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Admissions Procedure

FRIENDS OF THE ISF

We invite all prospective parents to join our Friends of The ISF community at admissions.isf.edu.hk. Registration for our Admissions Events and submission of admissions applications can only be done online through the Friends of The ISF account.

APPLICATIONS FOR CURRENT AND NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR

 
Applications for Current Academic Year 2018-19:
We adopt a rolling admissions process for grades with vacancies, generally accepting applications and conducting admissions assessments from July 2018 to January 2019. As a general practice, the school does not enroll new students after the middle of February.
 
Applications for Next Academic Year 2019-20:
Regular Application Period
Applications for all grades for the 2019-20 academic year will open on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
 
Rolling Application Period
Depending on the grade, the school may have available spaces after concluding the Regular Application Process. Hence, from Monday, April 29, 2019, the Admissions Office will accept and review applications for 2019-20 on a rolling basis i.e. Rolling Admissions.
 

ADMISSIONS ASSESSMENT FORMAT

The assessment process in both the Primary and Secondary Schools is divided into different stages. All applicants will be invited for the first stage. Applicants who do not pass one stage will not be invited back to the next stage. Successful applicants are those who pass all stages.
 
Our Stage 1 assessments involve group discussions and group activities. All applicants must participate in Stage 1 before moving on to Stage 2. Applicants must ensure that they are able to participate in one of the indicated Stage 1 dates for their grade. While the Admissions Office will make every attempt possible to reschedule a Stage 1 group assessment for an applicant, the Admissions Office will offer at most one other alternative date and this alternative date offered will also be conducted during the Stage 1 periods stated in the following sub-sections. The Admissions Office is not able to assess applicants who are not in Hong Kong during these periods.
 
Rescheduling an Admissions Assessment
In the event the applicant is unable to attend the scheduled admissions assessment for any reason, for example, a conflict with a music examination, applicants are to inform the Admissions Office as soon as possible and no less than three business days before the date of the admissions assessment. The Admissions Office will, whenever possible, provide one alternative assessment date on one of the predetermined dates listed in the following sub-sections showing the Assessments Dates. However, please note that the Admissions Office is under no obligation to arrange another assessment and should the Office be unable to find a mutually agreed date, the application will be considered unsuccessful, the application will be closed, and no application fee will be refunded.
 
In the event the applicant falls ill on the morning of the assessment, parents must inform the Admissions Office prior to the assessment time and a new assessment date will be given when a doctor’s note is submitted to the Admissions Office. Applicants who are not feeling well are advised not to participate in the assessments. Applicants who are not feeling well and who choose to participate in the assessment activity will not be granted another assessment opportunity.
 
Foundation Year Assessments
Application Submission Period
Wednesday, August 15 to Monday, October 1, 2018
 
Assessment Activities
Assessments for Foundation Year Applicants are conducted as detailed below. All applicants will be invited for Stage 1. Selected applicants will be invited back for Stage 2.The Admissions Office does not conduct reassessments for applicants.
 

Stage 1: Bilingual Child Assessment (About 1 hour)

Student Group Activities (Groups of 8): Conducted in both English and Putonghua. The applicants will be led through these bilingual activities by a Group Leader speaking Cantonese, English, or Putonghua as per the native language(s) indicated on the application form. If the applicant has indicated more than one native language, the Admissions Office has the discretion to determine which of the native languages will be used to conduct the assessment. In its deliberations, the Admissions Selection Committee does not favor one language over another.

 
Stage 2: Parent-Child Meeting
 
Parent and child meeting with a senior member of the school in Cantonese, English, or Putonghua. Parents can elect to be interviewed in a different language from the applicant.
 

Assessment Dates*

Stage 1 Monday, September 17 to Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Stage 2 November 2018

* The table above serves as a guide to our admissions process and The ISF Academy reserves the right to modify these dates and periods if necessary. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website at academy.isf.edu.hk or contact our Admissions Office.

 

Release of Results

By Friday, December 14, 2018
 
Grade 1 Assessments
Application Submission Period
Wednesday, August 15 to Friday, November 30, 2018
 
Assessment Activities
Assessments for Grade 1 Applicants are conducted as detailed below. All applicants will be invited for Stage 1. Selected applicants will be invited back for Stage 2. The Admissions Office does not conduct reassessments for applicants.
 
Stage 1: Group Assessment (About 1 Hour)
 
Student Group Activities (Group of 12): Conducted in both English and Putonghua.
 
Stage 2: Parent-Child Meeting
 
Parent and child meeting with a senior member of the school in Cantonese, English, or Putonghua. Parents can elect to be interviewed in a different language from the applicant.
 

Assessment Dates*

Stage 1 Thursday, December 6 to Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Stage 2 January 2019
* The table above serves as a guide to our admissions process and The ISF Academy reserves the right to modify these dates and periods if necessary. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website at academy.isf.edu.hk or contact our Admissions Office.
 

Release of Results

By Thursday, February 28, 2019
 
Grade 2 to 5 Assessments
Application Submission Period
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 to Friday, February 15, 2019
 
Assessment Activities
Assessments for Grade 2 to 5 Applicants are conducted as detailed below. All applicants will be invited for Stage 1A. Selected applicants will be invited back for subsequent stages. The Admissions Office does not conduct reassessments for applicants.
 
Stage 1A: Written Assessment
 
Written papers in Chinese, Chinese Mathematics, English, English Mathematics and a computerized assessment.
 
Stage 1B: Oral Assessment
 
Individual and Group Interviews in English and Putonghua.
 
Stage 2: Parent Meeting
 
Parent meeting with a senior member of the school.
 
Assessment Dates*
Stage 1A Saturday, March 2, 2019
Stage 1B Monday, March 18, 2019
Stage 2 April 2019
* The table above serves as a guide to our admissions process and The ISF Academy reserves the right to modify these dates and periods if necessary. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website at academy.isf.edu.hk or contact our Admissions Office.
 
Release of Results
By Friday, May 17, 2019
 
Grade 6 to 11 Assessments
Application Submission Period
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 to Friday, February 15, 2019
 
Assessment Activities
Assessments for Grade 6 to 11 Applicants are conducted as detailed below. All applicants will be invited for Stage 1A. Selected applicants will be invited back for subsequent stages. The Admissions Office does not conduct reassessments for applicants.
 
Stage 1A: Written Assessment
 
Written papers in Chinese, English, English Mathematics and a computerized assessment.
 
Stage 1B: Oral Assessment
 
Individual and Group Interviews in English and Putonghua.
 
Stage 2: Parent Meeting
 
Parent meeting with a senior member of the school.
 
Assessment Dates*
Stage 1A Saturday, March 2, 2019
Stage 1B Friday, March 22, 2019
Stage 2 April 2019
* The table above serves as a guide to our admissions process and The ISF Academy reserves the right to modify these dates and periods if necessary. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website at academy.isf.edu.hk or contact our Admissions Office.
 
Release of Results
Friday, May 17, 2019
 

RESULT OF APPLICATION AND ENROLLMENT

  1. Parents/Guardians of successful applicants are to confirm their child’s enrollment through the online Enrollment Confirmation Form before the deadline stipulated on the Admissions Offer Letter. This deadline is typically one week from the date of the Admissions Offer Letter.

  2. The School will then issue an invoice for the Admissions Deposit and Capital Contribution. Parents/Guardians have to make the payment before the due date stated on the invoice to secure the place.

  3. Parents/Guardian requesting Financial Aid may submit the completed Financial Aid package upon receipt of the Admissions Offer Letter from the school. Parents/Guardian may also submit their Financial Aid information request earlier to expedite the Financial Aid Review process and obtain an indicative amount that could be granted under our Financial Aid program. The school seeks diversity in its student body and has a need-blind admissions assessment policy.

  4. It is the School’s policy not to provide feedback regarding an applicant’s performance in any assessment activities.

HOW TO APPLY

Application Package
  1. Register on Friends of The ISF to submit an admissions application for their child online.
  2. Complete an on-line Application Form.
  3. Upload the following items (in jpg or pdf format) onto the online application system. Applications will only be processed when ALL of the items below are received.
    • Recent (within the past three months) passport-size photo of applicant;
    • Copy of Birth Certificate#;
    • Copy of HKID or Passport data page and Hong Kong visa stamp#;
    • Photocopies of current and prior year school reports (up to three years prior to year of entry if available)#; and
    • One recent (within the past three months) group family photo (with ALL family members including both parents and siblings if any);
  4. Pay an application fee of HK$1,000 through PayPal.

# Parents will be required to bring the original documents for verification during the Stage 2 Parent-Child/Parent Meeting.

Application Submission

Admissions applications can ONLY be made online through the Friends of The ISF. Any other form of admissions application, such as email, fax, in-person, or post, will NOT be processed. Applications will not be accepted after the closing dates for applications.

 

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