Online Application

It is important you read the instructions first before you start.

Download Online Application Instructions

Download Checklist for Online Application

Click HERE for application for children with special educational needs.

Applications for Discovery College and Renaissance College should be made separately:

Click HERE to see a list of frequently asked questions.

Central Application
Applying for Year 1 and Year 7 for August 2017 admission

Application period: 1-30 September 2016

Online Applications opens on 1 September 2016 and not earlier. Applications received after 30 September are considered late and placed on the waiting list according to priority and date received.

Click HERE for Year 1 Central Online Application Form (children born in 2012).See key dates.

Click HERE for Year 7 Central Online Application Form (children born in 2006).See key dates.

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.

ESF Year 6 students transferring to secondary school for August 2017

Please click HERE for information and key dates.


General Application
Applying for Years 1 to 12 throughout the year

Click HERE for online application.  (This form is not applicable for applying Years 1 and 7 for entry in August 2018. Please fill in the central application form from 1 to 30 September 2016.)


Nomination Rights: to gain interview priority

The scheme was introduced in October 2012. Please refer to this link for details.


Application Fee – Online Payment

Effective from 1 September 2013, the ESF application fee is HK$2,000. This is a non-refundable, non-transferable administration fee which covers the cost of the system, commissions paid to our ePayment service provider and admissions administration costs. The collection of this fee does not constitute any assurance that a school place will be offered. Method of payment is by credit card through PayDollar, our online payment service provider.

Please ensure that you have applied for the appropriate academic year. The application fee will NOT be refunded for incorrect application or early application.

You will be redirected to for online payment. PayDollar is a leading, secure and reliable international payment service provider to banks and online merchants since 2000. Your payment details are securely transmitted to the acquiring bank. ESF will not have access or keep any of your credit card information.

PayDollar supports CVV/CVC check. You will be requested to enter the 3 or 4 digit code found on the back of your credit card. If you decide to use a VISA card issued by a bank which has launched the “Verified BY VISA” or MasterCard Secure Code, you will be required by the bank to provide details for verification.

If your online payment fails, please write a cheque payable to the English Schools Foundation with your child’s name and application reference number clearly printed on the back of the cheque. The cheque must be sent attached with the supporting documents.

Please note: If you are experiencing difficulties using the ‘online’ application form, you may send a request for assistance via email to or contact the admissions hotline. For FAQ on the online system, please click HERE. For other online admissions queries regarding ESF primary and secondary school applications, you may also call the hotline.

Admissions hotline: (+852) 3762 2411 (available during office hours)

The Online Admissions System is scheduled to perform regular system maintenance every Sunday from 3am to 3:30am (Hong Kong time). During this time, the online application forms will not be available.


School Fee

For details about school fees, please click here.

Updated on: 3 April 2017