ESF - English Schools Foundation

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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 June, 2007, 12:00am

Choosing a school for your children will be one of the most important decisions you make for them, as it will do much to shape the way they develop into young adults and the opportunities that unfold ahead of them.

In Hong Kong there is an unusually wide range of choice in the independent sector, which the government has been encouraging to expand over the past decade to create a more varied education system suiting children's different needs. An increasing number of Direct Subsidy Scheme and private independent schools now compete with the established international schools and English Schools Foundation.

Between them, they offer access to many types of education. The number of schools offering International Baccalaureate programmes, from early years to school-leaving diploma, has expanded greatly. British, North American and Canadian options are also available, along with elite Hong Kong education that seeks to draw on best local and international practices. There are also different approaches to learning, such as those advocated by two education reformers of last century, Maria Montessori and Rudolph Steiner.

Planning for a child's education starts early, for some even before the child is born. Although children can swap systems later on, many parents will want to ensure the education of their choice by opting for the kindergarten that will best prepare their sons and daughters for it.

This guide is designed for parents who seek to invest in the best for their children by considering fee-paying education. It focuses on English-medium schooling, including Direct Subsidy Scheme schools, international schools, new private independent schools and other private schools, as well as English-medium preschools.