Founded in 2000, Hong Kong Academy (HKA) is a non-profit international school that provides a highly personalised and holistic education for students from 3-18 years old
Search for the best international schools in Hong Kong; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.
Hong Kong has a large and vibrant international education sector with more than 100 schools offering curriculums of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore and the International Baccalaureate.
There are 69 IB World Schools, of which 36 are authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
More than 18,000 students of 75 nationalities attend the 16 schools and six kindergartens that are run by the English Schools Foundation, Hong Kong’s largest provider of English-medium international schooling.
Set up with government funding to provide a British curriculum for children from English-speaking families, the ESF has now largely switched over to IB programmes and some 70 per cent of its students are permanent residents.
Competition is intense for international school places, which are in high demand from local and expatriate families. Schools face an acute shortage of space due to a lack of building land and the government has provided several new school sites over recent years. Two British schools and one American international school were among those benefiting from new campuses.
Fees vary widely but have risen across the sector. Many international schools also charge a debenture or building levy. Debenture prices of up to HK$6.5 million that resulted from run-away inflation were dramatically cut back by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Education is compulsory from age six to 14. Government and aided schools teach the Hong Kong curriculum in English or Chinese. Six years of primary education is followed by three years of junior secondary and three years of senior secondary education. Net enrolment in secondary schools was 96.5 per cent in 2021.
If you are looking specifically for International Baccalaureate World Schools in Hong Kong, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.