Hong Kong
International, American curriculum
Ages 4 to 18

Hong Kong International School

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CurriculumInternational, American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate No
Avg. students per class -
Max. students per class 22
First year fees: HK$236,400

Fees / Price

School fees, for a twelve year old child , in HKD

Yearly fees: HK$204,400
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: HK$32,000
Total first year fees: HK$236,400
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School Information

Number of students

2600

Number of nationalities represented in the school

40+

Most common nationality

USA

Ratio of local students to international students

6%

Max. number of students per class

22

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

Mandarin, Spanish, French

Use of technology in the classroom

Yes, we have a 1:1 MacBook programme

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

This varies by division and is a gradual build-up to the heavier academic loads of a college preparatory program. For example, a 2nd Grader may have only 20-30 minutes of homework per day while a 7th Grader may have up to two hours per day, and by the time a student reaches high school they may have as much as 20 hours per week.

Uniform required

Lower and Upper Primary School students in R1 to Grade 5 wear uniforms which consist of navy blue bottoms (blue shorts, blue jeans, a blue skirt, etc.) and red or white collared shirts with the HKIS emblem sewn on. Shorts and shirts can be purchased from the Dragon Shop (school store), or you can provide your own and purchase from either campus a sew-on HKIS emblem. Most shoes are fine. However, for safety purposes, clogs and sandals without a heel strap are not allowed. It is recommended that your child wear sneakers for designated PE days.

Middle School students are required to wear school uniforms. This consists of a choice of navy blue or white polo type shirt with HKIS embroidered on its left sleeve. This shirt is sold through the Dragon Shop. The bottoms consist of any typical shorts, skirts, or long trousers in blue, black or khaki color. Denim is acceptable.

No uniform is required in Grades 9-12. Instead, students are expected to exercise good judgment by selecting clothing that is moderate and in good taste.

PE uniforms are required for both Middle School and High School and can be purchased from the Dragon Shop upon arrival. This is a unisex uniform that consists of blue shorts and a gray T-shirt.

Waiting list

Chances for admission vary across grade levels and from one academic year to the next. HKIS accepts applications year-round and operates a wait pool rather than a wait list. When a space becomes available, we select the applicant who will best fit into our school community, rather than considering how long he or she has been waiting for admission. As space availability varies from grade to grade, we encourage families to contact our office at soon as possible to begin the application process.

Entry evaluation for students

Applicants for Grades 3 - 12 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).

Brief description of entry evaluation required

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Once an application has been received, our office will be in contact with you regarding the testing registration process.

HKIS is a closed test site and will only invite students who have applied to our school. An applicant to HKIS may test on site or at any school/center throughout the US and abroad that serves as an ISEE test site. For additional information on the ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org.

FOR RECEPTION 1 (R1) - GRADE 2

An informal interview or assessment is held with all students applying for Reception 1 through Grade 2.
Assessments are scheduled upon the applicant’s arrival in Hong Kong.

Each student’s ability to achieve success in an atmosphere of high expectation and an environment of self-discipline and responsibility to the school community is carefully assessed.

In making this assessment, HKIS will evaluate each applicant with regard to:

English language proficiency.
Demonstrated academic achievement.
Personal characteristics.
Fit to HKIS’ Student Learning Results.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have openings across several grade levels and accept applications year-round.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Nearly 100% of a typical class pursues tertiary study, over 80% of them at colleges and universities in the United States, and of whom nearly 90% earn acceptance to Phi Beta Kappa Institutions.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

HKIS is grounded in the Christian faith and respects the spiritual lives of all.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

HKIS welcomes children of all faiths including those who do not associate themselves with any religion or religious traditions.

HKIS offers an academic program of different religions in which students are encouraged to share their own worldviews and spiritual/religious understandings. Religious education at HKIS features ongoing exploration of the deep questions of existence and meaning, as well as the study of Christianity and other world religions. Our goal is that each student develops a stronger sense of his or her own spiritual identity.

School bus service available

HKIS operates mandatory busing for Lower and Upper Primary students.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

All students accepted into HKIS, including those students with special needs, join regular HKIS classes and study alongside the other students.

Learning support offered

HKIS provides supplemental services for students with mild learning needs. Students with special needs are admitted when their individual needs can be met through the amount and kind of support that HKIS currently provides.

This does not exclude students who receive additional specialized support outside HKIS, provided this support helps them to be successful in the regular school program. It should be understood however, that those students who need extensive support by the school outside the regular classroom setting, may have difficulty gaining admission.

Parents whose child has special needs are encouraged to consult directly with HKIS before applying for admission, to determine if the specific necessary resources are available.

Supporting documents for the admission of students with special needs should include the child's most recent Educational and Psychological Assessment reports as well as copies of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) from the applicant's current school.

Student access to education psychologist

The Student Service Centers at each division have specially trained faculty who collaborate with classroom teachers in meeting the educational and social-emotional needs of students.

Student services works closely with each divisional administrative team to ensure provision of appropriate services and support. When appropriate, the school refers students to additional medical, counseling and assessment resources within the local community.

School start time

Repulse Bay
Half Day Program:
Morning session: 7:55 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Afternoon session: 11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Long Day Program:
7:55 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Tai Tam Campus
Half Day Program:
MORNING SESSION: 8:00 a.m.
AFTERNOON SESSION: 11:30 a.m.

Long Day Program: 8:00 a.m.

Please Note: The curriculum is the same at both campuses.

LOWER PRIMARY RECEPTION 2, GRADES 1 & 2 (Tai Tam only): 8:00 a.m.
UPPER PRIMARY: 7:55 a.m.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: 7:45 a.m.
HIGH SCHOOL: 7:50 a.m.

School finish time

Repulse Bay
Half Day Program:
Morning session: 10:55 a.m.
Afternoon session: 2:45 p.m.
Long Day Program: 1:45 p.m.

Tai Tam Campus
Half Day Program:
MORNING SESSION: 11:00 a.m.
AFTERNOON SESSION: 2:30 p.m.

Long Day Program: 2:30 p.m.

Please Note: The curriculum is the same at both campuses.

LOWER PRIMARY RECEPTION 2, GRADES 1 & 2 (Tai Tam only): 2:30 p.m.
UPPER PRIMARY: 2:50 p.m.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: 3:05 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL: 3:10 p.m.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Lower and Upper Primary Schools
In Grades 1 - 5, our after-school activity program offers three sessions with each session lasting six weeks. Students are allowed to choose one or two activities during this time, depending on availability. With the first session beginning in October we offer a wide range of activities such as cooking, roller hockey, hiking, swimming, computing, chess, arts and crafts, and many more. There are numerous musical opportunities including choir, handbells, Orff Ensemble and strings. After-school Chinese language classes are also available. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops are very active at HKIS, so be sure to bring along your uniform and badges! In addition to all of these, HKIS offers an extensive youth sports program: Soccer begins in R2, baseball in Grade 1 and basketball in Grade 3. These are the HKIS intramural youth leagues, which conclude in Grade 8.

Our facilities are also used by private organizations that offer fee-based activities, which include gymnastics, dance, judo, art, drama, soccer, etc. These are coordinated by the Community & Summer Program Center. Visit the activities section of our website for more information.

Middle School
Intercollegiate sports are available in Grades 6 - 12. Options for Middle School include swimming, cross-country, track and field, badminton, volleyball, rugby, basketball, soccer and field hockey. Grades 6 - 8 may also participate in the HKIS youth league for soccer, basketball and baseball. Many clubs and after-school activities are also available, including Jazz Band, allegretto (girls) and bass (boys) honors choirs, student council, drama, yearbook, chess, language clubs, art, broadcasting, etc.

High School
Sports available at the High School level include badminton, basketball, field hockey (girls), track and field, crew, rugby (boys), volleyball, cross country, sailing, soccer (boys), softball, squash, swimming, tennis and table tennis. All students are registered with the Hong Kong School Sports Association and leagues are categorized according to age into A, B, or C grade. A full range of extracurricular activities are available. Clubs are generally classified according to type, with multiple opportunities available in each category: Journalism, service, music & drama, spirit, cultural awareness, technology, and academics/speech. Approximately 60% of the students are involved in sports with 96% also involved in community service.

School provided lunches

As the Lower Primary does not have a cafeteria, children in R1 (long-day) to Grade 2 must bring their own lunch and snack on a daily basis. Students enrolled in the afternoon R1 half-day program eat lunch at home.

In Grades 3-12, a catering company provides a balanced hot lunch program. Meal tickets may be purchased on a daily basis, or you may purchase a plan with an option of three, four, or five days per week; in addition, Octopus cards are accepted. Grades 6-12 also offer an option of meal vouchers sold in coupon books. In all cases, children are also welcome to bring their own sack lunch.

Sports activities included

HKIS offers a wide range of co-curricular activities after school and throughout the weekends. The program in Lower and Upper Primary is offered through a combined Sports and Activities Office. In Middle and High School separate offices provide Activities and Athletics programs.

The Sports and Athletics programs follow a Long Term Athlete Development model: The aim of which, is to promote appropriate literacy and all-round sports development for recreational or aspiring competitive athletes. In most cases early specialization should be avoided in favor of development of movement skills and general athleticism.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

A co-educational private day school with a grounding in the Christian faith, Hong Kong International School (HKIS) serves Reception 1 through Grade 12 students from around the world who seek an American college-preparatory education. HKIS is accredited by the United States Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the East Asia Regional Conference of Overseas Schools (EARCOS).

Teaching approach of the school

HKIS uses a comprehensive standards-based curriculum in which we teach for understanding. Students understand when they acquire important new knowledge and skills, make meaning of big ideas related to the knowledge and skills, and transfer this learning to new and authentic situations.
The Understanding by Design (UbD) model, which seeks to structure teaching for understanding, guides us in the formulation of our written curriculum. We align curriculum, instruction, and assessment to allow students to demonstrate understanding by developing enduring understandings and building on previous learning experiences and previously learned knowledge and skills. HKIS teachers regularly update and revise curricula to reflect current best practices and research.

Location

Get in touch with the school

Contact email: admissions@hkis.edu.hk
School's webpage: www.hkis.edu.hk
Address: 700 Tai Tam Reservoir Road Tai Tam Hong Kong