This is a snapshot overview of schools in Hong Kong that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents. Some of them have just been mentioned by parents, and some of them might sound like possibilities but really aren't.
Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with " - pending" next to their names, meaning that school has been researched, selected, visited and written up by our own editor. Those reviews for Hong Kong schools are currently in the pipeline and will be published as soon as completed.
If there is no banner next to the school, it means we do not have enough reliable and positive reports from parents to warrant coverage at this time.
See general information on schooling in Hong Kong under the "Hong Kong Educational Overview".
The Canadian International School
36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2525 - 7088
Fax: (852) 2525 - 7579
The student body is made up of 1,580 students representing over 30 nationalities. Ages 3 - 18 (Pre-reception through Grade 12).
The Chinese International School (- pending)
1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong SAR
1,400 students total in Reception through Year 13 (ages 4 - 18). Features an International curriculum taught in English and Mandarin; has a fantastic Chinese programme.
The French International School (-pending)
Secondary School: 165 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley
Primary School: 34 Price Road, Jardine's Lookout
Kindergarten: Shops 2-4, G/F, Tung Fai Gardens, 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan
450 students in Reception through Year 13. Offers the IB Diploma Programme as well as the English National Curriculum; also, has both a French Stream and an International Stream.
The German Swiss International School
11 Guildford Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2849 - 6216
Fax: (852) 2849 - 6437
Supported by the German and Swiss governments, GSIS offers two streams following the German and British school systems. More than 1,100 students in Kindergarten through Year 13.
Hong Kong Academy (- pending)
15 Stubbs Road, Hong Kong
IB curriculum (PYP, MYP, IB Diploma- first graduating class 2012); co-ed day school, ages 3-18; 470 students.
Hong Kong International School (HKIS)(-pending)
Middle School: 700 Tai Tam Resevoir Road, Tai Tam
Tel: (852) 3149 - 7201
Fax: (852) 2899 - 0809
Upper Primary: 6 South Bay Close, Repulse Bay
Tel: (852) 2812 - 5000
Fax: (852) 2592 - 7082
Lower Primary: 23 South Bay Close, Repulse Bay
Tel: (852) 2812 - 5000
Fax: (852) 2812 - 9590
With around 2,600 students, HKIS is comprised of four schools housed at two campuses on the south side of Hong Kong island. The High School and Middle Schools are located in Tai Tam; the Upper and Lower Primary Schools are located in Repulse Bay, ten minutes away. There is Mandarin language study at each grade level, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered.
Kellett School (-pending)
2 Wah Lok Path; Wah Fu, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2551 - 8234
Fax: (852) 2875 - 0262
400 students in Reception through Primary Six; the school aims to have a maximum of 22 students per class. Primary at the moment, but Year 7 is being launched this year and the school has an application in to the Government to create a Secondary School. Has strong links with the British System.
Singapore International School
23 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong SAR
Tel: (852) 2872 - 0266
Fax: (852) 2872 - 0431
The student body is made up of approximately 850 students (ages 4 - 18) representing over 15 nationalities.
English Schools Foundation (ESF)
20 Borrett Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2524 - 7135
Fax: (852) 2840 - 1673
Offers the IB Diploma Programme.
South Island School
50 Nam Fung Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong SAR
West Island School
250 Victoria Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
ESF Primary Schools
43C Stubbs Road, Hong Kong
7 Hornsey Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong
With 360 students (ages 5 - 11) representing over 20 nationalities, this is one of the smallest ESF primary schools.
19 Sha Wan Drive, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
20 Plunketts Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
Quarry Bay School
6 Hau Yuen Path, Braemer Hill, North Point, Hong Kong
Nursery schools, kindergartens and day schools are hugely important, but we almost never cover them as separate entries unless they are part of a larger primary and/or secondary school (NB: the international schools all have a reception year. ESF schools only take the children when they are five years old). Howerver, we do informally list the ones expat parents mention, and welcome comments or corrections from readers. (This list is under construction on the GSGI site and will be published soon.)
The key nursery schools on the island are run by the Woodland Group, which has branches in Pokfulam, Mid Levels, Repulse Bay, and Stanley. Other kindergartens of which parents speak highly include the Montessori School in Stanley, the International Montessori School in Wanchai and Southside Kindergarten.