In anticipation of the Beijing International School Expo on January 24-25, we will be highlighting local and international schools around Beijing from the upcoming 2015-2016 beijingkids School Choice Guide, which comes out on January 20.
House of Knowledge (HoK) believes that tomorrow’s leaders need an excellent foundation cultivated in an environment that is both caring and challenging, where children can thrive and develop. HoK’s unique curriculum trains students to acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn.” HoK Elementary school also has a German program and a English program that engage students in active learning and feature a multi-sensory approach were children are “ready to learn” for life.
Founding date: 2007
Age range: 1-11
Grades offered: Kindergarten, nursery, preschool, Grades 1-2
School type: International nursery, kindergarten, preschool and elementary school
Total area: 1,600sqm (Chaoyang Park campus), 5,000sqm (Quanfa campus)
Number of students: Over 100
Is the school accredited by the Ministry of Education? Undergoing accreditation process
Accreditations: Undergoing WASC accreditation process
Foreign passport holders accepted? Yes
Local Chinese students accepted? Yes
Tuition fees (2014-2015 academic year):
• Toddler (12-20 months): RMB 30,050 (half-day, two days per week), RMB 42,290 (half-day, three days per week), RMB 66,780 (half-day, five days per week)
• Nursery (20 months-3 years): RMB 86,810 (half-day), RMB 102,400 (full day)
• Kindergarten (3-5 years): RMB 133,560 (full day)
• Preschool (4-6 years): RMB 136,680 (full day)
• Elementary Grades 1-2*: RMB 168,760
• Elementary Grades 3-5: RMB 178,660
• Lunch fee: RMB 6,800 per year
*Twenty percent discount for elementary is available if registration and full payment are completed no later than April 1, 2015.
Lunch offered: Breakfast, a morning fruit snack, lunch and an afternoon snack are prepared daily by the school’s in-house cooks using high-quality ingredients such as Wondermilk, sugar-free yogurt, meats from a German butcher, fresh breads from a local German bakery, and (when possible) organic fruits and vegetables from local organic farms.
Nationality of students: More than 10 nationalities
Primary teaching language: English or German
Other languages taught: Chinese
Average class size: 9 (toddler), 16 (nursery), 20 (kindergarten, preschool, and elementary)
Average teacher/student ratio: 1:4 (kindergarten), 1:10 (elementary)
School hours: 8am-3.45pm
After-school activities: Super Science, dance, soccer, kung fu, swimming, Chinese traditional dancing, yoga, piano, Crazy Crafts, magic lessons, Chinese culture, and more (see website for current listings)
School facilities: Multi-level classrooms, under-floor heating, reading room, in-house chef, swimming pool, art stations, parents’ corner, outdoor playground and kids kitchen, indoor gym, art room, building stations, and more
School nurse or doctor available? Yes. Staff are also certified in first aid.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hokschools.com
• Quanfa Campus: North gate of Quanfa Gardens, 18 Maquanying, Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District (6431 8452, email@example.com) 朝阳区顺白路马泉营路18号泉发花园北门
• Chaoyang Park Campus: Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (6538 2624, firstname.lastname@example.org) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号维多利亚花园
Word from a Parent:
“When we arrived to Beijing in 2011, we searched for a warm and heartfelt kindergarten that could also give a good education to our very shy 3-year-old daughter Enja. We found this at HoK. With the help the teachers, Enja rapidly progressed. During her first year at HoK, through interesting and exciting project-based learning, she earned a wealth of knowledge, and started speaking English and Chinese pretty quickly. In preschool, Enja joined the English Starfall literacy program and has started successfully this year in HoK first grade. Our daughter has developed into an open and self-confident 6-year-old who is enjoying every single day at HoK. We are really happy and grateful she attends this school.”
– Aminah Strien (Germany), mother of Enja (age 6.5)
Photo: Courtesy of HoK