1. How do I prepare my child to enter grade 1?

- Families who support the school’s mission statement are invited to become members of the Chinese Academy family.  We are committed to nurturing students with academic potential who enjoys a stimulating learning environment through participating in interactive learning tasks.  

2. Will the Chinese Academy have a secondary school?

- Chinese Academy is a through-train school offering kindergarten, primary and secondary education. The secondary school is expected to be ready for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Graduates of the primary school of Chinese Academy may continue their education in the secondary school.

The secondary school will offer IBMYP (with GCSE as option), followed by IBDP (with GCEAL as option)


3. How do you assess students’ assessment effectively in this competitive educational environment that we live in?
- We assess students’ growth and achievement with a wide variety of learning tasks and continuous assessment. By assessing students based on the scoped and sequenced learning expectations, we can clearly communicate their strengths and needs in a timely manner.

4. How do you ensure that your students are up to standard? Is there a set of requirements for promotion to the next grade level?

- In addition to conducting formative and summative assessment to provide students with timely feedback and support, students will also participate in international assessment such as participate in "International Competitions and Assessments for Schools" (ICAS) to ensure that their academic standards are at a high level.


5. What are the key features of the Chinese Academy curriculum?

- Chinese Academy offers a bi-lingual immersion, internationalized school-based curriculum, drawing the best elements from countries such as the UK, US, Canada, Singapore, China and Hong Kong, with a strong focus on inquiry-based learning, interactive engagement and creativity. The Academy encourages students to explore thematic units of study through self-directed learning.  In addition, values education, based on Confucianism, is an integral part of the Chinese Academy curriculum.

Learning and Teaching

6. What is the medium of instruction?

- Chinese Academy offers a bilingual immersion programme.  For language classes, the medium of instruction will be English, and Putonghua in Chinese Studies. Both languages are used in Integrated Inquiry Studies.  In other subjects, the main medium of instruction will be English, with Chinese used for certain units, such as Chinese painting, Chinese dance, Chinese musical instruments and Wushu (Chinese martial arts).

7. What is the size of each class? What is the teacher-to-student ratio?

- There will be 22 to 24 places in each class. The teacher-to-student ratio will be 1:10.


8. What is the amount of homework in Chinese Academy?

- The quality of homework is the key to consolidate students’ learning. Students should read daily and be allowed time to develop their own interest. In Grades 1 to 3, assigned homework will not be more than 45 minutes each day.   In upper primary, homework will be around 60 minutes each day, including daily reading.

New Campus

9. When will the new campus be complete?

- The new school campus will soon begin its construction work. The first phase of the campus is planned to be completed and ready for use in the 2019-2020 academic year, while the second phase of the campus is expected to be ready for occupation in the 2021-2022 academic year.

10. What will be the school’s capacity when the new school campus is complete?

- The new school campus can accommodate up to 500 primary students

Subject Chinese

11. Do students learn Chinese in traditional characters? 

- Students will learn Chinese through the use of traditional Chinese characters. Junior primary students are in the stage of word recognition, therefore, they have less opportunity to study simplified characters. In higher grades, students may be exposed to simplified characters when they expand their reading repertoire, then, they are introduced the regular patterns of the commonly used simplified characters.

Subject IIS

12. Is there a focus on STEM education in the curriculum?

- In Integrated Inquiry Studies, students will explore and investigate science concepts through conducting scientific inquiry.  There is at least one STEM unit in each grade level. In all of the other units, STEM elements are in place.  A STEM lab is also planned for the new campus.


13. What
is the criteria for teacher recruitment?  How do you ensure that they teach in line with the school’s philosophy?

- We recruit our teaching staff globally. All applicants must go through a vigorous interview process in order to ensure that Chinese Academy has a high calibre teaching team. All language teachers will be native English and Putonghua speakers.

In addition, the school attaches great importance to teachers’ continuous professional development. Quality planning and meeting time are scheduled in teachers’ timetables for them to plan and discuss the best teaching strategies to use.


14. Will your students be given a good foundation in basic skills and knowledge such as arithmetic, grammar, writing, before learning higher order skills such as critical thinking?

- A solid foundation of knowledge and skills in all subjects is the basics. However, we must equip students with self-directed learning skills through inquiry, high-order thinking and creativity for learning in the 21st Century.

15. Would you tell how the 21st Century Effective Learning strategies can equip our children to meet the admission requirements of universities such as Oxbridge and Ivy League?

- Effective learning strategies and interactive engagement in learning are necessary for students to develop an inquisitive mind, become motivated and confident learners and master self-directed learning.  These are highly valued at all prestigious universities.

16. What is the relationship among Confucius Hall, Chinese Academy and Norton House Education?

- Chinese Academy is a private primary school jointly established by the Confucius Hall of Hong Kong and the International Chinese Academy Education Foundation (ICAEF). Norton House Education is a strategic partner of the ICAEF. 

17. How do you prepare students for a smooth transition from kindergarten to primary one?   

- An effective orientation program can often ease students in adapting to a new learning environment. In Chinese, a K-1 bridging program is in place for the first two months of school:

In this program, students will learn the sound, shape and meaning of the 100 commonly used characters through literacy texts specifically developed by our teachers.  Combining with the school based interactive online Pinyin program, students will grasp the basic knowledge, pronunciation and decoding skills of Hanyu Pinyin – a powerful word recognition tool.  By mastering and applying the commonly used characters and Hanyu Pinyin, students are empowered to read a variety of captivating story books, so as to cultivate their interest in reading, establish good reading habit and attitude, and inspire creative thinking.

Students are immersed in using the interrelation of the commonly used characters, Hanyu Pinyin and extensive reading, where a solid foundation of language development is built for the next phase of learning.

18. Are there any school bus services?

- School bus services will be available for locations with high demand.  


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