Founded in 1991, Carmel School was established in Hong Kong as East Asia's first Jewish day school. It has expanded from a playgroup with a dozen toddlers into one of the territory's most respected international schools, with some 250 students of up to middle school age. Carmel School's reputation is founded on secular academic excellence, a vibrant Jewish Studies program and a warm, supportive environment characterized by respect for the individual and tolerance. Carmel students come from a rich mix of international backgrounds. Most are from Britain, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, South Africa and the United States, with a wide number of other countries also represented. Religious backgrounds range from secular to traditionally observant. Academically, Carmel follows a U.S.-style curriculum. Religiously, it adheres to Modern Orthodox principles.
The School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It employs highly qualified teaching staff for Secular Studies, teaching assistants, staff for Jewish Studies and Hebrew, specialist and support teachers in addition to the administrative and office staff.
Carmel School is situated on two campuses. The Pre-School for children ages 3 to 5 occupies two floors at the modern Jewish Community Center, located on Robinson Road, Mid-Levels. In addition to comfortable sunny classrooms, the facility offers a playground, swimming pool and gymnasium.
The Primary and Middle Schools are located on the Borrett Road campus, a lovely colonial-era structure, amid old-growth trees, with high ceilings, broad corridors and modern facilities. Over the last few years, the facilities have been enhanced significantly with a state-of-the-art science laboratory and computer center.
Both campuses are located in residential areas that are popular with expatriate families and are near the territory's main religious congregations.