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[小學] CIS vs. CDNIS vs. VSA

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發表於 22-9-29 18:15 |顯示全部帖子
本帖最後由 7jai 於 22-9-29 18:16 編輯

Hi all,
Does anyone have any inputs on CIS (Chinese International School) and your thoughts on their admissions?  I heard this is one of the toughest schools to get into (just as competitive as GSIS).  

Also, how does CIS compare with CDNIS / VSA?  Is it not comparable at all?
For us, we would like our child to have a good understanding of Mandarin.  My son is already native English/Cantonese so we are not worried.

We also want to set him up to have a good learning foundation, surrounded by like-minded down to earth children.

If you had the choice for your child, how would you rank these 3 schools?


Thanks for your advice,


-Struggling parent

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發表於 22-9-30 08:27 |顯示全部帖子
All 3 are gd schools w solid Mandarin. CIS is more difficult to get in, not bcos the selection criteria is tougher per se. It’s bcos the school is targeting a specific class mix which puts local kids fluent in English but without alumni priority at a disadvantage. For each cohort, it targets to hv a certain % of native English speakers, a certain % of native Mandarin speakers and a certain % from minority nationalities (eg Swedish). Since alumni kids are all fluent in English, they tend to fill up the English speaking quota, leaving very little quota for non-alumni kids fluent in English.

Most of the non-alumni kids that I know who get into Reception / Y1 are native Mandarin speakers or have minority passports.

CDNIS doesn’t have this issue bcos it doesn’t target a specific % of class to be from Mandarin speaking families.

VSA doesn’t have this issue bcos the school was only founded in 2007 so alumni don’t have kids at school age yet.

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發表於 22-9-30 08:47 |顯示全部帖子
CIS Reception interview: 3 teachers for 5-6 children. The 3 teachers speak Eng/Cantonese/Mandarin. Activities are all age-appropriate, eg building blocks, beading, hopping on a foot, drawing and painting. They tend to like kids who can communicate well.

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發表於 22-9-30 11:58 |顯示全部帖子

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"down to earth children" - what's your expectation in this respect?

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發表於 22-9-30 12:41 |顯示全部帖子
CIS is better among these 3

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發表於 22-10-1 08:29 |顯示全部帖子
VSA should have more mandarin than CDNIS as its bilingual school and more chinese families?

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發表於 22-10-1 11:15 |顯示全部帖子
chunting34 發表於 22-10-1 08:29
VSA should have more mandarin than CDNIS as its bilingual school and more chinese families?

CDNIS also has bilingual track which is 50-50.

For CDNIS, English and Chinese teachers will teach on alternate days, i.e. one day full in English and one day full in Mandarin, while for VSA, English and Chinese teachers are co teaching in the same classroom. Not sure the way in CIS.

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發表於 22-10-1 12:46 |顯示全部帖子
aurora0326 發表於 22-10-1 11:15
CDNIS also has bilingual track which is 50-50.

For CDNIS, English and Chinese teachers will teach ...

CIS is two native Eng and Chin teachers in the same class.

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發表於 22-10-6 20:00 |顯示全部帖子

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should not compare CIS with the other two

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發表於 22-10-8 10:42 |顯示全部帖子
Cis without hesitation

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發表於 22-10-9 09:04 |顯示全部帖子
Its way too difficult to get a place in CIS
If the kid is in Victoria kindergarten, is it better to stay and wait for VSA or change to CDNIS? Thanks

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發表於 22-10-13 11:35 |顯示全部帖子
Thanks for all your replies and insights.  Totally understand that CIS is the "better" out of the 3, and also know it's seen as more prestigious and famous (similar to GSIS).  Also know it's very difficult for students who have no alumni status or any form of connection to get in.  

I guess my issue is really that if my child is already with Victoria, and VSA is not a "guarantee" admission for P1 - it really makes my child's future very bleak with no certainty.  If Victoria allowed their students to go straight to VSA, that would be a different story and I probably wouldn't be looking anywhere else for now.

CDNIS also asks for a "Student Reference Form" - which from my opinion is kind of odd since I would be basically telling the current school that my son is trying to leave?  It's like telling my current employer "hey can you write me a reference letter? I found another job and I want to resign - but pls dont tell anyone until they offer me a contract"?   Isn't this a bit weird?

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發表於 22-10-13 13:42 |顯示全部帖子
7jai 發表於 22-10-13 11:35
Thanks for all your replies and insights.  Totally understand that CIS is the "better" out of the 3, ...

VSA releases offer on May, so it should be understandable for parents to apply for other IS as alternative or back up.



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發表於 22-10-14 08:38 |顯示全部帖子
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Yes understand that VSA sends out offer in May, however it's trying to get accepted to P1 international schools is very difficult as space is limited most of the time.  Usually most seats are all filled by those who entered during K1/K2.  Thus my dilemma of waiting too long.
If I apply to K1 now in International schools, there are many more vacancies and a higher chance to get in.  This is comparing to me waiting to apply for P1 entry, which will have less space and also i'm sure many many many other parents from other Victoria's will be doing the same and applying "back up" as you had said.

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發表於 22-10-14 10:40 |顯示全部帖子
7jai 發表於 22-10-14 08:38
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Yes understand that VSA sends out offer in May, however it's trying to get accep ...

P1 or lowest grade of IS is very competitive, and seats are limited too. It is much better to enter their kindergarten and directly promote to the primary.

A number of Victoria’s parents apply the mass intake year of IS kindergartens during K1 or K2, and will leave if they get offer.




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發表於 22-10-14 11:58 |顯示全部帖子
Adiezz 發表於 22-10-14 10:40
P1 or lowest grade of IS is very competitive, and seats are limited too. It is much better to enter ...
Yes, 100% agree with you.  I think that is the dilemma.  I would love to stay, but based on the competitiveness and how difficult it is to get into P1, I would rather try my chances now before it's too late.


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