At a glance
The school was established in 1961 with nine students and has since grown to approximately 15,000 students with 800 teachers - if you include its recently opened third campus in Dubai's Silicon Oasis free zone. The Oud Metha branch alone contains over 5,900 students with 427 teachers, the Garhoud branch around 4,200. While large numbers of students in and of itself is no bad thing, a KHDA recommendation in its 2014/15 report is to reduce over crowding in some of its classrooms.
Economies of scale partly explain how the Indian High School Dubai is so affordable with fees ranging from 4000 AED at KG, rising very little to 8,500 AED plus for Grade 12. We say partly, because despite the strength in numbers, this is a school that will need to be run incredibly efficiently with these price points. It is even more impressive that the school is then able to deliver an Outstanding level of education at secondary level, and a 'Good' level at primary (with Outstanding attainment in English and Maths). Perhaps it should be no surprise, governance at the schools is said to be Outstanding. Note: The CEO at the Oud Metha branch in the post for some 18-years...
The schools provide education to children of Indian expatriates and those interested in the Indian curriculum. Although the schools are co-educational, the classes are split separately for girls and boys.
The Junior school for students between Grades 1-4 is located in Al Garhoud, the Secondary school for students between Grades 5-12 is located in Oud Mehta. The newest campus located in Silicon Oasis caters to students right through from Grades 1-12. The schools are officially recognized by the UAE's Ministry of Education and affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi.
Indian High School Dubai follows the CBSE curriculum with core subjects from grades 1-4 including English, Hindi, Arabic, Mathematics, General Science, Social Studies, Art Education, Moral Science / Islamic Studies, Work Experience, Physical and Health Education as well as Computer Education.
The Oud Metha school also offers a number of extra-curricular activities as well as scholarship programs to encourage students. Extra-curricular activities include a number of sporting programs, a radio station which is run and managed by students and a selection of publications which are also written by students.
Facilities at the main campus include a number of state-of-the-art ICT laboratories, three science laboratories, a home science laboratory, an auditorium (with 1800 person seating capacity), canteen, as well as a library and research centre. The school also comes equipped with three counselling centres, and a number of medical centres equipped with full time medical officers and a number of trained nurses. Transport is also offered to all students with a fleet of 81 buses.
In its latest report on the Oud Metha school the KHDA notes students outstanding attainment and progress in English, mathematics and science; outstanding behaviour, work ethic and self-confidence; the high quality of the curriculum, including a range of initiatives designed to improve the quality of learning; the high level of commitment by governors, leaders and teachers to the school and its students and to ongoing school improvement; and the ambition, drive and strong direction offered by a range of senior and other leaders.
The Garhoud junior school received a largely consistent review from the KHDA with a nod to its attainment in English and maths. However, it also suggested improvements could be made helping younger students develop independent critical reasoning skills that would enable them to "investigate independently".
The Indian High School is very highly rated by its student body and by parents, who primarily point to its high academic success as proof the school is run and managed well. Parents and students also appreciate the large range of extra curricular activities the school offers. There are the standard grumblings over school fees and "extras".
For every parent that grumbles over those fees however, there are 100 wishing they were paying them. According to a recent XPress report, “There were queues extending up to a kilometre when I had gone to collect a token for the lottery for KG1 admissions at Indian High School. And all this for just 100 seats from several thousand applicants,” said the father of a three-year-old...
The school is rated highly for the quality information it provides to parents about their children’s progress.
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