Hong Kong's education system aims to promote students' whole-person development and life-long learning. The education system is in general based on six years of primary education starting at the age of 6, three years of junior secondary and then three years of senior secondary education. The senior secondary curriculum leads to the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination for admission to tertiary institutions. There are 12 degree-awarding higher education institutions, eight of which are funded through the University Grants Committee (UGC).
There are many international schools in Hong Kong that offer early childhood, primary and secondary education. A list of international schools in the neighbourhood of the University is at Attachment 1 and a list of other international schools is at Attachment 2. They offer different non-local curricula, and their students are not prepared to sit for local examinations but are equipped with the potential to enter universities around the world.
The English Schools Foundation (ESF) runs 21 schools across Hong Kong – five secondary, nine primary, two 'all through' schools, four kindergartens and a school for children with special educational needs. Students can only apply to the school zone according to where they live. A list of ESF Primary and Secondary Schools (in Zones) is at Attachment 3.