What is an Arts Conservatory?
An Arts Conservatory is a programme for students to gain the academic knowledge needed to advance their skills, while also been exposed to various art forms such as music, dance, visual arts, theatre and presentation skills, which are embedded into our academic programme. We find that by adding the arts, children will develop a love for learning and more importantly, a true understanding of learning in general.
What is AOJ Conservatory’s Educational Philosophy?
INSPIRED by the Reggio Emilia and Montessori approach in learning. GUIDED by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. MOTIVATED by the Academy of Jazz ethos and spirit with emphasis on our Core Values of Style, Creativity and Discipline. We believe in having a variety of learning tools readily available for each child to learn and grow at his or her pace, not ours.
What kind of curriculum is implemented at AOJC?
The curriculum in our classroom is an agreement between the child, the parent and the teacher. It is further supported by the East meets West design of the classroom environment. There are profound influences in the Early Childhood Education field, and we take pride in being able to learn from innovators who have developed brilliant tactics. In addition, we look forward to learn about the tactics yet to be discovered. With a strong, well experienced and highly qualified team, we strive to learn and develop best practices for all children at AOJC
We strive to reach the following goals and understand that:
- Provide a developmentally and individually based curriculum
- The child is an active participant in his/her own learning
- Learning is based on the child’s interests and abilities
- Creating a space for children to create, explore and hypothesize
- Extending the classroom into the home and community
How is performing arts integrated into the school curriculum?
In addition to the our highly interactive and creative classroom adventures, children take Art, Drama & Theatre, Dance and Stage Production classes at our by our trained Arts teachers throughout the week. Classes are taught by trained professionals and shows, galleries and performances are presented to the school community. We believe adding performing arts to the curriculum will deliver faster results in a child’s academic rigor, social and emotional mindset, and levels of independence and discipline.
Does the school offer additional extra-curricular or after school activities?
Yes, we are proud to have a highly creative, energetic and qualified staff who work hard at providing after school classes in Dance and Drama.
*Parents can contact our office for details. Courses on a first come first serve basis.
What type of qualifications does the AOJ Conservatory staff have?
All staff members are qualified and experienced to work with children age 10 months to 6 years old. We require our staff to be qualified and experienced in both Early Years Education and Dance Education. All staff are required to take part in continuous professional development courses within the Hong Kong higher education system and through our in-house AOJC Training Programme.
Our leadership team and staff work closely with International and Local schools within Hong Kong for ongoing support, training and collaboration to enhance our standard of teaching and learning.
What kinds of opportunities are available for parents, to get involved with their child’s learning?
We believe the more a parent is involved in their child’s learning, the more their child will love to learn. Parent Volunteers are invited to take part in classroom activities, story time, field trips, school events, and more. In addition, the school provides a special Home Visit Programme where teachers visit the child’s home for story time and a short activity. This programme links the school and home environments and instills great confidence in children, while building a common respect amongst parents and teachers & children and teachers.
What type of safety and security measures does the school have in place?
Child safety is our number one priority. Children are always under strict supervision and care throughout the day by qualified and trained professionals. Our campus design and CCTV system allows for safe passage of students and families. Our Campus sites are registered and up-to-date on all required safety and security laws and regulations.
What kind of educational support does the school offer children with special educational needs?
We have built strong relationships with various organizations. With the help of these organizations, our trained and experienced Special Education Needs staff, we have developed a strong support system for children who need extra help or extension in their learning and development.
Will my child need to attend an interview?
Although a 1-to-1 interview allows us to know the child individually, we believe seeing a child in a group setting with other children is more beneficial. How children interact with others, what they choose to engage in, and their ability to participate in activities will show us how they will succeed in our programme. After attending a Family Visit to meet the Conservatory Director and Conservatory Headmaster, parents will be invited back for a trial class. Children and parents will take part in a small group circle time, free play, craft activity, snack, and dance adventure. Teachers will have opportunities to interact with children when appropriate and speak with parents throughout the session. This process will last three hours.
What is the admissions process?
Parents are welcome to submit the application form at any time via the online portal or by post. We encourage parents to book an appointment for our upcoming Info Sessions (see website for dates and times), or schedule a School Tour. Parents are required to participate in a Family Visit at our Mei Foo Studio. Successful candidates will receive an invitation for their child to attend a trial class with 4-6 peers and the Conservatory Headmaster. Successful applicants will then receive an acceptance letter within 1 week after the trial class.
What are the school fees?
Please see the Program and Fees tab on our website
Will my child easily adapt to Local School? International School?
We are confident your child will adapt with ease into their Primary School after spending at least a few months with us. We take pride in readily preparing all students for Primary school, whether they will enter local, international, private or return to their home country.
What languages are taught in class?
AOJC is proud to offer a trilingual programme. English, Mandarin and Spanish are integrated into all academic and arts subject areas.