Updated 18 October 2020

Best CBSE Schools in Dubai, 2020

The Best CBSE Schools in Dubai as chosen by parents in the UAE

The Best CBSE Schools in Dubai ranks all schools in our database that meet these criteria:

Location: Dubai
Price point: All
Phase: All
Curriculum: CBSE

The ranking lists schools in order of their Parent Score, that is how well the score meets the expectations of this key stakeholder group represented numerically. We discuss why below. Schools not on this list, that you think should be and are missing, are likely to be as yet unrated. To be rated, a school simply needs a sufficient number of parent surveys to be undertaken. If you are a parent at one of these schools, please take the survey!

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com currently has 636 schools in its database. These are all independent, private, international schools offering a total of 46 curricula. All schools, we believe, aspire to offer the highest levels of care and performance for their students. Not all, however, are equally successful at doing so.

In this ranking, the Best CBSE Schools in Dubai, we, currently, have 12 schools competing for top spot. The total number of possible schools that could be on this list if all schools had a sufficient number of parent surveys, and all these schools had a rating of above 3.0, is 30.

Again, if your child currently attends a school in UAE, then please do review it, by taking the survey here. Your input will help 1000s of parents that follow you!

How we compile this list

When a parent completes a survey, his or her feedback is incorporated into the database and the ranking updated each Sunday. Tune in on Sunday 25th of October just after midnight to see the changes to the Best CBSE Schools in Dubai next week!

The WSA Parent Rating is based on the following questions in the survey:

  • Would you recommend your school to another parent?
  • How much of a sense of belonging does your child feel at his or her school?
  • To what extent do you think that children enjoy going to your child’s school?
  • How much do you agree to the statement: I think the fees I pay represent good value for money given the quality of the school offering.
  • Have you thought about moving your child from his current school?
  • Rate your satisfaction with the level of academic performance at your child’s school
  • How confident are you in your ability to make sure your child’s school meets your child’s learning needs?
  • Rate your satisfaction with the level of feedback you receive from your child’s school
  • How concerned are you about bullying at this school?
  • How much has this school improved your child’s confidence?

The WSA algorithm

We do not disclose the weighting we use, but in order to give schools, and parents, the power to impact their score, we skew results to those most recently received. A school looking to turnaround a score can therefore make improvements, and then ask its parents to retake the survey.

If parents appreciate the changes made, it will make a difference to a school’s position on the Best CBSE Schools in Dubai list quite quickly.

Moreover, if a school has yet to send out a survey to its parents, then we would urge it to do so as soon as possible. The probability is it will make a significant difference to its score. Schools that asks their parents to take the survey, do better. Parents that are motivated to take a survey independently are often driven by high passions, which may not always be positive!

Why we do a Best School rating?

In choosing schools, parents have always used word of mouth, and the Parent survey captures this quantitatively.

Looking at the ‘Best CBSE Schools in Dubai’ should only be one way you short list schools, however. It is a fun and informative way to order schools, and by being based on Parent Rating, is a way to get a good overview quickly.

Why use the Parent Rating for Best CBSE Schools in Dubai?

In addition to capturing word of mouth recommendations numerically, we use the Parent Rating for the Best CBSE Schools in Dubai, because unlike other measures it is not country, or even area specific as government regulations can be. The parent rating cuts across both curricula, and territory, to be a measure that we can apply equally anywhere and everywhere. Parents all want the best for their child, and will be equally critical, in whatever state they are in, for whatever curricula school their child attends.

Using a rank in this way also means that each school is measured quite independently through the lens of its own parent body. In order to do well, a school ‘simply’ has to understand and then meet the expectations of its parents.

Issues with ranking this way

This way of ranking is both a weakness and a strength. It is a strength because not only can it be universally applied, but it is a true way to measure a school based on the stakeholders that matter the most, its parents.

It is a weakness in the sense that the top school on the list, will not necessarily be the best school for you and your child. It is also NOT a comment on specifics: price point, curricula, location, but an holistic view of schools that fall within a set of criteria.

Expectations will also clearly be different between the parents of different schools. For example, a parent paying premium fees would have very different expectations when it comes to the scope of facilities offered than a parent paying fees associated with the value segment. A high score for a school is not about meeting a universal set of criteria, but about it delivering on its unique promise to its unique parent body.

One size in this context does not fit all and for this reason amongst others WhichSchoolAdvisor.com always encourages parents to look beyond simple rankings and ratings, and determine the best school for your child.

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has undertaken multiple Best ofs, allowing us to be quite specific and therefore do some of the homework for you in your shortlisting. We do have Best ofs for curricula and for some price points for example.

To go further in your analysis of the Best School for you, then you need to look at additional resources.

In the UAE, some (but not all) parents are blessed with additional resources they can use when evaluating schools. Dubai parents have access to KHDA reports, Abu Dhabi parents have access to ADEK reports, while Sharjah parents will, eventually, have access to SPEA reports. That still leaves three other emirates without government ratings. What’s more, these reports have their own criteria and their own rating grades and scales, and are not compatible enough to compare across the country in the Best of Rankings we use here. We should also note, that all government ratings, are used to drive an agenda and the UAE is no different in this regard. We note the weighting for Arabic and Islamic and Social studies in this regard, which may be of interest to some parents, but will not be to all.

Best CBSE Schools in Dubai

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SCHOOL
PARENT
RATING
RATING
RISE/FALL
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Bright Riders Dubai
4.4
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Bright Riders School Dubai is a CBSE curriculum school which opened its Dubai branch in Dubai Investments Park in April 2018. It is a sister school to Bright Riders Abu Dhabi which was rated Good by ADEK in its last inspection in 2016-17.
Curricula: CBSE, EYFS
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mrs. Deepa Shetty
Average fees: AED 23,000
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Credence High School
4.2
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Credence High School is located on a large purpose-built campus located in Al Qouz Industrial area. It is one of several schools located in this area and convenient for the Al Khail and Sheikh Zayed Roads, allowing the school to cover large areas of Dubai, Deira and Sharjah by school bus services.
Address: PO Box 391021, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2014
Principal: Deepika Thapar Singh
Average fees: AED 19,000
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Springdales School
4.1
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Springdales School Dubai is a sister school (though independently managed) to its home campus in Delhi. Springdales School India is ranked among the top 10 outstanding schools in its home country. It was established in 1955 by the veteran British Educationalist, Dr. Rajni Kumar. After achieving a Good rating in its first DSIB inspection in 2015-16, there was some inevitable dismay at a down grade to Acceptable the following year. In the past three years, the school was again rated Good.
Address: PO Box 115930
Curricula: CBSE, EYFS, IGCSE
Founded: 2013
Principal: Dr Brian Gray
Average fees: AED 24,000
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Gulf Indian High School
4.1
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Gulf Indian High School (GIHS) is a private K-12 school located in Al Garhoud, Dubai.
Address: PO Box 646 Dubai
Curricula: UAE MoE, CBSE
Founded: 1979
Principal: MUHAMMAD ALI KOTTAKKULAM
Average fees: AED 4,500
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5
Our Own High School Al Warqa'a
3.6
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Established as a separate Boys School to allow a single shift at the original Our Own High School in Bastakiya, Our Own High School Al Warqaa opened in 1975. Run by GEMS Education, OOHS AW currently has 4, 700 students on its register, looked after by 218 teachers.
Address: PO Box 3004, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr. Sanjeev K Jolly
Average fees: AED 10,500
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6
Global Indian International School Dubai
3.5
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Global Indian International School Dubai opened pre-KG, KG1 and KG2 in September 2017 in Al Barsha South, prior to opening for its first full academic year in April 2018.
Curricula: CBSE, IB DP, Montessori, EYFS, IB, Jolly Phonics, Blended Early Years, Creative Curriculum
Founded: 2017
Principal: Ramesh Mudgal
Average fees: AED 21,000
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7
The Millennium School
3.5
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A GEMS Education, CBSE and CBSE-i curriculum based school, The Millennium School, Dubai is home to 2,803 mixed gender students, aged three to 17 (KG to Grade 12). Students are currently exclusively of Indian heritage.
Address: PO Box 32446, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2000
Principal: Mr. Michael Guzder
Average fees: AED 21,000
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Amity School Dubai
3.5
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Amity School Dubai is a CBSE Curriculum school which opened in September 2017 in the Al Qusais School Zone. It is part of the same group that operates Amity University in Dubai and Amity International School in Abu Dhabi.
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2017
Principal: Ms Sangita Chima
Average fees: AED 19,000
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GEMS Our Own English High School
3.3
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GEMS Our Own English High School is the largest school in the emirate and serves over 10,400 predominantly Indian girls aged 5-19 (KG to Grade 12). The CBSE based school currently has a rating of Very Good by Dubai's education regulator, the KHDA, a level of education it has maintained for the last five years.
Address: 41 St., Al Warqa'a 3 Dubai , United Arab Emirates
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 1968
Principal: Mr. Thomas Mathew Koickal
Average fees: AED 10,500
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Amled School
3.3
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AMLED school is an Indian curriculum school located in the Al Qouz Industrial area, in close proximity to a number of other Indian curriculum schools, including Credence High School and Springdales Dubai.
Address: Behind Al Khail Mall Near Emirates Post, Al Quoz 4
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2015
Principal: Varghese Puthusserry
Average fees: AED 14,000
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Primus Private School
3.3
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Primus Private School, located on the Dubai- Sharjah border area in Al Waaq'a, was previously known as Rajagiri International School. The school has undergone a brand transformation, whilst maintaining its Good rating by the KHDA for the 9th year in a row.
Address: PO Box 62012, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2008
Principal: Arundhati Rawat
Average fees: AED 16,000
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Delhi Private School Dubai
3.2
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DPS Dubai, Delhi Private School, Dubai, is located at the Gardens, Jebel Ali Village, at the southern end of the city, one of the few Indian curriculum schools to have moved out of the more traditional areas of Bur Dubai and Deira. It is an established school, having opened its doors in 2003.
Address: PO Box 38321, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2003
Principal: Mrs. Rashmi Nandkeolyar
Average fees: AED 12,000
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CUT
2.9
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2.9
Methodology: How we choose the Best CBSE Schools in Dubai

Why this cut off point?

To make it onto the Parent Recommended Best Schools List, a school needs to score 3.0 or above on the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com Parent Rating.

The WSA Parent Rating score is drawn from multiple questions from our parent survey. More details can be found if you click Read More in the Best Schools explainer at the top of the page.

A score below 3.0 means a school could be admired for facets of its delivery, but there will be areas with question marks. A score above 3.0 means that its parents rate a school highly across the board. Any score above 3.5 is the sign of a school truly loved and admired by its parents, who have clearly bought into its vision and leadership.

A school can move up (and onto the list if it is not here), or down (and off the list) as more feedback comes in. The algorithm is weighted to more recent responses to allow schools to make improvements and for that to reflect in the rating. It also means that if a school takes unpopular decisions, or lowers the quality of its offering, it can move off the list altogether.

Note: If the school you are interested in is not here, it is either because its score is below 3.0, or has yet to receive sufficient surveys. We have a school reviews directory that lists all UAE schools.

Note, it is possible to score 5 if a school has perfect scores from its most recent respondents. It is difficult if not impossible to please all people, all of the time however… Parents doing their due diligence when choosing a school should pay attention also to the number of parent reviews a school has received. The more it has, the less likely the score will be to change as new reviews come in.

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