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Chinese International School
1 Hau Yuen Path

Coordinates22°17′2.91″N 114°11′50.94″E / 22.2841417°N 114.1974833°E / 22.2841417; 114.1974833Coordinates: 22°17′2.91″N 114°11′50.94″E / 22.2841417°N 114.1974833°E / 22.2841417; 114.1974833
TypeReception-Year 13 (ages 4–18), private, international, mixed-sex
School districtEastern
HeadmasterSean Lynch (from 2018–22)
GradesReception (= UK Kindergarten, or US pre-K) -
13 (= UK A-Levels, or US Grade 12)
Colour(s)   Maroon and navy
Chinese International School
Traditional Chinese漢基國際學校
Simplified Chinese汉基国际学校

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

In 1994 it was the sole international school in Hong Kong that used English and Mandarin at about the same amount of time each as media of instruction.[1]


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 1994 Katherine Forestier of the South China Morning Post stated that CIS was the "most popular" school for international families wishing to expose their children to Chinese languages in their education.[1] She added that "the school has become notoriously difficult to getin [sic] to."[1] She cited how there was only room for 75 students at the reception level, but the number of applicants exceeded 300.[1]

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

In 2016, the school unveiled the new building, consisting of 9 floors with open space atriums from the 5th-7th floor.


The school is overseen by a Board of Governors of approximately fifteen members. The Board has been chaired 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.

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  1. ^ a b c d Forestier, Katherine (27 March 1994). "Where to go for an early start". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 22 December 2022.