Updated 4 June 2023

Best Schools in Dubai, 2023

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

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

Location: Dubai
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 654 schools in its database. These are all independent, private, international schools offering a total of 54 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 Dubai, we, currently, have 110 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 216.

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 11th of June just after midnight to see the changes to the Best 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 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 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 Schools in Dubai?

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

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SCHOOL
PARENT
RATING
RATING
RISE/FALL
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Horizon English School Dubai
4.6
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Horizon English School (HES) is a long-established UK curriculum Primary-only school located in the heart of Jumeirah/Al Safa. After having been rated Very Good for three years, HES finally reclaimed the KHDA Outstanding rating in 2018-19 which it had held previously in 2012 to 2015.
Address: PO Box 6749, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1989
Principal: Mr Ian Wallace
Average fees: AED 52,500
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GEMS Our Own English High School
4.6
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GEMS Our Own English High School is the largest school in the emirate and serves over 10,425 predominantly Indian students aged 3-19 (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 its sixth inspection since 2015-16.
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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Victory Heights Primary School
4.5
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Victory Heights Primary School, having opened in 2013, is making very rapid progress embedding FS and Key Stage 1-2 provision to a very high standard. VHPS was rated Good in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 KHDA rounds, and achieving Very Good in 2017-18 - a rating it retained for 2018-19. In May 2022, the school was awarded an Outstanding rating by British Schools Overseas - a confirmation of the highest quality and in April 2023, the school was finally awarded the KHDA's Outstanding rating.
Address: PO Box 454959 Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, Blended Early Years
Founded: 2012
Principal: Sasha Crabb
Average fees: AED 44,500
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Dwight School Dubai
4.5
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Dwight School in New York was the first in the United States to be an all-through IB curriculum school. Dwight School Dubai first opened in September 2018 in collaboration with Abu Dhabi-based Bloom Education. In August 2022, now under the direct management of Dwight School New York, the school re-located to a new campus in Sports City.
Curricula: IB DP, IB, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP, IBDP Courses, Blended Early Years
Founded: 2018
Principal: David Hutson
Average fees: AED 82,500
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GEMS International School Al Khail
4.5
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GEMS International School Al Khail is an all-through IB World School located off of Al Khail Road that teaches the full range of IB programmes (PYP, MYP, CP, DP courses and DP ) with students graduating with the highly regarded IB Diploma or BTEC qualification.
Address: PO Box 391740, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP
Founded: 2013
Principal: Simon Herbert
Average fees: AED 61,000
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Hartland International School
4.4
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Located in close to Nad Al Sheba at the still under development Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum City, Hartland International School was developed by Sobha Developments to provide a premium UK curriculum school for residents but now attracts families from around the city.
Address: Hartland International School Sobha Hartland, Nad Al Sheba, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, International A Level
Founded: 2015
Principal: Fiona Cottam
Average fees: AED 61,500
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Dubai English Speaking College
4.4
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Dubai English Speaking College is the sister institution to Dubai English Speaking School (DESS), the oldest UK-curriculum school in Dubai, established in 1963. The College opened in 2005 to provide a through-school arrangement for secondary education for families at DESS. In between times, DESC has grown to admit students from a range of other schools around Dubai. Both DESS and DESC are among the few ‘not for profit’ schools in Dubai.
Address: Academic City Rd, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr Christopher Vizzard
Average fees: AED 75,500
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Smart Vision School
4.4
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Smart Vision School is an expanding school in Al Barsha 2 that follows the UK National curriculum framework and the UAE Ministry of Education requirements for teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Address: PO Box 112243, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE
Founded: 2015
Principal: Rachael Wilding
Average fees: AED 43,000
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Dove Green Private School
4.4
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Dove Green Private School, located at Dubai Investments Park, provides a UK curriculum education to a growing community of approximately 560 students.
Address: Green Community Dubai Investments Park Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2014
Principal: Patrick Affley
Average fees: AED 48,500
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Greenfield International School
4.4
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Taaleem-owned Greenfield International School (GIS) is a pre-KG to Grade 12 school located in Dubai Investment Park, close to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Highway to the Southeast of Dubai. The school was established in September 2007 and offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes.  It is an "International Baccalaureate World Continuum School" meaning that if offers all four IB programmes.
Address: PO Box 282627, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP, IB CP
Founded: 2007
Principal: Leigh Girven
Average fees: AED 54,000
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GEMS Metropole School
4.4
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GEMS Metropole School has without question been one of the most successful school launches over the last few years, in terms, at least, of student numbers. With just over 2,700 students, it is evidently pleasing parents and students. After a slow start, when it seemed that the school had not quite hit the mark in terms of school performance, improvements are clearly in focus. Support of students of determination is a particular strength of the school.
Address: Honsho Road, Uptown Motor City, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, AS Level, IGCSE
Founded: 2014
Principal: Mr Naveed Iqbal
Average fees: AED 41,500
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Jebel Ali School
4.4
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Jebel Ali School is one of a select number of WSA's Good Schools. The school relocated from its original site, where it had been located for over 35 years, to a new purpose-built school at the Akoya development on the Emirates Road in September 2016.
Address: PO Box 17111, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, GCSE, A Level, AS Level, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1977
Principal: Simon Jodrell
Average fees: AED 58,000
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Dubai English Speaking School
4.4
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Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) is an award winning, not-for-profit provider of primary education (3-11 years). Rated as an Outstanding school by the Dubai schools' regulator (the KHDA), DESS is the oldest English National Curriculum school in Dubai and, together with its sister school, Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) based in Academic City, has been educating children for over half a century.
Address: PO Box 2002, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1963
Principal: Mrs Catherine Davy
Average fees: AED 46,500
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Safa British School
4.4
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Safa British School is opened in 2004. It is a sister school to the KHDA "Very Good"-rated Safa Community School which opened ten years later. In 2020, SBS relocated to a brand new campus in Jumeirah. The school was awarded a Very Good rating by the KHDA just prior to the start of the Covid pandemic in 2020 and retained this rating in 2022-23. In March 2022, the school received an Outstanding rating from the British Schools Overseas inspectorate.
Address: Al Safa 1, Dubai
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, GCSE, IGCSE, International A Level
Founded: 2009
Principal: Ms Zara Harrington
Average fees: AED 53,500
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Jumeira Baccalaureate School
4.4
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Jumeira Baccalaureate School is a private pre-KG to Grade 12 school which was established in September 2010. The school is located in the heart of Jumeira 1, one of the best locations in the city, on the former site of the American School of Dubai. The school is operated by the Taaleem group.
Address: PO Box 211829, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, BTEC, IB CP, IB PYP
Founded: 2010
Principal: Richard Drew
Average fees: AED 63,500
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Safa Community School
4.3
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Safa Community School opened on its site near Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (opposite Motor City) in September 2014 and has grown rapidly to offer from FS to Year 13. The school has been rated Very Good by the KHDA in its last three inspections and was rated Outstanding by British Schools Overseas in its inspection in 2022.
Address: PO Box 71091, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Mrs Leanne Fridd
Average fees: AED 63,000
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Dunecrest American School
4.3
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Dunecrest American School opened in 2018 in what is probably Dubai’s ‘leafiest’ neighbourhood, Al Barari. Owned by Esol Education, the school is now the group’s flagship school in the UAE. Dunecrest initially opened from Pre-KG through to Grade 10 and has grown organically to include Grades 11 and 12.
Address: Wadi Al Safa 3, Dunecrest American School, Dubailand, UAE
Curricula: IB DP, US HS Diploma, Common Core
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr Jeff Smith
Average fees: AED 77,000
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Delhi Private School Dubai
4.3
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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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Repton School Dubai
4.3
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Set up to create a school that mirrored the more traditional UK public (meaning private) school (including a boarding option), there is no mistaking Repton Dubai. Located just off the main Dubai-Sharjah highway, the school with its turrets and cloisters resembles a popular fictional school. Having now secured an Outstanding rating from the KHDA for the sixth time, Repton has confirmed that excellence is truly embedded in a school that always set its targets high.
Address: PO Box 300331, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level
Founded: 2007
Principal: David Cook
Average fees: AED 73,500
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Durham School Dubai
4.3
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Durham School Dubai, which opened in August 2022 in Dubai Investments Park, adjacent to the Green Community, is the third international school to be operated directly by UK-based Durham School.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level
Founded: 2022
Principal: Mr Mark Atkins
Average fees: AED 49,500
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South View School
4.3
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Owned by Interstar Education, the organisation behind well regarded Victory Heights Primary School and Delhi Private Schools, South View School certainly has the backers to make its mark in Dubai.
Address: Al Thammam, Dubai
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, A Level, AS Level, IGCSE, GCSE, Specialist SEN, BTEC, Jolly Phonics, Sports
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr David Flint
Average fees: AED 49,500
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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park
4.3
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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park is located at the heart of this newer community, close to Jumeirah Lake Towers and the Jumeirah Park/Jumeirah Islands areas. Currently, there are approximately 1,270 children at DBS JP with a total capacity of the school of over 1,600.
Address: Al Warood St 1, Jumeirah Park, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC
Founded: 2015
Principal: Ms Rebecca Coulter
Average fees: AED 68,000
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GEMS FirstPoint School
4.3
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GEMS FirstPoint School is a UK curriculum school located on the outskirts of Dubai, just off the Al Ain and Emirates Roads, close to several large newer communities. It has a particular focus on providing more technical options to students, with a practical approach to learning.
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: David Wade
Average fees: AED 54,500
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The English College Dubai
4.2
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The English College Dubai is a private FS to Year 13 school located in Umm Suqeim, Dubai. The original Secondary school was established in 1992 and has been consistently rated Good until 2022-23 when it finally received a Very Good rating. Its neighbouring Manor Primary school - now renamed and under the same ownership - was integrated into the College in January 2019.
Address: PO Box 11812, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC, AS Level, EYFS
Founded: 1993
Principal: Mark Ford
Average fees: AED 49,000
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Bloom World Academy Dubai
4.2
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Bloom World Academy is a new IB curriculum school that opened in Dubai in August 2022.
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP, BTEC, IB CP, ASDAN
Founded: 2022
Principal: Mr John Bell
Average fees: AED 63,000
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Brighton College Dubai
4.2
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Brighton College made its Dubai debut in September 2018, sharing a 'super campus' with newly launched IB curriculum Bloom World Academy. The school offers a UK curriculum based syllabus. The two premium schools share a host of equally premium facilities.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, GCSE, A Level, AS Level, EYFS, IGCSE, IPC
Founded: 2018
Principal: Simon Crane
Average fees: AED 72,000
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Credence High School
4.2
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Credence High School is an increasingly popular CBSE curriculum school located on a large purpose-built campus 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, EYFS, Montessori, Blended Early Years, Creative Curriculum
Founded: 2014
Principal: Deepika Thapar Singh
Average fees: AED 20,500
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Arcadia School
4.2
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Arcadia School started life as a primary school opening in August 2016. Located in the Jumeirah Village Triangle area of Dubai, the school offers an enriched National Curriculum for England. From September 2020 the school launched its secondary section, located just across the square from the original primary section. The school has recently been rated Very Good for the first time in the 2022-23 KHDA inspection.
Address: Orchid Street
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, A Level, BTEC, Sports, AS Level, ASDAN, IGCSE, GCSE
Founded: 2016
Principal: Giles Pruett
Average fees: AED 73,000
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The Arbor School
4.2
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The Arbor School opened in Al Furjan in September 2018. Now entering its fifth year of operation, the British Curriculum School has a particular focus on ecological awareness, responsibility and sustainability.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, BTEC, AS Level, EYFS, A Level, GCSE, IPC
Founded: 2018
Principal: Brett Girven
Average fees: AED 57,000
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GEMS Royal Dubai School
4.2
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A mixed gender GEMS owned Foundation Stage to Year 6 school following the English National Curriculum, GEMS Royal Dubai School takes children from 3 to 11 years of age and, as of May 2016, is Mirdiff's first and currently only KHDA Outstanding-rated school.
Address: PO Box: 121310, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2005
Principal: Ms Jan Steel
Average fees: AED 47,000
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Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills
4.2
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Dubai International Academy has a record of Firsts. It was the first IB World School authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation in the UAE to offer the full range of IB programmes. It was also the first IB curriculum school in the UAE to achieve an Outstanding rating (from the KHDA, the Dubai Education regulator), which it received in 2015-16 and retained in 2016-17 when no inspection took place. It was rated Very Good in 2017-18, and returned to Outstanding in 2022-23.
Address: First Al Khail Street, Emirates Hills, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP, BTEC, IB CP
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr Hitesh Bhagat
Average fees: AED 57,500
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Kings' School Dubai
4.2
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Kings’ School Dubai, known as Kings’ Dubai, was the first of the Kings Education group of schools to open in Dubai, opening as a Primary only school. The launch of its all-through sister school, Kings Al Barsha, was an almost inevitable follow on to the success of the original school, and the demand for a Secondary school to which access would be automatic. A third school, Kings Nad Al Sheba, located close to Dubai Silicon Oasis, opened its Secondary section in August 2021.
Address: PO Box 38199, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS
Founded: 2004
Principal: Mr Bede Higgins
Average fees: AED 55,000
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Collegiate International School
4.2
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Collegiate International School (formerly Collegiate American School) opened in 2011 in Umm Suqeim, and admits children from pre-KG to Grade 12. CIS was the only US curriculum school within the Innoventures Group of schools and has now adopted the IB curricula and pedagogy, using the content of the US Common Core.
Address: PO Box 121306, Dubai UAE
Curricula: US HS Diploma, IB DP, Common Core, IB, IB PYP, AP, IB MYP
Founded: 2011
Principal: Mr Jonathan Cox
Average fees: AED 63,500
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Clarion School
4.2
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Towards the Meydan Street end of Al Quoz, in an unassuming and quiet residential area, you'll find one of the most interesting and special schools in Dubai. Its name is Clarion.
Address: 13 Al Asayel, Al Quoz, Dubai
Curricula: US HS Diploma, IB, Progressive U.S., IB DP
Founded: 2016
Principal: Mr Larry Thaxter
Average fees: AED 69,000
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GEMS Modern Academy
4.2
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An all through school, GEMS Modern Academy (previously, Dubai Modern High School) educates children aged three (pre-KG) to 18 years of age. The school is the only Indian curriculum school to be ranked Outstanding by the KHDA and offers the CISCE curriculum to grade 12, with an alternative International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme option in grades 11 and 12.
Address: Nad Al Sheba, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB DP, CISCE, IB, IB PYP
Founded: 1986
Principal: Ms Nargish Khambatta
Average fees: AED 43,000
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Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches
4.2
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JESS Arabian Ranches (Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches) is a not for profit co-educational all-through school located in Arabian Ranches, Dubai.
Address: PO Box 24942, Dubai UAE
Curricula: GCSE, IB, IB DP, UK National Curriculum, BTEC
Founded: 2005
Principal: Shane O’Brien
Average fees: AED 67,000
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Repton School Al Barsha
4.1
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Repton School Al Barsha (formerly Foremarke School Dubai) is the partner school of Repton’s Preparatory School in the United Kingdom. Repton is a very well-respected British public school that succeeds both academically and in terms of developing the ‘whole child’. Clearly Repton School Al Barsha has the same aims.
Address: PO Box 391984, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, GCSE
Founded: 2013
Principal: Ms Zoe Woolley
Average fees: AED 73,500
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Dubai Scholars Private School
4.1
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Dubai Scholars Private School is a private UK curriculum FS1- year 13 school located in Al Ghusais, Dubai, educating children from 3 to 18 years of age. It has consistently been rated Good by the KHDA over the past ten years.
Address: PO Box 2819. Dubai, UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, International A Level
Founded: 1973
Principal: Frank Scarcelli
Average fees: AED 19,000
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GEMS Al Khaleej International School
4.1
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GEMS Al Khaleej International School is a K-12 co-educational private school located in Al Garhoud, Dubai.
Address: PO Box 26780, Dubai UAE
Curricula: US HS Diploma, UAE MoE
Founded: 1992
Principal: Mrs Ghadeer Abu-Shamat
Average fees: AED 39,500
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GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis
4.1
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GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) received its seventh KHDA report in 2019, and was rated Very Good for the fourth year in a row. Whilst the initial step up to Very Good came early in the school's career - on its fourth inspection - moving up to the highest KHDA rating of Outstanding is proving a little more difficult. None-the-less, many aspects of Wellington Academy DSO are highly rated by both the regulator and parents alike.
Address: PO Box 49746, Dubai UAE
Curricula: GCSE, IB, IB DP, BTEC, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, A Level, IB CP, IGCSE, AS Level, Reggio Emilia, ASDAN
Founded: 2011
Principal: Sarah O'Regan
Average fees: AED 59,500
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Royal Grammar School Guildford in Dubai
4.1
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The Royal Grammar School Guildford in Dubai opened in September 2021. It is the second school in the Middle East to be established in partnership with the 510 year old UK school - the other opened in Qatar in 2016. The Royal Grammar School Guildford UK is one of the most academically successful in the country.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, GCSE, A Level, AS Level
Founded: 2021
Principal: Clare Turnbull
Average fees: AED 90,000
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Indian High School Dubai
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Indian High School Dubai is a private K-12 school.occupying two campuses in the centre of the city.  After 5 years in a row of being rated Outstanding, the 'Old Dubai' Oud Metha branch of the school received a KHDA inspection rating of Very Good in the 2017/18 inspection round, which it has retained in subsequent inspections. The Garhoud located junior school has received a Good rating in the 2022-23 inspection.
Address: PO Box 106, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 1961
Principal: Ms Mala Mehra
Average fees: AED 7,900
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Ambassador School
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An CICSE school, Ambassador School Dubai is clearly on the way up, having now secured two Very Good ratings from the KHDA, and a headteacher, governors and parents increasingly aligned on the way ahead.
Address: Box # 126924, Plot No. 317-278 Makani ID: 27582 93298 41A Street, Mankhool, Bur Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Curricula: CISCE
Founded: 2013
Principal: Sheela Menon
Average fees: AED 28,000
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Cambridge International School Dubai
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With just over 2,720 students, Cambridge International School Dubai, located in Garhoud, is a well established GEMS school teaching children from FS1 to Year 13.
Address: CIS Dubai, Damascus Street, PO Box 60835, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: A Level, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, BTEC, AS Level, ASDAN
Founded: 1983
Principal: Mr.Stephen Brecken
Average fees: AED 28,000
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GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai
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GEMS Wellington International School (WIS), is a mixed-gender UK curriculum school offering the IB Diploma programme in Sixth Form. It is operated by GEMS Education and has been ranked Outstanding for eleven of the past twelve years since inspections began, one of a select few to have achieved that level of consistency.
Curricula: GCSE, IGCSE, BTEC, UK National Curriculum, IB DP, EYFS, IB CP, IB
Founded: 2005
Principal: Ms Maryssa O'Connor
Average fees: AED 68,000
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The Aquila School
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The Aquila School opened in September 2018.  Located in the new neighbourhood of Wadi Al Safa, an  area of Dubailand that runs between the Al Ain road and The Centro/Villa communities, the school is surrounded by numerous high rise, apartment complexes. Once construction is complete Aquila will be a school right in the heart of a densely populated community.
Address: Wadi Al Safa 5, Dubailand, Dubai
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IB, BTEC, EYFS, ASDAN, GCSE
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr Wayne Howsen
Average fees: AED 55,000
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Uptown International School
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Uptown International School is owned and managed by the Taaleem Group which operates Early Learning Centres, two UK curriculum and three IB curriculum schools in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi (with a further associated branch having opened in September 2020). Located towards the Sharjah border in Mirdiff, Uptown was among the first IB curriculum schools to open in Dubai.
Address: Tripoli Street, Algeria Road, Mirdif Area, Dubai
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP, Sports, IBDP Courses
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr Rob Commons
Average fees: AED 60,500
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GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
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GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is a co-educational primary school (ages 3 to 11, FS1 to Year 6) which is located in Al Safa, Dubai.  The School was first established in 1996 and is part of the GEMS Education group.
Address: Al Safa 1, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1996
Principal: Mrs Rachel Higgins
Average fees: AED 50,000
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GEMS Legacy School
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GEMS Legacy School - until April 2021 known as The Kindergarten Starters - is a long-established GEMS Education school following the CBSE curriculum.
Address: Garhoud, Dubai UAE
Curricula: Blended Early Years, CBSE
Founded: 1990
Principal: Asha Alexander
Average fees: AED 9,800
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Dubai British School Emirates Hills
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Dubai British School (DBS) is a member of the Taaleem Group of schools and was one of the first UK curriculum schools to open in the Emirates Hills area, providing an English National Curriculum education to families living in the Meadows, Springs, Lakes and wider new Dubai area.
Address: PO Box 37828, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC
Founded: 2005
Principal: Ms Sarah Reynolds
Average fees: AED 60,000
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Global Indian International School Dubai
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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. In February 2021, the school announced its relocation to Meydan Street in time for the start of the April 2021 academic year. It is currently open to Grade 11.
Address: Meydan Street near Al Manar Islamic Center
Curricula: CBSE, Montessori, EYFS, Jolly Phonics, Blended Early Years, Creative Curriculum
Founded: 2017
Principal: Mr Antony Koshy
Average fees: AED 21,000
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Springdales School
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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, Mrs. Rajni Kumar. After achieving a Good rating in its first DSIB inspection in 2015-16, there was some inevitable dismay at a downgrade to Acceptable the following year. In the past four years, the school again achieved a Good rating.
Address: PO Box 115930
Curricula: CBSE, EYFS
Founded: 2013
Principal: Dr Brian Gray
Average fees: AED 25,500
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Dubai International Academy Al Barsha
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Dubai parents were delighted to learn that Dubai International Academy Al Barsha would be opening its doors in September 2018. The original DIA Emirates Hills is one of the most sought after schools in the city with parents trying and failing year on year to gain admission.
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr Ian Thurston
Average fees: AED 59,500
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Emirates International School Meadows
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Emirates International School Meadows is a private, international, all through school established in September 2005 by the Al Habtoor Group and located in The Meadows, Dubai. The school caters to over 1,700 students from a very wide range of nationalities.
Address: Just off 1st Road and Street, Meadows, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP
Founded: 2005
Principal: Ian James Ward
Average fees: AED 51,500
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Dubai College
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Established in 1978, Dubai College is one of the oldest UK curriculum schools in the city and one of the few Secondary only schools. It is also one of a limited number of not for profit schools - although this does not mean that the fees are lower than the for-profit schools. DC's reputation is built on its renown as the most academic of schools.
Address: PO Box 837, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE
Founded: 1978
Principal: Michael Lambert
Average fees: AED 90,000
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Regent International School
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Regent International School is a long established private school, which having originally offered both Primary and Secondary secondary phases, became Primary only and is now in the process of returning to its original "all through" school roots.
Address: PO Box 24857, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC
Founded: 1993
Principal: Mr David Williams
Average fees: AED 54,500
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Mirdif American School
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Mirdif American School - formerly Mirdif Private School - is a US curriculum school located in the Al Mizhar area, close to Mirdif, which opened in 1995. Despite its relative age in terms of established schools in Dubai, the school, which caters mainly to Emirati children, is open only from KG1 to Grade 8.
Address: Algeria Street, Al Mizhar
Curricula: Common Core, AERO
Founded: 1995
Principal: Ms Lisa Brown
Average fees: AED 31,000
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Capital School
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Capital School, located in the Al Qusais School District, is an independent UK curriculum school which has been operating for just over eight years. Currently open to year 11, the school has approval to offer Year 12 from September 2023.
Address: 44 Baghdad Road, Al Qusais, Dubai
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, A Level, GCSE
Founded: 2014
Principal: Mr Daniel Sutton
Average fees: AED 49,500
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Al Sadiq Islamic English School
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Al Sadiq Islamic English School is a K-12 private school for girls and boys located in Al Qusais in Dubai.
Address: PO Box 16196, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IGCSE
Founded: 1989
Principal: Ms Sadia Wajid
Average fees: AED 5,600
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Bright Riders School Dubai
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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 2018-19.
Curricula: CBSE, EYFS, Jolly Phonics
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mrs Deepa Shetty
Average fees: AED 23,000
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Amity School Dubai
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Amity School Dubai is a CBSE Curriculum school which opened in April 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 19,500
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The Indian Academy Dubai
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The Indian Academy is a holistically focused CBSE curriculum school located in the Muhaisnah area of Dubai, close to the airport and to the border with Sharjah. The Indian Academy now offers pre-KG to grade 12.
Address: PO Box 55510, nr. Al Quds Street, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2012
Principal: Ms Shiny Davison Francis
Average fees: AED 16,500
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Raffles International School
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Innoventures-managed Raffles International School is located in Umm Suqeim and currently has 1,150 boys and girls on its roll, aged between four and eighteen years.
Address: PO Box 122900, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, BTEC
Founded: 2011
Principal: Mr Steven Giles
Average fees: AED 55,500
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Horizon International School
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Horizon International School (HIS) is located in Umm Al Sheif off Al Wasl Road, within close proximity of the iconic Burj Al Arab. HIS is an 'all-through' school offering the British curriculum for children aged 3 to 18.
Address: Street 9A, Off Al Wasl Road, Dubai. PO BOX 126108
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, AS Level, IGCSE
Founded: 2008
Principal: Darren Gale
Average fees: AED 51,000
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Ambassador International Academy
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Ambassdor International Academy is a relatively new, first of its kind, UK/IB combined curriculum school, opened in the Al Khail Gate development (close to the Al Khail Road and at the rear of Al Qouz Industrial area) in September 2019.
Address: PO Box 126924, plot 3653942, Al Khail, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, UK National Curriculum, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP
Founded: 2019
Principal: Mr Anthony Wright
Average fees: AED 39,500
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Deira Private School
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Deira Private School is a Primary school only, located in Al Twar 3, Dubai. The school follows a British curriculum for children, following the Cambridge International Programmes for Primary and Secondary..
Address: PO Box 231959, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, UAE MoE, IGCSE, International A Level, Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary
Founded: 2009
Principal: Dr Dr. Ritika Anand
Average fees: AED 27,500
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GEMS Founders Mizhar School
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Having opened in September 2018, following the lead of the original GEMS Founders School in Al Barsha, GEMS Founders Mizhar School intends to offer parents a highly affordable and quality UK education.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, EYFS, AS Level, International A Level
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr Akram Tarik
Average fees: AED 29,500
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Sunmarke School
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Sunmarke School is the most recent school to join Fortes Education, the owners of Regent International School (RIS) in the Greens. Five years after its opening, initially in large part as a Secondary school due to the transfer of RIS Secondary students, it is now a fully-fledged all-through school offering the English National Curriculum, including A Levels, and the IB Diploma and Career-related programmes,
Address: PO Box 24857, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, GCSE, A Level, BTEC, AS Level, EYFS, IB DP, IGCSE, IB CP
Founded: 2016
Principal: Dr Neil Hopkin
Average fees: AED 62,000
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Jumeirah English Speaking School
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Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) is a not for profit co-educational primary school located in Al Safa, Dubai. The school is very well established, having opened its doors for the first time in 1975. Currently the school caters to just over 700 students from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities (although the single largest group is British).
Address: PO Box 24942. Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 1975
Principal: Mr Shane O'Brien
Average fees: AED 50,500
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GEMS Al Barsha National School
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Located in Al Barsha South, in close proximity to GEMS Founders school and GEMS World Academy, the GEMS Al Barsha National School is the first school aimed at attracting Emirati and expat Arab families offering a mixture of the English National Curriculum and the UAE Ministry of Education Arabic and Islamic Studies programmes in a bi-lingual English/Arabic environment.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, GCSE, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level
Founded: 2016
Principal: Karim Murcia
Average fees: AED 55,000
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Kings' School Nad Al Sheba
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Kings' School Nad Al Sheba has come some way since its opening in September 2014.  The original building now houses only the Foundation section and has been joined by a second building, in identical style, which houses the Primary section. The secondary section will open in the 2021-22 academic year.
Address: PO Box 38199, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, Cambridge Secondary
Founded: 2014
Principal: Kerry Dalton
Average fees: AED 58,000
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Kent College Dubai
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One of the most read reviews on our sister site, SchoolsCompared.com, and now something of an evergreen read here at WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, Kent College Dubai is steadily establishing itself as a school to watch.
Address: Al Abjar Street, Exit 15, Nad Al Sheba 2, Meydan South Dubai
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC, IB DP
Founded: 2016
Principal: Mr Jared Nolan
Average fees: AED 77,500
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Emirates International School Jumeirah
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Emirates International School, Jumeirah is a well-established, mixed EY-Y13 school established in 1991 by the Al Habtoor Group as a service to the community and is located in one of the more traditional residential areas of Dubai. Its younger, sister school Emirates International School Meadows, is by contrast, located in one of the newer and most diverse residential areas of the city.
Address: P.O. Box 6446, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP, IB CP
Founded: 1991
Principal: Mr Rob Ellis
Average fees: AED 51,500
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Dar Al Marefa
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Dar Al Marefa School is a bilingual Arabic/ English school located in Mirdiff that teaches students from pre-KG through to Grade 12. Students follow the International Baccalaureate curriculum.
Address: P.O. Box 112602 Dubai, UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP
Founded: 2008
Principal: Mrs Naira Hamdy
Average fees: AED 54,000
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Fairgreen International School
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Fairgreen International School opened September 2018, and is an IB continuum school, integrating sustainability into its academic programmes.
Address: Fairgreen International School, The Sustainable City, Dubai
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr Edward Pearce
Average fees: AED 62,500
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Dubai Heights Academy
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Dubai Heights Academy opened in September 2017, located in Al Barsha South, following the English National Curriculum.
Address: Al Barsha South
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, Specialist SEN, Sports, ASDAN, GCSE, IGCSE
Founded: 2017
Principal: Miss Alison Lamb
Average fees: AED 51,500
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GEMS Our Own Indian School
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A CBSE school owned and run by GEMS Education, Our Own Indian School first opened its doors in 1991, and is based in Al Quoz, Dubai. It currently has a ranking of 'Good' by Dubai's education regulator, the KHDA, a rating it held for four years prior to the 2014 - 2015 school year, when the overall rating fell to 'Acceptable'. This was worrying, but the school was subsequently promoted back to 'Good' and in 2022-23 achieved a Very Good rating.
Address: PO Box 26845 Dubai, UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 1991
Principal: Ms Lalitha Suresh
Average fees: AED 8,800
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Nord Anglia International School Dubai
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The second Nord Anglia Education school in the UAE opened in Dubai in September 2014, following the British International School of Abu Dhabi (BISAD), which has been established for a number of years in the capital. NAIS Dubai will be joined by a further sister school in Abu Dhabi in August 2023.
Address: PO Box 502325, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, GCSE, IB DP, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Matthew Farthing
Average fees: AED 81,500
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Raffles World Academy
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Now in its fiftteenth year of operation Umm Suqeim 3 located Raffles World Academy is home to approximately 1,770 boys and girls studying the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Courses and Diploma Programmes (DP). The school moved to a full IB World school from 2018-19 with IGCSE having been halted at the end of 2017-18.
Address: PO Box 122900, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP, BTEC
Founded: 2008
Principal: Timothy Roberts
Average fees: AED 59,000
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GEMS Dubai American Academy
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GEMS Dubai American Academy, part of the GEMS school group, is a US curriculum school offering a US High School Diploma and, increasingly, the option of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. It is the only US curriculum school to have achieved the highest inspection rating of Outstanding from the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau, now for ten years, with the issue of the 2022-23 KHDA inspection report.
Address: Al Barsha 1, next to Al Zahra Hospital
Curricula: IB, US HS Diploma, IB DP, AP, Common Core
Founded: 1998
Principal: Dr Ethan Hildreth
Average fees: AED 82,500
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Our Own High School Al Warqa'a
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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 had 4, 650 students on its register, looked after by 223 teachers at the time of the 2019-20 KHDA inspection.
Address: PO Box 3004, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr Sanjeev K Jolly
Average fees: AED 10,500
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iCademy Middle East
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Dubai's only accredited online schooling option, iCademy, has become a life saver for parents of children who want a more flexible approach to their children's education. Fully accredited by the KHDA and NEASC, it ensures that students can complete their education with a High School Diploma that will be recognised globally.
Address: PO Box 502981, Dubai UAE
Curricula: US HS Diploma
Founded: 2007
Principal: Diane Claver
Average fees: AED 20,500
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Indian High School Al Garhoud
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The Indian High School Garhoud is the junior school to the perennially popular Indian High School in Oud Metha. The school was rated Good by the KHDA for the twelfth time during its 2022-23 inspection.
Address: PO Box 106, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 1961
Principal: Mrs Amita Kapoor
Average fees: AED 5,400
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King's InterHigh School
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King's InterHigh School is a UK-based on-line school teaching the UK National Curriculum and IB Diploma for children from Year 3 to 13 located within the UK and internationally. It has added a Middle East programme to cater to Gulf time-zones.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, AS Level, International A Level, IB DP
Founded: 2005
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North London Collegiate School Dubai
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Prestigious British independent school North London Collegiate School (NLCS) opened in Dubai in September 2017, the brand’s first in the Middle East.
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP
Founded: 2017
Principal: James Monaghan
Average fees: AED 106,000
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Deira International School
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Deira International School is located in the new part of old Dubai - Festival City, and is currently home to 1,600 students from a mixed range of nationalities (over 80 in total), although the predominant ethnicity is Arab. The school is owned and managed by the not-for-profit Al Futtaim Foundation, part of the Al Futtaim Group, developers of Dubai Festival City.
Address: On Al Badia Blvd, near the Orient Insurance Building
Curricula: GCSE, IB, UK National Curriculum, IB DP, IGCSE, IB CP, EYFS, BTEC, IBDP Courses
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr Simon O'Connor
Average fees: AED 58,000
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Newlands School
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Newlands School is a British Curriculum school operated by well-known Beaconhouse Education which opened in Al Warqa in Autumn 2017.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, International A Level
Founded: 2017
Principal: Mr Matthew Edwards
Average fees: AED 25,500
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Dubai National School Al Barsha
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Dubai National School, Al Barsha, established in 1988, is one of two branches (the second based in Al Twar) of Dubai National School, with a total of 4200 students.
Address: First Al Khail Street, Al Barsha 1 - Dubai
Curricula: US HS Diploma
Founded: 1988
Principal: Ms Suad Abu-Harb
Average fees: AED 28,000
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Next Generation School
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Next Generation School, located in Al Barsha, opened in August 2016 and teaches an American Common Core inspired curriculum in conjunction with an Islamic education.
Address: Behind Saudi German Hospital, Al Barsha 3, Dubai
Curricula: Common Core, US HS Diploma, UAE MoE
Founded: 2016
Principal: Mr David Kinkead
Average fees: AED 35,000
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GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail
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GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail is a UK curriculum, GEMS Education 'Premium Plus' school (which means top of the range for facilities and fees), located together with GEMS International School and GEMS New Millenium School on a large site at the edge of the Dubai Hills development and close to Mohammed bin Rashid City.
Address: PO Box 391922, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, UK National Curriculum, International A Level, BTEC
Founded: 2013
Principal: Campbell Douglas
Average fees: AED 67,000
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Pristine Private School
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Pristine Private School is widely regarded as one of the best value UK curriculum-based schools in Dubai. Historically, a lack of transparency when it comes to published results from external examinations had made measuring its performance against its peers somewhat difficult. Recent updates to this information have addressed this issue.
Address: PO Box 60830, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, IGCSE, AS Level, International A Level, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, BTEC, Blended Early Years, Cambridge Secondary
Founded: 1992
Principal: Shagufa Kidwai
Average fees: AED 13,500
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Ranches Primary School
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Ranches Primary School is a Primary-only school with a separate nursery located on the same site that opened in 2015 to serve then new Arabian Ranches 2 Community.
Address: Ranches Primary School, Arabian Ranches 2, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2015
Principal: Julian Pederick
Average fees: AED 52,500
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The Millennium School
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A GEMS Education, CBSE curriculum-based school, The Millennium School, Dubai is home to approximately 2,800 mixed gender students, aged three to 18 (KG to Grade 12). Students are currently exclusively of Indian heritage.
Address: PO Box 32446, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2000
Principal: Ms Ambika Gulati
Average fees: AED 21,500
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American School of Dubai
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Established in 1966, the American School of Dubai is one of the oldest co-educational K-12 schools in Dubai. It is a not-for-profit independent school, governed by a Board of Trustees. There is no owner of ASD.
Address: PO Box 71188, Dubai UAE
Curricula: US HS Diploma, AP
Founded: 1966
Principal: Dr Paul Richards
Average fees: AED 77,500
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Star International School Mirdif
3.2
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Mirdif-located Star International Private School is one of two schools owned and operated by ETA Star Education. Like its Al Twar sister, this is a relatively small school, with just under 700 girls and boys, aged three to 13 years on its register.
Address: 24B Street,Mirdif,Dubai,90848
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level
Founded: 2008
Principal: Mr Neal Oates
Average fees: AED 35,000
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Star International School Al Twar
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Al Twar located Star International School is one of now three schools bearing the Star name - one other is located in Mirdif but no longer under the same ownership - whilst the latest in Al Qusais is the Secondary campus for the Al Twar school.
Address: PO Box 51008, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, Cambridge Primary
Founded: 2005
Principal: Durriya Goriawala
Average fees: AED 33,500
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GEMS Winchester School, Dubai
3.2
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GEMS Winchester School, is an affordable UK curriculum school previously located in Oud Metha, prior to its relocation to Dubailand in September 2020. GEMS Winchester School should not be confused with The Winchester School in Jebel Ali which is highly rated as a Very Good school.
Address: PO Box 113272, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, AS Level
Founded: 2011
Principal: Matt Lecuyer
Average fees: AED 26,500
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GEMS World Academy Dubai
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GEMS World Academy, Dubai is a private Pre K-12 international school located in Al Barsha, Dubai. The school was first established in September 2007 by GEMS Education, although its first year of operation on its permanent site was in 2008. It is a pure International Baccalaureate curriculum-based school.
Address: PO Box 126260, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP, IB CP, EYFS, Montessori, IBDP Courses
Founded: 2008
Principal: Dr Saima Rana
Average fees: AED 93,000
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Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou
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Based in Dubai Academic City, Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou serves the French-speaking community within Dubai and Sharjah. The Academic City branch offers education from CP (Grade 1) to Finale and is one of four schools in Dubai offering an all-through French curriculum, the others being the Lycee International Francais (AFLEC), the Lycee Libanais Francophone Prive and Lycee International Jean Mermoz. Classes are conducted 'en Francais', although all students study English also.
Address: PO Box 29447, Dubai UAE
Curricula: French
Founded: 1973
Principal: Mr Bruno Ghislain Marie Asselin
Average fees: AED 41,500
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American International School Dubai
3.2
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American International School Dubai is a private, independent institution that serves students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 (ages 3 to 18). The school caters to a mainly native-Arabic speaking population taught by predominantly Jordanian teachers, though the language of instruction is stated as English.
Address: PO Box 87727, Dubai UAE
Curricula: US HS Diploma, AP, SAT, Common Core, Creative Curriculum
Founded: 2003
Principal: Ms Felecia Michelle Letcher
Average fees: AED 15,000
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Primus Private School
3.2
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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 12th time during the 2022-23 inspection process.
Address: PO Box 62012, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2008
Principal: Arundhati Rawat
Average fees: AED 17,000
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GEMS New Millennium School
3.1
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GEMS New Millennium School is located near two other GEMS schools at the edge of the Dubai Hills development immediately off the Al Khail Road and Al Marabea Street. The school was established with the intention of providing an Indian curriculum education to families moving into the Dubai Hills and Mohammed Bin Rashid City developments. However, in reality, it serves children travelling from a wide area across Dubai.
Address: Al Khail Road Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE, IGCSE, EYFS, A Level, AS Level, Cambridge Secondary
Founded: 2013
Principal: Ms Fatima Martin
Average fees: AED 26,000
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The Central School Dubai
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Based in Al Nahda, Dubai, The Central School is located close to the Sharjah border and attracts students from across Dubai and the Northern Emirates. It follows the CBSE curriculum, blended with Montessori in the KG section.
Address: PO Box 90697, Dubai UAE
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 1981
Principal: Ms Mala Mehra
Average fees: AED 4,800
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Gulf Indian High School
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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 5,800
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Grammar School Dubai
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Grammar School Dubai is part way through and improvement plan which, through sweeping changes, aims to make the school one where students and parents can access a high quality UK Curriculum at an affordable price.
Address: PO Box 11230, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, AS Level
Founded: 2006
Principal: Ms Nikke Alley
Average fees: AED 5,400
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Al Mawakeb School Al Garhoud
3.1
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Al Mawakeb School is a private, K-12 school (3 to 18 years of age) located in Al Garhoud, Dubai. The school is one of three campuses located in Dubai (the others are based in Barsha and Al Khawaneej) managed by Academia Management Solution International (AMSI).
Address: PO Box 10799, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: UAE MoE, DELF, US HS Diploma
Founded: 1981
Principal: Omar Hatoum
Average fees: AED 17,500
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Arab Unity School
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Located in Al Mizhar, Dubai, Arab Unity School aims to offer a British based education at an affordable price. The latter it most certainly does, with fees ranging from 5,975 AED per year for FS2 rising to 9,992 AED for Year 13. That would be less than a tenth of the cost of some, more recently established, private schools.
Address: PO Box 10563 Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, EYFS, AS Level
Founded: 1974
Principal: Leonard Murphy
Average fees: AED 10,500
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The Sheffield Private School
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Al Nahda-located The Sheffield Private School provides education for approximately 1,200 boys and girls aged three to 18 years, from Foundation Stage 1 to post-16, offering UK IGCSE, AS and A' Level exams. The latest KHDA report shows the school's further improved Good rating, highlighting the important changes taking place to raise student progress, attainment and wellbeing.
Address: P.O. Box 92665, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, AS Level, IGCSE, BTEC, International A Level
Founded: 2001
Principal: Mr Roger Hancock
Average fees: AED 29,500
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Woodlem Park School Dubai
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Woodlem Park School Dubai - formerly Bilva Indian School - is a CBSE curriculum school located in Al Qusais that opened in 2014. It currently caters to boys and girls ages 4 - 14 and will expand its provision annually until reaching Grade 12.
Address: Al Ghusais School Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Curricula: CBSE
Founded: 2014
Principal: Ms Clara Martin
Average fees: AED 17,500
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JSS International School
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JSS International School is a private co-educational through school located in Jumeirah Village Circle (between the Al Khail Road and Hessa Street) to which it relocated from its nearby Al Barsha site in 2017. The school was first established on March 2009 by the JSS Education Foundation and provides education for students between KG to Grade 12, or ages four to 17 years.
Address: Al Khail Road
Curricula: CISCE
Founded: 2009
Principal: Ms Lata Nakra
Average fees: AED 23,000
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