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Which kindergarten to have better chance to get into Chinese international school?

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    MommyTo3 is offline Registered User
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    What about ISF? Not getting into CIS, may have nothing to do with your child (or your wallet), but simply because of the large number of applicants and popularity of the school. Agree, there are many other good bi-lingual options. ISF follows IB, like CIS and Victoria ...

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    thanks MommyTO3. what does ISF stand for??? is that the Academy school in Pokfulam cyberport???

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    ISF- Independent Schools Foundation, Cyberport

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    Last I heard ISF debenture is bid at hkd5mm with no offer ... Urgh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obiwan View Post
    Last I heard ISF debenture is bid at hkd5mm with no offer ... Urgh.
    A debenture is not a requirement for entry into ISF. It does give you priority in case of waitlists.
    I have 1 child in there ( I have no debenture nor $5m :-( )

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    Hi Howardcoombs,

    So how did you manage to get child into ISF? Your child must be super smart and did a great interview...Your child went to Lingnan and KCIS right? I think you were kind enough to reply on my Lingnan thread before. Thanks.

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    Actually she is not special; just regular ordinary kid. There are one or 2 supersmart ISF kids in every grade but in general the kids are fairly normal and average.

    My eldest child got into ISF at P6 level because she was fluent in English and Mandarin.

    If you are trying to get into ISF in early years (reception) : You need to have an average and fairly normal child (not shy/ widthdrawn/quiet etc) along with a family commitment to Hong Kong (ISF generally reject transient families) and commitment to Chinese language and culture (it is a fully bilingual school)

    If you are trying to get into ISF in later years : The same criteria above applies and on top of that the child must be fully fluent in English as well as Mandarin.

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    I have 4 students in ISF both from english speaking family,
    it's a disaster that they should fighting with their homework
    Everyday. They can not finish their homework if I'm not with
    them,so u should also prepare a large sum of money for tutors.

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