Stamford American School Hong Kong

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Stamford American School Hong Kong is a private school in Hong Kong that offers K-12 international educational program with American standards-based curriculum for over 600 students from more than 30 nationalities in Ho Man Tin, Kowloon.[1] Opened in 2017, Stamford offers Pre-Primary to Grade 12 for students aged 5 to 18. Stamford is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. It is also a Council of International Schools (CIS) member school.[2]


Stamford was established in Hong Kong in August 2016 by Cognita and opened its doors to its first cohort of students in September 2017.[3] Stamford enrolled more than 350 students in its foundation year. In 2018, Stamford announced its on-campus facilities enhancement project[4] to support the development of its high school curriculum; the project is expected to complete in late 2020.


Stamford American School Hong Kong took over the former New Method College on 25 Man Fuk Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong as its campus.[5] The School was refurbished before opening[6] and fitted with new facilities including:

  • Stamford Arena
  • 25m indoor heated swimming pool
  • Innovation center
  • STEMinn laboratory
  • Cognita iLearn (lecture theatre)
  • Art room
  • Drama room
  • Private music rooms


Stamford is a K-12 school with Pre-Primary, Elementary (Grades 1-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12) on the same campus.


Owned and operated by Cognita, the School is the second Stamford American School in the world and is one of the 11 schools in Asia in the Cognita Family of Schools (including Woodland Preschool Group in Hong Kong).

Stamford American School Hong Kong is led by Head of School Ms. Karrie Dietz, Upper School Principal Mr. Neil Walton, Lower School Principal Ms. Rose Chambers, and Student Welfare and Safety Principal Mr. Alan Erickson.[7]

Curriculum and testing[edit]

Stamford uses an American standards-based curriculum, based on the rigorous and proven American Education Reaches Out (AERO) and Common Core Plus standards that develop a strong foundation in the core subjects such as language art, math, humanities, and science. The curriculum is delivered using an inquiry-based approach across themes through a personalized learning[8] approach.

Elementary School (Pre-Primary to Grade 5): An inquiry-based curriculum approach is combined with the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) and Common Core Plus standards. Stamford adopts the standardized Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessment in Reading, Mathematics and Science. MAP® tests are administered twice a year to benchmark and predict student growth to inform teaching and support personalized learning.[8]

Middle School (Grades 6-8): A transition from the heavily transdisciplinary nature of Elementary studies to a blend of interdisciplinary and subject-specific areas of learning, with the goal to prepare students for pre-university examinations (Pre-SAT) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).

High School (Grades 9-12): High School at Stamford consists of two years of Stamford integrated courses (Grades 9-10) and then two years of Diploma Programme and Stamford high school diploma courses (Grades 11-12). Stamford American School Hong Kong is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. Pre-university testing starts from Grade 10 to the beginning of Grade 12 at Stamford and the final IBDP external assessments take place at the end of Grade 12. Stamford offers IBDP, American High School Diploma, or both as graduation pathways.

Beginning at age five, students in Stamford are offered a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMinn) Program which is based on the STEM principles with an added focus on innovation. Stamford also offers a bilingual program in English/Mandarin for students in Pre-Primary to Grade 2 or the choice of daily Mandarin or Spanish class for 40 minutes for all grades.[9] For English as an additional languages speakers, the school provides support through two programs, the Accelerated Language Program (ALP) and the English as an Additional Language Program (EAL).[10]


  1. ^ "Education Bureau School List by District".
  2. ^ "Stamford Middle & High School Curriculum".
  3. ^ "Cognita Opens its First School in Hong Kong".
  4. ^ "Stamford's Exciting Future: Our Additional Facilities Design".
  5. ^ "International schools become hot property in Hong Kong". South China Morning Post. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ "New international school in Hong Kong set to profit from parental worries". South China Morning Post. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Stamford School Leadership".
  8. ^ a b "Stamford Curriculum".
  9. ^ "Language Programs at Stamford".
  10. ^ "Stamford English Support Programs".