JSS International School
JSS International School is a private co-educational primary school located in Al Barsha, Dubai.
The school was first established on March 2009 by the JSS Education Foundation and provides education for students between KG to Grade 9, or ages four to 14 years. Currently the school caters to 1,380 students (up around 200 places year on year) from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities, but predominantly Indian, with approximately 85 teachers on staff. Students are said to be highly motivated to learn.
Students are taught in 55 classes, giving an average, and quite respectable classroom size of approximately 25.
As of 2012-2013 the school received the Knowledge and Human Development Authority inspection rating of Acceptable – failing to reclaim its Good ranking after falling one place in the last academic year. According to Dubai’s education regulator, the KHDA for the 2011/12 period, the school had experienced a period of rapid growth and almost doubled in size in one year (it has grown again since sharply). Quality and consistency of teaching and learning to meet the needs of all students was one of the key focus points recommended by the KHDA in its report.
Key recommendations in its latest report address the same needs – improve consistency of teaching, and improve assessment and self evaluation to prioritise the improvements.
The school does not appear to publish results from external examinations on its site, making an objective assessment of academic attainment impossible. WSA encourages all schools to make this information transparent and easily available. It is a key piece of information parents look for when making an assessment of a school.
JSS International School follows the Indian Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). English is taught as the primary language with from an early year level with secondary languages being taught in Arabic, Hindi and French with Sanskrit also being offered from Grade 6.
Additionally the school offers a range of extra-curricular clubs aimed at aiding student learning. Some of these clubs include literary club, science club, civic club, mathematics club, fine arts club, library club, nature club, adventure club and a sports club.
The school itself is spread out over a total area of 23,338 square meters with a range of state of the art facilities available to students, including well equipped science and computer laboratories, libraries, a project room, lecture halls, sporting complex, counseling centre, music rooms, an audio-visual room and an auditorium with an 800 seating capacity. Each classroom is also fully air-conditioned with an internet connection and a range of specially designed furniture.
However, it’s not always what you have, but how you use it: According to the school’s KHDA report (2011/12) the facilities are of very high quality “but needed to better utilised”.
The school is relatively new but feedback from parents, students and teachers all appears broadly positive. In the ongoing WSA School Survey parents said they were only partially satisfied with the academic performance of the school. Parents were split between being willing to recommend the school and not being sure whether they would do so.
School fees are top to mid range for Indian curriculum based schools, starting at 13,133 AED for KG students and rising to 24,720 AED per year for Grade 9 students (not including additional registration fees or bus fees). Bus fees are on average an additional 5,000 AED per year.
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