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Bridging the Gap: Differences between Local and International Schools

Many parents coming over from abroad to Hong Kong, are faced with the difficult decision of placing their children in a local or international school. On the other side of the spectrum, there are many parents who live here in Hong Kong, being faced with the challenges of transitioning their child from an international school over to a local school.

There are pros and cons to both. In this blog, we highlight some of the more obvious differences between local schools and international schools so we can help parents make an informed decision.

Many students will require assistance ‘bridging the gap’ to ease the transition from one school to another. In order to identify where these ‘gaps’ lie, our admissions consultants are on hand to help parents and their children address them before the child fully enrols in their new school. ME Education helps make it a smooth and comfortable change for pupils and their families.

Let’s discuss some of the major differences between local and international schools in Hong Kong.


10 Differences:

1. Class size


Due to the disparities in price and the convenience of having a school close to home, generally speaking, there are far more students attending local schools than international schools. This includes individual class sizes as well as year size. For example, in a local school, you may have one class of 40 students but in that year, there will be another 3 classes of similar size, bringing that full year to about 120 students. Being in such a large school offers students a great opportunity to make lots of friends. In an international school, class size will average around 25 students. This makes for a far more intimate atmosphere and students will likely know all their peers and teachers well.

2. Price