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Q: foreigners and public schools

Can foreign children be enrolled in Chinese government schools or kindergartens? If yes, what are the conditions?
thanks in advance

2 years 28 weeks ago in  Family & Kids - China

 
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Regardless I wouldn't recommend putting your kid through public education if you can afford an international school instead. Public schools are garbage (harsh but true).

 

By public schools I mean 一小, 二小, 三小, etc... which are local district schools. Schools such as 'experimental' or 'foreign languages' are not public but semi-public. The later cost RMB 10-15k per semester and will accept Foreigners.

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I don't know much about the conditions and if it's possible or not  but....can your child speak Chinese?

 

Because if not it would probably be a terrible experience for him / her.

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Some schools offer placement for foreigner kids. They need to be fullynfluent in speaking reading and writing and achieve high test scores. I know a Chinese-American boy and a South Korean girl who do this. Places are (quite) limited and competition is high.

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They will be bullied by other students, staff and teachers. Think very carefully this

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Regardless I wouldn't recommend putting your kid through public education if you can afford an international school instead. Public schools are garbage (harsh but true).

 

By public schools I mean 一小, 二小, 三小, etc... which are local district schools. Schools such as 'experimental' or 'foreign languages' are not public but semi-public. The later cost RMB 10-15k per semester and will accept Foreigners.

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Hi Sara.

First, listen to no one who doesn't have kids and that are and have been raising them in China. My 2 kids in Shenzhen have been in Chinese kindergarten, was great, now 1st grade and 7th grade, but in our local public school.

Now I'll through "what you" need:

1. You'll need a work visa or the ability to get a working visa. Can't do it on a Q visa or Business (M) Visa. Should point out that being married to a Chinese won't get your kid into school if the kid doesn't have a Hukou. Not saying your spouse is Chinese just throwing that out there.

2. Next, if you do have a working visa, than ask your employer for a company tax certificate, a letter stamped and signed that you work for that company.

3. You'll need to go to your local PSB and print out x2 copies of your temporary residence form, also your kids and prepare 2x2 photos. Make a few copies of your visa and kids.

4. Locate the Educational Bureau, you should do this in June or December, hand over the docs, bring a Chinese friend to help you fill out a few forms. If all docs are accepted than they'll assign your kid to a school based on where you live. Basically the local school that handles your area. You'll only have to pay book and lunch fees and a few small things like texting over homework assignments by cell phone.

5. Be a parent, schools are not garbage as these other guys say, no, you just need to review, help your children with their weaknesses in school, some things are easier than others..

A few other points:

If your kid has never studied Chinese before than prepare tutoring classes and kids catch on fast. But it won't be easy and it's either made or failed by grade 3 because they have jumped 2 years ahead of American grades.

Now another way to get your kid into school is to work for a local agency the provides foreign teachers to public schools and your condition is that your kid gets to study in that school you'll be working at. Salary sucks but your kids in school.

No matter what school your kid goes to, it's a school, a parent makes it work with the help of teachers & kids, please don't listen to anyone who puts down these schools because you can make it work by being a parent, if this your only choice than make it work and review the classes

Good luck Sara.

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my  boy is in a Chinese kindergarten he does not get bullied,he speaks Chinese has friends,he is half Chinese though.

 

we could not afford an international kindergarten or school bloody expensive

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Sara, are you in a first tier city? If not, talk to parents in 2nd and 3rd tier cities. 

 

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My husband and i decide that no school for our kids.

 

Kids are the happiest when they don't go to school.They can also learn deepest and fullest without exams and being pushed.

 

School is just a place to get kids to be employees.

 

It's prison.

 

We are both geniuses who are very well educated and hate schools. So why make our kids suffer?

 

Kids should do whatever they wanna do and start doing them young.

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Ironmans answer was spot on. But be prepard to pay a bribe. It cost me 50k rmb to get my chinese daughter into the Government school system. Even though every single document was in order and it is illegal to ask for bribes. Their reasoning was that a foreigner can pay. Its a good school though. Just hope the teacher enjoyed his CNY in Thailand that I paid for. If it filtered down to him I have no problem. Excellent teacher. But I suspect it went towards the headmasters BMW.

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Foreign students can be enrolled and most of the time they are treated much better because the Chinese people love and enjoy the prestige of other ethnicities. I had one student from Romania in an all Chinese class and she excelled quite easily. The disadvantage of local/government based educational facilities for foreigners is the language barrier. Children should have a good grasp of Mandarin before entering government based schools because everything is conducted in Mandarin. Non-Chinese speakers are usually set back several years which would be at the first or second grade level. Local schools in China have class sizes that range from 20-30 students. The registration procedures must be handled in Chinese in whichever authorized local school the parents choose from. In order to register, a parent or guardian will need the child’s passport, a Chinese-issued health form, a work permit and the residence permit with them. I hope this helps. Best~

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I am going to explain the updated information for May 2018. I want to express again that now kids cannot get graduation to certificates in Chinese Public Schools if they hold a foreign passport sure they can study there but they cannot get a Graduation certificate to proved that they actually studied and you would need that back in your home country, come on guys think things think logically in advance..

Now what you need to do is search for "Min~Ban:民办 " schools... 民办 means "private" in the school's you will find them slightly affordable tuition fees the school will be bilingual, the fees will rang from 12,000 to 25,000 RMB a semester.

but I want to stress this is only for Primary School up to elementary school the problem will come when it's time to go to high school. Because in China you need to get a score after Elementary School that gets you into a high school based on that score. Yes there are a few 民办 High schools but the fees will be 35,000 to 70,000 RMB per semester, every city will be different but you can trust me because I've already searched if you don't believe me I'll take you to the school's myself. You guys think we don't plan for this stuff in advance give us some freaking credit. I'm one of the few people here that can actually give you realistic information...

I want to stress one more time that this is not a good place for kids to study anymore because you'll be paying a lot of money and there's nothing you can do After High School unless you make a lot of money. You'll also come to the same problem that I'm thinking 6 years in advance about if you were to throw your kid into high school and an English-speaking country do you honestly think he can open up a science book and completely comprehend what it talks about? Think about that it don't care what kind of parent you are or how good you are there's only so much you can do if you let your kids study in China if they hold a foreign passport. Things are changing it's not easy anymore if your kids have a Chinese citizenship you should keep it and change it before they're 18.

on a personal note I think public schools are fine and provide a lot of good exercises for kids going to school it's more of a ply and memorize technique but it does have its benefits and I do like the discipline.

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Ironman.. suberb info... do you have a link to the new rules... in Chinese is better.

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