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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Dubai International Academy 

Dubai International Academy DIA

KHDA Rating: Outstanding (Previously rated Good)

Additional Ratings/Accreditations: NEASC, CIS, MEIBA

Published Results: In 2016, 98% of students passed the Diploma programme at DIA

Programmes: PYP/MYP/Diploma

Additional Curriculum: US

46 Diploma Options: Biology, business and management, chemistry, computer science, design tech,  economics, English A language, English A literature,  English B, environment and society, geography, history, IT in global society,  math studies, mathematics, physics, psychology, sports exercise science, theatre, visual arts, turkish A literature, Swedish A literature, Spanish B, Spanish AB,  Spanish A literature, Russian A literature, Polish A literature, Italian A literature, German A literature, French B, French AB, French A literature, Finnish A literature,  Dutch B, Dutch A literature,  Chinese A literature, Arabic B, Afrikaa A literature, German b, business management, Persian A literature, Urdu A literature, Hindi A literature, Japanese A literature, Portuguese A literature, business management.

Language of Instruction: English/Arabic

Location: Emirates Hills, Dubai

Diploma Fees Per Annum: Dhs 67,893

Contact: here


2016 KHDA Analysis of the DP years

English: Outstanding
In English, most students were highly articulate speakers and focused listeners who confidently and capably tackled the reading of a demanding range of literary texts. They explored their ideas in creative activities such as debating and this led to well-crafted essays. Accordingly, most students attained above expected levels in their IB diploma, although there was scope to improve Standard Level of students’ performance. Most students made better than expected progress from their individual starting points, both in lessons and over time. All groups of students made similar progress.

Mathematics: Outstanding
In mathematics, the large majority of students attained above curriculum and international standards. Students had a very secure knowledge of statistics, functions and basic calculus. They could confidently apply their skills to solving real-life problems. An analysis of students' work showed that a large majority of students made better than expected progress. Students were very adept at using various technologies to support and often extend their learning. Independent learning was a notable strong feature of learning in this phase. From their starting points students made rapid progress in their learning.

Science: Outstanding
Intellectual rigour was a feature of all science learning, exemplified by discussions about dark matter in Year 13 physics and about genetic modification of crops in Year 12 biology. High-level practical work was integral to their studies and students were expected to design their own experiments; for example, to investigate the effects of temperature on tennis racquet strings or how sand affected solar panels. The use of learning technology was intrinsic to research, recording information, revision and preparing presentations. All students were able to talk about and write about high-level scientific concepts in realworld contexts. Progress for all groups of students, over time and in lessons, was exceptionally quick.

Learning Skills in the DP: Outstanding

Diploma Level Teaching for Effective Learning: Outstanding

Diploma Curriculum Quality: Outstanding



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