Updated 18 October 2020

Best Schools in Sharjah, 2020

The 13 Best Schools in Sharjah

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

Location: Sharjah
Price point: All
Phase: All

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 Schools in Sharjah, we, currently, have 13 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 53.

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 Schools in Sharjah 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 Schools in Sharjah 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 Schools in Sharjah’ 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 Schools in Sharjah?

In addition to capturing word of mouth recommendations numerically, we use the Parent Rating for the Best Schools in Sharjah, 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 Schools in Sharjah

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SCHOOL
PARENT
RATING
RATING
RISE/FALL
1
Delta English School
4.4
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Delta English School, founded in 1992, is located in Al Muwaila, Sharjah. It is an Indian curriculum school following the CBSE, and takes children from Kindergarten – Grade IX. A significant percentage of responses to the WSA Parent Survey have been highly positive, so parents at least appreciate and support the school's current direction.
Address: PO Box 20121, Sharjah UAE
Curricula: CBSE, Montessori
Founded: 1992
Principal: Mrs Anita D’cruz
Average fees: AED 12,000
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American School of Creative Science, Maliha
4.4
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The American School of Creative Science (ASCS) is a Sharjah based K-12 through school with a population of approximately 3200 students. Given the school was founded in 2012/13, this represents significant growth during the school's short existence. The school has added a further 700 students in the past 18 months and is now open from KG to Grade 12.
Curricula: US HS Diploma, UAE MoE, Common Core
Founded: 2012
Principal: Majd C. Hussain
Average fees: AED 34,000
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GEMS Millennium School Sharjah
4.3
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GEMS Millennium School is an established GEMS Education school that opened its doors in 2010. A CBSE curriculum school, it promotes heavily its warm and friendly approach, with a strong focus on technology and current learning methodologies.
Address: PO Box 31910, Sharjah UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2010
Principal: Teresa Varman
Average fees: AED 18,000
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Victoria International School
4.2
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A "hidden gem" according to our reviewer, Victoria International School Sharjah, established in 2007, teaches the Australian curriculum in conjunction with the IB Diploma program.
Address: PO Box 68600, Sharjah UAE
Curricula: IB, Australian, IB DP
Founded: 2007
Principal: Dean Pyrah
Average fees: AED 54,000
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5
Ambassador School Sharjah
4.2
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Ambassador School Sharjah, located in the Muweilah School District, is a sister school to the Ambassador School and Kindergarten in Dubai, both rated highly by the Dubai Schools' Regulator, the KHDA, and the newly opened Ambassador International School which offers a UK/IB curricululm. The Sharjah Ambassador School (SAS) opened in 2016 and offers the UK curriculum-based EYFS programme in the KG and the CBSE curriculum from Primary through to Secondary.
Curricula: CBSE, EYFS
Founded: 2016
Principal: Mr Arogya Reddy
Average fees: AED 14,000
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6
The Emirates National School Sharjah
4.0
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The Emirates National School, Sharjah (not to be confused with the US curriculum Abu Dhabi-based Emirates National Schools) is a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school which follows the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi (C.B.S.E) curriculum, enabling students to sit the all India secondary School Examination.
Address: Street No: 59 - 12 Sheikh Khalid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Street, Sharjah UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 1980
Average fees: AED 4,000
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GEMS Cambridge International Private School Sharjah
4.0
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GEMS Cambridge International Private School Sharjah is a relatively new addition to the GEMS schools in the UAE, which opened as planned in September 2019. It is located in the Muweilah School Zone, close to the University area.
Address: King Abdul Aziz Street, Muweilah Education Zone
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level
Founded: 2019
Principal: Mrs. Albie Huyser
Average fees: AED 22,000
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8
Sharjah English School
4.0
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Recently subjected to two inspections by British Schools Middle East and British Schools Overseas both of which it has "passed with flying colours" (see the attached reports below), Sharjah English School, established in 1974, is one of the most established England and Wales curriculum schools in the emirate of Sharjah.
Address: PO Box 1600, Sharjah UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, AS Level
Founded: 1974
Principal: John Nolan
Average fees: AED 46,000
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9
Rosary School, Muweilah, Sharjah
3.7
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Rosary School, established and managed by nuns from the Coptic Church, offers parents seriously affordable education and offers classes from Foundation Stage up to Year 13, offering GCSE, AS and then A Level studies.
Address: PO Box 1606, Sharjah UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, AS Level
Founded: 1976
Principal: Sr. Sawsan Bader
Average fees: AED 13,500
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10
Scholars International Academy, Sharjah
3.4
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Scholars International Academy in Sharjah is set on a seven acre plot located in the new Muwailih school district. From the schools unassuming exterior it could be mistaken for almost any other school in the emirate, however WhichSchoolAdvisor.com believes under the surface this little school has rather a lot that's quite unique going for it.
Address: PO Box 47425, Sharjah UAE
Curricula: A Level, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, AS Level
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Principal: Nigel Melen
Average fees: AED 29,000
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Australian International School Sharjah
3.3
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Australian International School (also known as AIS) is a K-12 private school located in Muweileh, Sharjah. It was the first Australian school established in the Middle East and says it is the first example of the State Government of Queensland entering into a partnership to provide the Queensland curriculum ‘off shore’.
Address: PO Box 43364, Sharjah UAE
Curricula: Australian, IB, IB DP, Reggio Emilia, UAE MoE
Founded: 2005
Principal: Steve McLuckie
Average fees: AED 47,500
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12
Delhi Private School Sharjah
3.2
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DPS Sharjah, or more officially Delhi Private School, Sharjah is regarded as one of the best Indian curriculum schools in the UAE, and is a branch of one of the best Indian schools in India itself - Delhi Public School, New Delhi.
Address: Industrial Area 16, Muwailih Commercial, Sharjah. POB 26005
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2000
Principal: Vandana Marwaha
Average fees: AED 12,500
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International School of Creative Science, Muwaileh
3.1
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Founded in 2002 as the first school in the BEAM group, the International School of Creative Science occupies a large site in the Muwaileh district of Sharjah. It currently educates 4,300 children between the ages of 4 and 18 years, offering a curriculum that is based on the UK National Curriculum and the UAE Ministry of Education curriculum for Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Address: Al Muweileh, Sharjah, UAE
Curricula: A Level, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, UAE MoE
Founded: 2002
Principal: Samar Khalid Murad
Average fees: AED 28,000
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CUT
2.9
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2.9
Methodology: How we choose the Best Schools in Sharjah

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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