Island School

Founded : 1967

Age range : 11 to 19

Number of students : 1,200

Curriculum : (I)IGCSE, IB Middle Years Programme, IB Diploma, IB Career-related Programme

At ESF Island School we do something different. Our focus is on igniting a passion for learning in every student. Teaching students facts and figures is no longer enough for them to succeed once they enter higher education and the workforce.

We encourage students to problem solve, question and think creatively with new concepts and ideas. Students are encouraged to become resourceful, adaptable and confident learners.

Island School students come from all over the world, and central to our international heritage is the celebration and understanding of each others’ cultures. Students learn to care for each other, for the environment and for other people through our rich co-curricular programme and the family atmosphere of the House system.

Our academic record is excellent with students going on to many of the foremost universities and colleges in the world. In the senior years students can choose to study International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, IB Careers-related and Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) programmes. Island School prepares students for these qualifications with a broad-based middle school curriculum including International General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations (IGCSEs) and a wide range of exciting options in our unique futures curriculum. Our aim is to help students develop a passion for learning in arrange of areas, whether it be law or robotics and coding or music production.

Currently, Island School is going through a period of transition. The building at Borrett Road which has been Island School’s home for 50 years is now being redeveloped. During this time the Island School community is using two temporary campuses in Sha Tin. The new campus will be opened in August 2022.

Hear what students and teachers have to say about Island School:


20 Borrett Road, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2524 7135
Fax: +852 2840 1673



Discovery Bay (shared with West Island School)*, Mid Levels (including Kennedy Road west of the Hopewell Centre), Old Peak Road, Conduit Road, Robinson Road as far as Castle Road, some of Central District served by Glenealy School and the Peak. Tsing Yi Island. West Kowloon bordered by Ferry Street and Tong Mi Road to Lai Chi Kok Road, north of Boundary Street and west of Tai Po Road, extending west to Tuen Mun except for the area of Tsuen Wan that is part of Sha Tin College zone (see Sha Tin College).