St. Dominic's International School Lisbon
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2.7 from 30 reviews
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About St. Dominic's International School


St Dominic’s International School is an inclusive school, providing an exceptional level of academic, social and emotional care to our students of over forty nationalities. We recognise and value the differing academic abilities of students, which are met through the three academic programmes of the International Baccalaureate. This, together with the diversity of our sporting and artistic heritage, enables each student to thrive in his or her own field of excellence. has a proud tradition of being a supportive and caring community that delivers outstanding educational opportunities.

Your child’s academic progress is kept foremost in our minds and our committed staff display enthusiasm, dedication and high level teaching skills. We constantly strive to create an environment in which every student is supported to achieve the highest levels of success. St Dominic’s International School creates personalized programs to support students with learning difficulties and for students who are new to the English language. Students with special gifts and talents are challenged and encouraged by our experienced teachers to achieve their full potential.

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Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Max Class Size

Unknown

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30 Reviews of St. Dominic's International School

Average Ratings

Overall 2.72
Facilities 2.31
Academics 2.50
Teachers 2.77
Sports 2.38
Music & Arts 2.38
Science & Tech 2.54

Reviewer Nationalities

Portuguese (5) Canadian (1) German (1) Spanish (2) British (6) Angolan (1) Brazilian (3) American (1) Zimbabwean (1) French (1) Dutch (1) Australian (2) Italian (1)

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John B, 31/05/2022 @ 15:39:26
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Quality staff who are IB experienced whose first consideration is for the students. Students are happy and well behaved have a strong ethos of working to the best of their abilities. The school has over 40 nationalities of students and 21 for teaching staff. The school has a calm atmosphere with students having good opportunities for sports, arts and cultural activities. My children are very happy at this school.

Daniela Monteiro, 02/02/2022 @ 14:41:05
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The establishment is totally business oriented, very poor academically, no one with Pedagogy or Education background in the management level to support a strong curriculum. I have never seen an international school so disorganized! I removed my kids from there as soon as I got places in another school.

micheal, 18/11/2021 @ 13:22:19
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Amazing this is the best school ever i recommend and all these bad reviews are lies i go there and its dedicated to child safety and education.

Unknown, 18/11/2021 @ 13:21:58
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St Dominics is the best school I have ever been into, and I'm really happy to be here. All of these other 1 star reviews are dumb and don't waste time looking at them. This is one of the best schools in Portugal with no doubt!

GS, 05/11/2021 @ 14:59:38
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Ignore comments, suggestions and reviews of students and former teachers, they fire teachers for asking questions, do things against the law such as doing a face to face exam during total lockdown. Teachers are overall fine, some really good and caring ones, some ignorant, bad or annoying teachers. Strict and outdated uniforms, ridiculously expensive, low quality and uncomfortable. If failed to comply with school dress code, students will receive a detention and be sent home. The school is ridiculously expensive yet they fail to provide basic necessities such as pencils and erasers, and the few computers that are provided barely even work, if they do work, they take about 10 minutes to even be usable. The school playground look like prison courts, mis repaired and unappealing playgrounds. The food is healthy but bland and boring, many students starve rather than go eat the refectory food. The school fails to deal with social problems such as bullying, supports the offender and punishes the victim of the bully. Education and academics are great, good learning opportunity overall, obvious flaws in the system however. Overall a bad school, mainly based on what happens outside the classrooms.

Robin, 14/10/2021 @ 06:26:55
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I am a parent and retired teacher. I have spent time speaking with all of my child's teachers and have found all qualified and committed to student achievement. I was concerned with the many bad reviews when we started at this school 4 years ago, but have found that the school is doing a good job educating my kid. All schools need to constantly work to improve and I think this school has been doing this. The negative comments seem to focus on management, which I am sure does negatively influence teacher moral. I would recommend this school to others.

Paul, 29/09/2021 @ 01:05:35
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Terrible experience. Cannot recommend St. Dominic’s at all. The lack of professionalism is absolutely mind blowing. This school is sadly a sinking ship that has lived on for too many years past it’s good reputation.

Frederik Presley, 10/09/2021 @ 10:19:10
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I chose St Dominic's because while being an IB school, because the atmosphere provided by teachers and the facilities, assured me that my kids would feel good there. And they do. More than their academic success, I want both my kids to feel like they want to go to school, because they like it. I know this school is over 40 years old, so some bad reviews are to be expected. But as a school father reading all these bad, and at some point insulting reviews, I can only assume they were written by someone with a lot of grudge against the school and when that happens, the result is never good. Ultimately, my advice to other families is to go and visit the school first and reach you own conclusions. Me and my family know that St. Dominic's was the best choice for us.

James, 26/08/2021 @ 02:34:40
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Stay away from this mess. Absolutely pathetic behavior and attitudes from the owners and management. This is a full for profit school where greed trumps everything. There is very little interest in providing the children with a quality education. There are a lot of bad reviews for this school, and with good reason. Check out the other international schools in the Lisbon area before you commit to this circus. You’ll be glad you did, as there are so many better options. Be aware that most of the positive reviews are written by the owners and staff in desperate and blatant attempts to salvage the ratings.

José Formigo, 10/08/2021 @ 08:58:11
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Teachers genuinely committed to student education. One of the best International Schools in Portugal.

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Lm C, a month ago


just writing to say I am flabbergasted by some bad reviews left here. Is the school perfect ? No Does it deserve one star ? No The school have already started a major overhaul of their installations in the last couple of years, have pulled out from the ground the new senior building in less than 4 months in order to be ready for September 2018/19 It might take a few more years for the school re-do to be finished but it is getting there. We also have traveled around the world and went through a bunch of international schools, here my kid in senior is thriving , very satisfied with the curriculum and would not want to go to any other international school to pass her diploma. I know the school for the last five years, in my experience St Dominic always have been trying to improve and always have done their best to address issues. More is coming and I am sure they will resolve management matters in the future.

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Stefan, a month ago


Our son is at Saint Dominic's since 2 years and he is happy there. The education level is very similar to the other international schools he has been at. Some teachers are better than other, but this is normal. The results of the school seem to be within the average of international schools. A comment to the 1 * ratings: I find it very strange that nearly all of them have just one rating posted in Google, this looks like they have just been created to bring the school rating down. Please have a look yourself. Definitely 1 * is not correct or fair.

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Raquel Maille, a month ago


If you are looking for a school that gives strong academic foundation or progress for your children, this is not the place to look. Its below average. Will children be happy here? Oh yes. A school without rules, standards and expectations - usually quite hard to find children who don't like this Can you compare this to the standards of the International Schools that all have waiting lists ? Absolutely not. There are great schools, average schools and then schools like St Dominics that are below average and below standard. But that works for some people. If you are not expecting university entrance for your children and have very low standards for them this place will work.

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Martim Almeida, 3 weeks ago


St Dominic’s has for the many years lived on its past good reputation but that is fast coming to an end. It is a for profit school that is now full of locally hired teachers, many with poor English and also with no IB or international teaching experience. Some can even be questioned if they have any teaching qualification. The owners employ many family members in key positions to keep tight power. There are many stories from past teachers of poor treatment of staff and unfair labour practices relating to salaries and compensation My advices is to scratch the school off your list.

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