We come from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Singapore now for six months. We visited multiple international and Japanese schools last November and the one thing about DCIS that stood out was the size of the school: we immediately felt a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. We had already taken many other school tours, but when our guide took us around DCIS, everyone said hello and we felt at home straight away. On other tours, we saw schools which were much bigger (and felt bigger) and while we were on tour, no one ever stopped to say hello. Afterwards, there was no need for a formal family meeting to make our final decision: as soon as we finished our tour at DCIS we all decided it was the place for us. The size of the school is perfect for our children who have just started their “first overseas experience” in Singapore. At DCIS, everybody knows everybody else (including all faculty members), creating a family-like atmosphere where children, parents and teachers all interact with each other.
We also appreciate how our children are in close contact with “real” performing arts from Juilliard, including music, dance and drama. We are looking forward to the expansion of the café menu and the additional ECAs (including sports teams). The DCIS Parents Association (the DCA) has been very helpful, as it provides frequent opportunities to interact with other parents.
We would recommend DCIS to all families looking for a school where the smaller size is comforting for children adjusting to a new environment. DCIS is perfect for those who have a priority on school being a safe place where newcomers and veteran students have highly qualified teachers and interaction with the children from around the world.
Specifically, our children like the choice of the ECAs, the small English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes and our youngest daughter loves her Reception teacher.
We had visited Singapore before we moved here but had no idea it was such an international city. Sometimes it feels like half of the population here is expats, so the country feels like an amazing mix of populations and ethnicities. This was a pleasant surprise, especially after we saw how our children mingle with students from all over the world. And even though it is a small country, there are so many international restaurants available here, from Japanese to Thai, French to Italian. And on top of all that, Singaporeans are welcoming and kind, which has made the transition into our new expat life seamless.
We look forward to the next school year and cannot wait to see what new changes are in store at DCIS.