About ESF

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is the largest provider of English-medium international education programmes in Hong Kong. We now have five secondary schools, nine primary schools and a school for students with special educational needs across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Two “all through” Private Independent Schools and four kindergartens are operated by ESF’s affiliated company, ESF Educational Services Limited (ESL), which also offers English language classes and sports activities. The fifth kindergarten is due to open in August 2016.

Established by the Hong Kong Government in 1967, ESF started with just two schools – Island School and Beacon Hill School. Over the years, other well-established schools, such as King George V School and Quarry Bay School, became part of ESF. In addition, some new schools were purpose-built to meet growing demand. These include Sha Tin College (open in 1982), West island School (open in 1991) and two Private Independent Schools – Discovery College and Renaissance College – which were open in 2006 and 2008.

The curriculum, leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB), is adapted to Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region. We recruit the best teachers in the world who are experienced in international school systems, caring and committed to providing the best quality of education. Our school facilities are safe and purpose-built to meet the vibrant needs of our students and provide a joyful environment for effective learning.

There are 17,000 students from more than 50 different nationalities in ESF schools, PIS and kindergartens. About 70% of our students have parents who are permanent residents of Hong Kong.

ESF is proud of the high academic and wider achievements of our students. In 2014, 13 ESF students achieved the perfect score of 45 points in the IB Diploma examinations; more than 95% go on to leading universities worldwide.