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Best schools in Hong Kong

A snapshot: schools in Hong Kong considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names. 

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


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Australian International School (AISHK)  (pending)

Adapted Australian curriculum/ New South Wales HSC/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,100 students

An all-through school located in Kowloon Tong in Kowloon West, offering an Australian education and the alternative qualification of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The students come from around 25 different nationalities but with the majority holding Australian passports. Amazing roof top aquatic centre. Sport and non-sporting activities are available outside the school curriculum.

Canadian International School  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ Ontario HSD; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,580 students

Founded in 1991 and still teaching a majority of Canadian students, although there are also passport holders from over 40 other countries. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Chinese International School

Adapted curriculum/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,420 students

The school is a charity, with governance run by a Board of Governors. Based in a modern high tech building at the top of Braemar Hill. 25 per cent each, British and American students, the remainder ‘global Chinese’ of which, over 60 per cent are Hong Kong born. Known for Mandarin and the high standard of academics. Wide sporting provision including golf and sailing.

Click here to read our full review of the Chinese International School.

ESF Bradbury School  (pending)

PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 720 students

International primary school, one of the 22 English Schools Foundation (ESF) schools in Hong Kong.

ESF Kennedy School 

PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; private non-profit; 900 students

One of the ESF primary schools for English-speaking children, located in western Hong Kong. Music and performing arts are major elements of the education offered here and the school is more sporty than some of the other ESF primaries.

Click here to read our full review of ESF Kennedy School.

French International School (FIS)  

French curriculum/ National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ OIB; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,600 students

Now on four campuses, including the brand-new state of the art eco-campus at Tseung Kwan O. Pupils from over 40 different nationalities split into French (bilingual) and International streams. First international authorised International Baccalaureate World School in Hong Kong. The school provides additional teaching in English for certain subjects, through the American section, which leads to the international (French/English) Option Internationale Baccalaureate.

Click here to read our full review of French International School

Harrow International School

National Curriculum for England/ GCSE/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,300 students

Only British school in Hong Kong to offer boarding. Opened in 2012 and located in the Western New Territories. The school’s license stipulates that 50 per cent of the student body should be non-local, however the second passport held by most Hong Kong Chinese, high net-worth families circumnavigates this rule. Huge demand for places.

Click here to read our full review of Harrow International School

Hong Kong Academy (HKA)  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 students

Founded in 2012 and offering all three of the original International Baccalaureate Programmes. Brand new, eco-friendly award winning campus in Sai Kung in the New Territories surrounded by performance and athletic spaces, which are shared with the local community. The school is now fairly close to its capacity of 660 students.

Hong Kong International School (HKIS)  (pending)

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,600 students

Large American-style, lower primary, upper primary, middle and high school, over 50 years old and probably the largest international school in Hong Kong, assisted by the US State Department. The school teaches over 2,500 pupils from around 40 different nationalities. Located at two campuses on the south side of Hong Kong island – middle and high schools in excellent facilities in Tai Tam and primary schools in Repulse Bay. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Kellett Senior School 

National Curriculum for England/ I/GCSE/ A Level; ages 11-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 570 students

Now on a cool, industrial-style modern campus in Kowloon, the school was started by a group of parents over 40 years ago. Still governed by 12 elected parent members. Retains A Levels (rather than the IB Diploma) and results are above the UK average. Arts considered a strength and a strong music department leads on to both GCSE and A Level. Wide variety of sport and extra-curricular activities put on after school.

Click here to read our full review of Kellett Senior School Kowloon Bay

Kellett Kowloon Bay Preparatory School 

National Curriculum for England; ages 4-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 325 students

Brand new modern campus, opened in 2013, with light classrooms spread across two floors. Majority of families British, followed by Australian or European and a (very) few local Chinese. Most pupils move on to Kellett senior school or boarding school in the UK but exams have to be taken externally. School days are short and sport mainly takes place out of school.

Click here to read our full review of Kellett Preparatory School Kowloon Bay

Kellett Pok Fu Lam Preparatory School

National Curriculum for England; ages 4-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 475 students

Older and less eye-catching campus, than its sister school in Kowloon Bay, closer in appearance and feel to an English preparatory school. Maths and English are strong. Subjects, especially history, sometimes have an added local or Asian twist (such as the occupation of Hong Kong by the Japanese in WWII). Games usually take place off-site.

Click here to read our full review of Kellett Preparatory School Pok Fu Lam

Malvern College Hong Kong  

Adapted PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 960 students

A branch of the English public school, Malvern College that is a new entrant (2018) to the big brand-name English schools here. Authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP programmes but, as yet, still a candidate for teaching the IB Diploma.

Click here to read our full review of Malvern College Hong Kong

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

American International School

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 850 students

Founded by Dr. Thomas Liang in 1986, to give local students the right preparation, so that they could apply to US universities. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

American School Hong Kong (ASHK

Adapted American curriculum; ages 5-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

Owned and operated by Esol Education, the global network (nine schools on three continents) dedicated to running American international schools. Dually accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Beacon Hill School

PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 540 students

Founded in 1967 and one of the 22 English Schools Foundation (ESF) schools in Hong Kong. Classes in English and priority given to non-Cantonese speaking children, who cannot access the local system.

Clearwater Bay School

PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 720 students

International primary school, one of the 22 English Schools Foundation (ESF) schools in Hong Kong.

Discovery Bay International School

Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 students

A British kindergarten, primary and secondary school founded in 1983 in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island. Recently expanded into year 13 with the first A Level results in 2019.  A high percentage of candidates achieve A*-A at IGCSEs. It’s situation has led to it developing better sporting facilities than at some Hong Kong schools. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Discovery College

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,320 students

One of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) all-through schools and one of only two Hong Kong schools to offer all four programmes of the International Baccalaureate.

English Schools Foundation (ESF)

A group of 22 preschool, primary and secondary schools for 17,770 pupils from over 70 nationalities. All authorised IB World Schools - five international kindergartens, nine primary schools, five secondary schools and three all-through schools. Zoning apples to the primary and secondary schools according to the current or expected Hong Kong address of the family. No zoning for Renaissance and Discovery Colleges offering the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme or for the all-through Jockey Club Sarah Roe School for SEN students.

German Swiss International School (GSIS)

German curriculum/ International Abitur/ IGCSE; A Level; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,240 students

Established in 1969 by German and Swiss families looking for a bilingual German/English education. To this end they offer the alternative of the German International Abitur (DIAP) or the English alternative of IGCSEs and A Levels. Located on The Peak.

Glenealy School

PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 360 students

A two form entry primary and part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) network. Re-accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) in 2019.

Hong Kong Academy

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ HKA Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 students

An all-through International Baccalaureate school, also offering their own diploma and/or a mix of Diploma Certificates. Founded in 2000, with the middle and high schools added by 2009. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The majority of students come from either US or European families.

ICHK (Primary)

PYP; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 400 students

An English Schools Foundation (ESF) kindergarten and primary school was established in 1983, in the New Territories. The campus is in the Hong Lok Yuen residential estate and includes a Forest school. Primary school students are offered guaranteed places at the senior school. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

ICHK (Secondary)

Adapted/ I/GCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 11-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 380 students

This English Schools Foundation (ESF) secondary school was opened in 2009 in a rural area near Plover Cove Country Park. The majority of pupils arrive from the primary school of the same name. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Island School

MYP/ I/GCSE/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers; ages 11-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,200 students

An English Schools Foundation (ESF) secondary school, offering three International Baccalaureate programmes and both GCSEs and IGCSEs.

Japanese International School (JIS)

PYP; ages 3-12; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 170 students

The small international section opened in 1997 and is now on a separate campus in Tai Po. Licensed to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme since 2007.

Jockey Club Sarah Roe School

Adapted/ SEN; ages 5-19; co-ed; independent; private non-profit; 70 students

Small, long-standing (founded 1986) Special Needs school, part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF).

King George V School

Adapted curriculum/ MYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 12-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,750 students

One of the oldest schools in Hong Kong, opened in 1894 to cater for British families, living in Kowloon. International secondary school and part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF).

Kowloon Junior School

PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 900 students

A large international primary school, founded in 1902. Part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF).

Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,200 students

A private pre-school, elementary and secondary school, opened in 2014 and now on two campuses (Sai Kung and Tai Tam). Part of the Nord Anglia Education group’s empire. Families come from around 40 different nationalities and 80 per cent of the enrolled students are expats. Inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for British Schools Overseas (BSO).

Peak School

PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 360 students

The oldest of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) primary schools in Hong Kong, teaching the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

Quarry Bay School

PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 360 students

A long-standing English Schools Foundation (ESF) primary school, opened in 1924, teaching the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

Renaissance College Hong Kong

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,050 students

One of two English Schools Foundation (ESF) all-through schools offering all four programmes of the International Baccalaureate.

Sha Tin College

Adapted curriculum/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers; ages 12-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,200 students

International secondary school on a campus in Fo Tan since 1985. Member of the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Very impressive International Baccalaureate Diploma results with over 50 per cent regularly scoring in the high thirties against a global average of 30.

Sha Tin Junior School

PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 900 students

An English Schools Foundation (ESF) primary school opened in 1988 and sharing facilities with the senior school, Sha Tin College. Authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme since 2009.

Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong

Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,000 students

Brand new nursery and primary school opened in 2018. Located on an impressive, purpose-built campus in Tseung Kwan O. The expectation is that pupils will mainly come from an international background but we will report further once it has bedded in.

Singapore International School (Hong Kong)

Adapted/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,500 students

Located on two campuses with the majority of students being local or coming from Singapore. Highly impressive average International Baccalaureate Diploma scores, which are consistently in the high thirties against the global figure of 30.

South Island School

MYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages j11-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,200 students

An English Schools Foundation (ESF) secondary school, offering a mixed curriculum of International Baccalaureate programmes and IGCSEs.

Stamford American School

Adapted American/ candidate PYP/ candidate MYP/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ candidate IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 350 students

A newly-opened (2016) school, owned and run by the global education company, Cognita. In addition to its American programme, the school is a candidate to teach the IBPYP and IBMYP and IB Diploma.

Victoria Shanghai Academy

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,870 studentsB

Opened in 1965 and teaching mainly local students. International Baccalaureate Diploma averages are consistently in the high thirties as opposed to the global average of 30. The school is dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

West Island School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers/ BTEC; ages 11-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,250 students

An English Schools Foundation (ESF) secondary school offering a mixed curriculum but is a candidate for authorisation to teach the IBMYP and at present the only school in the network to offer BTECs.

Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ Chinese; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit

Opened in 2019 in Tin Wan, Aberdeen by the international arm of the famous (and very academic) English girls’ boarding school. A bilingual primary, using an adapted English and specially developed Chinese curriculum, with a strong emphasis on learning Mandarin Chinese and imbibing Chinese culture. Aiming to give students the necessary grounding to move on to top global secondary schools.

Yew Chung International School Hong Kong

Adapted bilingual curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 680 students

Operated by the Yew Chung Education Foundation, with the majority of students holding Chinese passports. The school offers an English and Chinese programme. In the kindergarten and primary sections, responsibility is shared by a teacher from both language systems.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

 

 

 

 

 

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