Dubai's Best Scholarships and Discounts For 2016/17

With an influx of new schools into the UAE and Dubai specifically, schools are beginning to have to think differently to attract students to their doors...
Dubai's Best Scholarships and Discounts For 2016/17
By C Hoppe
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By August 2016, Dubai will have approximately 20 new schools bringing the total in the Emirate to just under 200 private education institutions.

These new schools will not only bring new curriculum choices for Dubai parents, but they will also change the education landscape in the city significantly. Gone are the days of parents struggling to find a seat, any seat for their children.

By August we can expect more choice for our children, more seats in 'quality' schools and more availability in those with premium facilities.

But, that's not all. This new educational landscape will also offer parents new ‘financial’ incentives and options plus the potential for scholarships.

In fact, there are already, several schools which have announced their intentions to offer these for new and founding 2016/17 students.


Arcadia Preparatory School

The School: The Arcadia Preparatory School is located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) and will offer the National Curriculum for England to pupils studying from Foundation Stage 1 (nursery) to Key Stage 2 (year 6).

The Deal: Recently Abdulla Al Shirawi and Mohan Valrani, chairman and senior vice chairman of the Al Shirawi Group and founders of Dubai’s Arcadia Preparatory School, announced that in the ‘spirit of Easter,’ they would be offering ‘a founding scholarship’ for the school’s founders (those joining in academic year 2016/17). This significant discount equates to a 30 percent off annual fees for the duration of the child’s time at Arcadia.

The Saving: Prior to the announcement, Arcadia’s fees were published at Dhs 60,000 for FS1 which has since been reduced to Dhs 42,000, while Year 6 was originally priced at Dhs 69,000 and will now be only Dhs 48,300 for those starting at the school in the 2016/17 academic year.

For More Details See: here 


GEMS Education Group

The School: With this very recent announcement by GEMS, right now, it’s unclear which of the group's 31 Dubai schools will be part of the scholarship programme, but with nurseries through to 6th form, covering US, UK, IB, and Indian curriculums, there is potentially a lot of options available for parents.

The Deal: GEMS Education has announced its support to the Dubai Awqaf & Endowment vision by offering four percent of school seats to students who are unable to pay fees, the equivalent of 3,000 students per year.

The Saving: As yet it’s unclear which schools/student nationalities will be eligible to apply for this new scholarship.  However, Dino Varkey, executive director of Gems, recently told the National, already the group offers more than 6,700 pupils in GEMS schools scholarships, concessions or subsidies annually.

For More Details See: here


Sunmarke School

The School: Sunmarke School a brand new venture from Fortes, owners of Regent International which will offer FS 1 to post-16 British curriculum education in Jumeirah Village Triangle.

The Deal: Founders (those who join Sunmarke this academic year and all existing Regent International Secondary students who move across to Sunmarke), will effectively be receiving an exceedingly good value, proven, premium education in a brand new 21st century facility, at exceedingly competitive prices.

The Saving: Parents can expect to pay between Dhs 44,900 and Dhs 55,900 for Foundation through Primary during the first three years, while the Secondary’s most expensive Year is 13 and even by 2019 will cost only Dhs 72,900. All the fees quoted are significantly below the KHDA’s approved tuition fees, some as much as Dhs 22,000 per year.

For more Details See: here


Ladybird Nurseries

The School: Ladybird Nursery a UK's Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in a Montessori setting, with three locations: Jumeirah, Jumeirah Village Triangle and Umm Suqeim.

The Deal: The Monica and Navin Valrani Scholarship Fund has announced that they will be offering full scholarships to four students at two branches of Dubai's Ladybird nurseries, starting in September 2016.

The Saving: The current tuition fee structure for Ladybird's Jumeirah branch is Dhs 11,950 per child per term for five days a week; while founders' circle parent fees at Ladybird's JVC branch will be AED 14,850 per child per term.

Parents of the four children who are selected to receive the Monica and Navin Valrani Scholarship Fund will be granted 100% of their annual tuition fees at Ladybird and the scholarship will be open to all nationalities based solely on financial need.

For More Details See: here

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