I am currently working at a University in the USA and have
recently been offered a position in Hong Kong. I look forward to taking up the new position in the summer of 2008. However, I am anxious about the education for my son. He was born in England in December 1997. My family moved from England to the USA in 2001. My son has been educated in the US system since 2001 and is in Grade 4 in the 2007/8 school year. He can not speak Cantonese and can not read or write Chinese characters.
We would like to enroll him to an ESF school. When I contacted an ESF primary, I was told that we should apply for Year 7 (i.e. secondary) and ESF schools are very strict about age band. However, when I contacted an ESF secondary, the response was the following: "taking into account **** is only in grade 4 this year and is very young for Year 7, I would suggest you consider to put him into Year 6 instead. We will consider him for Year 7 in 2009-10."
Does ESF enforce a strict age band? The primary school insists this is the case but the response from the secondary school suggests otherwise. The end result - no one wants to consider our application. Is there any way I could challenge their desions?
I am new to this forum. Will greatly appreciate your help.