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By: John Jalsevac, Director
In a 2014 school allocation exercise organized by the Hong Kong Government, Esol Education was one of five successful groups amongst 46 who submitted bids for new international school site licenses. Esol was assigned the former Buddhist Hui Yuan College in Tai Po in the New Territories region of Hong Kong.
The seven-story, 12,000 sq.m. facility was built in 1992. In 2004, a new wing was added. In 2012 the school closed due to declining enrolment. We retrofitted the entire exterior and interior of the building. In addition to providing all new floors, ceilings, walls, plumbing, electrical, millwork, etc., we have also refitted the premises to increase multi-purpose space, add new learning technology capabilities and altered the Science and specialty areas to bring them in line with curriculum plans and the most current pedagogical approach to teaching and learning.
ASHK opened with Kindergarten through Grade 6 in September 2016. The school will add a Middle School program in 2017 and the High School program will be launched in 2018 starting with Grade 9. At capacity, the school is designed for 900 students.
The curriculum will be standards based with the US Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards forming the framework for learning. The school will place significant emphasis on the development of a STEAM program. The goal is to foster true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer.
STEAM teaches flexible thinking, risk-taking and creative problem solving. STEAM requires constant collaboration and teamwork. Teams will form a fundamental unit of organization within STEAM, in line with what the research says about teams in that they tend to innovate faster, see mistakes more quickly and find better solutions to problems.
The High School will offer numerous electives for students and will introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma stream for students in Grades 11 and 12.