It’s a biggy. Emirates National Schools is set to open a Dubai Campus in September 2021, offering space to sizeable 3000 students once fully operational. The chunky new school will be located in Al Khawaneej 1, and targeted primarily, but not solely, at Emirati students.
The school will initially open from KG1 to Grade 5, but will eventually be a full K-12 school.
Emirates National Schools are not new to the play ground: The group has five other campuses located throughout the UAE including Abu Dhabi City, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Sharjah. They are accredited by the internationally recognised, US based Cognia organisation and ENS schools are members of the UNESCO Associated School Network.
The new branch in the emirate of Dubai is adopting the curriculum of the moment, the International Baccalaureate program, and is currently seeking accreditation from the International Baccalaureate Organisation. It will initially offer the Primary Years Programme.
Dr. Kenneth Vedra, Director General of the Emirates National Schools, said that the branch in the Emirate of Dubai will enable its students to take pride in their cultural heritage while offering best international practices in teaching and learning. It will also work to provide students with educational programs that develop personality, and use of the latest technology technologies to support and develop the educational process.
What do the buttons do?
The new facility is geared towards interactive learning with specialist classrooms for language, science, and robotics as well as an auditorium and enormously well stocked and equipped school library. The aim of the building design has been to put together an attractive learning environment that meets all students’ needs and the Dubai campus will offer modern classrooms, facilities, halls, outdoor playgrounds and libraries designed with the latest architectural specs.
The school is also equipped with a football dome, an indoor swimming pool, a gym that can host basketball, netball and other indoor sporting activities, allowing students to have plenty of incentives to exercise the body as well as the mind.
Will it deliver academically?
The group of schools has some pedigree when it comes to academic delivery. It has have won several international and local academic awards, including the Arab Reading Challenge, the Khalifa Award for Education, the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance, and the Sharjah Award for Educational Excellence during the past years.
Other ENS schools is from AED 22,000 for KG1 to approx. AED 54,000 in Grade 12. Fee details for the Dubai branch have yet to be announced.
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