- How is YCIS HK unique? What makes YCIS HK different from other international schools?
YCIS HK is unique due to its philosophy and objectives that combine the best of Eastern and Western cultures by promoting fluency in two major world languages, creating a holistic learning environment, and preparing students as global citizens.
Our Co-Principal and Co-Teaching model embodies the Eastern and Western philosophies. ECE and Primary Co-Teachers offer students the advantage of language development, cross-cultural understanding, and increased individual attention.
The YCIS international curriculum equips children not only to be well-rounded, but also global-minded, competitive, appreciative, skilled and caring global citizens. Students are nurtured in a multicultural environment with a fully rounded and balanced education which transforms them into global thinking individuals.
This holistic approach to education involves co-operation with parents, family, and the community.
- How do you prepare students to be well-rounded individuals?
YCIS HK is committed to the development of well-rounded individuals－academically, culturally, spiritually and in global leadership. Our strong academic programme provides students with a bilingual learning environment of learning that incorporates the best of the Chinese and Western cultures with an emphasis on being proficient in English and Chinese. Our cultural programme emphasises the importance of music, art, drama and design and the importance of developing and nurturing the creative potential in all students. In particular, the school is committed to having a strong instrumental music programme recognising the potential it has for developing students' intelligence in mathematics, science and computers.
Spiritual values are conveyed to students through the school-wide Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum and the Creativity, Action and Service Programme in which students are expected to be involved in initiatives to assist charities and in helping others less fortunate than themselves. As YCIS is committed to hiring teachers of good character who live their Christian values, students are provided with role models that will help them become spiritually stronger.
The World Classroom provides opportunities for global leadership because it enables students to experience different countries and to interact with different cultures and their people. It also enables students to learn about and examine their own and other cultures, thereby opening the door to cross-cultural understanding, critical thinking, resistance to stereotyping and an appreciation of other people's points of view.
- What type of curriculum is offered?
YCIS’s international curriculum is based on the framework and schemes of work from the National Curriculum for England (NCE). It is a research-based curriculum that allows high standards and ease of transition for international students who move from one country to another. It also ensures a smooth transition between different year levels until graduation. The focus in these year levels is to develop students’ skills and abilities to work both independently and co-operatively, and to think critically. English is the primary language of instruction. We have a strong Chinese Language Studies Programme and students are expected to attain a high level of fluency in both oral and written English and Chinese.
YCIS students may sit external examinations for the IGCSE at the end of Year 11. Upon successful completion of the IGCSE, students undertake further education in the IB Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13.
- What are the teacher-student ratio and the class size?
YCIS has always enjoyed a very low teacher-student ratio. The teacher-student ratio is simply defined as the number of students per teacher in the school. The teacher side includes both Western and Chinese teachers. Every effort is made to keep all YCIS class sizes well below the average of public and other private schools.
Programme/ Age Group
in Early Childhood Education Section
Infant and Toddler Learning Programme (ITLP) (Six months to two years old)
Twos Programmes (Whole Day & Half Day)
(Two years old)
24 (Half Day)
22 (Whole Day)
Threes & Fours Programmes (Whole Day)
- Do you have additional languages offered at YCIS HK aside from English and Chinese?
At YCIS our emphasis is the fluency and proficiency of both English and Chinese. For this reason within the school other languages are not provided and are not part of the full curriculum.
- Do you have after-school activities?
Our after-school activities have been developed to meet the varied interests of students in Years 1-13. A wide range of activities including choirs, orchestras, bands, drama clubs, Christian clubs, sporting groups such as diving, fencing and golf and Chinese cultural activities are also offered.
- Where are your schools located?
All YCIS campuses are situated in Kowloon Tong and the nearest MTR Station is Kowloon Tong.
Early Childhood Education
29 Kent Road, Kowloon Tong
3 Somerset Road, Kowloon Tong
151 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong
20 Somerset Road, Kowloon Tong
2 Kent Road, Kowloon Tong
11 Kent Road, Kowloon Tong
22 Somerset Road, Kowloon Tong
3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong
- What are your school hours?
Programme/ Age Group
Infant and Toddler Learning Programme (ITLP)
(Six months to two years old)
8.45 a.m.– 11.15 a.m.
1.15 p.m.– 3.45 p.m.
Twos, Threes & Fours Programmes (Whole Day)
(Two to four years old)
8.30 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Twos Programmes (Half Day)
(Two years old)
8.30 a.m.– 11.30 a.m.
1– 4 p.m.
Primary (Years 1 to 6)
8 a.m.– 3.30 p.m.
Secondary (Years 7 to 13)
8.10 a.m.– 3.30 p.m.
- What amount of homework should students expect?
There is no official homework assigned for students in the Early Childhood Education section.
In the Primary section, while some homework is assigned for practising skills and ideas learnt during a school day, homework is designed to be interesting and developmental. The amount assigned varies depending on the age and the class level of the student.
Once students enter the Secondary section, they need to adopt a more systematic approach of reviewing their work each day. Year 7-9 students should be doing at least 15-20 hours of homework a week. Students in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Programme and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, if they want to be successful, should be doing 20-30 hours of homework a week. Discipline learnt in doing homework each day will prepare students to perform strongly in the examinations.
When students are not doing assigned homework, they are encouraged to read.
- Where do your teachers come from?
Our international teachers represent 19 nationalities, including the UK, Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, Malaysia and Kenya.
- What colleges and universities do your students attend?
YCIS maintains 100 per cent university placement with students admitted to top universities in Hong Kong and overseas since 2000 when YCIS first offered the IB Diploma Progamme. Some of the renowned universities include:
University of Hong Kong
University of Cambridge
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
University of Oxford
University of British Columbia
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
University College London
University of Toronto
For a complete list, please contact our Admissions Office or refer to the University Acceptance Profile.
- How can you help my child successfully enter a college or university?
YCIS prides itself on how it prepares students for university entrance and university studies and commits itself to giving a curriculum of studies that nurtures, guides and strengthens the aptitudes and abilities of each student toward this goal. YCIS is committed to providing the appropriate learning environment, encouragement and support in making it happen. In addition, the school will use its good connections through the International Education Services Office to obtain university placements for students.
YCIS recruits qualified, trained, and committed teachers to provide a school environment that is conducive to students' learning.
Good parenting, good teachers and good schools are all important in helping your child be successful at school..
- Do your students wear school uniforms?
Yes. All students wear school uniforms. There are a summer uniform, a winter uniform and a uniform for Physical Education and sporting activities. Except for the shoes and socks, which can be purchased from local stores, all uniform items need to be pre-ordered. Make-up, nail polish, jewellery or decorative items are not allowed. Hair must not be dyed.
- How do we order a school uniform for our child?
If you wish to order school uniforms for your child, please contact the school office.
- Does your school provide hot lunches?
YCIS offers hot and nutritious lunch for students. The food is selected and purchased daily, and meals are prepared in hygienic conditions under the supervision of our staff. Menus are carefully chosen to ensure a balanced and nutritious diet. If you would like to order lunch for your child, please contact the school office.
- Does the school provide school bus transportation to and from the schools?
YCIS has a large network of bus routes which provides transport for students to and from the most popular residential areas. All school buses are supervised and are equipped with seat belts. We operate a mandatory bus scheme: starting from August 2014, all new Primary students have to take the school bus unless an exemption is granted by the school.
For ECE, please call (852) 2336 8258 for more details. For Primary and Secondary, please call (852) 2578 1178 for more details.
- How can parents help the students?
Parental participation and support is integral to children’s education. We encourage parents to attend meetings and to interact with teachers on a regular basis. We believe that each family is important and we want them to fully understand our philosophy and teaching methodology. As such, we hold regular parent education evenings, seminars and workshops. Parents are invited to join special events such as student-led performances, sports days, field trips, etc. In addition, an online platform www.ycef.com/parenting is available for parents to acquire different parenting resources.
- What is the school fee?
Please refer to admissions/school-fees
- Do you have any sibling policy?
This sliding scale sibling policy is applicable to all YCIS full time, whole-day programme students at Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Sections.
From the junior to the senior student attending YCIS:
The youngest child attending YCIS – full payment
The second child and onward attending YCIS – less 10% per each
- When do I need to pay the debenture?
The purchase of a debenture is mandatory for Primary and Secondary students. There is no debenture arrangement for the ECE Section.
- How much is the debenture amount?
The refundable debenture amounts for Primary and Secondary differ; please see School Fees for reference. The debenture does not bear any interest and will be returned (less any outstanding fees or costs incurred by the student) to the registered holder no later than two months after the last school day of the student in accordance with the terms of the debenture.
- What types of debenture does YCIS offer? What is the difference between personal and corporate debentures?
We have personal and corporate debentures. The personal debenture is to be purchased under the name of the student's parent while the corporate debenture is to be purchased under the name of a company for the children of their shareholders, directors or employees to attend YCIS Primary or YCIS – Secondary.
- How much do I need to pay for the debenture if I have more than one child in YCIS?
We have a special arrangement for parents who have more than one child studying within the same section of the School, either all Primary or all Secondary. The debenture amount for each sibling is reduced on a sliding-scale basis as follows. Please refer to School Fees.
- How is the debenture refunded?
The school will fully refund the debenture to parents within two months after the student's withdrawal from the school according to the terms of the debenture and irrespective of the reasons of the student’s leaving.
If the student has any outstanding fees or costs incurred in the school at the time he/ she leaves, the school has the right to deduct the amount from the debenture.
- Do you guarantee places for students in your schools?
YCIS Hong Kong is committed to providing a "through train" education to its students. This means that current students are given priority to a place in the next class and the next section. Thus a student is guaranteed－assuming satisfactory academic progress, satisfactory behaviour, timely payment of the fees, and availability of space－to continue his or her studies in YCIS Hong Kong
(*Final discretion for all admissions rests with the schools.)
- Do you accept new students during the school year?
Although the school encourages parents to seek admission for their children before the start of each school year, it will consider the application of a student subject to the availability of space and the results of the admission tests (for Primary and Secondary) and interview with the parents.
- Can our children transfer within the network of YCIS schools?
All Yew Chung International Schools operate under the same educational philosophy, pedagogy and curricula. Under our internal transfer policy, families have a need to relocate can apply for a transfer to any school in our network of schools in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao and Chongqing in China and Silicon Valley in the United States.
- What can I do if I have further questions?
If you do have further questions, please do not hesitate to call our enquiry hotline at 2338 7106 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.