Hong Kong's Low-Cost International Schools

Where are Hong Kong's most affordable international schools? International school fees can be as high as HKD 350,000 per year – but you don't have to pay that. There are schools across the city with annual tuition fees below HKD 110,000.
Hong Kong's Low-Cost International Schools
By Carli Allan
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Affordable Primary Schools

Invictus International School



Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Years: KG to Grade 6
Student enrolment: 600
Fees: Annual tuition fees are HKD 100,000
Additional costs: Field trips, some after-school activities, bus, lunch, stationery and uniform
Location: New Territories
Highlights: No compulsory debenture or capital levy; a new school with places available from KG to Grade 6

Invictus' kindergarten and primary school is due to open for the 2019-2020 academic year, subject to approval from the Education Bureau. Teaching will follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is known for its creative and thematic approach to teaching, integrated with an English and Mandarin immersion programme. The school is the second addition to the family of Invictus International Schools, which opened its first affordable primary school in Singapore in 2016.

What the school says:

“The opening of our newest school in Hong Kong enables us to offer children the unmatched, high-quality learning experience for which Invictus has become renowned at a truly affordable rate.”

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HKCA Po Leung Kuk School

HKCA Po Leung

Curriculum: IB Primary Years Programme (waiting for accreditation)
Years: Grade 1-5
Student enrolment: 195
Fees: Annual tuition fees are HKD 96,900
Additional costs: Non-refundable application fee of HKD 800, field trips, some after-school activities, bus, lunch, stationery and uniform
Location: Hong Kong Island
Highlights: No annual levy and no debenture; small close-knit community; proximity to Causeway Bay

Since opening in 2017, HKCA Po Leung Kuk School has grown to a Grade 1- 4 primary school; Grade 5 will open in August 2019 with numbers eventually growing to approx. 600. Grade 5 graduates will be expected to apply for entry into international secondary schools in Hong Kong or abroad. The school is the first international curriculum school to be operated by the PLK charitable group, and it aims to allocate at least 70% of its places to foreign passport holders.

What the school says:

“We are an international school that gives expat children more of a local cultural experience than they would have at an international school that is very Western… Many people who visit the school comment on how happy the children are at the school, which is something we are very proud of as we have tried very hard to create a school culture that is happy, safe and caring.”

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Lantau International School


Lantau Island

Curriculum: UK National Curriculum
Student enrolment: 300
Years: Reception to Primary 6
Fees: Annual tuition fees are HKD 83,500 (Primary 1-6)
Additional costs: Non-refundable application fee of HKD 1,080; a refundable capital levy of HKD 25,050; field trips, some after-school activities, bus, lunch, stationery and uniform
Location: Lantau Island
Highlights: No debenture; class sizes are 22 at lower primary and 24 in upper primary; scenic campuses

Lantau International School (Pui O Upper Primary) is part of a family of schools that offer a British education to families in Lantau Island, from reception through to Primary 6. Teaching follows the UK National Curriculum and students are assessed using the UK’s Key Stage 1 tests, known as SATS. Mandarin is taught from reception onwards.

What the school says:

“At LIS, we put children first, with the greenest environment any school in HK has to offer combined with all the most recent technology in the classrooms, a British curriculum, highly qualified teachers and small classes that maximize student-to-teacher contact.”

Click here for the full review of Lantau International School.

Funful English Primary School

Curriculum: UK National Curriculum
Years: Years 1-6
Fees: Annual tuition fees are HKD 86,900
Additional costs: Non-refundable application fee of HKD 600; a registration fee of HKD 7,900; materials fee of HKD 2,000; uniform, bus and after-school activities
Location: New Territories
Highlights: No debenture or capital levy; students can transition to Sear Rogers secondary school; bilingual education in English and Chinese

Funful English Primary School is a part of the Funful Group of Schools, which also includes Sear Rogers International School; many students will transition to this secondary school, also located in the New Territories. The school follows the UK National Curriculum and offers a “balanced academic programme in both English and Chinese”.

What the school says:

 “The school offers a balanced academic programme in both English and Chinese allowing students to develop their ability, potential, creativity, critical thinking, interests and individuality.”

Click here for the full review of Funful English Primary School.

Kiangsu-Chekiang College, International Section (Primary)

Curriculum: EYFS and UK National Curriculum
Years: Primary 1-6
Fees: Annual tuition fees are HKD 82,500
Additional costs: Non-refundable application fee of HKD 500; a refundable registration deposit of two months’ school fees; field trips, some after-school activities, bus, lunch, and uniform
Location: Hong Kong Island
Highlights: No debenture or capital levy; students can transition to Kiangsu-Chekiang College secondary school; bilingual education in English and Chinese

Kiangsu-Chekiang College, International Section (Primary) is an English-medium international school run by the local school of the same name. Teaching follows a modified version of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the UK National Curriculum. Sharing a campus with the Kiangsu-Chekiang College in North Point, KCCIS has a strong Mandarin component with daily homework, and history and geography lessons focus on Hong Kong and Asia. The student body here is primarily Asian (Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese), with many students having English as their second language.

What the school says:

“Our classrooms are hives of activity; play based and explorative activities provide an environment rich with opportunities for creativity and hands-on learning. Our Primary 1 children also have a creative element to their learning and the UK curriculum is adapted for Hong Kong so that studies of local history and geography can be included.”

Click here for the full review of Kiangsu-Chekiang College, International Section (Primary).

UMAH International Primary School

Curriculum: English-medium
Years: Primary 1-6
Fees: Annual tuition fees are HKD 58,000
Location: New Territories
Highlights: No debenture or capital levy; Hong Kong’s only Muslim school; language programme includes Arabic and Urdu

Founded by the United Muslim Association of Hong Kong in 1996, UMAH International Primary School promises to offer “an affordable yet quality education for your children”. This English-medium school requires all students to attend daily Zuhar prayer and Friday Prayer, and it offers supplementary lessons in Cantonese, Arabic and Urdu. The majority of students are from South East Asia but admission to this international school is open to all.

What the school says:

“If you want an affordable yet quality education for your children, UMAH International Primary School gives your children the opportunity to learn English and all other arts and science subjects while teaching them to be confident and moral individuals.”

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Norwegian International School



Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Years: Years 1-6
Student enrolment: 200
Fees: Annual tuition fees are HKD 102,000
Additional costs: Non-refundable application fee of HKD 900; field trips, some after-school activities, bus, lunch, and uniform
Location: New Territories
Highlights: No debenture or capital levy; strong emphasis on Christianity; beautiful green campus

This Christian primary school in the New Territories delivers an international curriculum enriched with Biblical teaching to students aged five to 11 years. The school was founded in 1984 to educate the children of Norwegian missionaries. Today, the school has an international student population of 200 children from several different countries. Classes range from Year 1 through to Year 6, and the curriculum is based around the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC).

What the school says:

“True to the vision of its founding missionaries, NIS continues to nurture students’ character and academic development, building its foundation on Biblical principles and values. Upon spending time at NIS, you will discover a school that puts great importance in its community and the relationships between family, students, and teachers.”

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Japanese International School (JIS)



Curriculum: IB Primary Years Programme
Years: Years 1-6
Student enrolment: 170
Fees: Annual tuition fees are HKD 107,850
Additional costs: Non-refundable application fee of HKD 600; annual capital levy of HKD 15,200; field trips, some after-school activities, bus, lunch, and uniform
Location: New Territories
Highlights: No debenture; direct links to International College Hong Kong (ICHK) for secondary education; large, purpose-built campus

With more than 20 years’ experience in the Hong Kong education sector, the Japanese International School (JIS) is a popular primary school with just 170 students of 22 nationalities (about 25% are Japanese). As well as offering all the benefits of a smaller school – close-knit community, friendly and personalised learning – JIS is well-equipped to deliver a solid IB education to five to 11-year-olds.

What the school says:

“Many of our students come from a range of nationalities and cultures and so our curriculum is designed to reflect this. We set ourselves high standards in all that we do, both through academic study and the provision of a broad curriculum that encompasses a wide range of creative activities, environmental and community awareness and outdoor education.”

Click here for the full review of Japanese International School (JIS).

Spanish Primary School

Spanish Primary School HK

Curriculum: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Years: Nursery to Year 6
Fees: Annual tuition fees are HKD 105,000 (Years 1-3); HKD 115,000 (Years 4-6)
Additional costs: Non-refundable application fee of HKD 1,200; annual capital levy of HKD 12,000; field trips, some after-school activities, bus, lunch, and uniform
Location: New Territories
Highlights: No debenture; trilingual education in English, Chinese and Spanish; large outdoor space and facilities

The Spanish Primary School (SPIS) is a non-profit making international school, sponsored by the MASS Education Foundation. Opened in September 2017, it offers Nursery to Year 6 to both local and international students, and has a large Hispanic student body.

What the school says:

“The school aims to provide the highest calibre education in traditional areas of academia and the arts whilst embracing broader life facets that include nature, sportsmanship, community spirit and morality, all of which cultivate students’ independent thinking, visions, values and life purpose.”

Click here for the full review of Spanish Primary School.

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