FAQs

General Information

Opened in September 2012, Harrow International School Hong Kong is the first international boarding and day school in Hong Kong.

Our School has approximately 1,500 pupils from 36 different countries. 

Our classes are between 18-24 pupils per class depending on the year group. Classes in core subjects, such as Maths, English, Science, Chinese and Modern Foreign Languages are smaller as are GCSE and A Level classes.

Morning registration starts at 8:10 am for all pupils.

Our EYC pupils end their day at 2:00 pm, our Lower School pupils end their day at 3:30 pm, and our Upper School pupils finish at 4:30 pm. Although pupils in the Lower School and Upper School have Co-curricular activities available to them after school, ending at 4:30 pm for Lower School pupils and around 5:45 pm for Upper School pupils.

Harrow arranges Open Events for prospective families to visit the school. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our school campus is currently closed to visitors.

You can find information about our Open Events via https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/visit-us.

The School encourages its day pupils whenever possible to take its bus service currently run by City Motors to travel to and from the School. City School Bus Service Limited operates routes to and from Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Discovery Bay, Gold Coast, Siu Lam, Tuen Mun, etc.

The School’s Bus Coordinator, Ms. Marianna Wong (bus-info@harrowschool.hk), liaises with City School Bus Service Limited on the day-to-day running of the bus service and handles individual queries from parents. Questions about the service more generally, the fees, and the routes should be addressed to City Motors via telephone on +852 3912 9626, or email at harrow@citymotors.com.hk.

School uniforms can be purchased from the online store (https://www.ufsonline.com.hk/HA/), School Shop, or the shop in Jordan.

The School shop opens on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 08:00 to 16:00 during normal school days (closed for lunch from 11:30 to 12:15).

The Jordan shop is located at:
2/F, Will Strong Development Building, 59 Parkes Street, Jordan, Kowloon
佐敦道白加士街59號健能發展商業大廈2樓(佐敦地鐵站C2出口)

Admissions, Fees, and Scholarships

Families can apply for a place 1-2 years before the date of the admission.

Please refer to our the information below with regard to Admissions - https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/admissions-process/keydates - and our age guideline for the appropriate year group - https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/admissions-process/age-guidelines.

Please apply via our online application system. More details can be found at https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/admissions-process/applicationform.

For further information, please contact the Admissions department at admissions@harrowschool.hk or +852 28249099.

We begin our assessments around one year before the year of intended entry.

Please refer to our key dates for the approximate date for your applying year group - https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/admissions-process/keydates/.

The assessment system evaluates the current level of proficiency in English of the applicants in an age-appropriate way in different age groups, in addition to their academic performance, co-curricular interests, and their potential to thrive in and contribute to the School’s diverse international community.

Please find out more about the assessment format at https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/admissions-process/assessments.

Please find the tuition fee for the 2020-21 academic year below.

Year GroupAnnual FeeAutumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
K1 and K2149,92459,97044,97744,977
Years 1-5171,67168,66951,50151,501
Year 6-8196,09178,43758,82758,827
Years 9-11196,09178,43758,82758,827
Years 12-13203,86881,54861,16061,160

Please find the boarding fee for the 2020-21 academic year below.

Annual Fee (this does not
include the tuition fees)
Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
111,45944,58333,43833,438

You can find further information at https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/fees.

Pupils are not required to purchase Individual Capital Certificates or debentures to enter the School. As no further batches of Individual Capital Certificates and debentures are expected to be issued in the future, for pupils without Capital Certificates and Debentures, there is an annual payment of the Capital Levy.

The payment is non-interest bearing, non-refundable, and non-transferable. The levy amount is reviewed each year. The current annual Capital Levy charge is HK$60,000 per year per pupil.

Harrow Hong Kong offers Scholarships to the brightest and most talented pupils in order to support, nurture, and challenge their talent or academic prowess and dedication. We offer scholarships for Year 6 entry, Year 9 entry, and Year 12 entry.

For further information, please visit https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/scholarships-and-bursaries or contact us via scholarships@harrowschool.hk.

Harrow Hong Kong offers bursaries to ensure that talented pupils, irrespective of their parents ’/guardians’, income, are able to study at Harrow Hong Kong. The Admissions Department should be informed at the application stage if parents would like their child considered for a bursary.

For further information, please visit https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/scholarships-and-bursaries or contact us via scholarships@harrowschool.hk.

School Curriculum - Academics, CCAs/SCAs

Harrow follows the UK National Curriculum.

The Early Years (K1 and K2) follows the English based ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (England and Wales)’.

The Pre-Prep School (Year 1 to Year 5) follows the English-based ‘National Curriculum of England’ with additional stretch and challenge work

The Prep School (Year 6 to Year 8) offers a skills-based framework centred around the UK National Curriculum plus, designed to manage the transition from the Pre-Prep School to the more subject-specific curriculum in the Upper School.

The Senior School (Year 9 to Year 11) curriculum is based on IGCSE and GCSE courses studied over three years.

The Sixth Form (Year 12 to Year 13) curriculum is based on A-level courses studied over two years, together with the Extended Project Qualification.

English is the inclusive language of the classroom, playground and boarding Houses for all pupils, irrespective of their mother languages.

In addition to English, all pupils have the option of studying Chinese (Mandarin), French, and Spanish.

Pupils start Chinese lessons from Year 1. Year 1-2 pupils have 8 hours of lessons per fortnight, Year 3-9 pupils have 6 hours per lessons per fortnight. In Year 10 and 12, pupils have the option of taking Chinese at GCSE and A Level.

Our pupils learn Simplified Chinese.


We support our pupils in their university applications wherever they decide to apply with many often applying to more than one country. We currently have alumni studying in the UK (Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Imperial College, Bristol, Durham, and top ten, G5 and other Russell Group institutions), the US (Yale, Columbia, UPenn, UC Berkeley, NYU and others), Hong Kong (HKU, CUHK, and HKUST), Canada (the University of Toronto and McGill) and Australia (University of Sydney).

You may find out more about last year’s university destinations at https://www.harrowschool.hk/sixth-form/university-destinations.

The Harrow Horizons Programme immerses pupils in a vibrant menu of opportunities and challenges through sport, charity and service, expeditions, drama, art, music, and academic extension.

Our Super-Curriculum Activities (SCA) Programme are a part of the School day. Pupils in all year groups are able to choose two SCAs. You can find out more at https://www.harrowschool.hk/harrow-horizons/super-curriculum.

We believe that Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) broaden horizons, and instil a sense of adventure, leadership, teamwork, and decision-making, complementing what goes in the academic curriculum and Super-Curriculum. You can find out more at https://www.harrowschool.hk/harrow-horizons/co-curricular.


For pupils enrolled who have identified learning difficulties, intellectual giftedness, or multiple exceptionalities, the Individual Needs team coordinates interventions while monitoring pupil progress and wellbeing. The Individual Needs Department works alongside Maths Support, Language and Learning Department, Counselling, and Class Teachers to ensure that the academic, social, and pastoral needs of pupils are met through quality differentiation, effective collaboration between

educational stakeholders.

Boarding and Pastoral

Approximately 40% of our Upper School pupils are weekly boarders.

A day in boarding is full of purpose, activity, and a mixture of academic studies and Co-Curricular activities.

6.45 AM Wake up
7.15 AM Boarders to breakfast
8.00 AM Day pupils arrive and Call-over for the whole House
8.15 AM Period 1
9.15 AM Period 2
10.10 AM Break (snacks, which are brought to the House)
10.35 AM Period 3
11.35 AM Period 4
12.40 PM Period 5 (Lunch and Call-over)
1.35 PM Period 6
2.35 PM Period 7
3.35 PM Period 8
4.30 PM Day pupils sign out to go home
4.45 PM Co-Curricular Activities or Lectures etc.
6.00 PM Supper for Prep Houses
6.30 PM Supper for Senior Houses
6.50 PM Call-over in House for boarders
7.00 PM Prep (Wednesdays are prep-free in the Prep School Houses)
8.45 PM - 10.30 PM Staggered bedtimes in House depending on Year Group

Pupils in the Prep School usually share their rooms with 3-4 other pupils their age.

Pupils in the Senior School usually share their rooms with 2-3 other pupils their age.

Pupils in the Sixth Form usually share their rooms with another pupil their age or have their own individual room.

We have 3 Prep Boys’ houses and 3 Prep Girls’ houses - all are a mix of boarding and day pupils. You can find more details at https://www.harrowschool.hk/pastoralcareboarding/houses/prep-houses

We have 4 Senior Boys’ houses and 4 Senior Girls’ houses - one of the Boys’ houses and two of the Girls’ houses are for day pupils only. You can find more details at https://www.harrowschool.hk/pastoralcareboarding/houses/senior-houses.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Department if you have any further questions, we would be more than happy to assist.