India International School, Sharjah
India International School, Sharjah is a private school located in Muweilah. Currently the school serves students from KG to Grade 9.
The school was established on October 2011 by the Pace Group and follows a Montessori curriculum for kindergarten students and an Indian Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum for senior school students.
The school does have a Web site, but information is limited. Neither fees nor detailed curriculum information are published by the school. However, KG fees are believed to begin at around 6,000 AED. The school has an examination for entry – details of which may be found here.
Reaction to the school so far has been mixed. As a new-ish school it has been one of the few institutions that has been, relatively, easy to get into at KG level. However, equally some parents have expressed concerns regarding teething pains – organisation, teaching and overall performance have come under scrutiny.
The Pace group told UAE newspaper, the National in 2011 it was embarking on a drive to build more primary and secondary Indian curriculum based schools. ”
“We are planning to expand our existing enterprise in the Gulf to target lower and middle-income families who often feel left out from private schooling. Indian schools [in the Gulf] are oversubscribed, and fees are rising, and we want to offer something that is more affordable for Indian families,” said PA Ibrahim, the chairman of the Pace Group. He said the initial investment for his education project would be about US$10 million (Dh36.7m) to $15m.
Currently the Pace group operates one other school in the UAE, Gulf Asian English School.
Feedback to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has for the most part been positive, but teacher turnover has been noted as an issue – most noted when parents of students are not as happy with the change in actual teacher.
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