FAQs

1. As a newly founded school, can you briefly explain the school’s development, teachers’ qualifications and school facilities?

2. How is Han Academy’s curriculum different from other bilingual international schools?

3. Why does Han Academy choose different curriculum systems at different year levels?

4. What are the strengths of Han Academy’s Arts, Music, Dancing, Sports and Technologies?

5. What is Han Academy’s Homework Policy?

6. What textbooks does Han Academy use?

7. How would parents be informed of the children’s learning outcomes?

8. What extra-curricular activities(ECA) are arranged by Han Academy?

9. Is there lunch and school bus service at Han Academy?

10. What is your tuition fee? What does it cover?

11. What is your year level placement criterion?


 

1. As a newly founded school, can you briefly explain school’s development, teachers’ qualifications and school facilities?

School’s development: On 3 July, 2017, Han Academy successfully completed the registration stage and became a registered school by Hong Kong Education Bureau. On 4 August, Han Academy passed the authorisation of Cambridge International Examinations(CIE) and became a Cambridge International School. On 1 September, we became a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme(IBDP). As for enrollment, 70 students have been enrolled and they are in 11 different year levels. Han Academy is one of the newly founded schools who has done its best in the 2017 enrollment.

 

Teacher’s qualifications: Han Academy has a strong and complete team for teaching and curriculum development. We have 6 different subject groups: Chinese, English, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Arts and PE. All of the 3 school senior leaders have over 10 years of teaching and education administration experience in IB schools. Our teachers graduated from top universities such as Peking University, Columbia University, National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. Our curriculum development and teaching team consists of outstanding educators, scientists and professional artists with rich experience. See staff profile page.

 

School facilities: We strictly follow the guidelines set by International Baccalaureate Organization(IBO) and CIE. Under these two highest international requirements for school facilities, we have 12 classrooms, 3 laboratories, 2 art rooms, 1 music and dancing studio, 1 library, 1 assembly hall and 1 indoor playground.

 

2. How is Han Academy’s curriculum different from other bilingual international schools?

Firstly, Han Academy has a strong advantage in Chinese language curriculum and teaching. Our Chinese subject has four branches: Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese Debate, Chinese Drama and Performance, and Chinese Library Course, which can provide students with multiple opportunities to train their Chinese language skills. At Han Academy, we use two sets of unique and advanced Chinese textbooks: the latest textbooks in mainland China edited by Professor Wen Rumin from Peking University and Chinese Traditional Culture Books published by Beijing Normal University Press. These two sets of textbooks are based on the most advanced Chinese and western educational concepts, which have fully considered students’ mental and physical needs. At the moment, Han Academy is the only school in Hong Kong using these two textbooks. Moreover, there is abundant lesson time for Chinese learning at Han Academy: apart from the lessons of four branches, we arrange Chinese morning reading on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Luckily, students spend about 100 minutes studying Chinese in the school every day.

 

Secondly, Han Academy builds a solid foundation in Mathematics and Sciences for students. Apart from CIE and IB, we have our school-based curriculum. We use CIE Mathematics textbooks, the ones edited by Ministry of Education in Mainland China and the ones jointly edited by East China Normal University and Ministry of Education in the UK. This way, we combine advantages of 3 sets of textbooks. For Sciences, we follow the STEM interdisciplinary ideas. Our Science lessons start from Year 1 and we use CIE textbooks. Every week, 4 Science lessons are arranged, which ensures enough time to learn the subject well. Moreover, we have MakerSpace to cultivate the students’ innovation and hands-on ability. Our systems are quite diverse, with advanced concepts applied.

 

Thirdly, we teach smaller-sized classes, in which each student is better cared about. In the Primary Section, the maximum number of students in each class is 12, and in Secondary Section 16.

 

3. Why does Han Academy choose different curriculum systems at different year levels?

At Han Academy, different curricula are provided in the last 2 years as follows:

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We can see that from Year 1 to Year 11 we use the complex and mature Cambridge International curriculum. Students can select IBDP or Cambridge A-Level at Year 12 and Year 13, according to their personal learning needs and progress. We believe such an arrangement, unique among the schools in Hong Kong, can better satisfy our students’ learning needs.

 

4. What are the strengths of Han Academy’s Arts, Music, Dancing, Sports and Technologies?

 

Arts  At Han Academy, art is not only about teaching theoretical knowledge, training analytical skills and cultivating appreciation ability but also equipping our students with art skills. We encourage students to express themselves through artworks. For example, students’ art skills are trained on different platforms (plane, stereoscopic and electronic) for their ability in design, organisation principle, chromatology, pastel, watercolor, oil painting, pencil sketch, model creation, ink drawing, paper clay and mosaic etc.
Music  Students are taught by professional musicians following to CIE Music syllabus. We teach instruments including violin, piano and also develop skills including breathing, articulation, singing and listening, music theory, music history and composing. We equip our students with advanced and international knowledge and skills. We believe that by learning music, wisdom will be enlightened and heart will be beautified.
Dancing Chinese dance is one of the characteristics of our dancing lessons. Students are directed to use their body and breath to express their thoughts. We help students improve their ability of beauty appreciation through the four elements of Chinese dance: gesture, spirit, power and rhythm. Except for Chinese dance, ballet and modern dance are also taught to give students abilities to act in phase and perform with confidence.
Sports Our division of PE is guided by the Hong Kong Education Bureau and we assess students based on their physical fitness and performance. The learning of Chinese martial arts is our feature. We also include sports popular in the US and Japan to our lessons, such as dodge ball, frisbee and dodge bee. By doing so, we train our students’ athletical judgement and appreciation abilities.
Technologies  Han Academy attaches great importance to the study and application of technologies. On our campus, each classroom is equipped with a 75-inch touch-screen smartboard. For the moment, we have 25 iPads for class activities, coding and programming, as well as controlling robots. There is intranet for communication inside the school and between the school and families. According to the learning philosophy of STEM, the students of Han Academy need to learn Information Technology and Computing (including programming) since Year 1. Also, Robotic Club is organised by the school.

 

5. What is Han Academy’s Homework Policy?

We believe that home learning and homework are essential in the education process. Here are our home learning guidelines:

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6. What textbooks does Han Academy use?

The textbooks of Chinese, Mathematics and Sciences: refer to Question 2.

Textbooks for English curriculum: we use Cambridge International curriculum textbooks for English, which have two characteristics. Firstly, the teaching material is very comprehensive and includes teachers' book, students' book, exercise book, activity book and challenge book. Every student will at least have students' book, exercise book and challenge book, which cater for the needs of different learners. Secondly, illustrations and accompanying texts of the textbook are of high quality standards. Besides this, the textbooks keep pace with the time. They are updated every two or three years and incorporate the contemporary knowledge in the industry.

 

7. How would parents be informed of the children’s learning outcomes?

Summative assessment: we divide each academic year into three terms, and there is a unified test before the end of each term (December, March and June). Hence parents will receive three complete school report cards in each academic year.

 

Formative assessment: the teacher will record the students' academic performance and then communicate with parents verbally or in written form to inform them about their children’s performance. Every October and April, we will also have parents' meetings to keep parents updated on the students' learning progress.

 

Students’ sharing session: the school will select a specific time in each academic year as information sharing sessions for parents. At that time, every student will spend 15 to 30 minutes individually to share his/her performance, learning difficulties and solutions with the parents.

 

8. What extra-curricular activities(ECA) are arranged by Han Academy?

Following IB standards, we arrange our ECA from three dimensions: Creativity, Activity and Service. We organize Drawing and Sketching, Board Games, Chess, Card Game, Guitar Club, Robotics, African Drum, Zhong Hua Wu Long, Handprint Printing, Origami, Badminton, Chinese Debate, Book Club, Cantonese Club, Film and Reading, Public Speaking, Chinese Martial Arts, Do-It-Yourself, Violin and Local Cooperative Performance.

 

9. Is there lunch and school bus service at Han Academy?

We select our lunch suppliers as recommended by the Hong Kong Education Bureau to arrange lunch on campus for students. In addition, we also have four school bus routes to pick up students coming to school and leaving school. The routes are:

  • Sai Wan Terrace ⇌ Pui Kiu Middle School ⇌ Tin Hau Temple Road/Comfort Terrace ⇌ School
  • 189 Queen’s Road West ⇌ 122 Belcher’s Street ⇌ Bel-Air ⇌ Larvotto ⇌ School
  • Olympian City ⇌ School
  • 101 Repulse Bay ⇌ 48 Deep Water Bay Road ⇌ School

 

10. What is your tuition fee? What does it cover?

The annual tuition fee of Primary Section is 198,000HKD, and Secondary Section is 208,000HKD, covering all regular lessons, extracurricular activities, intensive classes, contest training, etc.

 

11. What is your year level placement criterion?

We follow the British curriculum system: six-year primary school and 7-year secondary school. A child’s year level is first decided according to his/her physical age, for instance, a 5-year-old child goes to Year 1 and 6-year-old child goes to Year 2, and so on. After that, we may adjust the year level according to the student's academic age, by considering the student's interview performance, performance at school, after consultations with subject heads and parents.