We offer several sports year round, and they change depending on the season. In the fall we offer Volleyball, Skateboarding, and Badminton. In the Winter months Basketball, Fencing, Ice Hockey & Indoor Soccer. In the spring time outdoor Soccer, Cross- Country Running, and Water Sports (Kayaking, Canoeing, and Swimming).
Friday night there are several on-campus activities, such as: Intramural Basketball games, Movie nights, Board Games, etc. Additionally, each Saturday is a full day excursion off campus. Our Saturday outings are focused on allowing students to experience British Columbia and engage in the unique features that Canada offers. Saturday outings are designed to be educational, cultural and fun experiences for all students.
Examples of Saturday outings consist of:
- Going downtown Victoria to go to the Royal BC Museum, watch and IMAX film and have some free time to shop.
- Going Ice Skating at the famous Butchart Gardens
-Visiting the Craigdarroch Castle, viewing the Salmon Run at the Educational Centre, and then free time in Sidney
For boarding students, academic support on campus is always available. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there is mandatory study prep in the library from 6:30-8:30pm. These preps have one teacher and two or three dorm parents to supervise and provide additional academic help. On the weekends, three dorm parents are on duty and available at any time to help with specific assignments and homework questions.
Yes, DIS offers school trips. During the academic year our students are very busy studying, so we limit trips to weekends and spring break. We also offer a variety of short term programmes and trips during the summer. We have taken students for a weekend of surfing in Tofino, skiing at Mt. Washington, weekends in Vancouver, and spring break of 2013 we are hoping to take students to The Dwight School in New York.
Yes, wireless internet is available on campus.
Each room has 2-3 students depending on the size. Larger rooms have three students and smaller rooms have two students. Each student has their own bed, locker, closet and desk to study. There is the opportunity for students to have their own room but this is based on availability and comes at additional charge.
DIS does offer ESL for any student that requires assistance improving their English proficiency. We have designed the “Bridge” Program specifically for students who are not ready to study fully in English, and to allow them time to adapt to Canadian curriculum. We have several ESL teachers in our Quest Centre that are available for individual or group lessons.
Yes, there are several students who wish to develop their talents on a specific instrument at DIS. We have arranged for private lessons on campus by highly trained music teachers. Currently we arrange lessons for: piano, flute, violin, and guitar.
Students are able to take Spanish and French as additional languages. For students whose second language is English, they are encouraged to take Self-taught, which is a class that is solely in their native tongue to ensure that they keep up with their abilities. This includes Persian, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.
We focus on students’ commitment and motivation to excel in their studies, rather than a specific score. With assessment ranging from school to school, we take a thorough look at the entire transcript and teachers comments on the student to decide their acceptance. We encourage all to apply, as DIS is a school that has a priority to foster each individuals “spark of genius”. We do require an English proficiency test for all international students to assess their English ability and create a program suited for the individual. Due to our comprehensive ESL programme and support, we can accept individuals with a range of English ability.
It is never too early to start looking at options for your child. The two-year IB programme begins in grade 11 and ends in grade 12. The
programme is challenging yet very rewarding and favourable when applying to universities. It can also result in university course credits.
Yes, we are planning another information session about the IB programme in the West Shore with a tentative date of May 14th, 2014.
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From Monday to Thursday, all dorm students attend study hall from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; on three afternoons in the week, study hall is
offered from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm for all Dwight students. These study sessions are supervised to ensure that students are on task. Additional
tutoring may be organised through the school to assist students with any subject.
● Weight room
● Dock and shed with kayaks, canoes, sailboats
● Cafeteria that serves three international buffet-style meals a day, plus
fresh fruit, tea, water and snacks
● Field for soccer, rugby, lacrosse and other track and field events
● Full boarding options in our dorms
● Common rooms, such as a music room, billiards room, TV room
● Dance studio
● Japanese for beginners
● Mathematics at various levels
● Visual Arts
● Theory of Knowledge
Yes, a student is able to transition from the IB programme to the BC graduation Dogwood Diploma.
As an IB World School, we offer a programme that lies at the heart of the IB programme, namely CAS, which stands for Creative-Action-Service. Dwight students may participate, and IB must participate, in a wide array of CAS activities, up to three afternoons a week as well as select evenings and weekends. The following gives an idea of the options available:
● Cross-country running
● Table tennis
● Indoor climbing
● Musical theatre
● Big brother & sister
● Mustard Seed & food bank
● Great Canadian shore clean up
● Acacia Manor House
The IB Diploma is a very well regarded secondary school credential and allows entry to many leading universities and their academic
● University of British Columbia (UBC)
● University of Victoria (UVic)
● Quest University
● St Mary’s University
● University of Toronto
● Bishop’s University
● Simon Fraser University (SFU)
● University of California (UC)
The class sizes vary from six to 18 students, with an average of 12 students per class.
All students study a literature course in their native language, a language acquisition (second language) course, a humanities course, a science course, and a mathematics course best suited to their ability and need. Students can also choose an arts based subject, or choose another subject from the above-mentioned groups.
Dwight was authorized as an IB World School during 2009-2010 and its third cohort of IB graduates will be sitting their final examinations this May.
Dwight School Canada
2371 Shawnigan Lake Rd.
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
V0R 2W5 Canada