Hong Kong International School (HKIS) is a private, coeducational, college preparatory school for students from reception one (PK) to grade 12. Since 1966, HKIS has provided an American-style education grounded in the Christian faith. The school encourages student achievement in an inspiring environment, and its programs reflect the multicultural and international character of the student body. HKIS offers an inclusive learning environment for over 2,850 students of 40 nationalities and diverse religious backgrounds. The school year is comprised of two semesters, extending approximately from mid-August to mid-June.
Organization: HKIS was founded in a partnership between the American business community, the Hong Kong government, and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (USA). HKIS has four divisions across two campuses located on the south side of Hong Kong Island: Lower Primary School (reception 1 (PK)-grade 2), Upper Primary School (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12). The teacher to student ratio is 1:20. HKIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools. It is registered with the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong government and licensed as a pre-primary through secondary school.
Curriculum: The HKIS curriculum emphasizes compassion and community service across all grades. HKIS courses challenge and inspire students to be lifelong learners and global citizens. Graduates attend top universities around the world, with close to 85% attending American institutions. Mandarin Chinese is a required course in PK to grade 5, and one of three languages students can pursue in grades 6-12. HKIS has an established music curriculum that includes strings, choir, and band programs. HKIS offers a visual arts, design, and technology program in the high school, which includes computer programming, digital game design, fashion design, graphic design, robotics, and theater stagecraft. Over 27 Advanced Placement subjects are available to high school students.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 255 full-time faculty and 9 part-time faculty members. More than 70% hold a master’s or higher degree.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment is 2,854 (R1-grade 12).
Facilities: The school’s facilities include a robotics lab and innovative design spaces, classrooms fully equipped with modern digital learning technology, updated science labs, purpose-built music and art studios, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, and a track and sports field. HKIS is very proud of its strong athletics program and believes that participation can be integral to a student’s total education experience helping them achieve a healthy and balanced life. Middle and High School offer a competitive extra-curricular sports program that features 14 sports during the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons. Student athletes will learn, practice, and compete under our qualified coaches, and also will be presented with the opportunity to travel abroad to participate in tournaments hosted by other international schools.
Finances:About 85% of the school’s academic operations income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates (including required payment of annual capital levy) are as follows: R1-grade 5: $28,078; grades 6-8: $28,818; grades 9-11: $31,818; grade 12: $31,942. The school also charges an application fee and a one-time entry fee. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.