Best IB Schools In Dubai: The List

How did Dubai's IB schools fare in this year's Diploma results and KHDA inspections? takes a look at the city's 'pure' IB schools to find out what the KHDA thought of them this year, their exam results, facilities and more...
Best IB Schools In Dubai: The List
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Jumeira Baccalaureate School Dubai

Name: Jumeirah Baccalaureate School (JBS)
Rating: Good
Location: Jumeirah
Age: 4 to 18 years old
Fees: AED 58,152 to AED 87,228
Teacher turnover: 26%
Teacher/student ratio: 1:10

2017 IB Diploma Results: 32 average score and 100% pass rate
Update: Read the review for the latest results.

What the KHDA says: With 26 unique indicators all up from last year;s inspection, it looks like JBS is really working towards obtaining a Very Good rating shortly.

The DP programme at JBS is in many ways Very Good to Outstanding and even Arabic Language and Islamic Education score Good or better.

The report highlights, “children’s progress is mostly Very Good in the Kindergarten (KG) and for students in the diploma and career programmes (DP/CP), as a result, of at least consistently good teaching. It is mostly Good in the primary years programme (PYP) and the middle years programme (MYP). Students’ attainment is at least Good across the school apart from Islamic education in the PYP, where attainment remains acceptable. However, progress is Good in this subject. Most students are able to work without close teacher supervision. A minority of students, in the PYP and lower MYP lessons wait for direction from the teacher and as a result, a few become disengaged.”

Almost all teachers have secure subject knowledge. Effective questioning in the KG and DP phases is very effective in ensuring that students build progressively on their prior learning. This is not as consistently effective in the PYP and MYP phases.

The curriculum is effective and suitable adaptions have been made, these are most effective at DP level.

Innovation: In the strategic planning for school improvement, leaders give careful consideration to the incorporation of innovative practice.

Facilities: health centre, 25m shaded pool, science labs and prep room, language labs and visual arts centre, product design studio, PE hall, cafeteria, dance studio, tennis courts, music and practice rooms, library and playgrounds.

Notes: In 2016, JBS registered a 100% pass rate in the IB Diploma and students have gone on to study at: Cardiff University, King’s College London, Exeter University, University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh and more...



Name: Swiss International Scientific School Dubai
Rating: Not Applicable
Location: Dubai Healthcare City
Age: 3 to 16
Fees: AED 60,000 to AED 110,000
Teacher Turnover: N/A
Teacher/Student Ratio: N/A

What WSA says: “SISD is doing well by anyone's standards…the school is developing and student numbers have doubled since opening. Families have been attracted, by the Swiss reputation for quality, reliability, and for “walking the talk”. Growth has also been driven by an "open approach towards the IB programmes, one that matches a 21st Century teaching and learning environment".

It is the school's strong, for the UAE unique, bi-lingual programme that is the major draw of the school however. SISD is a truly international multi-lingual environment. Although all communication with parents is in English, parents are encouraged to learn the additional language(s) that their children are studying. The principal hopes that the language options will continue to grow with the possibility of the school piloting the IB Middle Years and Diploma programmes in German, a goal he is working directly with the IBO to achieve. The school also plans on adding a stronger Arabic component at some point as well."

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