2016-17: Dubai's IB Diploma Schools

If you're planning the IB Diploma (IBDP) for your child, then you need to know which schools offer the most effective teaching, which are the most cost-effective and which achieve the all important results.
2016-17: Dubai's IB Diploma Schools
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Uptown School

Uptown School Dubai

KHDA Rating: Good

Additional Ratings/Accreditations: N/A

Published Results: First cohort will sit the Diploma in 2017

Programmes: PYP/MYP/Diploma

Additional Curriculum: None

16 Diploma Options: biology, business and management, chemistry, English language, English Literature, English B, Arabic literature, French, Italian, maths studies, maths, Portuguese, Dutch, geography, psychology, physics.

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Mirdif, Dubai

Diploma Fees Per Annum: Dhs 83,852

Contact: here


2016 KHDA Analysis of the DP years

English: Very Good
In English, attainment was good against international benchmarks and students were making very good progress. Students demonstrated very mature attitudes in their discussions and presentations. They had effective skills in analysing texts and using different sources to support their arguments and when making class presentations. They spoke with confidence and eloquence, and used selfevaluation and reflection to very good effect to improve their work. Most had a strong understanding of writers’ use of language for persuasion and emphasis, and how its impact on the target audiences. A few students were still developing more robust and extended skills in written expression. All groups were eager to build their knowledge and worked diligently and collaboratively to continue to do so.

Mathematics: Acceptable
Attainment was broadly in line with international curriculum benchmarks in mathematics. Basic knowledge, skills and understanding developed at a steady pace and students knew how to apply, for example, the cosine rule, and worked out the response. Deeper understanding was more limited as was their understanding of the usefulness of mathematical concepts in the real world. Students in the higher level group made rapid progress in filling gaps in their mathematical knowledge and understanding. More generally, groups of students made acceptable progress.

Science: Good
In science, students’ attainment was generally in line with international standards. Students made good progress during their lessons and overtime, in their acquisition of knowledge. They were applying their skills to deepen their understanding of scientific concepts. They carried out investigations into topics such as Snell’s Law of Refraction, the breakdown of sugars in yeast and the effects of temperature on solubility. Most students used sophisticated practical skills and could write comprehensive responses to their observations. , They applied their critical thinking skills and sound knowledge and understanding to the DP curriculum standards. Different groups made similarly good progress. 

Learning Skills in the DP: Very Good

Diploma Level Teaching for Effective Learning: Good

Diploma Curriculum Quality: Outstanding


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