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      Hong Kong International School (HKIS) is a coeducational college preparatory school for
students from Reception 1 (pre-kindergarten) to Grade 12. We offer a challenging and stimulating
American-style curriculum with both international and multicultural elements.

      The quality of HKIS’ academic and extracurricular programs resides in the range and
depth of study offerings and the personal and professional strength and commitment of faculty.

      HKIS is committed to nurturing each student to achieve his/her full potential. We focus on
the development of the whole child and give our students the individual care and attention they
need to be successful and flourish. HKIS is proud of its strong sense of community and its
students’ excellent academic record.

      We appreciate your interest in our school. Please take the time to read through the
enclosed information. It will help guide you through the admission process. You can also visit our
website at

      If you have any questions, please contact our Office of Admissions. If you are in Hong
Kong and have time, please call us to arrange a visit. I look forward to meeting you soon.


                                               Vicky S. Seehafer
                                               Director of Admissions
                                               Hong Kong International School

           Hong Kong International School
Admission Policies
One of the greatest assets of HKIS is the diversity contained within its student population. This
diversity is a result of a variety of cultural backgrounds, previous school experiences, philosophy,
and ability. HKIS does not discriminate in admissions with regard to gender, citizenship, race, or
religion. However, HKIS reserves the right to administer selective enrollment when deemed
necessary, proper, and in the best interest of the school.

Admission Priority

HKIS is open to students of all nationalities. However, because the school cannot admit all
applicants, the admissions priority system is based on the following:

 (A) Contractual requirements of the HKIS debenture program; (B) Students from American
curriculum schools, within and outside of the United States, on the principle that HKIS’ mission is to
provide, among other things, an American style education; and (C) All other students based on
qualitative criteria to help determine the match between a particular student’s needs and potential
and HKIS’ resources and capabilities

Enrollment Requirements

For entry into Reception 1, students must be age 4 by September 1 of their year of entrance. For
entrance into Reception 2, students must be age 5 by September 1 of their year of entrance.
Parents are required to submit proof of birth date in the form of a birth certificate, passport, or other
official government document.

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.

A student entering high school must submit records for all previous high school coursework. Credit
for graduation cannot be given without a full high school academic history.

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 7 in December in Australia would remain in Grade 7 at HKIS for the remainder of
the academic year.

How to Apply
Step 1: Application

Complete the application form (via our online process or by downloading the form) and submit to
the Office of Admissions together with the non-refundable/non-transferable application fee of
HK$2,000 or US$250. Application fees are only valid for the academic year to which the applicant
is originally applying. Checks are to be made payable to Hong Kong International School.

Students being nominated by a Corporate Debenture must provide written confirmation on official
company letterhead at least 90 days prior to the start of the school year in order to receive top
priority. This confirmation must include the name of the child, the debenture number and school
year of intended admission.

Students being nominated by a Family Debenture must provide written confirmation at least 90
days prior to the start of the school year in order to receive top priority. This confirmation must
include the name of the child, the debenture number, school year of intended admission and
satisfactory proof that the nominated child is a child of the family debenture holder – copy birth
certificate or adoption document indicating the debenture owner is the legal parent.

Application Deadlines
The following dates are the formal deadlines for application submissions; however the dates are
subject to review dependent upon the flow of applications:

Semester I (Aug)    Local Applications                       March 1
                    Overseas Applications                    May 1
                    R1 Placement Announcement                March 31
                    R2-G12 Placement Announcement            Rolling basis (commencing in April)

Semester II (Jan)   Local Applications                       October 1
                    Overseas Applications                    November 1
                    Placement Announcement                   Rolling basis (commencing in December)

Step 2: Pre-Entry Testing or Interview

An informal interview is held with all students applying for Reception 1. These interviews are
scheduled upon the applicant’s arrival to Hong Kong and are arranged by calling the Office of

Pre-entry testing is automatically required for any student who:

  * is transferring from a school other than where a US curriculum is taught,
  * comes from a family in which languages other than English are spoken,
  * is transferring from a school in which English is not the medium of instruction,
  * has previous school records or reports which indicate an area of academic concern,
  * has been recommended to do so by the Admissions Committee.

Occasionally, an interview with the student and/or parents will be requested when, in the
judgement of the Director of Admissions or Principal, a fair and accurate decision on the
qualification of the student cannot be reached without a personal interview.

Step 3: Qualification

Admission decisions are based on a careful assessment of each student’s ability to achieve
success in an atmosphere of high expectations and an environment of self-discipline and
responsibility to the school community.

In making this assessment, HKIS will evaluate each applicant’s English language proficiency,
demonstrated academic achievement, personal characteristics and applicant’s fit to HKIS’ Student
Learning Results.

Step 4: Acceptance

Once a student has been qualified, and as space allows, he or she will be offered placement
according to the Admission Priority.

For the new school year commencing in August, new students are generally not offered placement
until returning students have completed their pre-registration for the next school year. This
process occurs in April. Students who are not accepted at this time are placed in a wait pool until
such time as space becomes available. Notification is made in writing directly to the parents or to
the local business contact.

Step 5: Submission of Final Documentation

Enrollment is not considered final until reservation fee payment and final documentation have been

A health history and physical examination must be completed. Students in Grades 6-12 must also
submit a copy of the passport pages showing their personal statistics and Hong Kong visa stamp,
or their Hong Kong ID card.

Support Services
Each applicant is carefully screened to make sure the school has the resources and curriculum to
serve the child. It is in the best interest of both the student and the school that there is a
reasonable match between the student’s abilities and the school’s capabilities. Parents should be
alerted to the fact that HKIS has limited resources to serve students with more serious needs.

HKIS may not be able to accommodate students who:
 require extensive support by the school for special needs outside the current scope of available
 demonstrate deficiency in the English language for academic purposes,
 have previous class records and standardized test results that indicate below-average
 bring a poor disciplinary record from their previous school.

Special Needs

All students accepted into HKIS, including those students with special needs, join regular HKIS
classes and study alongside the other students.

HKIS provides supplemental services for students with mild special learning needs. Students with
special needs are admitted when their individual needs can be met through the amount and kind of
support that HKIS currently provides.

This does not exclude students who receive additional specialized support outside HKIS, provided
this support helps them to be successful in the regular school program. It should be understood,
however, that those students who need extensive support by the school outside the regular
classroom setting may have difficulty gaining admission.

Parents whose child has special needs are encouraged to consult directly with HKIS before
applying for admission to determine if the specific necessary resources are available.

Supporting documents for the admission of students with special needs should include the child’s
most recent Educational and Psychological Assessment reports as well as copies of the Individual
Education Plan (IEP) from the applicant’s current school.

Admission decisions for students with special needs are made by an Admissions Committee that
includes the Director of Student Services, Director of Admissions, Division Principal, Learning
Specialist and/or School Psychologist, Counselor and classroom teacher.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English is the language of instruction at HKIS. Students applying to HKIS who are not attending a
US-accredited school or are currently receiving English language support will be required to take a
language assessment to determine their English proficiency and to demonstrate their ability to
function within the regular classroom at HKIS.

ESOL specialists work with students to boost, support and enrich the work of the regular
classroom. ESOL support does not replace regular classroom instruction but is intended to enable
students to function successfully within the curriculum.

Payment Policy
General Information

Payments can be made by check (payable to Hong Kong International School) or bank draft.
Tuition statements are mailed to the address stipulated by the parents on the application.

Application Fee

An application fee payment of HK$2,000 per applicant must accompany the application.
Applications from outside of Hong Kong may be accompanied by a US check for $250. Application
fees are non-refundable/non-transferable and are only valid for the academic year to which the
applicant is originally applying. Acceptances are based on space availability at the time of the
student’s intended enrollment.

Tuition Fees

The current semester’s fee is required at the time of acceptance. This fee is credited to the total
annual tuition amount. Payment of the fee may be made in US dollars for families residing outside
of Hong Kong. Enrollment becomes final only after the school has received the fee. Reservation
fees for new students are only refunded if the school receives written notification of a student’s
cancellation within 10 calendar days after the payment due date. This deadline is strictly adhered