Online Applications

Effective from academic year 2018-19, Year 1 Central Admissions, as well as General Applications will be a ‘one form’ application system for ESF primary and secondary schools, including Discovery College. Parents may only submit one online application per child with their selected preference of schools.

Parents may choose up to three selected schools: the ESF school of zone, Discovery College and/or Renaissance College. If a parent chooses the ESF school of zone as a selected school, there will be a fourth option available for parents to select an alternative ESF out of zone school.

School zoning applies for ESF primary and secondary schools based on residential address at the time of application. Discovery College does not have a school zone.

It is important you read the following pages before you start your online application:

Click here for application for children with special educational needs.

All children applying to enter Discovery College will, at the time of admissions, be assessed for the possibility of any individual educational needs. The Learning Diversity Team will be consulted when concerns are noted. To be accepted for enrolment at Discovery College all children must meet admissions requirements. At Discovery College the majority of students have their needs met in the mainstream classes through an inclusive model of support. As the College does not receive any subvention for Special Educational Needs (SEN) students, it may be unable to provide the necessary support that may be required by students who have more severe learning needs.

Click here to see a list of frequently asked questions.

Note: The Online Admissions System is scheduled to perform regular system maintenance every Sunday from 3-3.30am (Hong Kong time). During this time, the online application forms will not be available.

Central Application – Applying for Year 1 for August 2019 admission (children born in 2014)

Application period: 1 to 30 September 2018

Online Applications open on 1 September 2018 and not earlier. Applications received after 30 September are considered late and placed on the waiting list according to first preference of school, priority and date received.

Click here for Year 1 Central Online Application Form (children born in 2014). See “Key Dates” at

If you are applying for ESF/Discovery College/Renaissance College Central Applications in September 2018 for Year 1 for the next academic year 2019-20, you will need to send your supporting documents by ‘registered post’ to the English Schools Foundation, Central Admissions, 25/F, 1063 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Supporting documents must be received at the English Schools Foundation by 7 October 2018 for Year 1.

For late Central Applications to Year 1 submitted after 30 September 2018, please send your supporting documents directly to Discovery College.

General applications for Discovery College

Click here for the General Application Form.  

This form is not applicable for applying Year 1 for entry in August 2019 (children born in 2014). Please fill in the Central Application form through the “Year 1 Central Online Application Form” link above from 1 to 30 September 2018.

Once an online General application is undertaken, in addition to the application form, you are required to upload supporting documents electronically according to the application checklist on the ESF website. You may upload the supporting documents later if you do not have them on hand at the point of application. An applicant can only be considered when the necessary documents are received.

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 Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP) 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 DP or CP 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 DP or CP.

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 website

The parents and/or legal guardians of prospective Discovery College students are strongly encouraged to visit the International Baccalaureate’s website to familiarize themselves with the IB Curriculum (PYP, MYP, DP and CP). 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.