Frequently Asked Questions

  • Assessment My child can’t be in Hong Kong to attend the assessment, can it be defferred?

    As the format of assessment varies for each stream and for each year group, please notify us when you receive the assessment invitation and if you cannot attend for this reason.
    We will try our best, even though not guaranteed, to arrange another assessment date and/or a different format of assessment accordingly.

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  • Assessment What are your entry criteria to apply for the International Stream?

    As most of our students are joining us at Reception year, please note we will evaluate this year group’s applicants with regard to (but not limited to):
    – English Language Proficiency is a must to follow the curriculum
    – Developmental Readiness Skills
    – Social and Emotional Development
    – Fit to FIS’ Curriculum and Learning methods

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  • Assessment Is a physical exam required prior to admission to FIS?

    A physical exam is not required prior to Admissions.
    However, we will require you to fill a form to inform us of any health/medical/physical concern we should know about your child, upon application or prior to the assessment.

  • Assessment Should my child pass an assessment and if so, what type of assessment is it?

    For International stream, an assessment is required for each year group and its format will be disclosed to parents when sending an invitation to attend. We work on group assessment format, classroom trials as well as online test depending on the year group you applied for.
    For French stream, we usually do not require an assessment however we might request one for non-French applicants or applicants who did not attend an AEFE or French public school so far.

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  • Application We don’t speak French at home in our family, can we still apply?

    All families are welcome to apply!
    There are a lot of non-French and non-French speaking families currently at FIS, our school gathers more than 40 nationalities.
    No need to speak French to join our International stream where learnings are taught in English and your child will learn progressively French as foreign language.
    And if you are applying for the French stream while no-one speaks French in your family, please contact our Admissions team and we will arrange an informal meeting with you to understand your motivations behind your application and discuss together whether it is possible or not.

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  • Application I would like my child to join the French Stream but in a class with more English learning (bilingual parity basis (BPH) / SIA), what should I do?

    You apply for a specific year group and school year but unfortunately not for an option as it results of a selective process initiated by FIS
    – First, students must already have been educated one full year at FIS in classic class or bilingual immersive (BIM). Yearly, a commission takes place to decide which students are recommended to attend BPH/SIA for the following school year.
    – Then, students from a BPH (bilingual parity basis) class in the AEFE network will be placed directly on the waiting list, after students already schooled at FIS.
    – Exceptionally, if there still are places available in class BPH / SIA after the waiting list has been exhausted, the commission may review student records enrolled for less than a school year.
    In any case, please inform us if you have such an interest upon application and we will take it in consideration.

  • Application Would FIS accept my child if he/she is coming from another school/english system?

    We are happy to welcome students from another school system.
    However an entrance assessment will be required, whether you apply for French or International stream, in order to assess your child’s achievements and advise on the appropriate year group she/he could join in.
    We aim to ensure a successful transition for your child and your family and make sure our school is the right one for your child.

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  • Application On which campus do I have the best chance to have a place?

    Unfortunately, we can not answer this question in advance.
    However, in general, we find that our Jardine’s Lookout campus is the most requested due to his location on HK island, convenient to many of our families based there and/or working there.
    Our Tseung Kwan O campus is where there is usually most of the places available as this campus has stricter restriction concerning HK passport holders, yet this campus is also becoming in great demand as it allows families to have all the siblings schooled on the same site (French Stream kindergarten, primary and lower secondary or International Stream kindergarten and primary).