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Applying to AIS

We are now accepting applications for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic year. Limited spaces are available in the 2019-2020 academic year and open for application via this website.

Entrance assessments for 2020-2021 admissions start in January for Early Childhood applicants, February for Grade 1 and above. Registrations for group admissions tours are welcome from September to March for Early Childhood and Elementary School, and until April for Middle School and High School.

AIS adopts a rolling admissions policy throughout the school year. However, interested parents are strongly encouraged to apply early due to our limited spaces and small class sizes. Available spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to our successful applicants. 

Our structure for the AIS academic programs is as follows:

Elementary School Middle School High School
Early Childhood 1 – Grade 1 Junior (Early Childhood section)
Grade 1 – 4
Grade 5 – 8 Grade 9 – 12

Due to various national and international school systems, academic year dates, and the transience of families within international schools, our admissions procedures follow our Admissions Policy, and at all times seek to ensure fairness for all students by enrolling them in the grade level appropriate to their age or according to their previous grade levels.

Students seeking enrollment at AIS from Early Childhood 1 to Grade 1 are placed according to their age on or before 31 December. For example, students applying to Early Childhood 1 for 2018-2019 should be born between 1 Jan 2015 and 31 Dec 2015.

Division AIS/US Grade HK Grade UK Grade & IB Level Age
Elementary School Early Childhood 1 Kindergarten 1 (K1)  – 3
Early Childhood 2 Kindergarten 2 (K2)  Reception 4
Grade 1 Junior Kindergarten 3 (K3)  Year 1 5
Grade 1 Primary 1  Year 2 6
Grade 2 Primary 2  Year 3 7
Grade 3 Primary 3  Year 4 8
Grade 4 Primary 4  Year 5 9
Middle School  Grade 5  Primary 5  Year 6 10
 Grade 6  Primary 6  Year 7 11
 Grade 7  Form 1  Year 8 12
 Grade 8  Form 2  Year 9 13
High School  Grade 9  Form 3  Year 10 14
 Grade 10  Form 4  Year 11 15
 Grade 11  Form 5  Year 12 16
 Grade 12  Form 6  Year 13 17


  • Students seeking enrollment at AIS from Early Childhood 1 to Grade 1 are placed according to their age on or before 31 December.  For example, students applying to our Early Childhood 1 for 2018-2019 should be born between 1 Jan 2015 and 31 Dec 2015.
  • Students transferring from a country with a school year that follows a different calendar than AIS will be required to continue in the same grade level they have just completed. For example, a student who completed Grade 8 in Korea, Singapore or Australia in February to March would be placed in Grade 8 for the remainder of the academic year at AIS.
  • Students successfully transferring into AIS mid-year will be required to continue their academic program in the same grade level for the remainder of the AIS academic year.
  • For other national curriculum grade equivalents, please check with our Admissions Office directly.


Admissions at the American International School is a two-step process. We trust the following information will assist every prospective family and student in understanding our admissions procedures. Please include all the necessary documentation required for processing an application for admission.


1. Start a new online application or sign-in to an existing account if you have already started an application.

2. Please upload the following documents to the online application profile:

  • Recent digital passport or student photo of applicant, light background (not pink, blue or grey);
  • Applicant’s passport photo page and birth certificate;
  • Applicant’s HKID (if available);
  • Applicant’s permit to study in HK for non-HK permanent residents*;
  • PDF or paper copy of school reports in English for the last 2 years (if applicable) / last 3 years if applying to Grade 12;
  • Official school transcript if applying to Grade 10-12;
  • Signed Parental Agreement form;
  • A non-refundable, non-transferrable application fee payment of HK$1,500. Accepted payment methods are credit card, check (payable to American International School), cash or bank transfer.
  • All EC1 to G4 applicants are welcome to submit an optional video up to one minute in length. Please ensure that both parents and children are in the video. They are invited to talk about ‘Why would you like to join AIS?’

3. Grade 1 to 12 Applicants: Please refer to the checklist on your Personal Applicant Account Dashboard and forward our Student Reference Form(s) directly to your current teachers’ school email addresses.

Applying Grade Level To Be Completed By
Grade 1 – 4 Current Homeroom teacher
Grade 5 – 8 Current Homeroom teacher, English, Mathematics or Social Studies teacher
Grade 9 – 12 Current English/Mathematics teacher, Principal or School Counselor


  • An application with insufficient supporting documents or without payment will not be processed.
  • *Applicants in the process of applying for Hong Kong residential status are welcome to apply. Proof for the right of abode or a visa/entry permit to study in the HKSAR issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department must be presented prior to be admitted to AIS.
  • AIS does not have any support programs for English as a Second Language or for students with special learning needs. Therefore, all applicants must disclose any and all additional documentation or reports relating to the applicant’s ability to successfully learn in a regular English academic school environment.
  • Applicants applied early in the year need to submit all outstanding documents such as their most recent report cards, transcripts and completed Student Reference Form(s) via their current school (if applicable) before being considered for entrance assessments. Any supplementary documents may be submitted by post or via electronic mail as a single PDF attachment to Please do not submit any original documents to the school.


The language of instruction and communication at AIS is English. Students seeking admission to AIS are expected to be proficient users of English appropriate to their age and in line with the language requirements of their grade-level. AIS does not have any support programs for English as a Second Language or for students with special learning needs. All applicants must disclose any and all additional documentation or reports relating to the applicant’s ability to successfully learn in a regular English academic school environment.


Applicants need to have the ability to speak in simple sentences and to understand and respond to a teacher’s general instructions and questions in English. Social skills are also part of this assessment. The assessment will take approximately 30-45 minutes in a playgroup setting by multiple early childhood specialists. Written tests are not administered to children seeking enrollment for these grade levels.


Assessment is based upon a US standardised test to determine competency in English and Mathematics. The test includes vocabulary, writing, reading, comprehension, mathematics, and speaking skills. Applicants may also be required to write a short piece about a prescribed topic. Grade 1 to Grade 4 applicants MUST be present at AIS to write the assessment. The duration of the entrance tests are as follows:

Grade Entrance Test Duration
1 to 3 30 mins
4 to 5 45 to 60 mins
6 to 8 2 hours 30 mins
9 to 12 3 hours 15 mins

AIS offers overseas applicants applying to Grade 5 to 12 the option of attending the ISEE online entrance tests at one of the prometric exam centers available internationally. There will be an assessment fee of US$190 payable to the ERB organization if you choose this service. Please contact our admissions office for more information.

Upon review of the entrance test results and Student Reference Forms (for G1 to 12 applicants) by the principal, the admissions procedure may include a personal interview with the student and their family on a separate day. During this interview the applicant’s overall suitability for the school will be assessed.

Students and families seeking admission to AIS are expected to support the school’s mission and contribute positively to the AIS community. The personal interview provides the school and prospective family an opportunity to review the applicant’s previous school records and their performance on the AIS placement tests. This is also where reasons for seeking admission to AIS are discussed and the overall suitability for admission is considered.

Based on the applicant’s previous school records, performance on the AIS admissions tests, and the personal interview (if granted), a decision to offer a place to the applicant will be made by the Admissions Committee.