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SCMP - Young Post 
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

9-year-old author Brian Kan continues ‘The Tale of Tom the Turtle’ with sequel about how to deal with bullying 

Brian Kan, from American School Hong Kong, wrote The Tale of Tom the Turtle - A School of Fish after he was inspired by news stories on school bullying. He published The Tale of Tom the Turtle in 2017, which dealt with environmental topics like plastic pollution in oceans; both books were entirely written and illustrated by Brian, and proceeds from the first book went the charity Greenpeace...Read More

Congratulations Jada He! 
Friday, July 13, 2018

We are proud to announce that our student, Jada He from Grade 6 was awarded the Champion of 7th World Junior Wushu Championships in Brasilia! Well done Jada! You are a star! 


WASC Announcement 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

We are proud to announce that the ACS WASC Commissioners have determined that the American School Hong Kong (K-G7) meets the ACS WASC/MSA-CESS criteria for accreditation.

After a successful on-site accreditation visit in March 2018, this accreditation status affirms the depth and high standards of our school’s purpose, program, and operations. The ACS WASC accreditation standards and principles are recognized worldwide. This is an amazing accomplishment for a program after just two years in operation! 


ESOL Education & American School Hong Kong are proud to be an MIT APP INVENTOR Affiliate 
Friday, June 22, 2018

In Fall 2018, Esol Education schools will roll out the MIT App Inventor curriculum for Middle School students. MIT App Inventor was developed by MIT Professor Hal Abelson when he was as a visiting faculty member at Google. This revolutionary visual coding tool empowers young people to develop apps worth making, and to use mobile computing for signigicant, real-world impact.

• Graphical, Drag & Drop Interface
• Helps Develop Simple Apps in Less than 60 minutes
• Open Source Application
• Publish to the Play Store
• Reach Millions of People
• Create Apps with Real World Impact 

South China Morning Post - June 22, 2018



Final Day of School 
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Have a great summer break everyone! See you on August 21st!


Kids Health & Parenting Event 2018 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Do you have questions on how to best care for your kids?

ASHK is delighted to be the sole education partner of “Kids Health and Parenting Event 2018” organized by Healthy Matters, the leading source of trusted health information in Hong Kong. Healthy Matters partners with a unique Expert Advisory Board that includes some of Hong Kong’s top doctors and healthcare specialists.

When: Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from 9am to 4pm 
Where: Level 3, JW Marriott Hong Kong

Inviting parents with children from age 0 to 6 to join this unique event where you can learn about or discover new tips on parenting and good health for your children. The lineup of speakers will cover topics like child allergies, private versus public emergency care, nutrition, and screen time management.

Running concurrently to the conference is the exhibition hall where attendees can explore great products and services, from specialized clinics to child-focused providers.

This event has a special feature with ASHK PE experts showing how to energize your body and do exercise within limited space.

FREE ticket to this one-day event for all ASHK parents and friends.

Please enter the registration page and type in the promo code: ASHK

You are welcome to share this information with your friends.


Reading & Writing Workshop in International Schools 
Monday, May 21, 2018

Reading & Writing Workshop in International Schools starts today @ American School Hong Kong. We are proud to have Erin Kent, an international literacy strategist, conducting workshops! We welcome teachers and literacy leaders from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, India, Korea, Italy, Dubai, Singapore, Switzerland, and Malaysia!


Play-based Learning & a Culture of Inquiry in the Early Years Program Panel Discussion 
Thursday, May 3, 2018

ASHK is proud to host the Panel Discussion with Experienced Global Educators on May 12. 
A wide range of activities will be provided for children:
• Science Adventures - Slime & Fun
• RoboCode - Computer Coding Demo
• Stormy Chefs - Cookies Decoration
• Funny Clay Animal Making
• Paper Craft Card Making
• Chess Game
• Wushu




Family Fun Day at ASHK 
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Thank you for coming to ASHK Family Fun Day!


Economics Fair @ ASHK 
Friday, April 20, 2018

Economics Fairs offer students a unique opportunity to see how the economy works. Students participate by opening individual businesses and either manufacturing items to sell or offering services for sale. Students determine what resources they need for their business to succeed and where they will purchase those resources.

This year our students from grade 3, 4 and 5 hosted the Fair while students from other grades were given play money to shop at the different businesses, choosing which items they would like to spend their money on. \

Thanks to grade 3, 4, and 5 students and their teachers for organizing and hosting this assembly. The Economics Fair was a great success!


Congratulations Allen Yu! 
Friday, March 23, 2018

We are pleased to announce that our student, Allen Yu from Grade 2 was awarded the Second Place of Piano Solo at the Hong Kong School Music Festival held by the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association. Well done Allen! You are a star!


Reading & Writing Workshop in International Schools: A Literacy Leadership and Teaching Conference 
Friday, March 23, 2018

ASHK is proud to host Erin Kent for Reading & Writing Workshop in International Schools: A Literacy Leadership and Teaching Conference.

Save the Date: May 21 - 25, 2018


Questions from other Esol schools about Chinese New Year 
Thursday, March 22, 2018


Congratulations Jada He! 
Monday, March 20, 2018

We are pleased to announce that our student, Jada He from Grade 6 was awarded the First Place of Group Female F4 Cudgel Play in Wushu Taolu Championship of “Love Wushu Cup” the 16th Hong Kong Wushu International Championship. Good job Jada! We are very proud of you!


Welcome WASC Visit 
Sunday, March 11, 2018

The ASHK family welcomes two very special visitors to our school. Barbara Parker and Dr. Bernadette Carmody will arrive on Sunday, March 11th and stay with us until Wednesday, March 14th as part of our initial WASC accreditation. With a focus on student learning, the WASC accreditation process includes the following: ‧creation and submission of a school description report with a comprehensive summation and reflection of achievement for all program areas, ‧documentation of evidence aligned to WASC criterion, and ‧an on-site visit to determine program effectiveness aligned to the school’s mission and WASC standards.

ASHK community members will be welcomed into this conversation as we celebrate the ways in which ASHK provides “a challenging American and international education program that empowers students to be independent critical thinkers and responsible global citizens who excel in their future studies and careers.” We welcome this opportunity to share our ASHK program and look forward to receiving feedback as part of this process!


Coffee Morning - Technology for Early Learners
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Today’s Coffee Morning focused on cyber safety for early learners; beneficial guidelines; technology balance; friendly and safe kid sites.

Thanks to Ms. Samantha Pelstring, Ms. Michelle Murdock, & Ms. Jennifer Peters for their informative and inspiring presentation!


Wonderstul CNY Assembly
Friday, March 2, 2018

ASHK students presented a fantastic CNY assembly. Good job everyone! Thanks to our wonderful Chinese Department and the support from all staff for such an amazing performance!


Congratulations Kelly Choi!
Thursday, February 8, 2018

We are pleased to announce that our student, Kelly Choi from Grade 3 won silver prize at the 37th Tai Po District Inter-School Dance Competition. Good job Kelly!


Scholarship Program Information Session 2018
Saturday, February 3, 2018


Active for Life - Staying Healthy in 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018

Thanks ASHK parents for coming to the Coffee Morning this week! Thanks Mr. Williamson and Ms. McKenzie for their interactive presentation! For those who couldn't make it to join us, here is a snapshot of the presentation. Check it out :)


ASHK Scholarship Program
Monday, January 8, 2017

American School Hong Kong is committed to providing highly-motivated and talented students with an exceptional educational experience in a culturally-diverse environment. The program reinforces our commitment in promoting and recognizing excellence, while providing equal-opportunity access for admission to the school community. Merit and needs-based scholarships are available to deserving students.

Join our Scholarship Program Information Session on February 3, 2018 to learn more. 
Register now


Disneyland Performing Arts
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Planned and organized by the Elementary and Middle school Music Teacher, Mrs Niermeier, ASHK school choir once again performed at Hong Kong Disneyland last Saturday December 2. We enjoyed the performance and were proud of our students.


Cross Country Running
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

At ASHK we seek to inspire our students to run for fitness, good health, stress relief, and to enjoy the great outdoors! To achieve this goal, we have had Cross Country as one of our ECAs since school started.

Cross Country Running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain such as dirt or grass.

Led by Miss Spring, the training programs are tailored by age groups and a number of ASHK students from grades 3-7 have been training for months. Last week, the team participated in ISSFHK Cross Country Meets, and everyone finished the race.


Congratulations Sharon Wei!
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We are pleased to announce that our student, Sharon Wei from Grade 3 won third place at the Hong Kong School Speech Festival (Chinese Speech) held by the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association. Well done Sharon!


Wonderful Thanksgiving Family Picnic 
Friday, December 1, 2017

Thanks to everyone's support and participation, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving Family Picnic last week. Here is a snapshot of the day's activities.


Thanksgiving Celebration 
Thursday, November 23, 2017

On the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. It originated as a harvest festival, but is now the biggest celebration of family and friendships. It was during the American Civil War that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S. 

As an American School, we celebrate Thanksgiving as well. This year, all ASHK parents are invited to pack a picnic lunch and join your child/ren in celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23 at 11:30 am.

Parents are invited to stay for the movie that follows the picnic and/or to attend the social for parents which runs simultaneously.


ASHK “Week Without Walls” to Sabah
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ASHK Middle School students traveled last week with Mr. Cohen and Ms. Nicholas to the Kiulu Valley in Sabah, approximately one hour inland from Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. ASHK co-sponsored the trip with Adventure Tours, using The Adventure Centre (TAC) as their base in Sabah.

The program emphasized personal development, which was achieved through a combination of individual and team challenges and adventures, while giving students the opportunity to experience the local culture and geography. In addition, ASHK students engaged in community service activities, where they assisted with the construction of a covered seating area for a sports pitch at Rangalau Lama village school, and repainted part of the school that was suffering from the effects of extreme tropical weather.

We are very proud of our 2017 Middle School students as they represent the first group to participate in a “Week Without Walls” trip!


Congratulations Leo Zhao! 
Monday, November 20, 2017

At ASHK we encourage students to learn new things and to aim for excellence in whatever they are doing. This is the first year our students participated in the Chinese Speech Competition organized by the Hong Kong Children Art and Speech Association. We are pleased to announce that our student, Leo Zhao from Grade 5, won first place out of more than 250 students. Good job Leo!


Welcome USC University of Southern California 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ASHK Hosts Global Ed. D. Candidates from The University of Southern California (USC)

The USC Global Ed. D. Program recruits students from around the world to prepare them to be educational leaders in their home country. The program is hybrid, with on-line experiences and in-person classes in various international locations. While in Hong Kong, the doctoral candidates were taking two parallel classes on finance and organization of schools.

We were delighted with the opportunity to host the group and, while here, our School Director, John Jalsevac, gave a presentation on the various logistical and strategic planning initiatives associated with starting a new K - 12 school.

ASHK intends to strengthen relationships and build partnerships with highly selective overseas universities.


Dubai Introduces Green Learning With First Sustainable School 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017


With 40 years of experience in establishing and operating leading International schools worldwide, ASHK’s owner and operator - Esol Education - will add the first sustainability focused international school in Dubai to its network.

Located in Sustainable City, the Fairgreen International School for primary years through to secondary will have sustainability as an integral part of its IB curriculum.

Read more


Curriculum Night
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thanks to all the parents who came to the Curriculum Night this evening! Your presence is much appreciated!
Here is a snapshot of the Mini Day in the Life of an ASHK student.


Joanne Mallary, Assistant Principal of ASHK, was interviewed by The Standard
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Forging a new generation of scholars
With the mission of empowering students to be independent critical thinkers and responsible global citizens, American School Hong Kong’s unique curriculum undertakes a holistic, inspirational, and constructivist approach to learning.





Students from American School Hong Kong's sister schools in the Esol Education network have recently returned from a successful summer trip with Stanford Pre-collegiate International Institutes. Marking the second year of Esol Education’s collaboration with Stanford University, which is ranked as one of the top three universities in the world, the 2017 cohort comprised 25 students traveling from Esol’s international schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Nicosia, accompanied by chaperones.

The students participated in the two-week program designed to introduce them to a US college education, where they experienced college-level classes conducted by expert educators selected by Stanford University. The program content also included field trips, excursions and multi-cultural projects. 

We enjoyed following our fellow students’ journey to San Francisco, with daily updates being posted via social media channels and emails. They reported this to be one of the best experiences of their senior years and in line with ASHK’s journey towards becoming one of the leading international schools in Hong Kong, we look forward to joining the cohort in the coming years as we grow to include our own middle and high school in Hong Kong.

For more information about the program, please visit







Last Day of School at American School Hong Kong

Have a great Summer Break everyone!
See you on August 21, 2017.


First Sports Day @ ASHK
Monday, 19 June, 2017

There were lots of activities for students to participate today including Soccer Games, Potato Sack Races, Tug of War, Relay Race/ Individual Races, Throwing and Kicking Competition etc.
One of the most exciting activities is: Tug of War - Teachers vs Students!!! And the Winners are...
We all had a great day!

First Sports Day @ ASHK - Part 2


Expat Parent - American School's glittering launch

The American School Hong Kong (ASHK) officially launched last month with a lively grand opening ceremony at its Tai Po campus. By Expat Parent 
Monday, June 5, 2017

Staff, guests and students officially open ASHK in Tai Po
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International Festival 2017

The International Festival held on May 29 (Monday) was a huge success. Thanks are extended to the many parents who supported the festival and came to share in the celebration. 
Thursday, May 31, 2017



ASHK Grand Opening Ceremony – Celebrating our founding staff members, students and their families 
Friday, May 19, 2017

Today we celebrated our Grand Opening Ceremony in our new gymnasium.
Thank you students, parents, staff and special guests including the representatives from the American Consulate, the Education Bureau, Esol Regional Director Bassam Abushakra, Esol Strategic Director Ahmed Mitwalli for celebrating our school's Grand Opening together. It was a very successful event to commemorate an important milestone in our school's history.


SCMP - Young Post
8-year-old author Brian Kan wants to change the world with his Tale of Tom the Turtle

The American School student tells Young Post about the tough road to becoming a published author, and how working with Lego reminds him of our fragile environment. By Lucy Christie 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017



The PEAK - Back to School 
A New Education Opportunity 

September Issue, 2016

The new American School Hong Kong will offer students a K-12 program designed to open up access to top tier American and Canadian universities… 


John Jalsevac, is School Director of American School Hong Kong 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A new but familiar face, John Jalsevac, is School Director of American School Hong Kong (ASHK) which will open in Tai Po in August 2016.

ASHK, the Dubai-based Esol Education’s first in East Asia, will operate a KG to Grade 12 through-train school featuring US Common Core curriculum in the Elementary and Middle School Divisions and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in the High School. 


Talking Heads: John Jalsevac - American School Hong Kong 
Thursday, May 5, 2016

We continue the Little Steps Talking Heads series, where parents can meet, greet, and get tips from Hong Kong's Heads of Schools! Get personal with these fabulous personalities and find out what makes them tick, their advice for parents navigating the schooling scene, and their favorite things about life in the city. 


Esol Education and ASHK Establish Collaboration with Stanford University
Monday, April 11, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Esol Education has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Stanford University in the United States that will eventually provide ASHK students with an outstanding opportunity to take part in Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.


The Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes offer two-week residential courses, labs and workshops for academically talented and motivated high school students. The workshops draw on a range of subjects taught in the Stanford Faculties of Humanities, Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Business. Students who participate in the program will share their interests and abilities with other international students and all will be given opportunities to enrich and accelerate their academic pursuits. "This is an exciting step forward for our organization," shared John Jalsevac, ASHK School Director. "By focusing on communication, creativity and innovation, the programs at Stanford are a natural extension to the STEAM focus at ASHK."

An additional benefit for participants is to experience the academic and social aspects of American college life and culture at Stanford University, ranked as one of the top 5 universities in the world. All participants will stay in Stanford dormitories. Weekend field trips will include visits to UC Berkeley, Golden Gate Park, Monterey, and other San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley neighborhoods and landmarks. Students will also learn about the US college admissions process and about resources and services available to international students at US universities.

As part of the agreement, ASHK students will be part of the Esol Education worldwide cohort, traveling to Stanford in groups of up to 40 with chaperones who assist in their arrival and provide support in residential life. The students have the opportunity to meet and bond with others who share their intellectual interests and vision to advance their education in the US.

Highlighting this as a key development for future ASHK students, Mr. Jalsevac said, "Although availability to the program is a few years away from ASHK’s first cohort, we are pleased to be part of this progressive and innovative collaboration that Esol Education has established with Stanford University, and are looking forward to providing our students this unique opportunity to participate in a world class program."

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Published by SCMP, Good Schools Guide interviewed John Jalsevac, School Director of ASHK
Thursday, March 24, 2016

New US school to STEAM ahead with learning 'through-train'Read More... 


American Chamber of Commerce's Interview with Dr Taylor
Thursday, January 14, 2016
As part of the Esol Education community that stretches across the globe, American School Hong Kong is heading into town. The school already has a strong presence in Dubai and the new location will allow it to expand its capacity and offer an accredited American education to students in Hong Kong. The spacious new campus, located in Tai Po in the New Territories, is now under full-scale renovation and is expected to open in September, 2016.Read More...


South China Morning Post's Interview with Bassam Abushakra, Regional Director of Esol Education
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
South China Morning Post's interview with Bassam Abushakra, Regional Director of Esol Education, to share "The American Way".

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