How To Apply

Application Procedure

Gaining entry and acceptance to HKIS has been simplified into a process of five steps, beginning with the application and ending in the submission of all the necessary final documentation.

1. Application

In order to apply to Hong Kong International School, please complete the Online Application and submit a HK$2,000 (for new students) or HK$1,500 (for returning students) application fee payable by credit card, as part of the online application process.
An online application is preferable, however you can apply by post. The application form is available in the forms dropdown below. You need to complete the form and send it by post together with the application fee to the Office of Admissions.

Required Documents

The remaining required documents (hard copies) may be submitted at a later date. All forms are available for download below.

  • Admissions Report
  • Progress reports/report cards for the previous two (2) years
  • Student Questionnaire - Grades 6 to 12
  • High School Math Placement - Grades 9 to 12
  • Health History
  • Standardized Achievement Test Results

Debenture Holder

Please note: Students nominated by a corporate or family debenture must provide written confirmation (on official Company letter-headed paper for corporate debentures) at least 90 days prior to the start of the school year.

This confirmation must include:

  1. Name of the child being nominated.
  2. The debenture number.
  3. School year of intended admission.
  4. Additional for family debenture only: Proof that the nominated child is a child of the family debenture holder - copy of birth certificate or adoption document indicating that the debenture owner is the legal parent.

2. Pre-Entry Testing

Applicants for Grades 6 - 12 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Applicants for Grades 3 - 5 must take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) administered by the Northwest Evaluation Association. Once an application has been received, our office will be in contact with you regarding the testing registration process.

HKIS is a closed test site and will only invite students who have applied to our school. An applicant to HKIS may test on site or at any school/center throughout the US and abroad that serves as an ISEE test site. For additional information on the ISEE, please click here.

  1. An informal interview or assessment is held with all students applying for Reception 1 through Grade 2.
  2. Assessments are scheduled upon the applicant’s arrival in Hong Kong.

3. Qualification

Each student’s ability to achieve success in an atmosphere of high expectation and an environment of self-discipline and responsibility to the school community is carefully assessed.

In making this assessment, HKIS will evaluate each applicant with regard to:

  1. English language proficiency
  2. Demonstrated academic achievement
  3. Personal characteristics
  4. Fit to HKIS’ Student Learning Results

4. Acceptance

Once a student has been assessed as qualified in step 3, and provided there is space in the appropriate division, an applicant will be offered placement on a rolling basis. This process is executed according to our Admissions Priority System as described in the Admissions Policies.

5. Final Documentation

Enrollment is only considered final when the following has been received:

  • Tuition fee payment
  • Final documentation
  • Physical examination
  • Note: Students in Grades 6 - 12 must submit copies of passport pages showing their personal statistics and Hong Kong visa stamp, or Hong Kong ID card.


HKIS is an international school in every way and we have an open policy to students and families of all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Our continued success and the high demand for school-places means that it is not always possible to accept all applications. Consequently admissions are based upon certain priorities and enrollment requirements.

Admissions Priority

Our Admissions Priority System is based on the following considerations:

  1. Contractual requirements of the HKIS debenture program.
  2. Students from American curriculum schools, within and outside the United States, on the principle that HKIS's mission is to provide, among other things, an American-style education. Siblings of current students and children of HKIS alumni are also given priority.
  3. All other students based on qualitative criteria to help determine the match between a particular student's needs and potential and HKIS's resources and capabilities.

Entry Requirements

  • For entry into Reception One – students must be aged 4 years on or before August 31, of their year of entrance. Parents are required to submit proof of birth date in the form of a birth certificate, passport, or other official government document.
  • For entry into Reception Two – students must be aged 5 years on or before August 31, of their year of entrance. Parents are required to submit proof of birth date in the form of a birth certificate, passport, or other official government document.
  • All students must have the approval of the Hong Kong Immigration Department to enter/remain in Hong Kong.
  • A student may not enter HKIS unless he/she will be living with at least one parent who is in full-time residence in Hong Kong.
  • A student entering high school must submit records for all previous high school coursework. Credit for graduation cannot be given without a full high school academic history.
  • Students transferring from a country whose school year follows a different calendar than HKIS will generally be required to continue in the year they have just completed (For example: a student completing Grade 7 in December in Australia, would remain in Grade 7 at HKIS for the remainder of the academic year).

Special Needs

All students accepted into HKIS, including those students with special needs, join regular HKIS classes and study alongside the other students.

HKIS provides supplemental services for students with mild learning needs. Students with special needs are admitted when their individual needs can be met through the amount and kind of support that HKIS currently provides.

This does not exclude students who receive additional specialized support outside HKIS, provided this support helps them to be successful in the regular school program. It should be understood however, that those students who need extensive support by the school outside the regular classroom setting, may have difficulty gaining admission.

Parents whose child has special needs are encouraged to consult directly with HKIS before applying for admission, to determine if the specific necessary resources are available.

Supporting documents for the admission of students with special needs should include the child's most recent Educational and Psychological Assessment reports as well as copies of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) from the applicant's current school.

Admission decisions for students with special needs are made by an Admissions Committee that includes, the Director of Student Services, Director of Admissions, Division Principal, Learning Specialist and/or School Psychologist, Counselor and classroom teacher.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Hong Kong International School Association Limited admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender or race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.