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IB, British, German, and Swiss curriculums
Ages 3 to 18

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CurriculumsIB, British, German, and Swiss
Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and German
Native English and German teachers
Extra languages (other than English and German)
Class sizes Average 15 students / class
Maximum 15 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: HK$156,110
to: HK$203,420
This school has more than one campus in Hong Kong:
Peak Campus: Ages 6 to 18

Address: 11 Guildford Road The Peak Hong Kong

Pok Fu Lam Campus: Ages 3 to 6

Address: 162 Pok Fu Lam Road Pok Fu Lam Hong Kong

The school offers two streams, German International stream and English International stream.
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Number of students

1300

Number of nationalities represented in the school

30

Most common nationality

German, Austrian, Swiss, Hong Kong

Max. number of students per class

15

Average number of students per class

15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and German speaking teachers

Yes, the school has highly-qualified teachers from German and English-speaking countries.

Language support for students not fluent in English and German

In primary GSIS offer a language immersion programme. Our new ‘CLIPPY’ programme is a German language immersion programme. It enables those children who do not have German language fluency to join us and be supported by Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF - German as a foreign language). Our aim is to have our ‘CLIPPY’ students fully integrated into our German curriculum classes within a year by having fifteen lessons of DaF each week. Our commitment is to ensure that each child receives the very best education we can offer, in a friendly, tight knit community.

In secondary GSIS offer an accelerated language learning programme. The Fast Track Programme is an accelerated language learning programme with intensive language support for students new to the German language starting in K06 (Y07). Students will be part of the GSIS dual-stream community where academic excellence is valued highly, as is hard work and personal achievement. It prepares students to participate in the German International Stream´s regular bilingual curriculum and our methods rely on structured language immersion and student engagement.

Additional language classes offered by the school

German, French, Mandarin, Latin

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

Please enquire with our admissions team

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Candidates for the English Stream Kindergarten and Y01 will be assessed individually, but within a group of up to eight children. The assessment schedule begins in January for entry in August of the same year.
English Primary Y02 to Y06 applicants will be invited to attend a test between February to May. The interview for candidates for Y02 onwards will consist of a written test for English and Mathematics and verbal English.
Potential candidates of the English Secondary Department for the following school year will be invited for an entrance test and/or interview in January and February of the same year.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We do not have a deadline for application. Applications are accepted from birth, so parents are advised to apply sooner rather than later especially as the date of the application can have an impact on the applicant’s position on the waitlist for a future assessment.

Students can join after academic year begins

We do allow mid-year entry, provided that the applicant has been offered a shortlist place. A shortlist place refers to an applicant who has already passed all areas of our annual entrance assessments and where we do not have a place to offer immediately for the start of the academic year.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma, Abitur Diploma, IGCSE

Results in these examinations

IB Diploma: Average Score 42
Abitur Diploma: Average Score 2.3
IGCSE: 30 students achieved a complete set of A* and 47 students achieved a complete set of A*/A

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

No

Student access to education psychologist

The school has School Counsellors.

School start time

7:40 am

School finish time

Kindergarten: 12:30 pm
Primary: 15:20 pm
Secondary: 15:20 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer a wide variety of clubs and activities to allow students the opportunity to learn new skills, explore new interests and develop their talents. These include a choir, orchestra and big band in the field of music, a wide variety of sports including sport climbing and horse-riding as well as debating, the Model United Nations and the outdoor activities focussed Hong Kong Award for Young People.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

Tennis, football, badminton, handball, aquatics, rugby, softball, yoga, uni hockey, cricket, table tennis

Sports facilities at the school

Playground, dance rook, basketball court, indoor sports hall.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Other facilities at the school

Library, Science Labs, Fitness Room, Swimming Pool

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

One school - two systems. The German Swiss International School Hong Kong (GSIS) was established in 1969 by German Swiss families who were looking for a bilingual German-English education in an international setting. From these early beginnings, GSIS has grown into one of the leading international schools in Hong Kong. The school's main campus is strategically located in the picturesque and prestigious setting of The Peak, Hong Kong.

GSIS is comprised of two parallel streams. German Stream students work towards the International Abitur diploma, following the curriculum of the German federal state of Thuringia. The English Stream prepares students for the I/GCSEs and for the International Baccalaureate.
Diploma

Teaching approach of the school

GSIS GUIDING PRINCIPLES (GERMAN STREAM):
1. GSIS is part of the network of German International Schools in the Asia-Pacific region (The mission statement of German International Schools in the Asia Pacific).
2. GSIS works towards the German International Abitur, which gives access to leading universities around the world.
3. GSIS promotes multilingualism. It provides an environment in which students of diverse backgrounds learn to communicate effectively in English and German.
4. GSIS provides enrichment through a range of extra-curricular activities that form an integral part of the school programme.
5. GSIS offers Putonghua. It encourages cultural exchange with the Chinese environment.

GSIS GUIDING PRINCIPLES (ENGLISH STREAM):
1. GSIS is a selective international school offering a rigorous and challenging learning environment to students from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
2. GSIS strives for academic excellence and prepares its students for leading universities around the world. GSIS is undergoing a gradual transition from the A and AS level examinations to the International Baccalaureate diploma.
3. GSIS functions in an English as a First Language environment. It promotes multilingualism and put particular emphasis on the learning of German, working towards the German Sprachdiplom I and II examinations.
4. GSIS provides enrichment through the wide range of extra-curricular activities that form an integral part of our school programme.
5. GSIS offers Putonghua and aims to deepen ther students' understanding of the environment and culture of China.

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