Dubai Heights Academy (DHA) is a new British curriculum AED159M school opening on a 2,80,000 Square foot site in Al Barsha in September 2017, map below.
DHA has published plans to provide a through FS to Year 11 education to IGCSE and will open initially with phases 1 – Year 4. We are awaiting confirmation whether the school also plans to provide a dedicated Sixth Form.
Eventual capacity is 1,845 children. The Secondary School will open in September 2020 for Years 7 – 11 with IGCSE’s being sat for the first time in 2023. We really like this choice to phase the school’s opening so slowly. It allows the school to grow organically as each year works its way [...]
Newlands School is a new UK curriculum school launching in the Al Warqa area in September 2017. Conveniently located for families living in both the northern residential areas of Dubai as well as those in Sharjah and beyond, the school promises to offer a “high quality, international education as an affordable option for parents”.
Initially opening from FS1 to year 6, the school intends to enable students to study the full English National Curriculum through to iGCSE and A Level at fees that are considerably lower than those of Dubai’s more expensive schools. Fees range from AED 19,200 in FS1 to AED 26, 400 in Year 6. A 10% Founding discount will also be available for students [...]
Updated May 2017 – EXCLUSIVE SCHOOLSCOMPARED FIRST LOOK
The Arbor School, Dubai, is a new Tier 1, premium British curriculum all-through school set to launch in September 2018 as the educational hub of the Al Furjan community. Al Furjan has also attracted the interest of other school groups including being mooted as the home of the second Arcadia School (our review of the founding Arcadia School can be found here). The school is being built within easy reach of both the Sheikh Zayed Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. It is expected the school will also attract families in Discover Gardens – map below.
Fees are anticipated to be premium plus with [...]
Updated May 2017 – EXCLUSIVE SCHOOLSCOMPARED FIRST LOOK
The Aquila School is a planned new all-through British schools offering the English national curriculum to IGCSE and a dual-stream International Baccalaureate/British technical BTEC education at Sixth Form. The school is set to open in September 2018 and will be located in the heart of Dubai Land – map below.
The Aquila School will be the first new all-through school for the International Schools Partnership (ISP), the UK headquartered global schools group. Currently ISP is best known in the emirates for their taking over and current turnaround of Abu Dhabi-based Reach British School, reviewed [...]
Updated May 2017
“The Alpha School is not just another new school – Alpha seeks something different, and special, for all its children.
Our mission, vision and values are embedded within our three pillars of Identity, Family and Innovation.
Our Alpha identity is shaped by our multicultural environment and our appreciation of UAE culture and heritage within our core British curriculum. International-mindedness and respect are key. Our students celebrate a strong sense of identity in faith, language and heritage. An Alpha education draws the best elements of all these frameworks to provide an exceptionally personal learning experience for every [...]
“… except for a video screen, classrooms are bare. The learning environment is generally bleak.”
KHDA. School Inspection. 2016-17
This is an almost impossible school to review. In many ways H. H. Shaikh Rashid Al Maktoum Pakistan School (HHSRAMPS) operates in a parallel universe to education elsewhere in Dubai. The KHDA points out that this is not the fault of parents, or students, who are passionate about securing a quality education. The problem stems, for the KHDA, from the school and the inability of its owners in recruiting sufficient numbers of qualified teachers – or to manage a school that meets even the most basic requirements of a [...]
The Ambassador School – Dubai presents quite a complicated picture for review. As it stands, in isolation, it is a KHDA “Good School” with children achieving a “Very Good“ level of attainment and progress across core subjects in English, Science and Mathematics. Care and protection of children is “Outstanding.” It is worth however understanding some of the background to the school to put this in context. Overall, the picture is a good one.
First, the school traces its roots back to a different school, established in 2010, under the franchised brand GIIS in association with the Kalwani family.
GIIS provided the basic expertise for the Kalwani family to establish [...]
“In the business of education, you must focus on quality. Schools must not be run for profits, and whatever you earn from the school must be invested in increasing the salaries of teachers.
I believe in providing value education and holistic development of the child at an affordable cost.
I can tell you that if I were to double my fees, I wouldn’t lose a single student because that is the kind of standard we have set.” Dinesh C. Kothari, Pro-Vice Chairman, Delhi Private School – Dubai (KT)
“The USP of the school is our deliberate focus on encouraging students to have a moral compass: to have a sensibility greater than themselves and to have a philanthropic [...]
“The Our Own School was the goose that laid the golden egg for us.” Sunny Varkey, Chairman, GEMS Education.
“GEMS ‘Our Own’ moulds its students into confident, articulate and compassionate leaders who collaborate with others. We add value, not only to their wellbeing, but also to the wider global community. We constantly endeavour to achieve our vision to be a learning community that provides opportunities for all children to excel in their chosen field, respect their culture, celebrate diversity – and become leaders for a better world.” Thomas Mathew. Principal. GEMS Our Own English School
In its second year as one of an elite number of KHDA “Very Good” schools [...]
“With the opening of GEMS Heritage Indian School we are reaffirming our commitment to education in the country – and helping to take forward the vision of the nation’s leadership, which is placing an emphasis on quality education.
“We recognize there is a need for high quality Indian curriculum schools and we know that GEMS Heritage Indian School will further the reputation that GEMS Indian curriculum schools have already built in the county.” Dino Varkey, Group Executive Director and Board Member, GEMS Education.
GEMS Heritage Indian School is a new 10,000+ capacity role Indian CBSE curriculum specialist STEAM focused school that will open in [...]
The story of the Lycée Français International Georges Pompidou Ecole Maternelle [LFIGP-EM] is almost completely aligned with the appointment of the school’s current Principal (La Directrice) Saadia Hachid. Appointed in September 2013, in just one year she oversaw the transformation from KHDA “Good” to “Outstanding” school status, the creation of a dedicated Maternelle school focused exclusively on educating young children between 3 and 6 years of age (Petite Section de maternelle (PS), Moyenne Section (MS) de maternelle, Grande Section (GS) de maternelle) and the redevelopment and renewal of the old school to create a genuinely, child-focused, [...]
Updated May 2017 – SchoolsCompared.com visit and KHDA Inspection 2017 Founded in 2005, Al Nibras International School was the first to open in Dubai Investments Park (DIP). The school claims a capacity for 1,400 students and has published plans to increase this to a capacity of 2,400 students through the opening of new buildings. Current role is 756 students.
NIS is not a simple school to review. The following is an update to our review last year which we have included in full below. In summary, following our own inspection of and correspondence with the school, and in the light of the last 2017 KHDA inspection, our summary is that NIS is a significantly [...]
“BCCS Dubai in DIP Dubai Investments Park will be our company’s flagship school. Our company has been in the education business for over a decade, currently operating 2 schools in Egypt, and launching 2 more schools in 2018 in New Cairo.” Karim Mostafa, Vice Chairman of British Columbia Canadian School Dubai
An ideal candidate for the British Columbia Canadian School is a student who values education for its true essence and not a desire to memorise facts and figures for an exit exam. BCCS students will include the full spectrum of abilities and will be students who will develop into life-long learners that value the process of learning as well as the mark that comes at [...]
“Brighton’s reputation is built upon offering its pupils an innovative curriculum and outstanding pastoral care in their pursuit of academic excellence, all underpinned by a passionate belief in the importance of the individual.
Every child in the Brighton College family of schools is valued for his or her own sake, encouraged to develop his or her talents to the full in a community where there are no stereotypes and where every achievement, however small, is noticed.” Ian McIntyre, Director of Schools, Brighton College International Schools
Founded in 1845, Brighton College (UK) is a top-tier UK independent secondary day and boarding [...]
“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
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 [...]
“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
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 [...]
“We aim to develop each one of our students into true learners, individuals who always seek to broaden their perspective and to face life’s challenges with courage and conviction.
Education is a pursuit that goes far beyond a qualification. While we aim to help our students excel in the course they are studying, we also hope to instil in them a thirst for learning throughout their lives. At The City School, our teachers, students, and parents work together to realise this goal.”Dr. Farzana Firoz, Chief Executive Officer, City Schools (Pvt.) Ltd.
Updated November 2016
City School International presents an extraordinarily mixed picture for [...]
““The Sheikh Zayed Academy is one of the most exclusive and prestigious schools in the region.” Sunny Varkey. Chairman. GEMS Education
Updated November 2016
The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls, established in 2000, is the founding school for what has, since 2015, been a group of two schools, one for boys, one for girls operating under the same brand and mission of the “Sheikh Zayed Private Academy”.
Both schools are bi-lingual American curriculum schools that have are part of a growing cluster of schools seeking to provide both a traditional, faith-based curriculum for its children that nurtures a love, knowledge and respect of/for Arabic traditions, [...]
Updated November 2016
““At Merryland, we celebrate the wedding of traditional forms of education with white hot technology. But we do this bearing in mind the universal truth that the ultimate aim of education is to form men and women of character who shun evil and fear God. We stand by Victor Hugo in this regard: “When we open a school, we close a prison.” Susheela George. Founder. Merryland International School.
It is difficult not to be inspired by the founder of Merryland. It’s not a strange place to start a story, because if a school is founded, as is the case here, by an owner driven entirely by a care for children and their future, there is simply no better [...]
“I am extremely proud of our achievements here at Foremarke. Our pastoral care not only aims to prepare our pupils for any challenge they may face in their future but also shapes them into true Foremarkians; children with common sense, who are aspirational and respectful and most importantly, children who will enjoy their education. Our unique small class sizes set us above all other academic institutions in Dubai, allowing for a truly tailored approach for each child. Additionally, children benefit from specialist teaching from Nursery up to Year 6 and this approach is reflected in our latest academic achievements, which has put us well above international standards in all areas of [...]