To help create that ‘small school feel’, these schools house their nursery and kindergarten classes in a self-contained early-years’ centre with its own community of classrooms, learning pods and recreational areas. This can offer families the best of both worlds – many of the advantages found in smaller schools with all the benefits of a large, fully-equipped campus.
WhichSchoolAdvisor has rounded up our top international schools in Hong Kong with a pre-school on campus, with information on everything from facilities to flexible timings, specialist subjects to sibling discounts.
CDNIS offers a through-train education for pre-reception all the way to Grade 12, and from the Douglas firs to the totem poles, this school certainly gives you a warm Canadian welcome. This large purpose-built campus is contained within two main buildings. Although the school has around 1,800 students, the reception and prep classes have their own space within the campus, which helps to make it feel smaller through a student’s eyes. The school is equipped with excellent state-of-the-art facilities; as well as a huge outdoor playground, there’s a new Reggio Emilia-inspired Early Childhood Centre with flexible classroom space.
Read our full review of Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS).
Located on a nine-acre site in Tuen Mun, Harrow Hong Kong has one of the most spacious campuses in Hong Kong – and there is a purpose-built Early Years Centre that has a large multi-purpose area for activities such as productions, indoor sports and assemblies, as well as an adventure playground. The Harrow-ness that defines one of the world’s oldest and most famous all-boys boarding schools is felt throughout the corridors and classrooms of this Hong Kong franchise. And there’s a strong pastoral care system here for even the youngest of students – every child is a member one of six houses and is befriended by an older ’buddy’ student during their early years journey.
Read our full review of Harrow International School, Hong Kong.
Shrewsbury International School brings all the traditions and values of the highly reputed British Shrewsbury School to a corner of the New Territories. This purpose-built school is designed solely for primary age children, from an aquatics centre and music school to a centre of excellence for gymnastic and dance studio; other facilities include a sports hall with running track, rooftop football pitch, and science lab. The school follows the UK National Curriculum and potentially prepares primary students for a boarding education at its UK school.
Read our full review of Shrewsbury International School
Invictus' kindergarten and primary school opened for the 2019-2020 academic year. Teaching follows the International Primary and Early Curricula (IPC/IEYC), which is known for its creative and thematic approach to teaching, integrated with an English and Mandarin immersion programme. One the of school's strengths is its bilingual English and Mandarin curricula, which is adapted from the UK National Curriculum and the HK School-based Chinese Language Curriculum respectively. The school's all-inclusive annual fee of HKD 100,000 is as much as half of that charged by some top-tier international schools in Hong Kong.
Read our full review of Invictus International School (Hong Kong)
IMS offers a dual-language Montessori education with an English-speaking and Chinese-speaking teacher in every classroom for both foundation and Casa dei Bambini. True to the principles of Montessori, children are given the freedom to choose their own activities; lessons use specially-designed, hands-on learning material; there’s no grading or testing; lessons are taken by Montessori trained teachers; and there’s a focus on practical life, sensorial, language and maths.
While there is a wide choice of Montessori pre-schools in Hong Kong, The International Montessori School (IMS) is one of only a few to also offer a primary education up to 12 years. It has three pre-school campuses on Hong Kong Island: Aldrich Bay, Mid Levels and South Horizons.
Read our full review of The International Montessori School.
This well-established primary school in Kowloon Tong, which has been teaching for more than 80 years in Hong Kong, opened its new Early Years Centre in August 2019 to offer students from as young as six months a dual education in English and Chinese. YCIS is so committed to delivering a solid Chinese-English bilingual programme that every class has a Western and Chinese teacher, and each of its three campuses is jointly run by a Western and a Chinese co-principal. The school promises to deliver a “play-based child-centred learning environments in a bilingual setting” and encourage an early love of music through the kindergarten violin programme.
Read our full review of Yew Chung International School Hong Kong (YCIS).
Parents also have the choice of enrolling their child into a standalone pre-school that is run by an international school group. These include: