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: R1-Grade 5: HK$196,200 • Grades 6-8: HK$201,900 • Grades 9-11: HK$225,000
• Grade 12: HK$225,950 • Annual Capital Levy: $20,000
Debentures: HK$2m, optional
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: Between 2016 and 2018, the most frequently attended universities in the US were New York University, University of Southern California, Boston University, Cornell University, University of California Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, Georgetown University and Purdue University. Outside the US the most popular were University of Toronto, The University of British Columbia, The University of Edinburgh, King’s College London and Durham University.
Lower & Upper Primary Schools (from 2018-19): 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