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
By C Hoppe
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Deira International School 

Deira International School

KHDA Rating: Very Good (Up from last year's Good rating) 

Additional Ratings/Accreditation: BSO Rating- Good

Published Results: “In 2015 the average point score was 34 points, while the average grade per student increased to 5.6.”

Programmes: Diploma

Additional Curriculum: British

26 Diploma Options: Biology, business and management, chemistry, design tech, economics, English A language,English A literature, environment and society, film, geography, history, IT in global society, math studies, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, sports exercise science, visual arts, Spanish b, Spanish ab, French B, French AB, Arabic B, Arabic AB, theatre, business management.

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Festival City, Dubai

Diploma Fees Per Annum: Dhs 77,222

Contact: here


2015 KHDA Analysis of the DP years

English: Very Good
Most students' attainment in English, when measured against international curriculum standards, was above those expected. In lessons, the attainment of a large majority of students was above the curriculum standards. Students demonstrated very good understanding of a range of demanding literature. They critically analysed the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Wilfred Owen. Year 13 students' literary appreciation skills were highly developed; they were able to review their writing, reflect on its strengths and weaknesses and knew what to do to improve. Year 12 students demonstrated a serious and committed approach to the subject. Students' very good progress was shown in their written work. All groups of students, irrespective of their prior attainment levels, made very good progress over time.

Mathematics: Very Good
International Baccalaureate (IB) mathematics test results showed the majority of students attained levels above the international standards in 2015. These high standards had been sustained over the past three years. In lessons and in their recent work, a large majority of students demonstrated levels of knowledge, skills and understanding that were above the curriculum standards. Students' progress from Year 11 to Year 13 was very good, by both girls and boys. Students could reason with data from several sources or unfamiliar representations to solve multi-step problems. Some understood mathematical modelling as applied to probability and statistics. Others could apply probability to real life situations, such as predicting and analysing the outcomes from heating popcorn.

Science: Very Good
In international tests across all science courses, almost all students attained above the curriculum standards in 2015. These were outstanding results. Independent enquiry, research and critical thinking were strong features of learning in science. In Year 11, students made very good progress in their lessons and displayed all the characteristics required of the learner profile within the IB curriculum over time.

Learning Skills in the DP: Outstanding

Diploma Level Teaching for Effective Learning:  Very Good

Diploma Curriculum Quality: Very Good



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