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Any International School / Local School in Hong Kong recommendation for average students

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    I wouldn't recommend local schools at all. Unless your child is rooting for universities abroad, or is a fluent Chinese speaker, the DSE curriculum is harsh (and even harsher when aiming for Unis in HK). Most Universities in HK has a Chinese DSE requirement, and if you don't meet it, it will be harder to get admitted by them even if your other subjects have excellent grades.

    I would recommend any ESF school for the reason that they have an IB curriculum. Not sure about IB in detail (as i completed A levels instead), but i know that unis in HK only expect the english and second language of non-jupas students (anyone who dosesn't do DSE applies to uni as non-jupas) to have a pass (unless of course if you wanted to major in english lit, or other majors related to languages).

    If you wanted an A level curriculum (as an alternative to IB), then YMCA is the only viable option i can think of. This curriculum is rare in hong kong now. I know another school where i graduated with 3 A's and ended up going to HK University of Science and Technology, but it is not a worthy school in my opinion and its called : Saint Too Sear Rogers International School. It's a happy environment here, but boring... the school lacks enriching activities and are limited in A level electives.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaakTi

    If you wanted an A level curriculum (as an alternative to IB), then YMCA is the only viable option i can think of. This curriculum is rare in hong kong now. I know another school where i graduated with 3 A's and ended up going to HK University of Science and Technology, but it is not a worthy school in my opinion and its called : Saint Too Sear Rogers International School. It's a happy environment here, but boring... the school lacks enriching activities and are limited in A level electives.
    Not read the whole thread but would like to point out that there are a couple of other options for A Levels. Kellett and Harrow - are both of which are expensive. Kellett prides itself as being academically-non-selective, but does go out of its way to offer academic support where ever it is needed.

    I am also of the opinion that IB, in the context of 'average' is students who may be good at one thing but have little interest in some subjects, is a bit overrated.
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    Island Christian Academy in Sheung Wan uses IPC curriculum (similar to IB apparently) and isn't super academically selective. And on the more affordable side i.e. $100-110K a year

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