Founded in 1908, Dominican Convent School has a long tradition of excellence in South African education. The Dominican vision is simple: access to quality education, rooted in Christian values, can enable even the most marginalized learners to make significant contributions to society.

Today DCS offers the emerging South African middle class access to affordable, high-quality, independent education. Simultaneously, through generous public and private support, DCS also offers free education to some of the most marginalized members of South African society, including refugees, orphans, and vulnerable children through the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programme.

In the 1990s, DCS began the OVC programme with support from Nedcor, JP Morgan, and other charitable sources to provide education to historically disadvantaged learners. In addition to providing for the children’s school fees, the OVC programme also provides food, uniform, books, transportation, counselling remedial support services, and boarding accommodation when necessary. by 2010, this programme had supported over 400 learners, 96 who have matriculated from DCS.