Discovery College is a Private Independent School (PIS) currently growing by one-year level annually up to Year 13 in 2013.
The College provides an all-through education for primary and secondary students on one campus. Students start Year 1 during the calendar year in which they turn 5 and graduate from the College at the end of Year 13.
The mission of the College is to provide a quality education for all students with English as the medium for teaching and learning, and to offer Chinese (Putonghua using simplified characters) as a specialist subject for all students.
There is provision for Chinese for native speakers (CNL) and for Chinese as a foreign language (CFL), including ab initio courses. All successful applicants will need to demonstrate an aptitude for language learning.
In line with the Hong Kong Government's requirements for all Private Independent Schools (PIS):
2. Priority for Admission
Children of full-time teachers at Discovery College are guaranteed an interview for a place at Discovery College.
Students applying for enrolment to Discovery College may be placed on a waiting list. Where such waiting lists occur, priority for an admissions assessment/interview will be based on the following ranked criteria; students who are (in order):
With the exception of students applying for Year 1, Siblings and Nominees under an Individual Nomination Right will have the same priority for admissions interviews, with the date of application determining the order. A Nominee under a Corporate Nomination Right will receive first priority on the waiting list for an admissions interview and will have priority over all other applicants, but not children of Discovery College full-time teachers.
The order of priority for an admissions interview is determined by the time and date that the Company informs the College of the identity of the Nominee (CNR Form B).
If demand for enrolment in any year level exceeds the places available, then children with at least one parent holding Hong Kong permanent resident status will be accepted before other students with the same priority status.
NOTE: For Year 1 central applications made in September 2013 and September 2014 only, children enrolled in ESF International Kindergartens will be prioritised for interview, subject to having attended the kindergarten for a minimum of two terms prior to the applicable January Year 1 interview period.
3. Admission Procedures
Discovery College will determine the Year Group for admission according to the child's date of birth (01 Jan – 31 Dec). Please note that the Year Group may be adjusted to ensure where possible the child's date of birth matches the school's age requirements.
Year of Birth to Year Level Placement:
Consideration may be given for accepting an application of a child in a year group that is one year lower if the applicant has a late (September to December) birthday. This is taken into account along with other material aspects, such as the national teaching system from which the child originates. Greater flexibility may be applied where older Secondary age groups are concerned, for Year 12 in particular, however, 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.
A student has to be in an IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for the final 2 years of the programme (Years 10 & 11) to be awarded a MYP certificate.
Applications for Year 13 will not be considered for students who have not completed the first year of the IB Diploma Programme.
4. Applications for Admission
Once an online application has been successfully submitted, along with payment of the application fee of HK$800, a hard copy of the completed online application form, along with supporting documents, must be sent directly to "Discovery College (Attn: Admissions Manager), 38 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong". Supporting documents include copies of:
An application with insufficient supporting documents will not be processed and the applicant will be notified accordingly.
5. Application to ESF and ESF Private Independent Schools (PIS)
Dual applications are permitted to both systems. For statistical purposes, parents are asked to indicate schools applied by ticking the box/es on the individual application forms. Applications to Discovery College and Renaissance College are through a separate application process to other ESF schools.
6. Assessments and Interviews for Admission
Applicants must demonstrate through assessments and an interview that they are capable of engaging with an English medium IB curriculum.
Students applying for admissions to Discovery College take age-appropriate assessments for English. In addition, applicants are assessed for learning skills and cognitive ability. The assessments are accompanied by interviews that will explore each student's potential for language learning as well as their ability to engage and succeed within the curriculum being offered at the school.
Applicants' academic background, previous school reports and supporting documents will also be taken into account. Applicants must be able to demonstrate behavioural responsibility and the principles of good citizenship.
Whilst assessment interviews for Primary (Years 1 to 6) have to be undertaken in Hong Kong at Discovery College, assessment testing for overseas Secondary students (Years 7 to 13) can be undertaken with the cooperation of the applicant’s current school and subsequent interviews arranged to be undertaken by SKYPE.
7. Admission into the IB Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme is designed for students who have successfully completed their middle years of secondary schooling. Various indicators of this success exist as possible pathways for entry to the IB Diploma Programme:
Students successfully completing any of the above will normally be entered into the IB Diploma Programme. Students with grades lower than the requirement but who, in the judgement of the IB Diploma Coordinator, would be suitable candidates for Year 12 entry may be admitted as an IB courses student. However, all cases will be examined on an individual basis, and the College reserves the right to accept or reject any application at its discretion. Students will be counselled on the correct choice of either full Diploma status or Courses status.
8. Nomination Rights
See Nomination Rights Terms and Conditions
See College Fees
10. Immigration Status
An offer of a place cannot be made to a child who is not a resident of Hong Kong unless the child is permitted by the Director of Immigration to reside in Hong Kong. Unless clearance is obtained from the Director of Immigration, no child will be admitted to any school in Hong Kong whose travel document/passport bears the endorsement "Visitor" over the immigration stamp. Parents of non-local children are advised to seek the approval of the Director of Immigration (www.immd.gov.hk) as soon as possible for entry to Hong Kong of the child in question, for the purpose of study.
11. Withdrawal of Students
For withdrawal of students, please refer to the Student Withdrawal Procedures.
12. Admissions Enquiries
13. Policy Review
Discovery College's admissions policy is subject to regular review.
It is the responsibility of individual applicants to check the College website for any updates to the policy.