The ICHK Story: 35 Years

The ICHK Story: 35 Years

A brief look into the history of our school.

More than 35 years ago, a small group of parents in a beautiful leafy area of Hong Kong joined together with a shared vision. They wanted to create a school at the heart of their green and spacious community, a world away from the bustle and crowds of the city.

A school with a solid education programme, led by inspirational teachers and one of the first international schools in the territory to offer Chinese.

Thanks to their passion and dedication Hong Lok Yuen International School was born.

Now three decades later, the school is a thriving success story, accredited by worldwide bodies for the strength of its education programme, and attracting children from all over the world. Ten years ago, it opened its own secondary school, ICHK, offering students a strong through-train education.

But what has remained central to its philosophy is the strong community ethos, which spurred its beginnings. It is the strength of community spirit, which makes the school truly unique in the overcrowded metropolis that is Hong Kong.

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How Our Story Has Developed


Hong Lok Yuen Estates was granted permission to build the estate with a requirement from the Government that a school of not less than 12 classrooms was established.


A steering committee of parent residents was established to assist HLYE in researching what type of school would best suit the needs of residents.


Orchard Kindergarten started operating in a show house in 2nd Street with 19 children and three teachers.  On September 16 a joint venture agreement was signed with HLYE to construct a school.


The school opened on September 14, with 33 children using seven classrooms and a library.


A proposal was submitted to extend the school and kindergarten, with construction to start in 1989.


A five-day Chinese programme was phased in for all children.


The school gained CIS Accreditation.


Start Year 7 dedicated class with 8 students.


CIS five year accreditation. In November we are awarded the secondary school site.


ICHK Secondary is opened.

2017 - 2020

Our primary school is accredited as the first Forest School Development Centre outside the UK. Our secondary school is named as one of the top 100 schools worldwide for innovation by Cambridge Strategies.  There follows a period of growth at both schools with our primary accredited as a Forest School Leadership Centre, and our secondary acquiring a global reputation for innovation.