Dover Court International School is an international, multicultural and inclusive school community in the heart of Singapore. We are a community supported and guided by clear values, which resonate with the values of Singapore itself and with those supported by global communities everywhere. We are unique in welcoming children of varying strengths and talents and providing an education tailored to each individual.
We are fortunate to have an inspiring campus, located in a fascinating city in the heart of Asia. The teachers are chosen from among the best in the world and the administrative and support staff are dedicated professionals, all of whom play a vital role in the education of our students. As part of the Nord Anglia Education family and through our membership of FOBISIA and the Council of International Schools, we are able to ensure that the skills of our staff remain at the forefront of education, through professional development outstanding continuous.
When you and your family are part of DCIS, you are part of our community. Through shared values, consistently implemented, together we provide a safe environment for children to feel safe, be happy and live, learn and thrive, every day. Our parent-run Dover Court Association (DCA) provides a wonderful point of contact between families and the school. Whether you are new to our school, new to Singapore, or a long-time member of our community, you will find something for you and your family through DCA.About the schoolDover Court International School offers a broad, balanced and differentiated full-time on-campus program operating under the English National Curriculum, a program used by over 30,000 schools worldwide, known for its reliable assessment system and its rich variety of resources. Thanks to three tailor-made courses, the needs of students of all levels are taken into account. Track 1 is our main track, while students in Track 2 follow the main program in a smaller setting, with adaptations made where necessary. Pathway 3 offers the highest level of educational support and students follow an individualized program in smaller environments. Onboarding and buddying are important parts of the school day, and students across all three pathways share many learning opportunities to foster a truly inclusive mindset.
Our aim at Dover Court International School is to give all students the best possible start to their educational journey. We believe that by offering a balance of child-initiated and adult-directed activities, we provide a program that meets the individual needs and interests of all children. In Kindergarten and Reception, our youngest pupils learn through our Early Years Programme, developed as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and inspired by Reggio Emilia.
Our Primary students follow the National English Curriculum appropriately modified to provide an international dimension using the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). English and Maths are considered core subjects and receive the largest allocation of time from the class teacher, with daily lessons. Our teachers use the IPC to deliver the Science, History, Geography, Design Technology and Art curriculum thematically.
In class, our teachers use dynamic grading that occurs live and provides students with instant feedback on which areas of work to focus on. Our teachers continuously assess and monitor individual progress, ensuring that personalized learning and opportunities are not missed. It is important to us that our students are able to think globally, work well in groups and be confident enough to go their own way if necessary.The high school years are a particularly important time in a child’s life. We know that these years are important in influencing the crucial decisions children will make about their future and the role they will play in the world. We work closely with each student and their family, to provide the personal guidance and support needed to ensure a successful transition as they progress through school.As a comprehensive school, DCIS’s goal is to make our students’ transitions throughout the year smooth and simple. In Year 7, students join our high school, having already experienced high school life through a number of transition events held throughout Year 6. High School Student Transition Mentors also help welcome new students and support them as they settle in.The National English Curriculum forms the basis of secondary curriculum content at Dover Court. It builds on prior learning and prepares our students to explore the concepts, processes and skills of specific subjects in greater depth.Our high school is a mix of hands-on experience and experimentation, books, talks, lectures, and technology, allowing students to learn at a rapid pace. Our program offers a thematic approach to education, across the curriculum areas, that brings learning to life for our students. The program offers a lively and motivating approach that ensures our students enjoy coming to school every day and helps them develop greater confidence in their learning and its relevance to their world.Secondary school is structured in three key stages, Key Stage 3 comprises Years 7 and 8, while Years 9, 10 and 11 constitute Key Stage 4 and Years 12 and 13 constitute Key Stage 5 or the sixth form. Pupils in Key Stage 4 prepare for the internationally recognized International Certificate of Secondary Education, IGCSE, and take their final exams at the end of year 11. In sixth grade, the IB Diploma Programme, IB Courses and BTEC International Levels 2 and 3 offered. Students of the SEN offer can also access the ASDAN or International BTEC Level 1 in Business courses.Students who do not speak English as their first language can access additional support through our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program in primary school and up to and including grade 9. English levels are measured using assessments linked to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in order to best meet the needs of each student. Students are assessed in their English speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency and the scores determine the level of support needed. EAL students are taught in regular classrooms. In order to meet the needs of all learners, we offer a fully differentiated approach in all areas of the programme. This means that our courses are already designed to meet the needs of all learners, including EAL students. Our teachers are trained to tailor lessons to ensure that all students can access the program at the appropriate level and teaching assistants provide additional support.As part of Nord Anglia Education, NAE, DCIS is also part of a global community of over 66,000 students who collaborate through the Global Campus. Every Global Campus activity is designed to enrich learning experiences with opportunities beyond the ordinary. From expeditions to Switzerland to visual arts and creative writing competitions, students are inspired to be ambitious in their learning and collaborate on a global scale. Nord Anglia Education takes an innovative approach to learning, particularly evident in the collaboration with MIT to develop real-world challenges in science, technology, engineering art and mathematics ( STEAM). Our performing arts program includes music, theater and dance and is supported by Juilliard through NAE, with regular visits from Juilliard program specialists.The education of young people in our school is not limited to what happens in the classroom. Our extracurricular activities program is designed to enrich and enhance the overall learning experience of our students. We offer a range of activities, from sports and music to art and science, there’s something for everyone.
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