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Top International Schools in Hong Kong

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Hong Kong has a competitive international school system and here are the top four international schools in Hong Kong.


1. German Swiss International School (GSIS)

Introduction: GSIS provides an education from Kindergarten to Secondary, and Business College. The campuses are located in the Peak and Pok Fu Lam. There are now over 1,300 students from over 30 countries an regions. Students are enrolled in two streams which are German International Stream and English International Stream.


Curriculum: A British curriculum is offered, and IGCSE and IBDP are offered in high school.


Exam results: In 2021 IB exam, the average score was 42 points, with 82% achieving 40 points or above, and six pupils achieving the perfect score of 45 points.


University destinations: Most leavers go on to universities in the UK and US, including top universities such as UCL, Imperial, Oxford, Yale and Stanford. Others go on to universities in Canada, Hong Kong and Germany, including McGill, CUHK and KIT.


Admissions: Rolling admission is adopted and you can submit your application anytime.


2. Chinese International School (CIS)

Introduction: Located in North Point, CIS provides an education from Kindergarten to Secondary School. There are over 1,500 students from over 30 countries and regions. One of their defining characteristics is that a bilingual education of Mandarin Chinese and English is provided. Since 2013, a one-year academic and residential programme in Hangzhou has been launched to students in Year 10, enabling them to explore and exchange there. They will be back to Hong Kong campus in Year 11.


Curriculum: Innovative programmes and IBMYP are offered, and IBDP is offered in high school.


Exam results: In 2021 IB exam, the average score was 40.29 points, with 60% achieving 40 points or above.


University destinations: In recent years, about 50% of leavers went on to US universities including NYU, UCLA and University of Chicago. About 30% went on to UK universities including Cambridge and UCL. Others went on to universities in countries and regions such as Canada and Hong Kong.


Admissions: For Reception, applications will be accepted from 1 September, beginning two academic years prior to entry and closing on 1 October of the academic year prior to entry.


For Primary years, application will be accepted from 1 September to 28 February, beginning one academic year prior to entry.


For Secondary years, application will be accepted from 1 September, beginning one academic year prior to entry, and continues on a rolling basis.



3. Hong Kong International School (HKIS)

Introduction: Established in 1966, HKIS is one of the oldest international schools in Hong Kong. Primary divisions are located in Repulse Bay and the Middle and High schools are located in Tai Tam. There are over 2,800 students of which 44% are from the US, 20% are from Hong Kong, and 36% are from other 38 countries and regions. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are offered and it has an extensive programme for arts such as music and drama.


Curriculum: An American curriculum is offered, and AP is offered in high school.


Exam results: In 2021 AP exam, 95% of the score were 3 or above, and 81% were 4 or above.


University destinations: Nearly 100% of leavers successfully pursues tertiary study, with over 80% at colleges and universities in the US such as Harvard, UCLA and NYU. Others go on to universities in the UK, Canada and Hong Kong such as Oxford and HKUST.


Admissions: In general, applications should be submitted two academic years prior to entry. The deadline for Lower and Upper Primary is every October, and every February for Middle and High school.



4. Harrow International School Hong Kong

Introduction: Located in Tuen Mun, Harrow is a co-educational day and boarding school. It is the third in the Harrow family of schools in Asia. It opened in 2012, providing an education from kindergarten to high school. There are about 1,500 students from 36 countries and regions. Some of the extra-curricular offered include Duke of Edinburgh Award, Anatomy Society, and Model United Nations.


Curriculum: A British curriculum is offered, and GCSE and A-Level are offered in high school.


Exam results: In 2021 GCSE, 78% of the grades were 9-8/A* and 93% were 9-7/A*-A, with 54% achieving the highest score of 9. In A-Level, 84% of the grades were A*-A and 94% were A*-B, with 61% achieving the highest score of A* and 9 students achieving straight A*s.


University destinations: The most popular university destination for leavers in 2020 were the UK with up to 71%. Some of them successfully went on to top UK universities including Oxbridge, Imperial and LSE. Many also went on to universities in the US, Canada and Hong Kong, including NYU, University of Toronto and HKU.


Admissions: The application deadline for each year group is every October to November.



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