Admissions Policy

ESF schools are not selective: admission depends above all on the student’s ability to benefit from an ESF education.  Please click here for ESF Admissions Policy in detail.


General Information – RCHK

Renaissance College (RCHK) is a Private Independent School (PIS) run by ESF Educational Services Ltd.

We are a fully accredited, through-train IB World School, offering all four IB programmes on one campus.
Renaissance College is an English medium school. Mandarin Chinese is offered as a specialist language subject mandatory for all students in PYP and MYP.

The following conditions apply to Private Independent Schools:

  • At full capacity, 70 per cent of the students enrolled must have the status of Hong Kong Permanent Resident (HKPR).
  • Renaissance College has no catchment area; Any students legally residing in Hong Kong can apply.


Priority for Admissions Assessment/Interview 

When demand for enrolment in any year group exceeds the number of places available, students may be placed on an active applications list and await assessment/interview. Priority for an admissions assessment/interview will be based on the following criteria and a random number scheme applies.

      1. Priority for an interview or assessment will be based on the following ranked criteria:
        1. Corporate Nomination Rights Nominees
        2. The children of full-time teaching staff at ESF or ESF Educational Services Ltd*
        3. The children of full-time support staff at ESF or ESF Educational Services Ltd*
        4. The siblings of students enrolled at an ESF school
        5. Individual Nomination Rights or Class A Kindergarten Debenture Nominees
        6. Current students requesting an internal transfer
        7. The children of former students who have attended an ESF school for a minimum of three years or are former ESF students returning from a period overseas or siblings of former students who have attended for a minimum of three years and graduated from an ESF school in Year 13
        8. Children nominees from universities with collaboration agreements with ESF
        9. Students who are qualified as an elite athletes#
        10. The children of parents holding the ‘Top Talent pass’ for employment in HKSAR
        11. Students currently enrolled in an ESF pre-kindergarten programme (for K1 admissions only)
        12. Other applicants who can benefit from an English-medium education

        *Staff are given priority according to employment terms for ESF or the Private Independent Schools.

        #National-level athletes and athletes sponsored by the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) as an elite athlete.

Admission Assessment/Interview Leads to the Enrolment & Waiting List

Renaissance College will undergo age-appropriate reading and writing assessments (except for Year One) allowing the applicants to demonstrate they are capable of engaging with RCHK’s English medium IB curriculum.

Group or one-on-one interviews will be offered to those who pass the assessment. Please visit Procedure for more information. The interview is designed to explore each student’s potential for learning and their ability to access the IB curriculum.

Applicants’ academic backgrounds, previous school reports and supporting documents will also be taken into consideration. Applicants must be able to demonstrate behavioural responsibility and the principles of good citizenship.

Applicants who pass the assessment/interview will be offered a place or placed on the waiting list if the vacancies are not available immediately.


Application Fee 

A non-refundable application fee of HK$2,800 per applicant and per application is required to offset administrative costs. The collection of the application fee constitutes NO assurance that an assessment/interview or a school place will be offered.


Tuition Fees 2023-24
  • Primary Years Programme (Years 1 to 6): HK$134,600 per annum
  • Middle Years Programme (Years 7 to 11): HK$176,700 per annum
  • Diploma Programme / Career-related Programme (Years 12 to 13): HK$178,700 per annum

(Financial aid may be available for families in need.)


Deposit (Pre-pay School Fees)

The College collects a 2-month pre-paid school fee (‘deposit’) when students are offered a place. This ‘deposit’ for the 2023/24 school year is HK$26,920 for the Primary Year Programme, HK$35,340 for the Secondary Year Programme and HK$35,740 for the Diploma Programme.

Half of the ‘deposit’ is to offset against the first month’s fees. The remainder will be credited against the fees for the last month of enrollment, subject to a two-month advance notice of withdrawal submitted via the ESF APP. Please note that THE TWO-MONTH DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE IF THE SCHOOL PLACE IS NOT SUBSEQUENTLY TAKEN BY THE APPLICANTS.


Non-refundable Building Levy (NBL)

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the ONE-OFF, non-refundable building levy payable by every new incoming Year One student is HK$50,000.  New students entering Year Two to Year Twelve are required to pay a pro-rated contribution.


Nomination Rights

See Nomination Rights Terms and Conditions.



RCHK Admission-related enquiries should be sent to For enquiries across ESF schools admissions please visit ESF Admissions.

Year of Birth to Year Group Table

Renaissance College places students in the year group primarily according to their year of birth (January – December). Please refer to the chart below before applying. If in any doubts, please contact us via Admissions for clarifications.


Programme Year 2023/24 2024/25 2025/26 2026/27 2027/28
Primary Years Programme
1 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
2 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
3 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
4 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
5 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
6 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Middle Years Programme
7 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
8 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
9 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
10  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
11 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Diploma Programme (DP) &
Career-related Programme (CP)
12 2007/2006 2008/2007 2009/2008 2010/2009 2011/2010
13 2006/2005 2007/2006 2008/2007 2009/2008 2010/2009


Policy Review

Renaissance College’s Admissions Policy is subject to review and updates as instructed by ESF.