as a center of educational excellence
21st century learning
customized for a rich
diversity of students
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."
Based in Hong Kong, The Harbour School (THS) is a primary and secondary international school that recognizes children as complex individuals with differing needs, goals, personalities, and backgrounds and thus takes a customized approach to learning.
Founded in 2007, THS has gained a worldwide reputation as a center of educational excellence emphasizing skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, creativity, innovation and resilience. We recently placed second worldwide in a global competition for “21st Century School of the Year”.
While we offer an American curriculum, it is adapted to ensure learning success for a very diverse international population. We are committed to unlocking the best in every student, encouraging students to find and develop their areas of strength.
THS is a model for providing a 21st-century education for typical, advanced and gifted children while also providing support to students with areas of weakness. Outliers in any population who may not be appropriately addressed in a less customized curriculum achieve remarkable success at THS. We have created an environment that provides a comprehensive, integrated education building on a strong foundation of core skills to develop a global cultural literacy in science, history, technology, and the arts in an atmosphere of kindness, flexibility, respect, and individualism.
In addition to a structured approach to math, reading, and writing, we use an experiential approach in areas such as science, history and the arts. Children at THS are active, learning many things through experimentation, project work, discussion or action. We also customize instruction for each child’s abilities and skills. We welcome a diversity of students so that they learn to work with others who may have different learning profiles, and we encourage children to explore different areas of strength.
We do this by maintaining an average ratio of one teacher for every eight students in a class. This ratio enables teachers to work in small groups and to take the time to ensure that students are working at their optimal level. Technology is also used throughout the curriculum to help students learn, communicate or produce at their highest level.
We boast an Advisory Council that is comprised of some of the most prestigious figures in education, from past and present government program directors to university deans and even the “father” of Sesame Street.
About the founders
Dr. Jadis Blurton
Head of School
Dr. Craig Blurton
Dr. Craig Blurton was the Executive Director of The GLOBE Program (www.globe.gov), a program in which more than 10 million children have participated and which currently operates in 24,000 schools worldwide. He was also the founder and Director of the California Technology Project (CTP), a California state-wide staff development program helping K-12 classroom teachers learn to use IT in support of teaching, the founder and Director of the Elementary Summer Technology Training Institute (ESTTI), and the Associate Director of NASA’s Classroom of the Future. During this time, he won the California Computer-Using Educators’ Platinum Disk Award “For Leadership in Bringing Technology to California’s Classrooms” and its Golden Disk Award “For Outstanding Contributions to Educational Technology.”
Dr. Blurton was a founding Board Member of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and has published more than 50 articles and four book chapters (including one for UNESCO entitled “New Directions in Education”). He has presented his work at more than 100 national and international conferences.
Dr. Blurton has served as an advisor to the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Research Council, NASA Headquarters Education Division, IBM Corporation, as well as serving as a consultant to educational organizations such as the University of Copenhagen. He also served for six years as Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor and Head of the IT & Teaching Group at the University of Hong Kong.
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Dr. Jadis Blurton at TEDxHongKongED
Dr. Jadis Blurton is the founder and head of The Harbour School (THS).
Dr. Blurton has worked in the fields of Education, Child Psychology and Educational Psychology for more than 30 years, practicing clinically as well as teaching at the university level and working with schools. In Hong Kong, she is the founder and Clinical Director of the Blurton Family Development Center and the 2009 recipient of the American Chamber of Commerce Ira Dan Kaye Award for Community Service in Hong Kong.
In 2013, Dr. Blurton was the opening speaker at Hong Kong’s first TEDx-Education Conference and is well known as a leader in the fields of education and psychology.
Dr. Blurton has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Developmental Psychology and Master’s Degrees in both Special Education and Psychology. She is a Qualified Teacher in Hong Kong and a Certified Montessori Teacher (AMS). She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in two states in the United States and a Registered Psychologist in Hong Kong.
She has served as consultant to numerous international schools and speaks both locally and internationally on topics related to gifted education, alternative or progressive education, child and family development, expatriate children (“Third Culture Kids”), and special educational needs.