Recognize International Academy, established in 2009, is an international school in Shekou, Shenzhen, China. RIA believes that a higher quality educational experience can be achieved through keeping a school community small. We believe that a small-scale approach facilitates higher academic standards, improved personal development and that the special talents of each of our students can be more fully discovered and nurtured. Through keeping class sizes small and through limiting the school’s total enrolment, we assert that teachers, staff and parents can more effectively work together to meet the unique needs of every child.

RIA has a genuine international environment with over 30 nationalities represented within our total enrolment. Our core curriculum is derived from the National Curriculum of the UK and we adapt aspects of this curriculum to suit our international setting. Our students range in age from 5 – 16 years old (Years 1-11). We have a proven track record of making outstanding academic progress with the children in our care. We believe that our school values enhance personal well-being and encourage great enthusiasm for learning and for life.

RIA believes that each child deserves individual respect and a chance to develop in a caring environment. We believe that children can best achieve their full potential by working happily and creatively with others. Children attend Recognize International Academy on a full time basis, although some may attend part time.

What Parents Say About RIA

At the end of the school day, the children don’t go charging out of the front gate at Recognize, desperate to escape. You have to work hard to pry them away!


I remember feeling like it was a leap of faith when we moved to the school, in retrospect we now know it was the best decision we have ever made


We  would love to stay at Recognize forever! We think Recognize is the best thing since sliced bread so we will continue to shout about this fact


Our sons’ time at Recognize was a gift to their education, one which we are seeing amazing results from and will always be grateful for


Maybe RIA doesn’t realise how high their level of education actually is, My daughter has just moved on from RIA to do the IB Diploma. She is far ahead of her classmates in many, many areas. 


The level of my son’s Maths, after just a year, has gone from a very average level for his age to incredibly high. Astonishing progress!


My two children were struggling with their reading and were reluctant school goers. Now, they love school, they love reading and they are right back on track. Great work, Recognize!


Coming to Recognize has been liberating. 


Coming to Recognize has been liberating


We have been very, very pleased with the progress D made last year. Many thanks to the teachers and the school.


I am extremely impressed by the ‘Recognize approach’ as it gives the kids the structure and freedom to develop self-confidence and initiative in a supportive environment.


It’s heart-breaking to leave Recognize and the wonderful benefits the school has brought to our children and family.


Recognize is like a breath of fresh air, not easy to find in China.  Thanks for everything; we will sing your praises wherever we go.


My son graduated from RIA and has just been accepted into New York University. NYU said to me, ‘ he is an amazing young man’. I replied, ‘ That’s because of Recognize!’


“The teachers at Recognize show extraordinary commitment to helping the children progress. Their close attention to the needs of their students makes such a difference …”


I asked my two children to say which of the three international schools they’ve attended they liked best. Both said, ‘Recognize!’.  I  added, ‘What do you like best about RIA?’  Their reply ? ‘Everything!


My daughter received the individual attention that she desperately needed. During her one year at Recognize, her academics and confidence soared. My only regret is not moving to Recognize sooner.


I’m delighted to extend our time here in China, in no small part due to the excellent school environment that RIA has made for the kids. B is progressing well, S too, and both love the school.  I’m very pleased with the open and constructive communication that takes place


We have loved every day of the time T spent at RIA and she will miss you all. It’s an amazing school and T has grown so much.


Your Recognize team are our favourite SZ people. We are truly grateful for what you’ve done for A and for us.


Coming to Recognize has been liberating


It’s like all the best bits of home-school, private tuition and regular school combined.


When I walk around your school I feel so much positive energy – the kids are so happy and open. I’ve been to lots of schools;it’s easily apparent that what you’re doing is special and unique.


I had an idea that the small class sizes would be great academically, and they are …


Our son has done so well with RIA, we’re sending you our daughter next!


Other schools talk about catering for each child’s needs, at RIA, you actually do it. We are so happy with M’s progress! 


If you are a parent of a present or past student at Recognize, we’d love to hear your comments and thoughts about our school. email

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