Admissions Overview

ESF primary and secondary schools currently receive a subsidy from the Hong Kong Government, which will be phased out for new entrants to Year 1 and Year 2 for August 2017. Please click here for fees information.

ESF schools are not selective: admission depends above all on the student’s ability to benefit from an ESF education. Please click here to see our Admissions Policy.


General applications for ESF primary and secondary schools

Parents may submit application for admissions through our Online Admissions System for the 2016/2017 and for 2017/2018 from 1 September 2016 academic year. There are waitlists at each of our schools and placement is dependent on places being available.

Applications are valid for one academic year. Applicants on waiting lists at the end of the academic year may carry forward their waitlist position by reapplying for the following academic year. Waitlist applicants will be contacted before April each year for reapplication.

You may submit an application to ESF primary / secondary school and also to one or both Private Independent Schools (PIS). Parents are permitted to apply to both systems. For statistical purposes parents are asked to indicate schools applied to by ticking the box(es) on the online application form.


Central applications for 2017/18 Year 1 (children born in 2012) and Year 7 (children born in 2006)

Application period: 1- 30 September 2016.

Please click Year 1 or Year 7 for information and key dates.


 ESF Y6 students transferring to secondary school for August 2017

Please click here for information and key dates.


Nomination Rights Scheme

Applicants through the scheme gain accelerated interview priority. Please click here for details.


Application to ESF Private Independent Schools (PIS)

Applications to ESF Private Independent Schools – Renaissance College and Discovery College need to be completed on separate application forms located on the individual school websites.

Important announcement: Effective from August 2017, Year 1 and Year 7 Central Admissions process for August 2018 entry will be a ‘one form’ application system for ESF primary and secondary schools including Discovery College and Renaissance College. Parents may only submit one online application per child with their selected preference of schools. Subject to final approval by the Education Bureau, the application fee will be HK$2,000. School zoning ( applies for ESF primary and secondary schools based on residential address at the time of application. Discovery College and Renaissance College remains zone free.

Details of the 2017-18 admissions process will be available from the ESF website in late June 2017.


Application to ESF International Kindergartens

Application details and information on admissions to ESF International Kindergartens are available on the kindergarten website. Please visit the website for further information on admissions procedures.

Click here to see the FAQs on admissions and the Online Application System.


Updated on: 3 April 2017