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ESF schools are not selective: admission depends above all on the student’s ability to benefit from an ESF education. Please click here to see our Admissions Policy.

Discovery College operates an Online Admission System through the English Schools Foundation. Please click the correct link provided below to submit your application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As the Hong Kong Education Bureau is still reviewing 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 academic year. The Year 1 Central Application process will commence on 1 September 2017 under the current online application system. Dual applications will continue to be permitted to ESF and the two private independent schools (PIS).  Applications to Discovery College are through a separate application process, detailed on this website.

Central applications for Year 1 for 2018-19 (children born in 2013)

Parents may submit applications through the Discovery College central admission online application form for 2018-19 academic year from 1 September 2017.

Application period: 1-30 September 2017.  Any Year 1 applications received after 30 September 2017 are considered LATE and will be placed at the end of the waiting list in date order of receipt.

Once an online application has been successfully submitted, along with payment of the application fee, hard copies of the required supporting documents, must be sent directly to “Discovery College (Attn: Admissions Manager), 38 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong”. 

Please click here for information and key dates.

General applications for Discovery College

Parents may submit applications through the Discovery College general admission online application form for the 2017-18 academic year, and for 2018-19 academic year from 1 September 2017.  

Once an online application has been successfully submitted, along with payment of the application fee, hard copies of the required supporting documents, must be sent directly to “Discovery College (Attn: Admissions Manager), 38 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong”. 

Many year levels are oversubscribed and parents should contact the College’s admissions staff for details.  Assessments / interviews for enrolment are dependent on places becoming available.

If you are applying for primary placement, the College strongly recommends that you either consider a Nomination Rights, and/or apply to other schools.

A student has to be in the IB DP Programme for the full 2 years of the programme and should start school in Year 12 in mid-August of the beginning of the academic year. There is some flexibility in the starting date, but a student will not be able to start after 4 weeks from the start of the academic year.

Applications for Year 13 will be considered where a student has completed the first year of the IB Diploma Programme in another school. All cases will be examined on an individual basis, and the College reserves the right to accept or reject any application at its discretion, the final decision being that of the Principal. Applications for Year 13 will not be considered for students who have not completed the first year of the IB Diploma Programme.

Applications are valid for one academic year. Applicants on waiting lists at the end of the academic year may carry forward their waitlist position by reapplying for the following academic year. Parents will be contacted once a year to reconfirm their wish for their child to remain on the College’s waitlist.

Please click here for information and key dates.

Nomination Rights

Applicants through the scheme gain accelerated interview priority. Please click here for details.

International Baccalaureate’s web site

The parents and/or legal guardians of prospective Discovery College students are strongly encouraged to visit the International Baccalaureate’s web site www.ibo.org to familiarize themselves with the IB Curriculum (PYP, MYP and Diploma). By proceeding with your application it is assumed by the College that you have read, understood these documents and are committed to an IB education for your child.

Please note:
The Online Admission System is scheduled to perform regular system maintenance every Sunday from 3.00am to 3.30am (Hong Kong time). During this time, the online application forms will not be available. Support for accessing the Online Admission System is provided by the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome on Windows and Mac OS with the browser’s security settings at or below default levels.