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Deciding school in HK

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    Deciding school in HK

    Hi,

    I am shifting to HK with two kids (4 years in September and 6 months). I am little too confused (and scared) with the process. I understand my older kid will go to KG 1 now and will move to primary in two years. My questions are

    1. Can he go to a KG school which also has primary and automatic transition?
    2. If no (which seems to be the answer) which KG school will ensure admission in a primary school (international school I guess)?
    3. How do we decide on KG school apart from above? Which are some good options? I am not sure about the place I will stay, will decide the place basis school.
    4. How easy / difficult to get admission in KG in a decent school
    5. When do I start looking at primary school for him
    6. Which schools are my best chances, will choose KG school near that
    7. What is the thing about ESF - realised lot of parents want to put their kids in that school also they have both KG as well as primary.

    Thanks guys in advance for reply.

    Cheers!


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    If you first child will be 4 years old this September he would be in K2 for some schools and K1 for others, depending on the schools (some count by birth year [Jan-Dec] and some by school year [Sept-Aug]) My boy is born in Nov so i know how confusing this is in additional to the ready crazy admission process). For local schools you have the option of putting him in either.

    1. Can he go to a KG school which also has primary and automatic transition?
    YES-> HKIS/CIS/GSIS/CDNIS/AISHK/AIS/ISF/SIS/FIS/KCIS/YCIS/IMS/Anfield/ Kingston/Victoria...etc Many International schools' mass intake is at the Reception year, which is approx K2. Many private schools starts even earlier at K1 or PN. Some accepts application at birth, many a year before the start of school, but the competition for these schools IS quite fierce.

    2. If no (which seems to be the answer) which KG school will ensure admission in a primary school (international school I guess)?
    The answer is not 'no' above.

    3. How do we decide on KG school apart from above? Which are some good options? I am not sure about the place I will stay, will decide the place basis school.
    Woodlands, TutorTime, Greenfield, Sunshine House... they are all great kindergartens, and have branches on HK Island & around the city, depending on the school.

    4. How easy / difficult to get admission in KG in a decent school
    Given there is a great exodus into the through-train school by K2, the good schools with just kindergarten without primary are easier to get into by then.

    5. When do I start looking at primary school for him
    As soon as you can. Even if they don't allow for registation now you should look into it. For some, you can register now such as Anfield. Sorry i don't have a full list, others pls help.

    6. Which schools are my best chances, will choose KG school near that.
    HK lsland has the most number of Int'l school but also the greatest amount of competitions. The IS on the Kowloon side on the other hand seem to be a bit easier, especially if you are non-chinese. Schools such as AISHK and YCIS are located at Kowloon Tong, ICS is in FoTan-Shatin, and i believe a few schools near SaiKung. They are more spread out in comparison to the ones on HK island, which are mostly located on the south side or near around the peaks.

    7. What is the thing about ESF - realised lot of parents want to put their kids in that school also they have both KG as well as primary.
    Reasonably priced (as of now) with great IB score. Mandarin program is not a strong though. Also, starting 2014/15 school year for the K1 kids they no longer have interview priority into all ESF primary, the exception being RC & DC (they are the Private Inpendent ESF schools, which are newers and some claim the curriculum is not as strong).

    Hope this helps. I hope my info are correct. Fellow parents please correct if i got any details wrong as i was only looking into the schools i was interested in / have heard of.

    Last edited by Jomama; 03-05-2014 at 05:36 AM.
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    Thank you Jomama. Great help.

    So to my mind it makes sense to aim for all those school where he can get admission in KG and them move to primary automatically. Is there a place where I can get ranking etc. for these schools?

    Last edited by anujroy; 04-05-2014 at 11:59 PM. Reason: Name Wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by anujroy
    Thank you Jomama. Great help.

    So to my mind it makes sense to aim for all those school where he can get admission in KG and them move to primary automatically. Is there a place where I can get ranking etc. for these schools?
    Not really, but you can still try to find it online (do let me know if you find anything). However, every school is different so it is best to go check each school individually and see which ones fit your child better.

    Things one must consider as well:
    1) The Curriculum: American/UK/other nationalities/IB, depending on where the child is from and where he will be heading next
    2) The amount of Chinese desired/ the child and family can handle
    3) School culture, including the amount of homework and the level of discipline desired

    Note also that the application fees for each school is about HK$1000 or more, so realistically most ppl aim for 5-6 schools in hopes of getting 1 spot. Again, find out what suits your family and apply from that point onwards.
    Last edited by Jomama; 05-05-2014 at 12:48 PM.
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    Dear Jamama,

    This is something that I found

    Hong Kong IB 2013 Results. See if this helps.

    I am coming to HK next week for look-see. The agent is supposed to arrange for some appointment to see. I am little confused which schools should I see.

    Could you guys help please. I have not decided on the place to stay, will decide basis the school. A little open ended question but any advice would help.


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    Hi. I am planning to go for Delia School of Canada, which is likely to give Admission to my son this year. Also get to understand the whole thing and apply for other schools this year for next year when he becomes eligible.

    Any opinion on the school. I visited the Campus and I was quite happy.


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    I think it is important to visit the schools you'd apply for your kid. Try to find the information of the open day on the school website.


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    Hi Anujroy, did you let your child go to Delia eventually ? How is the school? I heard diverse comments on the school. Some said the teachers don't stay long and the students don't really speak English much because most students are not having English as first language; most just find it a bridge and switch to other schools soon afterwards when they got other offers.....
    My daughter got an offer to G6 in this Sep. I am still puzzling