Schools in Hong Kong are well regarded academically. Although public schools uphold a high standard of learning, the curriculum is centred on learning by repetition and frequent examinations. As a result, expat families usually enrol their children in private international schools. Fortunately, the melting pot nature of Hong Kong ensures that there are many international teachers and school options for expat children.
Public schools in Hong Kong
There are a few public schools that have English instruction streams. These should be carefully researched, as many local schools advertise as English schools but conduct the majority of classes in Cantonese. These schools would just be an extra challenge for non-Chinese speaking children and parents.
The competitive nature of schools in Hong Kong means that private tutoring is very common. Children often spend several hours before and after school attending tutoring sessions and music lessons to make themselves more attractive to the international schools. Many expat families adopt this local practice to allow their children to keep up with their peers. School years are typically from September to July.