Asking for a Friend: Help! How do I know which school is best for me?

  • Each week, we respond to a question from our readers and give advice and resources they can turn to
  • This week, we help a student who is thinking about changing schools, but isn’t sure if it is a good idea
YP Readers |

Latest Articles

Top 10: What habits did you grow out of as you got older?

Play to Thrive project promotes youth mental health through football

Covid XBB variant vaccine’s first batch arrives in Hong Kong

Hong Kong gets first full-time college for adult prisoners

What’s most important to you about a school? Is it the teachers, facilities or its reputation? Photo: Shutterstock

Need an answer to a personal question that you’ve never mustered the courage to ask? We’ve been there. Whether it is about school, family issues or social life, share your thoughts with us. If you have a question you’d like answered (about anything at all), please fill out this Google Form. Don’t worry – you will remain anonymous!

Dear Friend,

I study at a school I like very much, but I feel like there’s another one that might be more suitable for me. How do you know which school is best for you? Can you give me some advice about things I should look for?

Best, Suitable

Help! All my friends are emigrating and I feel lonely

Dear Suitable,

It sounds like you’re dealing with that age-old question: is the grass greener on the other side? The school you’re studying at now seems like a good fit, but can the other one offer you things your current one can’t? Here are a few things you should think about:

What benefits does it offer?

What attracts you to this new school? Is it the teachers, facilities, or reputation? First, think about what exactly appeals to you; this can give you a more concrete idea of what you desire in a school. Then, you can review your current school and see if it meets your needs.

Changing schools is a big decision, so make sure that you’re confident about the move! Photo: Shutterstock

The challenges of adjustment

Do you already have friends at this new school? Keep in mind that if you transfer, it will take some time to make friends, and you might feel lonely or isolated for a bit. You will also need to adjust to a new group of teachers and their teaching styles, as well as the structure of the school and its classes.

You didn’t mention what grade you’re in, but that is also a big factor in whether you should move schools. Are you close to taking the IB exam or DSE? Is it worth it to disrupt your learning and switch schools? Would the new school’s curriculum better prepare you for public exams?

I’m under a lot of pressure and don’t know why I need to study so much

Talk to the people around you

Of course, you should talk to your parents about what they think. Is it possible to speak to someone at the new school? A current student could provide insight into whether you would be a good fit. Ask your friends if they know someone at this new school and if you could speak to them.

Switching schools is a big decision; make sure to examine all sides of the issue so that you can make the best decision for yourself!

Best of luck, Friend of a friend

The question was answered by clinical psychologists from the Department of Health under Shall We Talk, a mental health initiative launched with the Advisory Committee on Mental Health.

Sign up for the YP Teachers Newsletter
Get updates for teachers sent directly to your inbox
By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy