hong Kong) competitions.
|Facilities at the school||
For a virtual tour, photo, and video galleries, please visit: www.vsa.edu.hk/about/campus-facilities/virtual-tour
|Sports facilities at the school||
Gymnasium, playground, outdoor court, swimming pool.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Victoria Shanghai Academy is a student-centred community of academic and personal excellence, combining international perspectives and Chinese heritage.
|Teaching approach of the school||
A student centred inquiry approach to teaching and learning is emphasized. VSA students are seen as individuals, each with their particular strengths and unique abilities. VSA students are encouraged to translate their learning into action by putting into practice their interpretation of the school motto: Virtue, Service, Action and testing their capacity for leadership.