Our own SchoolsCompared.com reviews are in preparation and will follow shortly. Details of all the schools can be found in our table below – click on the name for further details.
In the latest round of KHDA inspections, 11 schools were inspected for the first time. Their results showed that the majority – 6 schools – were rated “Good” – meeting the level expected by the KHDA, and above the minimum requirement of Acceptable. These were GEMS Firstpoint , Kings Nad Al Sheba, Kings Al Barsha, Nord Anglia International School, Safa Community School and Sunmarke School.
This rating has significant implications for the new schools and their owners, since schools are not permitted to expand or open new branches with a rating of less than Good. Although there is no rule to prevent it, no new school has ever achieved higher than a Good [...]
In this, the latest of our Post 16 Education Guides series, we look at the very best schools for 16+ provision in Dubai in 2017-18– and across every syllabus and curricular.
Our Guide has been specifically aligned with the publication by the KHDA of its latest school inspection reports in May 2017.
Almost all of the schools following have secured KHDA Outstanding or Very Good school status in 2017, and all achieve justifiable acclaim for their post-16 provision. The exception is a very special class of new schools that have been rated Good by the KHDA on their [...]
A total of 159 (of 185) private schools, who educate over 263,000 students, were inspected in the current academic year. The reports published today are for the non-Indian and Pakistani curriculum schools (whose reports were published in March). The latest reports include 11 schools being inspected for the first time (who between them [...]
What to expect
All Dubai schools – other than those rated Outstanding in the last round of inspections – have again been inspected in the 2016-17 academic year. The Outstanding schools have been permitted to self-evaluate this year and to work with schools in needs of support to coach them through the self-evaluation process. Indian school Inspection reports were released in March; the latest round are for the other curricula – mainly UK, US, IB and a range of non-Asian [...]
The key findings of this guide are that the latest round of reports are more closely tied to how well a school is delivering academically – measured [...]
Part 1.Leaving school – the big questions
Of all the questions facing young men and women in schools across the emirates thinking about their eventual leaving school and seeking a route into Higher education rather than Industry, the most pressing are likely to beWhich university should I apply for? How do I secure my place? Will I be able to afford the fees?
Too often these questions are thought about towards graduation, when in most cases it is simply far too late. Ideally, getting a grip on these and related questions needs to be started as early as possible.
That means, in practice, choosing a school for the critical period between 16 and 18 that has [...]
Our research shows that this is very much NOT the case, although inter-school competition for outdoor ball sports is more limited in some curricula than others.
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Whilst competitive sports is absolutely integral to the curriculum of most UK, US and IB curriculum schools, it seems to be less so among other curricula. In particular, many Asian schools offer some [...]
Firstly, you are entitled to ask on what grounds no offer was made. Often there will have been siblings or other priority groups who have been offered places ahead of your child. Sometimes, it is a [...]
Whilst many schools will not permit you to apply until the academic year prior to the one you are seeking, some schools do still accept applications two or more years ahead. It is therefore important to check with your short-listed schools what time-lines apply.
Once you have narrowed down your schooling options, we would generally advise you to apply to at least 2 and possibly 3 schools, unless you can be certain (through discussion with the School Admissions team) that places are available for your child at your [...]
To some extent, choosing your child’s school is not dissimilar to choosing a home. In this case, you will probably want to consider location, budget, facilities and perhaps, the reputation of the developer. You may want a particular style of home. You will probably identify several options and have a check-list of requirements in mind before you arrange a viewing.
Often, the home seems to meet your needs, but when you visit it, somehow it just doesn’t fit…And then, eventually, you find the one that is somehow…just right. This is often a more emotional decision than purely a practical one.
In choosing a school, you will probably also go [...]
Schools in the UAE are governed by a UAE-wide authority – the Ministry of Education – and regulators based in, and responsible for schools in, each emirate. Although there is officially a standard set of rules and regulations covering the registration process for the UAE, there are variations between emirates and we would always recommend that you confirm information with the relevant Admissions staff at the schools you contact.
Children are legally required to be in school in the UAE during the academic year in which they turn 6 (5+ years on [...]
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Name of school Location Fees Inspection rating Accreditation Number of students attending the school Total capacity of the school Number of students per [...]
The good news is that owners and operators of all new schools go through a rigorous application process to prove their suitability prior to receiving approval to [...]
Nowadays, schools in the UAE go through a rigorous process with the Regulator in each Emirate (ADEC – the Abu Dhabi Education Council in Abu Dhabi, KHDA – the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai and Ajman, and the relevant Education Zone in the other Emirates), and in accordance with the UAE Ministry of Education, prior to receiving approval to open.
This ensures that the school owners, managers and staff are able to deliver the school itself, the curriculum and that the latter meets international requirements to enable access to university or college.
However, in the past there was not quite the same degree of oversight. Schools opened who stated that [...]
Choosing and sending your child off to school for the first time, or to a new school, is likely to be one of the most emotionally challenging and nerve-wracking decisions that any parent makes. After all, you are choosing what you hope will be the best school, the best education and the best future for your child, often based on a fairly subjective decision.
Our SchoolsCompared.com Guide, of which this is the first in a series about choosing and applying to schools in the UAE, is designed to assist you through this process.
Schools in the UAE operate to two distinct Academic calendars. There is supposed to be a unified calendar that applies to all schools throughout the [...]
You think that point has arrived where you know that finding a school for your child is their next step towards starting them on the long (and expensive road) to their education. Given the commitment that you are making to your child (and potentially from your pocket), it’s important to get this right.
Historically, some especially anxious parents would try to register their new-borns at their preferred school within days of their birth.
That is no longer the case.
As more and more schools have introduced automated Admissions systems, and as they have got to grips with the long waiting-lists that needed to be updated on a regular basis, so the norm has tended to [...]
Curriculum choice is one of the factors that seems to cause more hardship and confusion for parents than most others related to choice of school! In reality, when children start school at the age of 3 or 4, there is very little difference between what takes place in a UK curriculum Foundation classroom versus a US curriculum, IB curriculum or Indian curriculum school at this level.
The first year of school is very much about children learning to adapt to the “big school” environment, learning to socialise, to cooperate, and work together, about refining fine and gross motor skills and so on. It is definitely not the norm for children to spend long periods sitting on chairs at [...]
Irrespective of which curriculum you may choose for your child at the outset of their academic career, it is not unusual for parents to consider a change of curriculum at some stage, perhaps due to change of location, circumstances or because their child’s experience of the current curriculum may not be as satisfactory as wished for. There are definite times and options which work best for this situation.
Often parents place their child/ren in school and choose a curriculum which serves them well for their entire school career. The choice of curriculum will be guided most likely by future plans for your child’s education.
Although reputable schools and universities [...]