The Discovery College application fee is HK$1,200. This is a non-refundable, non-transferable administration fee based upon the user-pay-principle whereby the fee level is determined on a cost-recovery basis.
Upon offer of a place there is a 2 month deposit, which for 2016-17 is HK$21,680 for Primary and HK$29,000 for Secondary (Years 7-11) and HK$29,320 for Secondary (Year 12&13). The first half of the deposit is offset against the first month’s fees while the remaining half will be credited against the fees for the last month of enrolment, subject to a two-month advance notice of withdrawal in writing (please see Student Withdrawal Procedures). The two-month deposit is non-refundable if the school place is not subsequently taken up.
The school fees for 2016-17 academic year are:
HK$108,400 per annum for Primary students (Years 1-6).
HK$145,000 per annum for Secondary students (Years 7-11).
HK$146,600 per annum for Secondary students (Years 12 & 13).
The ESF has recently announced a proposed fee increase of 6.6% across all year groups for the new 2017-18 academic year. The proposed fees for 2017-18 academic year are:
HK$115,600 per annum for Primary students (Years 1-6).
HK$154,600 per annum for Secondary students (Years 7-11).
HK$156,300 per annum for Secondary students (Years 12 & 13).
The proposed 2017-18 fees are subject to final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).
Direct debit is mandatory for paying school fees for all students attending Discovery College. Statement of account and receipts are not sent to parents as fees are paid by monthly direct debit. Fees are due on the first day of each month and parents are responsible for payment of fees, regardless of any personal arrangements parents may have with employers or other parties.
If fee payments are overdue, students may be excluded from school. Once excluded, students will not be re-admitted until all arrears are cleared and at least one further month’s fees are paid in advance. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that an excluded student will be returned to his or her former class.
Non-refundable Building Levy (NBL)
Discovery College charges a Non-refundable Building Levy (NBL), which for 2016-17 is HK$6,290 per student per year. The NBL is paid over 10 equal installments of $629 alongside the monthly school fees (September to June each year).
The ESF has recently announced a proposed increase in the NBL of 6.7% for the new 2017-18 academic year. The proposed NBL for 2017-18 academic year is HK$6,710 per student in all year groups.
The proposed 2017-18 NBL is subject to final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).
This NBL is paid by all students, with the exception of those exempt under the Individual Nomination Rights scheme (applied for prior to 23 February 2012).
The NBL will be used to pay for repair, maintenance and improvement of the school facilities for the benefits of all existing and new students.
Information for Parents – Fees
For further information regarding the matter of fees, please see the letter: Information for Parents – Fees.
School fees are determined annually, dependent to some extent on increases to the Consumer Price Index and inflation. The NBL is also reviewed annually and will be partially inflation adjusted. In 2013 the School Council, in association with ESF, sent out to parents a communication regarding potential future school fee increases through 2019 in order to move towards a balanced annual budget, which can be viewed here.
As stipulated in the Service Agreement between the ESL and EDB, 10% of the annual school fee income for Discovery College is set aside for the purpose of scholarships. Of this 10% a total of 2% is reserved for support of the Financial Assistance Scheme.