International students can study the local DES curriculum and the IBDP at St. Paul’s Co-educational College, which is a DSS school with a predominantly local student body.
One of the oldest schools in Hong Kong, St. Paul’s Co-educational College (SPCC) is an English medium school that has a largely local student body. However, the school does enrol students from overseas and mainland China to study Hong Kong’s DES curriculum in Year 11 (F3) and the IB Diploma Programme in Year 12-13 (F4).
SPCC is a Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) school, which means that it receives a subsidy from the government. The DSS scheme was introduced by the Education Bureau in 1991 to help improve the offering of private education in Hong Kong. DSS schools have the freedom to design their own curriculum and set their own school fees but they must focus on offering a curriculum that targets local students and prepares them for local examinations.
As with all DSS schools, it has its own admissions policy rather than following the government’s Primary One Admission system (POA) or Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA) scheme.
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