Duration of Study in Special Schools
In general, the admission age for special schools is six. Special schools have provided students with free primary and secondary education.
Extension of Years of Study for Students of Aided Special Schools
Under normal circumstances, special school students will graduate from school upon completion of Secondary 6. For those who need to extend their years of study, arrangements will be made in accordance with the established mechanism. EDB has, starting from the 2010/11 school year, been providing a “pre-set quota” for schools for children with intellectual disability, schools for children with physical disability, the school for children with hearing impairment, and the school for children with visual impairment cum intellectual disability so that they can have sufficient capacity to cater for students who need to extend their years of study. With such measures in place, schools are allowed to exercise school-based professional judgement and arrange for students with at least one “valid reason” in a particular school year to extend their years of study according to the objective criteria jointly set by EDB and the sector. Upon the full operation of classes in senior secondary levels of the school for children with visual impairment in the 2021/22 school year, the measures on extension of years of study are also applicable to this special school from the 2022/23 school year onwards.
Education Bureau Circular No. 2/2022 - Extension of Years of Study for Students of Aided Special Schools
(Including Appendix - Guidelines for Special Schools on School-based Mechanism for Handling the Extension of Years of Study for Students)
The Jockey Club Youth Academy for Special Educational Needs
- The Jockey Club Youth Academy for Special Educational Needs established by The Centre for Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education at The Education University of Hong Kong offers secondary school leavers with SEN continuous learning opportunities on campus. For details, please refer to the respective webpage.