FAQs on Admissions
1. What happens if an applicant’s priority status changes?
An applicant’s priority status may change, for example, through making a Nomination Rights application or as a result of a sibling gaining entry to an ESF school. In such cases, the applicant will be placed onto the waiting list in their newly acquired priority group according to the date the priority change occurred.
2. When should I submit applications to ESF schools for my children?
Parents may submit an online application for admission for the current academic year and next academic year. There are waiting lists at each of our schools and the offer of a place is dependent on vacancy being available.
Central Applications for 2017-18 Year 1 (born in 2012) and Year 7 (born in 2006) will be open from 1 to 30 September 2016. For parents who wish to apply, please click Year 1 or Year 7 for the latest application information available from July 2015.
Those who have missed the central application period or who are applying for years other than Year 1 and Year 7 need to apply through general applications.
You may submit an application to an ESF school and to one or both of ESF’s Private Independent Schools at the same time. For statistical purposes parents are asked to indicate schools applied to by ticking the appropriate box(es) on the online application form.
Applicants to ESF International Kindergartens should refer to the website: ESF International Kindergartens for further information on admissions procedures.
3. What are the selection criteria of ESF schools for applicants?
ESF schools are not selective: admission is through interview/assessment and depends above all on the student’s ability to benefit from an ESF education. Moreover, school places are offered according to zone (geographic location of the students’ address). Please click here to see further details on ESF’s Admissions Policy.
For ESF’s two Private Independent Schools (PIS), Renaissance College Hong Kong (RCHK) and Discovery College (DC), the Admissions Policy has to be in line with the Hong Kong Government’s requirements for all Private Independent Schools (PIS):
- RCHK and DC have no catchment area. Any student residing in Hong Kong can apply to attend.
- When the Colleges are at full capacity, at least 70% of the total students enrolled must have at least one parent who has Hong Kong permanent resident status.
4. How should I apply for school places other than Year One or Year Seven?
For General Applications, parents may submit an online general application for admission for the current academic year and next academic year. There are waiting lists at each of our schools and the offer of a place is dependent on vacancy being available.
5. Is it true that there is now a very long waiting list for ESF schools?
Yes, the waiting lists for ESF schools are long. As of June 2015, there were about 2,000 on the waiting list for ESF primary and secondary schools.
6. What is the process for reapplication for the next academic year?
Applicants on the current waitlist will be sent a system email in February or March inviting them to reapply. (No reapplication fee is required.) If no reapplication is received, the application will be considered withdrawn.
Click here to see the frequently asked questions on the Online Admissions System (OAS).