Help please! I have a 21 month old son and no idea regarding where he is going to go to school.
We arrived back in November after a few years away and didn't realize that we needed to have put his name down for school at least two years ago!
I don't have any kind of debenture and I get no support from work for fees so my preference is for him to attend the ESF because it seems like the best balance between cost and education level.
From what I hear though, the chances of him getting a place are less than 1 in 2 because we are not alumni, no sibling etc. So what do we do if he doesn't get an interview?
My wife has been told that we have to put his name down on as many waiting lists as we can to ensure he gets a place. However as the international schools seem to charge $1000 or so just to add a name to a list that seems like a huge waste of money for a second option. Plus I'm told he'd be unlikely to be offered a place at most of them because we're so far behind the curve and we can't afford the fees for most of them anyway!
I've read the article here about lesser known schools but most of them seem to be only up to years 4-7. What happens after that? Aren't we then back in the same situation, only even more unlikely to get a place anywhere?
For a non-clued up guy used to the British system I grew up with (ie you turn 5 and go to your local school) this is giving me a massive headache. Could somebody please explain what most people do if they don't get an ESF place and have limited funds? It seems to me you get one narrow shot at the ESF then it's full and you have to do something else with very limited options. Am I right?