FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are you located?
• We’re located in Tema, Community 6 – a few meters away from the SOS Herman Gmeiner College, at the end of Republic Road.
What curriculum is used?
Early Years: - With our Early Years Program, we blend the best practices from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum of England and the Montessori Method to create a student-centered learning environment. The goal here is to lay the best foundation possible for our little ones to thrive in our Primary programme.
Primary: - We offer a customized international curriculum based on the Cambridge Primary Curriculum that enables students to adapt easily to rigorous academic goals, gain confidence and self-awareness. Learners become collaborative problem-solvers with a keen sense of knowledge and compassion for the world around them. Our students take the assessments that are required by the above accreditation bodies as a means of evaluating their performance against those of students all over the world.
What languages are taught?
We offer French and Mandarin from Preschool to Primary 6.
What facilities are available to students?
In adherence to international standards and to meet the requirements of the international accreditation bodies we hope to partner with, we have ensured that the school is a technology-enabled environment. It houses a full library, a computer lab, a science lab and a swimming pool.
What is the class size?
The maximum number of babies in our infant room is 12 per class.
The other Early Years classrooms along with our Primary classrooms can hold a maximum of 20 students.
What academic levels are offered?
Dodi runs a full Early Years programme as well as a Primary School. Therefore, we can enroll children aged 3 months to 10 or 11 years old.
What days and hours are you open?
We are open Monday through Friday, 7am to 5:00 pm. Regular school hours – 8:00am – 3:30pm. Extended care hours – 4:00pm – 5:00pm. We ask that the children are dropped off no later than 8:00 am and picked up no later than 4:00pm /5:00pm. We are closed on public holidays, Easter and Christmas.
Can children attend part-time?
Regular participation at Dodi International is beneficial to our students. We enroll part-time students ONLY in our Early Years programme. Part time enrollment is three full days a week. Days are chosen at the time of registration and cannot be substituted or changed.
What are your child to staff ratios and group sizes?
We enroll a maximum of 12 infants in our infant room – each room has 2 teachers and a shared Teacher’s Aide. Our other Early Years classes are on a 7:1 teacher ratio for the two to three-year-olds and 10:1 teacher ratio for our three to four-year-olds. Kindergarten to Year 6 are on a 20:1 teacher ratio with shared Teaching Assistants.
What qualifications do your teachers have?
All of our teachers are required to have a minimum of 15 hours of continuous training per year. Most of our Early Years teachers have either their Associates degree or the National Nursery Teacher Training Certificate. The majority of our Primary School teachers also have their Bachelors Degrees or higher in Education. We have staff on hand that are CPR and First Aid certified.
Do you offer any special instruction or activities?
We offer swimming, music, recorder and piano lessons as part of our weekly schedule. Other after-school activities such as ballet and Taekwondo are offered at an extra cost to parents by the specialists who run those programmes at the school.
Does the school provide breakfast and lunch?
Yes, breakfast and lunch are provided.
Do you have parent/teacher conferences?
We encourage parents to be active and involved in their children’s education. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled at the middle and end of each term and upon request.
How do parents participate in your program?
We provide many opportunities for our parents to get involved. Parents are invited to participate in Career Days, Story Telling, Sports Day, Christmas Shows, Movie Nights, Book Fairs, etc.
Do the children ever go on field trips?
Yes, the children go on field trips.
How do you handle discipline and guidance?
We encourage children to use their manners and be respectful of others. If necessary we use time-outs, redirection, and office visits. In extreme cases, we call home.
How much do you charge?
Please call or visit our Admin office for details on our tuition structure.
Does enrollment continue from year to year?
Yes, enrollment is on a rolling basis until spots are filled.
Once registered, children will remain registered until they graduate, are pulled out, or tuition is no longer being paid. We require a two-week notice before withdrawal. We do not hold spots for children who withdraw from enrollment. We do not credit for holidays, sick days, or vacations.
How do you enroll new children?
Applications are accepted throughout the year on a first-come first-serve basis. If there is an opening at the time a registration packet is returned we will enroll as soon as possible. If there is a waiting list, we place the student at the top of the list and work our way through it.
What is your policy on sick children?
Dodi International is a ‘healthy child’ school. Any child who may be contagious or is not well enough to participate will be sent home for the well-being of themselves and other students.
Do you provide transportation?
We do not provide transportation. Drop off and pick ups must be provided by parents.
Does my child need to bring any school supplies with him/her on the first day?
No. The term fee covers all supply costs throughout the term. We ask that each child bring a backpack daily to carry communication and school work, as well as a change of clothes.