Background: Term 3 School Fee Discounts, The Complete List
Following you will find the complete list of schools that have, so far, announced discounted Term 3 fees. You will also find information on the direct financial assistance available to suffering parents from the Government and school regulators. Please note the “small print” columns in our table – some of these discounts are more complicated than simply getting immediate relief or refunds for fees already paid or due.
- Is the relief immediate? Do parents get the discount now, or do they have to re-enrol for next year? Is the discount immediate – or is it only payable by money off the following years fees. There are two columns here to see if this is the case for your school – Immediate Relief, and % deferred. Some schools are paying back a percentage now and deferring part repayment until the next academic year.
- Not so much reported here, but check what exactly this is a discount from. In some cases it may be KHDA approved fees, and you may already have a reduction from these, especially if you have founders and new joiners discounts.
- Many schools do not advertise it, but the best schools will offer 100% fee remission for parents who are facing genuine, provable and serious impacts from Coronavirus Covid 19. Some schools will provide this by writing off fees entirely, Others will provide a loan with deferred payments. To secure this degree of help our advice is to speak with schools – and be prepared to be transparent with your financial affairs. The best schools are responding sympathetically as no child should face having to lose their school place because their parents are suffering through no fault of their own.
- If you have not been impacted by Coronavirus Covid 19, and you want to ensure that your school is able to ride the storm and open without your children facing future impacts, we recommend that you pay the fees in full rather than accepting any discount offered. This will ensure too that schools have the funds to help those parents that are in genuine distress. We already know of children who have lost a parent ….. Please read our feature here on the rationale for paying fees in full rather than accepting discounts.
- Our recommendation for families in distress is not to seek to move schools at this time. Your existing school is under a duty of care to support parents who are suffering genuine distress caused by Coronavirus Covid 19. For families who wish to consider moving their children to a new school for standard reasons, including moving to a new location or children not finding a good fit, this is a good time to approach new schools as there are considerable offers available to new joiners who are able to pay fees. Our ongoing advice is that if your family is currently not impacted by Coronavirus, and you have the budget to do so, you should support your existing school as much as possible financially so that they are able to support families who are in genuine need of assistance and so that they can avoid salary reductions for teachers or making teachers redundant.
Across schools in the UAE, the fundamental financial issues remain, in our view, unresolved.
Many parents argue that schools should be offering immediate and unequivocal refunds or fee cancellations for all the time children are not at school. These parents believe that home schooling does not deliver what schools have contracted to provide. They argue that they are incurring costs because of the actions of schools to close.
Many schools argue that they are delivering education to a very high standard within the limitations of lockdown. They argue that they have incurred significant costs that are in many cases higher than those of providing children with an education physically at school. These have arisen from many areas including upgraded IT costs and paying third parties for on-line content. They have also argued that they are continuing to pay teacher salaries to avoid laying off staff. Schools argue that if they are forced to make teachers redundant, it is families and their children that will suffer in the long term when children do return to school. It is widely accepted too that teachers are now working significantly longer to meet the needs of children as they work from home.
Our view is that without either schools or parents taking on debt (this in some cases impossible or inadvisable), there is no obvious solution without either schools or children suffering harm. Where schools have no reserves, or parents have lost their jobs and cannot pay fees, the fear is that either children will be forced to leave their schools, or schools will need to make teachers redundant – something that must be avoided at all costs. The role of the UAE government and individual emirates is probably the only available way of bridging this gap – and more on the major intervention by ADEK and the UAE government in Abu Dhabi follows below.
Rays of Hope: Urgent Action Required Immediately by Abu Dhabi Parents Needing Financial Support and Help with Fees
In Abu Dhabi, the government, in conjunction with ADEK, has creditably stepped in to financially help both schools and families with their ‘Together We Are Good’ programme. All struggling families can now apply to receive financial support to pay school fees through a new public fund worth tens of millions of dirhams. The aim is that no parents who have suffered from salary cuts or losing their jobs as a result of Coronavirus Covid 19 will find themselves having to remove their children from school. The fund will also provide suffering families with direct cash payments for food, help with rent costs and help with IT purchases for Distance Learning. Parents must, however, act urgently as applications must be received by 23rd April 2020.
Applications should be made by:
- Telephone: Ma’an on 800-3088; or
- Internet: http://togetherwearegood.ae.
Equivalent programmes have not yet been announced by other emirates.
Schools offering Term 3 School Fee Discounts – Full details
|Discount||Immediate Term 3 School Fee Discounts 2019 / 2020||% of relief deferred to 2020 /2021?||Term 3 School Fee Discounts – Other Small Print|
|Horizon English, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Horizon International, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Safa British School, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Safa Community School, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Next Generation School, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Dubai English Speaking School, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Dubai English Speaking College, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Jumeirah English Speaking School, review here.||10%||All||None||Payable over 3 months|
|Arcadia School, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Arbor School, review here.||20%||All||None||Additional 5% for parents paying before Saturday 11th April|
|iCademy Middle East, review here.
[Specialists in on-line learning for US Curriculum students including High School Diploma and Advanced Placement]
|35% – 40%||All||None||KG to Grade 8 – 35%
High School – 40%
These discounts are available to all parents who pay the fees prior to 15th May for entry to the school in the 2020/21 academic year.
A 20% discount on the iCademy Summer School Programme is available now.
|British School Al Khubairat, review here.||15%||All||None||Those parents that have already paid for Term 3, and corporate payers, will receive a credit note of 15% against fees for Term 1 next year. BSAK has also committed to no increase in fees next year.|
|Star International, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Star International Mirdiff, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Capital School, review here.||20%-61%||All||None||No registration fee. FS1 61, FS2 35%, Y1 33%, others 20%. Fee reduced from KHDA approved fees.|
|Jumeira Baccalaureate School, review here.||20%-25%||Half||Half||25% FS or KG, 20% Other|
|Raha International, review here.||20%-25%||Half||Half||25% FS or KG, 20% Other|
|Dubai British School, review here.||20%-25%||Half||Half||25% FS or KG, 20% Other|
|Al Mizhar American Academy, review here.||20%-25%||Half||Half||25% FS or KG, 20% Other|
|Dubai British School JP, review here.||20%-25%||Half||Half||25% FS or KG, 20% Other|
|Dubai British Foundation, review here.||25%||Half||Half|
|Greenfield International, review here.||20%-25%||Half||Half||25% FS or KG, 20% Other|
|Uptown School, review here.||20%-25%||Half||Half||25% FS or KG, 20% Other|
|The Children’s Garden, review here.||25%||Half||Half|
|The English College, review here.||8% to 20%||All||None||8.5% Years 12, 13; 20% FS1-Y2.|
|Al Muna Academy, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Al Ain Academy, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Al Bateen Academy, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Al Mamoura Academy, review here.||20%||All||None|
|West Yas Academy, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Al Yasmina Academy, review here.||20%||All||None|
|Indian International School, review here.||30%||All||None||Additional 10-15 percent for siblings|
|Dubai Heights Academy, review here.||10%||All||None||Payable over 3 months|
|Al Salam Private School, review here.||10%-20%||All||None||20% FS, 15% Y1-3, 10% Y4-13. Payable in instalments over 3 months|
|Al Salam Community School, review here.||10%-20%||All||None||20% FS, 15% Y1-3, 10% Y4-13. Payable in instalments over 3 months|
|Sunmarke School, review here.||20%-25%||Half||Half||FS1-2, 25%, Y1-13 20%|
|Regent School, review here.||20%-25%||Half||Half|
|Nord Anglia School Dubai, review here.||15%||All||None|
|Fairgreen International School, review here.||15%-25%||Two thirds||One-third||Pre-K-KG2 25%, G1-9 15%|
|South View School, review here.||10%-20%||All||None||20% FS, 15% Primary, 10% Secondary|
|Repton Dubai, review here.||15%||None||All||Parents in extreme financial distress can apply for means tested fee remission of up to 100%|
|Repton Abu Dhabi Fry Campus, review here.||15%||None||All||Parents in extreme financial distress can apply for means tested fee remission of up to 100%|
|Repton Abu Dhabi Rose Campus, review here.||15%||None||All||Parents in extreme financial distress can apply for means tested fee remission of up to 100%|
|Foremarke, review here.||15%||None||All|
|Collegiate American School, review here.||20%||None||All|
|Dubai International Academy Al Barsha, review here.||20%||None||All|
|Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills, review here.||20%||None||All|
|Raffles International, review here.||20%||None||All|
|Raffles World Academy, review here.||20%||None||All|
|Raffles Starters, review here.||20%||None||All|
|Sharjah English School, review here.||5%||All||None|
|Ranches Primary School, review here.||15%-20%||Half||Half|
|Smart Vision School, review here.||FS 20%, with additional 10% for Term 1 2020-2021
Primary 10-15%, with additional 10% for Term 1 2020-2021
|10% for FS in addition to current 10% discount
Term 3 fee includes enrolment in extended e-learning through Virtual Summer Programme
|50% of relief deferred for FS
100% of relief deferred for Primary
|Case by case relief for families affected by COVID
Additional discounts applicable if fees paid by 16 April
|Taaleem Schools||25% in FS/KG/EY
20% in Primary/Elementary
20% in Secondary
|Half||Half||Automatic full credit for parent’s who have already paid Term 3 Fees against future Academic Year school fee invoice|
|GEMS Schools||Varies – all discounts are means tested||Varies – all discounts are means tested||Varies – all discounts are means tested||GEMS Education will offer different relief to families depending on their circumstances. This will include a mix of deferment of fees, payment plans or discounts. Relief will only be available to families who have suffered proven harm from Coronavirus Covid 19 including those parents who have lost their jobs, had salary cuts or been placed on unpaid leave. GEMS requires a proven “direct result of the Covid 19 outbreak.” Parents impacted by Coronavirus Covid 19 should immediately contact their schools.
GEMS Education is waiving registration fees, assessments and administration fees for all parents.
|Swiss International Scientific School, review here.||20% – Pre-K – KG2
15% Primary Grade 1 – 5
8% Secondary Grade 6 – 11
|TBC||TBC||“This relief will apply to current gross school fees payable as an additional measure for all, including those who already benefit from deductions such as sibling, corporate or upfront fee discounts. This amount will be credited against re-enrolment fees which will be deducted from Semester 1 school fees for the academic year 2020/21.”|
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