Type: Kindergarten, primary and secondary
Curriculum: IGCSE; IB (PYP, MYP, IBDP, IBCP)
Student body: 17,770 across the group
Tuition fees (Year 1-13): HKD 111,200-135,000
Additional fees: One-off, non-refundable Capital Levy, which starts at HKD 38,000 in Year 1 and reduces to HKD 3,800 by Year 13
Admissions policy: Non-selective
Key facilities: All schools have well-equipped campuses, which are regularly upgraded
Latest exam results: IBDP, average ESF score of 35.8; 98% pass rate; 16 ESF students achieved the maximum 45 points
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Location: Hong Kong Island, New Territories, Kowloon
The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is the largest provider of English language education in Hong Kong. It has nine primary, five secondary, five kindergartens, one special school and two all-through schools. There are limited places available and long waitlists at most ESF schools, and ESF has always had a reputation for being considerably cheaper than most international schools in Hong Kong.
While the schools vary in size, diversity and culture, they all follow the same curriculum; this starts with the IB PYP. All five of its secondary schools offer IGCSEs and the IBDP; there are currently five ESF schools offering the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), including West Island School. All secondary schools are currently phasing in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Years 7 to 9 to replace the previously bespoke curricula offered by each school.
ESF schools range from the small Peak primary school with just 360 students to the large secondary King George V School with more than 1,700 students.
Highlights across the group: Sha Tin College's cohort scored ESF's highest ever average IB score of 37.4, and there were six students who achieved the full 45 points. Island School, which enhances the curriculum with its unique Island Time and Island Futures programmes, will be moving to a new, modern campus by 2021. Kennedy School is leading the way in environmental education with its recycling initiatives, renewable energy schemes and rooftop garden. West Island School biggest strength is its commitment to a unique one-on-one tutoring model. And Beacon Hill School is one of ESF’s leading schools in terms of SEN provision as it offers programmes for students with moderate special educational needs.
What the school says: “Our 22 schools and comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities bring out the best in every student through a personalised approach to learning and by inspiring curious minds.”
Click here for reviews of ESF primary schools: Beacon Hill School, Bradbury School, Clearwater Bay School, Glenealy School, Kennedy School, Kowloon Junior School, Peak School, Sha Tin Junior School, Quarry Bay School.