FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AT DAVY COLLEGE

1. Why is learning English as a second language important?

Recent studies have shown that children studying a second language, such as English, train their memories, increase their attention spans, become more confident and mature, and enjoy many other benefits that will impact their personal and professional development in a positive way.

Being multilingual empowers our children to act confidently in multicultural settings, allowing them to switch effortlessly between languages, and to make quick cultural adjustments.

There are more benefits:

  • It increases attention, especially sustained and divided attention.
  • Children and teenagers are able to sustain any type of conversation.
  • It improves their ability to carry out execution plans.
  • It helps their brains develop complex neuronal connections.

 Everyone also knows English has become the preeminent language for science, business, and travel, to mention a few. Learning English naturally opens up a greater number of career opportunities.

 At Davy College we are committed to make all our students become proficient in English as a second language, which we further complement with a wide variety of assignments, workshops, study trips, and other activities designed to bring students closer to English.

2. How much exposure to English do students receive per school level and grade?

In our Early Childhood Program children are introduced to English at a very young age, and by the time they reach Kindergarten (5 years old), up to 65 percent of their academic activities will be in English.

Our Primary Level students receive an average of 15 to 20 academic hours of English every week.

While students in the Secondary Level get a varying quantity of hours and exposure, based on their current school grade, and their choice of subjects in the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Students who start our school in Early Childhood and Primary will have covered 25 to 40 percent of their academic activities and assignments in English by the time they graduate. This offers them abundant exposure and ensures they become competent speakers of English.

3. Does the school teach British or American English?

Throughout their academic life at Davy College students are exposed to different English accents, including British (English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh), Commonwealth (Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African, etc.), and American origins. To accomplish this we rely on a series of activities by teachers who are properly trained and certified in the English language, and even by visiting teachers from abroad.

Davy College values diversity and our teachers and students’ different cultural backgrounds reflect this.

4. What are Cambridge English Exams?

The University of Cambridge has the largest English certification system in the world, making it a global benchmark. Davy College is the only Authorized Cambridge English Examination Center in Cajamarca, and prepares its students so they can obtain a Cambridge English Certification if they pursue one.

5. At what age can a student take an international exam at the school?

Students from the second grade of Primary and up can take the international exams. Parents have the option of registering their children in any of the exams available to them based on their grade level and progress. The school only offers orientation to the parents so their children know how to take the tests.

6. Do you teach another language besides English?

We offer French as an elective in G10 and G11.

1. How do you respond to medical emergencies?

The school has two infirmaries. One attends Early Childhood while the second one services Primary and Secondary. If one of our students shows any sign they aren’t feeling well, or they have an accident, a qualified health professional will assist them by evaluating their condition, and take action following strict medical protocol.

Our infirmaries have all the necessary equipment to provide basic and urgent nursing services. If a greater action is required the school nurse will notify parents and coordinate a referral to a specialized doctor.

2. Where do students have lunch?

Davy College has a fully equipped lunchroom that meets all the required health and safety standards. Here, students can enjoy their lunchboxes from home, or purchase a meal at the lunch line.

3. How does the school manage student safety?

We keep our students safe at all times with:

  • The use of non-toxic study materials.
  • Adequate school furniture suited to each student level.
  • Safety precautions in open areas, such as covering posts and sharp corners in foam,so students don’t run into them.
  • Separate recess times for all three school levels. In the Early Childhood Program recess is further divided into
  • “On duty” teachers to monitor students arriving in the mornings, at recess, and during lunch, in order to prevent any incident or to offer
  • The use
  • If a student’s photo ID is lost, an exit pass can be requested at the Early Childhood or Primary. The school secretary will contact the child’s parents so they authorize the pass.
  • There are three ways Davy College allows students to be picked up: 
  • By their parents or guardians.
  • By private transport service
  • By taxi (authorized by the school) 
  • Parents of students in Secondary must authorize in writing if they want their children to leave on their own.
  • Security cameras permanently monitor the school perimeter and

1. How many levels does the school have?

We have three levels: Early Childhood, Primary, and Secondary. Students can start their education with us the moment they turn 2 years old. Our entire program consists of 15 grades.

2. What teaching methodology does the school use?

Davy College employs a constructivistic approach where students take charge of their own learning through hands-on experimentation in class. Our students are able to produce their own inferences, make discoveries, and draw conclusions.

In Early Childhood and Primary we’re focused on making students develop skills to interact and work collaboratively. We employ Units of Inquiry to accomplish this. In Secondary our focus shifts towards content and project development. Students are expected to explain what they’ve learned in a manner that is both fluid and structured.

3. How many students are there per classroom in each grade?

EC2: 16 students per classroom.

EC3 & EC4: 18 students per classroom.

Kindergarten: 25 students per classroom.

Primary & Secondary: 30 students per classroom.

4. At what time do students arrive and leave school?

EC2: arrival until 8:00 AM, dismissal 1:00 PM

EC3 & EC4: arrival until 8:00 AM, dismissal 1:30 PM

Kindergarten: arrival until 7:45 AM, dismissal 2:45 PM (Wednesdays 1:30 PM)

Primary: arrival 7:30 AM, dismissal 3:05 PM

Secondary: arrival 7:30 AM, dismissal 3:10 PM (Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:20 PM)

5. How many recess periods are there? At what time? Are they separated by levels?

Early Childhood

Level

Recess

 

EC2

Lunch

10:10 - 10:40 a.m.

Break

9:40 - 10:10 a.m.

EC3

Lunch

9:55 - 10:25 a.m.

Break

10:25 - 10:55 a.m.

EC4

Snack

10:00 – 10:20 a.m.

Lunch & Break

11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

Kindergarten

Snack

10:10 – 10:35 a.m.

Lunch & Break

12:30 - 1:20 p.m.

except Wednesdays

Primary:

First Break (Snack) from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Second Break (Lunch) from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.                                                

Secondary:

First Break (Snack) from 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Second Break (Lunch) from 12:50 p.m. to 13:50 p.m.

6. What areas make up the school curriculum?

The core in the Early Childhood Program is the acquisition and development of speaking and motor skills, mathematics, and Units of Inquiry.

In Primary the core is languages (English and Spanish), mathematics, humanities, and Units of Inquiry.

When students reach Secondary our curriculum is comprehensive. Languages (English and Spanish), as well as mathematics, humanities, and sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), make up its core.

In all levels our complementary areas include sports, arts, music, and information technology (computers).

7. How does the school’s curricula line up with the country’s curricula?

Our curricula meets the required number of hours as defined by the Peruvian national curricula, and exceeds it in many subjects, particularly in English.

8. How does the school’s curricula line up with international curricula?

Davy College implements the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in grades 10 and 11.

9. Does the school teach religion?

The school does not teach Religious Education. This course has been convalidated at the Ministry of Education, and instead, we teach the Second Step Program Course on Values in primary and reinforce it through our tutors, who play a major role in furthering students' understanding of family values.

10. How does the school promote values?

Education at our school revolves around the values of Respect, Responsibility and Rights, and the attributes of the IB learner profile valued by International Baccalaureate World Schools. In Early Childhood and Primary we also develop the Second Step Program.

1. What’s the advantage of having programs based on the International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an international educational foundation created in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968, which offers the IB Diploma Programme, or IBDP, in schools all over the world.

The IBDP is aimed at students between the ages of 16 and 19 and we offer it in Grades 10 and 11. Our Grade 11 students can pursue an IB diploma.

For many universities, the IBDP is enough for a student to be accepted, without the need of going through an entrance exam or a pre-university course.

The IBDP is one of four education programs offered by the IB. It is sometimes referred to as “International Baccalaureate Programme” or “International Baccalaureate”. But the official name of this offering is IB Diploma Programme.

2. What international programs does the school offer?

IB Diploma Programme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - DofE

3. What is The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - DofE

DofE is a personal development program aimed at adolescents and young adults ages 14 to 24. Founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the program has since expanded to 144 countries.

DofE recognizes participants for completing a series of self-improvement exercises at three progressive reward levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, and Expedition. At the Gold level participants must also take part in a fifth Residential section, where they will stay away from home for five days working on a shared activity.

Davy College in Cajamarca is one of 3 schools in Peru participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Our school encourages students who show the potential, and the motivation to endure it, to participate.

By age 17 our students are able to complete the Bronze and Silver levels of the award while still in school. Students can further pursue the final Gold level when they graduate.

4. What other memberships and activities does the school have?

BSP - British Schools of Peru, which allows our students to interact with their peers in other British schools in the country, through a diversity of academic and sporting activities.

LAHC - The Latin American Heads Conference allows our teachers and students to interact with their counterparts in the other British Schools of Latin America. We send teacher and student representatives to congresses, training workshops, as well as academic and sporting events.

CISV International is a UNESCO partner Non-Government Organization that aims to educate and inspire action for a more just and peaceful world. CISV organizes international education programs for children and youths. The programs include meetings, exchanges, and other intercultural activities.

Founded after the Second World War, with the belief that long-lasting peace is possible, the organization, with its volunteers from around the world, shows young participants how to live together as friends.

Davy College shares these values and encourages families to consider sending their children to the programs.

Every year, students can also choose from a selection of programs associated to the IB Diploma. IB Andes, for instance, is a leadership workshop for IB World School students, centered around high mountain activities. This program focuses on two of the three core elements of the IB Diploma: Creativity, Activity & Service, and Theory of Knowledge.

5. In what grade level do students start preparing for the IB Diploma program?

Our students begin their preparation the moment they set foot in Davy College. The school’s constructivist approach and IB principles, are present since Early Childhood, and continue in Primary and Secondary. By the time students reach Grade 11, they are ready to take on the challenging demands of the IB Diploma.

6. My child won’t be studying abroad. What’s the advantage of taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma is the most rigorous pre-university program in the world, and prepares students so they can be accepted into any university in the country or abroad. The program also equips students with the necessary tools to be successful in their university lives, professionally, and as model citizens.

The International Baccalaureate Organization’s principles are built into our entire school curricula, from Early Childhood to Secondary. This means Davy College students are adequately prepared if they decide to take on the great academic demands of the IB Diploma Programme. By furthering students’ organization, communication, and study skills, the IBDP readies them for a rigorous life in higher learning as well as professionally.

Several prominent universities in Peru welcome applications from students following the IB Diploma Programme

7. Do you have exchange programs? What are the travel dates?

The school promotes these activities. Our school reviews the best travel programs available in the market, and presents them to the families interested in sending their children abroad. Travel dates are between July and August. For 2018 we have a group of 10 students traveling to the UK with ISCA, the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance. Davy College is evaluating having travel programs every year.

1. What are the main events and celebrations in the school calendar?

Our official events and celebrations include:

-Mother’s Day

-Flag Day

-First Day of School

-Last Day of School

-School Anniversary

Davy College also organizes the following activities for our students:

-Davy Talks

-Stories in English with a foreign storyteller.

-Spelling bees

-Open classes

-Achievement Day

-Book Fairs

-Vocational Fairs

-Science Fair (Expo Ciencias)

-Dance and Music Festivals

-Art Festivals (5 senses)

-A musical stage play in English and Spanish

-Leadership workshops

2. Does the school have extracurricular activities?

Our curricula includes many additional activities. Students can play in the school’s sports teams, join the band or the choir, or participate in clubs like drama, chess, origami, and others.

3. Is there a music workshop? What instruments can students learn?

We have workshops for band, choir, and violin.

4. Do you have an art workshop?

The school has several art workshops: painting, collage, sculpting, and others.

5. What sports does the school have?

Students can practice our three main sports: basketball, football, and volleyball.There are some other sports available throughout certain periods in the year.

6. Besides basketball, football, and volleyball, what other sports are available to students?

The school also offers track and field, artistic gymnastics, handball, tennis, table tennis, and badminton.

7. Does Davy College have sports teams? In what events do they compete?

Davy College participates in sporting competitions in Peru and abroad with the LAHC. The school has been very successful in the National School Games and has won several medals. Student athletes are not required to participate in competitions held outside the school.

8. What are the Inter-House sporting competitions?

Following the British tradition at boarding schools, our students are randomly grouped into four Houses: Africa, The Americas, Asia, and Europe. The Houses function as teams where students can develop a healthy sense of competition and teamwork through sporting and academic activities all year round. Inter-House competitions begin in Early Childhood. Houses accumulating points by winning events throughout the school year. At the end of the year the winning House is announced.

9. Does the school have a psychological department?

Each of the school levels has a psychological area working with students permanently. The areas monitor their development, and provide parents with advice in meetings and workshops, as far as our attributions allow.

10. How does the school handle discipline?

Discipline is an essential part of education at Davy College. Our school has a comprehensive set of standards in disciplinary subjects.

Our students are constantly guided by their teachers to practice family values, helping to reinforce them. Through our curricula, inspired by our values of Respect, Responsibility, and Rights, we want to offer students activities that will strengthen their development of values and skills, such as self-management, negotiating, collaboration, etc. Students elected to the School Council and Student Council also learn the values of democracy and leadership. The school’s supervision and regulations discourage bullying, insubordination, pranks, unethical behavior, and other misconducts.

11. Does the school organize field trips? Do they have a learning objective?

The school organizes field trips around Cajamarca and its surrounding areas. Trips are programmed to visit important institutions, monuments, and archeological sites, among others. Students need written consent from their parents to go on field trips.

Secondary students, grades 6 to 9, have the opportunity of making a yearly trip to visit a national destination. The trips are curriculum-supported and will depend on the number of participating families.

1. How much is the admission fee? 

Levels

Percentage

1st Child

2nd Child

3+ children

Early Childhood

0%

S/. 6,500

S/. 5,500

S/. 4,875

Primary

0%

S/. 6,500

S/. 5,500

S/. 4,875

Grades 6 to 8

40%

S/. 3,900

S/. 3,300

S/. 2,925

Grades 9 to 11

70%

S/. 1,950

S/. 1,650

S/. 1,463

2. How do I pay the admission fee?

You can make an initial payment of 40% and finance the rest by July 2019.

3. How much is the matriculation fee and tuition?

Levels

Age / Grade

Matriculation Fee

Early Childhood

2, 3, 4 years old

S/. 1,270

Early Childhood

5 years old

S/. 1,580

Primary

Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

S/. 1,580

Secondary

Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

S/. 1,580

4. Do I need to buy books for my child?

You don’t need to buy any books. At the beginning of each term the school loans students the textbooks they will use, at no extra cost. Books must be returned at the end of the term.

5. Do students use Peruvian textbooks?

The majority of the textbooks used by our students are international and of recent publication (none of them exceed the eight year mark). Students also work with Peruvian textbooks.

6. What does tuition include?

Yearly tuition includes our textbook loan service and work material. Students’ personal school supplies are not included.

 

7. Do you sell the school uniforms?

The school doesn’t sell uniforms. Parents can purchase them in the store of their preference.

8. Does the school require a religious wedding certificate from parents?

No.

9. How much is the fee to process a Vacancy Request?

100 soles.

10. Do parents need to go through a psychological evaluation as part of the admission process?

No. During the admission process, the school will hold a family interview with the parents, in order to explain the educational proposal at Davy College, and to confirm they share the school’s values.

11. Does the father need to attend the family interview?

Both parents are required to attend the interview.

12. Is there financial aid?

Families that meet the school’s requirements can request financial aid. A social worker will assist them with their request.