Select a school for your child carefully
Selecting the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will have to make as a parent. A student spends about 15,000 hours in school until the age of 18. The school you choose will be responsible for shaping your child’s behavioural patterns, manners, social skills, ideas and basically their futures.
There are several things you need to keep in mind when selecting a school. You first need to have a budget. Then check what curriculum you would like your child to study. Remember, as an expat, you’re probably not going to be here forever, so choose a curriculum that will allow your child to seamlessly transfer into a similar curriculum back home or wherever you plan to finally settle down.
To get you started, here’s a list of the top schools in Dubai according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which is the schools regulatory authority of the Government of Dubai. It provides a comprehensive review of the performance of each school in Dubai.
Based on these reviews it publishes reports about each school which in turn enables parents in Dubai to make informed decisions when selecting schools for their children. KHDA Inspectors evaluate school performance using a number of quality indicators. These are applied consistently across all schools in Dubai.
The list ahead reveals the KHDA’s most outstanding schools in the city.
1. The Indian High School
Situated in Oud Metha, this school opened 54 years ago and has been ranked outstanding since 2011.
The school follows the Indian Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum and is progressively introducing the CBSE-i (International) curriculum across all phases.
Annual Fees Dhs5000 – 9000 Principal Ashok Kumar Curriculum Indian CBSE Gender Boys & Girls Grades 5 – 12 Location Oud Metha Contact 04 3377475 Website http://www.ihsdxb.com
2. JESS Arabian Ranches
Popularly known as JESS, Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches, has been ranked outstanding since 2011.
Annual Fees Dhs35,000 – 82,000 Principal Robert David Stokoe Curriculum UK/IB Gender Boys & Girls Grades KG1 – 13 Location Arabian Ranches Contact 04 3945515 Website http://www.jess.sch.ae
3. JESS Al Safa
JESS, Al Safa, has been ranked outstanding since 2010.
Located in Al Safa, students here follow the English National Curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6 and then many transfer to the JESS Arabian Ranches branch.
Annual Fees Dhs35,000 – 43,000 Principal Ruth Mary Burke Curriculum UK Gender Boys & Girls Grades KG1 – 6 Location Al Safa Contact 04 3945515 Website http://www.jess.sch.ae
4. Jumeriah College
Jumeirah College is located in Al Safa and has been ranked outstanding since 2010.
Annual Fees Dhs61,000 – 76,000 Principal Simon O’Connor Curriculum UK Gender Boys & Girls Grades 7 – 13 Location Al Safa Contact 04 3954950 Website http://www.gemsjc.com
5. Horizons English School
Located in Al Wasl, Horizon English School is a private school that has been ranked outstanding since 2012.
The school followed the English National Curriculum.
Annual Fees Dhs23,000 – 32,000 Acting Principal Helen Black Curriculum UK Gender Boys & Girls Grades KG1 – 6 Location Al Wasl Contact 04 3422891 Website http://www.horizonschooldubai.com
6. Gems Wellington International School
This school has been ranked outstanding since 2009 and is located in Al Sufouh.
According to the KHDA, the youngest children followed the English Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum while older students studied the English National Curriculum.
Annual Fees Dhs46,000 – 80,000 Principal Keith Miller Curriculum UK/IB Gender Boys & Girls Grades KG1 – 13 Location Al Sofouh Contact 04 3484999 Website: http://www.wellingtoninternationalschool.com
7. Gems Modern Academy
According to the KHDA this school has been ranked outstanding since 2011.
The school follows the Indian ICSE/ISC curricula. Arrangements are in place for the school to implement the IB curriculum soon.
Annual Fees Dhs32,000 – 47,000 Principal Nargish Khambatta Curriculum Indian (CISCE) Gender Boys & Girls Grades KG1 – 12 Location Nad Al Sheba Contact 04 3263339 Website http://www.gemsmhs.com
8. Gems Jumeriah Primary School
Ranked outstanding since 2010, this School is a private school that follows the National Curriculum of England.
Annual Fees Dhs43,000 Principal Catherine McKeever Curriculum UK Gender Boys & Girls Grades KG1 – 6 Location Al Safa Contact 04-3943500 Website http://www.jumeirahprimaryschool.com
9. Gems Dubai American Academy
This gem of a school has been ranked outstanding since 2011 and is situated in Al Barsha.
Annual Fees Dhs20,000 – 72,000 Principal James Hardin Curriculum UK/IB Gender Boys & Girls Grades KG1 – 12 Location Al Barsha Contact 04 3479222 Website http://www.gemsaa-dubai.com
10. Dubai English Speaking College
Ranked outstanding since 2012, this Dubai school popularly known as DESC and situated in Al Ruwwayah, opened in 2005.
Annual Fees Dhs70,000 – 75,000 Principal Chris Vizzard Curriculum UK Gender Boys & Girls Grades 7 – 13 Location Al Ruwwayah, Dubai Academic City Contact 04 3604866 Website http://www.descdubai.com
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Courtesy: Gulf News.