A new small standalone primary school in Kowloon, which offers a bilingual programme to children in Grades 1-6 as part of a curriculum that is focused on innovation and project-based learning.
Opened in August 2021, Bloom is a school that is passionate about and determined to stand out from the crowd of UK curriculum and International Baccalaureate programme schools in Hong Kong. It offers a unique and rigorous bilingual curriculum that is designed to "build a one-of-a-kind learning community".
Bloom is founded by Head of School Renée Boy, who has been educated in Hong Kong, Harvard and Cambridge; Ms Boey has a background in teaching at local and international schools in Hong Kong, and this is her first move into a leadership position at a school. She has recruited a strong international team of faculty including Mei Chen, a former NASA engineer who is currently Bloom’s STEM Director, to help deliver her ambitious learning goals.
Teaching offers 50/50 exposure to both Chinese (simplified characters) and English to enable students to "think, create, and communicate" in both languages. There are two pathways: one for students who are learning Chinese as a foreign language or a second language, and one for students whose native language is Putonghua or Cantonese.
The school's STEM programme is based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) from the US. Ms Boey says that unlike a traditional STEM classroom, "where science experiments are pre-designed, Bloom KKCA Academy focuses on the design of the experiment itself".
Parents can expect Bloom's ambitious curriculum to be challenging and demanding, with high expectations of its students. This is not an academic hothouse, though. Bloom promises to balance structure and choice, traditional and pioneering practices, and academia with a well-rounded enrichment programme. There are one-on-one and group music lessons, art lessons at the neighbouring Hong Kong Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC), and sporting activities including basketball, dance, fencing, soccer and tennis.
Bloom also takes learning beyond the classroom in many ways: there are weekly field trips across Singapore, as well as co-curricular activities including a farm to table programme, a forest school, and chess academy.
The campus has a very modern feel to match its pedagogy; there are specialist music, media, STEM and innovation rooms, as well as an outdoor field, vertical garden and forest playground.
Bloom is currently accepting applications for Grades 1-6 applications on a rolling basis for 2022. It is passionate about making sure that Bloom is "the right fit for the student and family". As well as sitting an assessment, all students meet personally with the founder Ms Boey.
Annual tuition fees are HKD 169,950 for Grades 1-5, and HKD 174,900 for Grade 6, which are payable in 11 monthly instalments. Unlike many schools in Hong Kong, there is no development fee or capital levy to pay.
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