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The CBSE is one of the two main Indian curricula, the other being the ICSE. The CBSE is the more common offering in the UAE, and is generally used to cover one of two qualifications. Most CBSE schools would offer both.

The All India Senior School Certificate (Examination) is the higher qualification studied for by students over a two-year period between the ages of 16 and 18 in CBSE schools. Results achieved by students in the AISSC are used by Universities in considering entrance to degree courses. More here.

The All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE) is the standard, Indian government backed secondary qualification for students taken between Grades 9 and 10 in CBSE-affiliated schools. More here.

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June 18, 2016

GEMS Our Own Indian School, Al Quoz 1

Formerly the Varkey International Private School, GEMS Our Own Indian School (OOIS), in its current form, was founded in its move to Al Quoz in 2002.

There are so many good things about this school – and some frustrations.

First, this is not simply a good school. It is in some key respects an outstanding one. This is recognised in the Dubai Schools’ Inspectorate’s awarding of such a broad splay of results. It is not usual for a school to be graded by the Dubai Inspectorate with such diversity – and especially for a school to effectively, in practice, be operating at Good, Very Good and Outstanding levels simultaneously.

The core problems first. [...]

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June 12, 2016

Sunrise English Private School, Shabiya, Mussafah

Sunrise Private English School presents us with many difficulties in making sense of its offer. There is no question, in terms of the school’s exceptionally affordable fee structure, that it represents good value for money. It is also classified, in part given its fee context and in part its commitment, as a Highly Performing Band A 3 School by the Abu Dhabi School Inspectorate.

Make no mistake, An A3 grading is a real achievement. It is particularly impressive too given that in 2014 the school received an equivalent C6 “Unsatisfactory” grading indicative of a school very significantly failing its children.

However, newly secured “Good” school rating notwithstanding, [...]

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April 16, 2016

Gulf Asian English School, Muweilah Commercial

Updated November 2016

Gulf Asian English School, also known as the Gulf Asian Indian School and the Gulf Asian High School, was bought by the PA Educational Trust (Pace Group) in 2011.

The school is set on a large, 6.69 acre site, and delivers an Indian CBSE education to between 4,971 and 5400 children (data provided for the school is conflicting). The school has considerable history in the emirate, tracing its founding to the Sharjah Montessori School established in 1975.

Under its new owners, Gulf Asian High School seeks to set itself apart from other schools in ’embracing Audio-Visual technology and its masterful use of PowerPoint’, which replaces [...]

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April 14, 2016

Credence High School, Al Quoz 1

Updated November 2016

Credence High School is a new Indian all through school undergoing phased FS to Grade 12 launch. The school will follow the CBSE curriculum from Year 9.

The school aims, however, to radically differentiate itself from other Indian schools in the Gulf by replacing the standard CBSE curriculum to Year 8 with a curriculum provided by a relatively young start-up, XSEED, based in Singapore and founded by Ashish Rajpal, an MIT educated Indian entrepreneur.

The basic approach is to tackle one widely held critique of Indian education – that it teaches facts by rote with little relevance to the skills required later in life, with a model of education [...]

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April 10, 2016

The Elite English School, Al Waheda, Deira

Updated November 2016

This mission of Elite school is to “surge forward and reach the pinnacle of institutional and educational glory…”

Students at the school are known as “Elitians.”

The school’s Principal, Vatsala Mathai (also known as Vatsala Mathew), however, has been vocal in her frustration that the degree the school is able to reach “glory” is limited by the school’s inability to substantially increase its fees.

Dubai’s education regulator, the KHDA, restricts the ability of weak schools to increase fees in order to provide an incentive for improvement. However, without increasing fees, Ms Mathai argues that this is [...]

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April 3, 2016

The Millennium School, Al Qusais 1

Updated December 2016

Prospective parents should note that the KHDA has reviewed The Millennium School on its new scale which replaces its earlier four-stage grading (Unsatisfactory, Acceptable, Good, Outstanding) with a six-point scale running through Very weak; Weak; Acceptable; Good; Very good and Outstanding awards. As of 2016-17, The Millennium School on this new grading structure has been classified as a “Very Good” school after 6 years consistent annual scoring by the KHDA Inspectorate in the “Good” class of schools.

Founded in 2000, The Millennium School is an FS1 to Year 12 through school offering a CBSE Indian national curriculum educating Indian children from [...]

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March 5, 2016

Global Indian International School, Abu Dhabi Campus, Baniyas East

Updated December 2016

The Global Indian International School, Abu Dhabi [GIISAD] campus is the first school opened by the Singapore-based not-for-profit Global Schools Foundation [GSF] in the Emirate. Extraordinarily, the school was completely built in just 140 days – impressive even by UAE standards.

Its actual opening has not been without difficulty, however, delayed by ADEC for 6 months from its planned opening on 1st April 2015. The reasons for the delay remain undisclosed, but its eventual opening on 6th September 2015 was restricted to KG1 and KG2 only and came with commitments from the school not to exceed the capacities of individual classrooms and [...]

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February 28, 2016

Springdales School Dubai, Al Quoz 4

Updated December 2016

Springdales School Dubai [SSD], established in 2012-13, is a full phase FS1 to Year 13 for-profit Indian school offering the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum to a mixed, co-education student body.

SSD represents the first school launched by the Goldline Group, a 23-year old Dubai-headquartered multi-national operating in the re-cycling, construction and logistics sectors. Whilst the school is for-profit, its launch for Dr Navjit Singh Anand, Chairman and Founder of Goldline Group, was motivated in part “to give something back” with a corporately socially responsible move to provide better educational opportunities to the [...]

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February 16, 2016

GEMS United Indian School, Baniyas West

GEMS Education claim United Indian School [UIS] will be “the finest CBSE curriculum school in Abu Dhabi”. This is no small claim for a new school in the emirate with an (at capacity population) of close to 4,000 students.

Tracing its roots to the two-villa based “Our Own English High School” which opened in the capital in 1990, the history of UIS is closely bound was the dynamics of an exponentially growing market for Indian education provision in which demand by 2010 more than doubled the number of available places.

This, in combination with ADEC’s (laudable) closure of outdated Villa schools (the last six Indian villa schools closed in 2015) has created a [...]

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January 30, 2016

India International School LLC, Schools Zone, Muweilah

Updated December 2016

India International School, Sharjah is a private school located in Muweilah. Currently the school serves students from KG to Grade 9. The school was established in October 2011 by the Pace Group and follows a Montessori curriculum for kindergarten students and an Indian Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum for senior school students. PACE manages a number of other schools in the UAE including the Creative British School in Abu Dhabi and the Gulf Asian English School, also in Sharjah. The school is owned by the PA Education Trust established in Mangalore in 1999.

According to the school’s web site the mission statement of the [...]

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January 28, 2016

GEMS Our Own High School, Al Warqa’a 2

Updated December 2016

GEMS Our Own High School, Al Warqa’a, was created in 2005 to provide a single sex boys school equivalent of its namesake, girls-only, ‘Our Own English High School, Dubai’ which was established in Bastakiya in 1968.

The school presents some difficulty in reviewing, and this is even more the case because identified problems identified by the Dubai Inspectorate of Schools in 2015 have not been addressed, particularly in the areas of overcrowding and weaknesses in the provision for SEND (including accessibility and Year 9+ differentiation) .

The value proposition of “Our Own” lies in its fee structure; fees are low by any standards running from [...]

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January 12, 2016

Delhi Private School (DPS), Sharjah School Zone, Muwailih Commercial

Established in 2000 with 146 students, today’s Delhi Private School Sharjah (the school now has branches in Dubai) is a sprawling affair educating 5600 students. DPS follows the CBSE New Delhi curriculum and was the first school in the U.A.E to be established by its much respected parent, the Delhi Public School Society in New Delhi.

The school follows a genuinely progressive syllabus leveraging a “creative building block” holistic approach to education rather than more traditional hothouse approaches that traditionally focus on memory, learning by rote and textbook based study centred on examinations.

Whilst Sharjah does not currently adopt an inspection regime [...]

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December 20, 2015

The International Indian School, Dubai Silicon Oasis

The International Indian High School DSO is a private K-12 school located in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Established in 2011, the school is part of a group of three schools that also include The Indian High School Junior Campus in Al Garhoud and The Indian High School Senior Campus in Oud Metha.

Confusingly, the International Indian School was previously known as “The Indian High School Silicon Valley,” presumably to leverage the reputation of its sister schools.

Given, however, that the International Indian School has now achieved only an acceptable all three times since its opening, it is likely that the parent group is now seeking to distance the school from its more [...]

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November 28, 2015

The Indian High School (Senior Campus), Oud Metha

The Indian High School Dubai (Senior Campus) is a private K-12 school with a 2015 KHDA inspection rating of Outstanding, an accolade it has achieved for four consecutive years. Established in 1961, it was the first private school founded in Dubai and has grown rapidly. Today the Senior Campus employs 427 teachers to educate 5928 children, by any standards a very large school. Despite concerns of overcrowding at middle levels, however, the school’s overall advertised average of 1:15 teacher-pupil ratio is excellent and this is reflected in its achieving outstanding performance from its pupils in English, Mathematics and Science.

Economies of scale partly explain the low [...]

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