On January of 1954, the Dominican Sisters began tutoring two American children. During the fall of that year, the first Dominican School in Kaohsiung was established to cater to the growing number of children from Catholic families stationed in Taiwan by the American Navy. In 1956, the Dominican Kindergarten School was officially founded in its initial location at Tzu Chiang 1st Road in Kaohsiung City.
By 1967, the school moved to a new building on Chung Hua 1st Road, which remains as its current location. The building also housed the Our Lady of the Assumption Community up to this day. The Academic Building was then erected in 1985. The school’s name changed over the years, but in 2015, it was renamed as the Dominican International School Kaohsiung.
As the student population grew, the school incorporated two levels of kindergarten and an elementary program. In 2015, the first middle school graduation was held. Located in Kaohsiung’s Gushan District, DISK serves a small but close-knit community of around 100 international students. This year, DISK celebrates its 67th year with the introduction of its first batch of High School students. It offers English-medium instruction using a modified American curriculum and has been approved by the Taiwan’s Ministry of Education to serve students from Kindergarten (age 3) through Grade 9.