How Do You Choose the Best School for Your Child? Whether it’s kindergarten, primary, high school or university, choosing the right school for your child is an important and personal decision. One that must be based on your child’s individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a multitude of other factors that are unique to every family. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly as it can frame a child’s perception of the education journey. The friends they make at school may also be lifelong friends if they are lucky.
Every parent wants to find a school that will help their child to realise their potential while also providing a happy and nurturing environment. It’s difficult to know which school will answer these needs without having seen how they operate first hand.
Hong Kong Education To add to the complexities of the decision, many parents coming over from abroad to Hong Kong, are unfamiliar with the school options in their new home. Do they consider a local or international school? For new arrivals who do not speak the language, an international school may be a better fit. Alternatively, some students who have been here for a while, may want to transition from an international school, into a local school. Hong Kong is a unique place in that it offers such a wide variety of cultures, options and considerations for children of school going age. While this is a major benefit, it does not make the decision-making process easy.
What Sets ME Admissions Apart? Fortunately, at ME, this is exactly why we have cultivated such a good name in the school admissions space. We have 15 years of experience in applying to nearly every local and international school in Hong Kong, as well as schools abroad. We are well equipped to advise students and their families on which schools they should consider based on the child’s personality, strengths and potential for admission. With a proven track record of over 100,000 students successfully applying to their chosen school, we have learned the dos and don’ts of how to handle the whole process. Our help does not begin and end at the admissions process. Our team are also well trained to identify any gaps that need bridging before the application process can begin. It’s crucial that our students feel confident and assured of their success when the time comes for their application. Whether a student is applying to local schools, international schools, boarding schools or universities, our aim is to help them understand their own educational goals, by demystifying the whole process. It can seem complex but with the right approach, it can all be managed painlessly and efficiently. It’s no coincidence that the most popular services we offer are the school applications and admissions counselling for primary, secondary and university guidance.
What’s Involved? When a student arrives at ME, they will be assessed and interviewed so our consultants can identify their current level of language and education as well as their hopes and aspirations for the future. This includes any schools they have their hearts set on. The results from the assessment will be used to make up a short list of schools that will meet the needs of the student and their families. (For those students who are not currently enrolled at ME, we offer a free 30-minute consultation.) Once the short list has been discussed and agreed upon, the process of gathering necessary documents and preparing for the relevant applications can begin. This process can be particularly daunting as there are many criteria and submission deadlines that have to be met. Fortunately, with the expert guidance of our counsellors, this portion of the process is streamlined and efficient. After filing and submitting the necessary paperwork, students work with resident experts to prepare for their entrance exam & Interview. The interview can be an intimidating part of the process but our teachers know just how to prepare the students so they are full of confidence. Students will receive the results of their applications. Together with their consultant, they will decide on the best option and begin the process of registering for their new school. This means more forms and more paperwork. To quell any anxiety the student may feel and to ensure they are well prepared for their new school, ME teachers will work through school preparation guidelines with them. If there are any bridging, mentorship or transition requirements, this would be the time to action them. Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity and while it may not always be easy, it will certainly be worth it. We ensure our students are ready for all parts of the admission process to their dream school abroad, as well as prepare them as much as possible for the cultural transition.
The Perfect Fit Finding that perfect school for you or your child is so important. The decisions we make today will affect our entire futures and this is never truer than when it comes to education. Giving your child the opportunity to experiment with new things interact with different cultures is a great way to cultivate leadership qualities. We have the knowledge and expertise to help families navigate the complicated world of education. Finding that ‘perfect match’ where students are able to thrive and succeed, is as much a measure of our success as it is for our students.
"Thanks for the unwavering effort and mentoring from ME's teaching team, especially Ms Julie! My husband and I found ME on Xiao Hong Shu. At the beginning, we were not sure if we even needed the help as our daughter's English level is quite good, however, as ME's reviews and comments are so excellent, we decided to give them a try. We contacted ME's consultants and told them we wanted to aim for VSA as they have a wonderful reputation. ME helped us to apply and provided our daughter with excellent teachers and services. Our daughter had lessons with Ms. Julie, learning English writing and MAP testing, which is the entrance test for entering VSA. Ms Julie is an amazing and experienced teacher that helps our daughter a lot. She is always available with encouragement, support, help, patience and understanding. We are delighted that our daughter finally got the offer letter from VSA!"
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