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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 66 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 76 International Schools in Hong Kong.

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

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Stamford American School Hong Kong

Stamford American School Hong Kong offers an inspiring world of education for students aged 5 to 18 using an inquiry-based learning approach combined with rigorous American academic standards.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 17
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: HK$178,800
to: HK$206,000
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Carmel School

Excellence, Community, Tradition. Carmel strives to develop independent self-directed learners.
Curriculum
IB, Jewish
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: HK$76,700
to: HK$195,500
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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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Rosebud Primary School

HIGH QUALITY HAPPY EDUCATION-HAPPY CHILD-BRILLIANT FUTURE!
Rosebud Primary School is a private independent school offering Cambridge International and Local primary curriculum focusing on English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Studies, Chinese, Arts and lay emphasis on Character Education with universal common values. Rosebud Primary School delivering reduced classes, no more than 20 students, guarantees personalized attention for each student with a rigorous and innovative educational program. Rosebud brings a family atmosphere creating a safe, free and happy environment for children thus promoting a lifelong love of learning. We believe that happy children are self-confident and will have potential to achieve success always.
Curriculum
British, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 12
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: HK$89,000
to: HK$89,000
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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 - 2020/2021
from: HK$101,400
to: HK$120,500
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The Harbour School

Exciting, innovative, challenging, experiential and customized.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: HK$164,000
to: HK$210,000
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Lantau International School

Established in 1995, Lantau International School is like no other school in Hong Kong. Nestled amidst the scenic splendour of South Lantau in three campuses, Cheung Sha (4,500sq/ft) , Tong Fuk (12,000sq/ft) and Pui O (9,000sq/ft) LIS operates 14 classes for a maximum intake of 320 pupils.
The school boasts a unique balance between a Primary English education and the greenest environment of Hong Kong, in low rise buildings. At LIS, children will receive a well-rounded education of the highest standard where they will flourish both socially and academically.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 11
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: HK$68,000
to: HK$88,000
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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 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: HK$146,000
to: HK$208,500
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Think International School

Think International School is a small school with a big heart. TIS school is a happy and welcoming place where young people come to thrive, be challenged and to embrace opportunities.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: HK$113,000
to: HK$121,000
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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 14
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: HK$0
to: HK$195,000
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