The Independent Schools Foundation was established in February 2000 as a registered charitable organization in response to a pressing educational need in Hong Kong to provide diversity in choice of education for local students. In 2003, the Foundation established a non-profit, private independent school, The Independent Schools Foundation Academy (The ISF Academy), for Grade 1 to 12 to cater to the increasing demand for the highest caliber Putonghua and English education in an inquiry-based learning environment.
The ISF Academy opened its doors on August 2003 with 56 students ranging from Grade 1 to 4 at its temporary campus in Wanchai. Although it was envisaged that the Wanchai campus would be sufficient for the needs of the school until the opening of its permanent campus in August 2007, the rapid growth of our student population, largely due to the strong support from our parents, meant that additional facilities were soon needed. In August 2006, The ISF Academy opened a second temporary campus in Causeway Bay and the academic year 2006/07 saw the school operating split campuses. In July 2007, we moved into our new state-of-the-art 24,412 sq. meter campus in Pokfulam.
In February 2008, the school commenced its Foundation Year program, a preparatory year for students prior to Grade 1. The academic year 2008/09 marked the first full year of our Foundation Year program.