Dubai's 15 Hot New Schools For 2016

Dubai's 15 Hot New Schools For 2016
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US Curriculum Schools 

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Name: Clarion School

Curriculum: US (progressive)

Location: Al Quoz, Dubai

Current year groups to fill: Pre – K, K1, K2, and Grades 1 & 2

Opening: August 2016

Fees per year:
Pre –K  Dhs 43,000
K1  Dhs 55,000
K2  Dhs 64,500
Grade 1 Dhs 76,500
Grade 2  Dhs 76,500
(Founder’s Circle is available and sibling discounts are available.)

Website: Go

The Buzz: A progressive and unique US curriculum

WSA Info: Launch Details,  Clarion Q and A 

Facilities: A green, sustainable campus featuring a book café and 10,000 book collection, a primary library, two pools – one 12 metre teaching pool; another 25 metre competition pool; a parent café; parent community room; healthy best catering by Theo’s Point for snack and lunch; wood shop and learning street; separated playgrounds for each school section designed by Bali Landscaping; art and music suites; apple school; wifi campus; black box theatre; auditorium; classrooms by Community Playthings; two multi-purpose gyms and multi-activity sports fields.

Admissions contact: Asia Diaz, Admissions Manager email:

In its words, why choose our school? 

"Clarion School will offer a progressive American education aligned to meet US standards in a small school, community environment, where parents, teachers and students form a learning community. Following US standards all classroom teachers will hold a Master in Education degree, kindergarten is limited to 18 and 20 students; Grade 1 up is limited to 24 students. Clarion’s curriculum delivers a progressive approach to teaching and learning where children actively explore and collaborate in a wide range of learning experiences, developing academic credentials and critical thinking skills. French is begun at Grade 1 with a second additional language at Grade 3. The school is a designed to green standards and a low carbon footprint. At Clarion every child is known and valued, fostering a curious, confident learner."


Name: GEMS Nations Academy 

Curriculum: US (enhanced) 

Location: Al Barsha, Dubai

Current year groups to fill: Kindergarten to Grade 8

Opening: August 2016

Fees per year:
KG1 Dhs 84,000,
KG2 Dhs 90,000
Grade 1 to Grade 5 Dhs 102,000
Grade 6 to Grade 8 Dhs 11,8000

Website:  Go

The Buzz: GEMS Education aims to bring a unique, truly innovative framework based on the US curriculum to the UAE, merging technology and a traditional US focus on sports

WSA Info: Nations Q and A, Nations Launch, WSA Site Visit to Nations

Facilities: Classrooms are equipped with Ipads, laptop computers, large screen touch -screen displays, and WiFi. Design technology, maker-hacker design labs, and music technology labs will be equipped with state of the art digital editing equipment. All students will become proficient in computer programming–our third language. The 70,000m2 campus has a 50m Olympic pool, 400m running track, a large gymnasium, playing fields and shaded playgrounds, theaters, and dedicated studios for music and arts for all grade levels.

Admissions contact: Parents can visit the Nations Academy Experience Suite between 8am – 5pm, or outside of business hours by appointment. Tel: 04 440 1500, or email

In its words, why choose our school?

"Nations Academy will offer a rigorous future focused American Curriculum, providing an academic experience that goes beyond what has been seen before, focusing on innovation, design thinking, and digital fluency, leadership training, and creative problem-solving, unlocking the full potential of every child. Teachers are recruited from the leading American universities. They will all be experienced in implementing the very best in classroom learning experiences, cultivating high levels of student engagement and preparing students with the 21st century skills that lead to success in college and beyond.

"Influenced by the “Project Zero” program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, the curriculum will inspire students to take responsibility for their education and to develop the skills of life-long learning and leadership so vital to success at a time of technological change. Areas of particular emphasis will be language and communication skills, 'STEAM' disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), Arabic language, and computer programming languages (coding).

"The college counselling department will be led by experts in placing international students in the leading universities, not only in the U.S. but around the world, and a rich array of extra-curricular activities and sports offerings will permit every student to develop his or her unique strengths as well as the qualities of character that lead to global citizenship and success in life."

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