HKIS vs IMS (new Stanley campus)

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    HKIS vs IMS (new Stanley campus)

    We are fortunate enough that our 5 year old kid got accepted in IMS and HKIS. now we have to make a decision between the two which is not an easy one ! we love the bilingual mandarin education of IMS but the school only goes up to the end of primary and then we have to start searching again ! furthermore we are not sure how a kid that has gone through the Montessori system can adjust back to a more traditional system. On the other hand we love the HKIS education system as well, their attention to building well balanced children as well as their facilities which are incredible in HK. Furthermore, they go "all the way" and prepare the kids to Uni in North America where mom and dad went !! but mandarin is not as strong as IMS. Any comments or experiences would be appreciated? would you take the risk in HK to first send your kid to IMS and then hope to integrate HKIS at a later stage if you had both options open to you now ?
    Thanks


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    Congratulations to you. your kid must be very smart and adorable.
    Could you please tell me when you receive the offer letter from HKIS? And is it via e-mail or mail?!
    Many thanks! (Bcz we are waiting,,,,,,,,,from HKIS )


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    Thank you for your prompt PM(⌒▽⌒)




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    We were in a similar situation with our 3 year old for getting into both CDNIS & IMS for this coming school year. It was a huge struggle as my boy has been in a Montessori school since he was age 1, and he flourished so well there. However, we have similar concerns as yours, and given we plan to stay in HK for a longer period of time, and knowing the int'l school competition at the high school level will only become more & more fierce, we have decided to put him in CDNIS in the end. Great lost for missing the wonderful IMS program, I know.

    However, if you really decide on ims, rest assure that they do help the kids transition to mainstream schools quite well. I've done lots of research & visited the school myself. Either option your child will have a great primary education.


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    IMS actually helps kids preparing to go to other schools, they talk to the parents of what their top choices are and they help prepare the kids for the interviews, all their kids normally go to whatever school they want to go!


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    oh. whatever school?! can you share more how IMS achieved that? is it because they have a small number of graduates? heard that they had 20+ two years ago. thx.

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    You are correct that since their quantity of graduates is small, they can sustain quality and the kids get into good Int'l secondaries, both the bilingual ones as well as the non-bilingual ones.

    Last year I heard 50% gets into CIS, but then if you think about it, it's just about 10 kids LOL. I think one must look into if your child is suitable for a Montessori education. Usually kids who can focus well, are self-motivated with a healthy social nature can thrive in a Montessori setting beyond kindergarten age.

    One reason we chose CDNIS over IMS has something to do with my son's character


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    When it's time to transfer your child to secondary school, IMS has been very hands-on with assisting parents. In fact, schools welcome Montessori graduates as they are generally self-motivated etc. due to the teaching style. I think whatever decision you make will be the right one. Both are great schools!