Welcome from the Principal


Welcome to St. Dominic’s International School website.  I hope that it gives you a flavour of this very special school, and that it will encourage you, if possible, to visit us to see the school in action for yourself.

St. Dominic’s International School (SDIS) is a highly respected and well known international school, and is the only school in Portugal authorised to offer all three programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organisation: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Progamme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP).  These three programmes provide us with a coherent and internationally validated curriculum, which combines academic rigour with elements of community service, critical thinking and appreciation of the arts.  Our commitment to the IB and the delivery of a relevant and progressive educational programme has been at the core of our work for many years.  We recognise the unique skills and knowledge required for a complex, rapidly changing world by providing for an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to learning.  Educating the whole child is fundamental to our approach and our students develop into self-confident, well rounded individuals, ready to take their place in, and make their mark on the World.  

The school is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). SDIS is a private, non-selective, co-educational day school serving students aged 3 to 18 years in the international community, through the medium of English. We currently have approximately 30 different nationalities amongst our student population and some 18 nationalities amongst our faculty, making us a genuinely international school.

SDIS is truly a unique school with learning in its broadest sense at the centre of all we do. Students are empowered and encouraged to find their passions and interests and use these as inspiration for their studies. The welcoming family atmosphere means students quickly build a sense of connection and identity with their school where learning relationships are strong.

SDIS is a purpose built facility making effective use of both technology and space.  We provide a comprehensive curriculum delivered in English with qualified and experienced teachers.  Additional support is provided for those that need it through our English as an Additional Language Team and our Special Educational Needs Department.

The SDIS community is proud of our school and we invite you to explore the pages of this website and look forward to your visit and welcoming you to our community.

Mrs Dinah Hawtree