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Q+A: Dover Court International School, Singapore

Q+A: Dover Court International School, Singapore

Dover Court International School (DCIS) is one of the longest-established international schools in Singapore, having been founded 45 years ago. It provides an English National Curriculum education for students aged three to 16 years, and is part of the Nord Anglia Education (NAE) global family of schools.

What happens when parents visit the school?

We encourage all families to book a visit with our Admissions team. They can then fully appreciate our campus and grounds, located in a central and green area of Singapore, and get a true sense of our community.

How old is the school?

This year DCIS is celebrating 45 years of teaching excellence here in Singapore.

How many students do you have?

Our school is currently at capacity of 1,300 students. 

Why should I send my child to your school?

We offer a premium educational experience in Singapore at an affordable rate, with personalised learning for every student being one of the core DCIS values. Our collaborations and learning opportunities through NAE offer unique enrichment to every student.

What accreditations do you have?

Our current accreditations include the IB Diploma Programme, FOBISIA and Committee for Private Education (CPE) in Singapore. We also have CIS membership and are an Edexcel Centre of Excellence.

What facilities do you offer? E.g. sports, music, arts

We have extensive outdoor facilities spread over 12 acres, complemented by an award-winning sports programme including cross-country running, swimming, netball, rugby and cricket. We also have exclusive collaborations through NAE with The Juilliard School in New York to run our performing arts programme and with MIT in Boston as part of our science programme.

 

What curriculum do you follow?

DCIS follows the British National Curriculum, with the IB Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form.

What is your teaching philosophy?

At DCIS we believe a child thrives where there is no limit to what they can achieve. As one of the smaller-sized international schools in Singapore, DCIS is able to provide individualised learning in classrooms inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. 

How have your pupils performed in examinations in recent years?

In 2016, DCIS received the Centre of Excellence Award from Edexcel in Singapore. Our Secondary School students gained some of the highest marks in iGCSE examinations in all of Singapore; only a select group of international schools in this region have achieved this distinction. 

What is the teaching programme in your Sixth Form?

In August 2017, we launched our Sixth Form and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

 

What links do you have with other schools?

DCIS is one of over 40 NAE schools, with campuses located in North America, Europe and Asia.

Do you offer a wide range of field trips?

Backed by Nord Anglia Education, DCIS provides unique opportunities which benefit our students and community, including the Global Campus (with expeditions to Tanzania and Switzerland) plus local trips for most year groups in South East Asia.

How can you ensure continuity if my child moves between countries?

As part of the vast NAE network, children moving to cities with an NAE campus can expect the same quality of education as is offered here at DCIS. 

How are pupils with English as an additional language supported?

Our EAL programme provides support for all children who require English as an additional language in Years 1 to 9.

How can parents get involved?

The Dover Court Association (DCA) is a body of parents working to enhance the experiences of the children at DCIS. The DCA helps organise events that bring parents, students and staff together for fun and entertainment. The DCA aims to build on the elements of community, friendship and support. The school also runs a Parent Volunteer Programme, with parents joining Primary School classes to help with Guided Reading.

Do parents come in and help with reading?

We have an active base of parents as Reading and Library Volunteers. We provide specific training for all our volunteers as they support both the Lower Primary and Upper Primary School libraries.

How often do parents receive written reports?

Our teachers provide a weekly round-up for all year groups to keep parents abreast of anything classroom related, from field trips to class projects. Written reports are published to parents each term and there are also termly Parent Teacher Conferences.

 

What extra-curricular activities do you offer?

DCIS offers an extensive array of over 70 ECAs for all children from Year 1 upwards. The activities are held either before or after school, and a bus service is provided for those students in Year 3 and above attending after-school ECAs.

Do you offer the Duke of Edinburgh Awards?

Since 2016 we have been offering the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh's Award to our Secondary School Students. We are proud to confer this award to recognise those students who complete a series of self-improvement exercises modelled on Kurt Hahn's solution to the "Six Declines of Modern Youth".

Do you offer Brownies/Cubs?

We have both Brownies and Cubs after-school programmes on separate evenings during the week.

Do you have a swimming pool on site?

We have a pool, which was completely renovated in 2015, and an additional shading area was added in 2017.

What performing arts opportunities do students have?

Our students have the unique opportunity to take advantage of our collaboration with The Juilliard School in New York, which offers courses in music, drama and dance. We also have visiting Juilliard alumni, who hold musical workshops, master classes and demonstrations. Annual performances include our DCIS Carols by Candlelight, DCIS Proms and an annual musical production.

What musical instruments can children learn at your school?

DCIS now offers students the opportunity to learn how to play a wide range of musical instruments from independent, professional and experienced instrumental teachers. Participation in private instrumental lessons opens up the opportunity for students to participate in the DCIS Orchestra, Rock Bands, Choir and Chamber Ensemble. 

Do you arrange for guest speakers, such as authors and experts to come to the school?

We have regular Friday assemblies where we offer space and time for authors and other experts to provide presentations to our students on curriculum-related topics. We also have three annual visits from our Juilliard Curriculum Director and additional visits from Juilliard alumni.

Is there a school bus service?

We provide full bus services for the entire school, including after ECAs for select year groups.

Do you have a cafeteria?

Our cafeteria is stocked with numerous food options and we have three separate areas for Early Years, Upper Primary School and Secondary School.

How do you cater for children with special dietary requirements?

Our catering company provides ample options for those children with special dietary requirements, from vegetarian to gluten-free diets. 

How do you tackle negative behaviour?

For Primary School, negative behaviour will be addressed following the guidelines outlined in our DCIS Behaviour Policy. In the case of bullying the child will report to the Head of Primary or the Deputy Head of Primary. At this time the child’s parents will also be made aware of this behaviour.

For Secondary School, our DCIS Behaviour Policy provides sanctions, a process wherein teachers first give a warning and if said warning is subsequently ignored, a Learning Reminder is issued. In the event of any behaviour that threatens the safety and well-being of others, the Deputy Head of Secondary School will be involved immediately and parents notified of the sanctions.

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