New STEM Focused School set for Nad Al Sheba

A STEM focused, Nad Al Sheba located, mid to premium fee based international school is set to open in Nad al Sheba. The curriculum is built on the California State Standards, but accented for an Emirati core of families that want to give their children advantages in the workplace of tomorrow.
New STEM Focused School set for Nad Al Sheba
By David Westley
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Twenty71 Elementary School is set to open in Nad al Sheba this August, and will offer a US curriculum based on the California State Standards, "exceptional school leadership" and a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and coding. 

Founding Principal, Dr Terry Burwell, says the school is a fantastic opportunity to re-imagine education, and to build something truly unique that parents and students really want," based on the changes that have happened in the last 15 months. Given its catchment area, the school expects to attract a strong Emirati following.

Dr Burwell was previously the principal of Beaconhouse Al-Khaleej National School in Sharjah. 

Twenty71 will offer classes from Pre-K up to Grade 5, says it will develop digital skills to "promote intellectual curiosity, social and emotional development and innovation between learners". Coding, robotics and simulations will form a key part of how it will deliver classes.  

The school will couple its focus on STEM with a strong Arabic and Islamic Studies programme. The aim is to "celebrate and understand Islamic values and encouraging awareness of Emirati and world cultures". Facilities in the school include virtual reality, augmented reality, hydroponic and bio-domes to encourage eco-literacy, and awareness of the importance of sustainability.

Despite being an elementary school, Twenty71 Elementary stresses it will deliver the skills and experiences that can "give its students an advantage in the workplace of tomorrow. "STEM jobs [are] expected to continue to grow at a faster rate than others in the coming decade... STEM-related industries are a major economic component of Dubai’s economy."

Twenty71 Elementary School will also offer it students a chance to get involved with community service and play a range of sports such as swimming and soccer.

"More than ever, skills for the future workplace are critical, as well as mental well-being, and leading a balance and healthy lifestyle," Dr Burwell commented in the media release announcing the new school. "At Twenty 71, children will think creatively by generating and exploring ideas, making original connections. We’ll work with them to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value."

Fees are mid to premium Pre-K will start at AED 34,000 and will increase to AED 37,500 in Grade 5. Scholarships are available for Emirati students. 

More information may be found on the school's web site

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