About Admissions

Conditions for Entry

A candidate shall:

  • Possess a thorough knowledge and understanding of the English language to enable him or her to benefit from a curriculum taught entirely in this language.
  • Be up to the standard of the class appropriate to his or her age.
  • Agree to conform to the regulations of the school and support school decisions.
  • Live within the designated zone and be able to provide a valid address proof.

All ESF schools strictly follow the birth year to allocate the child's year group which means in ESF schools all children in a year group are born in the same calendar year. As we organise a differentiated curriculum we do not put a child in a year group above or below their chronological age.

The following year groups are for your reference for the academic year August 2015 to June 2016.

  • Year 1 - Children born in 2010
  • Year 2 - Children born in 2009
  • Year 3 - Children born in 2008
  • Year 4 - Children born in 2007
  • Year 5 - Children born in 2006
  • Year 6 - Children born in 2005

Children are normally admitted to Year 1 in September of the year in which they become five years of age. Interviews to determine fluency in English are held before admission.

School Zone
In order to be eligible for admission to Kennedy School, you must live within the school’s catchment area.

The area from Caine Road to Aberdeen. Cheung Chau. Babington Path, Oaklands Path, Hospital Road, Des Voeux Road, Connaught Road, Queen’s Road Central (excluding the Central District hotels), Park Road, Breezy Path, Bonham Road, Caine Road and north of the Bonham/Caine Road line, Castle Road, Seymour Road, Mosque Street, Shelly Street, 97 Robinson Road and beyond (odd numbers), 72 Robinson Road and beyond (even numbers), Kotewall Road, Lyttleton Road, University Drive, Oaklands Avenue, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Baguio Villas, Cyber Port Road, Victoria Road, Kennedy Town, Grantham Hospital, the Police Training School and Aberdeen Marina. Ap Lei Chau excluding South Horizons. Central District and Sheung Wan (excluding hotels); north of Caine and Bonham Roads to the waterfront.

Central Application to New Year 1
Central Application Period for Academic Year 2016/2017 (children born in 2011) closed on 30th September 2015. All late applications will be placed on wait-list according to priority (see ESF website at www.esf.edu.hk) and date order received. Please note that all applications received after the Central Application Period will be considered only after Central Applications have been processed.
Fees for ESF Primary and Secondary Schools
School Fees for Academic Year 2015-16
For ESF's primary schools, secondary schools and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School, the school fees for the academic year 2015-16 are as follows:
Primary schools (Years 1 to 6)         - HK$ 78,700   paid over 10 months
Secondary schools (Years 7 to 11)      - HK$ 110,600 paid over 10 months
Secondary schools (Years 12 to 13)    - HK$ 116,200 paid over 10 months
For the school fees of ESF International Kindergartens, Discovery College andRenaissance College, please refer to individual school websites.
School Fees for Academic Year 2016-17
Starting from August 2016, the Hong Kong SAR Government will be phasing out the recurrent subvention to ESF year by year over a period of 13 years. Students entering Year 1 in 2016-17 will not be subsidised by the government anymore and the reduction will be covered by the tuition fees. It is anticipated that approximately HK$17,000 will be added to the tuition fees for Year 1 students in 2016-17 to cover the reduction in the subvention. There may also be additional increases to cover rising costs due to inflation.
In 2016-17, all other year groups (except Year 1) will continue to enjoy the subvention from the government, including new students joining Years 2 to 13 in the year.
According to ESF’s practice, proposed tuition fees for 2016-17 will be announced in March 2016.
The amounts of deposit for an ESF primary and secondary school place are HK$10,000 and HK$16,000 respectively, which have to be paid when a school place at an ESF primary or secondary school is accepted. This includes students who are transferring from an ESF primary school to an ESF secondary school. Payment details can be found on the ESF enrolment form.
Non-refundable Capital Levy (NCL)
For new students joining ESF schools in August 2015 and after, they will be required to pay a one-off non-refundable capital levy (NCL). The non-refundable capital levy (NCL) will replace the refundable capital levy (RCL) from the academic year 2015-16 onwards.
The cost of the NCL will be HK$38,000 for students entering Year 1 and will be reduced, on a sliding scale, for students who join the system in later years as follows:
Year groupOne-off NCL (HK$)
Year 138,000
Year 236,000
Year 334,000
Year 432,000
Year 530,000
Year 628,000
Year 726,000
Year 822,300
Year 918,600
Year 1014,900
Year 1111,200
Year 127,500
Year 133,800
If NCL has already been paid when the student enrolled to ESF primary school, the student is not required to pay NCL again when he/she transfers from ESF primary school to ESF secondary school.
The information about the NCL scheme can be viewed on the website: www.esf.edu.hk/non-refundable_capital_levy
Refundable Capital Levy (RCL)
Parents of students who are transferring from an ESF primary school to an ESF secondary school in August 2016 are required to pay the refundable capital levy (RCL) if they have never paid the RCL or NCL before.
The RCL is HK$25,000 per student and the levy for the third and any subsequent child in a family attending ESF schools is reduced to HK$10,000 provided that the first two children are currently attending ESF schools and each of them has paid the HK$25,000 RCL respectively.
The RCL is not transferrable and will be refunded within one month after your child's last attendance date, net of any outstanding balance on account.
Advance Payment
All students are required to make an advance payment of September’s fees for reserving the school place for the following school year. The advance payment of September’s fees will not be refunded if a student is subsequently not returning school in the following school year.
Students who have already paid the RCL are exempt from the advance payment of September's fee. However, if a student is not returning to school in the following year and his/ her parent has not informed ESF of the withdrawal on or before 1 June, the parent is liable to the tuition fees for September even if the student does not return to school.
Payment of Fees
Fees are due on the first day of each month. Please note that parents are held responsible for payment of school fees regardless the fees actually paid by their employers or by any other third parties.
Effective August 2011, direct debit is mandatory in paying school fees for all students attending ESF schools. We recommend the “Limit for Each Month” to be set at HK$11,000 for primary and HK$14,000 for secondary. Click here to download the Direct Debit Authorisation Form and here for an instruction on how to fill out the form.
Statements of account and receipts are not sent to parents as fees are paid by monthly direct debit.  However, payment receipts can be issued upon request. Please contact Billing Section at billing@esfcentre.edu.hk if receipt is required.
Please note that if fee payments are overdue, students may be excluded from school. Once excluded, students will not be permitted to re-enrol to any ESF schools/ private independent schools (PIS) unless all outstanding fees have been fully repaid. All the fees, levies, deposits and charges in relation to student admissions are applicable to the students re-applying or returning to ESF schools/ PIS after exclusion. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that an excluded student will be returned to his or her former class.
Fees remain payable if a student goes on leave during term time. Year 11, 12 and 13 students, who may not attend normal classes during April, May and June, are still required to pay the full annual fee.
If a student leaves or is admitted part way through the school year, attendance on any day in a particular month renders school fees payable for the entire month.
Please ensure that school and/ or ESF Centre are notified promptly of any change of address, telephone numbers or designated bank account for direct debit.
Financial Assistance Scheme
There is a Financial Assistance Scheme available for families who experience financial hardship due to a sudden and unexpected change in circumstances. Financial assistance is not normally granted in the first year of admission. Information and application forms for the scheme are available from ESF Centre. Supporting documents on details for personal income and the circumstances from which the hardship arose will be required for all applications.
Student Withdrawal
The Student Withdrawal Notice is the official document for parents to inform the school of a student withdrawal. A withdrawal notice by other means such as email, letter or verbal notice is not acceptable. Please download and complete the Student Withdrawal Notice should you plan to withdraw your child. The notice should be returned to the Admissions Office in school via email at admissions@kennedy.edu.hk at least ONE MONTH prior to the last date of attendance. An acknowledgement email will be sent out within 7 days upon receipt of the Student Withdrawal Notice. If withdrawing parents do not receive the acknowledgement email within 10 days after the Student Withdrawal Notice has been sent, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are withdrawing your child at the end of the academic year, please return the completed Student Withdrawal Notice on or before 1 June. Otherwise, we will assume that your child is returning after summer and parents are liable to pay the tuition fees for September, even if the student does not return to school. 
For prospective students who have accepted a place in school, the withdrawal policy applies. In such cases, the admission deposit will be forfeited and the RCL, if paid, will be refunded after the Student Withdrawal Notice is received.  
Should there be changes in the last date of attendance after a proper withdrawal notice is served, parents are required to submit a revised withdrawal notice to the school, stipulating that the revised notice supersedes the previous one with the new last date. Nevertheless, subsequent changes to the last date of attendance may be declined as it depends on the availability of school places. 
To cancel a withdrawal notice, parents are required to inform the school in writing before the last date of attendance. The cancellation may be declined as it depends on the availability of school places.
If you have any queries about fees, deposits or levies, please contact our billing hotline at:
Tel: 3762 2422 or
Email: billing@esfcentre.edu.hk
Please quote your child's student account number, which is shown on all receipts.