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Applying to Dulwich College Yangon Star City
Dulwich College Yangon Star City opened in August 2017 and is the College's second campus in Yangon. It offers state-of-the-art facilities set in a landscaped site of more than 20 acres in the Star City residential development in Thanylin district.
Dulwich College Yangon Star City, like its sister school, Dulwich College Yangon Pun Hlaing, is a coeducational day school for students from age 2 to 13, starting in Toddler class and going up to Year 8. In subsequent years the school will build to a full Senior School with classes up to Year 13 (age 18).
Our College is academically selective and follows an enhanced British curriculum adapted to the meet the needs of our international student body. Our academic curriculum is complemented by a rich co-curricular programme. Continuing the tradition of excellence started by the founding school, Dulwich College International graduates go on to study at leading universities in the UK, USA and around the world.
The primary teaching language is English and we offer a comprehensive Mandarin language programme. To ensure our students thrive, we assess the English level of non-native speakers before an admissions decision is made. Students aged 5 to 11, as well as selected older students, may also take Myanmar lessons.
The close collaboration among our Colleges, both within Yangon and the wider Dulwich College International network, gives our student opportunities to participate in group events and benefit from the group's relationships with leading educational and artistic groups.
We encourage students and parents to visit our Star City and Pun Hlaing campuses to learn more and meet our community. Please click here to schedule an appointment or for more information please enquire here and a member of our Admissions team will be in touch.
To apply please review the checklist for the appropriate age group before completing the application form.
We accept applications throughout the year. To determine which year to apply for, please refer to our age placement guide. Our Admissions team is on hand should you need further support, please email email@example.com, or call or our Star City campus admissions office on +95 (0) 9966 423015.
If they have had previous schooling, children applying for entry in the Early Years must submit current and prior school records and a Confidential Early Years Teacher Comment Report from their current teacher. Whether or not children have previously been in school, parents will also need to complete a form similar to the Confidential Report. Children entering Nursery and Reception must be toilet trained. The Early Years Co-ordinator or Head of School oversees every child’s assessment before a place is offered. As part of the assessment we request that parents bring the child in to school for an informal meeting.
Children applying for entry into Year 1 and Year 2 must submit current and prior school records. A Confidential Teacher Comment Report from their class teacher or Head Teacher is also required. The Early Years Co-ordinator or Head of School oversees every child’s assessment before a place is offered. As part of the assessment we request that parents bring the child in to school for an informal meeting.
Students applying for entry into Year 3 to 5 must submit current and prior school records. A Confidential Teacher Comment Report from their class teacher or Head Teacher is also required. Students also undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. The Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4) consists of verbal, quantitative, spatial and non-verbal assessments. Students whose first language is English will also complete a 30-minute writing assignment, while those whose first language is not English may need to take an English as an Additional Language assessment. As part of our assessment, we also request an informal meeting with students who apply to the College.
Students applying for entry into Years 6 to 8 must submit current and prior school records. A Confidential Teacher Comment Report from their class teacher or Head Teacher is also required. Students also undertake assessments to ensure they can access the curriculum. The Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) consists of verbal, quantitative, spatial and non-verbal
assessments. Students whose first language is English will also complete a 40-minute writing assignment, while those whose first language is not English may need to take an English as an Additional Language assessment. As part of our assessment, we also request an informal meeting with students who apply to the College.
Special arrangements can be made for the entrance assessments to be administered at the candidate's current school. If a candidate cannot be interviewed, a provisional place may be offered, which can be withdrawn if the College later determines it cannot support the child's needs or there is a concern raised that was not previously known.
At Dulwich College Yangon Star City, we appreciate the cultural diversity that non-native English speakers bring to our school, and we are able to support a percentage of students who are non-native English speakers. Applicants who speak languages other than English should be able to demonstrate age-appropriate academic proficiency in their native tongue. Our Admissions team may request that students be assessed on their ability to handle the academic challenges of English before an admissions decision is made.
We only enrol students whom we know we can support. We enrol students with learning challenges when the information available indicates that we can meet the student’s learning needs.
Our team will consult students and parents to conduct all necessary assessments and review copies of all previous reports and records. We request that parents provide all information available to enable our Admissions review team to make an accurate decision about the level of support required for each student.
Please click below to see the tuition fees and the terms and conditions for enrolment at our Pun Hlaing and Star City campuses for the 2017/2018 academic year.
Payment of a one-time non-refundable capital levy is required upon the enrolment of each student into the College. This fee contributes to the capital development cost of building and maintaining the campus facilities.
The cost of school lunches and school trips are borne by parents or guardians.
Please contact an Admissions officer to discuss payment options.
Frequently asked questions
Below are a number of questions that members of the admissions team are often asked by our families.
Who can attend Dulwich College Yangon Star City?
Our campus currently caters to students from Toddler to Year 8 (ages 2 to 12).
Students are placed in appropriate year levels based on their age as of September 1st in the year of application. Enrolment at the College is open to students of all nationalities. All students are subject to our admissions criteria.
What is English as an Additional Language (EAL)?
Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme is designed to enable students with little English exposure to develop fluency and competence so that they can benefit fully from the curriculum.
What are Additional Educational Needs (AEN)?
Students with Additional Educational Needs are those who have been identified as requiring either support or enrichment at some level throughout all or some of their time at the College. This includes students who will benefit from extra English language support (EAL) as well as those who may be described as "gifted and talented".
Does the College offer Learning Support and facilities for students with special educational needs?
We put students first, and will enrol students with learning challenges provided we can meet the students' learning needs. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and will depend upon a number of factors, including the type and degree of the learning need, our staff members' capacity to meet those needs and the student's potential to thrive in our school.
When should my child apply for a place at the College?
We welcome applications all year round and students may join the College at any time during the academic year. We may have waiting lists for some year groups, so parents are encouraged to apply early for a place at the College. Please click here to apply.
Please tell me about the testing required for admission.
Dulwich College Yangon Star City is an academically selective school. Please click here to learn more about student testing in the admissions process.
When will we know if our child has been accepted?
Once we have received the application form and supporting documents, the prospective student has visited the school and the relevant assessment procedures have been completed, the school will notify the parents about the child’s placement. Most decisions will be made within five working days, and often sooner. For those students unable to visit the school, provisional places can be granted subject to meeting certain criteria.
I do not plan to visit Yangon before we move. Where can my child be tested?
Academic assessments can be arranged at your child’s current school if you are living overseas.
Do you have a waiting list?
Where there are more qualified candidates than available places, we establish a waiting list and offer places to students as and when they become available.
How are admissions prioritised?
We enrol students according to the spaces available. When few places are open, we will give priority to the siblings of enrolled students. Other applicants are allocated places in accordance with our Language Support Policy.
What are your class sizes?
Each class has a Lead Teacher and an appropriate number of Assistant Teachers in DUCKS and Junior School.
The maximum number in each class is as follows:
Toddler (age 2 to 3) - 16 students
Nursery (age 3 to 4) - 16 students
Reception (age 4 to 5) - 18 students
Year 1 and 2 (age 5 to 7) - 20 students
Year 3 to 8 (age 7 to 13) - 22 students
We apply a student-teacher ratio of 4:1 in Toddler classes, 8:1 in Nursery classes, and 9:1 in Reception classes.
Can my child bring lunch to school?
Parents are encouraged to provide their children with a packed lunch and healthy snacks for their consumption during the day. The packed lunches will be eaten in the school’s dining hall under the supervision of staff to ensure that all students consume a healthy lunch.
What time do the children eat lunch?
The timing of lunch depends on the student’s age and timetable.
Why is the school called a "College"?
The term is historical and comes from our relationship with Dulwich College. When Dulwich College was founded in 1619, the term "College" applied to schools that educated children from Junior to Senior School ages.
What is the relationship between Dulwich College Yangon Star City and Dulwich College International?
Dulwich College Yangon Star City is one of the ten schools in the Dulwich College International (DCI) network. Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong was the first school in the group, opening to a handful of students in 2003, and since then enrolment in our group of schools has grown to over 7,300. Working together, our network of schools can give our students and staff opportunities that a single school would not have the capacity to provide.
Dulwich College, our founding school in London, acts as educational advisor to all the Dulwich College International schools. The Deputy Master (External) inspects all the schools in the network annually to ensure we maintain standards of excellence.
Can you sum up the College’s vision and ethos in one phrase?
"Children come first."
What curriculum is taught at the College?
Children in Toddler to Reception classes (aged 2 to 5 years) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. From Year 1 to Year 8 our students follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales, enhanced and adapted to serve the academic and pastoral needs of our international student body.
What co-curricular activities does Dulwich College Yangon Star City offer?
The College offers an extensive range of co-curricular activities and clubs. These are optional and included in the tuition fees. In addition, a number of out-sourced providers offer activities, such as ballet and martial arts, for which there is an additional charge. Check accuracy
What languages are taught at Dulwich College Yangon Star City?
All students follow a comprehensive Mandarin language programme. Mandarin is taught as a foreign, second or native language and students are streamed according to ability, from absolute beginner to native speaker. Dulwich College Yangon Star City respects the language and culture of its host country and provides Myanmar Studies lessons to students from Year 1 to Year 6. The College also offers an additional Myanmar language programme to those students already proficient in the language, allowing them to build expertise in their mother tongue.
How much homework will my child receive?
The amount of homework assigned to students depends on their age and timetable. Our teachers set relevant homework and give reasonable deadlines. Tasks are assigned with clear objectives.
Where do your teachers come from?
Our teachers are predominantly from the UK but our staff also includes teachers from other English-speaking countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the US. Our language teachers are generally native speakers, e.g., our Mandarin teachers are from China.
What specialist teaching do you have?
We have specialist teachers for Art and Design, English, Humanities, Mandarin, Mathematics, Music, Myanmar, Myanmar Studies, PE and Science.
Are there opportunities for new parents to become involved in the life of the College?
Yes. All parents are members of the Friends of Dulwich, an organisation that welcomes and supports new families, leads fund-raising initiatives, and organises classroom representatives in support of the school. Some parents of younger children choose to act as ad hoc classroom volunteers in cooperation with the teachers.
Is Dulwich College Yangon Star City involved in any projects in the local community?
Our students are involved in carefully chosen outreach programmes that benefit the local community. As our school grows, our students will do less fund-raising and shift to a more hands-on approach to develop a sense of active social responsibility. Yangon was chosen as the venue to launch the Dulwich International Schools Foundation, through our support of Magic Bus Myanmar.