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 and Private Independent Schools (PIS)

Parents may submit application for ESF primary and secondary schools 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.

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. You may submit an application to both systems at the same time.

Important announcement: Effective from August 2017, all general applications, including the 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.


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 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: 28 April 2017