Forget the BEST School; Find the BEST FIT School

Forget the BEST School; Find the BEST FIT School

If we had a dollar for every time we’re asked “What’s the best school in Hong Kong?”. There is no such thing! We don’t have any rankings and the best school for your colleague’s / cousin’s / best friend’s kid is quite possibly the absolute worst school for your kid.

So, if we focus on finding the best fit school, rather than the “ best school”, we suggest a planned process. It’s not a linear process. Many times, we are asked for a step-by-step plan or a checklist. Wouldn’t that be nice ? Some aspects are related to your family generally, others to your child. Some are factors you can control and others are completely out of your control .We can categorise all these aspects broadly into 6 Ps:

Procedures, Proficiency, Preferences, Policy, Personality, Priorities

Each of the Ps belongs to either the school, the parents or the child. Where do you start?

Most parents start with the school.They research schools they’ve heard about from friends/ relatives/colleagues. Parents study the curriculum it follows, what it costs, where it is, whether it has a swimming pool and how many Ivy League/OxBridge placements it has…. which is a big mistake. Parents are often judging a school on misinformation, other parents’ experiences (who have children who are different from yours) or the school’s own PR fluff.

We suggest you start with YOU.Who are you? Your child? Your preferences. In an ideal world, what does your ideal school look like, feel like, smell like? If your child is older, you can start with your child.

Your Preferences
We spend a long time with our families to get to know them.We discuss your own educational background, your expectations in terms of academic program, plus your budget, location, etc.We are careful not to restrict options too much at the initial stage. Parents often have strong opinions about curriculum which, in our opinion, is not the most important factor for a primary school student.

Your Priorities

If you have priorities, you will enjoy advantage at certain schools. If you graduated from a school in Hong Kong, alumni priority is strong. If you have your child enrolled in the school’s affiliated kindergarten, you will also enjoy some priority. Priority is one consideration; it is not the most important one.

Your Child’s Proficiency & Personality

Every school will meet your child before accepting him/her. If your child is four years old or more, we prefer to meet your child to evaluate their general development in a few areas:

Language Proficiency: English and/or Chinese; Emotional/social; Motor skills – gross/fine

As for the Procedures and Policies, each school differs from the next We suggest coming to this last.

Top Schools are admissions experts for private and international kindergartens, primary and secondary schools.We understand each school in-depth and what they are looking for in a family. We can support families throughout the whole process to secure a place in a top school in Hong Kong.

Get in touch today to arrange a phone call: Email: | +852 3565 5865

February 15, 2018 / by / in ,

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