Dubai's Best Indian Schools

We take a look at the best Indian schools in Dubai, highlighting their 2016/17 KHDA inspection reports, their WhichSchoolAdvisor.com reviews, their parental feedback and more...
Dubai's Best Indian Schools
By C Hoppe
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Good Indian Schools

 

Name: Ambasador Kindergarten LLC
KHDA Rating: Good (First Good Rating- Previous Inspections Rated Acceptable)
Curriculum: CICSE/ Foundation Stage
Age: KG 1 and KG2
Number of Students: 257
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:10
Teacher Turnover: 8%
External Tests/Examinations: N/A
Fees:  Dhs 25,351
Location: Al Mankhoul
Websitehere

What we say: We like the varied and play based curriculum made from international best practice, the teaching assistants in every class including activities plus the really strong student:teacher ratio.

What the KHDA says: Children’s attainment in English, mathematics and science is good. Their progress in English is very good, and good in mathematics and science. Children are aware of the needs of others, working and playing alongside each other harmoniously. They quickly learn to negotiate with each other, solving disputes without adult intervention.

Children’s personal and social development is a strength of the school. They enjoy their learning, and display very good behaviour and attitudes to learning. Children are kept safe by caring adults, and they are developing a good awareness of how to keep themselves safe. Their understanding of Islamic values and social responsibilities is very good.

In lessons, the curriculum is well adapted to help the needs of the children, and the majority of children with SEND made good progress from their starting points in learning English, mathematics and science and against personal learning targets.

For the full WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review visit: here

 

Name: Ambassador School
KHDA Rating: Good (Second Consecutive Year at Good)
Curriculum: ICSE
Age: Grade 1 to Grade 11
Number of Students: 748
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:10
Teacher Turnover: 13%
External Tests/Examinations: IBT
Fees:  Dhs 19,976 to Dhs 40,000
Location: Al Mankhool
Website: here

What we say: One of the very few schools offering the ICSE curriculum, Ambassador, school offers numerous extra-curricular activities located close to the school in Al Nasr and Zabeel Parks.

Exam results: Ambassador had  an impressive 100 percent pass rate in 2016 with an average score of 90 percent.

What the KHDA says: Students’ attainment and progress are mostly good although weaker in Arabic and stronger in mathematics and science where attainment and progress are very good. Students’ learning skills are good in the primary and middle phases and very good in the secondary phase where students’ enquiry, research, problem solving and critical thinking skills are developed effectively.

The quality of teaching is good in the primary and middle phases and very good in the secondary phase. Assessment procedures are well developed and the school makes good use of a range of internal and external data to guide teaching and the curriculum.

The school follows the Indian curriculum which is enhanced through an extensive range of extracurricular activities. Modifications to the curriculum for students with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND), including those who are gifted and talented, are increasingly evident.

For the full WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review visit: here

 

Name: GEMS Our Own Indian School
KHDA Rating: Good (Up From Acceptable Last Year)
|Curriculum: CBSE
Age: KG 1 to Grade 12
Number of Students: 3,635
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:22
Teacher Turnover: 19%
External Tests/Examinations: CBSE
Fees:  Dhs 5,737 to Dhs 11,696
Location: Al Quoz
Website: here

What we say: Our Own Indian School is affordable and offers a good level of education for the fees asked. The Secondary section is in many ways Outstanding, the school community is extremely strong, (our parent satisfaction survey has many happy parents), and leadership at the school is considered extremely effective.

Exam results: GEMS has not published results for this school

What the KHDA says: Attainment and progress remain at least good in most subjects. The development of learning skills is strong across the school and is particularly consistent in Kindergarten (KG) and the secondary phase. Students' personal and social development, their understanding of the culture and the history of the country in which they live, their awareness and safeguarding of their environment as well as their contribution to the school community is impressive.

The quality of teaching is good across the first three phases of the school and very good in the secondary phase. The skills of the teachers in gathering, analysing and using assessment information to monitor, support and accelerate students’ learning is at least good, across all phases.

The curriculum continues to provide a very good framework for all students’ learning. Modifications and enhancements to the curriculum continue to increase.

For the full WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review visit: here

 

Name: GEMS New Millennium School
KHDA Rating: Good (Second Inspection and Second Good Rating)
Curriculum: CBSE
Age: KG 1 to Grade 9
Number of Students: 1,104
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:16
Teacher Turnover: 30%
External Tests/Examinations: CBSE
Fees:  Dhs 20,963 to Dhs 28,000
Location: Al Khail Road
Website: here

What we say: A Good school with a Very Good rated KG section. New Millennium offers 'day-boarding,' and a brand-new campus, packed with great facilities.

Exam results: Not applicable

What the KHDA says: Kindergarten children’s attainment and progress in English, mathematics and science are very good. Attainment and progress in those subjects at other phases is mainly good. Progress and attainment in Islamic education and Arabic are mainly acceptable, with weak progress and attainment in Arabic as an additional language at the primary phase. Students’ learning skills are very good in the Kindergarten and good in the other phases.

The quality of students’ personal and social development is at least very good. The quality of teaching and assessment is very good in the Kindergarten and good in the middle and secondary phases. In the primary phase, teaching is acceptable overall, with too much variability in the quality of lessons. The quality of assessment is at least good. Analysis of assessment data is done rigorously.

The design of the curriculum and the way in which it is adapted to meet the needs of different groups of students are of good quality overall. The kindergarten curriculum has been reviewed and improved and is now very good.

SchoolAdvisor.com review visit: here

 

 

Name: JSS International School
KHDA Rating:
 Good (Fourth Consecutive Year Rated Good)
Curriculum: CISCE
Age: KG 1 to Grade 12
Number of Students: 1,813
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:11
Teacher Turnover: 8%
External Tests/Examinations: ICSE/SATs 1 and 2
Fees:  Dhs 14,743 to Dhs 35,557
Location: Al Barsha 2
Website: here

What we say: A relatively expensive school in the Indian sector, however parents get a lot for their money. This includes: backing from the respected JSS Mahavidyapeetha trust in India, a unique western pedagogic  approach and strong leadership.

Exam results: In ICSE of 49 students, 23 secured more than 90%, 22 secured above 80% and 4 above 70%.

JSSIS has secured the second highest batch average of 84.31% for ISC in the UAE. 75% students secured more than 80% of marks.

What the KHDA says: Attainment and progress in English, mathematics and science are at least good in the Kindergarten, Primary and Middle phases, and Very Good or better at the Secondary phase. They are acceptable or better in Arabic as an additional language and Islamic studies. The quality of learning skills is Good in the Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary phases, and Very Good at the Secondary level.

Students’ personal development in all phases is Outstanding. Teaching and assessment practices are good throughout the school with Very Good teaching in Secondary. Teachers questioning, knowledge of how students learn and students’ interaction.

The design of the curriculum is Good in the Primary and Middle school and Very Good in the Kindergarten and Secondary. Critical thinking and problem solving is now seen more frequently in lessons. Curriculum adaptation was Very Good in the Kindergarten, Middle, and Secondary phases, and Good in primary.

For the full WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review visithere

 

Name: Kindergarten Starters
KHDA Rating:
 Good (Second Year Rated Good))
Curriculum: CBSE
Age: KG 1 to Grade 5
Number of Students: 5,438
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:23
Teacher Turnover: 10%
External Tests/Examinations: CAT4/IBT/PIPS-CEM/WCT
Fees:  Dhs 6,666 to Dhs 8,897
Location: Al Garhoud
Website: here

What we say: a well resourced and forward thinking primary school with strong leadership.

Exam results: Not Applicable

What the KHDA says: Attainment and progress for children in Kindergarten is good overall, with very good progress in English. Primary students demonstrate good attainment and progress across most subjects. In Arabic as an additional language, attainment and progress are acceptable. In science, they are very good. Students’ learning skills across the school are good.

The personal development of almost all students is outstanding. Teachers know their subjects well. Teacher and student interactions are positive, supportive and characterised by mutual respect. Most lessons are well planned with learning objectives, a variety of activities and summative assessments which are designed to build students' knowledge and skills. In a few lessons, teachers do not provide challenge or strategies to support all students learning.

For the full WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review visithere

 

 

Name: Our Own High School (Boys)
KHDA Rating:
 Good (Rated Good Since 2009)
Curriculum: CBSE
Age: Grade 1 to Grade 12
Number of Students: 4,695
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:22
Teacher Turnover: 13%
External Tests/Examinations: CBSE
Fees:  Dhs 8,260 to Dhs 13,778
Location: Al Warqaa
Website: here

What we say: A big school offering good value education at minimal fees.

Exam results: The 2016 CBSE Grade 12 results saw- 290 students appeared in the Grade 12 examination in March 2016 with 150 in the Science Stream and 140 in the Commerce Stream. The school secured 99.66 % pass. 5.6 percent of students secured 90% and above.

What the KHDA says: In the secondary phase, students' attainment and progress are very good in Islamic education and English, good in mathematics and outstanding in science. In the primary and middle phases, students' attainment and progress are good in Islamic education, English and mathematics, and very good in science. In Arabic as an additional language, attainment and progress are acceptable in the middle and secondary phases, but progress is good in the primary phase. Students' learning skills are good in the primary and the middle phases, and very good in the secondary phase.

 Students' personal and social development and their innovation skills are a strength of the school. Their attitudes and behaviour are exemplary.

Teaching is good in the primary and middle phases. In the secondary phase, teaching is very good, and as a result, students are making strong progress in the majority of subjects. The use of assessment information to influence learning and support students, is good across the school. However, assessment information is not always used to inform teaching, learning and the curriculum, especially in the primary and middle phases.

 The curriculum is broad, balanced and effective in supporting the development of students' knowledge, skills and understanding. Modifications made to the curriculum for different groups of students, especially those with SEND are also effective.

For the full WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review visit: here

 

Name: Rajagiri International School/Primus Private School
KHDA Rating:
 Good (Consistently Rated Good)
Curriculum: CBSE
Age: KG 1 to Grade 10
Number of Students: 1,565
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:16
Teacher Turnover: 22%
External Tests/Examinations: IBT/ASSET
Fees:  Dhs 10,945 to Dhs 21,941
Location: Al Warqaa
Website: here

What we say: The name change from Rajagiri to Primus was news to us, however the schools consistently Good rating has been maintained. While the individual indicators are something of a mixed-bag, the consistent Good rating is impressive in the sector.

Exam results: Not applicable

What the KHDA says: Students’ attainment and progress are very good in English in the KG and in science in the primary and middle phases. In the KG, primary, middle and secondary phases, students’ attainment in English, mathematics and science is mostly good. Attainment and progress in Islamic education are mostly good, while attainment and progress in Arabic are mostly acceptable.

Students’ personal and social development are a strength of the school. Through their excellent attitudes to school and exemplary behaviour, students contribute much to the calm and orderly atmosphere in the school. Students’ sense of social responsibility is very good throughout the school as is their understanding of Islamic values in the KG and secondary phase.

Much good teaching enables students to make good progress in most subjects. In many lessons teachers use well-designed activities to develop students’ problem solving skills. More use is being made of assessment to compare students’ performance to international standards. However, there is inconsistency in the extent to which teachers use assessment information to ensure that work is challenging enough for students of all ability levels.

The curriculum is well planned to promote students' progress and learning, particularly in the KG, where curriculum provision is outstanding. Modifications to the curriculum for different groups of students are reasonably effective. However, the individual education plans (IEPs) for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are not detailed enough to guide teachers’ planning to meet their learning needs.

For the full WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review visit: here

 

Name: JSS Private School
KHDA Rating: Good (Third Consecutive Year at Good)
Curriculum: CBSE
Age: KG 1 to Grade 11
Number of Students: 2,009
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:12
Teacher Turnover: 22%
External Tests/Examinations: IBT
Fees:  Dhs 11,131 to Dhs 23,059
Location: Al Wasl
Website: here

What we say: Although JSS Private is a relatively new school, its launched with a Good rating and seems determined to maintain at least a Good rating in the future. The school offers a wide selection of extra-curricular activities and collaborates with numerous overseas universities.

Exam results: JSS Private School does not publish results

What the KHDA says: Students’ attainment and progress are mostly good. Almost all students are keen to learn and work independently without constant teacher intervention. This is a particularly strong feature in the early years and senior sections of the school.

Across the school almost all students behave very well.

Almost all teachers have good knowledge of their subjects. They have positive relationships with their students. However, questions that encourage students to think deeply about their answers or help teachers to check students’ understanding are still not evident or used skilfully in all lessons.

The school provides a range of extended activities for students. Careful consideration is given to providing a curriculum that will help students be successful in international tests as well as nurturing them as global citizens.

For the full WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review visit: here

 

 

 

Name: The Indian High School (Junior School)
KHDA Rating: Good (Consistently Rated Good)
Curriculum: CBSE / CBSE-I
Age: KG 1 to Grade 4
Number of Students: 4,213
Teacher Student Ratio: 1:15
Teacher Turnover: 15%
External Tests/Examinations: IBT / ASSET
Fees:  Dhs 4,699 to Dhs 4,921
Location: Al Garhoud
Website: here

What we say: This not-for-profit school is actually rated between Very Good and Outstanding in the inspection criteria, the problem seems to be its just not nearly as good as the senior campus, (continually rated Outstanding by the KHDA).

Exam results: Not applicable

What the KHDA says: Students’ attainment and progress in the Kindergarten (KG) are outstanding in English and mathematics, but good in science. In the primary phase, attainment and progress are very good in mathematics and science. In English, progress is outstanding and attainment is very good. Progress and attainment in Islamic education are good, whilst in Arabic as an additional language they are acceptable. Students’ learning skills are very good in KG and good in primary.

Students’ personal and social development is a strength of the school. They are courteous and wellbehaved and their attendance is good. They have an excellent understanding of how to be healthy. They participate enthusiastically in the variety of activities on offer and have an outstanding awareness of cultural diversity, for their age.

The quality of teaching is good in both phases. At its best, teachers understand how students learn and they plan for the range of abilities. They create an environment in which students extend their learning with, and from, their classmates and they involve students in assessing their own progress. Where teaching is less effective, teachers dominate lessons and talk instead of allowing students to be independent learners and apply what they have learnt.

The curriculum is broad, balanced and planned so that it ensures progression in the development of students’ knowledge, skills and understanding. Modifications to the curriculum for different groups of students, including those who are gifted and talented, are improving especially in the KG.

For the full WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review visit: here

 

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