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 1600 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 152 teachers all of whom are suitably qualified for their roles.
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 and 2013/14. The school is the younger sister to Emirates International School, Jumeirah, which is also ranked Good by the KHDA (and has been for five 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 for 2013 and here for 2012.
For the IB diploma, EIS Meadows had an average score of 30 for 2013 – a quite significant dip from 33 (out of 45) for 2012, and it will be interesting to see the 2014 results which should be published shortly. At 33,the school was one of the highest achievers of all IB based schools in the UAE, at 30, one of the lowest, but still fractionally above the global average of 29.81.
At I/GCSE 84% of its students achieved grades A* to C – typically considered the threshold to continue academic studies - one percent above the previous year. It is the fourth year in a row Emirates International School Meadows has improved its IGCSE score.
EIS Meadows is actually rated Outstanding for both attainment and progress for the core subjects of English, maths and science for Post-16 education. At secondary level, maths is rated Outstanding for progress and attainment, and science and English are rated Good. For primary and KG, the school is rated Good, pretty much across the board, save for science which is rated Acceptable at KG level.
The junior school’s facilities consist of 65 classrooms with LCD projectors and interactive white boards, two 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, two art suites, two music suites, a drama room and a language teaching room.
As of 2014 school fees range between 24000 per year for KG students to 70,000 for grade 12 students, mid to high end, but on a par for high achieving UK/IB based schools.
Notes: 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.
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