HK Kindergarten Admission Deadlines for School Year 2016-2017

Trying to enrol a child in a desired Hong Kong pre-school can be a stressful experience even for the most organized parents. Interview sessions, background check, and residential proximity to school are often counted as factors in selection process.

Schools generally accept pre-school applicants based on the year of birth and often set hard deadlines parents must abide by. No wonder it’s not unusual to seer parents lining up in front of a school’s entrance premises the night before application forms are handed out as competition for slots can be very competitive.

So parents in Hong Kong are always on the lookout for milestone days such as application deadlines and interview schedules and typically take the day off from work to deal with these school admission requirements.

For school year 2016-2017, here is a list of Hong Kong pre-schools with respective admission deadlines.

American International School
Early Childhood L1 (age 3): open all year round
Early Childhood L2 (age 4): open all year round
Grade 1 (Age 5): open all year round

Anfield

Nursery (born Jan- August 2014): October 16
Kindergarten (born 2013): October 16
Year 1 (born 2011): October 16

Australian International School
Reception Year (born before 30/4/2012): end of November
Preparatory Year (born before 30/4/2011): end of November
Year 1 (born before 30/4/2010): end of November

Carmel School
Ganeynu Programme (ages 1 – 3): no deadline
Preschool (ages 3 – 5): no deadline
Elementary (ages 5+): no deadline

Canadian International School
Pre-Reception (born 1/9/2012 – 31/8/2013): October 31
Reception (born 1/9/2011 – 31/8/2012): October 31
Preparatory (born 1/9/2010 – 31/8/2011): October 31
Grade 1 & 2 (born 2010 – 2009): October 31
Grade 3+: January 31, 2016

Chinese International School
Reception (born Sept 1, 2011 – Aug 31, 2012): October 15
Years 1 – 6 (born Sept 1, 2010 or earlier): February 28, 2016

Delia School of Canada
Pre-Grade 1B (born 2012): open all year round (rolling basis)
Pre-Grade 1A (born in 2011): open all year round (rolling basis)
Grade 1 (born in 2010): open all year round (rolling basis)

ESF Kindergarten and Primary Schools
K1 (born 2013): October 31
Year 1 (born 2011): September 30
Year 7 (born 2005): September 30

German Swiss International School
Kindergarten (age 3): open all year round
Primary (age 5): open all year round

Harbour School
Pre-K,  Kindergarten (ages 3 – 5): open all year round
Grade 1 (age 6): open all year round

Hong Kong International School
Reception 1 (age 4): February 1, 2016
Grade 1 and above: open all year round, can apply upto 2 years prior to entry

Hong Kong Academy
Pre-K1, Pre-K2, Kindergarten (ages 3 – 5): open all year round

Harrow International School
K1 & K2 (ages 3 – 5): January 1, 2016
Year 1 (age 5 – 6): October 1 (adding one more Year 1 class in 2016)
Year 2 and above: January 1, 2016 (adding one more Year 6 class in 2016)
Year 12: November 1

International Christian School
Reception 1 & 2 (age 3 – 4): November 30 (Local applicants)
Pre-Grade 1 (age 5): November 30 (Local applicants)
Overseas applicants deadline is February 1, 2016

Island Christian Academy
Year 1 (born 2011): September 30

Kellett School
Reception (age 4): open all year round (rolling basis)
Year 1 (age 5): open all year round (rolling basis)

Korean International School
Reception (age 4): open all year round (rolling basis)
Year 1 (age 5): open all year round (rolling basis)

Japanese International School
Reception (age 4): November 30
Year 1 (age 5): November 30

Nord Anglia International School
Year 1 (age 5): open all year round

Singapore International School
Preparatory Year 1 & 2: October 31
P1: October 31

Yew Chung International School
Early Childhood: Oct 31 (Assessment commence in November)
P1: December 1 (Assessment commence in January 2016)

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