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Discovery Bay International School

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: HK$113,300
to: HK$185,500
Address: Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Average number of students per class


Language support for students not fluent in English

An intensive English as an additional language programme designed to develop and consolidate the language proficiency of some students.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

The school is very well resourced with ICT and learning technologies. This allows DBIS teachers to use learning technology judiciously in their lessons. All students in the Secondary school are provided with their own iPads while students in the Early Years and Primary school have access to class sets. The school has full wireless connectivity and teachers, students and parents use the online learning platform extensively.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required


Entry evaluation for students

Assessment and interview

Brief description of entry evaluation required

An interview with all prospective students from Reception Year onwards and a written assessment of all students from Year 1 onwards is required prior to an offer of a place

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, A Levels

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

DBIS is an inclusive school in which students with a range of additional needs are fully and actively welcomed into all aspects of the educational provision.

Learning support offered

The school's individual needs department provides a range of support structures and programmes for a variety of different learners.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Gifted and talented programmes for some students who benefit from a level of extra challenge and extension in specific areas of their learning such as mathematics, languages, reading and writing.

School start time


School finish time


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Art club, buzzing for books, computing club, enrichment club, fabric club, food club, gardening, history, homework club, geography club, yoga, netball, running, swimming, football, gymnastics, hockey, dance, badminton, basketball, rugby, rounders, choir, orchestra, school of rock, Chinese drumming, ukulele, harp, drama club

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Swimming, football, basketball, badminton, track and field, cross country

Sports facilities at the school

Extensive outdoor space for active play, artificial turfed sports pitch, gymnasium, swimming pool.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, DBIS is a member of the International Schools Sports Federation Hong Kong (ISSFHK).

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Visitors often acknowledge that DBIS is very different to other international schools in Hong Kong. Centred in the wonderful community of Discovery Bay on the beautiful island of Lantau, the school derives much strength from its tranquil location and its surrounding active community. Establishing and maintaining strong, caring, respectful, and supportive personal relationships is key to the DBIS ethos. The school's approach allows DBIS’ teachers to work in tandem with supportive and aspirational parents in focusing upon the individual. It also allows students to concentrate on the challenging task of learning, growing, and developing as individuals.

Students enjoy a broad international curriculum with British characteristics and a distinctive learning journey that begins in Early Years (age 3-5), progresses to the Primary school (age 6-11), and culminates in the Secondary school (age 12-16). The DBIS student experience is characterised by a highly personalised learning environment, small class sizes, creative approaches to teaching and learning, and a broad range of extra curricular activities.

Teaching approach of the school

High expectations and the pursuit of excellence are fundamental to the school's approach to learning at DBIS. From the Early Years, to the Primary and into Secondary DBIS is focused on developing independent learners who are curious about the world around them and have a desire to explore and enquire. Learners thrive when faced with a challenge and DBIS students are increasingly exposed to dynamic, active and engaging opportunities and experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

A range of extra support exists for all students to pursue their strengths and interests in addition to developing their curiosity, independence, confidence and resilience when meeting new challenges.

At the heart of the school's broad and balanced curriculum are a number of areas that DBIS feels are essential for students to experience throughout their learning journey. These include problem solving though mathematics and computing, proficiency in English, development of an additional language, creativity and performance in Music, Art and Drama, plus health and wellbeing through sport and physical education.

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