Application Information

Thank you for your interest in applying to Australian International School Hong Kong.

AISHK is an inclusive, multi-cultural, non-denominational school and we warmly welcome your application. 

Applying to enter Australian International School Hong Kong is convenient and streamlined. We recommend viewing the General Admissions Information and Application Process guide below for more detail, before starting your application.

To begin the online application process, simply click the button below to get started.


General Admissions Information

Admissions Schedule & Eligibility
School Starting Age Guide
School Tours
Tuition & Fees
On-Site School Services
School Transport
Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Schedule & Eligibility

AISHK welcomes applications for Reception to Year 10 all year-round. Year 11 applications are generally not accepted after Term 1 and Year 12 applications are generally not accepted under normal circumstances. Please contact the Admissions Office directly if you have an enquiry regarding a Year 11 or Year 12 application. AISHK accepts applications two years in advance prior to the expected year of entrance. For example, if your child is age appropriate for our Reception class in 2024, you may submit an application as early as January 2022.

AISHK admits students who, in line with our admissions process and requirements, are eligible and able to access and meet the curriculum offered.

AISHK accepts applications of any passport nationality. Priority application is provided to siblings of current students, and Australian or New Zealand passport holders.

Admissions waitlists are accorded by date. The earlier the application, the higher the place on our waitlist.

For Reception and Preparatory students (both intake years) we also take into account gender equity and student diversity as it is important to have a balance in each class.

As part of the application process, your child “may” require attending an AEAS (Australian Education Assessment Services) test if English is not their first language.  The AEAS test is a standardised English test that our school has adopted for students applying to our secondary school.  Please contact our Admissions team for more information on the AEAS test.

Tel: +852 2304 6078
Email: admissions@aishk.edu.hk

School Starting Age Guide

AISHK accepts applications two years in advance prior to the expected year of entrance. For example, if your child is age appropriate for our Reception class in 2024, you may submit an application as early as January 2022.

For entry into Reception in January, students must be four years of age by April 30 of their year of entrance. For entry into Preparatory, students must be five years of age by April 30 of their year of entrance.

Enrolment in other class levels will depend on a number of factors as well as age. Both maturity and previous schooling records will be taken into consideration. Please note that offers for entry to a particular year level will be determined by the school.


School Tours

In line with Covid-19 safety measures, on-campus tours of AISHK are currently unavailable. Thank you for your understanding. 

Under normal circumstances, Primary tours are conducted weekly during term times on Wednesday at 9am, while Secondary tours are conducted fortnightly on Thursday at 9:15am.  

To discover more in the meantime:

Tel: +852 2304 6078
Email: admissions@aishk.edu.hk

Tuition & Fees

For all financial information regarding the admissions process, including application fees, debentures and capital levy, please see Tuition & Fees.

On-Site School Services

Food & Catering

Students may bring their own food to school or purchase options from a varied and healthy selection of meals and refreshments provided by a certified catering service. 

Onsite outlets at AISHK include:

The Cafeteria, available to students from Prep to Year 12 and serves three meal choices per day. Parents may pre-order and select meals for Primary students whilst Secondary students can select and purchase choices themselves on the day.

The Walkabout Café sells hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, baked goods, fruit and other snacks. Primary students may only purchase from this venue under adult supervision, after school.

The Billabong Tuck Shop sells a range of sandwiches, drinks and snack items, including some hot items. This venue is not open to Early Childhood students at recess time. Early Childhood students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack from home.

School Uniform

Our school is unique in Hong Kong, and the AISHK is uniform has been designed to reflect this. It is distinctive, vibrant and designed with a trans-seasonal approach to cater to Hong Kong’s varying weather throughout the year. A number of optional uniform items are also available should families wish to purchase them. We believe that embracing the AISHK brand though our uniform builds a sense of school pride and community. All students are required to wear the approved school uniform every day, as applicable to their division of the school. 

Uniform Shop and Hours

The Uniform Shop is located on the 1st floor of AISHK. Until further notice, the Uniform Shop is closed due to Covid-19 regulations. 

In usual circumstances, the families may visit the shop by making an appointment with Uniform Shop manager, Ms Shirley Cheng at midasuniform@aishk.edu.hk

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

  • Every Monday and Thursday during school term time, 8:30am-3:30pm
  • The Uniform Shop will be open for an additional day on Tuesday 26 January, from 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • Students may purchase from the Uniform Shop during their on-campus school days without appointment

AISHK Uniform Guidelines & Order Forms are available in our Commencement Pack.

Library

With over 32,000 physical books and resources, 850 eBooks and audiobooks and an average of 30 books per student, the AISHK Library is an innovative hub for curricular learning, a quiet space for study and an invaluable resource for students and staff. AISHK parents are also welcome to borrow resources from the Library by contacting library@aishk.edu.hk

Health and Safety

AISHK is dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of students. A registered school nurse is employed and on-site full time during the school term. 24-hour security guards are on-site to ensure AISHK is a safe school environment, with visitor registration required upon entry into the school grounds.

School Transport

AISHK offers a bus service that is provided by Kwoon Chung Motors Co Ltd. and covers the following areas:

Hong Kong Island

  • Pok Fu Lam
  • Shouson Hill
  • Hong Kong Parkview
  • Mid-Levels
  • Wanchai
  • Taikoo Shing
  • Braemar Hill
  • Happy Valley
  • Jardine’s Lookout

Kowloon

  • Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Tai Kok Tsui
  • Morning service only for Homantin, Hung Hom, Lamtin

New Territories

  • Sai Kung
  • Clearwater Bay

Each bus is a 24-seater minibus with air-conditioning and a designated supervisor.

Buses will pick up students at various times between 6:40am and 7:50am each applicable school day and are scheduled to arrive at the school between 7:55am - 8:00am. All buses for the return trip will depart from the school at 3:00pm sharp.

Please note that Secondary students can only use the bus in the morning and should make their own way home after school in the afternoon. Please note as there is an AM and PM Reception class at AISHK, the AM class can only utilise the bus to school and the PM class can only utilise the bus from school. 

For enquiries and details regarding bus schedules, pick-up and drop-off points, times and fees, please contact the bus company directly for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How early can I submit an application for my child?

We accept applications two (2) years in advance prior to the expected year of entrance. For example, if your child is age appropriate for our Reception class in 2024, you may submit an application as early as January 2022.

Is there a deadline for application?

For Reception to Year 10, applications are accepted year-round. Year 11 applications are generally not accepted after Term 1 and Year 12 applications are generally not accepted under normal circumstances. Please contact the Admissions Office directly if you have an enquiry regarding a Year 11 or Year 12 application.

Are priorities given to students on the waitlist?

  • Yes. Priorities are as follows:
  • Siblings of current students
  • Australian or New Zealand passport holders
  • Other nationalities

Our waitlists are accorded by date. The earlier the application the higher the place on our waitlist. For Reception and Preparatory students (both intake years) we also take into account gender equity and student diversity as it is important to have a balance in each class. 

Can I make changes to the term or year of admission I would like my child to be considered for enrolment at AISHK? What costs/conditions are involved?

An application has a currency of one (1) year, the academic year for which the applicant is applying. You may defer your child’s application once within the same academic year with no monetary or priority penalty. However, if the requested change falls outside the initial academic year (January-December) then an application deferral fee of HK$500 applies. Please note that when an application is deferred to a new academic year the date of application (for priority purposes) changes from the original date the application was received to the date we receive payment for the deferment.

Is the school open to students who are not Australians? 

Yes, children of all nationalities are welcome at AISHK. We have students from over 25 nationalities at AISHK. 

What are the nationalities of the teachers at AISHK?

The majority of teaching staff at AISHK are Australian, we also have teachers from a diverse range of nationalities and backgrounds.

Where is the school located?

AISHK is located at 3A Norfolk Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.  Our campus is only a few minutes’ walk from Kowloon Tong MTR (Exit E). 

Do you have to live on Kowloon side to attend AISHK?

Students who attend AISHK live all over Hong Kong.  AISHK is next to a transport interchange with taxis, buses and MTR. We also have a school bus service with a diverse range of routes – please see our website for more details regarding the school bus.

What is the student to teacher ratio?

Reception: Max 23 students
1 Teacher, 2 Assistants per class

Prep – Year 2: Max 25 student
1 Teacher, 1 Assistant per class

Year 3-6: Max 25 students
1 Teacher per class, 1 Assistant per year level

Year 7-12: Max 25 students
1 Teacher per class

How many students are enrolled at the school?

As of January 2022, we have approximately 1,100 students. 60% of students are in Primary and 40% are in Secondary.

Do you accept students with Special Learning Needs at AISHK?

At AISHK we do accept students with special learning needs though students must be able to access the mainstream classroom, with minimal support. We offer learning support through our Learning Enrichment Centre (LEC).  Our LEC is a team of dedicated staff members who help support or extend students within the classroom, in Primary and Secondary years. For more details, please contact our Admissions staff.

Will my child have to undertake an entry or assessment interview?

Entry assessments are part of the enrolment process at AISHK, however not all children are required to attend an assessment interview. Once your child’s application has been reviewed, our Admissions staff will contact you if an assessment is necessary.

Does AISHK provide English language support?

Yes, AISHK does provide English language support to students in class, however, student must have enough English language to access the curriculum. (please delete the rest).

Do you have a Chinese language program at your school?

Yes. The study of Mandarin is mandatory from Reception to Year 6. Prep – Year 6 students will have one 45 minute lesson of Mandarin per day.  The Chinese program emphasises communication through talking and listening, reading, responding and writing using simplified Chinese characters.

My child does not know any Chinese – how will he/she learn?

For Reception and Preparatory (semester 1 only) the program is an introduction to Mandarin.  Our Chinese language program offers streamed classes from Preparatory (semester 2). In each year level we offer a beginner, intermediate and background class. Students are placed in class based on their Mandarin skills, which is assessed by our Mandarin teachers at the beginning of the year or in semester 2 of Preparatory.

Are extra curricular activities offered?

Our school provides a wide variety of Extra Curricular Activities (ECA’s). ECA’s are sport and non-sporting pursuits available to AISHK students over and above the regular school curriculum. These activities are organised and led by teachers and support staff with assistance from parents and external coordinators and take place outside the normal school timetable. 

Do I have to buy a debenture or pay a capital levy for my child to study at AISHK?

Yes. All students are required to have a debenture purchased or a capital levy paid for them before they start school at AISHK. For more details about debentures and capital levies please refer to the “Tuition and Fees” section under the Application Information tab on our website.

Can I pay the Application Fee by credit card?

Yes. Credit cards payments are accepted at AISHK for the application only.

Does my child need to have a Hong Kong visa before I submit the application?

No. You can submit the application, with all the other required documentation, and send a copy of the visa once it has been stamped in your child’s passport. Note: A valid student or dependant visa must be in place prior to the child’s first day of school. This is a Hong Kong government mandatory requirement.

Does AISHK participate in the National Identity Program?

International schools offering non-local curricula are not mandated to participate in the National Identity Program as directed by the Education Bureau. AISHK students do explore the culture and history of Hong Kong in their studies.

My child is currently in a different curriculum and school calendar to the Australian International School, how do I decided what year to apply for and when they should join AISHK?

Transferring a child from one schooling system and curriculum to another can mean that the year level into which the child will be transferring to may vary to which they have transferred from. Therefore, when guiding parents in regard to the year level that is appropriate for their child, we always look at the child’s age, academic ability, social and emotional development and curriculum studied before deciding on the year level as we need to ensure a smooth transition to our Australian curriculum.  

At AISHK we have students join us at the beginning of our school year in January and at the beginning of Term 3 in July/August, after they have completed their current year level in the northern hemisphere school calendar. To assist parents, we would advise you to contact the Admissions Team to discuss further.


Application Process

Step 1: Online Application & Required Supporting Documents
Step 2: Application Review
Step 3: Notification to Applicant
Step 4: Offer to Successful Applicant
Step 5: Payment to Secure Place
Step 6: Commence School at AISHK

Step 1: Online Application & Required Supporting Documents

Applying for admission to Australian International School Hong Kong is convenient and streamlined. You can commence the online application process by clicking here.

Prior to starting the online application process, please ensure that you have the following ready (if applicable): 

  • Copy of child’s birth certificate
  • A recent passport style photograph
  • A copy of the passport pages showing student’s photograph ID
  • A copy of annual and/or semester reports for the past two (2) years, if available (Any comments in Chinese or other languages need to be translated)
  • A copy of the most recent NAPLAN report, if available
  • A copy of any specialist reports, if applicable
  • A copy of the AEAS Test report, if applicable
  • A copy of the HK visa approval stamp in passport, if the student is not a Hong Kong permanent resident. If a Hong Kong visa is not yet available, the application may be submitted with all other required documentation first. A copy of the visa once it has been stamped in your child’s passport can be supplied at a later date. A valid student or dependant visa must be in place prior to the child’s first day of school. This is a Hong Kong government mandatory requirement.
  • A copy of the child's HKID card, if available
  • A copy of both Guardians’ passport pages showing the photograph ID
  • A copy of both Guardians’ HKID cards, if available
  • A copy of the custodial consent document, if applicable

Step 2: Application Review

Your online application will be received by the AISHK Admissions Team. All applications are individually reviewed, verifying the application form and supporting documents provided. Parents are contacted directly if additional information is required.   

Placement will depend on space availability at the time the application is processed, satisfactory school reports and the results of the assessment, if required. Siblings and Australian/New Zealand passport holders will have a higher priority on our waiting lists. AISHK also takes into account gender equity and student diversity to ensure a balance in each class.

Step 3: Notification to Applicant

The Admissions Team will notify parents regarding the result of the application review and therefore the status of the application, this may include offer of place, waitlist placement or request for an assessment interview. 

Prior to offer, all applications are reviewed by Head of Primary or Head of Secondary for final approval.

Step 4: Offer to Successful Applicant

Successful applicants will be provided with an official written offer of a place at AISHK.

Step 5: Payment to Secure Place

The Admissions Team will assist the applicant in completing required payments to secure the offered place at AISHK.

Step 6: Commence School at AISHK

It is time to start school life at AISHK! 

As your family's details are now part of the AISHK school communications database, your application journey with the Admissions Team will conclude. The relevant AISHK staff will be in contact with you from this point onwards for all school commencement and operational matters.

To discover more in the meantime:

A Flourishing School Life at AISHK!

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