Best 10 International Schools in Hong Kong

International Education in Hong Kong

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that some of the most expensive international schools in the world are in Hong Kong. Asia is the most expensive continent on the planet for international education, and Hong Kong is routinely among the top 10 cities in Asia with the highest fees. Competition is also fierce, and it may seem like finding a place for your child in one of the city’s schools is impossible. But it’s not! Read on to find out all you need to know...

Education in Hong Kong is compulsory from the ages of 6 to 14, but the majority of children start school at age 3 or 4 and stay right up until 18 before moving on to university. There are endless international schools in the city to choose from. Most are located on Hong Kong island, with a cluster on Lantau island and many more in the city centre proper.

As a former British colony, education in Hong Kong follows the British system. Tuition is in English and the British and International Baccalaureate curricula are the most common by far. However, you can find pretty much any kind of international school here. Cantonese and Mandarin classes are also offered as standard, everywhere.

As Hong Kong’s economy continues to thrive, numbers of local students are increasing rapidly in the city’s international schools, creating a more diverse student body. While more diversity is always good, the drawback is that there is now more competition for school places than ever before, and higher fees as a result.

It’s not just the competition and already high yearly fees that make Hong Kong’s international schools so expensive. Just to win a place, you may be asked to hand over a non-refundable application fee, a reservation fee (or both), and an annual capital levy once your child starts attending.

Some schools offer ‘debentures’ (massive on-off fees in return for school places) to big companies in Hong Kong so that the children of executives are guaranteed places’. Priority may also be given to siblings of existing students, children of staff, or children of certain nationalities. It’s quite common to begin the application process a year or more in advance. Prepare for long waiting lists, then a round of assessments and a face-to-face interview as a minimum.

Demand for international schools in Hong Kong is so high, in fact, that the city is actually running out of space to build them! Typically international schools in this part of the world have large campuses with sports grounds, plenty of open space, extensive facilities and a huge student population. The land shortage means that some new schools are repurposing old buildings in order to meet the demand. Expect to see plenty of new international schools popping up in former shopping mall sites.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Hong Kong. However, there are another 62 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Hong Kong based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Hong Kong

Out of a total of 72 International Schools in Hong Kong.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

The Harbour School

Exciting, innovative, challenging, experiential and customized.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: HK$164,000
to: HK$210,000
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Mount Kelly School Hong Kong

Mount Kelly provides a seamless transition through our schools from Babies and Toddlers (aka. Playgroup), to the International Nursery School, the international Preschool and into Primary and Secondary at Mount Kelly Hong Kong and onto Mount Kelly UK. Our mission is to provide an authentic British education for pupils from 6 months to 18 years old.
We observe the Kelly values of Kindness, Enthusiasm, Love of learning, Leadership and celebrating You.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 13
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: HK$0
to: HK$184,998
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Carmel School

Excellence, Community, Tradition.
Curriculum
IB, Jewish
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: HK$76,700
to: HK$195,500
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Hong Kong Adventist Academy

1. We value the Bible and its assertion that Jesus Christ is the savior of mankind.
2. We value the community among parents, teachers, and students.
3. We value small classes allowing intimacy, socialization and the learning to resolve problems in the compassionate context of friendship. No child will be in a classroom with more than 20 students.
4. We value lifelong learning and seek to nurture the natural curiosity of students to motivate their learning.
5. We value the whole student. We view their spiritual, social and moral strength as high as their academic strength.
Curriculum
American, Christian, Adventist
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: HK$101,400
to: HK$120,500
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Norwegian International School

We focus on the development of a strong character as well as academic growth. NIS is a very friendly school community which aims to be a home away form home for our international families.
Curriculum
Christian, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: HK$66,600
to: HK$107,400
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Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: HK$223,000
to: HK$233,000
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American School Hong Kong

American School Hong Kong is a non-profit, non-denominational college preparatory school offering a holistic American education. The school is operated by Esol Education, a leading education organization with 40 years of experience in establishing and operating K-12 international schools, currently educating 11,000 pupils in nine schools across three continents. ASHK will deliver a rigorous curriculum, focused on developing well-rounded, motivated, and thoughtful global citizens. It will equip students with the academic, social, and entrepreneurial skills required for success in the 21st century.
The school's mission is to provide a challenging, American and international education that empowers students to be independent critical thinkers, and responsible global citizens who excel in their future studies and careers.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 15
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: HK$146,000
to: HK$198,500
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Kellett School

Kellet School's dynamic learning community was founded over thirty years ago as a Not-for-Profit Association to provide a high quality British style education for the English speaking community in Hong Kong.
Subsequently, Kellett has grown to earn an enviable reputation as one of Hong Kong’s leading independent International Schools where students learn with growing independence, in a challenging and stimulating environment. High academic achievement is realised within a broad curriculum embracing 21st Century learning, creativity, the arts and sport, whilst taking into account our unique position in South East Asia at the gateway to China.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: HK$173,100
to: HK$221,300
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Kowloon Junior School

Kowloon Junior School is one of 21 schools run by the English Schools Foundation (ESF). The ESF was founded by Ordinance in 1967 to provide a ‘modern liberal education’ through the medium of English.
KJS is committed to developing life long learners, international mindedness, positive attitudes and shared values across its community in the pursuit of its vision, ‘Success for Every Child’.
Working within the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), learning at KJS is inquiry based, concept led and focused on the development of key skills across the curriculum. KJS has high expectations of its students and take the time to know their strengths as the school helps them understand and develop their responsibility as learners.
KJS works in close partnership with its broad and culturally diverse community. Many parents attended KJS themselves, a real testament to the school’s long standing history of excellence in primary education.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: HK$98,500
to: HK$115,800
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Japanese International School, Hong Kong

A small sized school with facilities of a big school that enables us to be ambitious in what we do. We have a close knit community and believe in invoving everyone in what we do.
Curriculum
IB, Japanese
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 11
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: HK$126,820
to: HK$126,820
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