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Christian and International
Ages 5 to 11

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CityHong Kong
CurriculumsChristian and International
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 5 to 11
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YMCA Christian Academy used to be named Island Christian Academy.

Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 15 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: HK$134,950
to: HK$134,950
Address: 70 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan Hong Kong
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Number of students

150

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Over 15

Ratio of local students to international students

Fifty-fifty

Max. number of students per class

25

Average number of students per class

15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, we offer English as an additional language (EAL) support for students whose first language is not English. We offer additional sessions to students who would benefit from extra practice in spoken English. These sessions are voluntary paid services.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Mandarin

Use of technology in the classroom

The internet is a vast resource and we recognise that it is an outstanding education tool. Our students have access to Chromebooks, iPads and laptops to connect on to collaborative platforms like Google, subscription sites, apps and more. Our teachers take every opportunity to discuss aspects of Digital Citizenship with our students to help them become safe users on the internet as well as encourage them to think critically about what they access and who they connect with. We also place a heavy emphasis on digital innovation. Our Year 4 to 6 students learn coding principles via scratch and physical computing using makecode and microbits. We believe that these skills will prepare them for the careers of tomorrow.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

We encourage in-class learning for our students and simple revision of their learning at home. We suggest not more than 10 minutes of homework daily and recommend spending time reading with an adult every day.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

At the moment, no.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Our Year 1 assessments are play-based-activity format with our Senior Leadership Team. This stress-free assessment is mainly for our team to assess whether the child is a good fit for our curriculum. We may request some applicants to return for a second interview for further review or observation.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The main application period is from 1 September to 31 October of the year prior to the desired year of admission. However, we have a rolling admission policy, so you can also apply any time of the year.

Students can join after academic year begins

Applications are accepted throughout the year but placement will be dependent on the availability of place(s) in the desired year level.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Christianity

School bus service available

Yes, we offer a range of bus routes serving most of Hong Kong Island.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, we have a Learning Diversity Department.

Learning support offered

At YCA, we have a Learning Diversity Team. The team offers support to the staff, including sharing resources and ideas as well as monitoring students who experience difficulties and challenges.
We also offer a voluntary paid service for students who would benefit from additional support in or out of class.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Island CA utilizes a differentiated curriculum that responds to the educational needs of each child. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is used at the school, encourages and enables students to utilise their varying learning styles and provides plentiful opportunity for children’s special abilities to be enhanced and developed.

Students who are identified as having a special ability are appropriately extended within the classroom programme. In addition, Island CA organizes various extension activities during lunchtime and after school as part of education outside of the classroom (EOTC).

School start time

8:00 am

School finish time

2:30 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

YCA offers a range of after school activities, including dancing, sports, music, arts and crafts and other activities organised by Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong.

Sports activities included

Ball games, athletics, gymnastics, dance, swimming and more..

Sports facilities at the school

We have an outdoor basketball court, rooftop pitch, indoor climbing wall, multi-activity rooms and access to a swimming pool across the street.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Other facilities at the school

We have a library, music room, art room and an innovative hub.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

YMCA Christian Academy is a hidden gem located in the heart of Central. It’s a unique community of families who share the same community values and mutual trust. Our focus is on each and every child, discovering and developing their individual brightness - their unique strengths and passions. This is enacted daily through nurturing authentic, meaningful relationships and our innovative and supportive learning environment enabling all of our students to thrive in abundance and fulfillment. YCA wants to be a school where students are future ready and are Christ-like ambassadors inspiring an abundant, sustainable future.

Teaching approach of the school

At YCA, we offer a broad and balanced international curriculum, rooted in a clear Christian ethos and vision of education. We deliver this learning through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 5-11 years old. It has a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. Our English curriculum follows a well-structured language programme based on the UK National Curriculum. Our Mathematics programme is based on the well-developed Australian curriculum. Chinese is taught daily by our team of Chinese specialists with three ability-leveled pathways.

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