FMSS vs CSS

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FMSS vs CSS

Postby indilemma » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:05 pm

Dilemma AGAIN... I am beginning to dislike Dec 2013!

Background:

COP of FMSS is 241 for non affiliated and 200 for affiliated; FMSS is affiliated to ACJC.
COP of CSS is 238, no affiliation to any pri schools nor JC.

Child was posted to CSS and am appealing to FMSS.

But am in a dilemma because

- FMSS wins because it has got an established reputation and it has got affiliated JC. However, the affiliated pri students will PULL DOWN the school 'standard' of 241; probably evens it out to be a 220-230 grade? Dear child will be average student amongst the cohort.

- CSS has got no name (I think so; however I do get a 'woah' when I speak to West side people or educators among friends) and no affiliation to any JCs BUT minimums standard of students is a clear cut at min. 238. Dear child will be the 'smallest fish' amongst the cohort.

IF appeal is successful at FMSS, would you still move? Why...?

Thanks! :salute:

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Re: FMSS vs CSS

Postby Dreamgear » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:17 pm

What is CSS?

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Re: FMSS vs CSS

Postby spicyblackpepper » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:21 pm

I will go for FMSS if appeal is successful. Affiliation to ACJC is attractive enough.

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Re: FMSS vs CSS

Postby indilemma » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:22 pm

dreamgear, commonwealth secondary school... is it css or cwss (clementi woods?) hahahaha...

spicyblackpepper, exactly! but average student there is lower than 238 ... in terms of academic learning... hmmm.. might not be as challenging as css? though FMSS it's name is 'louder' ...

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Re: FMSS vs CSS

Postby spicyblackpepper » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:36 pm

Commonwealth sec is as good as FMSS. I have asked around for comparison between Swiss Cottage vs Commonwealth, was told previous year that Commonwealth is more competitive but Swiss Cottage has a nurturing environment. Look at their similar COP this year. Back to the fact that FMSS has affiliation to ACJC, I didn't know about it, my DS had Swiss Cottage as one of his choices, didn't have FMSS, would have chosen FMSS if we had known the affiliation :)

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Re: FMSS vs CSS

Postby indilemma » Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:01 pm

whats the cutoff for swiss cottage this year? :) FMSS went up by 3 points to 241 and CSS went down by one to 238.

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Re: FMSS vs CSS

Postby spicyblackpepper » Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:08 pm

Heard Swiss Cottage COP is 239. Not 100% sure.

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Re: FMSS vs CSS

Postby Skyed » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:07 pm

PSLE is really not a good gauge of how well a student will do in secondary. As I have posted in another thread, I know of students who got 21x for PSLE getting l1r5 6 or 7A1s at O levels. And there are cases where students with 25x, 26x for PSLE getting double digit scores (as bad as 16) for Os. Just work hard and make the best of what the school can provide you.

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Re: FMSS vs CSS

Postby indilemma » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:12 pm

skyed, yes! definitely! :) but if an able student is placed in a 'lousier' environment, he/she won't be able to excel and if get into undesirable companies especially in teeange formative years, all efforts will go down the drain! alas! :)

cheers! merry xmas. :)

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Re: FMSS vs CSS

Postby indilemma » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:12 pm

oops... and being in FMSS probably helps as its affiliated to acjc, means in 'O's, the child will be able to get bonus 2 points off...? :)

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