Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Hong Kong, Hong Kong: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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"Try to enroll their school tour if you're considering Wycombe Abbey School because the school tour can really help understand almost every detail aspect of the school," explained one expat living in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

"HKIS is a well run school and kids and families are generally happy here. Academic standards seem a notch below the best schools on the East Coast (public or private) but not worryingly so. Bear in mind that, like at many international schools, the majority of expat moms at this school do not work outside the home. Many are heavily into volunteering at school. This may be good for the school overall, but not ideal for families who have 2 working parents or for moms who want to pursue a career. If you have young kids, they're probably going to ask why you don't show up at school so often like other moms. Dads are much less present at HKIS, so this is not an problem for men. HKIS could scale down the number of parent activities (e.g. lunch bunches, mystery reading, concerts, volunteer teaching slots, etc.) in the middle of the day. They should limit these to early morning or the business lunch hours (e.g. 8-9am or 12.30-1.30pm) so all parents can attend. There is an excellent daily Mandarin program with different streams for native and non-native speakers. HKIS is a friendly school where newcomers will feel very welcome," said another parent with children at Hong Kong International School (HKIS) in Hong Kong.

"It is a good school for local children to learn English, but I would not recommend it for expats seeking a quality British education for your child," commented one expat when asked about Yew Chung International School in Hong Kong.

"If you have young children and don't plan on staying in Hong Kong for many years, then I think HKIS is a fine place to be considering the social opportunities available, and the fact that young children learn a lot at home. Older children however (grades 2 and up) might need much more of a challenge if they are coming from a school in the US. My children are BORED," explained one expat in Hong Kong, Hong Kong with kids at Hong Kong International School.

"This is an IB system school. This is not a school for parents that expect their kids' heads to be stuffed full of facts that they can regurgitate in exams. The amount of homework is very moderate. The grading system is criterion based. This means you find out what your child can actually DO, not where they ranked in the class. The students seem to learn how to be independent learners and have great research and presentation skills. They learn how to learn. Most parents at the school specifically want this for their kids. It may not suit those after a more competitive, exam/mark focused education," wrote an expat living in Hong Kong with children attending Hong Kong Academy.

"We are thrilled with Carmel, and would recommend it to anyone who wishes their child to have a robust international education (based on the American model) as well as a solid grounding in Jewish studies," said one commented one expat when asked about Carmel School in Hong Kong.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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