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Admissions Policy

Carmel School Association is an IB World School, serving both the Jewish and international community.

As a non-profit and inclusive co-educational Jewish school, we develop the whole child, combining rigorous academic standards (reflected in our Elementary School curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma (DP) Programmes at Elsa High), with an ethical and moral foundation made possible by Jewish education. We are proud of the way our students grow into responsible and caring members of the world community, equipped with the global competencies required in tertiary education and beyond.


It is the aim of the School to provide places for all members of the community. In the event that places become limited, then admission is prioritised according to the following criteria:

  1. Children who have siblings in the School, where all siblings of Carmel School Association age are attending the School. For Tzutzik applications priority will be given to those who can walk.
  2. Children of employees of the Carmel School Association.
  3. Children of Jewish community employees, such as the Rabbis of the Hong Kong community.
  4. Children of families who are members of one of the Hong Kong's Jewish communities, the Jewish Community Centre or other Jewish families living in Hong Kong.
  5. Non-Jewish families (for Elsa High School only).


At Elsa High School, we welcome students of all nationalities and backgrounds. We aim to select a broad range of students with diverse talents, ideas and life experiences, and those who share the common goal of developing the attitudes and skills required for success as an IB learner.

The school's curriculum is very demanding academically, and students who select to participate in the IB Programme as either a Diploma or a Courses candidate are expected to be collaborative, hardworking, self-disciplined, self-directed, open-minded and approach tasks with a sense of purpose and pride.

Admissions Procedures

All applicants must follow the 5-step process outlined in Admissions. Additionally, applicants must pass the MAP entrance exams in order to be accepted into Elsa High. For Grade 11 (DP) admissions, students must show evidence that they have completed appropriate courses to a Grade 10 level.

It is preferred that face-to-face interviews are conducted during the application process; however, if this isn't possible, Skype interviews can be arranged. Entrance exams must be administered on site.

Elsa High School comprising Grades 6-12, ages 11-18.

Elsa High School has an impressive record of success and entry to top universities worldwide. Access to both the Middle Years Programme (Grade 6-10) and the IB Diploma Programme (Grade 11-12) is guided by a holistic evaluation of each candidate.

Middle School / MYP:

Indicators include but are not limited to:

  • Principal interviews with the candidate and his or her parents.
  • School reports, including teacher comments, from previous schools attended.
  • Internationally recognised English proficiency assessments (for non-native English Speakers).
  • MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing to assess literacy and numeracy.
  • Co-curricular interests and achievements.

Senior High School / DP:

Admission to the Diploma Programme at Elsa is determined by a holistic evaluation including but not limited to:

  • Student consultation with parents, teachers, and members of school management team.
  • College and Career Counselling.
  • Review of the student's academic portfolio.
  • Evaluation of students Service as Action Portfolio.*
  • English Proficiency.
  • The development of ATL skills and the results of MYP Grade 10 results.

*External Applicants will be evaluated based on courses studies and service activities to date