Apply to Upper Primary

Applying to Upper Primary

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Upper Primary School which serves students from Grades 3 - 5.  Please click here to determine the appropriate grade for your child based on their age.  The priority deadline for submitting your application is October 31 prior to the intended date of entry and we accept applications no earlier than 2 years prior to the academic year to which you are applying.

Step 1: Fill in the online application

Not sure what grade level to apply for? Click here for more information.




Priority Deadline Information

If your application is received on or before the priority deadline you are guaranteed an assessment.

Please note that we only accept applications no earlier than two years prior to the academic year in which you are applying.


Step 2: Required supporting documents

​​​​​​Send hardcopies: Office of Admissions // 1 Red Hill Road Tai Tam, Hong Kong

*The Office of Admissions will advise due date via email


Admissions Report

Download form. Please have your child's current teacher complete and mail directly to the Office of Admissions.


Report Cards

Please provide hardcopy of your child's Report Cards (in English) from last TWO school years, inclusive of current grading period.


Health History Form

Download form. Mail hardcopy to the Office of Admissions. 

Please note if you are accepted, you will be required to submit a Physical Examination Form to be completed by your doctor.


Physical Examination Form

This form (completed by a medical doctor) must be submitted once placement has been offered.

Step 3: Assessment Information (MAP)


Applicants for Grades 3 - 5 must take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) administered by the Northwest Evaluation Association. Our office will be in contact with you regarding the testing registration process accordingly.


Step 4: Admissions Decisions

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 General Admissions Information below.


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

Entry Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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 4 in December in their Australia would remain in Grade 4 at HKIS for the remainder our 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


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 Support

HKIS accepts students with mild additional needs when space and resources are available. The Admissions Committee will consider all submitted information and determine, as best as possible, if the student will be able to function in and profit from the regular classroom curriculum. Learning Specialists, at all divisions, work alongside regular classroom teachers to provide accommodations and interventions with the goal of enabling student learning within the context of the inquiry-based teaching and philosophy at HKIS. Students are supported with a combination of in-class and pull-out instruction depending on their specific needs.

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,  additional outside services reports as well as the Individual Education Plan (IEP) from the student's current school, if applicable.

Parents whose child has additional needs are encouraged to consult directly with our office before applying to determine if the specific resources are available.

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.

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