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Best schools in Hong Kong

A snapshot overview of schools in Hong Kong that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for indepth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.


Schools in Hong Kong reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Australian International School (AISHK)  (pending)

Adapted Australian National Curriculum/ New South Wales Higher School Certificate/ 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 IB Diploma to international students. Amazing roof- top aquatic centre. Sporting and non-sporting activities are available outside the school curriculum.

Chinese International School

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

Charity, run by Board of Governors. Based in a modern high tech building at the top of Braemar Hill. 25 per cent each British and American, the remainder ‘Global Chinese’ of whom over 60 per cent are Hong Kong born. Known for Mandarin and high standard of academics. Unusually for Hong Kong, wide sporting provision including golf and sailing.

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

French International School (FIS)  (pending)

French National Curriculum/ National Curriculum of England/IGCSE/ Bac/ Brevet/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,600 students

Opened in 1963 with the international Stream opening in 1973.  Now on four campuses including 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, offering a full French or International curriculum and qualifications. Governed by a Board of elected parents and members of the French Consulate.

Harrow International School

National Curriculum of England/ GCSE/ A-Levels; 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. License stipulates that 50 per cent of the student body should be non-local but the second passport, held by most Hong Kong Chinese high net-worth families, circumnavigates this rule. Huge demand for places and the school is now at capacity.

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

An all-through IB World school, founded in 2000. 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. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school offers the option of their own diploma (based on the US High School Diploma) on its own, or else wtih the addition of up to six IB Certificates or a full IB Diploma.

Hong Kong International School (HKIS)  (pending)

American Elementary & Middle School Curriculum/ America High School Diploma/ AP; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,650 students

Large American-style, lower primary, upper primary, middle and high school, established in 1966 and teaching over 2,800 pupils from over 40 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. The vast majority of around 200 annual graduates enter leading US colleges with a small number going on to UK universities, which can include Oxford and Russell Group members

Kellett School (Kowloon Bay) Senior

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

The school was started by a group of parents over 40 years ago and is housed in a cool, industrial-style, modern campus Still governed by 12 elected parent members. Retains A-Levels rather than IB and results above the UK average. Arts considered a strength and there is a strong music department leading to music GCSE and A-level. Wide variety of sport and extra-curricular activities, put on after school, emphasises the British approach to education.

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

Kellett School (Kowloon Bay) Preparatory

National Curriculum of 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 School (Pok Fu Lam) Preparatory

National Curriculum of 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


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


English Schools Foundation (ESF)

A group of 22 preschool, primary and secondary schools for 17,770 pupils from over 70 nationalities. All authorised IB 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 IB MYP or all-through Jockey Club Sarah Roe School for SEN students.


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.

Hong Lok Yuen International School

Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE; ages 3-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 780 students

International kindergarten and school, established in 1983, in the New Territories. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Japanese International School

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

Opened in 1997, the school has a Japanese and a small international section, now on a separate campus in Tai Po. Licensed to offer the IB Primary Years Programme since 2007.

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). Now offering both an English and International curriculum in Middle School, both followed by the IB Diploma.

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).

Sha Tin College

Adapted curriculum/ MYP/ IB Diploma /IB Careers Programme; 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). Recently, over 55 per cent of IB Diploma candidates achieved noticeably high scores and they are one of only five schools in Hong Kong to offer the IB Careers option.

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 IB 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.

In Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay International School

Adapted curriculum /IGCSE/ A-Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 9000 students

A British kindergarten, primary and secondary school founded in 1983 in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island. Recently expanded into years 12 and 13, choosing to be amongst the small number of Hong Kong schools offering A-Levels rather than the IB Diploma. Academically selective and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

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