Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) Hong Kong
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3.0 from 11 reviews
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About Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA)


Victoria Shanghai Academy Hong Kong (VSA) is an IB World School, located in Shum Wan next to the Aberdeen Harbour. We have over 1,800 students and offer three IB programmes - Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). VSA emphasises a holistic approach at the heart of which is inquiry-based learning and teaching.

The primary section offers a bilingual education (English and Putonghua); the secondary curriculum is delivered in English and supplemented by a strong Chinese programme. In line with our Vision and Mission, Victoria Shanghai Academy Hong Kong aims to attract students who wish to strive for academic and personal excellence and be actively involved in a student-centered community that combines international perspectives and Chinese heritage.

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Curriculum

IB,Chinese

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Max Class Size

Unknown

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11 Reviews of Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA)

Average Ratings

Overall 3.02
Facilities 3.14
Academics 3.57
Teachers 3.57
Sports 3.86
Music & Arts 3.57
Science & Tech 3.43

Reviewer Nationalities

Singaporean (1) Chinese (5)

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Stacy, 16/07/2020 @ 10:06:08
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Very good school! Excellent

D Fung, 07/06/2020 @ 13:53:20
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My daughter has been with VSA since the primary and is currently at Grade 10. Over years, I have found the school operating with passion, providing a great, stable and nurturing environment for personal growth. The mode of study is lively and inspiring. VSA has handled the covid-19 crisis very well, commencing online classes shortly after the suspension of physical classes that provides continuity. I have a great respect to the Grade 10 students as I have found many of those are academically excellent, socially compassionate, and physically energetic. I would not be surprised their result in DP examination two years from now will be outstanding. I do recommend this school to all the prospect.

Erin L Y4A2 VSA https://erinl409.wixsite.com/acting-for-good, 04/06/2020 @ 07:40:15
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I was EL in my last review. I think that VSA's approach to becoming a global citizen is very Inquiry-Based, which will help us become responsible global and digital citizens: we get a lot of projects like I-time, Genius Hour and in our latest unit: social media, VSA assisted me in creating this: https://erinl409.wixsite.com/acting-for-good. VSA is a brilliant school. Some people might be too naive to thank VSA for doing so much good for them. But VSA is a school worth thanking. Victoria Shanghai Academy will always be where I learnt the most.

EL , 04/06/2020 @ 07:18:41
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VSA is a wonderful school, with excellent teachers, and brilliant IB learning. Students at VSA get a lot of hands-on learning and therefore learn to be a good global citizen before students become adults.

Alex, 23/05/2020 @ 13:48:36
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Ms. Lin - It shouldn't come to be a surprise considering the school is situated right on the side of a mountain. Secondly, high pay but terrible environment doesn't mean good teachers will come, most new teachers are new, inexperienced teachers that has come to teach for 2~4 years (as each job contract in VSA is 2 years unless of special reasons of resignation such as forced etc.), get some more experience they can use to fill in for their resume, and leave to other schools for a even higher paying positions and with students that genuinely wants to learn. Most teachers only care about experience on their resume, however some only cares about the pay and some genuinely want to teach, and in an environment where students are uncontrollable and the lessons you teach are basically useless because none of the students care about it? Those teachers eventually give up and just let the class do whatever they want, and I have countless examples for them. School claims they are "non-profit", don't let that word deceive you, (and really, they should remove it) only a tiny fraction goes back in investing of school to make it "better", all of the others are held by the company that brought VSA, as the school board itself is hired externally and have no affiliations with the company, the company holds all the money and give the school board salaries, hence calling it "non profit"

Laura Lin, 31/03/2020 @ 02:20:28
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Alex Zhang - you are joking about the boar and snakes right? How can a big school have bad teachers? I thought teachers at Victoria have good pay, hence the tuition is not cheap. Please clarify, I sent application for my boy to go here. Very strange to come across this when I was searching reviews for schools in Hong Kong. - Confused Parent

Alex Zhang, 13/02/2020 @ 16:13:18
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I've been in Victoria for quite some time now, here is my, personal insight of what school life feels for so long. At start, being the innocent 6 year-old you are stepping into first grade, everything seemed perfect, but as you get older, that "perfect school" doesn't seem so "perfect" after all. Victoria Shanghai Academy offers great extent of different programs that are well planned, but poorly taught and executed. Well experience teachers leave to neighbouring schools such as Canadian International or Singapore International. Many are new and in-experienced and others are mainly compromised of teachers that had taught in the middle east or Central Asia (Brunei, Indonesia, India etc). The explained new and in-experienced teachers do not have the knowledge to control classes which goes chaos at times, especially the young ones, where most of them outsmart the teacher and play games in classes nearly the entire class. Yes, they do have the qualification, but I personally think a good balance of both is what makes good teachers at a school. Facilities are Terrible - only what future parents can possibly see looks nice and high quality. Students wrote letters, asked and even begged for an improvement on school facilities such as fixing broken toilets which takes 5 months at least to get a toilet fix, broken hinges in the changing room at the swimming pool (Which in this case, it's been 3 years since students begin requesting, but never was our voices heard, most of the students believe that it is because most parent tours won't visit the changing room, but only the swimming pool, hence the school think it's "unnecessary" to fix)(Moulds are everywhere, and wild animals lurk around our school hallways, ranging from wild boars to snakes). Possible parents, I'm warning you, instead of things getting fixed to better suit students needs, they took their budget and brought huge un-necessary TVs which no one even glances at all around the school so that they can "impress future parents" on how "technologically advance" the "school and curriculum is" (After counting, roughly 2 each floor, 5/f and G/f has 3 and 1 large TV perspectively, all it displayed was outdated students work (Some where from 1-2 years ago, the time & date and some "information" on how "good the school is") Now let's point out catering... Chatwells - the catering company of VSA produces the worst food (As you can see from other reviews), food making students sick, vomiting etc, you name it, our school has it. If you're finding a school suited for your child, find it elsewhere, I promise, other schools provide better planned and executed educations than this school does for same or even the price.

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Y07T Hin Lok WAT, 2 months ago


Kids watch too much YouTube in class and even though chartwells is disgusting they still buy a lot of food from them... but then the teachers are nice except for a few....Boy on my left, girls on my right

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Y09J Chen Jun Walter KWONG, 5 months ago


I got a fever and a stomach ache when I ate the food, but there are nice teachers in the school, some that actually respond when I say hi.

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StaRFaceYT, 3 months ago


As a student of this school, there’s too many bad kids to exist in this school. Students often swear and talk about private parts in my grade, not just my grade, but people from primary as well (told by friends at school). Teachers are respectful but the food and students are the downside of this school. I’d rather move to a local school with the same education in Canada.

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Y4A4 Zihan (Adrian) LI, in the last week


Overall OK, but I think the food is gross. The fries are soggy, the burgers are like pork croquettes. Prefects all think they're the boss like Donald Trump or Boris Johnson. Drama teacher sarcastic.

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