Primary & secondary schools

Private Independent Schools

School fees for academic year 2016-17

For the five ESF International Kindergartens, the school fees for the academic year 2016-17 are as follows:

HK$72,000 (Bilingual HK$84,000)
Tsing Yi
Tung Chung
Wu Kai Sha

Tuition fees are payable over ten months of the year and are deducted monthly by autopay.

Proposed school fees for academic year 2017-18

Subject to final approval by the Education Bureau, the proposed school fees for 2017-18 are as follows:

HK$76,000 (Bilingual HK$88,500)
Tsing Yi
Tung Chung
Wu Kai Sha

Click here to see the letters to parents regarding the proposed fees.

Application Fee

An application fee of HK$500 applies to all applications for the academic year 2016-17 with the exception of Tung Chung Kindergarten which is pending approval from the Education Bureau.

The fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable for each application and that the collection of fee constitutes no assurance that a school place or interview will be offered. The fee does not provide any priority over the allocation of a morning or afternoon session, which are randomly allocated in order to ensure equal opportunities for all successful applications.

Income from application fees, as a whole is intended to cover the administrative cost of the online application system as well as the staff cost of the play visit and parental interview for admission assessment purposes. Children may be invited back to the kindergarten for a second visit if the school needs further information on the child. The kindergarten may involve the special educational needs advisor in this visit.

Refundable Debenture

A refundable debenture (at a cost of HK$7,000) must be acquired for each child attending the kindergarten before entry of such child into the kindergarten.

The refundable debenture will be redeemed on the earlier of: (a) the date the child (for whom this debenture was acquired) graduates from the kindergarten, which is normally at the end of K2, or (b) the expiry of 2 months’ notice in writing to the kindergarten of the child’s withdrawal from kindergarten provided that all fees due to ESL have been fully paid at that date.

Taking up a Place

The securing of a place after an offer has been made requires (1) the purchase (at a cost of HK$7,000) of a refundable debenture and (2) payment in advance of the first month’s school fees.

If a child is withdrawn from the kindergarten prior to the commencement of the academic year, the first month’s school fees will not be refunded and the debenture will not be redeemed unless two months’ advance written notice is provided to the kindergarten.

Students moving from K1 to K2

Parents whose child is already in kindergarten and who would like to reserve a place for the following school year are required to make an advance payment of September’s fees in August to secure the place.

School fees for academic year 2016-17

For ESF’s primary schools, secondary schools and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School, the school fees for the academic year 2016-17 are as follows:

Primary schools (Year 1)
Primary schools (Years 2 to 6)
Secondary schools (Years 7 to 11)
Secondary schools (Years 12 to 13)

Starting from August 2016, the Hong Kong SAR Government will be phasing out the recurrent subvention to ESF year by year over a period of 13 years. In 2016-17, all other year groups (except Year 1) will continue to enjoy the subvention from the government, including new students joining Years 2 to 13 in the year.

Proposed school fees for academic year 2017-18

Subject to final approval by the Education Bureau, the proposed school fees for 2017-18 for ESF’s primary schools, secondary schools and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School are as follows:

Primary schools (Years 1 to 2)
Primary schools (Years 3 to 6)
Secondary schools (Years 7 to 11)
Secondary schools (Years 12 to 13)

Click here to see the letters to parents regarding the proposed fees.


The amounts of deposit for an ESF primary and secondary school place are HK$10,000 and HK$16,000 respectively, which have to be paid when a school place at an ESF primary or secondary school is accepted. This includes students who are transferring from an ESF primary school to an ESF secondary school. Payment details can be found on the ESF enrolment form.

Non-refundable capital levy (NCL)

For new students joining ESF schools in August 2015 and after, they will be required to pay a one-off non-refundable capital levy (NCL). The non-refundable capital levy (NCL) will replace the refundable capital levy (RCL) from the academic year 2015-16 onwards.

The cost of the NCL will be HK$38,000 for students entering Year 1 and will be reduced, on a sliding scale, for students who join the system in later years as follows:

Year Group
One-off NCL (HK$)
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Year 13

If NCL has already been paid when the student enrolled to ESF primary school, the student is not required to pay NCL again when he/she transfers from ESF primary school to ESF secondary school.

The information about the NCL scheme can be viewed on the website HERE.

Refundable capital levy (RCL)

Parents of students who are transferring from an ESF primary school to an ESF secondary school in August 2016 are required to pay the refundable capital levy (RCL) if they have never paid the RCL or NCL before.

The RCL is HK$25,000 per student and the levy for the third and any subsequent child in a family attending ESF schools is reduced to HK$10,000 provided that the first two children are currently attending ESF schools and each of them has paid the HK$25,000 RCL respectively.

The RCL is not transferrable and will be refunded within one month after your child’s last attendance date, net of any outstanding balance on account. If students withdraw at the end of the school year, refund will be made within 2 months from the last day of the academic year. (For secondary students who may be on exam leave, the last day of attendance is deemed to be the last day of the academic year)

Advance fees payment

School places for the next academic year have to be reserved through making an advance payment of September’s fees as a surety. This enables us to anticipate enrolment numbers accurately for the next academic year so as to offer any unfilled places to the children on our waiting lists as early as possible.

Advance fees are usually due in July. Details about advance fees payment and reserving school place for the next academic year will be released to parents via email in early May.

Payment of fees

Tuition fees are due on the first day of each month. Please note that parents are held responsible for payment of school fees regardless the fees actually paid by their employers or by any other third parties.

Effective August 2011, direct debit is mandatory in paying school fees for all students attending ESF schools. We recommend the “Limit for Each Month” to be set at HK$13,000 for primary and HK$16,000 for secondary. Click HERE to download the Direct Debit Authorisation Form and HERE for an instruction on how to fill out the form.

Statements of account and receipts are not sent to parents as fees are paid by monthly direct debit.  However, payment receipts can be issued upon request. Please contact Billing Section at billing@esfcentre.edu.hk if receipt is required.

Please note that if fee payments are overdue, students may be excluded from school. Once excluded, students will not be permitted to re-enrol to any ESF schools/ private independent schools (PIS) unless all outstanding fees have been fully repaid. All the fees, levies, deposits and charges in relation to student admissions are applicable to the students re-applying or returning to ESF schools/ PIS after exclusion. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that an excluded student will be returned to his or her former class.

Fees remain payable if a student goes on leave during term time. Years 11, 12 and 13 students, who may not attend normal classes during April, May and June, are still required to pay the full annual fee.

If a student leaves or is admitted part way through the school year, attendance on any day in a particular month renders school fees payable for the entire month.

Please ensure that school and/ or ESF Centre are notified promptly of any change of address, telephone numbers or designated bank account for direct debit.

Financial Assistance Scheme

There is a Financial Assistance Scheme available for families who experience financial hardship due to a sudden and unexpected change in circumstances. Financial assistance is not normally granted in the first year of admission. Information and application forms for the scheme are available from ESF Centre. Supporting documents on details for personal income and the circumstances from which the hardship arose will be required for all applications.

Student withdrawal

If your child is going to withdraw from the school, please complete the official “Student Withdrawal Notice” and submit the notice to school admission office at least one calendar month before the last attendance date.

If you are withdrawing your child at the end of this academic year, please complete the student withdrawal notice and return it to the school office via email on or before 1 June. Otherwise, we will assume that your child is returning after summer and parents are liable to the tuition fees for September even if the student does not return to school.

The Student Withdrawal Notice is available at the school office, school website and ESF website.


If you have any queries about fees, deposits or levies, please contact our billing hotline at:

Tel: (+852) 3762 2422 or

Email: billing@esfcentre.edu.hk

Please quote your child’s student account number, which is shown on all receipts.

###This summary will be updated from time to time to reflect the current ESF School Fees Policy.###

Last Update: 31 March 2017

For information on fees of two ESF Private Independent Schools, please refer their following websites:

Discovery College: http://www.discovery.edu.hk/admissions/college-fees/

Renaissance College: http://www.rchk.edu.hk/school-fees/