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Emirates International School, Meadows

Emirates International School Meadows is a private K12 school established on September 2005 by the Al Habtoor Group and located in The Meadows, Dubai. The school caters to over 1500 students from more than 80 nationalities (one of the highest splits in demographics we have seen) and is split into two sections, one section for junior school students and another for high school students. The school employs 153 teachers.

In 2011/2012 the KHDA, Dubai’s education regulator, improved Emirates International School Meadows by one grade to Good – which it has maintained for 2012/13. The school is the younger sister to Emirates International School, Jumeirah, which is also ranked Good by the KHDA (and has been for four consecutive years).

The school follows a UK and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. The school follows the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students aged three to 12 and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 years. Students take IGCSE courses (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in the final two years of the secondary section followed by IBDP courses (International Baccalaureate Diploma) in the post-16 phase.

Like its sister school EIS, Meadows is worthy of considerable praise for the comprehensive provision of external examination data. This is key information for prospective students when choosing a school, and the EIS schools are models for others to follow. You can find its analysis here (note, it is not as detailed as the Jumeirah data, but it is excellent nevertheless).

For the IB diploma, EIS Meadows had an average score of 33 (out of 45) for 2011/12, one point above its sister school. A single point may not sound much, but it can make the difference between getting to a first choice university. At 33, it is also we believe the highest achiever of all IB based schools in the UAE. See note 1. In total 79% of its students were awarded the IB diploma (as compared to 85% at EIS, Jumeirah)The Jumeirah school is a much bigger IB school still in terms of candidates, taking on almost twice as many as the Meadows.


At I/GCSE 83% of its students achieved grades A* to C – typically considered the threshold to continue academic studies. The 83% represented a 10% improvement on its sister school, and is the highest pass rate in the school’s history.

Did you know that Emirates International, Meadows has its own information app? If you’re a parent of the school it may be downloaded onto your desktop or mobile. More info here. 

The junior school’s facilities consist of 65 classrooms with LCD projectors and interactive white boards, 2 IT suites, a library, a multi-purpose hall, a 20 meter indoor swimming pool, an outdoor sports turf, dedicated art, music, drama and language teaching rooms as well as conference and meeting suites for faculty and parents. Similarly the high school has 6 IT suites, a cafeteria, library, multi-purpose sports hall/gymnasium, dance studio, 20 meter indoor swimming pool, outdoor sports turf, 2 art suites, 2 music suites, a drama room and a language teaching room.

As of 2012-2013 school fees range between 23,045 per year for KG students to 64,090 for grade 12 students, mid to high end, but on a par for high achieving UK/IB based schools.



Note 1: While an average score of 33 puts EIS above the global average, and on a par with the best IB schools in the UAE, a top tier UK school, such as Cheltenham, would look for a minimum score of 37 plus for its IB students. Its average score was 41 in 2012.

One advantage a school like Cheltenham has is that it offers both A’ Levels and IB. In this way it can guide students as to what suits them best: Some students are natural all rounders academically – and they suit the IB curriculum. Others have strengths in Sciences or Humanities, and these students do better at A’ Level. Note also, EIS will also accept children with a wider range of academic ability.

A “highly respectable” pass rate at IB that would be suitable for entrance into good red brick universities in the UK is around the 34 plus mark. Top-tier universities are officially looking for 38 plus. In reality a 40+ score is more likely to get a student into an Oxbridge.



Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
KG1 23045.00
KG2 30245.00
1 30245.00
2 36005.00
3 36005.00
4 40330.00
5 47530.00
6 47530.00
7 47530.00
8 47530.00
9 47530.00
10 54740.00
11 54740.00
12 64090.00
13 68345.00


KHDA Rating

2012-2013 Good
2011-2012 Good
2010-2011 Acceptable
2009-2010 Acceptable
2008-2009 Acceptable





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