Key Dates

Year 1 for children born in 2016 and Year 7 for children born in 2010 for entry in August 2021

YEAR 1 (2016)

YEAR 7 (2010)

DATE

EVENT

EVENT

1 – 30 September 2020

Central application period for parents to submit application: www.esf.edu.hk/application-form

Central application period for parents to submit application: www.esf.edu.hk/application-form

4 September 2020

Nomination Rights applications open at 10am:

www.esf.edu.hk/esf-nomination-rights 

Nomination Rights applications open at 10am:

www.esf.edu.hk/esf-nomination-rights 

7 October 2020

NOT APPLICABLE

Acknowledgement email sent to all Year 7 applicants by ESF.

9 October 2020

NOT APPLICABLE

Invite for testing sent out by the ESF.

19 October 2020

ESF sends email acknowledgement to all Year 1 applicants

NOT APPLICABLE

23 October 2020

NOT APPLICABLE

ESF acknowledges and confirms Year 7 test students their testing centre location (via email) 

27 October 2020

Parents receive notification from the allocated school

NOT APPLICABLE

31 October 2020

NOT APPLICABLE

Year 7 testing (am) at Kowloon Junior School.

1 November 2020 – 25 January 2021

Non-ESF Kindergarten applicants admissions interviews & ESF Kindergarten observations period starts.  Exact dates for Discovery College t.b.c.

NOT APPLICABLE

16 November – 2 December 2020

NOT APPLICABLE

Interview Period for Year 7 (non-ESF) students starts. Exact dates for Discovery College t.b.c.

27 November 2020

ESF Kindergarten & Non-ESF Kindergarten applicants receive interview result

Applicants receive interview result

11 December 2020

Deadline for ESF Kindergarten & Non-ESF Kindergarten parents to confirm places offered by payment of deposit

Deadline for parents to confirm places offered by payment of deposit 

Primary Years 2-6

Applicants who have applied for Years 2-6 will be waitlisted in order of priority status and application date. Invitations for interview and assessment are sent as and when a position becomes available. This process also applies for Year 1 applications received outside the central application period.

Secondary Years 8-13

Applicants who apply for Years 8 to 13 will be waitlisted in order of priority status and application date. Invitations for interview and assessment are sent as and when a position becomes available.

This process also applies for Year 7 applications received outside the central application period.

Year 6 to Year 7 at Discovery College

All Year 6 students enrolled in Discovery College are guaranteed a place in secondary school Year 7 on completion of Year 6.

Application Timetable OTHER than Year 1 (children born in 2016) & Year 7 (children born in 2010)

2020-21 Academic Year

2021-22 Academic Year

Year Group

Application Date

Year Group

Application Date

PYP

Year 1 (2015)

Year 2 (2014)

Year 3 (2013)

Year 4 (2012)

Year 5 (2011)

Year 6 (2010)

Applications open 

Sept 2019

Applications close 

May 2021

PYP

Year 2 (2015)

Year 3 (2014)

Year 4 (2013)

Year 5 (2012)

Year 6 (2011)

Applications open 

Sept 2020

Applications close 

May 2022

MYP

Year 7 (2009)

Year 8 (2008)

Year 9 (2007)

Year 10 (2006)

Year 11 (2005)

Applications open 

Sept 2019

Applications close 

May 2021

MYP

Year 7 (2010)

Year 8 (2009)

Year 9 (2008)

Year 10 (2007)

Year 11 (2006)

Applications open 

Sept 2020

Applications close 

May 2022

DP/CP

Year 12 (2004)@

Year 13 (2003)*

Applications open 

Sept 2019

Applications close 

Aug 2020

DP/CP

Year 12 (2005)@

Year 13 (2004)*

Applications open 

Sept 2020

 Applications close 

Aug 2021

@ A student has to be in the IB Diploma Programme / Career-related Programme (Years 12 & 13) for the full 2 years of the programme and should start school in mid-August of the beginning of the academic year. There is some flexibility in the starting date, but apart from in exceptional circumstances as determined by the College 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 / Career-related 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 / Career-related Programme.