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How to Start a School in Hong Kong

Updated: Jun 27

How to Start a School in Hong Kong

Opening a school in Hong Kong involves several steps, including legalities, finding a location, and crafting your educational approach. Here's a breakdown of the key aspects:

Planning and Research

  • Market Research: Identify your target audience (age group, curriculum) and research existing schools. Define what makes your school unique. [Start a tutoring school in Hong Kong]

  • Business Plan: Develop a plan outlining your concept, financials, marketing strategy, and staffing needs.

Legalities and Registration

  • Company Registration: Register your business with the Companies Registry.

  • School Registration: Obtain a "Certificate of Registration of School" from the Education Bureau (EDB). This involves meeting specific requirements for:

  • School Premises: The location must comply with regulations set by various government departments (Planning, Fire Services, Buildings).

  • Curriculum: Align your curriculum with the Hong Kong education system.

  • Staff Qualifications: Ensure teachers have appropriate qualifications and visas.


  • Location: Find a suitable space with clearances from relevant departments.

  • Staffing: Recruit qualified and experienced teachers.

  • Curriculum & Materials: Develop a curriculum and source appropriate learning materials.

  • Marketing & Promotion: Develop a marketing strategy targeting your chosen audience.


For detailed information and the latest regulations, refer to the Education Bureau's website on School Registration: [School Registration Hong Kong]


How Bestar can Help

Bestar's accounting services can be helpful when starting a school in Hong Kong. Here's how:  

  • Financial Planning and Budgeting:  We can help you create a financial plan for your school, including budgeting for startup costs, ongoing operational expenses, and potential government grants.

  • Tax Compliance: We can advise you on the relevant taxes for schools in Hong Kong and help you set up a system for tracking and filing your tax returns.

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping: We can handle your school's day-to-day accounting tasks, such as recording income and expenses, managing payroll, and preparing financial statements. This will free you up to focus on the educational aspects of running your school.

  • In addition to accounting services, Bestar can help you with the process of registering your school and obtaining the necessary licenses and permits.

By working with Bestar, you can ensure that your school's finances are in order from the start. This will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on your school's core mission of educating students.

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