School life at Carmel is always a lively mix of academics, school events and trips, guest speakers, sports and co-curricular activities, as well as Judaic tradition and religious observance. Carmel School believes that education should extend beyond the intellectual to include both socially responsible attitudes and thoughtful and appropriate action.
To be a student at Carmel School means to be a vibrant, enthusiastic and inquiring learner, unafraid to be courageous, and dedicated to self-development. It means to be someone unique, a person with a hidden talent that's just waiting to flourish, an individual respectful of tradition, of history, someone with an open and inquisitive mind, an explorer of cultural difference, someone with a desire to see the world a student cared for by committed and passionate teachers in a school environment designed for 21st-century learning.
Carmel frequently has the privilege of hosting renowned international speakers and performers, giving our students exposure to enriching and unique perspectives from all around the world.
Importantly, so much of what happens at Carmel remains student-led and run. Elsa High School has an active and committed Student Council who assist in organising a variety of exciting events throughout the year, and our House Captains and Vice Captains — for the three Houses, Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel-Aviv — help to ensure a healthy competitive spirit runs throughout the school, and especially so during Inter-House sports and academic events, and the annual Sports Days.
Across all three campuses, there is an attention to service, both within and beyond the school community, since it is through such service that students are able to ground their knowledge in real-world experience and develop both personally and socially, as well as demonstrate the attributes of the IB learner profile.
Whether it takes the form of Action in the PYP curriculum, Service and Action in the MYP curriculum, Community, Activity, Service in the DP curriculum, or any other project embarked on by Carmel students, the role of service learning is always front and centre. Every year, students across Carmel are involved in the design and organisation of a variety of community and/or charity based enterprises, and it is through such action that our community of students develops meaningful connections across the world.
Our Educational Visits to Cambodia, Israel, Poland, Shanghai, Spain, Sri Lanka, Yangshuo (and many more locations) have as their core component a commitment to service, and to always leaving a place better off than when we arrived.
Carmel School Association is spread across three campuses on Hong Kong Island: the Holly Rofé Early Learning Centre is located in the Jewish Community Centre on Robinson Road, Mid-Levels; Carmel Elementary and Preschool is located on Borrett Road, Mid-Levels; and Elsa High School is located in Shau Kei Wan on the east of Hong Kong Island. Click here to find our campus addresses.
Holly Rofé Early Learning Centre Facilities
Located in the Jewish Community Centre on Robinson Road, the facilities at the Holly Rofé Early Learning Centre include:
- Indoor heated pool
- Indoor jungle gym
- Indoor climbing frames
- Outdoor jungle gym and playground
- Multiplay area
Carmel Elementary Campus Facilities
Located on Borrett Road in Mid Levels, the facilities at Carmel Elementary School include:
- Outdoor playground and jungle gym
- Community garden
- Indoor play area
- Dedicated music facilities
- The Patricia Creative Centre - a specialist art facility
- Multi-purpose sport hall
- ICT, Coding and Programming zone
- Dedicated Special Educational Needs (SEN) room
Elsa High School Campus Facilities
Carmel's High School campus is dedicated to Elsa Strauss (nee Wolf), born in Switzerland in 1895. Elsa was an intelligent, generous, exceptionally kind and caring woman who went out of her way to be friendly and helpful to others. She always had a positive attitude and put on a smiling face regardless of her own personal situation and circumstances. Elsa was an observant woman, extremely proud of her Jewish tradition, and felt part of the wider Jewish community. She respected every Jew as an individual regardless of their background and level of observance.
Located in Shau Kei Wan on the east of Hong Kong Island, the facilities at Elsa High School include:
- State-of-the-art classrooms
- STEAM Makerspace
- Science Laboratories
- Art and Design rooms
- Anneke Patria Dance Studio and Black Box Theatre
- SMART Multipurpose Room
- Hebrew Library
- 500-seat multi-purpose auditorium
- All-weather astro-turf pitch
- Fitness room
- Conference room