Delia School of Canada (DSC) plans to offer an Alberta-based curriculum to an international student population at a new campus in Kowloon.
Delia School of Canada plans to open a new campus in Kowloon East (DSC) for Grades 1 to 9, where it will offer a Canadian-style primary education. The school has a sister campus in the Eastern District which offers students a choice of the Canadian Ontario or Alberta programmes.
The Kowloon campus was scheduled to open in September 2016 but has been delayed while waiting for the Education Bureau to approve its licence.
This school will offer the curriculum of the Alberta province. For any Canadian expats in Hong Kong, this school is obviously an ideal choice, enabling your child to filter back into the Canadian educational system seamlessly upon returning to your homeland. Other parents may be drawn to this curriculum’s very child-centred approach to learning. The Alberta curriculum differs to the Ontario programme in that specialist teachers deliver the core subjects in Grades 5 to 7 and there is no in-class ESL programme.
The Canadian curriculum will be enhanced with lessons in Japanese and Putonghua, a 1:1 iPad programme, an experiential learning week, and a recently revised programme of extra-curricular activities, which includes fencing, hockey, digital photography, art and sculpture, Asian culture Club, karate and science.
There are also plans to open a high school offering Grades 10-12, which would mean students could study for the Alberta high school diploma. If this goes ahead, students will take exams in Hong Kong that are marked and evaluated in Canada.
Founded in 1965, the DSC group has a large student population of 1,400 students from more than 45 countries. Around 75% of its teachers are recruited from Canada.
DSC is a Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) school, which means that it receives a subsidy from the government. The DSS scheme was introduced by the Education Bureau in 1991 to help improve the offering of private education in Hong Kong. DSS schools have the freedom to design their own curriculum and set their own school fees. Although DSS schools must focus on offering a curriculum that targets local students and prepares them for local examinations, some like DSC also offer an international programme.
As with all DSS schools, fees at DSC are typically significantly cheaper than international schools, and it has its own admissions policy rather than following the government’s Primary One Admission system (POA) or Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA) scheme.
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