Updated 11 April 2021

Best Premium Schools in Dubai, 2021

Which schools head the ranking of the Best Premium Schools in Dubai?

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

Location: Dubai
Price point: Premium
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 603 schools in its database. These are all independent, private, international schools offering a total of 51 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 Premium Schools in Dubai, we, currently, have 57 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 74.

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 18th of April just after midnight to see the changes to the Best Premium 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 Premium 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 Premium 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 Premium Schools in Dubai?

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

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SCHOOL
PARENT
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RATING
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Dubai British Foundation
5.0
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Dubai British Foundation is one of a small number of Early Learning Centres in Dubai. A member of the Taaleem Group, it offers a 'Rising 3' and Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for children aged 3 to 5 years.
Curricula: EYFS
Founded: 2014
Principal: Carrie Hoza
Average fees: AED 50,000
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Brighton College Dubai
4.7
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Brighton College made its Dubai debut in September 2018, as part of a super campus with the Dwight School of New York. The school offers a UK curriculum based syllabus, while Dwight provides its IB counterpart. 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 69,500
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Hartland International School
4.6
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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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Dove Green Private School
4.5
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Dove Green Private School, located at Dubai Investments Park, provides a UK curriculum education to a small community of approximately 400 students.
Address: Green Community Dubai Investments Park Dubai, UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2014
Principal: Patrick Affley
Average fees: AED 47,500
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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 Andrew Gibbs
Average fees: AED 71,500
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The Arbor School
4.4
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The Arbor School opened in Al Furjan in September 2018. Now in its second 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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Horizon International School
4.4
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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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Repton School Al Barsha (formerly Foremarke School)
4.3
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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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Collegiate American School
4.2
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Collegiate American School opened in 2011 in Umm Suqeim, and admits children from pre-KG to Grade 12. The school is part of the Innoventures Group, which includes three IB curriculum schools - Dubai International Academy (DIA), the newer DIA Al Barsha (opened in September 2018), and Raffles World Academy, together with the UK curriculum Raffles International School. CAS is the only US curriculum school, and the only one within the Group inspected by the KHDA, that is not yet rated Very Good.
Address: PO Box 121306, Dubai UAE
Curricula: US HS Diploma, IB DP, Common Core
Founded: 2011
Principal: Dr Bruce Major
Average fees: AED 63,500
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Kings' School Nad Al Sheba
4.2
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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 56,000
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Jumeira Baccalaureate School
4.2
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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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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 since inspections began. Its neighbouring Manor Primary school (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: 1992
Principal: Mark Ford
Average fees: AED 49,000
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GEMS Wellington Primary School, Dubai
4.2
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Just past its first decade, GEMS Wellington Primary School (WPS) is a well liked and established primary school based in the Satwa area, taking pupils from 3 to 11 years of age (FS1 to Year 6). The school is rated Very Good by the Dubai regulator, the KHDA, and Outstanding across all measures in its British Schools Overseas report.
Address: Al Badaa Close to City Walk, La Mer, Downtown, and DIFC P.O Box 114652, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum
Founded: 2007
Principal: Sarah O'Regan
Average fees: AED 53,500
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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.
Founded: 2016
Principal: Mr James Pastore
Average fees: AED 69,000
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Kings' School Dubai
4.1
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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, currently offers Foundation and Primary stages.
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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Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches
4.1
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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: Mr Shane O'Brien
Average fees: AED 65,500
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Dubai International Academy Al Barsha
4.1
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Dubai parents were delighted to learn that Dubai International Academy Al Barsha would be opening its doors in September 2018. 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 Roderick Boswell
Average fees: AED 58,500
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Dubai British School
4.1
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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: Simon Jodrell
Average fees: AED 60,000
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Fairgreen International School
4.1
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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 Graeme Scott
Average fees: AED 61,500
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Raffles World Academy
4.1
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Now in its eleventh year of operation Umm Suqeim 3 located Raffles World Academy is home to approximately 1,720 boys and girls studying the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Course 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 57,000
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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park
4.0
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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 1,100 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, AS Level
Founded: 2015
Principal: Mr Brendon Fulton
Average fees: AED 68,000
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Arcadia School
4.0
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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 a secondary section, located just across the square from the original primary section.
Address: Orchid Street
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, BTEC
Founded: 2016
Principal: Giles Pruett
Average fees: AED 59,500
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Dunecrest American School
4.0
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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 is growing organically into Grades 11 and 12, year on year.
Address: Wadi Al Safa 3, Dunecrest American School, Dubailand, UAE
Curricula: IB DP, US HS Diploma, Common Core
Founded: 2018
Principal: Bill Delbrugge
Average fees: AED 77,000
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North London Collegiate School Dubai
4.0
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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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Capital School
4.0
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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 seven years. Currently open to year 9, the school has applied for approval to offer Years 10 and 11 from September 2021.
Address: 44 Baghdad Road, Al Qusais, Dubai
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Mr David Muir
Average fees: AED 48,500
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Jumeirah English Speaking School
4.0
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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: Shane O'Brien
Average fees: AED 48,000
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Jebel Ali School
4.0
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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: Mrs Lizzie Robinson
Average fees: AED 59,000
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Dubai College
3.9
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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 84,500
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GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
3.8
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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. It has been rated Outstanding by the KHDA for nine years in a row.
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 Royal Dubai School
3.8
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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: Mrs Vicky Martin
Average fees: AED 47,000
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GEMS FirstPoint School
3.8
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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: Matthew Tompkins
Average fees: AED 54,500
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Safa Community School
3.8
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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 in the current academic year. In its third KHDA inspection, SCS achieved a Very Good rating for the second year in a row.
Address: PO Box 71091, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Stephen Duckitt
Average fees: AED 63,000
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Horizon English School Dubai
3.8
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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.
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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Dubai International Academy
3.8
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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 has been rated Very Good for the past two years.
Address: First Al Khail Street, Emirates Hills, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP, BTEC, IB CP
Founded: 2005
Principal: Jayne Needham
Average fees: AED 57,000
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South View School
3.8
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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
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr David Flint
Average fees: AED 47,500
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Repton School Dubai
3.7
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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 fifth year, 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
Founded: 2007
Principal: David Cook
Average fees: AED 73,000
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Regent International School
3.7
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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: Jason King
Average fees: AED 52,000
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Greenfield International School
3.7
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Taaleem owned Greenfield International School (GIS) is a KG1 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: Dr Allan Weston
Average fees: AED 54,000
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Dwight School Dubai
3.7
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Dwight School in New York was the first in the United States to be an all through IB school. Via Bloom Education, the company responsible for the opening of Brighton College Dubai in addition to the two schools of the same brand in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, Dwight School Dubai is now the fifth campus globally, bringing the Dwight expertise and experience for the first time to the Middle East.
Curricula: IB DP, IB, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP
Founded: 2018
Principal: David Hutson
Average fees: AED 80,500
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Sunmarke School
3.6
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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. Three 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 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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Kings' School Al Barsha
3.5
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Having opened with approx. 650 students in September 2014, Kings Al Barsha has grown to 1,950 students in its 5th year, of which approximately 700 students are in Secondary. The school expanded to the first year of Sixth Form (Year 12) in 2017-18 and now offers all year groups.
Address: PO Box 38199, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, GCSE, A Level, AS Level, IGCSE
Founded: 2014
Principal: Ms Rebecca Gray
Average fees: AED 74,000
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Ranches Primary School
3.5
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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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Uptown School
3.5
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Uptown School is owned and managed by the Taaleem Group which operates two Early Learning Centres, two UK curriculum and three IB curriculum schools in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi (with a second opening in 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, IB CP, BTEC
Founded: 2005
Principal: Pali Nahal (Acting Principal)
Average fees: AED 73,000
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GEMS Dubai American Academy
3.5
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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 eight years in a row.
Address: Al Barsha 1, next to Al Zahra Hospital
Curricula: IB, US HS Diploma, IB DP, AP
Founded: 1998
Principal: Tammy Murphy
Average fees: AED 82,500
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Kent College Dubai
3.4
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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
Founded: 2016
Principal: Anthony Cashin
Average fees: AED 77,500
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Jumeirah College
3.4
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Jumeirah College, Dubai is a private co-educational secondary school operated by GEMS Education for students between years 7 to 13 (ages 11 to 18). JC follows the English National curriculum, offering A Levels at post-16. It is very much at home in Jumeirah, where it has put down strong roots within the community.
Address: PO Box 74856, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, AS Level
Founded: 1999
Principal: Marc Morris
Average fees: AED 81,000
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GEMS International School Al Khail
3.4
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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 and DP) with students graduating with the highly regarded IB Diploma.
Address: PO Box 391740, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP
Founded: 2013
Principal: Simon Herbert
Average fees: AED 61,000
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Nord Anglia International School Dubai
3.4
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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.
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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American School of Dubai
3.4
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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 78,000
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Swiss International Scientific School Dubai
3.3
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The Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai (SISD) is located in a still relatively quiet location (despite new building now underway) close to the remaining boat building yards at Al Jaddaf, a short distance from the Business Bay bridge and Downtown Dubai.
Address: PO Box 505002, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB MYP, IB PYP, IB DP, IB CP, Swiss
Founded: 2015
Principal: Norbert Foerster
Average fees: AED 77,500
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Deira International School
3.3
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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: Mrs Simon O'Connor
Average fees: AED 58,000
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GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail
3.3
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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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GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis
3.2
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GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) has just received its seventh KHDA report, and has been 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
Founded: 2011
Principal: Nathan Sadler & Andy Kai Fong
Average fees: AED 60,000
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GEMS World Academy Dubai
3.2
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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
Founded: 2008
Principal: Jay Roy
Average fees: AED 90,500
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Raffles International School
3.1
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Innoventures-managed Raffles International School is located in Umm Suqeim and currently has 1,100 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, DELF
Founded: 2007
Principal: Tim Richardson
Average fees: AED 55,500
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GEMS United School Sports City
3.1
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GEMS United School is the newest incarnation of Bradenton Prep Academy, a US curriculum K-12 school (KG1 to Grade 12) located in Sports City, Dubai that currently serves 660 students.The school has 86 full-time teachers, not including the Principal and a senior leadership team. The 2017/2018 KHDA report has the school ranked as Good for the second time.
Address: PO Box 111123, Dubai UAE
Curricula: US HS Diploma, AP, Common Core, SAT
Founded: 2009
Principal: Katharine Vavpetic
Average fees: AED 67,000
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Dubai Heights Academy
3.0
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Dubai Heights Academy is a relatively new school which opened in September 2017, located in Al Barsha South, following the English National Curriculum.
Address: Al Barsha South
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS
Founded: 2017
Principal: Miss Alison Lamb
Average fees: AED 48,000
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