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Introduction

 

Generations Christian Education operates Christian, International schools within Hong Kong and this procedure relates to the admissions process for all of our schools.

 

Aims

  • To ensure a smooth transition for new children and their families into primary school
  • To welcome all children and families regardless of race, creed, colour, gender or national origin

 

Admission numbers

 

School Admissions number (per class)
Norwegian International School Kindergarten 15
Norwegian International School 25
Small World Christian Kindergarten K1- 20K2 & K3- 22
Island Christian Academy Y1- 22Y2-Y6- 25

 

Admission Criteria

 

This table indicates the year of birth for children in each year group.

 

 Year 2012-13* 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-29 2019-20
Y1 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Y2 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Y3 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Y4 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Y5 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Y6 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

* Please note that for the opening academic year 2012-13 at Island Christian Academy, we will be accepting applications for Years 1, 2 and 3 only.

 

 

Ÿ  Applicants must be age appropriate for the year, as indicated above.

Ÿ  There must be space available in the year band requested.

Ÿ  Assessments will be performed to see if applicants can perform with high proficiency in an English language teaching medium.

Ÿ  Assessments will also determine if applicants can meet behaviour and academic standards for their year level in a self-directed, independent manner, and if not, what support resources will be required to develop them to the best of their ability.

Admission Priority

 

Generations Christian schools practice a selective admissions process in which each student is assessed prior to being admitted to the requested school. Applicants meeting all set criteria and requirements will be prioritised according to one or more of the following categories:

 

Ÿ  Siblings attending the school

Ÿ  Generations Christian families from our other schools

Ÿ  Overseas families seeking an international education that also embrace the school’s core values and educational ethos

 

 

 

Admissions process

 

  1. Parents are encouraged to research the school that they are interested in thoroughly, through visiting the school themselves, using the website, reading the school prospectus and paying particular attention to the philosophy and vision of the school.
  2. An application form, available from the school website or from the school directly should then be completed and returned to the school with the relevant fee.
  3. Parents will be invited for an initial interview.
  4. A follow-up interview may be necessary if particular issues need to be addressed. An additional fee may be charged for this.
  5. Parents are informed in writing of the school’s decision within two weeks of their interview.
  6. Parents accept the place by signing and returning the relevant forms which indicate acceptance of the terms and conditions of the school within a week of the receipt of the offer letter.
  7. Children start school.
  8. Parents may appeal the school’s decision by writing to the Executive Director (c/o the school address) if they believe this policy has not been applied correctly in making a decision on their application.

 

School Website Application fee
Norwegian International School Kindergarten www.nis.edu.hk HKD 700
Norwegian International School www.nis.edu.hk HKD 900
Small World Christian Kindergarten www.smallworld.hk HKD 300
Island Christian Academy www.islandca.edu.hk(under construction) HKD 900

 

 

 

Interview and information-gathering

 

In order to provide a suitable education for the children admitted and enable the school to cater for the existing school population, full consideration must be given to the needs of applicants and the school’s ability to meet them. The process of gathering information and interviewing parents/caregivers and children is therefore vital and will be carried out by the Principal or their delegate according to this policy.

 

The interviewer will be interested in the following:

 

  • Establishing a positive relationship with the family
  • Ensuring that the family is supportive of the school’s ethos and philosophy
  • Ensuring that the school knows who is responsible for paying school fees and that the fee structure is clear
  • Ensuring that the school has accurate medical information on the child

 

The interview will particularly follow up on the academic ability and language ability of the child.

 

Academic ability and the ability and willingness to learn need to be in line with school expectations. It is vital that parents share any academic, cognitive, behavioural or emotional concerns they have and that have been expressed by previous educational or medical settings. The school is committed to supporting children with Special Educational Needs, and has set a level of 10% of the school population to receive such support. To ensure that the school has accurate information, a further interview or external independent assessment may be required, both at the family’s expense. The family must understand that:

 

• All information about a child’s special needs must be shared with the school. Failure to disclose such information will constitute a fraudulent application.

• Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision at all schools will be charged to the family as an additional set of fees. The level of provision and thus of fees will be determined by the school and is non-negotiable. Payment of the fees is treated in the same way as payment of normal school fees – failure to pay will result in termination of enrollment

 

Language ability– all Generations Christian institutions provide English language medium education. Therefore, children’s language ability must be sufficient to access this teaching. The interviewer will seek to verify that this is the case and may require an additional interview or external assessment to be carried out, both at the family’s expense. The interviewer will also wish to understand:

 

• The child’s ability in Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua)

• Information on home language(s) spoken and used

• Parents and caregivers’ levels of English

 

If the interviewer believes that the child does not have sufficient competence in English to access education at the school then consideration will be given as to whether an offer can be made at all, and if it is what kind of English as a Second Language (ESL) support would be suitable. ESL provision at all schools will be charged to the family as an additional set of fees. The level of provision and thus of fees will be determined by the school and is non-negotiable. Payment of the fees is treated in the same way as payment of normal school fees- failure to

pay will result in termination of enrollment.

 

In completing the interview process the parents/caregivers will also sign to confirm their agreement with:

 

• Home-school contract on behaviour, homework, uniform and school protocols

• A commitment to pay school fees and to pay for SEN and/or ESL support if the school deems it necessary.

 

 

 

Timelines

 

Admission into K1/K2
School Tour Application form accepted School Visit Offer letters sent out Start date
Contact school Anytime October and November Within two (2) weeks of interview The following September
Admissions into Y1 (must be completed even if K1 and K2 completed in a Generations Christian school)
School Tour Application form deadline Interviews Offer letters sent out Start date
Contact school End of October October/November Within two (2) weeks of interview The following September
Extra-ordinary admission (i.e. admission at any other point in the child’s schooling)
Visits to school Application form deadline Interviews Offer letters sent out Start date
Contact school Anytime Within three weeks of application form receipt Within two (2) weeks of interview To be determined
Admissions for Opening School Year 2012-2013 for Island Christian Academy
Visits to school Application form deadline Interviews Offer letters sent out Start date
N/A 15th February 2012 To start the last two weeks of February 2012 Within two (2) weeks of interview September 2012

 

 

Decisions and appeals

Following interview the Principal or their delegate will make a decision about admissions and inform the parents/care-givers. If the child is not admitted or placed on a waiting list, the parents have the right to appeal in writing to the Executive Director following the Grievance Procedure.