Today saw the registration launch event for what will soon be the most expensive day school in the UAE, Dwight School Dubai.
The IB curriculum school will be the Dwight School group's first in the Middle East. However, the brand is well known in the US with the parent school in New York now nearly 150 years-old.
More recently, Dwight has expanded internationally with schools in Seoul, Shanghai and London.
Dwight is known for its personalised approach to learning, with founding head of school, Janecke Aarnaes, saying this was what drew her to the school.
It will be Aarnes’ first position in the Middle East having previously held leadership positions in Belgium and Norway. At the launch, Aarnes addressed the audience in Arabic before returning to English to discuss the "unique attributes of a 'Dwight education'".
Dwight plans to distinguish itself by placing firm focus on innovation, community, personalised learning and a clearly defined global vision.
Blake Spahn, vice chancellor of all Dwight Schools said:
"When you are admitted to one Dwight school, you are admitted to them all.”
He went on to highlight the opportunities for students within the Dwight global network adding students moving to countries with Dwight schools will be admitted immediately and should there be no places available, existing students will be placed at the top of the waiting list.
Aarnes said the school will offer students exchange trips within the Dwight network, both short duration, termly and annually.
She went on to highlight that Dwight is both non-selective and inclusive.
The school will be completed by September 2018 and offer places initially for KG through to Grade 9.
Dwight is located on the same plot as Brighton College, also due for completion summer 2018, and will share several of the facilities including a running track, auditorium and the Arabic Centre of Excellence.
The ‘interest list’ opens today. KHDA approved fees range from AED 114,000 to AED 130,000.