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Indian High School Dubai Review

Indian High School Dubai is a private K-12 school. As of 2015-2016 the 'Old Dubai' Oud Metha branch of the school received a KHDA inspection rating of Outstanding for the fifth year in a row after upping its Good rating of 2010/2011. The Garhoud located junior school has received a Good rating since inspections began.
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Indian High School Dubai

At a glance

School Type
All Through
Year Opened
Annual Fees
AED 4,921 - 9,321
Annual Fee Average
AED 7,000
Inspection Rating
Mr. Ashok Kumar
Curricula Taught
Main Teacher Nationality
Main Student Nationality

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 buzz

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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10 Archived Comments
alia mehta
Archived 5th Nov 2016, 17:27

It's very much an outstanding school but the fees are too much. It should not increase its fees.

- This comment has been edited,

Salina Thapa
Archived 16th Oct 2016, 12:18

Our work has been relocated to Dubai so we are in very need for school for my daughter who is now in Grade 3 in Scholra indian Scool in RAK. It would be great if we get opportunity.

Ali Syed
Archived 6th Oct 2016, 03:28


I’m looking for my son education in KG1 in Indian high school (oud Mehta) . Please let me informed which date is the online admission starts
Thank you

Lyn Soppelsa
Archived 9th Oct 2016, 17:45

The admissions generally start at the end of October, with the details posted on the school website around 15th October. I suggest that you keep checking the school website over the coming days to find out the exact process and date.

Archived 2nd Oct 2016, 10:35

I'm looking for my daughters education in KG1 in Indian high school (oud Mehta) . Please let me informed which date is the online admission starts
Thank you

Archived 7th Sep 2016, 15:09

I will be joining as a employee in dubai men's college very soon, so i need information regarding my daughter school admission in coming December, now she is studying third standard in nizwa indain school, nizwa,oman. so please kindly let me know the admission process and fees structure in your school.

Thanks & Regards,

muhammad unais
Archived 23rd Oct 2015, 21:37

I have got a very good recommendation about IHS,
I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate IHS.

best wishes...keep going


Archived 1st Mar 2015, 16:31

I am shifting to Dubai with family in april, I wish to represent my case for admission in IHS , but there is no link for the same.
How can I start the process since I am shifting almost at the beginning of the academic year.

Archived 17th Nov 2013, 15:50

I had a bad experience with IHS School because of its admission management taking a registration fee of 250 AED as a non-refundable and non guaranteed fee for a seat. They collecting more than 4000 fees in this way for children who won't get a place - a sad and unethical business practice.

Archived 25th Nov 2013, 09:07

The same can be said about other schools. 250 is the cheapest fees the schools in Dubai have charged for admissions, other schools charge anywhere from 450 AED to 700 AED.