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 pupils
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. Sport and non-sporting activities are available outside the school curriculum.
Adapted Curriculum Primary Level/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; independent; private non-profit; 1,420 pupils
Charity with governance 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’ - over 60 per cent are Hong Kong born. Known for Mandarin and high standard of academics. 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/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,600 pupils
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. First international authorised World IB School in Hong Kong and provides French-English classes in OIB programme.
National Curriculum of England/GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,300 pupils
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 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 pupils
An IB World school offering all three programmes, founded in 2012. Brand-new, eco-friendly award winning campus in Sai Kung in the New Territories surrounded by performance and athletic spaces, shared with the local community. Aiming for capacity of 660 students.
Hong Kong International School (HKIS) (pending)
American Curriculum/AP; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,800 pupils
Large American-style, lower primary, upper primary, middle and high school, 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.
National Curriculum of England/GCSEs/IGCSEs/ A-Levels; ages 11-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 572 pupils
Cool industrial -style modern campus in Kowloon started by a group of parents over 40 years ago. Still governed by 12 elected parent members. Retains A-Levels rather than IB and results above UK average. Arts considered a strength and strong music department leading to music 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
National Curriculum of England; ages 4-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 323 pupils
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
National Curriculum of England; ages 4-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 474 pupils
Older and less eye-catching campus, than its sister school in Kowloon Bay, closer in apKearance 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 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 IB MYP or all-through Jockey Club Sarah Roe School for SEN students.
Beacon Hill School
PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 540 pupils
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; privately owned; 720 pupils
International primary school, one of the 22 English Schools Foundation (ESF) schools in Hong Kong.
Hong Lok Yuen International School
Adapted curriculum/IGCSEs; ages 3-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 780 pupils
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 pupils
The small international section opened in 1997 and is now on a separate campus in Tai Po. Licensed to offer the IB Primary Years Programme since 2007.
King George V School
Adapted curriculum/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 12-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,750 pupils
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; privately owned; 900 pupils
A large international primary school, founded in 1902. Part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF).
Sha Tin College
Adapted curriculum/IB Diploma; ages 12-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,200 pupils
International secondary school on a campus in Fo Tan since 1985. Member of the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Over 55 per cent of IB Diploma candidates scored 38+ points in 2019.
Sha Tin Junior School
PYP; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 900 pupils
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 pupils
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/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 pupils
A British kindergarten, primary and secondary school founded in 1983 in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island. Recently expanded into year 13 with first A-Level results due 2019. In 2018 60 per cent of candidates achieve A*-A at IGCSEs.