Hong Kong Education

Obviously one of the first concerns for any family relocation to Hong Kong is the type of education available for their children. Be assured - schooling in Hong Kong is of a very high standard indeed, and there are several choices of international schools available. American, English, German, French and Japanese curricula are all offered. All international schools are required to run one section in the English language, though schools such as the French and German-Swiss school also run national language sections.

While Hong Kong offers free education to Chinese-speaking children, there is no such free education for English speakers. Educational fees, which can be quite high, are often included in expatriate packages for families with children. Children from many countries attend the international schools in Hong Kong, and places are often scarce. Apply as early as possible, even while you are still in your home country.

All ages, including pre-schoolers are often “bussed” to the school location - it is very rare indeed to live within walking distance of school. Buses for younger children are supervised by “bus mothers” and cover most expat districts, but note that it is another cost to allow for.

For a list of local schools check the Government Education Bureau services web pages and type “Education facilities for non-Chinese speaking children” in the search area or call the Education Bureau 2891 0088.

Pre-school & kindergarten

There are a number of pre-schools and kindergartens, some private and some operated by non-profit organisations. Large housing developments may have their own playgroups for children of residents.

Nursery schools, kindergartens and playgroups play an important role through acting as the foundation for a child’s education. There are scores of kindergartens and nursery schools in Hong Kong. Besides those listed in this chapter, many others are advertised in various publications such as the Dollarsaver.

The Pre-school Playgroups Association runs mother/toddler and helper/toddler and preschools at seven locations across Hong Kong. Registered educational charity that provides a variety of learning-through-play programs for children aged 6 months up to 6 years.

The Woodland Group runs several pre-schools as does Sunshine House; Tutor Time and the Victoria group of nurseries and kindergartens.

Mid-Levels / Sheung Wan / Western

Woodland Mid-levels Montessori Pre-school
2549 1211
119-125 Caine Road
Woodland Treetops
2549 1211
3-5A Arbuthnot Road
Citykids HKPPA Preschool
5193 2044
12 Borrett Road
Small World Christian Kindergarten
2525 0922
10 Borrett Road
ESF International Kindergarten
2540 0066
1/F & M/F, Tung Fai Gardens, 17 Po Yan Street
The Harbour School
2816 5222
2/F, Man Kwong Court, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
ESF International Kindergarten Hillside
2540 0066
43B Stubbs Road
ESF International Kindergarten Hillside
2850 8006
3/F, 35-43 Bonham Strand, Central
Tutor Time
2529 2288
G/F, 5 Caine Road
Victoria (Belchers) Int’l Nursery & Kindergarten
2542 7001
The Belchers, Western district

Wan Chai / Causeway Bay

International Montessori School
2861 0339
29-31 Queen’s Road East
Starters School
2527 8676
12-22 Queen’s Road East
HH Victoria Causeway Bay Nursery
2578 9998
119-125 Caine Road

Happy Valley

Woodland Happy Valley Pre-school
2575 0042
2 Hawthorn Road


Parkview International Preschool
2812 6023
Block 17 & 18 88 Tai Tam Reservoir Road
French International School Maternelle
2577 6217
Price Road, Jardine’s Lookout

South Side

Woodland Repulse Bay Montessori Pre-school
2803 1885
G118-119, The Repulse Bay
Southside Kindergarten
2592 7527
G203, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road
St Stephens Playgroup
2813 0408
St Stephens Chapel Stanley
St Teresa’s Kindergarten
2813 8567
1 Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley
Lou Pichoun – French Preschool
9415 7626
G/F, 5 Stanley New St
Sunshine House International Pre-Schools
2813 0713
1/F Redhill Plaza Tai Tam
Tutor Time
2813 2008
1/F Redhill Plaza Tai Tam
Woodland Tai Tam Montessori Pre-School
2525 1655
G/F Redhill Plaza Tai Tam


Woodland Harbourside School
2559 1377
Aberdeen Praya Road
Victoria (South Horizons) Int’l Nursery & Kindergarten
2580 8633
South Horizons, Ap Lei Chau


The Panda Pre-school
2559 1377
H2, G/F, Chi Fu Fa Yuen
Woodland Pokfulam Pre-school
2551 7177
G/F Wah Fu Complex, Wah Fu (II), Wah Fu Road
Woodland Tree House
2872 6138
G/F, Scenic Villas
Sunshine House (Pok Fu Lam)
2551 3213
Pok Fu Lam Gardens, 180 Pok Fu Lam Road
Sunshine House (Chi Fu)
2551 3781
H1,G/F Chi Fu Fa Yuen


Woodland Peak Pre-school
2849 6192
81 Peak Road
Highgate House School
2849 6336
2/F, 100 Peak Road
Sunshine House
2849 7123
3/F Peak Galleria 118 Peak Road

North Point

Braemar Hill Nursery School
2578 7922
35 Braemar Hill Road
Tutor Time at Braemar Hill
2529 1883
LGF, Braemar Hill Shopping Complex
Victoria Int’l Nursery & Kindergarten
2885 3331
Victoria Int’l Nursery Kornhill
2885 1888

Discovery Bay

Sunshine House
2987 8143
137-138 1/F D.B. Plaza, Discovery Bay
Discovery Bay International School
2987 7331
Discovery Mind Kindergarten
2987 8028
Discovery Montessori School
2987 1301


Christian Alliance International School
2713 3733
2 Fu Ning Street
Victoria (Harbour Green Int’l Kindergarten & Nursery
2885 1928

Kowloon Tong

Tutor Time – Dorset Crescent
2337 0822
1/F, Dorset Crescent
Tutor Time – Suffolk Rd
2529 1188
9 Suffolk Rd
Yew Chung International School - Admissions Office
Tel: (852) 2338 7106
Fax: (852) 2304 6713
3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

West Kowloon

Parkview International Preschool
2812 6801
Podium Level, Kowloon Station, 1 Austin Road West

Sai Kung / Clearwater Bay

ESF Abacus International Kindergarten
2719 5712
Mang Kung Uk Village
ESF International Kindergarten Wu Kai Sha
2455 5291
Lake Silver, Wu Kei Sha, Ma On Shan
Woodland Sai Kung Pre-school
2813 0290
Marina Cove
Leapfrog Kindergarten
2791 1540
Pak Tam Chung Village, Sai Kung
Sai Kung International Preschool
2791 7354
Inspiration Playgroup
2792 5888

Tung Chung / Tsing Yi

Sunshine House
2109 3873
Tung Chung Crescent
ESF International Kindergarten Tsing Yi
2436 3355
Maritime Suqare 33 Tsing King Rd

Tuen Mun

Harrow International School HK
2824 9909
Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

West Kowloon

Parkview International Preschool
2812 6801
Podium Level, Kowloon, Station, 1 Austin Road West

Special Needs

Visit www.esf.edu.hk - Special Educational Needs and also:

Matilda Child Development Centre
2849 6138
Matilda Hospital, The Peak
Jockey Club/ESF Sarah Roe School
2761 9893
2B Tin Kwong Road, Homantin, Kowloon
Rainbow Project c/o Hong Kong Academy
2537 0114
15 Stubbs Road
Watchdog Early Learning and Development Centre
2521 7364
12 Borrett Road






International Primary & Secondary Schools

Children aged 5 or 6 then progress to the formal International schools, which offer various types of education to the age of 18. The web sites below will give comprehensive information on the campuses, the curricula, the current fee scales and availability.

American International School

2336 3812
125 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong

School Features: This is an expanding, non-profit, family-owned school for students from pre-school-Grade 12. Students from diverse backgrounds with most from Hong Kong, Korea and Japan. Reconstruction programme for the high school campus, with new facilities including additional classrooms, science labs, swimming pool and sports areas. Student body now 600 and expected to rise to 800. Social support programme to provide pupils with problem-solving strategies and encourage peer support. Leadership camps offered for senior students. Strong outdoor education. Accredited by WASC.
School Curriculum: International academic programme following a USA-based curriculum with content standards based on California state guidelines and US textbooks. SAT preparation. Putonghua and French also taught.

Australian International School

2304 6078
3A Norfolk Road, Kowloon Tong

School Features: High-profile school set up by the Australian community. Caters for students from Reception-Year 12. Operates on Australian school year, which begins in January. Multinational intake with over 60% of students from Australia. Purpose-built, award-winning campus. Support for a maximum of 20 students with special teaching and learning requirements, with two specialist teachers. Extensive facilities and strong commitment to sport. Actively builds relations with the parent community. Internationalist in outlook, including links with schools in China. Accredited by New South Wales Board of Studies, Member of ACAMIS.
School Curriculum: AISHK follows the curriculum of New South Wales, with a strong international focus. Secondary students take the School Certificate, and either the IB Diploma or Higher School Certificate (HSC) for university entrance. Special Chinese programme, incorporating Chinese culture, and an intensive secondary English programme. Putonghua and French also taught.

Canadian International School

2525 7088
36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen

The Canadian school is situated in Aberdeen, with a bus service across Hong Kong Island. It offers reception, junior and senior schooling to children of many nationalities.
School Features: Founded by the Canadian community and catering for children from Reception (4 years)-Grade 12. Popular with local families and returnees from Canada. Student population of more than 1,500. High-achieving school which seeks all-round development in academic work, arts and sports. Strong community spirit. ESL and language resource support. Award-winning campus with facilities including dance, drama and TV studio, sports hall, indoor swimming pool, cafeterias and a performing arts complex, including 650-seat auditorium and music rooms. Authorised by the Ministry of Education, Ontario.
School Curriculum: A choice of programmes is offered – either the full International Baccalaureate with Diploma on completion, or the Province of Ontario curriculum leading to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The Advanced Placement programme is offered. A broad range of subjects are included and. Putonghua is taken to advanced levels. French is also taught.

Carmel School

2964 1600
10 Borrett Road, Mid-Levels

School Features: Southeast Asia’s only Jewish school started as a playgroup founded by parents, and now offers education for children from pre-school-Grade 8. Open to all families, regardless of faith. Multinational student population. After-school activities and school trips. Provision for English for non-native speakers, gifted programmes, dyspraxia, dyslexia and other special needs. Special elementary school Science Centre which opened this term. Student teacher ratio: 15:1. Accepted by WASC.
School Curriculum: The school provides a North American curriculum incorporating best practices from a range of international associations. Interesting integration of religious and cultural studies with core curriculum, including a comprehensive science and IT programme. The Jewish Studies and Hebrew curricula were created for Carmel by Bar Ilan University in Israel. The Middle School offers both a mainstream Jewish section and an international section. Hebrew available. Putonghua or French in the Middle School.

Chinese International School

2510 7288
1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill

School Features High-performing landmark school providing an international education covering both Chinese and western languages and cultures. Set up by leading members of the Hong Kong community. Reception (age 4)-Year 13. Around 25 different nationalities represented, selective intake. Places are highly sought-after, with a long waiting list. Accredited by the Council of International Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Member of ACAMIS and National Association of Independent Schools.
School Curriculum: Bilingual, International curriculum. At primary, there is a collaborative approach to the teaching of English and Putonghua with a full-time English and full-time Chinese teacher responsible for each homeroom. At secondary, students follow the MYP and IB Diploma. Arts, sports, and community service. French also taught. IBO authorised.

Delia School of Canada

3658 0508 elementary
3658 0338 high school
Tai Fung Avenue, Taikoo Shing

A multi-cultural school with excellent facilities for children with English as a second language.
School Features: Much-advertised school IT emphasised, with older students issued with personal laptops and campus-wide wireless computer technology. ESL support. Authorised by the Ministry of Education, Ontario.
School Curriculum: Follows the Canadian curriculum of the Province of Ontario leading to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Computer science instruction from Pre-Grade 1, Putonghua, Japanese and French taught.

Discovery Bay International School

2987 7331
Discovery Bay, Lantau Island

Originally only a kindergarten and primary school, this popular school is now expanding into secondary education with a large new campus.
School Features: Well-resourced community school that mainly serves Discovery Bay residents. Spacious play area and a sense of community. More than 35 different nationalities attend the school. Provision for learning support and English as an Additional Language.
School Curriculum: UK-based curriculum that acknowledges the school’s Hong Kong location. Specialist teaching provided for Putonghua, physical education, music, drama and information and communication technology.

English Schools Foundation (ESF)

2574 2351
43B Stubbs Road

The English Schools Foundation runs separate Junior and Secondary Schools and also several kindergartens. These schools receive a subsidy from the HK Government to provide an education for English speaking children who cannot access the local system. The main office (above) is the first point of contact, then once you have a permanent address, your child will be assigned to the designated school for that zone, thus it is important to check availability of spaces in each school before choosing your home. In addition, they administer two ESF Private Independent Schools which receive no subsidy and are not “zoned” thus accept pupils from any district.
Curriculum: ESF schools offer a modern liberal education based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, adapted to Hong Kong. Putonghua is taught as a second language, together with options for other languages such as French, German and Spanish. Secondary schools prepare students for Britain’s GCSE and IGCSE examinations, taken at the end of year 10 (age 16). The International Baccalaureate Diploma replaced British GCE A-levels from 2007. Vocational qualifications are available for the less academic. The ESF Private Independent Schools offer a full International Baccalaureate curriculum through primary and secondary sections.
Corporate Surety Scheme: In 2007, due to unprecedented demand for school places, the ESF introduced an “advance-booking” scheme to enable companies to secure school places before the family’s arrival in Hong Kong over the summer for an autumn school term. The Surety places are limited and can be booked from 1st January to the end of June.
Special Needs: All schools have specialist provision for children with learning difficulties. Bradbury, Kowloon Junior and Beacon Hill at primary level and Island School and King George V School at secondary offer greater support for those with more extensive learning disabilities, with special learning support classes. The Jockey Club Sarah Roe Centre caters for those who cannot be taught in mainstream schools.

ESF Primary Schools for Hong Kong Island with zones

Bradbury Junior School

2574 8249
43C Stubbs Road

From Stanley Village and Chung Hom Kok to Repulse Bay Road through Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay to the junction of Wong Chuk Hang Road. Shum Wan Road, Nam Fung Road and Shouson Hill. Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, including Tai Tam Reservoir Road and Hong Kong Parkview. All of Stubbs Road and Mount Nicholson. Kennedy Road east of the junction with Macdonnell Road, including 14 Justice Drive. Happy Valley area: Tung Shan Terrace, Shiu Fai Terrace and the area south of Happy Valley, including upper Blue Pool Road, Sing Woo Road, Shan Kwong Road and all roads south of the bus/tram terminus at the junction of the Blue Pool, Sing Woo and Wong Nai Chung Roads. Ap Lei Chau (including South Horizons). Lamma Island and south Lantau Island including Discovery Bay.

Glenealy School

2549 1211
7 Hornsey Road, Mid-Levels

Mid Levels including Old Peak Road, Tregunter Path, Conduit Road, Hatton Road, Po Shan Road, Robinson Road up to and including 70 on the even side and 95 on the odd side (the junction with Castle Road), Upper Albert Road, Albany Road, Garden Road and Cotton Tree Drive.

Kennedy School

2855 0711
19 Sha Wan Drive, Pokfulam

The area from Caine Road to Aberdeen. Cheung Chau. Babington Path, Oaklands Path, Hospital Road, Des Voeux Road, Connaught Road, Queen’s Road Central (excluding the Central District hotels), Park Road, Breezy Path, Bonham Road, Caine Road and north of the Bonham/Caine Road line, Castle Road, Seymour Road, Mosque Street, Shelly Street, 97 Robinson Road and beyond (odd numbers), 72 Robinson Road and beyond (even numbers), Kotewall Road, Lyttleton Road, University Drive, Oaklands Avenue, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Baguio Villas, Cyber Port Road, Victoria Road, Kennedy Town, Grantham Hospital, the Police Training School and Aberdeen Marina. Ap Lei Chau excluding South Holizons. Central District and Sheung Wan (excluding hotels); north of Caine and Bonham Roads to the waterfront.

Peak School

2849 7211
20 Pluketts Road, The Peak

Magazine Gap Road, May Road, Peak Road, Middle Gap Road, Coombe Road, Mansfield Road, Barker Road, the Peak area, Bowen Road and Borrett Road, all of Kennedy Road, Macdonnell Road and all Central District hotels.

Quarry Bay School

2566 4242
6 Hau Yuen Path

Wanchai from the east of Garden Road/Cotton Tree Drive (up to the northern boundary of Stubbs Road/Queen’s Road East), the north side of Happy Valley and Causeway Bay (includes Boardwood Road, Link Road, Ventris Road and Leighton Hill) and all the Causeway Bay hotels. Tai Hang Road, Jardine’s Lookout and Mount Butler, North Point, Shaukeiwan, Chai Wan, Shek O, Red Hill, Turtle Cove and Tai Tam. Tai Tam Road to the junction with Stanley Gap Road and Stanley Village Road, to include The Manhattan, Faber Court, Belgravia Heights, Blue Waters and Tai Tam Gardens.

ESF Secondary Schools for Hong Kong Island with zones

Island School

2524 7135
20 Borrett Road

Discovery Bay (shared with West Island School), Mid Levels (including Kennedy Road west of the Hopewell Centre), Old Peak Road, Conduit Road and Robinson Road as far as Castle Road, some of Central District served by Glenealy School and the Peak. Tsing Yi Island and areas south-west of Cherry Street and Ferry Street in Kowloon, including Olympic City. Areas of Mei Foo to Tuen Mum except Tsuen Wan which is part of Shatin College.

South Island School

2555 9313
50 Nam Fung Road

Causeway Bay, Happy Valley including Tai Hang Road, Wong Nai Chung Road, Blue Pool Road, Wan Chai, Stubbs Road, Queen’s Road East, Kennedy Road (east of Hopewell Centre), Jardine’s Lookout, North Point, Shaukeiwan, Chai Wan, Shek O, Stanley, Chung Hom Kok, Repulse Bay, Deepwater Bay, Tai Tam and Shouson Hill.

West Island School

2819 1962
250 Victoria Road, Pokfulam

Part of Central District, Sheung Wan, Western District, Kennedy Town, Mount Davis, Pokfulam, Aberdeen, Ap Lei Chau, Discovery Bay (shared with Island School) and the outlying islands.

ESF Primary Schools for Kowloon and the New Territories with zones

Beacon Hill School

2336 5221
23 Ede Road Kowloon Tong

The west side of Nathan Road from Tsim Sha Tsui to Boundary Street excluding areas south-west of Cherry Street and Ferry Street , the area north of Boundary Street, including Kowloon Tong and Caldecott Road. Extending westward along the Lung Cheung Highway including Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun.

Clearwater Bay School

2358 3221
DD229 Lot235, Clearwater Bay Road

Clearwater Bay/Sai Kung area from Choi Hung to Clearwater Bay Road and Sai Sha Road from Tai Mong Tsai to Symphony Bay, as well as the Sai Kung Country Park. Tseung Kwan O area between Hang Hau and Tseung Kwan O tunnel; Sceneway Gardens in Lam Tin.

Kowloon Junior School

2394 0687
4 Rose Street

Areas south-west of Cherry Street and Ferry Street, the east side of Nathan Road to Boundary Street, including Yau Yat Chuen, then eastwards to the Choi Hung interchange. Areas south of Clearwater Bay Road, including Diamond Hill, Hammer Hill, Kowloon Bay, Telford Gardens, Lam Tin (excluding Sceneway Gardens which is Clearwater Bay School), Yau Tong, Ma Wan, Tung Chung and Laguna City, but excluding Tseung Kwan O.

Shatin Junior School

2692 2721
Lai Wo Lane, Fo Tan

Shatin, all of the New Territories north of the Lung Cheung, Caldecott and Tai Po Roads, the Ma On Shan side of Tolo Inlet and Three Fathoms Cove and the area up to Symphony Bay. Tsing Yi Island.

ESF Secondary Schools for Kowloon and the New Territories with zones

King George V School

2711 3029
2 Tin Kwong Road, Homantin

Kowloon Peninsula (excluding areas south-west of Cherry Street and Ferry Street, see Island School) as far west as Cheung Sha Wan and as far north as Lung Cheung Road area (see Sha Tin College), Clearwater Bay Road, Tseung Kwan O and Sai Kung. Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong and Tung Chung.

Sha Tin College

2699 1811
2 Lai Wo Lane, Fo Tan

Sha Tin and the New Territories except Sai Kung (north and east of Tai Mong Tsai roundabout) and Clearwater Bay (see King George V). Area north of Lung Cheung Road, Piper’s Hill, Broadcast Drive and Beacon Hill (except for One Beacon Hill which is King George V). North West Kowloon and South West New Territories (from Mei Foo/Lai Chi Kok to Tuen Mun).

ESF Private Independent Schools

These schools are gradually expanding and will eventually serve both primary and secondary age groups, from 5-18 years. They do not have a zoning policy. Application is made directly to the school itself, not through the ESF admissions office.

Renaissance College
3556 3556
5 Hang Ming Street, Ma On Shan, N.T.
Discovery College
2816 5222
38 Sienna Avenue, Discovery Bay


ESF school for children with severe learning disabilities

Jockey Club Sarah Roe School, Kowloon
2761 9893
Jockey Club Sarah Roe School, Kowloon



French International School

2577 6217
Price Road / Blue Pool Road , Jardine’s Lookout

The Lycee Francaise, to give it the proper name, offers two streams of schooling in the French language and the English language. The Kindergarten/Maternelle is in Sheung Wan, the Primary School is in the original site in Price Road, and the Secondary School is in Blue Pool Road nearby.
School Features: Well-regarded dual-stream school with a French section and an international section, where English is the medium of instruction. Children start at 3 years in the French section and 4 years in the International, with a bilingual kindergarten available for children from 3 years. Multinational, selected intake. Facilities include indoor swimming pool, theatre, libraries, playgrounds and language laboratories. The school is affiliated to the Agency for French Teaching Abroad.
School Curriculum: There is a British-style curriculum in the International section’s kindergarten and primary, with the secondary level leading to IGCSE and IB Diploma. The French stream offers an official French curriculum leading to the Brevet des colleges and French Baccalaureate. Languages are emphasised with the international section offering French, Putonghua, Spanish, Latin along with English, and the French section providing French, English, Putonghua, German, Spanish and Latin.

German Swiss International School

2849 6216
Guildford Road, The Peak

The GSIS, as it is popularly known, offers both German Language and English language streams. A new campus due to open in August 2010 will house the kindergarten. The main Primary campus will be redeveloped from 2012-2016, with the classes housed at the Pokfulam campus or at a temporary placement in Wanchai.
School Features: In-demand, dual stream school for selected students from 3-19 years. Multinational student population of around 1,300. Academic approach but also emphasises the value of non-academic experiences, including community work and music. Parents should have a special interest in the German language. Facilities include tennis courts, swimming pool, large gym, and auditorium. Camps and trips to foster social and environmental awareness. Recognised German School Abroad.
School Curriculum: The German Stream offers classes from pre-school to senior school and prepares students for the “Reifeprufung’. The International Stream, with English as the medium of instruction, is based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, leading to GCSE, AS and A-levels. The IB Diploma will gradually be introduced with first exams planned for 2015. The school also offers vocational training, which is recognised throughout Europe. German, English, Putonghua, Latin and French are taught.

Harrow International School HK

2824 9909
Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

This new international school opened in 2012 and is an offshoot of the famous Harrow School in England. It covers crèche/preschool/ junior and senior section age 3 months-18 years.
School Features: The school is set in a 9 acre site in the NE New Territories. It is an impressive campus, and also includes a boarding section 5/7 days a week. Facilities are comprehensive, including sports fields. Multinational intake, including mainland Chinese.
School Curriculum: The academic curriculum at Harrow International is based on the National Curriculum of England leading towards public examinations at IGCSE and A-level. Language of tuition is English, with Putonghua and Chinese culture also options.

Hong Kong Academy

2824 9909
12 Kai Ma Wan Road, Kennedy Town

This independent school covers ages 3 to 16 years, with a wide-based curriculum.
School Features: A school that emphasises participation with the local community. Accepts special needs if children can be successfully mainstreamed. Multinational intake. Parent participation encouraged. Candidate for WASC. Member of ACAMIS.
School Curriculum: International curriculum that seeks to educate children conceptually and globally, rather than nationally, and to relate learning to experiences in Hong Kong. Authorised PYP school. Putonghua also taught.

Hong Kong International School (HKIS)

Admissions: 3149 7001
South Bay Close, Repulse Bay (Lower and Upper Primary School)
2812 5000
1, Redhill Road, Tai TamTuk (Middle & High School)
3149 7000

Popularly known as HKIS, this Lutheran school is often the one of choice for American expats, offering a full American curriculum of education. However, it includes children from many other countries too, including local Chinese children whose parents want them to be exposed to western education from an early age. Originally the whole school was situated in Repulse Bay, but as numbers grew it expanded to new premises in the Redhill area of Tai Tam, beyond Stanley, where the Middle and Senior schools are now located with the primary schools remaining in Repulse Bay at the original site.
School Features: A popular school catering for more than 2,500 students from Reception 1 to Grade 12. Affiliated to the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in the United States. Majority of students are US citizens though more than 40 nationalities are represented. Over 200 staff, drawn from a range of nations. Some support is available to a limited number of students with mild to moderate special learning needs. Cutting-edge facilities, including campus TV. There are numerous extra-curricular activities on offer, with special emphasis on community service. The school works closely with parents. Teacher: student ratio of 1:10. Languages taught: Putonghua, French, Spanish. Accredited by WASC. Member of ACAMIS.
Curriculum: HKIS offers an American liberal arts education. All children need to participate in religious studies. The pre-school adopts project learning of the Italian Reggio Emilia tradition. Secondary section offers rigorous preparation for college entrance. More than 20 Advanced Placement courses available. Putonghua, French and Spanish taught.

The Independent Schools Foundation Academy

2202 2000
1, Kong Sin Wan Rd, Pokfulam

This is an independent school situated near the Cyberport in Pokfulam which claims to be “rooted in Chinese culture with a Global perspective".
School Features: Private independent through school run by the Independent Schools Foundation, a charity set up by a group of academics, professionals and entrepreneurs to offer high-quality bilingual education. Excellent arts and sports facilities at the purpose built campus, together with plans for a farm and wetland habitat. The school can accommodate up to 1,800 students.
School Curriculum: Integrative curriculum combining best International practice. There is a bilingual English-Putonghua approach at primary, with English as the main medium of instruction at secondary. Follows the IB middle years and Diploma programmes.

International Montessori School

G/F 23-23A South Horizons, Ap Lei Chau
2861 0339
62, Tin Hau Temple Road
2156 9003

The school runs two separate campuses, with Toddlers plus children age 3-6 at the South Horizons Campus and Toddlers plus children age 6-12 at the Wanchai one.
School Features: Initiated by parents looking for a more individual primary education and to follow Montessori ideals. For pre-school-Grade 6. Students from 20 different countries taught in multi-age classes. Working with American Montessori Internationals on accreditation.
School Curriculum: The Montessori curriculum provides each student with the structures to categories knowledge, the keys to discovery, and the questions to encourage life-long learning. In kindergarten, in particular, subjects are explored using Montessori’s sensorial learning materials. English and Putonghua, bilingual approach, with English and Chinese teachers in each classroom.

Island Christian Academy

2537 2552
70 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

This is a new international primary school, managed by Generations Christian Education in partnership with the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong. The School is located at 70 Bridges Street, just two blocks off the Central Escalator, near the historic Tai Ping Shan area of Hong Kong.
School Features: English is the medium of instruction for all classes, with the exception of Mandarin class. Their specialty class offerings include daily Mandarin, and bi-weekly music and physical education. They will off various levels of after school activities, both academic and sporty in nature.
School Curriculum: In their International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Biblical worldview curriculum, they support a model of whole child learning. The IPC curriculum is relevant and internationally recognized; it has a built-in facility to integrate Christian studies, values and character components alongside core academic subjects such as mathematics, numeracy and literacy. By integrating the biblical worldview, they achieve a balance between academic focus and values formation. Through this approach, they have seen the students flourish academically, physically, spiritually and socially. They will also use the UK National Literacy Programme and the Origo Maths Curriculum from Australia. Through these curricula, they gain an ability to glean the best practices in education from around the world.

Japanese International School

2834 3531
156 Tai Po Road, Tai Po, NT

The school, situated in the New Territories, houses the international section of the Japanese School in Hong Kong and offers both Japanese language and English language instruction leading to the IB diploma. It is planning to combine with Hong Lok Yuen School, Kingston School and the Norwegain School in to a new campus – the International College Hong Kong www.ichk.edu.hk.

The Hong Kong Japanese School (Primary)

No.157 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley
2834 7375

The Hong Kong Japanese School (Secondary)

No.9 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, North Point
2566 5311

This is a sister school but teaches only in Japanese, no English stream.
School Features: These two schools are for Japanese nationals and follows the Japanese National Curriculum. Pupils usually return to Japan for the high school entrance exam after finishing junior secondary.

Kellett School

2551 8234 
2 Wah Lok Path, Wah Fu, Pokfulam

Founded over 25 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation providing a British-based education.
School Features: British-style education for children of mixed abilities from 3-12 years at present, with years 7 & 8 (ages 11 & 12) currently housed in temporary accommodation in Shau Kei Wan T: 3665 5300. In 2012, the Senior School will move to Kowloon Bay, where Kellet are currently planning the new school for both Junior and Secondary education. Over 25 nationalities are represented at the school which is regularly monitored by OFSTED inspectors. Small number of special needs children accepted per class. Facilities include ICT suite, library and wireless network. Aims for maximum class size of 23. Member of Federation of British Schools in Southeast Asia and associate member of the council of British Independent Schools in the European Community (COBISEC).
School Curriculum: Follows UK curriculum, with emphasis on children’s personal and social development, along with maths, reading and writing skills. Seeks high academic standards without compromising breadth. Specialist instructors for subjects such as music, IT and art. Also offers Putonghua and French.

Korean International School

2569 5500
55 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho

This school on Hong Kong island offers both Korean and English language education, and also has a noted section for children with special needs.
School Features: Successful dual-stream school with stable teaching team and growing numbers. International section has English as the medium of instruction, and a smaller Korean section. International section has a multinational intake and offers classes from Kindergarten-Grade 13. Structured, level-appropriate ESL support. Scholarship scheme available. Facilities include computer centre, indoor swimming pool, science labs, tennis courts and outdoor play area. School also hosts the Springboard Project for developmentally delayed children who are integrated where appropriate.
School Curriculum: The International Section offers a Cambridge-based programme following the National Curriculum of England and Wales, leading to the IGCSE and A-levels. Extra English, Korean, Putonghua and information technology classes have been added, plus a wider range of extra-curricular activities. The Korean section follows the country’s national curriculum.

Mount Kelly School

2157 9557


2&3/F, Austin Tower, 152 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui


School Features: Mount Kelly School in the UK was founded in 1877. The school opened its first sister school in 2017 with three campuses in Hong Kong at Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan: Babies and Toddlers (Playgroup), Preschool and a Primary and Secondary School.


MKSHK provides an authentic all-through education pathway that caters for students from infancy to pre-university level. As being part of the Mount Kelly Family of Schools, all Year 8 graduates have a guaranteed placement at Mount Kelly UK from Year 9 onwards.


School Curriculum: Mount Kelly follows the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for Preschool and the English National Curriculum for Primary and Secondary School. The school places a strong emphasis on Putonghua and co-curricular activities. French is embedded in the curriculum being taught from Year 1, allowing students the chance to become fluent in at least three languages. Students from Year 7 upwards receive specialist lessons for all subjects. The low student to teacher ratios (1:9) ensures that all students receive personalised teaching specifically designed to meet their individual needs and adequate care and supervision.


All Mount Kelly Schools in both Hong Kong and the UK offer the Shackleton Programme, which is designed to develop and celebrate leadership, practical skills and teamwork. This programme helps students build confidence and has a direct impact on their school work, improving their academic attainment and allowing them to fulfil their true potential.

Nord Anglia International School                                         

3107 8158
11, On Tin Street, Lam Tin, Kowloon
School Features: Respected school with worldwide campuses,  opening in HK in September 2014. Small Class Sizes, Low Teacher/Student Ratio.
School Curriculum: Ages 5-12, offers a Cambridge-based programme following the National Curriculum of England and Wales, leading to the IGCSE and International Bccalaureate.  

Norwegian International School

2658 0341
170 Kam Shan Rd, Kam Shan Village, New Territories

170 Kam Shan Rd, Kam Shan Village, New Territories Christian Quality Education with a Scandinavian Touch Small Class Sizes, Low Teacher/Student Ratio Kindergarden to Grade 6

Sear Rogers International School

2547 5479
45-47 Grampian Rd, Kowloon City

Whilst the majority of children enrolled here are not expatriate, the medium of instruction is English, and it offers an opportunity for children to be exposed to a truly cross-cultural experience. The school follows the British Curriculum, and from Year 4, the school divides to two streams - local and international.

Singapore International School

2872 0266
23 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen – primary school
30 Oi Kwan Rd, Wanchai – secondary school

This is one of our newest international schools offering education in the English language as well as Chinese.
School Features: Caters for children from Preparatory Year 1 (age 4) - Grade 12. Around 60% of students are from Singapore or Singapore Permanent Residents, with a number of other nationalities represented. Strong in dance and choir at annual Hong Kong competitions. Facilities include gym, swimming pool, roof-top terraced gardens, computer labs and dance, drama and art rooms. Links with Ministry of Education, Singapore.
School Curriculum: Singapore-style curriculum and bilingual approach using English and Putonghua. French also taught from P1-6 as a third language. Students are prepared for the Singapore Primary School Leaving Examination at the end of P6. Two-year preparatory programme for children from 4-6 years lays foundation for literacy in English and Chinese. In secondary level, students will follow the Singapore curriculum in grades 1&2, IGCSE 3&4, and then IB Diploma.

United World College - Li Po Chun UWC

2640 0441
10 Lok Wo Sha Lane, Sai Shai Rd, NT

This is one of ten UWCs situated on four continents. 250 students aged 16-19 attend this residential college from over 60 countries.
School Features: This is one of ten UWCs situated on four continents. 250 students aged 16-19 attend this residential college from over 60 countries.
School Curriculum: Students at Li Po Chun study for the IB Diploma. Chinese studies and many languages are available. The college’s emphasis on community work reflects both the IB and its own philosophy IBO authorised.

Victoria Shanghai Academy

3402 1029
Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen

VSA offers a bi-lingual education in English and Putonghua/Mandarin from Primary entrance to final Internationl Baccalaureate examinations. Founded in 1965, moved to current location in Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen in 2009.

Yew Chung International School

Tel: +852 2338 7106
Fax: +852 2304 6713
3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Founded in 1932, Yew Chung has been providing quality bilingual education to the learners of Hong Kong for over 80 years. Originally specializing in Early Childhood Education. Yew Chung International School (YCIS Hong Kong) now provides international education to expatriate children aged 6 months - 18. Recognised as one of the top international schools in Hong Kong, YCIS Hong Kong’s international curriculum through kindergarten, primary school and secondary school (IGCSE & IB) prepares students to become bilingually competent in English and Chinese and internationally minded for a competitive future.

Today YCIS reaches beyond Hong Kong, and is now established in Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao in China and Silicon Valley in the United States, with a total student enrolment exceeding 6,000.

Curriculum: YCIS International Curriculum is based on the framework and schemes of work from The National Curriculum for England (NCE). It is a research-based curriculum that allows high standards and ease of transition from international students who move from one country to another. YCIS students will take IGCSE in Years 10 and 11 and IB Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13.


For adults interested in pursuing a degree in Hong Kong, there are many programs to choose from.  Among the universities in Hong Kong which offer undergraduate and graduate degrees are:

University of Hong Kong

2859 2111

Chinese University of Hong Kong

2609 6000

City University of Hong Kong

3442 7654

Hong Kong Baptist University

3411 7460

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2766 4884

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

2358 6000

Lingnan University

2616 8888


Various other courses and classes are also run at the following venues:

Alliance Francaise

2527 7825

British Council

2913 5100

Frederique Academy (beauty)

2522 2526

Fringe Club (Arts)

2521 7251

Goethe Institute

2802 0088

Hong Kong Arts Centre

2582 0200

HK Institute of Languages

2877 6160

Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)

2771 9111

Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)

3476 1300


HK Language Learning Centre

2572 6488


3476 1340

Happy Jellyfish Language Bureau

9331 9673

Other Educational Services

For additional cramming, or whilst waiting for a formal school place, specific tuition can be beneficial:

ITS Tutorial School
2116 3716

Provides private tutor services on a comprehensive range of subjects.

Sylvan Learning Centre
2873 0662

Centres in Aberdeen, Tai Tam and Wanchai.

For children who need additional language skills try

ESF Language Learning Centre
2711 1280
HK Institute of Languages
2877 6160
Sally's Place
2760 0441

Centres in Aberdeen, Tai Tam and Wanchai.

Summer Schools

Various bodies offer summer school activities including:

ESF Educational Services
2711 1280
Faust Educational Services
2547 6765
Sportathlon Clubs
2805 5802
Hong Kong International School
3149 7000
South Island School
2555 9313
Treasure Island
2546 3543

Various other courses and classes are also run at the following venues:

British Council
2913 5100
Frederique Academy
2522 2526
Fringe Club
2521 7251
HK Institute of Languages
2877 6160
Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)
2771 9111
Alliance Francaise
2527 7825
Goethe Institute
2802 0088
Hong Kong Arts Centre
2582 0200
Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
3476 1300

Chinese Language

Want to learn to speak Chinese – either Cantonese as spoken by the majority of Hong Kong people, or Putoghua/Mandarin, as spoken by most mainland Chinese - whilst you’re here? There are various courses - check the Dollarsaver magazine or try the following:

HK Language Learning Centre
2572 6488
3476 1340
Happy Jellyfish Language Bureau
9331 9673