Welcome to the ESF Island School official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.
At Island School we do something different. Our focus is on igniting a passion for learning in every student. Teaching students facts and figures is no longer enough for them to succeed once they enter higher education and the workforce. We encourage students to problem solve, question and think creatively with new concepts and ideas. Students are encouraged to become resourceful, adaptable and confident learners.
Island School students come from all over the world and central to our international heritage is the celebration and understanding of each other’s’ cultures.
Students learn to care for each other, for the environment and for other people through our rich co-curricular programme and the family atmosphere of the House system.
Our academic record is excellent with students going on to the foremost universities and colleges in the world. You will find details of the curriculum and qualifications on offer on our website. In the senior years students can choose to study IB Diploma, IB Careers and BTEC courses. Island School prepares students for these qualifications with a broad based middle school curriculum including IGCSEs and a wide range of exciting options in our unique Futures curriculum. Our aim is to help students develop a passion for learning in a range of areas, whether it be Law or Robotics and Coding or Music producing.
Currently Island School is going through a period of redevelopment. The building at Borrett Road which was Island School’s home for 50 years is now being redeveloped, during this time the Island School community is using two temporary campuses in Sha Tin. Temporary campuses in 2019/20: Island School Sha Tin Wai (Years 7, 8, 12, 13): Pok Hong Estate, Area 5A, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong Island School Tai Wai (Years 9, 10, 11): Sun Chui Estate, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
For parents wishing their children to enter Year 7, Central Application is open from 1 to 23 September of the year before they want their children to enter the school. Application for all years are open throughout the year. Applicants will be invited to an admissions interview when places become available. Please check this website for immediate or expected student places: www.esf.edu.hk/applyesf-school/
ESF serves 17,770 students who represent a range of ethnicities and over 75 nationalities.
HKSAR permanent residents
Yes, for Years 7 to 11
Chinese and others
IGCSE/GCSEs, BTEC, IB Diploma
In 2019, 23 ESF students achieved the perfect score of 45 points in the IB Diploma examinations; more than 95% go on to leading universities worldwide. The average score worldwide was 29.8 points compared to an average score of 35.6 for ESF students. For more information, please visit this website: www.esf.edu.hk/university-destinations/
Learning Support Classes are available to cater for students with individual needs.
Please visit this website for public exam results of ESF students: www.esf.edu.hk/public-exam-results/
Yes, the Parents Teachers Association
If you are the owner or the principal of the school and note any inaccuracies, or would like to update data, you can now open an account with us. You will also be able to add admissions availability per year group, and advertise current job vacancies. This is a free service. Please help us keep prospective parents up to date with your latest information.
Are you looking for a place for your child, and want help from our school consultants? If so, click on the link below, and we will forward your request for information to the school or schools of the same type that we are confident have availability. This is a free service for our readers. Request Information