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International Schools in Hong Kong

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Hong Kong with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Hong Kong. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French and German education system.

Education in Hong Kong

As a former UK colony, education in Hong Kong is based on the UK system and governed by the Education Bureau and the Social Welfare Department. Every child in is required by law to attend school over the age of 6 for 9 years (6 in primary school and 3 in junior secondary school). Education in the public sector is free. As the official languages of Hong Kong, both English and Chinese are studied. Graduating students take the HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) exams.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Hong Kong. There is often local population as well as international students with schools following a curriculum model from the US, UK, Canada or France. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, Chinese or French. Schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Accreditation & Membership

  • The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is an accrediting agency conducted by the three Commissions.
  • The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is subsidized by the Hong Kong government to provide an English-language education. It gives priority to students who cannot speak Chinese. Starting in 2001, ESF schools began to offer the International Baccalaureate. Schools only accept students who reside in their applicable zone. There is also an admissions process, which includes interviews and an application. ESF schools all have the same fee structure, which runs from HK$58,100 (with a $10,000 deposit) per year for primary school to HK$89,250 (with a $16,000 deposit) for secondary school.
  • The Association of Chinese and Mongolian International Schools (ACAMIS) is a non-profit association of international schools in eastern Asia and comprises over fifty international schools from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mongolia.

Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong International School (HKIS)
Address: 1 Red Hill Rd
Tai Tam, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3149 7000 or (852) 2812 5000
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

From reception one to the twelfth grade into four divisions, all co-educational: Lower Primary (Grades R1 and R2-Grades 1 and 2), Upper Primary (Grades 3–5), Middle School (Grades 6–8) and High School (Grades 9–12). The school offers American-styled curriculum, including various Advanced Placement courses and 3 foreign languages in Middle School and High School: French, Spanish and Chinese. Chinese language study is mandatory for R1-G5 students. Its Lower and Upper Primary Divisions are located in Repulse Bay, and the Middle and High Schools are located in Tai Tam.

Singapore International School
Preparatory Years and Primary Campus Address: 23 Nam Long Shan Road
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2872 0266
Secondary Campus Address: 2 Police School Road
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2919 6966
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Singapore International School is a kindergarten, elementary and secondary school situated at in two different campuses in Hong Kong Island. It is an international school run by the government of Singapore and follows the Singaporean curriculum. Provides a bilingual education in English and Chinese (Putonghua).

Carmel School of Hong Kong
Pre-School Address: Level 4, One Robinson Place
70 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2249-7600
Carmel Elementary School Address: 10 Borrett Road
Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2964-1600
Elsa High School Address: 460 Shau Kei Wan Road
Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3665-5388
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An integrated Jewish and General studies academic program, taught in either Hebrew or English. Pre-school, elementary, and high school. Uniforms are required. Accredited by WASC.

Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS)
Address: 36 Nam Long Shan Road
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2525-7088
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A Lower School and Upper School. An International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, CDNIS is authorized to deliver the Diploma Programme (DP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Primary Years Programme (PYP). In addition to the IB Diploma Programme, Students are also eligible to receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Uniforms required.

Chinese International School
Address: 1 Hau Yuen Path
Braemar Hill, Hong Kong SAR, China
Tel: (852) 2510 7288
Tuition Rates: HK$109,200 - 173,400 per year

A private school offering the years Reception-Year 13. It has a bilingual programme taught in English and Chinese (Mandarin). At the Secondary level, students also have the option to study French (up to IB level) or Spanish. At the Secondary level, students pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years and Diploma programmes. The schools IBDP average is constantly ranked as one of the highest in the world.

Delia School of Canada
Elementary Section (Pre-Grade 1 to Grade 6) Address: Tai Fung Avenue
Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
Tel: 3658 0508
Secondary Section (Grade 7 to Grade 12) Address: Tai Fung Avenue
Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
Tel: 3658 0338
Tuition Rates: HK$84,000 - 99,000 per year

An English language Canadian International school pre-school to grade 12. Uniforms are required. The school is registered with Hong Kong's Education Bureau and it is fully accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education in Canada.

Glenealy School
Address: 7 Hornsey Road
Mid Levels, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2522 1919
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is an IB World School authorised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) school. This school is part of the The English Schools Foundation (ESF).

Hong Kong Academy (HKA)
Address: 12 Ka Wai Man Road
Kennedy Town, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, SAR
Tel: 852.2655.1111
Tuition Rates: HK $50,400 - 82,400 per semester

A co-educational English-language day school enrolling students from Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12. HKA is authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and is a candidate school for the Middle Years (MYP) programme. By the time students enter Grade 9, instruction focuses on preparing students for success in either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, International Baccalaureate Diploma certificates or the HKA diploma.

The Harbour School (THS)
Address: 2nd Floor, 23 Belcher's Street
Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2816-5222
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language school offering British IGCSE and A-levels.

Kellett School
Address: 2 Wah Lok Path
Wah Fu, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2551 8234
Tuition Rates: HK $116,500 - 151,700 per year

British style international school offering English-language education. Primary and secondary classes with Year 7 and Year 8 following the English National Curriculum. This is then built on in Year 9 through to Year 11 with an expansive three year curriculum which prepares our students for GCSE and IGCSE examinations. Beyond Year 11, a range of English Pre-University Qualifications such as A Levels are provided.

Starters School
Address: 1B, 1/F, Queen's Road East
Wanchai, H.K.
Tel: 2527 8676
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language classes for pre-kindergarten and primary students.

The Woodland International School
Address: Suite 2405, Universal Trade Centre
3 Arbuthnot Road, Central
Tel: 2559 4855
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Several English language pre-schools and kindergarten campuses around Hong Kong.

The Peak School
Address: 20 Plunketts Road
The Peak, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2849 7211
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Peak is an IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme. This is an English Schools Foundation school. Uniforms are required.

Victoria Shanghai Academy
Address: 19 Shum Wan Road
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 3402 1000
Tuition Rates: HK$87,950 - 127,080 per year

The primary section offers a bilingual education (English and Mandarin); the secondary curriculum is delivered in English and supplemented by a strong Chinese programme. It is an IB world school and member of CoIS.

Quarry Bay School
Address: Quarry Bay School, 6 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill
North Point, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2566 4242
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Quarry Bay School is the oldest English Schools Foundation primary school in Hong Kong. The school provides the International Baccalaureate program. Uniforms are required.

Bradbury School
Address: 43C Stubbs Road
Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2574 8249
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language school from reception through Year 6. It is a English Schools Foundation school.

Kennedy School
Address: 19 Sha Wan Drive
Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2855 0711
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English is the medium of instruction with the teaching and learning of English organized according to the programmes defined in the Primary National Strategy for England and Wales and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. It is a English Schools Foundation school.

South Island School
Address: 50 Nam Fung Road
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2555 9313
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

In Year 12 and 13 there are three possible pathways: Applied Learning Diploma Pathway, IB Diploma, & SIS Diploma. Students from Years 7 to 11 are required to dress in the specified uniform on school days. The school is accredited by CoIS and WASC.

Island School
Address: 20 Borrett Road
Hong Kong
Tel: 2524 7135
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The school offers the IGCSE, the IB Diploma and the Advanced Diploma. English is the language of instruction with Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish and Self Taught Languages offered as a foreign language. Any child joining Island School will be placed in one of six Houses. It is a ESF school.

West Island School
Address: 250 Victoria Road
Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2819 1962
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

West Island School was the first ESF school to offer the Mandarin language to all students and the first to be divided into Chinese dynasties instead of houses. This school offers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and other requirements for university admission. It is a ESF school.

Kowloon

American International School (AIS)
Address: 125 Waterloo Rd
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong SAR, China
Tel: 852 2336 3812
Tuition Rates: HK$61,320 - 113,440 per year

American curriculum, English language, college-preparatory elementary to high school. Formal examinations, which begin in Grade 8, are scheduled for the end of each semester. Annual standardized tests for all students from Grade 3 through Grade 11 take place in early spring. Advanced Placement (AP) examinations take place in May. AIS is also an approved SAT Test Center allowing our high school students to take both SAT I and SAT II tests on campus.

Australian International School Hong Kong
Address: 3A Norfolk Rd
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2304 6078
Tuition Rates: HK$76,300 - 164,200 per year

Co-educational, non-denominational, English-medium International School. Over 98% of the school's graduates go on to study at the top universities in Australia and around the world. In Years 11 and 12, Senior Secondary, students may chose to study courses offered in either the Higher School Certificate or the I.B Diploma.

Christian Alliance International School (CAIS)
Kowloon Campus (Grade 4-12) Address: 2 Fu Ning Street
Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852)2713-3733
Lai Yiu Campus (Prep - Grade 3 ) Address: Lai Yiu Estate
Wah Yiu Road, Lai King, Hong Kong
Tel: (852)2778-3370
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language kindergarten to grade 12. It utilizes the curriculum of Alberta, Canada at all grade levels with Advanced Placement courses at senior levels.

Kingston International School
Kindergarten Address: 12-14 Cumberland Road
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, H.K.
Tel: (852) 2337 9049
Lower Primary Address: 113 Waterloo Road
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, H.K.
Tel: (852) 2337 9031
Upper Primary Address: 105 Waterloo Road
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, H.K.
Tel: (852) 2337 9012
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Kingston International School was one of the first school in Hong Kong authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Organization – Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). Students should possess a reasonable proficiency in one or both languages – English and Putonghua.

Beacon Hill School (BHS)
Address: 23 Ede Road
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2336 5221
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This ESF school was established in 1967. It teaches through the medium of English with priority is given to non-Cantonese speaking children and who speak a good level of English. BHS has incorporated Chinese Mandarin as a daily lesson drawing positively on the multi-cultural elements of Hong Kong.

Clearwater Bay School
Address: Lot 235, DD229
Clearwater Bay Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2358 3221
Tuition Rates: HK$58,100 per year

A primary, ESF school offering the IB Primary Years Program. All of the curriculum is taught in English with Modern Chinese taught to children in all year groups.

Think International School
Address: No. 117 Boundary Street
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: 2338-3949
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English is used as the medium of instruction. Putonghua using traditional Chinese is taught one hour per day. It is an IB Candidate School.

Yew Chung International School (YCIS)
Early Childhood Education Address: 3 Somerset Road
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2338 0264
Primary Section Address: 2 Kent Road
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2336 7292
Secondary Section Address: 3 To Fuk Road
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2336 3443
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

YCIS places great emphasis on the acquisition of the Chinese language (Putonghua). The school provides the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme

King George V School (KGV)
Address: 2 Tin Kwong Road
Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2711 3029
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

KGV is a co-educational international secondary independent school of the English Schools Foundation. This is one of the oldest schools in Hong Kong, founded in 1894. Starting in 2007, KGV replaced the existing British A Level Program with the International Baccalaureate, offering the Diploma Programme.

Sear Rogers International School (SRIS)
Address: 45-47 Grampian Road
Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Co-educational international secondary school offering offers the British National Curriculum. Its students take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) followed by the GCE A/AS-Level.

Concordia International School
Address: 68 Begonia Road
Yau Yat Chuen, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2789 9890
Tuition Rates: $41,000 HKD per term

Lutheran faith based education with a North American curriculum. The school prepares students for SAT Reasoning and the TOEFL-iBT test in English proficiency.

Kowloon Junior School
Year 1 to 3 Address: 68 Gillies Ave South
Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2714 5279
Year 4 to 6 Address: 4 Rose Street
Hong Kong
Tel: 2394 0687
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A large 5 form Primary school from Yr 1 to Yr 6. It is an authorised school for the IBO Primary Years Programme and an English Schools Foundation school.

Outlying Islands

The International Montessori School (IMS)
IMS South Horizon Campus Address: G/F, Blocks 23 to 23A South Horizons
Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2861 0339
Tin Hau Primary School Campus Address: 62 Tin Hau Temple Road
Tin Hau, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2156 9033
Mid-Levels Campus Address: 17 Po Yan Street, Mezzanine Entrance, Tung Fai Gardens
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2857 7007
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Each classroom has two teachers: an English-speaking teacher and a Putonghua-speaking teacher. IMS is working with the Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI). School uniforms are required.

New Territories

Li Po Chun United World College
Address: 10 Lok Wo Sha Lane, Sai Sha Road
Sha tin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR
Tel: 852 2640 0441
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Li Po Chun United World College is a member of the United World Colleges and provides the International Baccalaureate. Around 42% of our students come from Hong Kong, and the remaining 58% come from around the world. Student's families usually live in their home country, with male and female dorms for students. The school is non-profit and scholarships are available.

Discovery College
Address: 38 Siena Avenue
Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 3969 1000
Tuition Rates: HK$83,200 - 112,500 per year

Private independent school offering both primary and secondary (Years 1 to 13) English language education. It is an IB World School, fully authorised to offer the PYP, MYP and Diploma programmes. Uniform required.

Discovery Bay International School (DBIS)
Address: Discovery Bay
Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tel: (+852) 2987 7331
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language Kindergarten to secondary with curriculum based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales.

Hong Kong Japanese School (JIS)
Address: 4663 Tai Po Road
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2834 3531
Tuition Rates: HK$81,500

Offers a Japanese or International stream, JIS is small primary school and one of four schools under the Japanese Government education system in Hong Kong. An authorised International Baccalaureate (I.B.) PYP School, English is the main language of instruction for this non-profit with about 25% Japanese population.

Hong Lok Yuen International School
Address: 3, Twentieth Street
Hong Lok Yuen, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2658 6935
Tuition Rates: HK $11,000 - 95,000 per term

A primary school with curriculum approved by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong (EDB). An independent, non-profit school, with a Board of Governors elected from the parent body. It is a member of The Association of Chinese and Mongolian International Schools (ACAMIS) and CoIS and the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

International Christian School (ICS)
Address: 1 On Muk Lane
Shek Mun, Shatin, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 3920 0000
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

ICS is a selective English language, Christian school providing classes from kindergarten to senior secondary. The school is accredited by WASC.

Norwegian International School
Address: 170 Kam Shan Rd., Kam Shan Village
Tai Po, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2658 0341
Tuition Rates: HK $4,740 - 7,630 per month

This school's original purpose was to provide an education for the children of Norwegian missionaries with Norwegian as the medium of instruction. Today the school offers an English curriculum from Kindergarten (3 years old) to Grade 6. The school uses International Primary Curriculum including Christian Studies, Math, English, Music and all students undertake Mandarin lessons daily.

Rosebud Primary School (RBPS)
Address: UG 28-37 Waterside Plaza
Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR
Tel: (+852) 2406 7300
Tuition Rates: HK$35,000 Ten Month Installment

Rosebud Primary School is a community school run by a charitable non-profit organization. Rosebud Primary School is serving grades Primary 1 through Primary 6.

Renaissance College (RCHK)
Address: 5 Hang Ming Street
Ma On Shan, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3556 3556
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English medium education from Year 1 to Year 13 on a single campus. RCHK is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

Sha Tin Junior School (SJS)
Address: 3A Lai Wo Lane
Fo Tan Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2692 2721
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Sha Tin Junior School opened in 1988 to serve the growing needs of families in the New Territories for an English-speaking education. Sha Tin Junior School is fully authorized by the international Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP). It is a English Schools Foundation school.

International College Hong Kong
Address: 60 Sha Tau Kok Road
Shek Chung Au, Sha Tau Kok, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 2655 9018
Tuition Rates: HK$ 125,000 - 139,000 per year

ICHK is an international secondary school and member of CoIS and an IB World School. It follows an inquiry-based approach to learning in the lower school while preparing students for the IGCSE in Years 10 and 11 and the IB Diploma in Years 12 and 13.

Sha Tin College (STC)
Address: No. 3 Lai Wo Lane
Fo Tan, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2699 1811
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Population is primarily Asian, accepting students that are already fluent in English, or those who cannot attend local schools. Most students follow the I/GCSE and International Baccalaureate Diploma programmes. GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) is the curriculum designed for Years 10 and 11. In accordance with British house system tradition, the entire student body is divided into six separate houses upon admittance into the school. Students remain in these houses until graduation and attend sporting events and various other activities as part of their house. All students in Years 7 to 11 are required to purchase and wear the issued school uniform. It is a member of the English Schools Foundation.

Creative Secondary School (CSS)
Address: 3 Pung Loi Road, Tseung Kwan O
Sai Kung, N.T., Hong Kong
Tel: 2336 0233
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school offers English Medium of Instruction with Chinese taught through Putonghua. It is an IB World School authorised for IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). Graduates may earn the Hong Kong Diploma or IB Diploma in the senior school.

Hong Kong Adventist Academy (HKAA)
Address: 1111, Clear Water Bay Road
Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Tel: 2623-0034
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Hong Kong Adventist Academy is a co-educational Christian secondary school. The school is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was formed from the Sam Yuk School and was previously named the Hong Kong Adventist College English Secondary Section (HKAC/ESS). Classes are taught in English.

French School in Hong Kong

Lycée Français International (FIS)
Address: 165 Blue Pool Road
Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2577 6217
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The French International School of Hong Kong is linked to the Agency for French Teaching Abroad, a national administrative body. The school is under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France. The FIS has 4 campuses, all located on Hong-Kong island. In addition, FIS has two sections, French and International.

German School in Hong Kong

German Swiss International School (GSIS)
Address: 11 Guildford Rd
The Peak, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2849 6216
Tuition Rates: 104,450 - 144,200 HKD per year

Bilingual German-English education in an international setting from kindergarten to secondary. There are two parallel streams known as the English Stream and the German Stream.