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International schools in Hong Kong

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 59 IB World Schools, of which 53 are English-medium, one is Chinese-medium and three teach in English and Chinese, while 29 schools are authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma and five follow all three IB programmes.

Some 17,500 students of more than 60 nationalities attend the sixteen 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.

All the ESF’s schools are now IB World Schools. Its five secondary schools are authorised to offer the IB Diploma and are candidates for the Middle Years Programme, while also offering IGCSEs. Its nine primary schools teach the Primary Years Programme and its two through-train schools offer three IB programmes.

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.

Harrow International School Hong Kong, the city’s first international boarding school, was launched by Britain’s prestigious Harrow School in 2012, with the preparatory-age Kellett School opening a second prep department and a new senior section the same year.

Stamford American School Hong Kong was launched in September 2017 with an initial 500 places from Kindergarten 2 to Grade 8 by the Cognita schools group, which runs 68 schools in eight countries. SASHK will provide 1,100 places from K2 to Grade 12 at capacity and aims to offer both the IB Diploma and an American high school diploma.  

Two more prominent British independent schools are due to open campuses in Hong Kong in September 2018. Malvern College Hong Kong will provide co-educational day schooling for 960 students aged five to 18 and aims to offer the full suite of IB programmes. 

The fourth international school to be set up by Malvern College in Britain, MCHK will admit boys and girls aged five to 15 in its first year. Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong will offer primary education based on the English national curriculum plus kindergarten classes for children aged three to 11.  

Fees vary widely but have risen across the sector, with ESF fees rising sharply since withdrawal of the foundation’s public subsidy began in 2016. Many international schools also charge a debenture or building levy. Following run-away inflation, debentures are now priced at up to HK$6.5million.

Fees vary widely but have risen across the sector, with ESF fees rising sharply since withdrawal of the foundation’s public subsidy began in 2016. Many international schools also charge a debenture or building levy. Following run-away inflation, debentures are now priced at up to HK$6.5million.

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 88 per cent in 2015. 

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





ESF Abacus International Kindergarten

Mang Kung Uk Village,
Clearwater Bay Road,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.abacus.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Nursery.

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ESF Beacon Hill School

23 Ede Road,
Kowloon Tong,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.beaconhill.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Read more about ESF Beacon Hill School

ESF Bradbury School

43C Stubbs Road,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.bradbury.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

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ESF Clearwater Bay School

DD229, Lot 235, Clearwater Bay Road,
New Territories,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.cwbs.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Read more about ESF Clearwater Bay School

ESF Glenealy School

7 Hornsey Road,
Mid Levels,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.glenealy.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

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ESF Hillside International Kindergarten

43B Stubbs Road,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.hillside.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Nursery.

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ESF Island School

20 Borrett Road,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.island.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

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ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School

2B Tin Kwong Road,
Homantin, Kowloon,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.jcsrs.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School

ESF Kennedy School

19 Sha Wan Drive,
Pokfulam,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.kennedy.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

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ESF King George V School

2 Tin Kwong Road, Homantin,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.kgv.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

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ESF Kowloon Junior School

20 Perth Street,
Homantin, Kowloon,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.kjs.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Read more about ESF Kowloon Junior School

ESF Peak School

20 Plunkett's Road,
The Peak,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.ps.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

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ESF Quarry Bay School

6 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill,
North Point,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.qbs.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Read more about ESF Quarry Bay School

ESF Renaissance College

5 Hang Ming Street,
Ma On Shan, New Territories,
Hong Kong SAR,
Hong Kong, China

www.rchk.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about ESF Renaissance College

ESF Sha Tin College

3 Lai Wo Lane,
Fo Tan, Sha Tin, New Territories,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.shatincollege.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about ESF Sha Tin College

ESF Sha Tin Junior School

3A Lai Wo Lane, Fo Tan,
Sha Tin, New Territories,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.sjs.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Read more about ESF Sha Tin Junior School

ESF South Island School

50 Nam Fung Road,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.sis.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about ESF South Island School

ESF Tsing Yi International Kindergarten

Maritime Square, 33 Tsing King Road,
Tsing Yi, New Territories,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.tyk.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Nursery.

Read more about ESF Tsing Yi International Kindergarten

ESF Tung Chung International Kindergarten

1/F, Commercial Accommodation, The Visionary,
1 Ying Hong Street, Tung Chung, Lantau, New Territories,
Hong Kong SAR,
Hong Kong, China

www.tck.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Nursery.

Read more about ESF Tung Chung International Kindergarten

ESF West Island School

250 Victoria Road,
Pokfulam,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.wis.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about ESF West Island School

ESF Wu Kai Sha International Kindergarten

599 Sai Sha Road,
Ma On Shan, Sha Tin,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.wksk.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Nursery.

Read more about ESF Wu Kai Sha International Kindergarten

Hong Kong Academy

33 Wai Man Road,
Sai Kung,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

www.hkacademy.edu.hk

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Read more about Hong Kong Academy

Kellett School

7 Lam Hing Street,
Kowloon Bay,
Hong Kong, China

www.kellettschool.com

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about Kellett School

Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong

11 On Tin Street,
Lam Tin,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong, China

www.nais.hk

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Read more about Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong

American International School Hong Kong

125 Waterloo Road,
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Australian International School Hong Kong

3A Norfolk Road,
Kowloon Tong,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

California School

3/F, Front Block, 550 Nathan Road,
Lung Ma Building, Yau Ma Tei,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Canadian International School of Hong Kong

36 Nam Long Shan Road,
Aberdeen,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Carmel School

460 Shau Kei Wan Road,
Shau Kei Wan,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Carmel School - Elementary

10 Borrett Road,
Mid-Levels,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Preparatory.

Causeway Bay Victoria International Kindergarten

32 Hing Fat Street,
Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day.

Chinese International School

1 Hau Yuen Path,
Braemar Hill,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Christian Alliance PC Lau Memorial International School

2 Fu Ning St,
Kowloon City, Kowloon,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day.

Concordia International School

68 Begonia Road,
Yau Yat Chuen,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Creative Primary School

2A Oxford Street,
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day.

Delia School Of Canada

Tai Fung Avenue,
Taikoo Shing,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Diocesan Boys' School

131 Argyle Street,
Mong Kok, Kowloon,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Boys, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Discovery Bay International School

Discovery Bay,
Launtau,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Discovery Mind Primary School - Discovery Bay Campus

1/F, Shop 102, 92 Siena Avenue,
Discovery Bay North Plaza,
Lantau Island,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Discovery Mind Primary School - Tung Chung Campus

G/F, Shop A-D, Seaview Crescent,,
8 Tung Chung Waterfront Road,
Tung Chung,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

ELCHK Lutheran Academy

25 Lam Hau Tsuen Road,
Yuen Long, New Territories,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day.

ESF Discovery College

38 Siena Avenue,
Discovery Bay, Lantau Island,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

French International School

165 Blue Pool Road,
Happy Valley,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Funful Sear Rogers International School

1 Cumberland Road,
Kowloon Tong,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, .

G. T. (Ellen Yeung) College

10, Ling Kong Street, Tiu Keng Leng,
Tseung Kwan O,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day.

Galilee International School

G/F & 1/F, Peace Garden,
2 Peace Avenue, Ho Man Tin,
Kowloon, Hong Kong,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day.

German Swiss International School

11 Guildford Road,
The Peak,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Harrow International School Hong Kong

38 Tsing Ying Road,
Tuen Mun,
New Territories,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

HKMA David Li Kwok Po College

8 Hoi Wang Road,
Mongkok West,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Hong Kong International School

1 Red Hill Road,
Tai Tam,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

International Christian School

1 On Muk Lane,
Shek Mun, Sha Tin,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

International College Hong Kong

60 Sha Tau Kok Road,
Shek Chung Au, Sha Tau Kok,
New Territories, Hong Kong, SAR,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

International College Hong Kong - Hong Lok Yuen

20th Street, Hong Lok Yuen,
Tai Po, New Territories,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Island Christian Academy

70 Bridges Street,
Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Japanese International School

4663 Tai Po Road,
Tai Po,
New Territories, Hong Kong, SAR,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Kiangsu & Chekiang Primary School

30 Ching Wah Street,
North Point,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Kiangsu-Chekiang College, International Section

20 Braemar Hill Road,
North Point,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Kingston International Kindergarten

12-14 Cumberland Road,
Kowloon Tong,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory.

Kingston International School

113 Waterloo Road,
Kowloon Tong,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Lantau International School - Pui O Campus

House 19,
South Lantau Road,
Lo Wai Village,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Logos Academy

1 Kan Hok Lane,
Tseung Kwan, Hong Kong, SAR,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Malvern College Hong Kong

Fo Chun Road (Intersection with Chong San Road),
Providence Bay,
New Territories,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Norwegian International School Hong Kong

170 Kam Shan Rd.,
Kam Shan Village,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Parkview International Pre-school

Tower 18 Parkview,
88 Tai Tam Reservoir Road,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day.

Parkview International Pre-School (Kowloon)

Podium Level, Kowloon Station,
1 Austin Road West,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day.

Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School

6 Caldecott Road,
Piper\'s Hill,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Boarding.

Singapore International School (Hong Kong) - Preparatory Years & Primary Section

23 Nam Long Shan Road,
Aberdeen,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Singapore International School (Hong Kong) - Secondary Section

2 Police School Road,
Wong Chuk Hang,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

St. Paul's Co-educational College

33 MacDonnell Road,
Central,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Stamford American School Hong Kong

25 Man Fuk Road,
Ho Man Tin,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, .

The Harbour School

Kennedy Town Centre Office Block, 23 Belchers St,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day.

The Independent Schools Foundation Academy

1 Kong Sin Wan Road,
Pokfulam, Hong Kong, SAR,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Think International School

117 Boundary Street,
Kowloon Tong,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Victoria (Belcher) International Kindergarten

Portion of Level 3 (Kindergarten Area),
The Westwood, 8 Belchers Street,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day.

Victoria (Harbour Green) International Kindergarten

8 Sham Mong Road,
G/F., Harbour Green,
Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Boarding.

Victoria (Homantin) International Nursery

1/F., Carmel-on-the-Hill, 9 Carmel Village Street,
Homantin, Kowloon,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day.

Victoria (South Horizons) International Kindergarten

Podium Level 2, Phase 2,
South Horizons, Ap Lei Chau,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day.

Victoria Kindergarten

G/F., 2-8 Hong On Street,
Kornhill,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day.

Victoria Nursery

Ko Fung Court, Harbour Heights,
5 Fook Yum Road, North Point,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day.

Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA)

19 Shum Wan Road,
Aberdeen,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong - Early Childhood Education

3 Somerset Road,
Kowloon Tong,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory.

Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong - Primary Section

2 Kent Road,
Kowloon Tong,
Hong Kong SAR,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong - Secondary Section

3 To Fuk Road,
Kowloon,
Hong Kong, SAR, China

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

2 Chung Yat Street,
Tung Chung,
Lantau,
Hong Kong, China

Co-educational, Day, Senior.