Overview

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to Hong Kong International School, we serve students from Reception One (pre-kindergarten) to Grade 12 across four divisions.  To determine which grade and school is right for your child, please click here.  We look forward to receiving your application.

 

 

General Admissions Information

Entry Criteria

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

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.

Health Insurance Policy

HKIS requires all of its students to be covered by personal health insurance. HKIS does not provide medical coverage for students when accidents occur during school-related activities.

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.
     
  • HKIS requires all of its students to be covered by personal health insurance. HKIS does not provide medical coverage for students when accidents occur during school-related activities.
     
  • 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).

Wait Pool

Qualified applicants are placed in a wait pool according to our Admissions Priority System when there is no space available in the selected grade.

Every effort will be made to inform the candidate's family about space availability so that the family can plan appropriately. Given the school's admission priority system, a student's waiting status may change if there are subsequent applications from families with higher priority.

Priority System

Debentures

Parents and Sponsors may participate by purchasing non-interest bearing debentures. HKIS now issues three types of debentures:

  1. Family Debenture: HK$3 million
    A family may use this debenture to support multiple children from the same immediate family.  Please click here for more information.

  2. Standard Corporate Debenture: HK$3 million 
    Corporations may use this debenture to support one child’s application. Please click here for more information.

  3. Comprehensive Corporate Debenture: HK$5 million 
    Corporations may use this debenture to support multiple children from one family. Please click here for more information.

Debentures are NOT mandatory. In all cases, a debenture alone does not guarantee admission to HKIS, as children must meet HKIS’s admissions requirements. 

Debentures retain their value and cannot be sold. Only the Family Debenture can be transferred, and only to the purchaser’s children or grandchildren. Holding a debenture places qualified applicants to the top of the wait pool. 

Please contact Ms. Jean Yong at  for further information. 

Learning Differences

ADMISSION PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS

All students accepted into HKIS, including those students with additional needs, join regular HKIS classes and learn alongside other students. We accept students with a variety of needs, which may include academic, behavioral, language and communication, and/or social and emotional needs.

HKIS provides support services for students with mild needs. Students with additional needs are admitted when their individual needs can be met through the 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 require extensive support by the school outside the regular classroom setting, may have difficulty gaining admission.

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

Supporting documents for the admission of students with additional needs may include the child's most recent Educational and Psychological Assessment, Occupational Therapy reports, Speech and Language therapy reports, or additional outside services received. HKIS also must receive the Individual Education Plan (IEP) from the applicant's current school, if applicable.

Admission decisions for students with learning differences are made by an Admissions Committee that includes the Director of Admissions, Division Principal, School Psychologist, Learning Specialist and Counselor.