Does your company move employees with school-age children in, out and around China on a regular basis? It might be helpful for your company to know the types of international schools available for them once they arrive. Let's take a look at the four different types of schools China offers:
1.) International schools for foreign workers
2.) Sino-foreign schools which are joint ventures between Chinese owners and foreign educational companies for both expatriates and Chinese students
3.) Chinese/English private schools which are owned and attended by Chinese students
4.) Chinese-owned public or state schools which follow an international curriculum
Whether you have an employee going on assignment in China or have employees moving intra-China, having knowledge of the various school options is important to understand. Based on this knowledge, you'll be able to maximize the success of your assignment programs by aligning the right employee to the right assignment as well as having a better understanding of local benefits available in the employee's new location.
The international-schools market in China is relatively young. The latest data from ISC Research, which tracks developments in the world’s international-schools market, identifies 566 English-medium international schools in China. Most of these are located in Tier 1 cities, with 25 per cent in Beijing and 20 per cent in Shanghai. Many others are located in the provincial capitals, such as Shenzhen, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Not all these schools are for expatriates. . ISC Research’s market intelligence report for China states that the aspirations of Chinese families for an English-medium, internationally oriented education are fueling demand. This is now driving the development of a new segment of international schools, including those that involve partnerships between a Chinese owner and a foreign school, and bilingual schools with an international focus on teaching and learning.