High School (G9–12)
High School Principal
A warm welcome to the UWCSEA Dover High School for all students and parents!
Our High School is a dynamic and engaging space in which young people can thrive, hone their own personal values and find their voice. We are committed to providing learning opportunities that support students in becoming caring, principled, self-aware and resilient young people.
Students enter our High School programmes at different stages of their intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. Our goal is to meet them where they are and help them get to where they need to go. There is a pragmatic dimension to this focus: we ensure students are well-prepared for life beyond school both in terms of skill and knowledge development and identifying the optimal pathways into tertiary education, National Service, Gap Years or the workforce.
Our High School teachers, though, are also unique. Driven by an idealistic and optimistic spirit, the staff in the Dover High School want students to be more than their grades or their university choices; they want students to be inspired to live the UWC mission. Whether in the classroom or through the extensive Service and Activities programmes and leadership opportunities they offer, students are challenged to take action to help create a better, more peaceful and sustainable world.
UWCSEA Dover High School is a place where all can belong. There is a space for the quiet and the more vocal leaders; for the extraordinary athletes and artists and those seeking to cultivate a lifelong love of sports and the arts. The High School is a place where academic excellence is viewed holistically and students are defined by their learning, not by the numbers they achieve. There is a space for those students who seek to raise awareness of issues and those who pursue direct action as a way of making a difference. We believe strongly that while grades are important, they do not define our students. Our students are defined by the compassionate and values-driven lives they lead on campus and in their lives beyond school.
An exhilarating place to be, we invite parents to join us on a journey of discovery through their child’s High School years. New families will be inspired by our students and new students will be challenged to be all that they can be by our experienced and committed teachers. Both parents and students are invited to actively participate in creating the best possible educational experience for all. All that we ask is that students bring a spirit of curiosity and openness and a desire to learn. We’ll then meet students where they are and support them in developing the courage and understandings they need to be the global voices of diversity and inclusion, peace and sustainability.
Come and join us for this inspiring journey! Our team in the High School welcomes conversations with current, new and prospective families so we can support you in understanding the uniqueness of UWCSEA Dover High School experience.
High School Principal
Learning in High School
At the heart of our educational philosophy is the belief that we prepare students not just for university, but for life. We believe that it is the skills and qualities that our students develop, as much as the knowledge and understanding they gain, that will define the quality of the life they live. Importantly, we believe that students thrive when they are given the chance to be competent and autonomous learners and when they feel a strong sense of connection and belonging to their communities.
Underpinning our programme are regular opportunities for self-development and reflection through our personal and social education programme. A focus on wellbeing assists our students in developing as self aware, resilient individuals who are well prepared for life after school, including for university. This is evident in the high level of independence that our students have, in their relationships with teachers and peers and in the expectation that they will take the lead on issues that matter to them and work through barriers to find success.
Students who value themselves and others and who are willing to commit to the ideals of the UWC movement will gain enormously from our High School learning programme. It would be hard to find a more constructive, energetic and focused community than our High School student body.
Appropriate use of technology is integrated into each classroom as a tool to facilitate learning. All students have a laptop equipped with College-supplied software, and access to on-campus helpdesk support.
University and career guidance
Our university advising and career guidance programme provides students with advice and access to tools that assist them to gauge potential for future studies and possible career paths that will best suit them. These are explored as part of the PSE programme in mentor time and during grade-level assemblies as part of the process of advising.