DSS Scheme, Advantages of studying at CSS, Scholarship and Remission
A: “The Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) was introduced in 1991 to foster the development of a vibrant private school sector to inject diversity and choice in the education system. The aim is to provide high quality schools other than government and aided schools so that parents have greater choices in finding suitable schools for their children… DSS schools enjoy a higher degree of freedom with regard to curriculum design, student admission and collection of school fees.” (http://www.edb.gov.hk/mobile/en/edu-system/primary-secondary/applicable-to-primary-secondary/direct-subsidy-scheme/featurearticle.html)
Q: What are the advantages of attending a DSS school?
A: Students attending a DSS school have the advantage of enjoying a higher quality education by paying a reasonable school fee while being subsidised by government funding. A DSS school receives a government subsidy for each admitted student, based on the average unit cost of an Aided School place. They are free to design their own curricula according to their own educational objectives. They can charge additional fees to offer a higher quality curriculum, additional services, support measures and facilities for students. With more flexibility and resources, they can cater for the different needs of students.
Q: What is the advantage of studying at CSS?
A: We offer a high quality education, such as a world class curriculum, inquiry-based learning, small classes, exposure to large numbers of native English speaking teachers, wide choice of elective subjects, advanced facilities to support learning, excellent advice for tertiary education. We are an award-winning Inviting School, providing an exceptionally caring school ethos and have a high teacher to student ratio of 1:10. Other schools offering a similar level of quality have to charge higher fees if they do not receive a DSS subsidy.
Q: Does Education Bureau impose any key conditions on how DSS schools operate?
A: Yes. DSS schools have to offer principally a curriculum targeted at local students and prepare them for local public examinations (i.e. HKDSE).
Q: How is the CSS Fee Remission Scheme different from other schools?
A: Firstly of all, a student can apply for this scheme as well as a scholarship and each will be independently assessed. Secondly, in addition to offering different percentage of school fee remission, the scheme also provides extra subsidy (e.g. textbooks, school meals, uniform, study trips & excursions, school bus, teaching support, learning equipment/instrument etc) to further support students from needy families.
答：首先，學生可同時申請學費減免計劃和獎學金計劃，每個計劃均會按其評審準則作獨立評估。此外，學校除了提供不同的學費減免百分比外，亦提供額外的資助（如教科書、學校午膳、校服、交流團及遊學團、校車服務、教學支援、學習設備 / 器材等），以惠及有經濟需要的學生。
Q: How is the CSS Scholarship Scheme different from other schools?
A: CSS offers two types of scholarship, general and special. Both are designed to reflect the school’s core values – respecting and developing students’ potential. The general scholarship rewards all-round students who show multi-faceted talents and achievements in 5 domains – Languages, Inquiry and Problem-solving, Creativity and the Arts, Action and Sports, Service and Leadership. The special scholarship rewards students with exceptional talent and achievement in a given field.