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!

KM

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

KH

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

CR

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

KH

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. 

PJ

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!

AJ

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!

CB

Coming to Recognize has been liberating. 

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Coming to Recognize has been liberating

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

TM

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

JD

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.

JCR

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!’

SJ

“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 …”

LV

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!

JT

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.

JP

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

DH

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.

KDH

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

CM

Coming to Recognize has been liberating

Parent

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

CR

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.

SS

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

FG

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

SM

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 ian.recognize@gmail.com

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Winter Break starts to day! See everyone again in 2018!

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Last week was a BIG week at RIA. We had our annual Halloween trick-or-treat and apple bobbing. Our intrepid travelers left on excursion for Laos. And, we had special visitors from Israel who help several of our students, and we have been waiting to meet for years! Never a dull moment here!
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Last week was a BIG week at RIA. We had our annual Halloween trick-or-treat and apple bobbing. Our intrepid travelers left on excursion for Laos. And, we had special visitors from Israel who help several of our students, and we have been waiting to meet for years! Never a dull moment here!

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From secret agents to games of strategy, dance to debate, puppets to puzzles... After School Activities were great fun again this session!
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From secret agents to games of strategy, dance to debate, puppets to puzzles... After School Activities were great fun again this session!

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Our kids can swim! From seahorses to orcas all our RIA students have learned water safety and improved multiple swimming strokes.
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Our kids can swim! From seahorses to orcas all our RIA students have learned water safety and improved multiple swimming strokes.

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We saw many new faces, (and some monsters!) at Welcome Night, and during RIA spirit week.

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In a place with very little cold, let-alone-ice, we congratulate our very own Hockey champion! Last weekend his team won the Hong Kong Mega Box summer league, adult group, championship!
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In a place with very little cold, let-alone-ice, we congratulate our very own Hockey champion! Last weekend his team won the Hong Kong Mega Box summer league, adult group, championship!

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From the water to the ice, PE and assemblies were great fun the first couple of weeks!

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There is nothing quite like the awe and wonder of science.

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We are eagerly preparing for Recognize Week next week, where we show our school spirit with dress days and end the week with a grand evening of music, food and family...Welcome Night!
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We are eagerly preparing for Recognize Week next week, where we show our school spirit with dress days and end the week with a grand evening of music, food and family...Welcome Night!

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Monday morning! Everyone is hard at work. Busy hands and minds.
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Monday morning! Everyone is hard at work. Busy hands and minds.

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First Day! We made new friends, who got new RIA hats, and we all had great fun with bubbles! We were so happy to see all our kids had a good start. 🙂
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First Day! We made new friends, who got new RIA hats, and we all had great fun with bubbles! We were so happy to see all our kids had a good start. :)

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May SimpsonThe yard is looking great!

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Febe LedesmaHope we can visit Recognize someday

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Elsa MaillouxSee you all Monday!!

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Dina MahmoudBeautiful .... Wel done Mr Taylor 😍

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Our 2017-2018 school year begins next week! We are getting excited... and we hope you are too! :)