South Island School
Curriculum: IB MYP; IBCP; IB Diploma; GCSE/IGCSE; BTEC qualifications
Languages: English, with dual-language options
When to apply: Year 7: Central Application is open from September 1 to 23 of the year before. All year groups: any time during the year, with applications added to waiting lists.
Waiting list time: Varies by case
Fees: Years 7-11: HK$128,400 • Years 12-13: HK$135,500
Campus and facilities: South Island School has an indoor 25m heated swimming pool, sports hall, an AstroTurf with floodlights, fitness and weight training area, climbing wall, two outside basketball/tennis courts and an indoor gymnastics and trampolining area. To facilitate sports such as rugby, football and hockey, there are training sessions that are conducted off-site at the Aberdeen and Happy Valley pitches. The film and media department has its own TV studio complete with an HD projector, surround sound system and electronically controlled white screen. The Fine Arts are also supported with a full stage, music rooms and art studios. The school is keen on a 1:1 laptop program, using Apple computers inside and outside of the classroom.
Competitive advantage: It caters for 1,440 students from 39 different nations. The school prides itself on a strong values-based philosophy, international outlook, a personalised curriculum and high academic standards. There is a focus on the development of the students’ personal qualities, fostering a skill set that is creative and contemporary and that develops community responsibility under the banner “Making a Difference.” The school also has a Learning Support Class for children with moderate learning difficulties.
Top university acceptances: Across all English Schools Foundation locations, graduates have been admitted to University College London, University of Toronto, The University of Edinburgh, New York University, University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles), University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, The London School of Economics and Political Science
South Island School, 50 Nam Fung Rd, Deep Water Bay, sis.edu.hk