Applying to enter Australian International School Hong Kong is quick and easy. If you wish to enroll your child in our school, you can download and complete the Application Form. The completed Form should be returned to the Admissions Office together with the requested documents listed on the front page.
Applications can be sent by post, delivered by hand or email to the Admissions Office.
1. Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of HK$1,500 is payable on submission of the completed application form. An application is only valid for the academic year for which the applicant is applying.
2. Application Renewal Fee
A non-refundable application renewal fee of HK$500 will be charged to ensure the applicant remains on the wait list for a further year.
3. Assessment Fee
Students attending assessments are required to pay a non-refundable assessment fee of HK$500 per student. The need for an assessment will be determined after the application has been reviewed by the school.
There may be a requirement for Secondary students, whose native language is not English, to attend a standardised English assessment called an AEAS test. (For more information please visit www.aeas.com.au). This AEAS test is in addition to the above school assesment. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.
4. Reservation Deposit
A reservation deposit of HK$10,000 is required at the time you accept an enrolment place. This deposit is credited to the annual tuition fee when your child starts at the school. A debenture or capital levy payment is also required when reserving a place for your child at AISHK. Please see information regarding Debentures below for more information.
Enrolment becomes final only after the school has received the reservation deposit and the debenture/capital levy payment.
Reservation deposits for new students will only be refunded if the school receives written notification (email or fax is acceptable) of your cancellation, or change of requested start date, within 7 days after the payment is received. This deadline is strictly adhered to.
Cheques should be made payable to “Australian International School Foundation Limited”.
(Payment may be made by cash, HKD cheque, direct deposit or internet/telegraphic transfer to the school’s bank account. Credit card payments are not available)Bank account details are:
|Account Name:||AIS Hong Kong|
|Bank Name:||The Bank of East Asia Limited|
|Bank Address:||10 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong|
|Swift Code:||BEASHK HH|
(NB: If paying by telegraphic/internet transfer to our bank account please make sure that our bank account will be credited with the full fee including Hong Kong bank charges (usually HK$240). Please provide a faxed or scanned copy of the bank deposit confirmation once you have made the payment.
There are two types of debentures:
a. Depreciating Debentures (depreciable annually)
The current value for enrolments in 2019 is $100,000 per student. The value for enrolments in 2020 is $120,000 per student. A Depreciating Debenturemust be purchased for all students who accept an offer of a place at AISHK. Under certain circumstances an arrangement may be made to purchase this debenture by instalments. Please contact our Business Administrator should you wish to discuss this option.
Debentures depreciate on an annual basis. They may depreciate to zero or be partially refunded when the student leaves the School before the debenture is fully depreciated.
Debentures are depreciated by 12.5% of the Initial Principal Sum at the beginning of each school year (1 January) for eight years. (Note: This represents the equivalent of paying an annual capital levy of $15,000 in 2020, which is considerably less than the ever increasing capital levies that many other schools in Hong Kong charge. It also ensures that the annual contribution remains fixed throughout the life of the debenture). If a student starts during a school year, depreciation on a pro-rata basis will be charged for the first year only.
The full depreciating rate per annum will apply thereafter.
An example to illustrate how the Depreciating Debenture works based on the 2020 debenture value of $120,000:
- A student withdraws after attending school for 4 years
- A total of HK$60,000 (HK$15,000 x 4), being the remaining sum after 4 years’ of depreciation, will be refunded to the parents on the student’s last day of school. The remaining balance of the Depreciating Debenture will be refunded on the student’s last day of school, subject to the payment of tuition fees and any other outstanding amount.
b. Gold Debentures (non-refundable)
A limited number of Gold Debentures (current value HK$3,000,000) are offered. The Gold Debenture is non-refundable and non-transferable.
If desired, there will be an acknowledgment of the gift on a professionally designed, permanent and fixed display in the lobby of the school and in the Foundations’ publications. The nominated child must meet the usual AISHK entry requirements. For more information on this debenture, please contact the Admissions Office.
6. Capital Levy
The payment of a capital levy is mandatory if a debenture is not held for the student. The levy amount is reviewed each year and is currently HK$21,000 per student per annum. The capital levy is paid annually at the beginning of each school year and payable annually in advance.
7. Withdrawal of students
To withdraw a child, notice in writing must be addressed to the Head of School and submitted to the Admissions Office not less than one term, or three months, before the student leaves. For students who will not return to school after the Christmas holidays, official notice has to be given not later than the last day of Term 3. For further details please refer to the Student Handbook.
The Australian International School Foundation Limited will charge school fees if the above period of notice is not adhered to, counting from the day of receipt of the official written notice of withdrawal. The fee penalty will be based on one term’s fees. If a student withdraws during a school year the full year’s capital levy will be payable.
In the case of outstanding school fees or other unpaid invoices, the school reserves the right to withhold the school report of the student(s) concerned. Depreciating debentures are held for a minimum of six months before they can be redeemed. If the student withdraws from the school within the first six months, the debenture may not be redeemed until six months from the date of withdrawal.