Formerly known as Singapore International School, United World College Dover Campus (UWCSEA) is strongly rooted in the belief that education should embrace all divides, whether race, religion, culture, economic circumstances, or history. Founded in Singapore in 1971, United World College Dover Campus is the first school to offer International Baccalureate (IB) Diploma in all of Asia. UWCSEA has been offering the IB Diploma since at least 1977.
The spacious and modern campus houses more than 3000 students, including nearly 200 boarding school students as well (as UWCSEA is a boarding school as well as a day campus), of which around fifty students are United World College (UWC) or UWCSEA National Committee scholars, and over three hundred teachers from all over the world, many of whom have been a part of the United World College family for almost six years.
For more than 40 years now, UWCSEA has been offering a mission-driven and value-based international education to students, and is recognised as one of the leading international schools in the world. Of the UWCSEA International Baccalaureate class of 2019, of the 561 students that sat for the IB Diploma- there was an average IB Diploma score of 36.59 (far exceeding the worldwide IB average of 29.8), with an incredible 161 students receiving 40 or more points, and a 98.6 percent overall pass rate.
Yet despite these outstanding academic achievements, UWCSEA does not practice a ‘waiting list’ approach to new student admissions. The UWCSEA curriculum is a concept-based curriculum. This means that from the K1 to Grade 12 stages, each subject is assigned standards which identify key concepts that form the basis for that subject; these standards are then applied at all grades and build in complexity through the Infant, Junior, Middle, and High School years, culminating in the IB Diploma years of Grade 11 and Grade 12.
Because the foundation of the UWCSEA courses are conceptual in nature, this is useful for students who are joining the school from other countries or varied education systems or upbringing backgrounds. The core concepts of each subject, for example Mathematics or the sciences, are fundamentally the same, and are therefore transferable within the UWCSEA framework.
It is an institution that believes in the diversity of academic achievements. They do not compromise on academic as well as personal excellence outside the classroom. The curriculum aims to help the students develop an understanding that is required to build peace and sustainable future, derived from UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development Goals.
In line with their beliefs and educational system, they provide many professional learning events such as workshops, meetings, certification courses and conferences in various areas of education for their students. This ties in with their 5 interlinking learning elements; academics, activities, service, personal and social education and outdoor education.
The school offers a staggering number of student associations and extra curricular activity clubs, presently having more than 250 clubs which range from Lego-building in Junior School to Chess Club in the High School. Students can participate in a number of activities which include the arts such as dance, drama, music, and also leadership opportunities for the school community.
Both the campuses have indoor as well as outdoor facilities for sports activities throughout the year. Students can participate in basketball, football, golf, cross country, gymnastics, cricket, swimming and many other developmental, recreational and competitive sports.
The music department of United World College Dover Campus brings together some of the finest musicians of Singapore, to provide a comprehensive Instrument training and tutoring programme, available to students from Grade 2 and onwards.
1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528 704 and 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654