Looking for the right school for your child? For expatriate or English-speaking families, international schools are a common choice; these schools have full autonomy of student admission, course content, tuition fees, and deliver curricula from an array of different countries, as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Here are a few of Hong Kong’s best international schools for you to consider.
Malvern College Hong Kong
The Malvern College Hong Kong works closely with Malvern College UK to provide the International Baccalaureate programme at primary and secondary level. Malvern College UK has gained a reputation for being one of the most highly regarded IB schools in the country, where many of its pupils follow the Diploma programme and go on to study in some of the best universities in the world. While Malvern College HK is fairly new (opened in 2018), there is no doubt the school will follow in its UK example. Fun fact: the acclaimed novelist C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, was a pupil of the U.K. Malvern College!
Best for: If your child came from or may transfer to a school abroad that follows the IB system.
Malvern College Hong Kong, Fo Chun Road, Providence Bay, Tai Po
Victoria Shanghai Academy
Victoria Shanghai Academy is an IB World School which offers three IB programmes — Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP). The school emphasises a holistic approach, at the heart of which is inquiry-based learning and teaching. The primary section offers a bilingual education (English and Mandarin); the secondary curriculum is delivered in English and supplemented by a strong Chinese programme.
Best for: An immersive English and Mandarin bilingual education.
Victoria Shanghai Academy, 19 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen
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Shrewsbury International School Hong Kok
Drawing upon 450 years of British educational heritage, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong offers a unique learning experience for children aged 3 to 11. Offering ‘Primary education without compromise’, one of its central aims is to develop a love of reading among its students and young learners. The school values reading and literacy skills among the foundational building blocks of education, highlighting its ability to build confidence and independence in young children.
Best for: Children who are little bookworms, or need some extra help learning to love reading.
Shrewsbury International School, 10 Shek Kok Road, Tseung Kwan O
American School Hong Kong
American School Hong Kong is a non-profit international school that operates a kindergarten and elementary, middle and high schools. The school offers a rigorous American and international education programme that empowers students to become critical thinkers and responsible global citizens.
Best for: American families, or families who relocate frequently.
American International School, 6 Ma Chung Rd, Tai Po
Nord Anglia International School
Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong (NAIS Hong Kong) has three campuses in Hong Kong and offers an all-round, through-train education for students aged 3-18 years, beginning with the Early Years Foundation Stage to IGCSEs, followed by the internationally recognised IB Diploma Programme. The school curricula is further enhanced by collaborations with two of the world’s most prestigious organisations, The Juilliard School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Best for: Kids who want to focus on advanced performing arts and creative programmes.
Nord Anglia International School, 11 On Tin Street, Lam Tin, Hong Kong, Kowloon
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