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Latest ADEK inspections Reports issued – Who’s up, who’s down?

Latest ADEK inspections Reports issued – Who’s up, who’s down?

by Lis ONealSeptember 2, 2018
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After the publication of A Level, GCSE, IGCSE and IB results over the summer months, it is now the turn of the remaining Abu Dhabi Emirate schools, inspected during 2017-18 by ADEK’s inspection teams, to find out how well they are doing.   With something of a delay, the 52 remaining reports were issued on the ADEK website this week, just in time for parents who are sending their children back to school in the coming week or so, to find out how well their child(ren)’s school is performing according to the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge.  Find out which schools have moved up in the ratings, and which have moved down, in our table below.

ADEK normally inspects schools from KG-Grade 12 (FS2- Year 13), every two years.  The exceptions are those schools deemed to be performing at a Weak or Very Weak level, who are inspected annually until their performance improves to Acceptable.  There are six ratings used as part of the UAE-wide inspection process.  These are Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Acceptable, Weak and Very Weak.

ADEK inspection teams visited over 100 schools in the last academic year. Reports for 8 schools that were due for inspection in 2017-18 have not yet been released – these schools are included in our listing.  Two of the schools are part of the ADNOC schools group whose operation, we understand, has now been taken over by Aldar Academies.

Interestingly, two further Aldar schools – Al Yasmina Academy and the Pearl Academy – were exempted from inspection in 2017-18 “due to [their] sustained high performance over 3 consecutive inspections”, according to the Aldar Academies’ website.  Both schools have been rated Very Good previously.  Somewhat surprisingly, Aldar Academies’ previously Outstanding-rated Al Bateen Academy was downgraded to Good.  Its decoupling from Mushrif School, which relocated to the new Al Mamoura Academy in 2016, seems to have highlighted concerns from the inspectors at the Secondary-only Al Bateen Academy.  Meanwhile, Raha International School, Aldar’s Al Muna Academy and Bloom Academy (Brighton College) Al Ain have retained their Outstanding ratings, whilst Merryland International School also achieved the top ranking.

Schools that improved their rating in the current inspection round include Al Ain American Private School, Emirates National School MBZ and Sheikh Zayed Academy for Sheikh Zayed Academy for Boys each of which improved their rating to Very Good. Schools that improved their rating to Good include Abu Dhabi Grammar School Al Adhwa Private School, Al Bhaya Private School, Al Ittihad National Private School Al Ain, Al Najah Private School, Asian International Private School, Creative British School, Indian Private School Al Ain and International Jubilee Private School.  19 further schools improved their rating to Acceptable.  Overall, 7 schools remain rated Weak and one, Al Ettehad Private School, Very Weak.  In addition, five schools received lower ratings than at their last inspection.  Among these are the International School of Choueifat Abu Dhabi, and its sister school (now known as the International Private School) in Rowais.

So was your child’s school inspected this year and how did it do?  We have highlighted those schools which have improved their ratings, and also those who have fallen back.


ADEK inspection results – 2017/2018
School NameInspection start dateInspection end date2017 – 2018 RatingLast RatingFees Min  (AED)Fees Max (AED)
Abdulla Bin Zubair Private School12/03/201815/03/2018AcceptableWeak1400023000
Abu Dhabi Grammar School Canada20/01/201825/01/2018GoodAcceptable2100045100
Abu Dhabi Indian Private School02/10/201705/10/2017AcceptableGood715014414
Abu Dhabi Island International School30/04/201803/05/2018AcceptableAcceptable1550021480
Adnoc School, GhayathiNo report published
Adnoc School, Madinat Zayed06/11/201709/11/2017WeakWeak2090037400
Adnoc School, Sas Al NaklNo report published
Ain AlKhaleej Private School09/10/201712/10/2017AcceptableWeak605014150
Al Adhwa Private School12/02/201815/02/2018GoodAcceptable720026708
Al Ain American Private School05/02/201809/02/2018Very GoodGood1680029400
Al Ain English Speaking School16/10/201719/10/2017AcceptableWeak2050041000
Al Ain International Private School09/10/201712/10/2017Very GoodVery Good3960057330
Al Ain Iranian Private SchoolNo report published
Al Ain Juniors Private School30/04/201803/05/2018AcceptableAcceptable760016100
Al Andalus Private Academy05/03/201808/03/2018GoodGood560013700
Al Awa’il Private School16/10/201719/10/2017AcceptableWeak550011000
Al Bashair Private School12/03/201815/03/2018GoodGood1290027200
Al Bateen Academy02/10/201705/10/2017GoodOutstanding5610065900
Al Bhaya Private School23/10/201726/10/2017GoodAcceptable1610017300
Al Danat KG Private SchoolNo report published
Al Dar Private School29/01/201801.02.2018AcceptableAcceptable737014805
Al Dhafra Private School19/02/201822/02/2018GoodGood1170022800
Al Ekhlass Private School12/02/201815/02/2018AcceptableAcceptable592017705
Al Ettehad Private School26/10/201729/10/2017Very WeakVery Weak21003000
Al Hamdanya Grand Private School15/10/201719/10/2017AcceptableAcceptable689111,275
Al Iman Private School13/11/201716/11/2017AcceptableWeak6,00012,000
Al Ittihad National Private School Abu Dhabi29/01/201801/02/2018GoodGood1920039300
Al Ittihad National Private School Al Ain30/10/201702/11/2017GoodAcceptable16,60030,800
Al Maali International Private School30/10/201702/11/2017WeakVery Weak8,40015,000
Al Maharat Private School16/04/201819/04/2018AcceptableAcceptable1400025000
Al Manhal International School05/03/201808/03/2018AcceptableAcceptable990018600
Al Muna Academy16/10/201719/10/2017OutstandingOutstanding4158041580
Al Muneera Private School29/01/201801/02/2018AcceptableAcceptable1150014100
Al Murooj Scientific School30/04/201803/05/2018AcceptableAcceptable1885533255
Al Nahda National School for Boys07/05/201810/05/2018GoodGood1750026000
Al Nahda National School for girls23/04/201826/04/2018AcceptableAcceptable1330024600
Al Najah Private School02/10/201705/10/2017GoodAcceptable1350035000
Al Nash’e Assaleh Private SchoolReport can’t be openedGoodGood700023000
Al Rabeeh Private SchoolNo report published
Al Sanawbar Private School23/04/201826/04/2018GoodGood1250026600
Al Shohub Private School16/04/201819/04/2018AcceptableGood2250044800
Al Sorouh American School26/02/201827/02/2018AcceptableWeak2030024640
Al Yasmina AcademyExempt until 2018/19
Aliaa International School05/03/201808/03/2018AcceptableWeak1000019000
Amity International School16/04/201819/04/2018GoodGood4200052000
Ashbal Al Quds Private School02/10/201705/10/2017AcceptableAcceptable810016100
Asian International Private School13/11/201716/11/2017GoodWeak380012100
Baream Al Ain Private School16/10/201719/10/2017AcceptableWeak64256425
Beit Al Maqdes International Private School16/10/201719/10/2017AcceptableAcceptable51009100
Bloom Academy (Brighton College) Al Ain12/03/201815/03/2018OutstandingOutstanding4990079000
Canadian International School19/02/201822/02/2018GoodGood3507546494
(Choueifat) International Private School Rowais06/11/201709/11/2017AcceptableGood1790025000
Creative British School23/10/201726/10/2017GoodAcceptable700018000
Crescent International Private School12/03/201815/03/2018AcceptableWeak1170016100
Dar Al Huda International Private School16/10/201719/10/2017WeakWeak42008700
Dar Al Uloom Private School16/10/201719/10/2017AcceptableWeak41007900
Elite Private School (formerly Al Nukhba)No report published
Emirates Falcon International Private School23/10/201726/10/2017AcceptableAcceptable2000027500
Emirates Future International Academy09/10/201712/10/2017AcceptableWeak780014600
Emirates National AlNayhan06/11/201709/11/2017AcceptableWeak3415055920
Emirates National School Manaseer23/10/201726/10/2017AcceptableAcceptable2333032260
Emirates National Academy MBZ12/02/201815/02/2018Very GoodGood2333059920
Emirates Private School AD19/02/201822/02/2018GoodGood910021600
Emirates Private School Al Ain12/02/201815/02/2018AcceptableAcceptable800013000
First Lebanon Private School05/02/201808/02/2018AcceptableAcceptable270010800
Future International Academy06/11/201709/11/2017AcceptableWeak1139524205
GEMS American Academy30/10/201702/11/2017Very GoodVery Good5030070100
GEMS Cambridge International School29/01/201801/02/2018GoodGood2050034900
GEMS World Academy30/04/201803/05/2018Very GoodVery Good3995058400
Global English Private School14/05/201817/05/2018AcceptableWeak1200023600
Ibn Khaldoun Islamic School09/10/201712/10/2017AcceptableWeak32009400
Indian Private School Al Ain23/10/201726/10/2017GoodWeak42009200
International Community School13/11/201716/11/2017AcceptableAcceptable2175050831
International Jubilee Private School23/10/201726/10/2017GoodAcceptable1220026600
Islamia English High School02/10/201705/10/2017AcceptableAcceptable690014100
Japanese School Of Abu Dhabi07/05/201808/05/2018Very GoodVery Good1520033000
Liwa International School30/10/201702/11/2017GoodGood1620029300
Madar International School05/03/201808/03/2018AcceptableAcceptable1770028700
Manor Hall International Private School12/02/201815/02/2018AcceptableAcceptable2500035000
Merryland International School29/01/201801/02/2018OutstandingVery Good2350041400
New Indian Model School30/04/201803/05/2018AcceptableAcceptable43007000
Pakistani Islamic Private School16/10/201719/10/2017WeakVery Weak29005500
Palestine Private Academy06/10/201709/10/2017WeakVery Weak24006900
Pearl AcademyExempt until 2018/19
Raha International School05/02/201808/02/2018OutstandingOutstanding3610056900
Rawafed Private School05/02/201808/02/2018GoodGood1800041800
Repton Foundation School 12/03/201815/03/2018Very GoodVery Good5500061000
Saint Joseph’s School14/05/201817/05/2018GoodGood580010000
Scientific Distinction Private School02/10/201704/10/2017AcceptableWeak750010700
Sheikh Zayed Academy for Girls14/05/201817/05/2018Very GoodVery Good2900066900
Sheikh Zayed Academy for Boys14/05/201817/05/2018Very GoodGood4790058200
Shining Star Private School14/05/201817/05/2018AcceptableAcceptable1268620731
Sunrise English Private School07/05/201810/05/2018GoodGood680010700
Tawaam Model Private School09/10/201712/10/2017AcceptableWeak600014200
The American International School12/03/201815/03/2018Very GoodVery Good3050055500
The British International School Abu Dhabi09/10/201712/10/2017Very GoodVery Good5030066400
The Cambridge High School09/10/201712/10/2017GoodGood1450030700
The International School of Choueifat Abu Dhabi09/10/201712/10/2017AcceptableGood1960034600
The International School of Choueifat Al Ain26/02/201801/03/2018AcceptableAcceptable1940034300
The International School of Choueifat Khalifa A14/05/201817/05/2018GoodGood2000035300
The Iranian School23/10/201714/10/2017WeakWeak36004560
The Model Private School07/05/201810/05/2018AcceptableAcceptable45006200
The Philippine Private School14/05/201817/05/2018AcceptableAcceptable64006600
Lycee Francais Theodore Monod13/11/201716/11/2017AcceptableAcceptable1910022700
United School of Bani Yas Private School16/10/201718/10/2017AcceptableVery Weak1400020000
Universal Private School15/10/201719/10/2017WeakWeak480015000
Virginia International School14/05/201817/05/2018AcceptableAcceptable2400035000
Wales International School (formerly Al Ansar)16/04/201819/04/2018AcceptableWeak2350030500
Yas Academy Private School16/10/201719/10/2017AcceptableAcceptable40008600
Zakher Private School30/10/201702/11/2017AcceptableAcceptable490011200


At, we are well aware that the school inspection process and ratings are by no means the only way to judge whether a school is providing a good quality of education.  Other factors clearly involve exam results, the overall ethos and support that a school provides to its students, and, ultimately, the success and happiness of your child at his or her school.  However, the inspection reports do give a clear indication of how a school is performing in comparison with others, against the same set of criteria, and are therefore a useful guide.  The reports themselves can be viewed on the school reviews on our sister website, and on the ADEK website.

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