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Vernus International School, Dubai Silicon Oasis – The Review 2020
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Vernus International School, Dubai Silicon Oasis – The Review 2020

by Jon WestleyMay 12, 2020

Vernus International School Dubai – Background and Location

Vernus International School is a new American curriculum primary school currently under construction that will educate children from Pre K to Grade 5. School capacity is limited to 765 children and the school is set to pen in September 2020.

The school is located on the north-eastern side of Dubai Silicon Oasis, adjacent to City Oasis 1 and City Oasis 2, and near to the Al Habtoor building. The school  serves neighbouring families in Dubai Academic City, The Villa, Nad Al Sheba and Dubai International City. Vernus International School provides transportation to and from the school for all children in the Greater Dubai area.

Detailed map follows:

Map showing the location of and directions to Vernus International School in Dubai. The new American curriculum school is based in Dubai Silicon Oasis and opens in September 2020.

 

Unique Features of the School and Confirmed Facilities

Vernus International School aims to be the first vocational school in the UAE with a curriculum founded on project based learning. The school will offer a tri-lingual curriculum offering students French, English and Arabic as core subjects from joining the school.

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Confirmed academic facilities will include:

  • Hydroponics Centre
  • Astronomy Lab
  • Music Centre
  • Dance Studio
  • Media & Drama Suite
  • IT Labs
  • Technology Lab
  • Science Labs
  • Art Studio
  • Media and Drama Lab
Sporting facilities will include:
  • Tennis Courts
  • Sports Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • “Kids City” Play Area
  • Gymnasium

 

Core sports at Vernus International School will include football/soccer, basketball and gymnastics.

 

Leadership

Heath L. Bailey, Founding Principal of Vernus International School is described as having “a phenomenal ability to connect with students” built over three decade’s experience as an educator in Dubai and the United States. Known for his passionate defence of inclusion and the ability of all children to excel, Mr Bailey has written widely on the impact of disadvantage in its many forms on children and the critical role of education in empowering students to reach their goals through academic achievement and whole child development. Mr Bailey comes to Venus International from American International School Dubai as Head of High School where, over a 12-month period, he increased the effectiveness of school provision to Good school status in seven key indicators measured by the KHDA, Dubai’s regulator of schools.  Prior to this, Mr Bailey was employed by ADEK, the Abu Dhabi schools regulator where he worked as Vice Principal across schools leading a cluster of 88 teachers and 21 Teaching Assistants to increase student attainment and the quality of professional development across education in the capital. Prior to moving to the UAE, Mr Bailey held leadership positions across schools in Pennsylvania, where he secured a reputation for his skills in turning around schools. A graduate of Robert Morris, Mr Bailey secured both his BSc and MSc in Management with a specialism in bridging achievement gaps in students. Mr Bailey went on to study at Point Park for a Masters in Educational Administration and K12 Management and Duquesne in PELA (Process Excellence in Leadership). Mr Bridges has a keen interest in Sport with particular expertise in Basketball and athletics. and is an expert in the history of the Civil Rights Movement in American history.

 

Hard Hat Tour – Construction Progress May 2020 

Photographs of the construction as of May 2020 highlighting the low-level design. We will update the photographs as construction proceeds.

Early construction photographs of the new Ventus International School in Dubai Silicon Oasis. The American curriculum school is due to open in September 2020.

 

Bottom Line? The SchoolsCompared.com Verdict 2020

Vernus International School stands out for its promise of a unique, American project-based curriculum and the strength of reputation of its founding Principal. Fees have yet to be published and the eventual quality and breadth of subject and facility provision will become clearer as the school completes its construction. The increasing call by industry for innovation to be placed centre stage within the curriculum – and for schools to be more responsive to the vocational needs of business and industry, suggests that the approach adopted by Vernus International School is meeting a demand. It is also one designed to offer an inclusive education in which every child can excel. Founding Principal Heath Bailey has a proven history in ensuring that no child is left behind and the apparent care in developing the new curriculum to reflect this fundamental ambition is suggestive of a strongly aspirational school for children from launch.

Watch this space.

 

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Details to consider
2018/19 Overall ADEK / KHDA Rating

NA - New School to open September 2020
First Inspection due 2023

2017/18 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

NA - New School to open September 2020
First Inspection due 2023

2016/17 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

NA - New School to open September 2020
First Inspection due 2023

2015/16 Overall KHDA / ADEC Rating

NA - New School to open September 2020
First Inspection due 2023

Type of school

Private, for-profit

Curriculum

American

External Exam Boards

Common Core States Standards (CCSS)

Selective

No. Fully academically, culturally and SEND inclusive.

Waiting list

NA

Value Added

Not published

Number of Students

Capacity 762 students

Teacher to Student Ratio

TBC

Largest nationality teachers

American

Year opened

Due to open September 2020

Location

Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai

Student composition

International

Gender

Mixed, co-educational

School canteen

TBC

Owner

EduHub Investments LLC TBC
CEO: Rashed Bu Qara'a
EduHub Education Consulting Group LLC TBC
CEO: Ali Gharbi, Founder and CEO.

Admissions Telephone

+971 4 345 9991
admissions@visdubai.com

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Strengths

• Project-based, vocational curriculum
• Respected school leadership with a history of delivering child attainment
• Progressive school values and whole child commitment for children
• Opportunity for founding families to shape the evolution of the school

Weaknesses

• Early days – the school is still under construction and more detail is needed to reach a considered view
• All new schools need time to bed-in provision

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Vernus International School is opening a time when there will be a powerful need for expertise and systems to ensure effective and inspirational distance learning. It is early days too to reach a detailed conclusion. However, the choice of Founding Principal is an inspired one - and the ambitions of the school to set the bar for its vocational, projects-based American curriculum impressive. We watch with interest.

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About The Author
Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Editor of SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at] schoolscompared.com