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Abu Dhabi International (Private) School – Secondary, Al Karamah & Mohamed Bin Zayed City
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Abu Dhabi International (Private) School – Secondary, Al Karamah & Mohamed Bin Zayed City

by December 18, 2015
Strengths

• The school delivers genuinely impressive external examination results in UK streams for students in Grades 10 to 12
• Students’ English and Arabic language skills are very well developed across all phases of provision
• Excellent SEN provision is matched by a whole-school commitment to matching educational provision for individual students according to their abilities and needs
• Extensive choice of curriculum routes – UK, US and IB – to better match examinations to ability

Weaknesses

• School buildings and premises in the old school are inadequate in meeting the needs of children
• Overcrowding is an issue across the school and within classrooms
• The school, prior to the new development, was under-resourced
• The new development is unproven and there are some concerns about the impact of change in the short term until the new site beds in
• The old school is not accessible for the physically disabled
• Limited resources, including lack of books, computers and broader ICT does impact on the ability of children to meet their potential
• Some parents question the quality and scope of communication provided by the school in updating them effectively on their children’s progress

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Academic
A-
A+
Value
B+
A+
ExtraCurricula
B
B+
Languages
B+
A+
Sports
B
A+
Arts & Drama
B+
A+
Teaching
B+
A+
Communications
C+
A+
Warmth
A-
A+
Differentiation
B
B
SEND Provision
B+
A+
Scl Community
A-
A+
Scl Facilities
C+
A+
Opportunities

• Abu Dhabi International Private School is undergoing a phase of transition
• The school has responded, significantly, to concerns about the quality and functionality of its facilities by building a new campus. This is, however, currently untested
• The new development follows significant student growth in numbers and an increase in the scale of education provision not matched by the existing availability of resources or infrastructure
• As the new development beds in there are many opportunities for the school to significantly increase the quality of its provision
• The school is managing the transition fairly by maintaining its current low level of fees for all existing students whilst increasing fees to new students so as to better meet the resource needs to deliver required improvement in provision, particularly in ICT
• ADIP provides an environment in which students have been able to achieve significantly above international benchmarks at GCSE, GCE A’ Level and International Baccalaureate Diploma level. Notwithstanding that this has been achieved by providing a restricted choice of subjects for study, the achievement of the school for these children has been exceptional
• Abu Dhabi International Private School, over 2016-17, is likely to face significant challenges
• No one can be certain of the outcome or impacts on new or existing students
• Given its many historical achievements, however, and the level of new investment, we are optimistic that, as change beds in and the school decides how best to work with its dual campus, ADIP will be able to broaden its many strengths across the range of educational provision and, in particular, improve consistency and delivery of education across kindergarten, primary and secondary phases of the school

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Abu Dhabi International Private School [ADIP] was founded in 1992. The school is currently located in Al Karamah, with a (relatively much higher quality) second campus opening in Mohamed Bin Zayed City. For new students attending the new campus, however, fees almost double, although existing students are (currently) protected from the increase.

This review covers only ADIP secondary provision which achieves a very creditable A3 ADEC rating. Kindergarten and primary provision is catered for in the same school but at a significantly lower level achieving only a B4 score by inspectors in 2015.  We review this provsion separately.

It is also worth noting that the significant investment in new facilities is yet to be tested and a period of some flux is to be expected as the new facility beds in.

The school curriculum up to Grade 8 follows the American Common Core State Standards (CCSS). From Grade 9 the choice also includes a British‐based curriculum leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A) level examinations. The school also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).

For children following either Baccalaureate or GCE A Level routes, results are outstanding, although the trade-off is a limitation of subject choice. The school chooses to focus mainly on the Sciences rather than traditional Arts based subjects or the performing arts. By focussing on a smaller, limited range of subjects ADIP genuinely achieves for its students within these streams, this despite significantly less resources and investment per student than its premium school counterparts in the Capital.

The school has traditionally promised that at least 5% of place will be reserved for students with Special Educational Needs [SEN], although in 2015 only 4% of children were identified with SEN across secondary provision and the 4% – 8% range is pretty indicative of what most schools should expect to address.

85 full time teachers provide a current (reasonable) 1:13.67 staff student ratio and in practice the school aims to ensure that class sizes do not exceed 25 students.

The old school suffers from significant shortcomings but the new facility should address these. As it stands, however, notwithstanding some improvements, current school buildings do not provide enough space, movement throughout the school is constricted and some classrooms are overcrowded. The buildings are not appropriate for students with physical disabilities.

This said, Dubai International is a much loved school that achieves at a very high level for a number of its students. As new facilities come on stream, and the many challenges of a dual campus school, at least in the short term, calm as change beds-in, there is much cause for optimism.

Go to the FULL REVIEW on WhichSchoolAdvisor.com

 

Details to consider
Type of school

Private

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

New Campus (New students)
FS1: NA- see review of KG/Primary School
FS2: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 1: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 2: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 3: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 4: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 5: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 6: NA- see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 7: 41,100
YEAR 8: 41,100
YEAR 9: 44,000
YEAR 10: 43,800
YEAR 11: 46,100
YEAR 12: 45,700
YEAR 13: NA

Old Campus (Existing students)
FS1: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
FS2: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 1: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 2: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 3: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 4: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 5: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 6: NA - see review of KG/Primary School
YEAR 7: 21,100
YEAR 8: 22,900
YEAR 9: 24,000
YEAR 10: 25,500
YEAR 11: 27,000
YEAR 12: 28,300
YEAR 13: NA

Curriculum

National Curriculum of England
International Baccalaureate
US High School Diploma

External Exam Boards

EDEXCEL
IB
IPSIS
AIAA
IGCSE

IB DipM Pass Rate

34.00

IB DipM Average Grade

29.81

Number of A Levels offered

5

A Levels offered

Mathematics
Chemistry
Biology
Physics
Arabic

A Level A* to A

Mathematics 79%
Chemistry 43%
Biology 56%
Physics 60%
Arabic 80%

A Level A* to C

Mathematics 100%
Chemistry 87%
Biology 90%
Physics 86%
Arabic 100%

IGCSE A* to C

Biology 100%
Chemistry 100%
Economics 100%
English 100%
Arabic 96%
Mathematics 100%
Physics 100%

IGCSE A* to A

Biology 79%
Chemistry 93%
Economics 62%
English 82%
Arabic 73%
Matthematics 87%
Physics 100%

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

7

I/GCSEs offered

Biology
Chemistry
Economics
English
Arabic
Mathematics
Physics

Selective

Not selective

Value Added

Not published

Number of Students

1162 (11 - 18)

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:13.67

Largest nationality teachers

Indian

Teacher turnover

18%

Year opened

1992

Location

Al Karamah, Abu Dhabi
Mohamed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi (New Campus)

Student composition

1,162 students:
499 girls
663 boys
696 students Grades 7 to 9
466 students Grades 10 to 12
84% Muslim
82% Arab
74 nationalities
19% Emirati
17% Egyptian
15% Jordanian
10% Lebanese
9% Syrian
5% Palestinian
0-4% 68 other countries
4% language/literacy difficulties
4% Special Educational Needs (SEN)
3 Gifted and Talented

Gender

Mixed

School canteen

Yes

Owner

(Mrs) Jihan Nasr

Admissions Telephone

+971 2 443 4433

Web Address
Attainment Nur SEM

NA - see review of KG/Primary School

Attainment Pri SEM

NA - see review of KG/Primary School

Attainment Sec SEM

50% -75%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

50% -75%

Progress Nur SEM

NA - see review of KG/Primary School

Progress Pri SEM

NA - see review of KG/Primary School

Progress Sec SEM

50% -75%

Progress Post-16 SEM

50% -75%

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

NA - see review of KG/Primary School

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

50% -75%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

50% -75%

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

NA - see review of KG/Primary School

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

50% -75%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

50% -75%

Islamic St. Primary Results

NA - see review of KG/Primary School

Islamic St. Secondary Results

50% -75%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

50% -75%

Leadership

50% -75%

Community

50% -75%

Facilities

25% - 50%

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

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