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25 Mar 2019

ESF announces proposed fees for 2019-20

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) announced the proposed fees for the 2019-20 academic year across its schools today.

For ESF’s primary schools, secondary schools and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School, the fee increase announced were HK$460 per month for Primary, HK$540 per month for Secondary (Years 7 to 11) and HK$570 per month for Secondary (Years 12 and 13). The average increase across all years is 4.5%.

The fees are summarised as follows:

ESF primary schools, secondary schools and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School
(Average 4.5% across all years) 2018-19
Tuition Fees
(HK$)
2019-20
Tuition Fees
(HK$)
Monthly
increase
(HK$)
Primary Years 1 to 3
(non-subvented)
111,200115,800460
Primary Year 493,900
(subvented)
115,800
(non-subvented)
460 +
1,730 due to loss of subvention
Primary Years 5 to 693,90098,500460
Secondary Years 7 to 11128,400133,800540
Secondary Years 12 & 13135,000140,700570

For ESF’s Private Independent Schools, Discovery College and Renaissance College, and also the five ESF International Kindergartens, the 2019-20 fees have been set as follows:

Discovery College
(5.8% for all year groups) 2018-19
Tuition Fees
(HK$)
2019-20
Tuition Fees
(HK$)
Monthly
increase
(HK$)
Primary Years 1 to 6122,600129,700710
Secondary Years 7 to 11164,000173,500950
Secondary Years 12 & 13165,800175,400960
Non-refundable Building Levy (NBL)
All year groups7,1207,53041
Renaissance College
(5% for all year groups) 2018-19
Tuition Fees
(HK$)
2019-20
Tuition Fees
(HK$)
Monthly
increase
(HK$)
Primary Years 1 to 6118,100124,000590
Secondary Years 7 to 11158,100166,000790
Secondary Years 12 & 13159,900167,900800
ESF International Kindergartens
(5.3% to 7.5% across all kindergartens) 2018-19
Tuition Fees
(HK$)
2019-20
Tuition Fees
(HK$)
Monthly
increase
(HK$)
AbacusEnglish class
Bilingual class
80,000
93,000
86,000
100,000
600
700
Hillside72,51077,000449
Tsing Yi80,00084,200420
Tung ChungHalf-day class
Full-day class (proposed to open in 2019/20)
82,000
N/A
86,400
146,800
440
N/A
Wu Kai Sha80,00085,500550

All the above fee increases are subject to final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).

Belinda Greer, ESF Chief Executive Officer said, “We are about to move into the final year of our Five Year Strategic Plan: A Vision for 2020. While there are a number of aspects to the plan, the two main elements are to ensure that every student can be the best that they can be and introducing a ‘best value’ financial model that means we deliver value for money to every family who entrusts us with their child’s education.

There can be no doubt that we are delivering on that first point. Our exam results, at all levels, are world class – and our students are taking all the many benefits of an ESF education and using them to thrive beyond the classroom.

Our work to ensure financial accountability to our parents has also borne fruit. Over the course of the last four years we have seen an increasing level of investment in our schools and our facilities and significant investment in recruiting world-class teaching staff. We have done this while being able to, in real terms, reduce the cost of running the organisation.

We cannot stand still. We have to continue investing: in students and their families, our schools and our teachers. Our pledge to the ESF family is that we will do this by working hard to control our costs, not just by passing that burden onto parents through significant fee rises.”

The letters to parents can be viewed at this link HERE.