Dol­lar Academy

The Oban Times - - Feature -

Founded in 1818, Dol­lar Academy is thought to be the old­est co- ed­u­ca­tional day and board­ing school in the world, and has a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the coun­try’s best per­form­ing schools.

Dol­lar is a full board­ing and day school for boys and girls aged fi ve to 18, set in 70 acres of sports fields and grounds. The many fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a swim­ming pool, ri­fle range and fit­ness suites, along­side au­di­to­rium venues, class­rooms and spe­cialised teach­ing ar­eas for science, mu­sic and the arts. En­joy­ment of learn­ing is the ethos at the heart of this aca­demic school, which aims to pro­mote an en­vi­ron­ment where pupils gain real sat­is­fac­tion from a com­mit­ment to study.

Firmly grounded in the strengths of a broad Scot­tish ed­u­ca­tion, pupils at Dol­lar study the Scot­tish cur­ricu­lum and work to­wards Highers and Ad­vanced Highers. Exam re­sults speak for them­selves, with an ex­cel­lent 86 per cent A-B pass rate at Higher and 96 per cent of leavers go­ing on to univer­sity.

At Dol­lar, ac­tiv­i­ties be­yond the class­room are seen as highly sig­nif­i­cant in the de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple and the school is fa­mous for its world cham­pi­onship- win­ning pipe band. More than 160 pupils prac­tise the in­stru­ment and tu­ition is avail­able at all lev­els, with the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and per­form around the world. The sight and sound of the pipes are syn­ony­mous with Dol­lar Academy – dur­ing the sum­mer term, each day be­gins with the massed pipes and drums prac­tis­ing on the school lawns.

Dol­lar Academy is a pop­u­lar op­tion for Scot­tish fam­i­lies. En­try can be ar­ranged at any stage in a child’s ed­u­ca­tion. Board­ing schol­ar­ships and fee- as­sisted places are avail­able for hard- work­ing and am­bi­tious chil­dren.

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