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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||22 students / class|
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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.
|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.
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|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.