WELCOME TO RIA Shenzhen, China

Recognise International Academy, established in 2009, is an international school in Shekou, Shenzhen, China. RIA believes that a higher quality educational experience can be achieved by 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 of ten, 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 England and we adapt aspects of this 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 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.

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RIA is proud to be a small-scale, international school. We feel that there are great benefits from our approach to education. Over our 10+ years since foundation, we have developed a wonderful international community of supporters and families who hold RIA dear to their hearts. Increasingly, academic research is also now starting to sing the about the many advantages of small schools. Please click here to find out more about small-scale schooling and the benefits of RIA.

  • Small class sizes, high academic achievement
  • Highly experienced, UK qualified, teaching team
  • Genuine international intake
  • Commitment to personalised learning
  • Supportive of students of all abilities
  • Flexible curriculum for Upper Secondary students
  • Modern, engaging lesson structures
  • Lots of extra activities and opportunities
  • Close collaboration with parents
  • Ages 5-16 Years 1-11 (Grades KG -10)

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


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


I remember feeling that it was a bit of a leap of faith when we moved to the school. In retrospect, we now know it was the best decision we ever made.

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


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


My son graduated from RIA and has just been accepted into New York University. NYU said to me, ‘He’s an amazing young man’. I said,’that’s because of Recognise!’.