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 Programme (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.

Mrs Dinah Hawtree

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"students in the Junior and Senior Schools have many opportunities through the Student Council projects, Personal Projects (MYP), CAS and other initiatives to serve the local and global community"

Council of International Schools (CIS), 2015

"the school has put a great deal of effort into updating and documenting policies, including having a maximum class size per grade level in the Board Policy Manual. This will ensure that there is a process for maintaining the current level of personalisation and meaningful learning experiences"

Council of International Schools (CIS), 2015

"the Visiting Team acknowledges the work the school has completed in developing a new Mission Statement, the caring and nurturing environment provided by the staff, the Health and Safety Committee’s attention to school safety and risk management, and the general level of collaboration, resourcefulness, and dedication evident among the teaching and support staff"

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) , 2015

"the school promotes students’ awareness of local, national and world issues through explicit links with central ideas and lines of inquiry in the school’s programme of inquiry"


International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) , 2015