Secondary school part 2
I found the previous responses to the question on secondary school interesting. I wonder if there are people on this forum who can explain, in reasonably clear English, the 'points' system for the allocation of secondary school places. I have been to the website, read through it as carefully as possible given that French is a second language, and am still baffled. I hear crazy comments like ' you really need to put your 1st choice in 2nd place on the application because ...' and the whole thing becomes even more mysterious.
In addition, there is frequent mention of some schools being very academic, others not, etc. How on earth does one find out this information? My child's primary school is not at all good about passing on such information and I am not very 'in' with the parents' association, etc. I have been to the websites of many schools, but find it difficult to tell one apart from the other, except for those that offer mainly technical/professional education. All advice welcome...