Bringing out the best in every child

Local | 16 Apr 2021

Founded in 2000, Hong Kong Academy has been empowering students to achieve their full potential with an individualized and holistic education approach for 20 years

At Hong Kong Academy (HKA), students from 3 years old to Grade 12 are encouraged to pursue their individual pathways through the wide range of learning experiences and co-curricular activities on offer. True to its mission, the school is a joyful, dynamic learning community that provides a rigorous international education characterized by mutual benefit and support. 

“We recognize individual excellence and seek to bring out that unique strength in each child,” says Teresa Tung, the Secondary School Principal at HKA. “It’s all part and parcel of the whole child learning process.” 

Comprehensive diploma pathways 

At the core of the HKA education is a unique programme which culminates in students obtaining up to 3 different diploma credentials. All the graduates earn an HKA Diploma. This is an academic-focused, American-style high school diploma offering a breadth of  subjects plus electives. 

Students must also complete the Global Citizenship Diploma (GCD), a portfolio-based programme focused on global citizenship. Through the GCD, students are supported to seek out authentic and relevant opportunities to make positive contributions to their communities and grow as individuals.

The third is the IB Diploma. HKA is one of the only 7 international schools in Hong Kong to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) – Middle Years Programme (MYP) – Diploma Programme (DP) pathway. The IBDP, designed to challenge students academically and prepare them for post-secondary studies, maintains a breadth of learning with an in-depth focus in each discipline.

“What students may want to pursue after graduation spans a range of interests, and getting these 3 diploma credentials opens doors for opportunities the world over,” says Tung. “It gives them a thoughtful self-knowledge that is integral to life-long learning.”

It helps that students have access to a purpose-built, award-winning campus with all-round physical and digital spaces designed to provide an enabling environment in which one can think, reflect and explore. 

Within the design facilities, for instance, students can explore everything from textile to digital-based innovation. In the performance art space, there are amenities dedicated to theatre, drama, dance, and production. And in the outdoor space, students partake in an incredible range of sports and experiential learning.

Dedicated pastoral care

Wellbeing is an essential focus in the school’s programme and it provides daily opportunities for students to nurture a healthy and balanced lifestyle. “It’s paramount for students to have space and time to think about their own needs as adolescents and all that comes with growing into adulthood, as well as how they can appropriately react to their increased independence and maturity,” explains Tung.

The programme is taught by specialist wellbeing faculty, who deliver a programme which focuses on students learning skills such as managing interpersonal relationships, developing resilience, and communicating with peers and parents. Students begin each day in advisory, where they check in with their advisor in a small peer group of up to 10, proactively delving into developmentally appropriate issues.

“Our goal is for every student to leave HKA as a well-rounded and knowledgeable global citizen who knows who they are, what they care about and where they are heading next,” Tung notes.

A learning community

A strong home-school partnership is key to educating the whole child, especially in current times, says Tung. “We work closely with parents to understand each child and develop the most suitable pathway for them that aligns with their current interest and future goals.” HKA offers interactive workshops for parents and students, hosts university information sessions and meets with families on a regular basis to ensure that every student is prepared to pursue their ambitions after graduating from the school. 

“Our supportive faculty knows each child well and cares for them deeply,” Tung concludes. “As a community of learners, we will continue to innovate, adapt and evolve to provide the best educational experience for all our students.”


Hong Kong Academy

Address: 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong

Tel: 2655 1111


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