Primary & Secondary Online Application

We are delighted that you are considering ESF schools for your child’s education. Before applying to the Online Application System, we encourage you to read the following instructions first.

Parents may only submit one online application per child with their selected preference of schools. Parents may choose up to 4 selected schools: the ESF primary or secondary school, Discovery College and/or Renaissance College.

Important to note when selecting your preference of school(s):

  • Parents must indicate a minimum of one school, a maximum of four. Once the form is completed, options cannot be altered and processing will be according to availability for one school only.
  • If there is no availability for any of your preferred schools, the application will be placed on a waitlist according to the first preferred school only.
  • The application fee is charged based on your first preference except during Year 1 Central Application (see below section on Application Fee).

Before you start completing your application, you will be asked the required admissions date. Please note this date is for our reference and is not a guarantee of placement.

ESF will determine the Year Group for admission according to your child’s date of birth. The Year Group may be adjusted to ensure your child’s date of birth matches the ESF system age requirements. 

Once you have completed the application, you may preview the form before it is submitted. There is an ‘Edit’ button to make any changes before submission. Once you hit the ‘Submit’ button, the application is saved to the database and you will not be able to electronically edit any part of the application.

After submission, if there are changes required to your application, you will need to email ESF at for the primary section or for the secondary section quoting your ‘Application Reference Number’, your child’s name and details of changes required.

After successful submission, you will be asked to ‘Print’ your application form. You should print one to retain for your records. Supporting documents (listed on the application checklist) should be submitted online.

The online application may be saved as a draft and returned to complete and submit. Once parents have finalised their selected school preferences and completed the information the form can be submitted.

We encourage parents to visit our schools and ask questions before submitting the application form.  Once you have submitted the online application form, parents may not change their school preferences.

Be sure to check your email address and make sure it is accurate; otherwise, you will not receive any confirmations or updates from the school.

In addition, please make sure your email account will not block correspondence from our school. Some Internet Service Providers have very sensitive security settings.

Please note: all correspondence will bear the exact name and will be sent to the contact address (email or mailing) you enter in your application. Please make sure this information is correct.

Once the online application form is submitted, the following will occur:

  • You will see on the screen an ‘Application Slip’ with your 13-digit unique application reference number. This reference number along with your child’s name is used for enquiry and in correspondence with the school.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement email from the Online Admissions System.

The application fee is HK$2,800 for ESF primary and secondary schools, Discovery College and Renaissance College. This is a non-refundable, non-transferable fee which covers the cost of admissions administration, including personnel, system costs, commissions paid to our online service provider, etc. Due to the high number of applications, the collection of this fee does not constitute any assurance that an interview or a school place will be offered. Method of payment is by VISA/MasterCard through PayPal, our online payment service provider.

After payment is complete, you are prompted to print the payment result for your own reference.
If your online payment fails, please try again by clicking the link provided on the auto email acknowledgement.

An applicant can only be considered when the necessary application fee payment has been received.

Please note: If you are experiencing difficulties using the online application form, please check your browser is updated to the latest version or try submitting the form on a different computer.

Before starting to fill in the online application form, make sure you have:

A. General Application
(All other year groups for 2023/24 and 2024/25)

If you are applying under General Application, the following supporting documents must be submitted  within seven days of the online application submission. An application will only be considered when the necessary documents and application fee are received by the school.

  • Copy of child’s birth certificates.
  • Copy of child’s passport including the current visa status for Hong Kong (*This is mandatory if the child is holding an overseas passport).
  • Copy of parent’s passport including the current visa status in Hong Kong (*This is mandatory if the parent is holding an overseas passport).
  • Copy of parent’s and child’s identity cards, if applicable as residing in Hong Kong.
  • Copy of child’s school reports for the last two years, with English translation as appropriate. If applying for Year 1, one kindergarten report.
  • Two documents for proof of Hong Kong address.
  • Electronic photo of the applicant.

B. Central Application (Year 1 and Year 7) for 2024/25

Central Application period: 1-30 September 2023

If you are applying under ESF Years 1 or 7 Central Application, supporting documents must be uploaded to the online application form no later than the dates noted below for Central Application processing. We will not acknowledge supporting documents during the September application period due to the volume of applications.

  • Year 1 (born in 2019) – Supporting document deadline 6 October 2023
  • Year 7 (born in 2013) – Supporting document deadline 5 October 2023

The supporting documents are the same as above for General Application.

Application Period: 1-30 September 2023

Central Application:

Applying for Year 1 or Year 7 for August 2024 admission

Online Applications open 1 September 2023 and not earlier.

Applications received after 30 September are considered late and placed on the waiting list according to the first preference of school, priority and date received.

Application Period: Year-round

General Application:

Applying for Year 1 to Year 13 throughout the year

Please ensure that you have applied for the appropriate academic year. This form is not applicable for applying Year 1 and Year 7 for entry in August 2024.

Admissions Enquiry

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Admissions Hotline:
+852 3762 2411


ESF K2 students transferring to primary school for August 2024

Students who are attending ESF kindergartens will complete the Year 1 transition process. Information from ESF kindergartens will support the transition process.

Students in ESF kindergartens identified as needing additional learning support may be recommended to apply through the Admission and Review Process. This is a separate application process managed centrally at ESF Centre. This process also applies to all students applying from outside ESF. There are limited resources for placement within Learning Support and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School. Not all students going through the Admission and Review Process may be placed, as the demand is often greater than the number of places available.

All ESF K2 families complete the Gateway Y1 Transfer application to primary school form during the first two weeks of September.

All K2 students enrolled in an ESF kindergarten before 1 December are guaranteed a place in an ESF primary school on completion of K2.

A new student joining K2 on or after Year 1 offers to go out cannot be guaranteed a primary school place but will be given high priority on the waitlist for a Year 1 place.

Allocation for primary school is based on priority order plus EDB requirements (when necessary), and computer-generated random numbers. K2 children may be directed to an alternative primary school if there is an oversubscription at their first preference school. There is no guarantee of the school of first preference. All ESF primary school offers are accepted with a two-year commitment before any transfer request, regardless of residential address.

Please note the following key dates:

1-15 September 2023Parents complete the Gateway Year 1 transfer form
End November 2023Year 1 offer letters are sent via email from ESF Centre
8 December 2023Deadline to confirm places the Year 1 places offered. ESF kindergarten students are requested to pay the deposit to confirm the place

ESF Year 6 students transferring to secondary school for August 2024

ESF’s all-through education, K1 to Year 13, enables a seamless transition from kindergarten to primary and from Year 6 to secondary. The close links our primary schools have with their associated secondary schools play an important role in delivering a positive experience and a good start to the year, for our Year 7 students.

ESF will process and allocate according to an ‘associated secondary school’ for Year 7 placement. Below are the associated secondary schools for each primary school.

ESF primary schoolAllocated ESF secondary school
Bradbury SchoolSouth Island School
Quarry Bay SchoolSouth Island School
Glenealy SchoolIsland School
Peak SchoolIsland School
Kennedy SchoolWest Island School
Beacon Hill SchoolIsland School
Kowloon Junior SchoolKing George V School
Clearwater Bay SchoolKing George V School
Sha Tin Junior SchoolSha Tin College

All Year 6 families complete the Gateway Y7 Transfer application to secondary school form during the first 2 weeks of September. 

All Year 6 students enrolled in an ESF primary school by 1 December are guaranteed a place in an ESF secondary school on completion of Year 6.

For Year 6 students in Learning Support (LS): the child’s placement will be managed and allocated through a different process that takes account of the availability of Year 7 LS placements across all secondary schools. The student’s Year 7 placement will be confirmed by the end of November.

A student joining Year 6 from 1 December onwards can not be guaranteed a secondary school place at their corresponding ‘associated secondary school’ but offered a Year 7 place at an alternative secondary school where there is availability.

For Renaissance College and Discovery College Year 6 students

The guarantee of Year 7 place is with the corresponding secondary sections. Transfer requests to an ESF secondary school may be considered based on availability and date of written request starting from 1 September to your school’s admissions office. There is no guarantee of transfer to Year 7 in an ESF secondary school.

Please note transfer between a private independent school and an ESF school and vice versa will mean payment of deposit and capital/building levy to take up the school place.

Please note the following key dates:

1-15 September 2023 Parents complete the Gateway Year 7 transfer form
End November 2023 Year 7 offer letters are sent via email from ESF Centre
4 December 2023 Deadline to confirm places the Year 7 places offered. ESF primary students are requested to pay the deposit to confirm the place.

Year 1 Central Application for 2024/25 - Key dates
(For children born in 2019 and for entry in August 2024)

1-30 September, 2023
1 September, 2023  Nomination Rights applications open
6 October, 2023 Deadline for receipt of supporting documents
11 October, 2023 Acknowledgement email sent to parents to advise admission process
November 2023 to January 2024 First round interviews conducted at primary schools
March to August, 2024 Further interviews conducted by primary schools as necessary

Year 7 Central Application for 2024/25 - Key dates
(For children born in 2013 and for entry in August 2024)

1-30 September, 2023
1 September, 2023  Nomination Rights applications open
5 October, 2023 Deadline for receipt of supporting documents
9 October, 2023 Acknowledgement email sent to parents to advise admission process
Mid-October to the end of November, 2023 Interview period
8 December, 2023 Offer for Year 7 places sent out
15 December, 2023 Deadline to confirm places offered by payment of a deposit and non-refundable capital levy

ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (JCSRS)

2B Tin Kwong Road, Homantin, Hong Kong

About Our School

Everything we do at ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School is based on an understanding that every child is unique, with their own skills and passions. We offer our students some wonderful facilities to keep them happy, engaged and always learning. Our bespoke curriculum puts our students at the centre.

We reach our goals alongside our students through personalised, progressive and challenging lessons that offer students multiple opportunities for repeated, frequent experiences. Parents are an important facet of this team, since nobody knows your child better than you. Our teachers and therapists work with you to help establish suitable and practical goals for each student and how to support this learning at home. By helping each child to develop their own interests and personality, we help them to be the best they can be.

Meet the Principal

Anna Smakowska

Anna has almost 20 years of experience as a teacher and leader – with a strong focus throughout her career on helping students reach their full potential, regardless of any and all challenges that they may face.

School Bus Routes

The bus service for JCSRS students is managed by ESF Centre and JCSRS. School staff work as Bus Escorts and they are First Aid trained.

*The stops along the school bus routes may be subject to change. For more information, please contact the school.

K1 Central Application for 2024/25 - Key dates

1-30 September, 2023
1 September, 2023 at 1pm ESF Kindergarten Class A Debenture application opens 
First Friday of October Deadline for receipt of supporting documents
October 2023
November, 2023

Parents receive Play Visit status notification letters

November, 2023 to January, 2024 First round Play Visits conduct at kindergartens
January to Early March, 2024 Parents receive letter with Play Visit result
March to August, 2024 Further Play Visits conduct by kindergartens if necessary

ESF Levels of Adjustment Framework​

The ESF Levels of Adjustment (LOA) provide a framework for identifying and documenting the adjustments and accommodations for students who require support for learning.

ESF uses LOA 1 to 6 to describe the amount and type of support a student requires in order to access the curriculum. The LOA also reflects the level of provision required.

Outlined below are the most common placements for students with LOA 1 to 6. Occasionally, placements may differ depending on the profile of the individual student.


Mainstream with support
Additional Differentiation:

Additional, ongoing class-based teaching and learning adjustments led by the class or subject teacher, in liaison with the IN department and/or short-term small group or individual intervention in 1 or 2 dimensions of schooling.


Mainstream with support
Additional Differentiation:

Regular, individualised teaching and learning adjustments of objectives, outcomes, materials or equipment, in multiple dimensions of schooling, as a result of class-based assessments and teacher judgement.

A combination of additional small group support, for minimum 2 cycles of intervention, in multiple areas. The student has an IEP, there is an ongoing liaison between class/subject teachers and the IN department, and there is regular contact with parents. These students often sit well below age-related expectations in one of the dimensions of schooling.

LOA 3-4

Learning Support
Daily, continuous differentiation:

Daily, individualised teaching and learning adjustments of objectives, outcomes, materials or equipment.

Access to daily push-in support in mainstream lessons and pull-out support focusing on skill development, concept reinforcement, and functional life skills teaching. Access to alternative curriculums at the secondary level.

LOA 5-6

Jockey Club Sarah Roe School
Continuous individualised differentiation:

Continuous, individualised support. Systematic interventions and highly individualised teaching programmes through multidisciplinary approaches with a high staff-to-student ratio.

Learning Support

Mainstream with Support

Many students who require less extensive, class-based teaching and learning adjustments are catered for within mainstream classes in all kindergartens and schools.

Learning Support

Students who require more extensive, daily teaching and learning adjustments are catered for within learning support (LS) within ESF primary schools and secondary schools.

Entry to this level of provision is through a central process called the Admissions and Review Process, not through the local school.

Jockey Club Sarah Roe School

Students who require the most extensive teaching and learning adjustments are catered for within the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (JCSRS).

JCSRS has a bespoke curriculum that is designed to be broad and balanced to meet the needs of our diverse learners. The curriculum is taught through subjects but has significant elements of project based learning that enhance transdisciplinary application of knowledge and skills.

The JCSRS curriculum is divided into six pathways, each with its own distinct learning approach and priorities. The pathways are determined by age and also by the needs of students.

Secondary School (Year 12-13)

IB Diploma Programme:

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) is a course designed for students aged 16 to 19. Students can choose to follow either the full IB Diploma Programme or their choice of individual IB Diploma courses. Widely recognised as the best possible preparation for study at university, the IB DP builds research skills, promotes personal responsibility and encourages independent learning.

The full IB DP core comprises six subjects and the following key components:

Students can choose one subject from each of the groups below, three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).

  1. Studies in Language and Literature (Language A);
  2. Language Acquisition (Language B or ab initio), or a second Language A;
  3. Individuals and Societies (Humanities);
  4. Experimental Sciences;
  5. Mathematics;
  6. Arts (or a second Science, or a third language).

Specialised Pathways:

Our personalised pathways allow students to focus on creative projects and inquiries and reflect on their achievements. Students whose strengths are in applied learning are often practical and goal-oriented. Courses are routed in practical and real-world situations and are made relevant to the world of work. The courses are modular with no external examination element.

ESF schools currently provide Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC ) courses which are recognised by many universities worldwide. These courses can be studied alongside other subjects and provide a varied learning experience for students.

A number of ESF schools are also developing the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) to offer opportunities for those students who have a particular career path in mind. The IBCP allows students to specialise and dedicate themselves to a career path that they know they want to pursue. The IBCP encompasses some elements of the IB Diploma Programme within its structure. It also encompasses the IB’s educational philosophy and mission.

Secondary School (Year 7-11)

IB Middle Years Programme:

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. Learning focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in and beyond the classroom and encourages students to be critical, creative and reflective thinkers. The MYP is a framework on which to hang a challenging and rigorous curriculum, which provides authentic, real-world connections to the learning in the classroom.

The curriculum consists of 8 subject groups integrated through 6 interactive areas providing global contexts for learning.

Our MYP centres around and is underpinned by the following five key components:


As a further means of developing autonomous, self-directed learners, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through completing a project, which encourages reflection on their learning and outcomes of their work. This is a long-term project, which is embedded within a global context and generates a synthesis of creative and critical thinking and approaches to learning through an in-depth investigation.

MYP Projects
Students who complete the MYP in Year 9 or Year 10 complete the community project, enabling them to develop their commitment to service as action within the community. All students who complete the MYP in Year 11 complete the personal project.

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
(Years 10 & 11):

The IGCSE is a two year course of study with an externally set syllabus with assessment criteria for Years 10 to 11. The five ESF secondary schools design courses to meet these criteria. This includes a range of language courses available in foreign, second and first languages. The examinations are externally set which is similar to the IB Diploma final examination period. Grades are awarded with students typically taking between seven to ten subjects.

Students will also be able to access a range of co-curricular courses in the creative, community service and physical domains. Some of these activities have qualifications associated with them.

Primary School Curriculum

IB Primary Years Programme (Age 5-11):

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an international, trans-disciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs.

We provide a wide range of curricular and co-curricular programmes and opportunities. The curriculum is expressed in three interrelated ways:

Examples of co-curricular activities include: Our schools aim to develop internationally minded students by encouraging the development of the traits described in the IB student profile. We support children to become inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers and to be knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective.

Kindergarten Curriculum

ESF Pre-Kindergarten (Age 2-3):

Our approach to learning is through play based theory. Across five key areas of enquiry; Wellbeing, Belonging, Communication, Contribution, and Exploration, each toddler’s voice will be heard, their progress celebrated, and their language and knowledge nourished. Our curriculum centres on the premise that everything that occurs with or for the child is curriculum. It is inquiry based and concept driven. It is designed to be stimulating yet flexible to provide for the children’s desire to explore and investigate.

IB Primary Years Programme (Age 3-5):
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is built on 6 Transdisciplinary Themes through which students explore and engage in the different subject areas. The core of the PYP model shows the 5 Essential Elements which are common to all teaching and learning: concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes, and action. The PYP Curriculum provides: Mandarin Chinese is the specialist language and is integrated into the PYP programme, forming a core aspect of the curriculum. At Abacus and Tung Chung International Kindergartens, there is a choice between an English stream and a bilingual English and Mandarin Chinese stream.