English Schools Foundation
English Schools Foundation

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is the largest international school organisation in Hong Kong. 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.

The education offered by ESF is underpinned by a broad and coherent curriculum aligned to our core values and to those of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). Our vision is for every student to be the best that they can be and our mission is to inspire creativity and nurture the global citizens and leaders of the future. We aim to enable students to grow as inquiring, thoughtful and caring citizens who show intercultural understanding and respect.

All ESF primary, secondary and all-through schools are authorised IB World Schools. Abacus, Hillside, Tsing Yi and Wu Kai Sha International Kindergartens are IB World Schools, while Tung Chung is now an IB candidate school. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, and international education – that we believe is important for our students.

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at ESF primary schools is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in and outside the classroom. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

At secondary level, ESF schools operate a school-designed curriculum with an approach that is broad and balanced leading to a suite of IGCSE and GCSE qualifications. Students study a range of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Creative and Performing Arts, Design Technology and an additional language(s) at an appropriate level, which aims to prepare students for university and other forms of higher education, largely in English-speaking countries across the world and in Hong Kong.

The two ESF all-through schools, Renaissance College and Discovery College, cater for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) students in Years 7 to 11. The other five ESF secondary schools are aligning the school curriculum for Years 7 to 9 to the MYP framework.

At post-16, the main pathways offered to students are the IB Diploma, the Applied Learning and the Work and Life Skills Pathways. Students are counselled on an individual basis to follow the pathway most appropriate for them. This involves encouraging students to consider their personal interests, preferred learning styles and career aspirations before making their decisions. This leads to internationally recognised qualifications that enable students to access higher education worldwide.

There are 17,500 students from more than 60 different nationalities in ESF schools, all-through schools and kindergartens. About 70% of our students are permanent residents of Hong Kong.

ESF is proud of the high academic and wider achievements of our students. In 2017, 15 ESF students achieved the perfect score of 45 points in the IB Diploma examinations; more than 95% go on to leading universities worldwide.


ESF Abacus International Kindergarten

ESF Hillside International Kindergarten

ESF Tsing Yi International Kindergarten

ESF Wu Kai Sha International Kindergarten

ESF Tung Chung International Kindergarten

Primary Schools

ESF Beacon Hill School

ESF Bradbury School

ESF Clearwater Bay School

ESF Glenealy School

ESF Kennedy School

ESF Kowloon Junior School

ESF Peak School

ESF Quarry Bay School

ESF Sha Tin Junior School

Secondary Schools

ESF Island School

ESF King George V School

ESF Sha Tin College

ESF South Island School

ESF West Island School

All-through Schools

ESF Discovery College

ESF Renaissance College

Special School

ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School

Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
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