Hong Kong International School
Type: Pre-K, primary and secondary
Curriculum: American; AP courses offered in high school
Languages: Mandatory Putonghua for Reception 1 to Grade 5; Putonghua, French and Spanish offered from Grades 6-12
When to apply: Year-round. Reception 1 to Grade 2, priority deadline: October 31. Grades 3-12, priority deadline: February 1. Applicants may not apply more than two years in advance.
Waiting list time: Not applicable; when a space becomes available, an applicant is selected based on how well they will fit into the school community, rather than on how long they have been waiting.
Fees: Years 1-6: HK$219,150 • Years 7-11: HK$224,950 • Years 12: HK$249,350
Debentures: Family debenture: HK$3 million • Standard corporate debenture (one child): HK$3 million • Comprehensive corporate debenture (multiple children from one family): HK$5 million
Campus and facilities: HKIS has two campuses on the south of Hong Kong Island. An extensive redevelopment of the Lower and Upper Primary Schools in Repulse Bay concluded in January 2019. The Middle and High Schools are in Tai Tam, with expansive grounds including a sports field, swimming pools, robotics labs, music and art wings, state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs.
Competitive advantage: HKIS serves students from more than 40 countries. As part of a warm, inclusive community, they are challenged and supported to learn, guided by HKIS’s mission, vision and Student Learning Results, which emphasise spirituality, character development, Chinese language and culture, academic excellence, self-motivated learning and contributing to society. HKIS’s counselling programme supports students from Reception 1 through to graduation. Extensive athletics facilities support a robust co-curricular programme unparalleled in Hong Kong.
Top university acceptances: In 2020, the list of university enrollments included notable US schools such as Columbia University, Brown University, Harvard University, Princeton University, New York University, Boston University, Cornell University, University of California Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University and Georgetown University. Outside the US, students were also accepted to schools including the University of Toronto, The University of British Columbia, University of Oxford, The University of Edinburgh, King’s College London and The University of Queensland.
Lower & Upper Primary Schools: 23 South Bay Close, Repulse Bay. Middle School: 700 Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Tai Tam. High School: 1 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam, hkis.edu.hk