Homeschooling in China

Hello everyone,

Homeschooling your children as an expat in China will definitely come with its load of challenges. Here is a special call to parents who are already homeschooling their children or who plan on doing so to share any information they might have.

Should you opt for homeschooling, is it legal in China ? Do you require to register your child or do you need any kind of permission / exemption from the authorities ?  If it is not legal, what alternative option/s do you have ?

How do you go about getting all the necessary educational resources (books, syllabus, notes etc…) to pursue your children’s education in China ? Does it depend on the curriculum ?

What do you add in your homeschooling techniques to help educate your child that might not be offered or available in traditional schooling ?

How do you socialise homeschooled children in China by providing them opportunities to interact with other children ?

If you have any interest in homeschooling, could you please share your views on the pros and cons ?

Thank you for sharing your experience,
Bhavna

Homeschooling in China for NON-Chinese is perfectly legal.  The Chinese government could care less what you do with your kid as long as they are NOT Chinese.  However, homeschooling in China is illegal and getting very difficult to do.  You can read about it on a site called sixth tone.  Here is a link: http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001294/o … g-movement

My suggestion if you are coming to China to work or live and with kids, check out schools before you come.  Find out if the local school will accept your child.  If not then you need to plan ahead to teach them.  Stick with a recognized home-school plan from your country.  Make sure the curriculum is one that will prepare your child for college.  (Yes something you should consider when they are 5 or 6).  Then find the expat community where you will live and integrate with them so you can find other parents with kids close in age.  Finally, if you can't find a local school, and you don't want to home-school, find an International School for your child.  It will be very expensive so be prepared.  BTW, many International schools are facing problems with staying open under the new Chinese educational rules.  China is making it so much harder for them to remain open.

I feel if you need to bring your young kids here, be prepared, it will be difficult at times.  Finding a good educational option may prove daunting.  Finally, your employer needs to be aware of your situation and they should also be willing to help you out.  Make it part of your contract.  We provide our foreign teachers with help finding schools where their children can study.  We also help to negotiate a discount on the tuition.

Good luck...

Good advice, thank you! I have a three-year-old and, half American, half Chinese. She has an American passport, but once she leaves China, she'll have to declare one or the other for citizenship. The schools here are too demanding and stressful for children -- I wish not to put her through that when the time comes. I've been researching homeschooling and online schools. Almost the same, but the Chinese make no reference to online schooling, so that might be a loophole. I'm going to read the link you provided, thank you for that.

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