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Admissions Procedure

The ISF has not appointed or authorized any agents or third parties to represent ISF in any way in connection with admissions activities of The ISF Academy or The ISF Preschool. Please do not liaise with any third party who asks for money or claims to be representing ISF in the admissions application process.

 

 

FRIENDS OF THE ISF

We invite all prospective parents to join our Friends of The ISF community at admissions.isf.edu.hk. Registering online as part of our community allows parents to sign up for our Admissions Events and submit admissions applications. Please note that 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 2019-20:

Rolling Applications Period

We adopt a rolling admissions process for grades with vacancies, generally accepting Rolling Applications and conducting admissions assessments from April 2019 to January 2020. As a general practice, the school does not enroll new students after the middle of February.

 

Applications for Next Academic Year 2020-21:

Regular Applications Period

The key dates for applications vary by grade and are shown in the table below:

 

Grade

Application Submission Period

Primary School

Foundation Year

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 to Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Grade 1

Monday, December 9, 2019 to Friday, January 3, 2020

Grade 2 to 5

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 to Saturday, February 15, 2020

Secondary School

Grade 6 to 11

Rolling Applications Period

Depending on the grade, the school may have available spaces after concluding the Regular Application Process. Hence, from Monday, April 27, 2020, the Admissions Office will accept and review applications for 2020-21 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. If applicants are not able to attend Stage 1 during the dates listed below, the application will be considered unsuccessful, the application will be closed, and no application fee will be refunded.

 

Foundation Year Assessments*

Application Submission Period

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 to Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Assessment Activities

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 who are not siblings and / or Capital Note nominees.

 

Stage 1: Group Assessment (About 1 hour)

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 by the Group Leader.

 

Stage 2: Parent-Child Meeting

Parents and child meet with a senior member of the school. Parents can elect to be interviewed in a different language (in Cantonese, English, or Putonghua) from the applicant.

Assessment Dates

Stage 1: Selected Dates between Tuesday, September 24 to Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Stage 2: October to November 2019

Notification

By Friday, December 20, 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.

 

Grade 1 Assessments*

Application Submission Period

Monday, December 9, 2019 to Friday, January 3, 2020

Assessment Activities

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 who are not siblings and / or Capital Note nominees.

 

Stage 1: Group Assessment (About 1 hour)

Group Activities (Groups of 12): Conducted in both English and Putonghua.

 

Stage 2: Parent-Child Meeting

Parents and child meet with a senior member of the school in Cantonese, English, or Putonghua. 

Assessment Dates

Stage 1: Selected Dates between Thursday, January 9 to Monday, January 13, 2020

Stage 2: February 2020

Notification

By Friday, February 28, 2020

* 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.

 

Grade 2 to 5 Assessments*

Application Submission Period

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 to Saturday, February 15, 2020

Assessment Activities

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 who are not siblings and / or Capital Note nominees.

 

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

Parents meet with a senior member of the school.

Assessment Dates

Stage 1A: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Stage 1B: Monday, March 16, 2020

Stage 2: April to May 2020

Notification

By Friday, May 22, 2020

* 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.

 

Grade 6 to 11 Assessments*

Application Submission Period

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 to Saturday, February 15, 2020

Assessment Activities

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 who are not siblings and / or Capital Note nominees.

 

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

Parents meet with a senior member of the school.

Assessment Dates

Stage 1A: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Stage 1B: Friday, March 20, 2020

Stage 2: April to May 2020

Notification

By Friday, May 22, 2020

* 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.

 

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 above 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.

 

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.
  2. The School will subsequently issue an invoice for the Acceptance 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 / Guardians requesting Financial Aid are advised during the application process to complete all the requested documents listed in the Financial Aid Application and to submit them before the relevant date stated in the Financial Aid section. The school actively 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

  1. Register on Friends of The ISF.
  2. Complete an on-line Application Form.
  3. Parents / Guardians seeking financial assistance, are to complete all the requested documents listed in the Financial Aid Application Package and submit them before the relevant date stated in the section on Financial Aid.
  4. Upload the following items (in jpg or pdf format) to 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;
  • One recent (within the past three months) group family photo (with ALL family members including both parents and siblings if any);
  • Copy of Birth Certificate#;
  • Either
    • Copy of Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card#, or
    • Copy of Passport biodata 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
  • Grade 2 to 11 Only. Not required for Foundation Year and Grade 1 applications: Teacher-graded Chinese and English writing samples. Graded writing assignments from the applicant’s current school year that includes teacher comments will suffice.
  1. Pay an application fee of HK$1,000 through PayPal.
  2. Grade 2 to 11 Only. Not required for Foundation Year and Grade 1 applications: Please note that a School Reference Form will be required from an applicant’s current or last attended school.

# 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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