The process of applying to US boarding schools is complicated and stressful, thankfully TOC was able to make it as smooth and effective as possible. My daughter firstly approached Agnes with an average school grade and ordinary portfolio.

TOC does not just offer standard counselling service, but they also adjust the plan to fit each and every individual’s character. They helped Kathy to identify her strength and interest in community service, encouraged her to develop them into solid and sound extracurricular activities...which made her to be the applicant that stands out. Agnes also helped her to set her SSAT target scores, taught her exam skill and techniques, and motivated her to focus on doing her best.…In the end, Kathy got accepted into her top choice which is Blair Academy. It was an excellent experience to work with you. Thank you so much!

US Boarding School

Mother of

Grade 8 student, SIS

After a series of private speech classes with us, Stephanie Hsi participated in the 66th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival and was placed in the Top 5 participants in the Solo Verse Speaking Competition. We at The Open Classroom would like to congratulate Stephanie on her latest achievement!

Interview, Writing, Resume, Speech Private

Stephanie Hsi

P2, SPCC Primary School

We are excited to find out that Danica got accepted by St. Stephen's Girl's College after two rounds of interviews! Danica is a regular term student at TOC and took private interview classes with Miss Yvonne prior to the interview. We wish her all the best! 

Kindergarten Topical

Danica Lau

K3, Kiangsu & Chekiang

My daughter took private lessons with The Open Classroom for four months before she attended the admission tests in three top international schools in Hong Kong last year. She passed the tests and got admitted to the school of our top choice. My daughter has been a student of The Open Classroom since its inception. The teachers understand very well about her strength and area of development. They designed a very effective program to customize her needs. The results have been very satisfactory. We are very grateful.

Private Tutoring


Parent of Y11 , CIS

Hebe Tang (Yew Chung and alumni of our 2014 YLOT program) took private interview classes with Ms. Agnes and was successfully accepted into Li Po Chun United World College after three competitive rounds of interview. Congratulations to Hebe!

Interview, Writing, Resume, Speech Private

Hebe Tang

, Yew Chung International School HK

Agnes is a really great teacher. She not only helped me with my SSAT but she also helped with school. She is not only a teacher but a friend too. Whenever I am learning with Agnes she always finds a way to make each lesson fun and I never have to be hesitant to ask questions if there is something I don't understand. My SSAT class with Agnes really helped and I owe my great SSAT score to her.

Intensive SSAT



My elder son has taken classes at The Open Classroom since its inception, a year later, his younger brother joined as well. Both of them enjoy the learning a great deal and they genuinely look forward to their weekly classes there.

Classes are fun and conducted in small groups so teachers are able to identify the individual student’s strength and weakness after only a few classes. The detailed evaluation by the teachers after each module is very thoughtful and helpful to me. This personalized experience and tailored-training helped my kids grow their strength and overcome their weakness quite effectively.

The topical modules are designed to broaden the perspective of the kids, expose them to choices they wouldn’t know otherwise in school and prepare them to be well-informed and more open-minded. My sons learned a lot from modules such as “Meet the Architect” and “Meet the Restaurant Owner”. Growing up in a highly homogeneous society like HK, our kids are fortunate to have “The Open Classroom” classes as an essential learning tool which is supplement to school classes. 

Writing Foundation

Helen Zhou

Parent of Year 4 and K3, CIS

This year I applied to boarding school and successfully got into Choate Rosemary Hall! This would never have happened had I not taken the SSAT and private classes offered at the Open Classroom. Prior to taking the class, my vocabulary was sub-par and my initial SSAT score was unsatisfactory. The class educated me on testing strategies, writing techniques and vocabulary. These all came in useful in my final SSAT test. I am grateful to the instructors.

Intensive SSAT


Year 9, GSIS

The Open Classroom provides a very comfortable learning environment and creates a lot of fun with the small class setting and topical approach. She is not only improving her English but also broadening her knowledge in her living environment and developing her skills in thinking from different angles. Unlike other learning centers which focus on academic results, The Open Classroom's topic-based curriculum develops social responsibility and awareness in kids at an early age as well as good living and learning attitude. Kudos should be given to the teachers who pay personal attention to my daughter and customize classes to help her with her P1 interview. This has led to stellar results in her P1 interviews.

Kindergarten Interview Prep


Parent of K3, Sheng Kung Hui Kindergarten

The Open Classroom has been a terrific experience over the last two years. Our daughter has been participating in various modules since The Open Classroom started and we couldn't be happier. The Open Classroom helps young people build confidence while learning about interesting and socially meaningful topics such as fair trade and helping people with disabilities. Most recently our daughter has taken part in an Intensive Writing module as well as an SSAT Preparation course. The time and attention that the instructors have provided has given our daughter significantly more confidence and meaningful advantage. In the end our daughter was accepted at both of her target boarding schools. More importantly, however, we feel the students are really inspired by the instructors and look forward to attending. We fully recommend The Open Classroom as a wonderful supplement to any child's education.

Private Tutoring


Parent of G7 , HKIS