Philosophy of Education at HKIS

HKIS Philosophy of Education

HKIS uses a comprehensive standards-based curriculum in which we teach for understanding. Students understand when they acquire important new knowledge and skills, make meaning of big ideas related to the knowledge and skills, and transfer this learning to new and authentic situations.

The Understanding by Design (UbD) model, which seeks to structure teaching for understanding, guides us in the formulation of our written curriculum. We align curriculum, instruction, and assessment to allow students to demonstrate understanding by developing enduring understandings and building on previous learning experiences and previously learned knowledge and skills. HKIS teachers regularly update and revise curricula to reflect current best practices and research.

At HKIS, we believe that the purpose of assessment is to promote learning. A robust system of assessment is relevant and accurate, ongoing, informative and timely, and understandable to all. Multiple forms of assessment are used to allow students to demonstrate their understanding; formative assessments are used to guide instruction and student goal-setting while summative assessments summarize the mastery of content, knowledge or skills at a particular point in time.

Shared Philosophy of Education

Lower Primary

Our Lower Primary School serves students in Reception 1 (pre kindergarten) through Grade 2 (4 - 7 years old).

Children learn best in a ‘hands-on’ environment, where they are actively involved in exploring, experimenting and talking as they work and play at a variety of activities.

Upper Primary

The Upper Primary School serves students in Grades 3 through 5 (8-10 years old).

The curriculum includes language arts (the integration of reading, writing, speaking and listening), mathematics, Christianity and other world religions, science, social studies, and Mandarin.

Middle School

Our Middle School serves students in Grades 6 through 8 (11 - 14 years old).

Students extend and challenge themselves with a wide range of subjects including math, science, language arts, music, social studies, religion, physical education, modern languages, and Mandarin.

High School

Our High School serves students in Grades 9 through 12 (15-18 years old).

Through academics, co-curricular activities, leadership and service, each student develops his or her intellect, imagination, independence, and inherent sense of responsibility.