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Parent's Review of Yew Chung International in Kowloon, Hong Kong

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Yew Chung International

In what town or city is this school located?


How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

British and local international

What grade levels are represented at this school?

Kindergarten to the IB programme

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

Since they come from all over Hong Kong, all forms of transport are used. There are several campuses within the Kowloon area. The train station is 5 minutes walk from three of their kindergartens, the lower and upper primary sections. The secondary section is more difficult to get to but school buses are provided from many Hong Kong locations and there is a free shuttle bus from the lower primart section for those who wish to use it.

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

The educational facilities are excellent - IT is very well provided for and great emphasis is placed on music and arts. They run an additional arts and music programme after school and Children can take individual music lessons during class time on a rotational basis (The arts programme and individual lessons are at extra cost). Crafts, sports, scouts and community work are also included in the after school programme. The school has its own farm in Fanling and students and parents are invited to rent a small plot (optional, first come first serve basis), which is managed by the school. In a city like Hong Kong, this provides extra opportunities to learn about the environment and ecosystem. Sports facilities are average and could be better, but few schools in Hong Kong have the space expats are accustomed to.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

My children were all born here. The thing Yew Chung has given them is a genuinely bi-lingual and bi-cultural education. They are fully fluent in English and Cantonese, and also study Mandarin. The medium of teaching in the primary and secondary levels is English, with the exception of (obviously) the Chinese lessons. The British system is used, and the IB is offered after IGCSEs. They are currently building a 6th form college.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

Sadly, these are limited - the majority of students are Chinese and mixed (like mine, whose father is local and me English). Most mothers go out to work and working hours here are often long. There are parent groups and some social activities are arranged, often in Cantonese. The school do arrange parent seminars where experts are invited to share their knowledge with parents.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

Yew Chung is a good choice if you are Christian, as they have a moral education division and their own pastor. However, they welcome all faiths. They emphasise social responsibility as well as academic performance. It is a good school if you want your children to learn the culture and language without the pressure of the local Chinese schools, but expat children may feel a little isolated by the language barrier with the other children - note, though, that use of English in the classroom is strictly enforced and use of English during play time is often rewarded. It is also a good school for balancing academic achievement with the joy of learning. Children are taught independent learning and responsibility for their own performance. My daughter loves it there. However, the school is very expensive and could only be considered if you have a good income or package. They do run scolarship programmes and if more than one child is enrolled the price for the second and third child drops.

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Comments about this Report

Sep 3, 2010 03:03

I am a Yew Chung parent. I really like Yew Chung teaching and i believe they are one of the best school in Hong Kong. My kid is in K1 in Kowloon tong she learned alot from Yew Chung compared when she was in Tutor Time.

Jan 17, 2011 08:40

I'm considering YC for my child but we are a non-cantonese household and our major concern is diversity, or lack thereof. Any words of reassurance or caution are appreciated.

Jan 29, 2011 02:17

thank you this is very useful. We were offered a place at YICS for K1. I am sure this is a very good school and really think the philosophy suits best what we are looking for our little one. teh only concern is how fast wil he be ble to integrate since we are expat non speaking cantonese nor mandarin...

Feb 23, 2011 01:45

I am Yew Chung parent. I love the school. My daugther is in K1 in Kowloon Tong. The school has both local and international system which it makes it so different then Tutor TIme or any local Kindergartens. I will stay in Yew chung for sure till secondary school

Mar 8, 2011 08:53

Yew Chung is a very good school. My two boys studied there from infant/nursury to primary 6. It provides academic cirriculum which is designed to cater for students with different learning abilities. It also helps students to develop presentation skill and leadership skill.

May 1, 2011 11:12

I taught at a Yew Chung School and I can say that YC offers an incredible curriculum with students gaining language proficiency in Mandarin and Cantonese. I thought the Foundation supported its teachers and the Superintendent in HK was outstanding. The IB results speak for themselves and contacts in Beijing were very pleased with their children's IGCSE and IB results. Overall a very good if not excellent bi-lingual education undergirthed with solid character values based on christian principles.

Jul 12, 2011 17:12

I am in the process of enrolling my daughter into YC but was put on the waiting list. Does anyone have another school to recommend that compartible to YC and in the same area? Does anyone have a similar experience and how long was your wait?

Jan 10, 2012 11:31

hi can anyone share how about the social integration of expat kids? i believe it is a very good school but ratio of expats/locals is 2/10 so i wonder if this can be a problem for non-speaking camtonese children. any comment about very wellcome as we plsn to enrol our son in year 4

Dec 12, 2012 18:59

I think Yew Chung is a good choice if your kids at K and Primary school leve. But we definitely not recommend Yew Chung Secondary School. Their students' English is not strong, many students' spoken English has very strong contonese accent, they speak cantonese at school of course. You sure will worry if your sons/ daughters could enter decent University oversea in the future if you graduate from YC. So many good students in YC change to Chinese International School or Harrow.

Dec 13, 2012 19:38

I think Yew Chung is OK if you want your child just happy in the school, and you don't demand your kids have strong academic performance or have good manner. But they are not bad. I taught at Yew Chung HK secondary several years ago, the students were not polite. Many of them were from very rich families, they have tutors help them to do their works, they were very relax in their academic works.

Jan 14, 2013 00:25

I am a parent and I find Yew Chung (Hong Kong Secondary) an exceptionally poor school, the fact that the school fees are in excess of 15K / month, the food is terrible and the quality of teaching is a lot less than satisfactory. It has also come to my attention that the school places priority of dress attire over the quality of teaching and well being of the students which has led to the surge of foul mouthed and lazy students.

Apr 10, 2013 03:08

Are you people kidding me,the YCIS is gardage! They underpay and overwork there staff they dont support them and all the campuses are riddled with infighting they put people with very little exp( with less then 5 years exp) teach in year level possitions. The pay is 10 to 15 thousand a year less for a new teacher then all the other schools in main land china the only school that doesnt post the pay scale on there web site.The principals dont give a dame they dont go from class to class and ask the teacher how thing are going they need to be more compationate and not to be like "ROBOTS", they promis small class sizes and they are all maxed out with 22 to 25 children in primary .Lets see you people try to teach 20 to 25 kid all day! The work load for the children and the teachers is insane. the teachers who love there job and work the 75 hours per week get treated like dirt always losing prep time witch is counterproductive. It is important to a productive teacher to have this prep time and and good for the children as well ,and the teachers who only work till 4pm they treat the best. For school that charges $30,000 plus per student per year,so that is an average of $600,000 per class. They should be treating there staff much better then the way they are being treated because the sales staff are selling that all the teachers are happy,but it is only about the money. This for all you blind parents out there to give the good teachers that respond to email on there holidays and weekends and work till all hours basicly on there own personal time a pat on the back, because they need it! Management doesnt........ This the begining of the childrens lives, so help teachers make it so they have a good education not one that they hate. Cheers C.H

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