DSB International School
About DSB International School
DSB International School is located on 2 campuses in Mumbai, India. We are a co-ducational, not for profit, independent school.
DSB International School caters for 195 students from 32 different countries. Students at the school range in age from 3-18 years.
The school opened in 1961 and is the oldest international school in Mumbai. For the first 40 years, it was a German school following the curriculum from Germany, taught in German. In 2001, a small international primary section was opened and this has since grown to include the secondary level, both of which run alongside the German section.
DSB International School is a small, friendly, vibrant, child-centred and family-oriented organisation, which offers a variety of extra-curricular activities. Parents are very supportive and many are very involved in school life.
The school is managed by a Committee of elected parents, and run by the School Principal and the Senior Management Team.
DSB International School Today
Students at the school come mainly from the consular and expatriate community in South Mumbai and consequently, student turnover is quite high, about 30% per year. About 30% of the students in the school are host nationals.
Classes are small, ranging from 5 to 16 students. This means that staff get to know the students very well. Consequently planning and teaching can be more manageably personalised and differentiated to meet the needs of individuals and small groups. Classes are mixed-ability and there is one class per year group.
The curriculum from 3-18 years, in the international section, is broadly based on the English National Curriculum, including IGCSEs accredited by Cambridge International Education Examination Board. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is offered from 16+ years. The German Section offers a German curriculum in close cooperation with the International Section. The teaching of the German language and German culture is an important feature of the school and is supported by the German Government. The international section now makes up over 95% of the school population.
In 2014, the school opened its new campus for 9-18 year olds, designed by award-winning educational architects, Fielding Nair of New York. In designing the new campus, we aimed to cater to a larger school population without losing the personal, individual touch that has been so successfully established over the last half century.
In August 2014, the school introduced the IB Diploma Programme for the first time, for a small cohort of 5 students. In 2017 we are expecting an IB group of 15 to 20 students. The philosophy of the IBO fits very well with the aims, values and mission of the School Committee for the future of DSB International School.