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Getting your child into the school you want often requires years of planning. Itvaries with school type but many parents make multiple applications, trying theaided sector and sought-after Direct Subsidy Scheme schools, and backing up byscouring international and other private schools.
Most offerplaces on a first-come, first-served basis.For popular preschools, it is necessary toput a child's name on waiting lists early.
Most requirechildren to show they can learn in English,and many are selective, taking into accountearly academic ability and social skills.Places in Chinese International School'sreception year, for example, are based on observation sessions to assess languageabilities (English and Putonghua), and academic and social skills. For later years,students must sit tests in English, Chinese and maths, and at secondary level, non-verbal reasoning. Both Chinese and HK International School accept applications twoyears before admission. Some, such as Canadian International, offer places on afirst-come-first-served basis.
English Schools Foundation schools
Applications should be lodged in Septemberfor Year One and Year Seven and are sorted according to admission criteria withchildren from non-Chinese-speaking families given priority.
Direct Subsidy Scheme primary schools
The most sought-after DSS schoolsnormally set admission deadlines in early September, but some run a second roundof admissions for a limited number of places. Places are offered after interviews based on factors such as academic achievement in preschool, language abilities andextra-curricular activities. Children of alumni and, for schools with religious backgrounds, members of sponsoring church bodies may have priority.