Year in and year out, DHS is one of the stellar performers when the province’s matric results are listed, with an 86% matric exemption rate over the past five years. The School frequently has learners in the top 10 candidate rating. A aggregates and subject distinctions are widely achieved on an annual basis and numerous successes have been notched up in the field of Olympiads and Science Expositions over the years.
These quantifiable successes are necessary if DHS is to be measured among the top academic institutions in South Africa. However, by its own standards, through a commitment to its “Heritage of Excellence” ethos, they are not always enough. The DHS holistic approach to education which incorporates a host of finely-tuned variables to prepare for the future prevails. This is an inclusive process for all boys, from average learners to top academics. It is underpinned by rock- solid support structures and a highly qualified, dedicated, responsive and committed staff who are passionate in their vocation and accomplished in their various fields. Classes are organised to be on average, less than 30-strong and boys are individually assisted through a goal setting system.
This individual support is augmented by a career guidance and a counselling infrastructure that encourages boys to assess critically their strengths and weaknesses. This practice assists them in their choice of subjects and potential career paths.
The successes of alumni in various academic pursuits bears testimony to the preparation provided by DHS during their vital senior school stage. This preparation is extended to encompass new options and possibilities for learners as we embark on an exciting journey in education, the National Senior Certificate (NSC) for Grade 12 learners.
DHS facilities are top-notch. Our Media Centre includes a contemporary library, state-of-the-art IT and audio-visual centres. The School is embarking on an extensive upgrade of existing classrooms and specialised facilities, such as laboratories and dramatic arts venues.