Hong Kong Academy

Hong Kong Academy is an independent co-educational day school for students ages 3 – 18. The school was founded in 2000 by Teresa Richman and Ben Frankel.[1] The middle school was added in September 2006 and in 2007 the board approved the inclusion of a high school programme that began in 2008/9 academic year. HKA graduated its first IB Diploma cohort in May 2012.

Hong Kong Academy
Logo of the school
Location33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
TypePrivate international (non-profit)
Head of SchoolStephen Dare
Primary School PrincipalVirginia Hunt
Secondary School PrincipalJoanna Crimmins
GradesPK1 to G12
Curriculum frameworkInternational Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)
Current enrollment/number of students650+
Accreditation and affiliations


Early childhood

The Hong Kong Academy Early Childhood programme consists of grades PK1-G1. Students study four International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) units of inquiry, integrating Art, Music, Physical Education and Mandarin. Each class has two full-time teachers. In PK1 and PK2, one is English-speaking and one is Mandarin-speaking.

Primary school

HKA has adopted the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The school chose the PYP intentionally because of its curriculum and its focus on personal development. The PYP's transdisciplinary approach to learning promotes creative questioning and meaningful exploration of themes. Using “Units of Inquiry”, students develop core competencies in mathematics and language arts within and across themes in a context that promotes learning for understanding.

The primary school is led by a principal, an assistant principal and PYP coordinator, and a counsellor. For students receiving learner support, the Learner Support Team works closely with teachers and with the primary school leadership.

Secondary school

Students in grades 6-10 follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. The full full IB Diploma Programme is available to grade 11 and 12 students.[1]

Diploma Options

Students at HKA are given the opportunity to qualify for the HKA Diploma and/or a mix of Diploma Certificates or the full IB Diploma. Qualification for the HKA High School Diploma is determined by credits awarded in the final four years of school.

Option 1: HKA Diploma

Students must earn 26 credits over four years (Grades 9-12) in order to obtain their HKA Diploma. A credit is earned by earning a year-end mark of 3 (out of a possible 7) or higher.

Option 2: HKA Diploma and the IB DP

Students that choose to pursue the IB DP must complete all of the requirements of the IB DP during Grades 11 and 12. This includes scoring a minimum of 24 points on their 6 IB exams, and successful completion of the extended essay, CAS, and the Theory of Knowledge. Students successful in this option will have earned BOTH the HKA and IB DP.

Option 3: HKA Diploma and IB Certificates

Students that do not choose the IB DP will sit for external IB examinations in May of their grade 12 year in SOME IB classes and SOME HKA classes. They will earn IB certificates for subjects in which they sit for the IB examination.

Learner support

Children needing learning support are admitted upon the same criteria as other students. They must be able to succeed in the mainstream classroom with support services. HKA learning support includes children who are performing beyond grade level expectations, those with physical disabilities, or intellectual challenges, etc.


The campus was located in Wan Chai and Kennedy Town. In August 2013 the school moved to its new permanent site in Sai Kung.


  1. "School Profile" (PDF). hkacademy.edu.hk. Hong Kong Academy. 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2019.

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