Admissions Policy

The ISF Academy welcomes people of all nationalities and backgrounds. We seek a talented and diverse student body, particularly for the lower grades, to promote the robust exchange of ideas and experiences and enhance learning opportunities.


To be eligible for admission to The ISF Academy, the following criteria must be met:


  • Agree with The ISF Academy’s educational philosophy;
  • Agree to collaborate with The ISF Academy and be a part of our learning community to support their child’s learning and development; and
  • Agree to abide by the school’s rules and regulations.


  • Possess Hong Kong residency OR a foreign passport with a parent/legal guardian who is employed and resides in Hong Kong with a valid work permit;
  • Demonstrate satisfactory social skills (e.g. willingness to communicate, curiosity to learn, teamwork); and
  • Achieve satisfactory results in the admissions assessments.


Foundation Year

Preference is given to applicants whose language abilities the school believes will enable them to succeed in our bilingual curriculum.

Grade 1 to Grade 11

Appropriate proficiency in both Chinese (Putonghua) and English.


Students should be the correct age for their grade as shown below:

Grade Level Minimum Age* (by August 31 of year of entry) Local Equivalent  Program For 2019-20 Admissions (Applicants are born between dates shown below)
Foundation Year 4 years 8 months Kindergarten 3 The ISF Academy
Primary Program #
September 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014
Grade 1 5 years 8 months Primary 1 September 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013
Grade 2 6 years 8 months Primary 2 September 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012
Grade 3 7 years 8 months Primary 3 September 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011
Grade 4 8 years 8 months Primary 4 September 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010
Grade 5 9 years 8 months Primary 5 September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009
Grade 6 10 years 8 months Primary 6 An Authorized IB World School for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme® (IB MYP) September 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008
Grade 7 11 years 8 months Secondary 1 September 1, 2006 and December 31, 2007
Grade 8 12 years 8 months Secondary 2 September 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006
Grade 9 13 years 8 months Secondary 3 September 1, 2004 and December 31, 2005
Grade 10 14 years 8 months Secondary 4 September 1, 2003 and December 31, 2004
Grade 11 15 years 8 months Secondary 5 An Authorized IB World School for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme® (IB DP) September 1, 2002 and December 31, 2003
Grade 12 16 years 8 months Secondary 6 September 1, 2001 and December 31, 2002


# The ISF Academy Primary Program is the school’s educational program in a bilingual immersion model that prepares our students for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes®. MYP is the IB Middle Years Programme® and DP is the IB Diploma Programme®.

* Applicants, particularly Foundation Year and Grade 1 applicants, need to meet the minimum age requirement for the grade applied. The age range for students in each grade is typically 16 months. For example, students applying for Grade 1 would be between 5 years 8 months to 7 years on August 31 in the year of entry. Parents whose children are born between September 1 and December 31 have the option of applying for the higher grade, or the lower grade, or both grades. For example a child born on September 13, 2013 can submit applications for both Foundation Year 2019-20 as well as Grade 1 2019-20. Please note that if a child is applying for both grades, then two application fees and two assessments are required, one assessment being for the lower grade and the other assessment being for the higher grade. Based on the assessments and interview process, the child will be placed in the more appropriate grade.


Every applicant must pass the admissions assessments, complete the entire admissions process, and fulfill all the admissions requirements to be considered for enrollment. The ISF Academy does not guarantee admission to siblings and Capital Note Nominees.

Admissions priority will be given to Capital Note Nominees who meet the admissions requirements. Applicants with siblings currently studying at The ISF Academy and/or The ISF Pre-School who pass the admissions assessment will also be looked upon favorably in the selection process. Nominees of Capital Note Holders and/or siblings will be given an opportunity for a re-assessment should they not pass the initial admissions assessment. Please contact our Admissions Office for details of admissions-related benefits for nominees of Capital Note Holders.


Voluntary withdrawal of a child before and/or during the academic year requires at least ninety days’ notice in writing or three installments of tuition in lieu of notice. The start date for each academic year is August 1, hence any withdrawal notice from any incoming student that is to take effect for a new academic year should reach the Admissions Office at admissions@isf.edu.hk before May 1, failing which the requisite tuition installment amount will be charged on a pro-rata basis.

Please note that existing / returning students must inform the Registrar Office at registrar@isf.edu.hk before April 1 failing which the requisite tuition installment amount will be charged on a pro-rata basis. The summer break months of July and August are not included when calculating the in lieu of notice payment for existing / returning students.


The school’s curriculum is academically very rigorous. All applicants, regardless of whether they have been identified as having Special Educational Needs, must meet our admissions requirements and pass the admissions assessment to be accepted into the school.

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