Primary and Middle Schools

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 June, 2009, 12:00am

Carmel School


10 Borrett Rd, Mid-Levels

Tel 2964 1600

Founded: 1991

The school was started as a playgroup, founded by parents who wanted a Jewish education for their children, and now offers education from preschool (see, also international preschool and secondary listings) to Grade 5. After-school activities and school trips. Provision for English and Hebrew for non-native speakers, gifted programmes, dyspraxia, dyslexia and other special needs. Science Centre and Information Technology Centre. Teacher student ratio: 1:15. Accredited by WASC.

North American curriculum. Religious and cultural studies integrated with core curriculum, including a comprehensive science and IT programme. The Jewish studies and Hebrew curricula were created by Bar Ilan University in Israel. Extra-curricular activities include art, ballet, karate, sports, Putonghua and drama.


No debenture

Discovery Bay International School

Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay, Lantau

Tel 2987 7331

Founded: 1983

Well-resourced independent community school, catering for students from three (nursery) to 13 years (Year 8). DBIS opens up a Year 9 class in 2010-11. Current student body comprises 38 different nationalities. There is a high demand for kindergarten and early primary years placement. Mainly serves Discovery Bay residents. No automatic transfer from primary to secondary but close links have been forged with ESF secondaries. Facilities include a library, music suites, cookery room and spacious playground and sports area. Active PTA. Average class size: primary 24; kindergarten 20.

The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales with the different cultures of students and the school's setting in Asia taken into account. Specialist teachers for PE, Music, Mandarin, ICT.

Nursery-Primary: $56,400-$78,600; Junior Secondary: $105,000; Premium school development levy $300,000; standard school development levy $30,000

The Harbour School

Kennedy Town

23 Belcher's Street, 2nd Floor, Kennedy Town Centre

Tel 2816 5222

International bilingual kindergarten and primary school for children from three to 12 years. The emphasis is on respect for the individual and recognition of diverse learning styles. Importance is placed on accountability and the measure of academic and social success. Very small classes with teacher: pupil ratio of 2:13. Priority access to Kennedy Town swimming pool and sports field located nearby. School bus service. Wireless network in all classrooms. Parental involvement encouraged. Managed by the founder of The Children's Institute (see special needs listings).

Comprehensive curriculum that includes accelerated levels for students with exceptional academic abilities as well as modified subject material for children who require learning support. IT integrated into the daily timetable where appropriate. Instruction in English with daily lessons in Putonghua. Trips outside the classroom to utilise learning opportunities in the surrounding area.

Nursery/Reception (full day) $100,000

Primary (full day) $112,500

Annual capital levy of $15,000

Hong Kong Academy Primary School

Stubbs Rd

4/F Chung On Hall, 15 Stubbs Rd

Tel 2575 8282

Founded: 2000

Has successfully transformed an older local school building into a vibrant campus. Currently caters for pre-kindergarten-Year Eight, and has added middle school grades. In the coming academic year it will offer education through Grade 10 (British Year 11) with Grade 12 added next year. Accepts non-native English speakers and children with special needs if they can integrate into mainstream. Parent participation encouraged. Maximum class size: 14-18. Primary classes have two teachers per 18 students. WASC accredited. Member of ACAMIS. Authorised by the IBO.

Emphasises active, hands-on and inquiry-based learning within the IB PYP and MYP framework. Seeks to educate children conceptually and globally, rather than nationally, and to relate learning to experiences in Hong Kong. Integrated technology, and Chinese culture and language (Putonghua). School prides itself on its intimate environment and progressive learning programme.

Kindergarten (half day): $71,000Primary: $122,000 Annual capital levy/scholarship fee: $12,500

Hong Lok Yuen International School

Tai Po

20th Street, Hong Lok Yuen, NT.

Tel 2658 6935, Fax 2651 0836 8600

Multicultural school catering for expatriates and local residents in the New Territories, offering education from nursery to Year 9. Educational support with specialist teachers for students with special learning needs, and English as an additional language. Spacious, green environment, interactive whiteboards. Variety of after-school activities. Maximum class size: 24. One of the three feeder schools of International College HK, due to open in September. (See international secondary listings)

The school is due to be accredited for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in early 2009. Literacy and numeracy programmes are based on the UK National Curriculum. Daily lessons in Mandarin are provided for all children. Physical education, sports and environmental education are high profile. Small school community ethos.

K1: $45,800

K2: $79,000

Hong Kong Poinsettia Primary School

Yuen Long

Shop No 4-8, 1/F Yuk Lung Mansion, 18 Fung Kam St, Yuen Long, New Territories

Tel 2445 2319 hk

Founded: 1999

Small, English-medium school set up by the Nepali community to provide educational opportunities for children in the community. Welcomes all nationalities. Maximum class size: 25.

Hong Kong curriculum with basic Cantonese and Nepalese lessons.


No debenture

(2008-09 fees)

Japanese International School

Tai Po

4663 Tai Po Rd, Tai Po, New Territories

Tel 2834 3531

Founded 1997

Multinational school with around 20 different nationalities. Reception-P6. Includes English and Japanese streams. Large campus with many facilities, including sports field and indoor swimming pool. Maximum class size: reception 20; other classes 25. One of the three feeder schools of International College Hong Kong in Sha Tau Kok to be opened in September.

Adopted IB PYP curriculum in June 2007 with teaching moving from theme-based to inquiry-based approach. Music, art, drama and PE. Choice of additional Putonghua or Japanese.


Capital levy: $14,000

No debenture

International Montessori School

Ap Lei Chau

Pre-primary (18 mths-5 yrs): G/F, Blocks 23 to 23A South Horizons, Phase III, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong

Elementary (6-12 yrs): 6-8 Salvation Army St, Morrison Hill, Hong Kong

Tel 2861 0339

Founded: 2002

Initiated by parents looking for a more individualised primary education, following Montessori ideals in a bilingual environment (English/Putonghua). Pre-primary classes are located in a purpose-designed kindergarten facility, and comprised of well-equipped classrooms, library, kitchen, and indoor and outdoor play areas. Pre-primary to primary classes are located in a former school building where students have outdoor play space, a rooftop garden and fully equipped classrooms. Students from 25 countries taught in multi-age classrooms. Maximum class size: 25. Working with Association Montessori Internationale on accreditation.

Gives students structures to categorise knowledge, keys to discover and encourage lifelong learning, along with the life skills needed to adapt to change. Subjects are explored experientially, in kindergarten especially, using sensorial learning materials that make concepts concrete for more fundamental understanding. English and Putonghua bilingual approach, with English and Chinese teachers in each class.

Kindergarten: $70,000

Reception (extended day): $92,000

Primary: $108,000-$110,000

Debenture: $50,000 (personal), $200,000 (corporate)

Kellett School

Pok Fu Lam

2 Wah Lok Path, Wah Fu, Pok Fu Lam

Tel 2551 8234

Founded 1977

Non-profit school founded by parents who wanted a quality British-style education for their children. Caters for all English-speaking children from 3 years 8 months-13 years. A major extension opened in summer 2007. The school offers a full co-educational preparatory education, Year 7 and 8, based on an accelerated Key Stage 3 curriculum. Kellett is a member of the Federation of British International Schools in South and East Asia (FOBISSEA) and the East Asian Association of British International Schools (EAABIS) and an associate member of the Council of British Schools in the European Community (COBISEC).

The school follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales. It is regularly inspected by the British Office of Standards in Education (OFSTED). It provides a broad and balanced curriculum including a full academic programme with sport, music and art.


Debenture: $60,000

(2008-09 fees)

Kingston International School

Kowloon Tong

113 Waterloo Rd, Kowloon Tong

Tel 2337 9031

Founded: 2001

A privately run IBPYP primary that caters for children of parents seeking a strong English and Chinese language mix. The majority of students are Chinese with Western and other Asian countries represented. Classes run from Primary 1 to primary 6. Maximum class size: 22. Authorised by IBO. ISO 9001 certified by Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency. One of the three feeder schools of International College Hong Kong in Sha Tau Kok to be opened in September.

Fully bilingual primary, with the curriculum taught in English and Putonghua. Inquiry approach of the IB PYP nurtures all-round development and global awareness.

P1-4: $95,000

P5-6: $100,000

No debenture

Lantau International School

Tong Fuk

Kindergarten: 72C, Rural Committee Road, Mui Wo, Lantau

Lower Primary: 93 Tong Fuk Village, Tong Fuk, Lantau

Upper Primary: 17-19 Lo Wai Village, Pui O, Lantau

Administration: 113 Tong Fuk Village, Tong Fuk, Lantau

Tel 2980 3676, 2984 0302

Founded: 1992

Private primary located in two different villages. Caters for residents of South Lantau, Tung Chung and Discovery Bay. Multinational student body. Classes from Primary 1-6. All teachers are native speakers. Computers and internet access in every classroom. Green setting, close to the beach providing opportunities for outdoor activities. A variety of after-school clubs. Maximum class size: 22.

Follows a UK-based curriculum adapted to suit the school's setting in Hong Kong. Assessment under the SATS system. Putonghua taught as an additional language.


No debenture

Norwegian International School

Tai Po

Kindergarten: 175 Kwong Fuk Rd, Tai Po, New Territories

Tel: 2638 0269

Primary: 170 Kam Shan Road, Tai Po

Tel 2658 0341

Founded: 1994

Christian education in a family-like atmosphere and green environment on a historic site. Full-day classes are offered for upper kindergarten (age 5)-grade 6. Multicultural student body and faculty with small class sizes. Emphasis on individual student learning needs and parent-teacher communication. The kindergarten is a redbrick heritage building furnished with a private woodland playground and garden while primary section is nestled in the quiet village of Kam Shan. Maximum class size is 15.

The school is implementing the International Primary Curriculum. English is the medium of instruction and Putonghua is taught as an additional language.

K1-2: $43,000 (half day)

K1-2: $58,000 (half-day)

K3: $58,000 (full day)

G1- 4: $64,000

G5-6: $67,500

Annual Capital Levy: $2,500 (half day)

$5,000 (full day)

No debenture

Umah International Primary School

Yuen Long

Fung Chi Tsuen, Wang Chau, Yuen Long, New Territories

Tel 2446 1258; 2618 3172

Founded: 1996

Non-profit-making school for non-Chinese native-speaking children founded by the United Muslim Association of Hong Kong. Students come mainly from South Asian countries. Open to all faiths. Primary 1-6. Reading clinic and elementary maths. Maximum class size 35.

UK-based curriculum with the addition of Cantonese. Computer studies for all students. Child-centred approach. English is the medium of instruction. Urdu and Arabic are taught.


No debenture

(2008-09 fees)