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you learn about these the better, as high demand for places usually means there is little or no room for flexibility if you miss deadlines or your child's language or academic skills arc not acceptable.

All education- even the notionally free government variety - comes at a cost. Your expectations must not exceed your budget, Check out any up-front commitments, such as unitonns, compulsory equipment, tri ps and debentures, and assess the aJIonlability of fees and other ongoing costs. Inquire also into extra and bidden costs to avoid financial stress.

Once you feel you have idnntificd one or more potential candidates from the dizzying range of choices, you need to use all your expert knowledge of'your child to see which institution offers the best motivational fit. Children differ as much as schools in personality and ability, and it might be usclul to think of the declslon-maklng process as a piece of a large, complex jigsaw puzzle.

Making the effort to slot the pieces together in the right places can be fiddly and tlme-consuming, but getting it right is extremely rewarding and satisfying, and the resultant picture CIUl be a tiling of beauty forever,

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popular schools have limited admission periods, normally November to january. Less-popular schools admit students until shortly before the start of the academic year, This allows those not successful in gaining places in aided

', schools to shop around duringthe summer term [or Primary and . Secondary One places, and Form SLx after HKCEE results are announced.

Aided primary schools Applications must be made in the last week of September. Parents can apply to only one school but their choice is not restricted by their school net. Resu Us are announced in late November. If unsuccessful, parents can then apply through the central allocatlnn systern before late Ianuary, with results announced in early June.

AIded secondary schools Forms are distributed iulate November and

. applications for discretionary places .need 10 be made between late

.: December and late January, Parents can apply for places at two schools:

•. Applications for central allocation are made through primary schools in early

. May and results an! released Ill. mid-July.

Foundation Year (Batch 1) September 1 to October 29, 201 0

Grade 1 (Batch 1) September 1 to September 30,2010

Grade 2 to 11 ; September 1. 2010 to April 8 .. 2011

The school offers academic and talent scholarships for the secondary grades and applications for these scholarships must be submitted by Friday, January 14, 2011. Financial Aid is available.

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Tests run by the AustraliaA Council for Educational Research showed scores for maths and reading in Eng!ish;"among Grade 10 students exceeded the average performance of lb-ycar-olds in 57 countries and regions, he said.

Bilingual immersion programmes were developed in Canada ill the 19GOs in response to middle-class, Englishspanking families' demands for opportunities for their children to learn the language and culture of fellow

francophone nationals. .

They are now offered across nine Canadian provinces and similar models have sprung up across the United States, but the bilingual approach is a recent

arrival in Hong Kong. i

Kingston International School in Kowloon Tong has developed an IB Primary Years Programme taught in English and Putonghua, and Victoria Shanghai Academy ncar Aberdeen ~ linked to a group of billngual kindergartens ~ is becom lug a bilingual "through-train" sehoul,

Amy Tsul Blk-mny, chair professor of language and education at University or Hong Kong. said it was very important for schools adopting a bilingual approach to do a longitudinal study ofits impact on students' academic attahuncnt,

Research on Canadian Frenchlanguage immersion prograunnes had found that they really benefited only the top 2.5 ]ler cent of U1C abilltyrange, and good teaching and high levels of parental support were essen Hal to success.

But Hau Kit - tai, professorof educational psychology at Chinese University, said it would be worth trialing early immersion in English as an alternative for public-sector schools.

Challenge of bilingual learning

Pupils benefit from immersing themselves in a second language, writes Liz Heron

s scores of publicsector secondary schools prepm"e to switch more classes over to the medium ofEnglish in September, a growing band of independent schools have adopted a challenging bilingual approach ~ teaching in both l'utonghua and English.

Leading the trend Is the Independent Schools Foundation Academy in Pok Fu L-Ull, which was set up itl2003 by a group ofpromlnent academics and scientistsincluding celebrated Nobel Laureate Dr Charles Kao Kuen - with the aim of providing top-flight independent education in Hong Kong with Chinese characteristics.

At ISFAcademy, children as young (IS four are plunged into classes taught entirely iu Putonghua, and 70 per cent of subjects are taught in the language for the first three years of'prlmary school, with the remainder in English.

By the start of secondary school, the languages of lnsnuctlou are reversed and students then have (0 sink or swim in English across 70 per cent of subjects ~ everything except Chinese language and culture. In Grade Nine and 10, English is used for 130 per cent of subjects.

The school offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and ill September will launch the IB Diploma, which devotes a third of currlculum time to language learning, and offers a wide range of first and second language options.

Frances Wong, chairwoman and founding member of the Independent Schools Poundatlon, said they set out to create a school with a "balanced" bilingual programme to meet demand from Hong Kong parents for an alternative to international schools and studying abroad.

"We have three words: independent, Chinese and global," she said. "These three words summarise what we arc aiming at It is schooling for the Hong Kong community based on the values of I-long Kong as a Chinese city and as part of the Chinese world."

Most of its students speak Cantonese as their mother tongue, but 20 per cent ow international students, with about 5 per cent having English as their mother tongue. As a Private Independent School, at least 70 per cent of its intake must be permanent residents.It selects students for aptitude in languages and mati IS.

Mmy Jew, U1e school's bilingual immersion curriculum co-ordinator, is a past president of the National Association for Bilingual Education in the United States, which campaigns for immersion programmes in US schools.

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lSF Academy Immerses younger pupils In Putonghua, but they have to sink or swim In Engilsll at secondary level, Photo:. Dickson Lee

"For language acquisition to the extent where the children will become bilingual and blliterate, you really need mow than foreign-language Instruction," she said. "We really arc using the language as a tool of instructlon. Therefore, it is a much richer experience because it is marc contextual and more content -nch,

"There is more than 40 years of experience ofimmersion programmes in Canada and 30 years ill U1e United States, and thew has been research for many years that shows it does work."

Bilingual immersion models based on research into successful schools ranged from having 100 per cent of teaching in one of the languages in the primaryyears to hnlf'ln one and halfin the other,

"This school looked at all the models and selected the 70:30 model because most of our community speak Cantonese, but not all," she said.

"We spend more time initially to develop the more difficult language, which is Putonghua. In Grade Four and Five, we even it up to 50:50. In Grade Six, you arc going into the Middle Years Programme, which will require a lot more English, and by this time we hope the students will have developed Vely solid foundations in both languages,

"It is the norm in immersion schools to switch the two languages around because now you moe preparing the students to take a lot of standardised exams and for university entrance,"

Dr Levi Gao, director of Chinese language and literature, said: "Our target is that by the time they graduate from the Middle Years Programme, the JUajority of students will be able to take Putonghua as Language A, the first language option

in the IB Diploma programme." Students were taught traditional characters from Grade One and learned to type in pinyin in Grade Two, In Grade Six, they were introduced to simplified characters, and separate classes in Chinese language and culture were offered in Putunghua.

Gao said the school maintained the emphasis on Putonghua in the face of a challenging academic programme in English by embedding it in students' daily lives and supporting it with a vibrant cultural programme,

Teacher Clure Alcock, who teaches English and humanhles, said: "Grade Six is definitely U1C transition year for a lot of the kids. Thelrlanguage just takes off, because they are using it in almost every class eVeJY day."

Principal Malcolm Pritchard said the school's academic standards had been approved by the International Baccalaureate Office, which recently authorised it to 11m the Middle Years Programme and the JB Diploma.

lSI" Academy supports Pu tonghua learning through a vibrant cultural programme

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planned (0 increase fees this year, nor do they impose debentures or levies. A spokesman for LogosAcademy said: "We have some cxtra-cnrrtculnr activities, bill all the charges arc included in the tuition fee. Most lcarnlng materials are dlstributed as worksheets. But we do have some textbooks, and like other schools the students have to buy those."

The ESP moved a big step closer to tho mainstream international sector in November, when it announced a HK$25,OOO levy for all new students entering its publicly subsidised schools Irom August next ycal".

The levy, which will fund the replacement of ageing school buildings, must be paid by parents of all children admitted to Year One of'primary schools and Year Seven of secondary schools, as well as other year groups.

The levy will not apply toch ildren admitted to ESF schools this September and all children already attending secondary schools when the charge is introduced will be exempt. However, children already attending ESP primary schools as at August 2011 will have to pay it when they transfer to ESF secondary schools from next year.

Sharon Besser, chairwoman of (he Hong Kong Preschool Playgroups Association, which runs seven kindergartens and playgroupa across the tenltory, said its children mainly went on

to ESP primary schools. ::

"People are definltely aware that fees are goIng up, and there has been a lot uf talk and complaints about the new ESF levy." she said. "But the ESF Js the most affordable option in the English-medium independent sector, so parents don't have any choice but to somehow find the money."

One parent with children at the ESF's Sha Tin Junior School, who asked not to be named, said: "Once you arc iii Ole ESP, it is almost impossible to go hack to an ordinary government or aided school because your child's Chinese would not

be up to scratch. '

"It is also Ole style of'learuing: they can't get used to having tests and exams on a regular basis. And the interuational schools are not an option because their

fees keep rising as well." .

Many international schools sell corporate and individual debentures, which normally confer priority in admissions to cover the cost of building works. Over recent years, a gmw:ing number of schools have introduced compulsory annual capital levies ~ also for building works ~ alongsiqe or in place

of debentures, .

And Australian Intern at tonal School is mtroduclng a now HK$lOO,OOO "depreciating debenture" for 2010-11 that depreciates in value by 12.5 per cent a year over an eight -year period, with the refund reducing accordingly.

A sluvey of eight independent schools by the South Olilla Morning Post in December found that threeljmd

Little relief for fee-paving parents

A shortage of places means the cost of an independent schools place has been rising sharply. and the burden is increasing, writes Liz Heron

11m he independent sector

provides a wide range of options, from intematlonal schools that give access to education systems around the world to private schools that emphasise Chinese language and culture. Tile four main types - International schools, English Schools Foundation, Private Independent Schools and Direct Subsidy Scheme ~ each have their own funding and admission systems, and traditionally catered to the needs of different social groups.

But the majority offee-charging schools now have a diverse student population drawn from a rich variety of lingulstlc, cultural and national backgrounds,

Today, the cost of schooling is one of the main barriers faced by parents seeking an independent education, as fees rise and waiting lists grow under the pressure of burgeoning demand,

John Crawford, chairman of consultancy linn lntemational Quality Education and a former supervisor of Cnnadlan lnternational School, said:

"The serious driving force that we have right now is that there are too many students ~ at any good school there is a waiting list.

"The market is just so tight now and the schools are so full. I have never seen it quite like this. In theory, you have a sellers' market and schools could charge what they like, but they are not.

"Most schools are being responsible by holding increases down (0 the level of 5 to 7 per cent. This relates to teachers' salaries and these increases are manageable for most parents.

"There are not many companies now that provide a package that includes education fees. But because the shortage of places is more acute, parents are basically willing to pay."

Pees across the English Schools Poundatlon's 14 publicly subsidised schools will increase from September by up to 5.3 per cent. Primary school fees me going up by HK$2,900 to HK$61,OOO.

At secondary schools, fees wilt lise by HK$3,750 to H K$93,OOO a year, with students in Years 12 and 13 paying a premium rate for the first time. Their fees

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will rise by HK$4,750 to HK$94,OOO. '111is year's rises brings the cumulatlve fee increases atESF schools since 2005 to 27.3 per cent for primary schools and 17.7 per cent for secondary schools, despite the suspension of a planned increase last year because of the financlal crisis.

By the end of April, the Education Bureau had received 26 applications from lntemationalschools to increase their fees for the 2010·11 school year, three more than it received in the whole of last year,

Spot checks on leading intemational schools showed a mixed picture for fee levels in the coming school year, with some plannlngsubstantlal lncroasos and others keeping fees static.

Canadian Intornatlonal School aims to raise fees by nearly 8 per cent to HK$110,500 for Grade 12 from September, and Christian Alliance P.e. Lau Memorial International School is planning a5.5 per cent increase to HK$107,800.

Hong Kong International School, which has the highest fees in Ole sector in the 2009~ 10 school year - at HK$1G8,OOO

Some international schools plan substantial lncreases in the coming school year; others are keeping fees static

for a Grade 12 student - is planning a3.6 per cent rise to HK$174,100 for Grade 12 in 2010-11. Both years' fees include a compulsory annual capital levy of HK$15,OOO. ButAustra1ianlnternationai School is keeping its fees steady at HK$1l2,OOO.

Parent Brenda Cheung Iia-ll of Kowloon Tong, whose two daughters attend Christian Alliance International School, said fees for the prunary section were HK$6,OOO a month when they joined:in 2006, and today were between HK$8,OOO and HK$9,000 a month,

"Our school fees have gone up by about 30 per cent during a period that has seen a financial crisis. and parents have had to deal with pay cuts or have lost their jobs and had to leave," she said.

A total of31 private independents had lodged applications with the bureau by April 30 for fee increases in the coming school year, TIlls type of'school has seen UlC biggest fee increases over the past two years, with one school raising its fees by more than 30 per cent in200B.

Two Private Independent Schools said they were planning increases of 5 to G per cent.Intornatlonal Christian School is puutngup fees by s.spercont to HK$109,300 and Renaissance College is increasing them by 6 per cent to HK$98,OOO.

Fees at Direct Subsidy Scheme schools are set at !I level far below other fcc-charging schools. None ofthe three schools contacted - St Paul's Cueducational College, Diocesan Boys' School and HKCCCU Logos Academy-

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increased the price of their debentures in the preceding 2Y, years, with one bumping up the price by BOO per cent.

lSI' Academy ill Pok Fu I.1m was charging l-I K$l.G mlllloufor corporate debentures that cost HK$200,000 when they were first issued in Iunc 2007. The price of Singapore International's corporate debenture rose 80 per cent to HK$lBO,(J()O, while that of French International's rose by a more modest 13.4 per cent to I-IK$110,000.

At most schools, debentures me non- 1 ransferable or can only be transferred to other family members or the children of other staff within the same company.

But a small number of schools, including Chinese International, Canadian International and lSI' Academy, allow their debentures to be sold on the second- hand market.

Another factor to take into account is additional charges for compulsory items such as uniforms, books, stationery and field trips. While some schools keep these charges to a minimum, or include books and stationery in the overall tuition fcc, at others they can be quite substantial. An nppllcat ion fee, which can exceed HK$l,OOO, is also common.

At HK1S, charges for the mandatory outdoor programme in Grades Nine to ]2 HInge from HK$4,OOO to I IK$2G,OOO per year, while a mandatory technology fco of HK$12,900 is payable once evmy three years.

The ESP and many international, PIS and DSS schools offer scholarships or bursarles to children who pass a means test and meet other admission

rcq ulrements. Details me normally posted on the school's website.

Sheila Dickinson, senior vicepresident with ipac financial planning I-long Kong. said intemntional school fees had been running ahead of inflation in recent years and the pace of ESP fee increases could well accelerate in the coming years.

"Ill the current context, the essential thing for parents is to make sure that they do plan their flnances carefully to ensure that they can achieve thelrpersonal objectives for their children's education.

"Our advice is to start planning and saving as early as possible. It is important to factor in the average long-term inflation rate, which in Hong Kong is around 3 per cent, when you start your education plan," Dickinson said.

"Parents need to compare apples with apples. TIle potential additional charges for independent schools should all be added up, because manyinternational schools tend to have most of the extracurricular activities included ill inilinl fees. And these significant increases do remind parents to have their financial position reviewed regularly 80 that they can keep pace. Each time the fees go up, you have to look at your financial plan and review it,"

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languages, and health and physical education. Thereis : -. . . option. 'l'heyfreely recruit intcmational students.

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cultures. schools typically offer Bngllsh language . . ". ':'. ,Kong students enrol in them for traditional acudemlc

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traditional subjects but with .i\ll inquirybased, cross-curricular approach, organised mound six key thethes that run across six subject arcus -Janguagc, maills, social studies, arts, science and personal, social and physlcnleducatlon.

Tonic for acronym anxiety

A glossary of widely used terms that could leave you scratching your head

Advanced Placement (AP) Programme J\P courses are offered by many schools following American curricula to allow top students to earn university credits and help them secure places on competitive degree programmes. TIle programme, involving.:-JO courses, is run by 'I'he College Board in the US. umno.apcentral.collegeooard.com

ACAM IS The Association of China and Mongolia International Schools, which has 43 member schools on the mainland, in Mongolia and in Hong Kong, the latter including Chinese International School, liang Kong Academy, Hong Kong

J nteruatlonai School and Australian J nternational School.

ACT A standardised lest used to assess candidates for admission to American universities that is an altemative to the SAT. It is split into four sections - English, muths, reading and science. An optional written paper is also offered. Each section is scored on a scale of one to 36 and candidates also receive a composite score, which is the average of their four lest scores.

council of International 5(:hools (CIS) The global offshoot of the European Council ofIntemational Schools (ECIS), which provides accreditation, among other services.

Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) Under the scheme, schools receive government subsid les per student similar to those for aided schools. But DSS schools can also charge fees and enjoy greater independence and flexibility in terms of management, curriculum and admissions. So far, 72 schools have joined. For schools transferring to the scheme, DSS status is phased in from Primary One or Secondary One, which is why some schools continue to offer both DSS and aided classes.

English as a Second language (ESL) Programmes designed tohclp non-native English speakers learn the language more quickly. Also known as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Fees TIle tult ion fees quoted in this guide are for the 2010-11 school year unless otherwise indicated. They may still be subject to Education Bureau approval. Many schools charge separately for books, stationery a nd other services, as well as non-refundable rcgtstratlon fees.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) An intemationally recognised qualification offered by five British exumination boards and approved by Britain's Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority. GCEA-levels

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are broadly equivalent to Hong Kong A-levels. Since 2000 they have been divided into two parts - the AS-level taken after the first year of senior secondary education and the A2 after the second and final year. A new A* grade is being introduced this year.

General Certificate of Secondary EducatlDIl (GCSE) British public exams run by the same exam boards as GCEA-levels for 14- to 16-yenr-olds. Broadly equivalent to the Hong Kong Certificate of Education, although grading for both GCSEs and GCE A-levels is more generous than for the Hong Kong exams, An iutcmatlonal version, the IGCSE, has syllabuses adapted for students outside Britain, Students normally take eight to 10 SUbjects, with English, maths and sciences compulsory, at the end of Key Stage Pour. Advanced classes may take some subjects earlier.

Hong Kong A-level Examination (HKALE) Public exam offered by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authorlty (I-1KEAA) and normally taken at the end of Secondmy Seven. TIle HKALH is being phased out and the last cohort of Secondary Six students will start the programme this September and take the exams in 2012. Seventeen A -level subjects and 18 AS-levels are available. All subjects except languages can be taken in either Chinese or English and most students take exams In five SUbjects. The exam qualifies students to study in local and overseas universities. Afinal round of21 (-IKALEs for private candidates only will be offered in 2013.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) Public exam taken by Secondary Five students, which detennines their entry to Secondary Soc Tho HKCEH is being phased out and the last year group of Second my Five students will take tile exams this summer. Students who receive six or more A grades can apply to universities through the Early Admissions Scheme, exempting them from the HKALE. A final set of22 HKCEEs will be offered for private candidates in 2011.

Hong KOllg Diploma of secondary Education SChool-leaving diploma taken at the end of Secondary Six that will replace the HKALE and HKCEE. TIle diploma follows three years of senior secondary education. Students have to take foul' core subjects, Chinese, English, maths and liberal studies, and choose two 01' three electives from among academic, applied learnlng and altemative language options. TIley are also offered "other Iearnlng experiences" that include moral and civic education, community service, physical and aesthetic education and work experience.

TIIO first group of Secondary Six students will sit the exams in 2012 alongside the last group of Secondary Seven student taking A-levels. Thereafter, students from public schools will enter university after Secondary Six.

International Englisll Language Testing system (I ELTS) Language assessment developed by Unlverslty of Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Examinations and managed in more than lut; countries by the British Council and!DP Education, Australia. it is required for study in Australia and is widely used as an entrance qualification for tertiary education elsewhere. In Hong Kong, it is used as a language test for graduating universlty students. Some schools prepar'e students for IELTS tests. unuuuelts.org

Information and Communications Technology ucn Most schools emphasise that students will learn and use computer skills both in leT classes and across the curriculum.

International Baccalaureate organisation (lBO) The IIlO, which is based in Geneva but has its curriculum centre in Cardiff, Wales, and regional headquarters in Singapore, was founded in the 1960s to develop a currlculum for international schools. It now offers three International Baccalaureate programmes - the IE Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years - which promote broad, inquirybased leamlngwith a strong global perspective. www.ibo.OIg

IB DlplomaApre-universityprograrume for 16- to 19-year-olds and a popular, although rigorous, altemative to A -levels. Students study six subjects, three at standard level and three at higher. These must include their first language, a second language and one subject from each of four curriculum areas: individuals and society; experimental sciences; rnaths and computer sciences; and the HItS. All students have to complete the more philosophical theory of knowledge course and the creativity, action and service programme. 111CY must also write a 4,000-word extended essay on a research topic.

IB Middle Vears Programme (MVP) For students aged 11 to l(l who study a wida rmlge of subjects taught through five core principles: approaches to learning; health and social education; environment; conununityand service: and 1101110 faber (mall'S impact on the environment). Theymust also complete a personal project in the final year.

I B Primary Vears Programme (PVP) For children aged three to 12. The most flexible of the III programmes, it covers

mtematlcnal primary Curriculum An alternative to the IB I'YP, for children aged three to 12, developed in Britaln. A thematic curriculum based on explicit learning standards that coversubject, personal and international,. understanding, taught through more than 90 work units, it also places a strong emphasis on developing skills. Used by Norwegian Iutcrnationnl School. www.internationalprlmarycurriculinn.com

MontessorI Method An approach to teaching developed by Italian: educationalist Maria Montessori (1870- 1952) that focuses on developing children's nntural curioslty through selfdirected leamlng. Manlpulahle learning equipment is used to enable chlldrcn to learn through their different senses.

Mon tessori also advocated that children should he taught In multi-age classrooms so they could learn from each other. There are now thousands of Montessori schools around the world, from preschool to secondary levels. The schools may be accredited by ', the Montessort Centre lnrematlonal or recognised by the Assoclatinn'Moutessuri Intemationale - wwwmontessori.ac.uk and www.montessori-ami.or~. However, as tile Montessori name is not patented, schools can use the term inllleil' title without having ally accreditation,

National ASSDciatloll of mdepandent Schools (NAIS) Orgmlisation representing about 1,400 independent schools in the US and overseas. Chinese International School is a member.

National Centre for School CurrIculum and Textbook Development (NCCT~) An organisation affiliated to the cenrral government's ministry of education that is starting to accredit International schools on the mainland. It has heen preparing for this job by working with overseas agencies.

NatIonal currlculum of Englana and Wales Used by many international schools and preschools, covering education from age five to 16 and divided into foul' "key stages" plus a foundation stage that covers preschool education. Students may be tested at the end of each key stage. During Key Stages Oneand Two, primary schools teach the corc subjects ofEnglish, maths and science, plus history, geography, rut ami design, ICT, music, design and technology: and PE. Stress is placed on reading, writing and maths through the British government's

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literacy and numeracy strategies, These provide schools with study programmes and materials for daily literacy and munerucy hours, designed to ensure a rigorous focus on these baslc skills, The llrst three years of secondary school- ago Il to 14 - are covered by Key Stage Three. while Key Stage Pour covers tho preparation period for General Certificate of Secnndary Education (GCSE) exams from age 14 to 1G (see GCSE entry), During Key Stage Three. students follow all the primary subjects plus citizenship and a modem foretgn language.

Private I ndependent Schools (PIS) Schools that. since 1999. have received government land and capital grants for construction but are otherwise financially independent Up to 70 per cent of their students must be permanent residents, They are free to choose their own curricula and admission policies,

Standard Assessment Tasks (SAYs - British) Tests to assess students' achievements in the National Curriculum of Bngland and Wales. taken at the end of each of the first three key stages, at ages seven, 11 and 13, Although the tests are not obligatory for schools following this curriculum outside Britain, some schools in Hong Kong do set them.

SAT (American) Astandardlsed test (formerly called the Scholastic Aptitude Test) used to assess cru ididates for admission to American unlversltles. It is split into three sections - critical reading. maths and writing, Each section is scored on a scale of200 to 000, Some

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independent schools and many iutorial schools in Hong Kongprepare students for the SAT,

steiner waldorf schools These espouse the approach of German philosopher RudolfStelner (1861-1925), TIley emphasise the development of the whole child. including spiritual. physical. aesthetic and moral dimensions, rather than early formal learning. There are about 3,000 Steiner schools and preschools around the world, although Highgate House School is the only one in Hong Kong, Also known as Waldorf schools, www,steillerwaldoif.org,flk

TOEfL Test of English as a Porelgn Language. Assesses students' abilities in written and spoken English, It Is often used as an entrance requirement for International students applying to American universities.

WASC Westem Association of Schools and Colleges, Accredits public and private schools, colleges and universities In the United States, Several international schools in Hong Konguse Its services for quality assurance, Hong Kong International School and American International School are examples of WASC-accredited schools,

V2K/millennluln schools New, upgraded standard tor local school campuses built from 2000 onwards. with larger classrooms and space for a wider ratlge of activities, Several new DSS schools have been allocated Y2K crunpllses built by the govemment

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300 Junction Road; 2/F Kowloon Tong website: www.woodlandschools.com

Half·dav: H K$22,QOO for Kl and K2. Advance fees of HK$4,400wili be retained for the entire school year for Kl and K2 programme. These advance fees will cover the tuition fees for May and Ju ne of last school year of the student. Application fee: HK$60.00. (I ncludes registration)

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; Maritime Square Year groups aughn Kl· 3to 4; K2 - 4to 5; Hum er 0 studentss 352; Year Dun e 11999 currtcunnm Play· based, Interactive and promotes learning through Inquiry following the UK Early Years Foundation Sta~e which 15 strongly influenced by the 18 PYP. Children learn through exciting, hand-on experiences In a range of group sizes, Medium: English; Special programmes: putongh ua N umber of teacherslll; Average clasulxo: 22.

Tel: 2435 529t

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Tel: 2791 2472 E·mail: newsong@netvigator.com Website: www.newsonank.com

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Braemar Hi II Shoppi ng Centre: Tel: 2529 1833

Mid levels, 5 Caine Road: aotantcal court: Tel: 25292288

Tal Tam, 3 Red Hill Road, Red Hill Plaza, Tel: 2813 .~·lature,l)eSllg~'I~USilqf'h~$I'cal'pev,~roM

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wow, 9 sulfolk Road Kowloon Tong: Tel, 2529 1188

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Hong Kong; Tower 18, 88 Tai Tam Reservoir Rd

Tel 2812 6023, Fax 2812 2938

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Kowloom Kowloon Station, 1 Austin Rd West Podium Level, Tel 2812 6801

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T~I: 2849 7123:E-mall: peak@sunshlnehouse.com.hk

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Playschool (Discovery Bay North): tst floor, Shop 106, Block 6, Discoverv sav North Development: Tel: 29870813; E-mail: dbaYllorth@sunshlnehouse.com.hk:Website: www.sunshinehouse.com.hk

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Anfield International Kindergarten

Kowloon Tong campus: 5 Cumberland Rd. Kowloon Tong and L2, phase L Laguna Verde, 8, i Laguna Verde Ave, Hunghcrn Tel: 27943668, Fax: 25493878, E-mail: admin@anfield.com.hk" Website: www.anffeld.com.hk.

Whampoa CamIJU$: tz, Phase 1, Laguna Verde 8, Laguna Verde Ave, Hung Hom. Tel: 2766 3882,

Fax: 2766 3933, E-mail: admin-Iv@anfield.com.hk. .

Established private Catholic kindergarten offering Kl-3 and PI and International Pllnternational intake. Resources Include tWo playgrounds, library, activity room and computer centre. Experienced educators. Teacher pupil ratio "10. Children with differing abilities welcome. Nursery classes for pupils aged 2 years upwards. Playgroup for younger children and extra currrkular programme for students aged from 1')0 years. Uses Foundation stage and Key stage One of the National curriculum of Eng!and and Wales, adapted to the local setting and international Intake. Adivity·based curriculum develops six learning areas. pupils learn at their own pace. Medium of instruction is English with daily putonghua classes.

Deborah Educational Institute

Main campus: Kindergarten Tower, Beverly Garden rseung Kwan 0 Tel: 2217 7933; Website: www.deborah·intl.edu.hk

other campuses in Tseung Kwan 0, Tai Po, Ma On Shan, sha Tin and Tin Shul Wai

schools offer preschool and play school facilities for children between 2 and 6 years of age, International and bilingual streams are available. Facilities include libraries, indoor and outdoor plav areas, computer corners, music rooms and art centres. school bus services are available.

Discovery Mind International Play Centre and Kindergarten

Discovery Mind Killdergarten: 40l, Marina Commerc:ial Centre, G/F, 2·8 coastline Villa, Peninsula Village, Discovery Bay, Lantau.

Plav centre: Shop 1398, Discovery Bay Plaza, Lantau. Tel: 2987 8028, Fax 2987 8058. E-mail enquiry@dmk.edu.hk_

Play Centre and kindergarten: 8 Tung Chung Waterfront Rd, G/F, Seaview Crescent, Tung Chung. Tel: 2987 8070, E-mail: enquiry@dmk.edu.hk, Website: www.dmk.edu.hk . founded in 2003, Discovery Mind offers preschool programmes for children aged 15 months to three years and kindergarten. The preschool will offer an English and bilingual stream for children

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from 15 months. Morning and afternoon sessions. At Oiscovery Bay chlldren learO·through fun and structured hands-an activities, and enjoy the experience of exploring and thlnkirf~ for themselves in a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment. The Tung Chung school follows. the National Curriculum of England and wales, Foundation stage, and non-local curriculum wlth emphasis on a balanced education that fosters all-round development. Putonghua lncorporated)nto the

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H K (Ascot) Preschool & Playschool

sha Tim G/f, 1 Tsun King Rd, Royal Ascot. Tel: 2333 2939, Fax: 2634 9831. Kowloon Tong: 19 cumberland Rd. Tel: 2338 6336, Fax: 23371228. E-mail: info@hkpreschool.edu.hk, Website: www.hkpreschool.edu.hk.

purpose-built nursery and preschool for children from two to six years. Students are mainly from Hong Kong. Facilities InclUde a multi·purpose court, large playground, pantry for cooking activities, drawing and painting area. Playgroup also available. There Is a sister school in Kowloon Tang that comes with an open play area. Child-centred approach and a curriculum that utilises multiple Intelligence theory. Hands-on activities. Computer studies integrated Into the curriculum. Offers two half·day sessions.

Internallonal Montessori School

Ap Lei Cham G/F, Blocks 23 to 23A, South Horizons, Phase III. Tel: 2861 0339. Wan chai: 4/F, 6 Salvation Armv st, Morrison Hill. Tel: 2156 9033_

E-mail: info@montessori.edu.hk, Website: www.montessori.edu.hk_ Founded: 2002. pre·primary classes are located In a purpose-designed kindergarten facility and comprise wellequipped classrooms, library, kitchen, and indoor and outdoor plav areas. pre·primary through primary classes are located in a former school building where students have outdoor basketball court, playground, a rooftop garden and fully equipped classrooms, library and specialty rooms. Students from 25 countries are taught in multi· age classrooms. Working with Association Montessori I nternationale on accreditation. Gives students structures to categorise knowledge, keys to discover and encourage lifelong learning, along with the life skiUslleeded to adant to change. Subjects are explored experientially, using sensorlallearnlrg materials that make concepts concrete for more fundamental understanding. English and putonghua bilingual environment, with English and Chinese teachers in each class.

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learning Habitat Kindergarten

Tslng YI/New TerrltorlOil Levell. Commercial Building. Villa Esplanada, New Territories. Tel: 2501 5500. Fax: 25015868.

Hung Hom/Kowloon: UG45C. Fisherman's Wharf. 8 Laguna Verde Avenue. Tel: 23631500, Fax: 23632010.

Tal Kok Tsul!Kowloon: Shop 2, S/f. Hampton Loft, 11 Hoi Fan Rd. Tel: 25015105, Fax: 2700 4663. E·mail: contact@learnlnghabitat.org. Website: www.learninghabitat.org

Pre·nursery and kindergarten classes for children from two to six years. Seeks to instil seltconfidence. love of learning. respect of self and others, and develop effective communication skills In Engllshand(hinese. Two bilingual immersion programmes: Engllsh·putonghua and English' ; Cantonese with one natlve-speaklng English teacher and one chinese native-speaking teacher in . each class. Themes and projects are used as part 01 a child·centred approach. Parent·chlld reading scheme.letterland phonics.

RIghtmlnd KIndergarten and Rightmlnd InternatIonal Nursery

Ap Lei ehau: UG Floor, Block 27, South Horizons. Tel: 2875 0452, Fax: 2875 0454, Website: www.rmkg.org.

Teaches children from two to six years. Emphasis on right·braln development. Parental involvement encouraged. South Horizons opened last year, with facilities including Doman exercise corner. reading corner, library and Jellc corner for Montessori life·skills training. Follows the philosophy of Or Glenn Doman, founder of the Institutes for the Development of Human Potential in the us. Advanced maths and music programme. Medium of instruction: English with Chinese classes taught in putonghua. French and Spanish programme also available.

St lorraIne English Klndergalten

vuan Longl15 Sai Ching Street, Vuen Long, New Territories.

curriculum Is heavily influenced by educational standards of the United States and United Kingdom. School works regularly with overseas schools from Wales (UK). Florida (US) and the Gold Coast (ALIstralia) to enrich our teaching curriculum. A vast majority of our children take part in external assessments such as the Junior English Tests, Cambridge Voung Learners English Tests and the mathematics segment of the Stanford Achievement Tests 10th Series.

st Teresa's Kindergarten

School with 50 students in age groups: K·l class - two years, eight months to three years. seven months; K'2 class - three years, eight months to five years. In our English·language kindergarten children are encouraged to wonder, think, feel and Imagine using real materials. To make learning relevant, interesting and fun, teachers use the thematic approach, where themes are chosen

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British Natlcmal Curriculum based

I{indergarten and Nursery ( 2 years to 6 years)

• English medium education

• Mandarin lessons daily

• Qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff

• Excellent teacher / pupil ratlo

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Prlnclpal: Mrs. Elizabeth Williams

Kowloon T0I111 Campus

5 Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, H K Tel: 27943668

L2 Phase I, Laguna Verde, 8 Laguna Verde Avenue, Hunghom, Kowloon, HK Tel: 27663882

Whampoa Campus

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Victoria Educational organisation (Kornhlll Nursery & Kindergarten)

Victoria Educational Organisation operates eight nursery/ kindergarten locations in K9rnhill. Causeway Bay, North Point. Ho Man Tin, Harbour Green, South Horizons and on Belci1er 51. Website: www.victorla.edu.hk. Since 1965., .

Provides early childhood education aimed at meeting the highest education standards. The Belcher school has been authorised as an IB World school (Ho Man Tin and Causeway 8ay schools are candidate IB schooIS).!n addition, has an aHiliated primary and secondary school. Victoria Shanghai Academy (please see International through schools table). Victoria £clucatilinal Organisation uses a bilingual co-class teaching approach. Through lnqulrv-based learning and learning engagements, the aim Is for children to develop caring, lifelong learning ant! "a global vision. schools offer preschool and play school facilities for children between 2 ancl6'years of age. International and bilingual and Japanese streams are available. Facliitlesillclude I ibraries. Indoor and outdoor play areas, computer corners. music rooms and art centres. Bus services available.

Wemblev InternatIonal Kindergarten

Tal Koo shlngl 2/F Tang Kung Mansion. 31 Talkoo Sliing Rd. Taikoo Shlug. Tel: 2567 5454. Fax: 28849098, E·mall wik@paciflenet.hk. Website: www.kindergartenhongkong.blogspot.com. Non-nrotlt-maklng, English·medium private kindergarten for children aged two to six. established In 1984. Multinational intake. Children go on to ESF schools or international schools. Both indoor and outdoor play areas available. Animal interaction with pat-a-pet programme. Tea~her to pupil ratio of 1:7 at nursery level and 1:12 at kindergarten. Phonics. maths, creative writing, art, music and drama. option of learning Cantonese and/or Putonghua. Extra·curricular activities.

YMCA mternatlonal Kindergarten

T51m sha nul: 2/F, YMCA. 41 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsul. Tel: 2268 7766. Fax: 2131 0258, E·mail: kindergarten@ymcahk.org.hk. Website: www.ymcahk.oTg.hk.

Christian kindergarten for children from two years, eight months to six years. Multinational intake. Facilities Include use of a swimming pool (for full·day students), gymnasium and podjum garden. Parental Involvement encouraged through reading programme and daily communications booklet. Follows the foundation stage of the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Child· centred approach and group learning to asslst English·language development, rnaths, social development and plwsical play. Jolly Phonics, gym, art. musk and movement. daily Bible story. Putonghua Introduced. Full·day children have golf and stretching lessons.

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