Hong Kong is a vibrant educational hub and a fantastic place for your child to spend their school days. Unless you have money to burn, the financial aspect may be frustratingly crucial when choosing a school for your child. Annual fees for English Medium of Instrutcion (EMI) schools in Hong Kong can go well beyond HK$200,000 and are continuously on the rise. Add to the eye-watering fees, sneaky debenture bonds, application and enrolment fees, uniforms, bus fares, extra-curricular activities, trips, and other hidden expenses (not to mention having multiple children!). Your family budget might burst at the seams!
Little Steps brings you over 10 international schools in Hong Kong that won’t break the bank with budget-friendly annual fees. The schools offer rounded education at primary and secondary levels for as little as HK$ 82,500 annually! The fees listed only include tuition fees.
Use this comprehensive guide as a good starting point and refer directly to the school websites using the links for their most comprehensive and up-to-date offerings.
Creative Secondary School is a vibrant, happy environment full of opportunities for students. A world-class International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and recipient of the Inviting School Fidelity Award awarded by the International Alliance for Invitational Education (IAIE) it has a rigorous standards-based curriculum for students aged 12-17 years.
Government subsidized, it provides cost-effective quality education with more than 92 percent of graduates admitted to universities or colleges (around 50% local & 50% overseas). English is their medium of instruction and it ensures all teaching and learning are globally applicable. Students can enjoy a multi-language learning environment, with Spanish, German, English, Chinese, and Putonghua offered. The dual curriculum gives students the opportunity to study the IB program and Hong Kong's standard educational curriculum. The CSS curriculum is designed to prepare students to become compassionate and effective citizens in an increasingly challenging world.
Founded in 1960 with just six students, the Korean International School, KIS, has over 800 students today, with children from Korea and 23 other countries and backgrounds. KIS strives to create a safe and inclusive environment where students embrace diversity and collaboration to encourage meaningful contributions to international communities. The conducive environment encourages children to think independently and creatively with empathy and fosters a love of learning. The high standard of co-curricular activities is an important focus to encourage students to further engage in personal interests, build bonds with their peers and cultivate lifelong relationships. KIS offers two curriculums for children between 4 and 18 years; the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the Cambridge International Program.
Price on request.
Korean International School, 55 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong, +852 2569 5500, https://www.kis.edu.hk/
Voted Hong Hong’s primary school of the year in 2021, the Japanese International School follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum for international and Japanese students. Founded in 1997, the school continues to provide an excellent educational experience for children. The small school accommodates only 170 students allowing for a considerate, caring community environment in which children thrive and achieve dynamic goals for learning and development. The school is on the edge of the country park in Tai Po, and children enjoy the freedom of learning in nature. JIS has a positive learning environment that respects the diversity of its students and empowers children between 4 and 12 to discover, create, solve problems, and think to achieve their personal best. Cambridge University has recently recognized the Japanese International School as one of the top 100 innovative schools in the world. The IB program strives to develop internationally minded students who recognized their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet to help create a more peaceful world.
All grades HK$ 121,300.
English School Foundation, ESF, strives to inspire creativity and nurture its students to become inspirational global citizens and leaders of the future. A team of exceptional teachers leads the joyful ESF environment. It brings out the best in every child by inspiring their curious minds using personalized teaching methods. With 22 schools across Hong Kong, it's the most extensive English international school network offering a comprehensive program of extra-curricular activities that bring out the best in every student. ESF includes kindergartens, primary, secondary, all-through, and special needs schools. The schools educate over 18,000 students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities, delivering high academic and other achievements. More than 95 percent of students excel and go to leading world-class universities.
Primary schools (years 1 to 6) HK$ 119,100, secondary schools (year 7) HK$ 159,300, secondary schools (years 8 to 11) HK$ 137,600, secondary schools (years 12 & 13) HK$ 144,700.
Established in 2019, Invictus School has a kindergarten and primary school in Tseung Kwan O and a secondary school in Chai Wan. The school educates local and expatriate students through internally acclaimed curricula and immersive classroom experiences with teachers who encourage a lifelong love of learning and excellence. Invictus teachers promote personal growth, fundamental skills, knowledge, and holistic development in a meaningful, exciting, and relevant way, regardless of age. The school draws on the best worldwide curricula to give an authentic perspective to personal learning and international-mindedness. The EYC/IPC is the curriculum of choice for over 1,800 schools in over 90 countries around the world. It is designed around eight learning principles essential to a child's development. Four learning strands run through the various themed units of work. The all-through school offers education from nursery age to 18 years leading students to apply for global universities.
Kindergarten HK$103,000, primary school HK$ 105,000, Secondary school (years 7 to 13) up to HK$126,000.
Invictus School, G27 Monterey Place, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 3643 1868 and 188 Tai Tam Road, Chai Wan Hong Kong, +852 3852 7200, email@example.com, https://www.invictus.edu.hk/
Lantau International School affords children of primary age a well-rounded education that combines academic and outdoor learning, allowing students to flourish in the classroom and socially. The school balances primary education following the British curriculum and extensive Mandarin classes to encourage bilingualism. The private, apolitical and unaffiliated school offers the greenest learning environment in Hong Kong. The school believes that education should be affordable for everyone. It is the only school in Hong Kong that provides free learning materials and outdoor learning, inspiring a love of the world. The slightly amended curriculum supports a thematic understanding of local history, geography, and China's traditional culture. Broader topics include European and North American history, geography, and culture lessons. World religious studies promote understanding, tolerance, and appreciation of Asia's rich collective histories and cultures.
Reception HK$ 82,800, P1 to P6 HK$ 108,120
Lantau International School, Cheung Sha reception classes, No. 22, Upper Cheung Sha Village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, Tong Fuk lower primary, House 113, Tong Fuk Village, Lantau, Hong Kong, Pui O upper primary No. 17-19, Lo Wai Tsuen, Pui O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 2984 0302, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.lis.edu.hk/
HKCA Po Leung Kuk School offers excellent education for children aged three to 12 years to reach their potential in a fun and inspiring environment. Each child's learning journey incorporates support to build lifelong confidence, a love of learning, opportunities to celebrate individual strengths and abilities, and an eagerness to share their views. The charitable organization operates over 120 schools and educational institutions and 180 service units focussing on culture, recreation, health, and welfare across Hong Kong. The International Baccalaureate, IB, World School offers a balanced yet inspiring curriculum. Teachers focus on holistic child development in the classroom and outside to create unique global citizens prepared for future leading roles. The school provides authentic cross-cultural experiences within the community through various service projects. They strive to do everything possible to inspire and motivate students, ensuring they have the opportunity and support to be their very best.
Kindergarten HK$ 86,200, G1 to G6 HK$ 115,600
Founded in 2011, the three founding families of Forest House International School dreamed of establishing the first government-registered Waldorf primary school in Hong Kong. The charitable school strives to develop each child's curious, creative, compassionate, responsible, and independent nature to contribute positively to their surrounding community. The school provides a positive, innovative and enlightened approach to education, embodying physical, mental, and spiritual health. Primary-aged children respond to the integrated curriculum that engages their emotions and thinking and nourishes their imagination. Inclusive education embraces various religious, political, economic, and social backgrounds. The unique Waldorf Curriculum integrates sciences and humanities with art and practical activity and weaves imagination and emotional engagement into every academic and specialty subject. Each child will explore their education through color, story, song, and poetry.
Grades one to six HK$ 125,000.
Founded in 2003, Think International Schools Group has a well-curated collection of small independent schools comprising four kindergartens and a primary school. The schools teach the International Baccalaureate primary years program in English and Putonghua to children between 2 and 6 years to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people for a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. Each student happily embraces various challenges and opportunities to learn, thrive, and become lifelong learners. Through collaborative inquiry-based learning, TIS facilitates an inclusive environment where its open-minded classrooms use curiosity, kindness, and love to make a difference in the world. The teachers strive to empower children to become responsible global citizens through caring teaching practices.
Reception HK$ 120,000, primary (years 1 to 3) HK$ 120,000, primary (years 4 to 6) HK$ 127,000.
The school holds a revered reputation for its high academic and moral standards. Established in 1953, Kiangsu-Chekiang College was the only Mandarin-instruction school in Hong Kong. Since 1969 it has become a bilingual school with the introduction of English tuition. Further growth in 1993 saw the addition of the International Section following a British-based curriculum enabling them to serve the expatriate and local communities. KCIS believes that children deserve the best possible start in their education, enabling them to reach their full potential. The Early Years Foundation Stage framework secures a solid educational foundation through play-based learning and development opportunities and activities. Each of the seven teaching areas is implemented through planned and purposeful play, such as understanding the world, communication and language, and expressive arts and design.
Kindergarten HK$ 73,390, reception HK$ 73,390, primary (years 1 to 6) HK$ 89,500, secondary HK$ 112,000.
Concordia International School is one of Hong Kong's leading learning communities with a positive approach to purposeful knowledge and life skills development. The holistic education practices guide students through various challenging academic and life programs with proactive and continuous evaluation in a Christian environment that encourages respect, responsibility, and discipline. Teachers always assist the students to form a strong foundation, life-long learning, and college readiness. CIS HK has various global leadership projects that help develop responsible, conscious, and caring students. The school offers a high school program utilizing the American curriculum that leads to SAT, AP, and TOEFL exams. Learning is extended beyond the classroom through various activities, cultural diversity, differences in values, independent critical thinking and collaboration, and a minimum of 30 hours of service learning for each student.
Grade 7 and 8 HK$ 129,500, grade 9 HK$ 135,000, grade 10 HK$ 135,600, grade 11 HK$ 150,100, grade 12 HK$ 150,950.
Teaching at the Spanish Primary School is not just from books; teachers encourage learnings from the outside world and other people. They are committed to ensuring each child's well-being and holistic development, providing the best trilingual education, nurturing sportsmanship, community spirit, and morality, and cultivating children to be independent thinkers with clear visions, values, and life purpose. Students are encouraged to learn and grow in an ambitious and inspiring environment developing an aptitude for leadership, communication skills, creativity, and independent thinking. By allowing children to explore and enjoy other cultures, their horizons widen, strengthening their personal and social skills, which are essential for their future. Academic programs are conducted in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
Lower primary (to year 4) HK$ 115,000, upper primary (years 5 and 6) HK$ 125,000.
The Delia School of Canada provides a real-world learning environment inspiring students to strive for excellence and make a positive difference within local and global communities. They promote a love of learning by encouraging students to develop their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical intelligence. Established in 1986, the school offers innovative education for children between 4 and 18 years in a positive multicultural environment. Teachers strongly focus on robotics, coding, mathematics, and maker education to pave the way for a successful ever-changing future. They offer the Ontario Curriculum for early years, elementary, and secondary students. The OSSD+Signature Program offers students the opportunity to focus on a specialization, gain real-world experience, and build an academic portfolio for post-secondary application. The athletics program includes volleyball, basketball, hockey, and ultimate frisbee championships. Children enjoy over 80 extra-curricular activities, and many go on to study at world-class universities.
Pre-grade 1 HK$ 129,690, grades 1 to 8 HK$ 137,210, grades 9 and 10 HK$ 142,350, grades 11 and 12 HK$ 148,170.
Guided by the UK government’s green paper, Every Child Matters, Sear Rogers International School strives to ensure that children achieve in all aspects of life. The ground-breaking educational research considers the views of today's youth and their families. Science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics teach children creativity, flexibility, innovation, and the problem-solving skills required for life. Founded in 1982, the Christian school serves local and international students and encourages respect for individuality and faith backgrounds. The British National Curriculum has been adapted for the international school setting. The IGCSE and A-level programs prepare students for tertiary education worldwide. As a multicultural school without borders, they help develop all aspects of a child's emotional and intellectual well-being, allowing them to grow, nurture, flourish, and develop their personalities and abilities.
Price on request.
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