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Kingston vs IMS

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    Kingston vs IMS

    My daughter is now 2 years old, and got both offers from Kingston (Kowloon Tong) PM class and IMS (Mid-levels) AM class.
    She is very quick and smart, talktive, but a bit shy facing strangers. We expect she could do well in both English and Putonghua, and could be able to go to top international schools in HK, e.g., CIS, CDNIS, SIS or HKIS during primary or secondary.
    Regardless of the location, can some parents give your advise based on your experience? Many thanks!


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    My son (age 3) is currently in DMS, which is very similar to IMS. i must say he is learning so much and progressing so well, that it tears me apart to take him out of a Montessori setting this coming summer (he's going to Canadian International).

    Between age 2-6, i'd say Montessori is a great environment for kids, especially those who can concentrate well, or those who is able to learn to concentrate (ie. kids with ADHD would have difficulty learning in a Montessori setting, but like my son with mild sensory integration, the Montessori environment actually taught him to focus). If your child is already quite sociable, then she should not have issues in a Montessori setting (the reason i said that is because kids usually do their own work there and less time for socializing; kids who are very shy and quiet may need an environment which encourage them to talk more). The level of Putonghua in DMS/IMS is also known to be quite amazing too. Many expat kids without mandarin exposure elsewhere learn the speak, read and write Chinese within kindergarten age.

    If you think your child is intelligent and able to focus fairly, and your end goal is one of the 4 IS you have listed, then i'd go for IMS. I am not sure if Kingston has high school section, but if you are not planning to keep your child there for high school anyhow, then she would definitely learn more in IMS.

    Note also that the mass intake for most of the schools you;ve listed is at around K2 (reception), so you may not want to keep your child in Kingston or IMS for too long and miss the mass intake. Trying to get them in at primary age might be even more difficult.

    ie. For CDNIS they have 40 spots open for K1 (pre-reception), which are mainly taken by staff kids etc (even kids with sibling priority has difficulty getting a spot). They then have 80 additional spots open for K2 (reception), and only 5 additional spot at K3 (prep). I believe they will continue on to primary without adding spots unless someone withdraws. Therefore, the mass intake is at K2.

    Personally i'd love to keep my boy in IMS (he also got a spot there) until primary graduation, as it is a much more solid curriculum than PYP-IB (which is taught in CDNIS), but again, it would be an uphill battle to get back into those top IS if we give up the spot now at K2.

    Also, another reason for keeping your child in IMS for now: location. All the schools you listed are on HK Island. Given you don't want to move around too much, i'd suggest that you stay on (or move to) HK Island now so that it'd be easier when she transition into those schools. Best of luck and enjoy her childhood!! 2 years old can be a hand full!!


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    Thanks Jomama very much, truly helpful in making my mind.
    And congratulations to your child for successfully getting in CDNIS! I visited CDNIS and I really love it. Would you share some tips how your child could succeed?


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    Thank you aspirant99. As we will be off topic for your new question, let's discuss this elsewhere


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    Jomama,

    Congrats

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    Jomama,

    Congrats on Cdnis!!! My daughter is also at DMS but will be moving on to IMS this August. We love Dms so it's also with heavy hearts that we are leaving. But we love the montessori method and want to secure a space for her at IMS primary.

    May i ask which class is your son in at DMS?


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    Wow, we may know each other in real life then! My boy is in Mercury (in DB). How about your girl? I am sure Ms. Sally is having lots of difficulty keeping the bigger kids! (Since they taught so well and so the kids can get into pretty good schools at K2/K3). I am torn too because the school and the community is so wonderful. IMS has equally great parents and teachers, so I am sure your girl will adapt well.

    Since we are planning to stay in HK more or less permanently, securing a through-train school up to secondary education is important to us. As I mentioned, competition for a good IS high school spot will be quite fierce in a few years, so we have to give up a great primary education in sacrifice for that. Honestly if high school is not an issue, we'd definitely choose IMS over any school.


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    My daughter is in Mercury class at DMS Central. I agree with you that quite a few of her classmates will be leaving at the end of the year to go to good schools (both local and IS).

    Anyway, all the best to you and your son! He will love cdnis!!


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    I am sure your daughter will love IMS as well.
    Between IMS with a strong kindie & primary school and Kingston with a fairly good high school affiliated but runs a full IB curriculum, what would be your advice to our friend aspirant99 here?

    (and between CDNIS & IMS? i keep worrying that i have chosen incorrectly...)


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    Aspirant 99,

    Congrats on having 2 solid options for your daughter.

    Unfortunately I don't know much about Kingston International School other than that it has a strong reputation amongst loccal hK families. I do know quite a few parents / children who go to IMS (Foundation - Primary) and although most are happy with the school, there are also some who opt to leave IMS. I would say that those who are happy with the school made an informed decision and truly understood the Montessori method of teaching before signing up. Too often, parents go to a school because of the name but neglect to evaluate whether the culture of the school is in line with that of their families. I will also add that IMS' student body will probably be more international than KIS. So in that sense, the same set of parents will apply for the top ISs that you mentioned above. I may be a minority with the following opinion, but I really don't believe that there are "feeders" into those top IS. In my humble opinion, I think the top international schools are looking for confident, independent children whose families share the same values as the school. The reason why some think there are "feeders" is because some KGs more than others tend to foster those traits more than others.

    As I posted before, my daughter who is 3 now will be joining the Casa program this August. My son who is 18 months old just had his foundation interview last week. May I ask how long did you have to wait the IMS offer?


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