Located in the eastern part of Hong Kong Island, Delia School of Canada (DSC)'s Taikoo Shing campus teaches Canada's Ontario and Alberta programmes to primary and secondary students.
Delia School of Canada (DSC) delivers an early learning, elementary and secondary education to students from nursery through to Grade 12. Teaching integrates the Canadian and Hong Kong curricula, making it popular with local and expat students alike.
This school is not merely offering a Canadian education, but specifically the curricula of the Ontario and Alberta provinces. 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 common-sense approach and firmly held principles.
In the school’s own words:
"We offer a curriculum that is globally recognized for quality and which concentrates on an innovative set of skills - including advanced problem-solving and digital literacy – which today’s students require for success."
Currently students have the choice of studying the Ontario programme from elementary through to Grade 12 or the Alberta programme from Grades 1 to 9. DSC plans to move its Alberta programme to a sister campus in Kowloon, and it is currently waiting approval from the Education Bureau to open.
Students who follow the Ontario curriculum can enrol in the high school programme and work towards credits for the Ontario Secondary School Diplomas, which is widely recognised by universities overseas. 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.
Both Canadian curricula are 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.
Founded in 1965, the DSC group has a large student population of 1,400 students from more than 45 countries. Around 75% of teachers at the school 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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