The four ESF International Kindergartens, Abacus, Hillside, Tsing Yi and Wu Kai Sha, are IB World Schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) to offer the Primary Years Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education —that we believe is important for our students. The learning environment is highly interactive and children are encouraged to learn through inquiry and hands-on experiences.

The kindergartens offer safe and spacious learning environments which are designed especially to meet the needs of young learners. They are all well-resourced with age-appropriate equipment and materials, and modern teaching and learning technology.

The programme reflects the kindergartens’ PYP curriculum being planned around units of inquiry and is structured upon principles of good early years education. Early literacy and numeracy are integral to the programme. Mandarin Chinese is the specialist language and is integrated into the programme, forming a core aspect of the curriculum. At Abacus kindergarten, there is a choice between an English stream and a bilingual English and Mandarin Chinese stream.

Language Of Instruction



International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

International Demographics

Hong Kong (30%) and other nationalities such as British, Canadian, Australian, American, East Asian, etc.


Community/Personal Development

Application & Deadline

Application fee
Application deadline
Central application for K1: 1-31 October each year
Average tuition fee
$62,500 - $74,000/year
Refundable debenture: $7,000
Priority to siblings for admissions
Priority to alumni for admissions
Are you academically selective?
Waiting list for any/all grades
Catchment area policy
Admissions process

Applications to K1 are invited from 1 October to 31 October of the year prior to admission. Applications submitted before 1 October will receive no advantage or priority. All applications will be processed after the end of October. Places will be offered first to applications received during October. Applications for K1 received after the end of October will be allocated a place on the waiting list in accordance with their priority and date of application.

Find & Contact Us

ESF International Kindergarten, Hillside
43B Stubbs Road, Hong Kong
T : +852 2540 0066
ESF International Kindergarten, Abacus
Mang Kung Uk Village Road, Clearwater Bay, N.T.
T : +852 2719 5712
ESF International Kindergarten, Tsing Yi
Maritime Square, 33 Tsing King Road, Tsing Yi, N.T.
T : +852 2436 3355
ESF International Kindergarten, Wu Kai Sha
Level 1, 599 Sai Sha Road, Shatin, N.T.
T : +852 2435 5291