Dover Court International School
|Year of Foundation||1972|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||Nursery - Year 13|
|Number of students||1650|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1 : 22|
|Accreditations||International Baccalaureate, Edexcel, AQA, Council of International School Member, Elklan, ASDAN, Internationa Primary Curriculum|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||21810|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||33855|
Dover Court International School is an inclusive British international school in Singapore. We offer a broad, balanced and differentiated programme operating within the framework of the English National Curriculum. We are passionate about how children learn and committed to ensuring that the aspirations and potential of every student are fostered and nurtured. DCIS is part of Nord Anglia Education school, and benefits from the opportunities gained from being part of a family of over 60 schools worldwide.
We are located in the educational district of Dover in western Singapore.
The school is set on a spacious 12 acre campus which boasts extensive outdoor space embedded in greenery, with a running track, swimming pool, sensory garden, and multiple playgrounds. We opened our new purpose built Secondary building in August 2019. We have specialist suites for science, music, design technology, art, drama, as well as a maker space, where our students can learn, make and explore through hands-on activities.
DCIS starts in the Lower Primary School with our Nursery and Reception years, for children aged 3 and 4, where we provide structured learning through play. Children then progress through Key Stages 1 and 2, Years 1 to 6, following a well-planned and tested programme of study in a range of core and extension subjects. Through the International Primary Curriculum, IPC, we are able to teach the National Curriculum in an interdisciplinary and thematic way.
In Primary school, collaborative learning is a key component of our lessons. We use Kagan Cooperative Learning structures in which our students work in smaller groups towards a learning goal. Educational research supports the notion that learning can be accelerated through this approach and the children gain a lot from this, not just academically but holistically.
DCIS Secondary School offers a balanced educational programme that spans across humanities, mathematics, sciences, arts, languages, based on the English National Curriculum. In Key Stage 4, Years 9 to 11, students sit examinations in a range of subjects, earning iGCSE qualifications, which are recognised worldwide.
Sixth Form, Years 12 and 13, at DCIS offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in preparation for any future study options our students may follow. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year programme. In order to achieve the IB Diploma, all students study six subjects: three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. In addition, students write an Extended Essay and follow a critical thinking course entitled Theory of Knowledge. Participation in CAS is also required. The IBDP is accepted by universities in the UK, North America, Australia and across the world.
Students who do not speak English as their first language can access additional support through our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme up to, and including, Year 9. English levels are measured by using assessments that link to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference For Languages) so that we can best meet the needs of each student. The students are assessed in their speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency in English and the scores determine the level of support needed.
EAL students are taught in mainstream classrooms. In order to cater for all learners, we offer a fully differentiated approach in all curriculum areas. This means our lessons are already designed to meet the needs of all learners, including EAL students. Our teachers are trained in how to adapt lessons to ensure that all students are able to access the curriculum at the appropriate level and teaching assistants offer extra support. Students are making exceptional progress through this programme.
As we recognise that a student will require additional English support, the student will be attending EAL intervention lessons taught by an EAL specialist. These lessons are timetabled to take place twice a day during Mandarin and English, for approximately 1.5 hours per day. Where a student requires further support they will also be withdrawn for maths and IPC, allowing them to receive specialist support to enable them to access these areas of the curriculum. EAL support will continue until the student has acquired a level of English that allows them to access the curriculum without additional support.
Students who participate in the EAL programme are assessed at regular, specific points throughout the year. When the agreed level of proficiency is reached in all four areas, speaking, listening, reading and writing, the student will exit the EAL programme but will continuously be monitored and supported.
Our Department of Supportive Education provides an environment where students of all abilities flourish. It is our mission to nurture the potential of every single student in a dynamic and challenging learning environment.
As part of Nord Anglia Education, NAE, DCIS is also part of a global community of over 61,000 students who collaborate together 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, the children are inspired to be ambitious in their learning and to collaborate globally. Nord Anglia Education takes an innovative approach to learning, particularly evident in the collaboration with MIT in developing real-world challenges across the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM). Our performing arts programme comprises music, drama and dance and is supported by Juilliard through NAE, with regular visits from Juilliard curriculum specialists.
At Dover Court we are proud of our strong parent community and we encourage parents to be actively involved. The Dover Court Association welcomes all parents and holds many events and social gatherings over the course of the year including orientation events, a Halloween party, parent quiz night, Christmas Fair, family movie night and sports day. DCA Class Parents also arrange regular social opportunities for parents.
CurriculumEnglish National Curriculum, International Primary Curriculum, IB Diploma Programme
Languages of instructionEnglish
Foreign languagesFrench, Spanish, Mandarin
ExaminationsiGCSE, IB Diploma Programme
Both children have been attending Dover Court since they started in Reception at the age of five. It’s a medium-sized international school and that size brings a lot of pluses. Our children are given a lot of individual attention, and encouraged to have self-belief and be ambitious in the classroom and on the sports field. We like the English National Curriculum with an international focus that the primary school offers. In secondary, the students study for the IGCSE, while the school’s Sixth Form teaches the IB Diploma. Our children could end up living anywhere in the world, so a global element to the curriculum was important to us, including learning languages. As the school is part of the Nord Anglia group of schools, it has a teacher university programme ensuring teachers are up to date with teaching practices. Children also have access to the Global Campus where they can share ideas and experiences with children from other Nord Anglia schools around the world. We heard about the school through word of mouth. During our visit, we liked the warm welcome from staff, the nurturing environment, and the emphasis on children as individuals. Both children are thriving and are active members of the swim, netball, football, rugby and athletic teams. The school offers an exceptional overseas excursion programme where the emphasis is on helping in the community, team building and environmental issues. The school also invests in new classrooms, great teacher-training programmes, upgraded facilities and an extensive after-school programme. The school has an active parent community that creates fantastic events for families.
We applied to DCIS over 8 years ago because we wanted a welcoming community atmosphere to suit our son. He was initially accepted into Pathway 3, and when our daughter joined a few years later it was great to have a school that suited both of them. Through the continued support of the excellent teachers our son has now transitioned into the mainstream. However, he benefits from the smaller class sizes at DCIS and from having access to all the specialist staff as and when he needs. With much needed investment from Nord Anglia Education, the school is now over twice the size of when we first joined. It has however managed to maintain the small, friendly atmosphere that first attracted us, and continues to be a leading example of an inclusive school.
Our two children, who are in Secondary and Upper Primary, have been students at Dover Court International School for 7 years now. Both girls are extremely happy and they continue to develop through the relevant and inspirational teaching. Originally from the UK, we appreciate the smaller class sizes and the wonderful feeling of community within the school, something that adds to the children’s confidence and security. We have always been very impressed with the teachers, not only are they wonderful role models but they also show the children what it is to have fun whilst illustrating respect and integrity at all times. The school has grown significantly during our years there, but manage to keep that small school feel that first attracted us. Being part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools and having various accreditations brings some amazing opportunities. The school regularly receives visits from inspiring speakers, my girls have particularly enjoyed participating in workshops with both Juilliard alumni and world leading athletes. The school has an extensive trip programme, with opportunities spanning from STEAM festivals, music festivals, to debating, maths and big sports events. Both our girls have had the privilege to take part in the FOBISIA games, where they competed against students from other British schools in Asia, a fantastic experience for them.