Education System in Hong Kong
- The education system in Hong Kong was established similar to that of the United Kingdom. Students attend three optional years of kindergarten, six years of primary school, three years of junior secondary school and three years of senior secondary school. Upon completion of the senior secondary education, students will take the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE). Successful candidates will be admitted to tertiary institutions for local Bachelor's Degree education on a 4-year curriculum.
- For a better understanding of the Hong Kong education system, you may read detailed information on the website of the Education Bureau and An Overview of Various School Types in Hong Kong prepared by the Human Resources Office.
Pre-primary Education for Newly Arrived Children
- In Hong Kong, there are child care centers and kindergartens which provide service to children below the age of three years and from three to six years old respectively.
- Child care centers mainly operate on a whole-day basis; some are run by groups that receive subsidy from the Government while some are managed by non-profit-making organizations or private operators.
- Most kindergartens currently offer half-day classes but some offer whole-day classes. All kindergartens in Hong Kong are privately run and operated by either voluntary agencies or private enterprises.
- Some institutions may provide child care service as well as kindergarten education to children in the same premise. To learn more about local child care centers and kindergartens, please refer to the weblinks below:
- List of child care centers - available on website of the Social Welfare Department
- Information on kindergarten education - available on website of the Education Bureau
- List of kindergartens / kindergarten-cum-child care centres adopting a non-local curriculum - available on website of the Education Bureau
Busy Bees Kindergarten at HKUST
- Officially opened in November 1998, the Busy Bees Kindergarten was founded by HKUST parents who desired a high-quality, bilingual pre-school for their children in campus.
- It provides morning classes (for children aged 3 years 6 months to 5 years) and afternoon classes (for children aged 2 years 8 months to 3 years 6 months).
- Telephone / Fax: 2358 2142
- Email: email@example.com
Primary and Secondary Education for Newly Arrived Children
- There are public sector schools (government schools and schools aided by the Government) and Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools (private schools) in Hong Kong.
- DSS schools are non-government schools which have attained a sufficiently high educational standard as required under DSS. They are free to decide on their curriculum, fees and entrance requirements. To learn more about DSS schools, please refer to the weblinks below:
- Quick reference on DSS schools for parents & Information on DSS schools (list of DSS schools and their websites) - available on website of the Education Bureau
- If you are interested in DSS schools using English as Medium of Instruction (EMI), you may refer to the following link:
Selected EMI schools under DSS - extracted from the List of DSS Schools of the Education Bureau
- Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council
- Your children may also select to study in schools under the English Schools Foundation (ESF) and international schools which offer full non-local curricula and whose students do not sit for local examinations.
Support and Services from the Education Bureau for Newly Arrived Children
- General education and support services are provided by the Education Bureau for newly arrived children to assist them in integrating into the education system and community in Hong Kong.
- The Education Bureau offers specific education services for non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students. If you are a NCS parent, you may find the information package “Your Guide to Education in Hong Kong” and video published by the Education Bureau especially useful.
University Support and Services
- As competition for places (especially for young children) in ESF and international schools is keen, the Human Resources Office (HRO) is providing administrative support (e.g. sharing school information, assistance in applications for school places etc.) to non-local new faculty members in search of school places for their kids. If you wish to obtain more information on international school education or require assistance in children's schooling, please contact Miss Stefanie YAU of HRO at firstname.lastname@example.org or (852) 3469 2585.
Survey on Faculty's Children Schooling in Hong Kong
- For a better understanding of the type of schools attended by children of existing faculty and for a sharing of schooling experience from a peer perspective, the Human Resources Office conducted an on-line survey which was aimed to collect relevant schooling information from existing HKUST faculty members in March 2012. Data was collected and collated and is available for reference of HKUST’s faculty members. Please click HERE to access the survey data.