French International School
165 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, SAR, China
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Co-ed Age Range||4-18|
|Number of pupils||2,600|
|Average Class Size||25|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP|
|Diploma Coordinator||Pauline Hall|
|Associations||CIS, AEFE, IB|
The French International School (FIS) was established in 1963 as one of the first international schools in Hong Kong. FIS operates two streams: the French and International Streams, preparing students towards certification in the French national examinations or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP). In 2018 we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary as an IB World School.
FIS's vision is to provide an inspiring, high quality education to students from a culturally diverse community in Hong Kong. This vision is driven forward by dedicated teachers from all over the world who ensure that a challenging and nurturing educational environment is provided. Our high staff retention rate offers stability to students and parents. At FIS, teachers and parents work closely together in building a community where every student is cared for and valued.
Curriculum and IB Programme
FIS welcomes students representing over 40 different nationalities who range from the age of 4 to 18. FIS tailors courses to facilitate students in the next steps of their school and career development. The primary students move onto lower secondary with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for learning. Lower secondary students progress to IGCSE armed with a vast amount of knowledge, understanding and skills. The IGCSE students are offered a broad range of subjects and the students’ achievements are outstanding. In 2017, 50% of grades achieved were A* and 78% were A*/A. Half the year group gained 9 or more A*/A grades.
The FIS learning experience culminates in the IBDP which has been running since 1988. As the IBDP has evolved, so has the programme at FIS. In recent years, extra first language French and Chinese courses have been added to the programme. FIS has also added Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS), Mathematics Studies and Computer Science at HL and SL to the range of subjects on offer. We are also willing to link up with Pamoja Education to offer online courses for students who wish to take subjects not currently in our curriculum. We endeavour to provide each individual student a programme that will help them flourish during their time at FIS and beyond. Our annual visual arts exhibition is a fantastic example of this as our campus turns into a stunning art gallery, and the Extended Essay evening celebrates the hard work put in by our students.
The attributes of the IB learner profile permeate the entire school and relate closely to our whole school Personal Profile: IPROMISE (Inquirers, Principled, Risk-takers, Open-minded, Mindful, Innovative, Smart, Empathetic).
Our Teaching and Learning Policy places a strong emphasis on developing our students' lifelong learning skills and the IB’s Approaches to Teaching and Learning Policy is reflected in this. Our students become extremely effective communicators, researchers, inquirers, thinkers and collaborators (social skills).
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
FIS's CAS programme permeates throughout the whole school. Y7-11 students have the opportunity to participate in activities/trips during our annual CAS week. When our students reach the IBDP in Y12 they already have solid foundations in the principles of CAS. During Y12 and Y13 the students spend time volunteering at various humanitarian projects. They also organise different activities within the school such as fundraising for charities, promoting awareness of global issues and planning special events such as the graduation ball. The CAS programme offers FIS's final overseas trip to Northern Thailand to undertake volunteer work in the community, teach English and gain new cultural experiences.
Support to students
IBDP students receive great support from their subject teachers, form tutors, university councillors, Directors of Learning and Welfare, Secondary Headmaster and outside organisations. Regular meetings are scheduled, both as groups and between individuals, and our support programme is a feature of the school's Y12-13 Personal Social and Health Education programme. Students also have access to many extracurricular activities and a dynamic sports programme is built into the IBDP (where the emphasis is on enhancing students' understanding and application of health and fitness by introducing them to activities within the school and in the community). Our IBDP students also complete an IBDP Induction Programme in the summer before they start their IB studies in order to help build self-management strategies.
The FIS community takes delight in seeing students being rewarded for all their hard work and our IBDP pass rate is regularly 100%. There has been a maximum 45 point candidate for the past 3 years and in 2017 the candidate average point score was 38.
These wonderful results allow the vast majority of our students to gain admissions to their first choice universities. In 2017 students received offers from prestigious universities around the world including Stanford and Cornell in the USA; Cambridge, Durham, UCL and many other Russell Group institutions in the UK and Sciences-Po in France.