- How is YCIS Hong Kong unique? What makes YCIS Hong Kong special?
YCIS combines the best of Eastern and Western cultures by promoting fluency in two major world languages, creating a truly bilingual multicultural learning environment, and providing excellent role models through the Co-Teachers and Co-Principals. The Yew Chung international curriculum and philosophy equips children not only to become well-rounded, but also transformed into global-minded, competitive, appreciative and caring global citizens.
YCIS Hong Kong is proud to be one of a few international schools in Hong Kong to be accredited by The Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation body.
- What is the background of your teachers?
Our teachers are fully qualified and come from over 20 different countries. In most cases, the international teachers are from countries/regions such as Australia, Canada, England, the United States, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland. We also have teachers from mainland China as part of our unique Co-Teaching programme.
Both our international and Chinese teachers are required to have undergraduate degrees and teaching certificates or degrees from their respective countries as well as at least two years of teaching experience.
- What are your school hours?
School hours depend on the campus and programme, as follows:
Infant and Toddler Learning Programme (ITLP)
(Six months to two years old)
AM class: 8.45 – 11.15 a.m.
PM class: 1.15 – 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):
AM class: 8.30 – 11.30 a.m.
PM class: 1 – 4 p.m.
Primary (Years 1 to 6):
8 a.m.– 3.00 p.m.
Secondary: (Years 7 to 13):
8.10 a.m.– 3.30 p.m.
- What curriculum framework do you use?
Early Childhood Education (aged 6 months to 4 years): learning approach is play-based, fully bilingual and based on The Early Years Foundation Stage from England.
Primary and Lower Secondary (Years 1–9): an internationalised version of the National Curriculum for England infused with Chinese language and culture lessons, violin instruction, and character education
Secondary (Years 10–11): International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
Secondary (Years 12–13): International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)
- Does the school have Co-curricular activities?
Yes, there are a wide range of Co-curricular activities offered many times per week for students in Year 2 and above. Some examples include soccer, basketball, floor hockey, skateboarding, Chinese cultural crafts, dance, Lego technology, kung fu, running club, chess club and many more. Most of these activities are free, but some have a cost involved when outside experts come onto campus.
- Does YCIS Hong Kong require a uniform?
Yes, for all ages. For Primary and Secondary students, this includes a formal summer and winter set and sport set. Students supply their own footwear: one pair of black, leather lace-up or velcro shoes and one pair of black or white (or combination black and white) sport shoes. Items are available for ECE children but allowances can be made for messy play and the very young.
- What is your discipline policy?
We have a progressive discipline policy that aims to develop the students along a continuum toward becoming self-disciplined, moral, ethical and socially responsible individuals. The discipline system is implemented through a cohesive whole-school approach, and addresses such matters as conduct, behaviour, the uniform code, homework, etc.
- Do you accept non-English speakers?
We endeavour to accept students ranging from those with lower English ability to those who are native English speakers. We have an English as Additional Language (EAL) and English Intensive Programmes (EIP) in place to support students who are not native English speakers. The curriculum for Years 10-13 demand an especially high level of English; interested applicants to these programmes should consult the Admissions Office regarding entrance requirements.
IGCSE students (Years 10-11) are welcome to sit for additional modern foreign language examinations, as we are a test centre and can provide syllabi and suggestions for further self-taught languages.
- When does your school year start and finish? When are your holidays
Our academic year starts in mid-August and ends in late June, running on a two-semester system. For details, please refer to the School Calendar section.
- Where are your schools located?
YCIS has nine campuses in Hong Kong, with eight in Kowloon Tong (ECE, Primary and Secondary) and one in Tseung Kwan O (ECE only). To view our campuses on a map, please see Visit Our School section.
- Does the school provide school bus transportation?
Yes, we have a large number of bus routes available for all campuses. The school bus is mandatory for new Primary students and optional for other ages, as some families prefer to make alternate arrangements for transportation. Normally the pick-up/drop-off point is at the main gate or clubhouse of each housing compound.
- Do you accept new students during the school year?
Yes, as a service to the mobile global community, we attempt to accept students throughout the entire current academic year. Some restrictions may apply with respect to certain programmes offered (i.e. the IB programme), or limited seating for certain year levels.
- What are the maximum class sizes?
Programme/ Age Group
Class Size 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)
From K2 through Y6, students benefit from our unique co-teaching model with two fully qualified teachers in each class. With the deployment of additional specialist teachers in Chinese, English as an Additional Language, P.E., Music and ICT, the actual student teacher ratio is quite advantageous. When students break into language classes, they are often in small groupings according to their level.
- Does your school provide hot lunches?
Yes. While students are able to bring lunch from home, optional hot lunches are available for purchase through the school’s catering company. For ECE students, meals are included in the fees.
- What amount of homework should students expect?
The school will ensure that homework is an integral part of the curriculum and is planned and prepared alongside all other learning programmes. Teachers will give homework according to the age, ability and circumstances of the students, taking into account individual learning needs.
There is no official homework assigned for the Kindergarten students. In the Primary Section, all students are expected to read every night, in addition to Chinese assignments and other subject work, as assigned. Depending on the child, year group and nature of the homework, times vary between 20 and 90 minutes per night. For the Secondary Section, homework time varies between 90 and 150 minutes per night in Years 7–9, and between 180 and 210 minutes per night in Years 10–13.
- Do you guarantee places for all applicants in your school?
Upon submitting the Primary or Secondary online application and paying the application fee, a student’s application will be active and Admissions will begin processing. If parents are applying for ECE, we request parents to send the required documents to the Admissions Office. In addition to an extensive review of the application materials and previous school reports, some applicants, based on possible suitable places, can be invited for a placement test/interview. If the application is approved, an Offer of Placement letter will be issued and a seat reserved upon payment of the Reservation Fee and debenture payment if applicable (by the specified deadline). Existing students have automatic seat reservations for each new school year, as long as school fee payment deadlines are met.
- What colleges and universities do your students attend?
Graduates from YCIS Hong Kong attend a wide variety of colleges and universities around the world, with studies in a broad range of disciplines. For a complete list, please refer to the University Acceptance Profile.
- Does the school have a parent organisation?
Our Secondary Section enjoys the Home-School Co-operation Committee who meet regularly with Co-Principals and other stakeholders.
For Primary and Early Childhood Sections parents keep a close relationship with the teachers and stay very involved.
- Is the school involved in the community?
Yes. The school supports workshops and activities open to the community throughout the year. In addition, IB students participate in the community as part of their Creativity, Activity and Service commitment. The school supports charities such as Seeds of Hope, Crossroads and environmental organisations.
- Does the school have a University Guidance Counsellor?
YCIS Hong Kong provides counselling to students from Year 10 through Year 13. Special programmes run throughout the year in which students receive support and guidance with respect to career paths, subject selections, and the university and college application process. The school's University Guidance counselors work with students on an individual and group basis.
- Besides English, does YCIS Hong Kong offer any other language training?
Yes. Chinese (Mandarin) is a compulsory course. Primary and Secondary students study Chinese language for a full period every day and Primary students also have a Chinese Studies class once per week. The Chinese Curriculum at YCIS Hong Kong is divided into two sections: Chinese as a First Language (CFL), and Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL). Students are placed into different levels according to their language background, needs and ability. Please refer to the Chinese Curriculum section for more details.
IGCSE students (Years 10-11) are welcome to sit for additional modern foreign language examinations, as we are a test centre.
IB students with English or Chinese as their mother tongue take A1 language. For students, whose first language is a language other than English or Chinese, we offer School Supported A1 (the study of world literature).
We recognise the value of our multilingual students and encourage our students to become bilingually focused during their time at YCIS Hong Kong.
- Would my child be expected to take any external exams for Chinese
Yes. For our IGCSE students (Years 10 and 11), external exams for either IGCSE First Language Chinese or IGCSE Foreign Language Chinese are taken after completing the two-year IGCSE course. For our IB students (Years 12 and 13), the external exams are IB Chinese A1, A2, B and Ab Initio.
- Who needs to purchase the debenture?
The purchase of the debenture is mandatory for ECE, Primary and Secondary students.
- How much is the debenture?
Please see School Fees for the cost of the debenture for ECE, Primary and Secondary. The debenture is refundable and does not bear any interest. It will be returned to the registered holder no later than two months after the student's last school day, in accordance with the terms of the debenture (unless there are outstanding fees or costs incurred by the student).
- What types of debenture does YCIS offer? What is the difference between personal and corporate debentures?
YCIS offers personal and corporate debentures. The personal debenture is purchased under the name of the student's parent, and the corporate debenture is purchased under the name of a company for the children of its shareholders, directors and employees.
- If I have more than one child at YCIS, how much do I need to pay for the debenture?
For parents who have more than one child studying within the same section of the School (i.e. children are all studying in ECE, Primary or Secondary), the cost of the debenture for each sibling is reduced on a sliding-scale basis. Please refer to School Fees for more details.
- How is the debenture refunded?
The school will fully refund the debenture to parents within two months of the student's withdrawal from the school, according to the terms of the debenture and irrespective of the student's reasons for withdrawal.
If there are still outstanding fees or costs incurred by the student at the time he/ she leaves, the school has the right to deduct the outstanding amount from the debenture.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.