BE LIKE MENCIUS’ MOTHER – MOVE HOMES TO FIND THE BEST SCHOOLS FOR YOUR CHILD?

Mencius(孟子) was a famous Confucian philosopher, whose stories were taught in schools and was well known by many Chinese people. One of the stories was that his mother moved houses three times in order to find a location she believed to be suitable for upbringing Mencius. Mothers nowadays moving houses in consideration of their children’s academic development is also a trend that can be clearly observed in Hong Kong, although it is not so dramatic that they will move as many times as Mencius’ mother due to the high property price.

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Every Hong Kong parents understand that the early bird catches the worm, so they take their first step to prepare for their children by moving into districts in which elite schools exist. The Education Bureau categorizes students admitted to Secondary One in three bands: 1, 2 and 3. In each band, students can be further categorized into A, B and C with A as the best students. The banding of a particular school is derived from the type of students a secondary school admits. Elite schools, in the perspective of most Hong Kong people, are schools of band 1A

There are currently 464 secondary schools in Hong Kong but only 48 are elite schools. Do you know which district has the largest number of elite schools? Spacious has sorted out the list of Band 1A schools in Hong Kong according to the information on Schooland. The districts having the most elite schools are Kowloon City District (7 elite schools), Central & Western District (5 elite schools) and Eastern District (5 elite schools) respectively. Tuen Mun District, Yau Tsim Mong District and Wan Chai District have 4 elite schools.

The list of Band 1A schools in Hong Kong

School Name Financial Type District Band Language of Instruction Students Gender Religion
KING’S COLLEGE Government Central and Western 1A English Boys /
ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE Aided Central and Western 1A English Boys Catholic
ST PAUL’S CO-EDUCATIONAL COLLEGE Direct Subsidy Scheme Central and Western 1A English Co-educational Christian
ST STEPHEN’S GIRLS’ COLLEGE Aided Central and Western 1A English Girls Christian
YING WA GIRLS’ SCHOOL Aided Central and Western 1A English Girls Christian
HEEP YUNN SCHOOL Direct Subsidy Scheme Kowloon City 1A English Girls Christian
DIOCESAN BOYS’ SCHOOL Direct Subsidy Scheme Kowloon City 1A English Boys Christian
LA SALLE COLLEGE Aided Kowloon City 1A English Boys Catholic
WA YING COLLEGE Aided Kowloon City 1A English Co-educational Christian
MARYKNOLL CONVENT SCHOOL (SECONDARY SECTION) Aided Kowloon City 1A English Girls Catholic
CARMEL SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Kowloon City 1A English Co-educational Christian
PUI CHING MIDDLE SCHOOL Aided Kowloon City 1A 中中 Co-educational Christian
NTHYK YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL Government Yuen Long 1A English Co-educational /
THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF HONG KONG YUEN LONG LUTHERAN SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Yuen Long 1A English Co-educational Christian
TWGH KAP YAN DIRECTORS’ COLLEGE Aided North 1A English Co-educational /
HKTA TANG HIN MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided North 1A English Co-educational Taoist
SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE Aided Southern 1A English Girls Catholic
CARMEL PAK U SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Tai Po 1A English Co-educational Christian
SKH BISHOP MOK SAU TSENG SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Tai Po 1A English Co-educational Christian
CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE S C CHAN MEMORIAL COLLEGE Aided Tuen Mun 1A English Co-educational Christian
STFA LEUNG KAU KUI COLLEGE Aided Tuen Mun 1A English Co-educational /
PLK CENTENARY LI SHIU CHUNG MEMORIAL COLLEGE Aided Tuen Mun 1A English Co-educational /
PLK TANG YUK TIEN COLLEGE Aided Tuen Mun 1A English Co-educational /
HONG KONG CHINESE WOMEN’S CLUB COLLEGE Aided Eastern 1A English Co-educational /
CHEUNG CHUK SHAN COLLEGE Aided Eastern 1A English Co-educational /
BELILIOS PUBLIC SCHOOL Government Eastern 1A English Girls /
SHAU KEI WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL Government Eastern 1A English Co-educational /
ST MARK’S SCHOOL Aided Eastern 1A English Co-educational Christian
BAPTIST LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Sha Tin 1A English Co-educational Christian
SKH TSANG SHIU TIM SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Sha Tin 1A English Co-educational Christian
SKH LAM KAU MOW SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Sha Tin 1A English Co-educational Christian
ST MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE Aided Yau Tsim Mong 1A English Girls Catholic
QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL Government Yau Tsim Mong 1A English Co-educational /
DIOCESAN GIRLS’ SCHOOL Direct Subsidy Scheme Yau Tsim Mong 1A English Girls Christian
TRUE LIGHT GIRLS’ COLLEGE Aided Yau Tsim Mong 1A English Girls Christian
HOLY TRINITY COLLEGE Aided Sham Shui Po 1A English Girls Catholic
YING WA COLLEGE Direct Subsidy Scheme Sham Shui Po 1A English Boys Christian
MARYMOUNT SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Wan Chai 1A English Girls Catholic
WAH YAN COLLEGE, HONG KONG Aided Wan Chai 1A English Boys Catholic
ST PAUL’S SECONDARY SCHOOL Direct Subsidy Scheme Wan Chai 1A English Girls Catholic
QUEEN’S COLLEGE Government Wan Chai 1A English Boys /
TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL Government Tsuen Wan 1A English Co-educational /
SKH LAM WOO MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Kwai Tsing 1A English Co-educational Christian
ST PAUL’S SCHOOL (LAM TIN) Aided Kwun Tong 1A English Girls Catholic
ST CATHARINE’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS Aided Kwun Tong 1A English Girls Christian
SING YIN SECONDARY SCHOOL Aided Kwun Tong 1A English Boys Catholic
GOOD HOPE SCHOOL Direct Subsidy Scheme Wong Tai Sin 1A English Girls Catholic
PLK NO. 1 WH CHEUNG COLLEGE Aided Wong Tai Sin 1A English Co-educational /

After viewing the list, Spacious would now introduce more about the housing situation of Kowloon City District, Central & Western District and Eastern District respectively so that you can be more prepared in case you wish to move

Kowloon City:

With over 200 kindergartens, primary/secondary schools and tertiary institutions, Kowloon City District has the highest concentration of schools in the territory. Hong Kong Baptist University and the Open University of Hong Kong are located in the district.

Covering an area of approximately 1,000 hectares, the Kowloon City District is chiefly a residential area accommodating a population of about 374,300. The majority of its population dwells in private sector housing, including old tenement buildings, private residential developments and low-rise villas, while the rest of them mainly live in public rental housing and the Home Ownership Scheme estates. Though predominantly residential in nature, the district has a fair share of commercial and industrial functions. Commercial activities abound in the bustling streets in Kowloon City as well as in the shopping malls of Whampoa Garden and public housing estates within the district, whereas industrial activities are largely confined to the To Kwa Wan and Hung Hom sub-districts.

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Caption: Kowloon City is a hub of conventional elite schools in Hong Kong and one of them is La Selle College in the image. Image from La Selle College.

Central & Western District:

The Central & Western District (C&W District), one of the earliest developed areas in the territory, is a commercial, financial, legal and political centre of Hong Kong. A lot of famous buildings are located in the District, including the old Supreme Court building, the Government House which was previously the residence of former Governors but is currently used as an official place to receive honorable guests, the former French Mission Building and the Central Government Offices in Tamar.

The C&W District covers an area of 1,255 hectares, with a residential population of about 250 000. Over 90% of the population lives in private buildings, varied from luxury homes on the Peak and in the Mid-levels, to the old tenements in Sheung Wan and Sai Wan (i.e. the Western District). While a number of urban redevelopment projects had been completed recently to improve the living environment of the local community, efforts are made to preserve the distinctive Chinese and Western cultural heritage of the district. With the commissioning of the extended MTR Island Line to Kennedy Town in late 2014 and the gradual completion of several major infrastructures in the next few years including the CentralWan Chai Bypass, one is expecting a brand new outlook of the C&W District in the near future.

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Caption: Wah Yan College, Hong Kong is one of the most famous male elite schools in Wan Chai. Image from Photography Team of Wah Yan College, Hong Kong.

Eastern District:

The total area of the Eastern District is about 1,900 hectares. The district lies in the north-eastern part of the Hong Kong Island, starting from Fortress Hill in the western side, stretching eastward to North Point, Quarry Bay, Shau Kei Wan, Chai Wan and Siu Sai Wan. According to figures in 2016, the population of Eastern District is about 550,800, which occupies around 8% of the entire Hong Kong population.

 Public Housing under HKHA under HKHS
Rental estates 14 2
Tenants Purchase Scheme (TPS) 2
Home Ownership Scheme ( HOS ) 15 1
Private Sector Participation Scheme ( PSPS ) 9

(Recap of the housing situation in Eastern District. Sources from District Council.)

Whether you are parents who are going to move houses for your children, or people who consider such trend as business opportunities, it is hoped that you enjoy the information provided in this article.

About the author:

Doris Liu is a member of the Content Marketing Team from Spacious HK. Spacious is the leading online real estate portal in Hong Kong, and offers you tons of high quality residential and commercial listings with a simple-to-use platform.


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