Expat parents looking for a good international school in Hong Kong have plenty of options. The city has a variety of schools offering respected curricula from around the world. Parents looking to send their child to a school teaching the American-, British- or International Baccalaureate curricula will have the greatest range of choice, but there are also Australian, Canadian, French and German options. Spaces at the best international schools in Hong Kong are limited so it's well worth applying early to secure a spot.

Apart from the academic benefits, Hong Kong international schools also allow expat children to continue with their home curriculum, providing an anchor of familiarity throughout the relocation process. Small class sizes are another advantage that most international schools pride themselves on, with the result that each child is cared for and nurtured as an individual. As well as the quality of the education, other factors to consider when choosing a school include the quality of facilities on offer and the range of sporting and extracurricular activities available.

A growing number of long-term expats choose to send their children to bilingual schools, particularly those offering education in both English and Chinese.

Below is a list of some of Hong Kong's best international schools.

International schools in Hong Kong

American International School (AIS) of Hong Kong

A diverse and exciting school, AIS offers a high standard of education alongside a varied extra-curricular programme. Staff are highly qualified and are able to give children ample attention thanks to the low teacher-student ratio. The school is located in picturesque Kowloon Tong, and although the bulk of children are American, it attracts students from more than 30 countries. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 3 to 18

Australian International School Hong Kong

Australian International School Hong Kong is a not-for-profit school. Though there is a student body of over 1,100, classes are kept small at a maximum of 25 pupils per class. Students graduate with either the New South Wales Higher School Certificate or the International Baccalaureate. Eighty percent of the pupils are from Australia or New Zealand, with the remainder being from a diverse range of countries around the world. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Australian and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 4 to 18

Beacon Hill School

From humble beginnings in 1967, Beacon Hill is now a thriving school of more than 500 pupils. The most common student nationalities include Hong Kong Chinese, Canadian, British, Australian and American. Beacon School is part of the English Schools Foundation network of 22 schools. Beacon Hill has a renowned Special Educational Needs department. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 12

Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS)

CDNIS is a non-profit independent school founded in 1991. Situated in the Aberdeen area of Hong Kong, the school offers an ambitious academic programme with students earning two diplomas upon graduation. The school is one of the few schools in Hong Kong offering all three levels of the International Baccalaureate programme. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian (Ontario) and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18

Carmel School of Hong Kong

A school valuing both tradition and innovation, Carmel School of Hong Kong was founded in 1991 to serve the Jewish community of the city. Though teaching is done through the lens of Judaism, non-Jewish students are eligible to attend high school at Carmel. There are three Carmel campuses: two in Mid-Levels and one in Shau Kei Wan. Carmel School of Hong Kong accepts applications year-round. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 18

French International School

The French International School of Hong Kong serves more than 2,600 students spread out over four campuses. Students can either take the French stream (taught in French) or the international stream (taught in English), but both streams are well integrated ensuring that students of all nationalities get the chance to interact. While the majority of the student body is French, the remaining students are of 40 different nationalities. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French, Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 4 to 18

German Swiss International School (GSIS)

GSIS offers both a German and an English stream, with a focus on developing multicultural and multilingual students. The school has two campuses – the main campus is in the picturesque and prestigious setting of the Peak with an additional campus in Pok Fu Lam. German, Austrian and Swiss students form the bulk of the student body, but all nationalities are welcome. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: German, English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18

Hong Kong Academy

Hong Kong Academy (HKA) is a non-profit international through-train school enrolling 500+ students from over 40 nationalities. Founded in 2000 with the belief that all children bring a unique set of talents and strengths to their learning, HKA provides a highly personalised, student-centred programme that encourages every individual to fulfil their greatest potential. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18

Hong Kong International School (HKIS)

HKIS has a student body of over 2,800 pupils occupying two campuses in the south of Hong Kong Island. The school offers an American education grounded in a Christian philosophy. Academic excellence, character development, and self-motivated learning are all highly valued at HKIS. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 4 to 18

International Montessori School (IMS)

Children at IMS will experience a unique dual-language Montessori environment, with teaching in both English and Chinese. IMS has four campuses across Hong Kong Island: Stanley, South Horizons, Mid-Levels and Aldrich Bay. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Montessori
Ages: 2 to 12

Kellett School

Kellett School offers a proudly British education and boasts a low student-to-teacher ratio. Its two campuses in Pok Fu Lam and Kowloon Bay are home to high-quality purpose-built facilities. While fostering academic excellence, Kellett also encourages holistic development with an exciting range of extra-curricular activities. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 4 to 18

Yew Chung International School (YCIS)

YCIS is committed to providing a globally minded education that merges Eastern and Western values. To that end, YCIS offers globally recognised curricula in a bilingual setting. The school's three campuses are located in Kowloon Tong. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National CurriculumCambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 1.5 to 18 years

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