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December 18, 2016

Dwight School Dubai, Al Barsha South

“Dwight New York is delighted to extend Dwight’s 150-year commitment to ‘ignite the spark of genius in every child’ to Dubai, where students will be part of one global Dwight family.

Our new school in Dubai will join those in New York, London, Seoul, and Shanghai that share this mission.” Stephen Spahn. Chancellor. The Dwight Schools

 

Background

Dwight School Dubai [DSD] is a non-selective KG to Year 12 IB Curriculum school set to open in Al Barsha South in September 2018 offering all-through US education for children between 3 and 19 years.

The founding school was established in New York in 1872 by Julius Sachs, a member of the Goldman-Sachs [...]

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December 14, 2016

North London Collegiate School Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City

“No child should be labelled or left behind and no limits should be placed upon what children can achieve. This informs everything we do, with the fundamental objective of developing happy and confident individuals.” North London Collegiate School, UK

 

Background

North London Collegiate School Dubai (NLCS Dubai) will open in September 2017. Located on a 38,000 square metre plot in the Sobha Hartland development at Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum City, NLCS Dubai will be an all-through International Baccalaureate World Continuum School, offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma for children between the ages of [...]

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June 1, 2016

The Universal American School, Dubai Festival City

The Universal American School (UAS) provides a hybrid, parallel stream, mixed, co-educational FS – Year 12 US-International Baccalaureate education for 1473 pupils between the ages of 4 and 18 years.

The Early Years (Elementary) curriculum follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme [IB PYP].

The Middle Years curriculum follows a “This We Believe” (TWB) curriculum created by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

The High School curriculum is split between (1) an in-house, New York standards based US education built on Common Core and Next Generation standards in Grades 9-10; and (2) an International Baccalaureate programme [...]

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May 29, 2016

Greenfield Community School, Green Community, Dubai Investments Park

It is worth stating upfront that we think that there are many things that make Greenfield Community School special in the UAE. We also believe that parents should not be diverted from the many exceptional features of the school by the headline grading of the latest KHDA inspection, although there are issues raised which we will address. For a genuinely inclusive, all-through International Baccalaureate education, that can deliver for children of all abilities, we believe that Greenfield Community School sets a key benchmark for the sector.

What makes Greenfield so impressive can be summarised in the following key points:

This is a pioneering school in the delivery of the [...]
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May 26, 2016

Jumeira Baccalaureate School, Jumeirah 1

Spread over 8 acres of landscaped grounds, and in one of the best locations in Dubai, Taaleem’s Jumeira Baccalaureate School [JBS] is one of the flagship International Baccalaureate [IB] schools in the Emirates, with facilities and IB programmes competing with the best in Dubai.

The IB World school provides an inclusive, co-educational education to 975 children between the ages of 3 and 16, through Pre-K to Year 12 grades, with complete IB provision across the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), Diploma Programme (IB DP), and the IB Career-related Programme (IB CP).

The school provides a slipstream for all of the three Taaleem “The [...]

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April 30, 2016

Raha International School, Al Raha Gardens, Khalifa City A

Updated January 2017

As of May 2016, Raha International School [RIS] is one of just three schools in Abu Dhabi to have achieved the “Band A. High Performing. Outstanding” school award from the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) under the education inspectorate’s Irtiqaa programme of independent school inspections.

RIS currently stands with Aldar Academies’ Al Bateen Secondary/Al Mushrif Private School and Al Muna Primary School as the first schools in the UAE to have ever achieved the Tier 1 rating from ADEC.

RIS is part of the Taaleem family of schools, all of which except RIS, are located in Dubai. They include “Children’s Garden” nurseries; the US [...]

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April 5, 2016

Repton School Abu Dhabi, Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island

Updated December 2016

Repton School Abu Dhabi [RSAD] is located within Sorouh Real Estate’s residential and business community development, Shams Abu Dhabi, and is the first school to be built on Reem Island.

This review reflects only the Foundation Campus of Repton School Abu Dhabi, a 7000 square metre FS-Primary which will eventually offer only FS to Year 2 slipstream provision to the larger Year 3 – Year 13 Repton Abu Dhabi through school.

Whilst the site for the Upper School of Repton Abu Dhabi is fabulously located adjacent to Sun and Sky Tower, the trade-off is available space. The plot is restricted to around 20,000sqm and as result the architectural brief [...]

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April 5, 2016

Deira International School, Dubai Festival City

Updated December 2016

Deira International School is an extremely impressive school and one that only just misses KHDA “Outstanding” school status. In the majority of areas DIS is already hitting, and in some cases at the very highest level, this standard and, in its combination of outstanding curriculum provision, leadership, academics and whole child development, it’s a school worthy of prospective parents’ attention.

Deira International deserves particular praise for its outstanding parental communication. The school offers the most detailed, comprehensive and transparent online presence of any school we have reviewed in the UAE.

Online information evidences [...]

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April 1, 2016

The British International School Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City B

Updated December 2016

Established in September 2009, The British International School Abu Dhabi (BISAD), is a Nord Anglia school which in itself is increasingly a recommendation in the Emirates.

The school provides an English National Curriculum based education to (I)GCSE followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma from Year 12.

Prospective parents should weigh four key areas in assessing the school:

The school is impressively and fully inclusive in welcoming applications from children across the academic and Special Educational Needs and Disability spectrum. This places significant financial demands on the school to provide a very high caliber of [...]
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March 28, 2016

Emirates International School – Meadows

Updated December 2016

Emirates International School – Meadows [EISM], together with Emirates International School – Jumeirah [EISJ], together comprise the Emirates International School [EIS], although to all intents and purposes, notwithstanding their shared ownership by the Al Habtoor Group, they are separate schools with independent leadership. Our review of the Jumeirah campus can be found here and prospective parents will find significant supplementary information here on the shared framework of both schools.

What is striking about both schools, however, is their very broad similarity in both IB performance and Dubai school inspectorate evaluation. The [...]

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March 26, 2016

Uptown School, Mirdif

Updated December 2016

Taaleem’s Uptown School [UPS] is in the final stage of its phased launch that will see it reach complete all-through International Baccalaureate structured education from FS to Year 12 provision by September 2016.

UPS offers near complete IB syllabus progression including the Primary and Middle Years programmes [IB PYP, IB MYP] culminating in the Diploma [IB DP].

The phased launch  follows the move of separate Uptown primary, middle and secondary schools to a single Uptown 300,000 square foot campus set within 14 acres of landscaped grounds adjacent to Mirdif Park in 2012.

Facilities are Tier 1 – and excellent. They include zoned [...]

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March 25, 2016

Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai Healthcare City 2, Al Jaddaf

Updated January 2017

Launched in 2015-16, the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai [SISD] is a premium plus, Tier 1 through-school undergoing phased opening to Year 12. Located near the Business Bay bridge, the landmark architecturally designed buildings centre its 67,845 square metre Dubai Healthcare City waterfront campus, standing entirely alone and making a striking impression from all sides.

Taken as a whole across its facilities, curriculum and architecture, the school represents one of the most ambitious educational projects undertaken in the UAE to date.

SISD is the first day-boarding school in Dubai to really focus its offering on languages [...]

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March 24, 2016

Australian International School, Maliha Road, University City

Updated December 2016

The Australian International School [AIS] was the first Australian school to be established in the Middle East and was formed through a partnership between the Al Sharif Investment Trading Group and the Government of Queensland, Australia.

The intention was to provide a school balancing the qualities of the best Western standards of education whilst also nurturing and respecting the culture, faith and language of the people of the UAE and the Arabic world more broadly.

“I chose to build this school for my own children. I realised none of the schools at that time was offering what I was looking for. I wanted the highest quality of education [...]

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March 24, 2016

Emirates International School Jumeirah, Umm Al Sheif

Updated December 2016

Prospective parents should note that Emirates International School Jumeirah [EISJ] is, in fact, located in Umm Al Sheif. The school has also been known variously as Emirates International Private School, Emirates International School and Emirates International School Um Suquim which adds to the confusion.

The school, together with Emirates International School Meadows [EISM], together comprise the Emirates International School [EIS], although to all intents and purposes, notwithstanding their shared ownership by the Al Habtoor Group, they are separate schools with independent leadership.

Parents historically have chosen between the two based [...]

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March 13, 2016

Raffles World Academy, Umm Suqeim 3

Updated December 2016

Raffles World Academy was established by Emaar Education in 2006 following negotiation with Raffles Campus, a school management company in Singapore, which eventually led to Emaar purchasing the company and “Raffles International” brand outright in 2007.

The Raffles brand was rolled out to the then “Raffles International School – West Campus”; “Raffles International School – South Campus”; “Raffles International School – North Campus”; and “Raffles Nursery.”

As part of the purchase, Ng Boon Yew, the founding chairman of Raffles Campus Singapore, moved to Dubai to set up and run the UAE schools as the chief executive of Emaar [...]

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March 9, 2016

Hartland International School, Sobha Hartland, Nad Al Sheba

Updated December 2016

Hartland International is a school that has launched with many of the teething pains that we expect of new schools opening in the UAE, and is still in the process of working through what has amounted to quite a turbulent start – more on this below. Despite this the school made it to the top 5 of whichschoooladvisor’s rated “Top New Schools for 2015-16,” largely on the back of the schools facilities and its stated aspirations: Hartland International sets itself up as a premium. Tier 1, full-phase KG to Year 13 school launched in September 2015.

The school has been built at the heart of the newly developing Sobha Hartland Community in [...]

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March 6, 2016

American Community School of Abu Dhabi, Al Khalidyah

Updated December 2016

The American Community School of Abu Dhabi [ACS] is a non-profit, US curriculum college mixed, co-educational preparatory offering a parallel stream International Baccalaureate and US High School curriculum for 1094 children between KG phases and Grade 12.

Established in 1971 -72, the school was the first American school in the capital and founded with the support of the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who provided its current site. The school prioritises admission to families of officers within the American Embassy Abu Dhabi and the school in its founding reflects the close links between the US and Abu Dhabi governments.

The [...]

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March 1, 2016

GEMS World Academy, Al Barsha South

Updated December 2016

GEMS World Academy – Dubai (GWAD) is a PreK to Grade 12 international school is an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) school offering the all-phases IB programmes – the Primary Years Program [PYP], Middle Years Program [MYP] and Diploma Program [DP] to students aged between 3 and 18 years. Whilst post-16, the full IB programme is offered, it is academically selective, and in practice the majority of its students graduate with the GWA-Dubai High School Diploma accredited by the Council of International Schools [CIS], having completed an alternative partial IB Diploma programme.

Whilst the largest percentage of students is [...]

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February 21, 2016

Al Mamoura School, Al Nahyan

Updated December 2016

Al Mamoura School is an intrinsic part of ADEC’s Future Schools Programme, the ambitious project to build 100 world class schools by 2020 to transform education in the Emirate.

Al Mamoura seeks to set the benchmark for single-sex, girls only secondary provision in the Capital whilst primary phases will be fully co-educational.

In structure, Al Mamoura will see Aldar’s KHDA “Outstanding A1” Al Mushrif Primary re-branded to Al Mamoura; its students will move from their current location within Aldar’s equally exceptional “Outstanding A1” Al Bateen School. Al Bateen itself will serve as the automatic slipstream for boys at secondary [...]

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February 13, 2016

Kent College Dubai, Meydan City, Nad Al Sheba

Updated December 2016

Kent College Dubai is the second campus of Kent College, Canterbury, United Kingdom. The school is insistent that it is neither a franchise, nor a school run simply under a brand – Kent College is the “real deal”. The school is managed in partnership with the UK as a second campus and the aim is that, to all intents and purposes, children attending the Dubai campus should experience the Canterbury experience – and changing between schools, when and if required, should be relatively seamless.

Culturally the UK context provides for a caring Christian family community based on a Methodist school foundation “with religious education a strong feature of [...]

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