Curriculum: IB (PYP, MYP, IBDP, IBCP)
Student body: 1,400
Tuition fees (Year 1-13): HKD 122,600-165,800
Additional fees: A non-refundable building levy (NBL) of HKD 7,120 per student per annum in all year groups. A deposit of HKD 24,520 for primary, HKD 32,800 for secondary (Years 7-11) and HKD 33,160 for secondary (Year 12&13)
Admissions policy: Non-selective
Key facilities: Acoustic music rooms, including a recital room with recording and editing booths, broadcasting suite, gymnasium, climbing wall and covered rooftop swimming pool
Latest exam results: IBDP, average score of 35.2; 96.7% pass rate
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Location: Lantau Island
Discovery College is one of two Private Independent Schools (PIS) owned by the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Whereas other ESF schools only accept applications from parents within a certain catchment area, children from across Hong Kong can apply to study at Discovery College. Built with the arts and sport in mind, this all-through International Baccalaureate (IB) World School features some impressive theatre and sports facilities. There’s a strong academic focus here too, and some impressive exam results to show for it. Unlike all other ESF schools, Discovery College does not teach IGCSEs; instead, it issues its own MYP completion award to all middle school students.
There’s a higher chance of getting a school place at Discovery College than at many other ESF schools; immediate places are available in Year 9 through to 12. Fees here are slightly higher than at other ESF schools, but the school does offer achievement scholarships in academics, visual arts, performing arts, music, and physical education/sport.
What the school says: “In addition to the robust and comprehensive IB curriculum, which includes specialist courses in the performing arts and PE from Year 1, sports and outdoor activities play a major part in the lives of the students at Discovery College.”
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