Al Adab Iranian Private School presently looks after 470 students, largely from Iran but with a significant percentage also from Afghanistan. The school is based in Al Qusais, Dubai.
Al Adab Iranian School has been rated Acceptable for the eighth year in a row in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process. An abbreviated inspection report can be found under the Inspection report tab. An update to this review will be completed once the full report has been published.
The story so far...
Al Adab Iranian Private School opened in 1989 and runs as two separate school after Grade 6; one for boys and one for girls. The school admits students from 3 years of age onwards. KG classes are taught in Farsi and there is a choice between English and Farsi from Grades 1 to 5. From Grade 6, instruction reverts to Farsi. The school has 48 full time teachers with the majority being Iranian passport holders.
Al Adab Iranian Private School's curriculum is based on the national curriculum for Iran and there are two periods of Farsi a day.
The school is currently an IB Candidate school, according to their website, but it looks as though the school is only applying for IB Status for the Boys School.
What does the KHDA say (2016)?
The school has achieved an overall 'acceptable' rating in the KHDA ratings for the past 6 years. It noted the "outstanding" attitude of the students from the middle school onwards along with an improvement in teaching and good attainment in Maths and Science. The education regulator also noted very strong links with the community (parents in general seem very satisfied with the quality of education being provided).
However the KHDA reports teaching itself is currently only Good in the middle and high school and only Acceptable in the primary school. It recommends better Arabic provision, more time spent on developing critical reasoning and better monitoring of student progress.
One area of concern is that the health and safety, including arrangements for child protection and safeguarding has dropped with this year's report to Acceptable as, the report notes, "child protection issues [are] not understood by all staff."
One area where the school shined is in the attitude of the students. The report found that the staff successfully encourages students to have positive attitudes towards learning and to respect their peers and adults, creating a positive learning environment.
What about SEND?
Overall for both school, SEND accommodation is Acceptable. As the KHDA report notes, "the school [is] committed to the inclusion of students with special educational needs and disabilities and welcomed all, as shown by the range of students needs in the school."
What are the facilities?
Facilities are the school include: Science Laboratories, a library containing over 8000 books in Persian, Arabic and English Languages, computer laboratories, a sport hall, a football field, an assembly hall, a recreation hall, art and painting workshops.
The school offers a number of extra curricular activities from sporting and interest based clubs to educational trips, projects and leadership camps.
What are the fees?
Fees for the school includes extra curricular activities, books and stationery, admin, uniforms and health cards. Fees start at AED 8,572 for KG 1 and rise to AED 18,367 for Grade 12.
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