i think that park island would be a long commute for your son to get to school....
ma on shan is very far.
ESF schools because of the curriculum they study can't accept mid-term due to the set tets they choose to study at the beginning of the year.
I think that if your son is going to Delia for only half a year then it will be fine and then i'd reccomend to transfer him to another school. From what i've heard the teachers at Delia (sorry if any of you out there are and i may be mistaken!) are not as good as the ESF / intl teachers, that the grades are not as good as the ones achieved or strived for at ESF schools. As for the students obviously this is subjective i guess it is more local (whether this is a good or a bad thing who knows)...
sorry don't mean to get you worried and may be worth getting other ppls opinions on this as im no expert just been through the school system here.
also the other thing to look at is what is on offer. a lot of local schools or non-esf / intl are less concerned with the future i.e help with uni and career guidance or have minimum conncections to ensure a good university. as well as after-school activities which are generally encouraged in intl and ESF whereas they tend to be frowned upon in more local schools.
i'm surprised at what you say about ESF. my aunt and uncle moved here 8 years ago and their twins were able to get into KG5 starting in December. i think they were only in grade 9 though...
This 13 hour difference makes me difficult to get back to you quickly, but so far I am very grateful for what I am getting from this forum. can't thank you enough.
sigh sigh sigh...who would've thought that finding a school is that difficult. so ESF is generally better than other intl schools, eh? I don't know about 8 years ago, but KG has a year-long waitlist and the school has no plan to accept new students whatsoever. Had my son been able to come to HK in December, he could have gone to ESF. Because of timing and being gr.10, we are hitting a big wall here. I am seriously condering not to bring him, but then I need to find a homestay, and you never know what teens would do, though my son is mature and independent.
as for Delia, I've heard that there are many delia schools (some are locals). is the one in Taikoo not international? i thought it was.
if new private ESF renaissance college in ma on shan would accept my son, then the problem will dissolve. he can walk to school and i can take KCR for 20min to KLT (if I find an apartment there).
hi Carang. Yea basically if it's deemed a critical year i.e. GCSE or A level examination years then they won't accept them. they have to wait until a new year. Any form below 10, as far as i know they will accept them mid-term.
dalene722 sorry yea the things i heard were specifically about tai koo delia. haha and yes i may be biased about ESF but Itl schools are just as good. they're a lot larger than ESF. have you tried Shatin College? Haven't heard of Ma on shan although it's prob becasue very far away!
yes, it is really bad that gr. 10 goes no where. Shatin college was the one I called first and said no. There should be a document warning expats relocating to HK that they should not have kids in grade 10 My hair keeps falling out and i will be bald long before I get to HK.
jen24 and carang thanks for your sympathy.
jenkenmax thanks for the links for pets.