AIS is a good school - diverse student population - friendly - not IB but with Australian curriculum which is enquiry based. It is a school that would suit 'regular' kids.
good luck with it
ESF is changing to IB - so the "system" is international and plenty of American, French, Scandinavian, Australian etc etc kids go there. We live in Pokfulam - soccer is nearby as are the primary and secondary schools.
The student population in many international schools appear diverse but the reality remains that a very large numbers are chinese with other passports. At schools like CDNIS or CIS, the population is over 90% chinese but the passports are extremely varied. At West Island the ESF high school which is in Pok Fu Lam, I'd say around 60% chinese, quite a few indians, lots of British, and a smattering of kids from all over the world. Don't remember seeing any caucasian american or canadian kids there but there might be a couple.
Caucasian american kids mostly go to HKIS if they can get in. That's the school that offers AP which will give kids college credits in University and support for SAT and much better information about american universities. It's also very close to the American Club.
It's not necessarily a better school that the ESF but it's more suitable if your children plan to go to american universities.
Happy New Year!
Thank you for your answers.
It continues to be a worrisome issue of this career change. Looks like I have to move first.
Thank you all.
My older daughter goes to ESF kindy in Sheung Wan, and my guestimate would be 70-80% of the kids are chinese there (mine's half chinese).
Another thing is, soccer is the #1 sport in HK, so I doubt your kids will have problems in that regard. :-)