Online Application



As the EDB has not approved the HK$2,000 application fee for Discovery College and Renaissance College, the new ‘one-form’ application system will not be launched for admissions processing for 2017-18. Dual applications are permitted to ESF and the two private independent schools (PIS). Applications to Discovery College and Renaissance College are through a separate application processes, detailed on each of the college’s websites.

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.

Click HERE to see a list of frequently asked questions.

Central Application
Applying for Year 1 and Year 7 for August 2018 admission

Application period: 1-30 September 2017

Online Applications opens on 1 September 2017 and not earlier. Applications received after 30 September are considered late and placed on the waiting list according to school of zone, priority and date received.

Click HERE for Year 1 Central Online Application Form (children born in 2013). See key dates.

Click HERE for Year 7 Central Online Application Form (children born in 2007). See key dates.


ESF Year 6 students transferring to secondary school for August 2018

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 2017.)


Nomination Rights: to gain interview priority

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


Application Fee – Online Payment

The 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, please update your browser setting or review your security settings. For FAQ on the online system, please click HERE. For other online admissions queries regarding ESF primary and secondary school applications, you may send a request for assistance via email to or call the admissions 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: 30 Aug 2017