This is a preliminary report on the first phase of an empirical study involving the socialisation of young migrants. The report is concerned with differences in school culture across two regions: Hong Kong and New South Wales. A survey research approach by means of questionnaires was used. Year 11 students from about 30 schools in each region were consulted on their views regarding the formal curriculum, the out-of-school curriculum, the teacher-student relationship, and the leadership of the principals. Hierarchical Linear Models (Multilevel models) were used to compare and contrast the culture of schools from the two regions.