Chinese International School

The Chinese International School is a private international school in Hong Kong.

Chinese International School
1 Hau Yuen Path

Coordinates22°17′2.91″N 114°11′50.94″E
TypeReception-Year 13 (ages 4–18), private, international, mixed-sex
School districtEastern
HeadmasterSean Lynch (from 2018–19)
GradesReception (= UK Kindergarten, or US pre-K) -
13 (= UK A-Levels, or US Grade 12)
Colour(s)Maroon and navy


The school opened in 1983, with an initial intake of approximately 75 students in Years 1 to 3. Its first location was at 7 Eastern Hospital Road in Causeway Bay.

In 1986 and 1989, the school expanded to additional sites at 10 Borrett Road and 26 Kennedy Road. In 1991, the school moved to the current campus on Braemar Hill.

In 2013, the school opened Hangzhou CIS, a one-year boarding program for Year 10 students.


The school is overseen by a Board of Governors of approximately fifteen members. The Board has been chaired since 2016 by Andrew Brandler, a parent of the school. Dr. Theodore S. Faunce served as Headmaster from 2006 to 2017. Deputy Head of School Li Bin served as Interim Head of School in 2017–18. In 2018, Sean Lynch was appointed to serve as the Headmaster of CIS.


The school's campus is made up of seven buildings, called "blocks" and connected by open-air walkways. Facilities include:

  • Specialised labs and studios for the sciences (8), design technology/product design (14) and the visual arts (4).
  • A 200-seat auditorium.
  • A 200-seat black-box drama studio.
  • Four gymnasia – one convertible to an assembly hall with capacity for either the whole Primary or whole Secondary school.
  • A 25-meter indoor swimming pool, fitness room and outdoor climbing wall.
  • An outdoor sports field shared with The Hong Kong Japanese School and Quarry Bay School, equipped with a football pitch and two multipurpose ball courts, suitable for tennis, basketball, volleyball or netball.
  • Learning technology, including laptops and other devices; a school intranet called "Moongate"; and Gmail-based e-mail accounts for students and staff to facilitate communication and collaboration. The school also subscribes to various educational websites and databases.


Students are organised into separate Primary and Secondary "schools" but share the same campus, similar school days and a linked curriculum. The Primary division has approximately 600 students aged 4 to 11 from Reception to Year 6, while the Secondary division has approximately 900 students aged 11 to 18 from Years 7 to 13.

Bilingual education

A defining characteristic of the school is the fact that all students pursue a single program taught in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English – that is, there are no separate language streams. The Chinese-language component continues up until graduation in Year 13, although the main language of instruction remains English.

At the Secondary level, students also have the option to study French (up to IB level) or Spanish.

International mathematics competitions

Chinese International School students have competed in several International Mathematics Competitions such as the 2012 and 2014 Raffles Invitational Mathematical Olympiad and the South East Asian Mathematics Competition.


In 2012, the parents of two students who attended the school sued then Secretary for Development (now Financial Secretary) Paul Chan Mo-po for defamation, alleging that Chan accused their twins of cheating during an exam, and that the two were let off the hook, due to the parent's position on the school's Board of Directors.[1]

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