How strict is the ESF system in placing children in years according to their birth year?
From the website it looks like my child born 2004 would start year 1 in 2009, which is different than where he would place in Canada. He is taking 2 years of preschool (07/08, and 08/09 years) and will go into Kindergarten in 09/10 in Canada. We are thinking of moving to Hk for the following year when he should enter grade 1 if in canada but looks like he would enter year 2 in HK, thereby losing a year. How many years are there? Is it 12 years as it is in canada?
also I was under the immpression from reading on this website that all ESF use the IB cirruculum throughtout all years. On their website the only reference I could find to the IB program was about taking the IB exam for teens. We are hoping to send him to am IB school here, so that a switch to Hong kong will be easier.
Is is very difficult to get into a school half way through the year? If you live in the right catchement area and are only fluent in english are you guarenteed a spot? Is this different for the kindedergarten program vs. the primary program? I have younger child (born 2006) who will start his first year of preschool in the 09/10 year here, so should then go into K2 in hong kong, then the next year sme thing, if in canada he would do another year of K but in HK will be in primary 1. What happens when we return to canada, he will be a year older than all his class mates, which I do not want.