On September 1, you can start applying for Year 1 and 7 to all ESF schools, including Discovery College.
If your child was born in 2011 it is time to plan for his/her application for a Year 1 place at schools under the English Schools Foundation (ESF) to start in the 2016-17 academic year.
Applications should be submitted through the online admissions system on www.esf.edu.hk from September 1 to 30 2015.
Similarly, parents with children born in 2005 should make an application for a Year 7 place during the same period. Each student can submit only one application, which the system will direct to the ESF school of the catchment area according to their residential address.
For those who are also applying for Renaissance College and Discovery College, parents should make separate applications on the websites of the two Private Independent Schools (PIS), which have no catchment area so children from all over Hong Kong can apply to study. However, applications for Year 7 places at Renaissance College are only open for siblings of students who are studying at the PIS.
Individual Nomination Rights are available for parents who wish to gain interview priority for their children. The Nomination Rights Scheme, including corporate and individual plans, provides a fast track entry route for children into ESF schools given that they meet the admissions requirements. The scheme will be open for applications on 2 September for those who are applying for Years 1 or 7 in the 2016-17 academic year.
The two PIS also have their own Nomination Rights Schemes for parents seeking interview priority for children.
Last year, nearly 3,000 children applied for admissions to some 1,300 Year 1 places available at ESF schools and the two PIS.
ESF is an all-through system: all Year 6 students enrolled in an ESF primary school by 1 December are guaranteed a place in an ESF secondary school in the next academic year, upon completion of Year 6.
Belinda Greer, ESF’s chief executive officer said: “We are happy to see interest in ESF schools has grown significantly in recent years with demand outstripping the number of places available. We will continue to strive to provide our students with a high quality education which will equip them with skills for life.”
For pre-primary education, the newly-established ESF International Kindergarten, Tung Chung will join the other existing four kindergartens – including Abacus, Hillside, Tsing Yi and Wu Kai Sha – to open for admission applications from 1 to 31 October 2015. The five preschools that offer an English medium education for children aged 3 to 5 years are operated by ESF’s affiliated company, ESF Educational Services Limited (ESL). Children attending an ESF International Kindergarten will receive priority for interview at all ESF schools, including Renaissance College and Discovery College.
Be aware that parents of students who are joining ESF schools from August 2015, will be required to pay a one-off non-refundable levy. The cost of the levy, which applies to ESF’s nine primary schools, five secondary schools and the special school, will be HK$38,000 for Year 1 students and will be reduced on a sliding scale for those who join in later years. Discovery College and Renaissance College have their own non-fundable capital levy schemes.
Subject to approval by the Education Bureau, the annual tuition fees for ESF schools for 2015-16 are HK$78,700 for Years 1 to 6, HK$110,600 for Years 7 to 11 and HK$116,200 for Years 12 and 13. The annual fees for 2016-17 school year are subject to review. For the latest information on ESF fees, please refer to the website:http://www.esf.edu.hk/our-schools/admissions-criteria/school-fees
The Year 1 students entering ESF schools in the 2015-16 academic year will be last group of students receiving government subsidies. From August 2016, the subvention will be phasing out year by year over 13 years so that the last year group to qualify will be the graduates of 2027-28.