United Arab Emirates / Abu Dhabi / Mohammed Bin Zayed City / Ajyal International School MBZ

Ajyal International School MBZ Parent Opinion

Ajyal International School is a British curriculum school that opened in Mohammed Bin Zayed City in September 2014. WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has visited the school twice, in December 2014 shortly after its launch, and again in May 2016.
At a glance
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Acceptable
Curricula taught
Availability 2018/19
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Annual fee average
AED 42,000
Annual fees
AED 26,000 - 50,000
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
2014
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Neal Maxwell
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
Emirati
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Comments
12 Archived Comments
Helen
Archived 10th Apr 2016, 10:58

I am delighted with Ajyal. The new Principal is excellent and very positive. The school has so many excellent teachers and both my children are very happy there.

Madjid
Archived 14th Jan 2016, 13:36

No one can complain about the building itself , beautiful and very pleasing. The car park for parents is however very small.

Staff members are welcoming, and nice to talk too apart from some exceptions when you find them overwhelmed and busy which is understandable. But I hope they maintain the high level of receiving parents in all cases.

The only issue I had was with the busses at the beginning of the year; I had to visit the school many times to secure a place for my daughter. but later on everything was great and the bus was always on time, no complaint now.

I like it when the bus supervisor welcomes my daughter... It makes me feel comfortable.

My daughter is interested in everything, she learned Arabic letters and literacy and numeracy, everyday I see some progress in her. She likes the school and sometimes in the weekends she insists on going to school.

I am a maths teacher and I can confirm that there is learning taking place in the class where my daughter is.

When one incident happened to my daughter, I just sent an e-mail to the school and in about 30 minutes I received a reply which is excellent.
Overall I am very happy with my choice.

Well done Ajyal, keep the hard work up :)

Madjid
Archived 14th Jan 2016, 13:56

By the way in me previous comment, I was talking about Ajyal MBZ.

Lyn Soppelsa
Archived 19th Jan 2016, 09:25

Hello Madjid,

Many thanks for providing this very positive feedback about Ajyal MBZ.

Syed
Archived 10th Dec 2015, 17:49

My son is in KG 2 at Ajyal MBZ branch and I am very pleased with his improvement in reading, writing, numbers and Arabic alphabet. I love the teachers there who are always available to discuss when you need. Last year though, there were some teething issues as it was the first year of the school, which is understandable, still, the school scored a B in ADEC's rating which is good for a new school. My son has progressed and he's happy there and looks forward to each day. I think that matters the most.
The new Education Director has 15 years of experience in one of the best British schools in Abu Dhabi which is reassuring as well. I am keeping my son at Ajyal.

Lyn Soppelsa
Archived 17th Dec 2015, 12:31

Hi Syed,

Many thanks for your positive comments about Ajyal MBZ. We're always pleased to receive such feedback and hope your son continues to do well.

fatma
Archived 28th Sep 2015, 23:24

Can anyone really give truthful advice about the school? My son will be in KG 1 next year in'sha Allah.

lina
Archived 21st Jun 2015, 12:23

Can anyone share his experience about the Ajyal School. I read from the comments it has poor education level? I'm thinking to transfer my Son who is going to grade 6 to it. Any feedback on this school?

Thanks,

shaza
Archived 8th May 2015, 19:31

I am surprised at the last comment. I have 2 kids at ajyal and I researched sooo much. The caterer they are using is called dclub and is the caterer for burjeel hospital. They infact serve very healthy food. Yes they do serve cakes (healthy cakes however) For christ sakes kids need to eat some good fat as well!! I myself am so pleased with this school and the staff is great. Maybe it still isn't a perfect school but come one it's their 1st year. So far so gooood I am happy andd so are my kids!

Salman
Archived 4th May 2015, 21:59

My son is in KG at this school and I am satisfied with his overall progress. Great emphasis is put on reading and writing skills. He is developing interest in the Arabic language too. Weekly emails are sent to update parents on the ongoing activities each week.

However, so far, there are no after school activities available yet.

Ahmed
Archived 18th Apr 2015, 20:02

Known for a strong British curriculum, but I personally did not notice any progress in the level of my kids. A beautiful building, but the school - from my experience - is very poor.
Fees are high compared to the level of education received by children. I have tried to raise this topic by e-mail and face-to-face with the school, but to no avail. I feel that there is a missing link somewhere. I really don't know what to do!

Abdulkareem
Archived 31st Jan 2015, 23:07

I have three kids at Ajyal School at FS1, G.1 and G.3. The school looks big and has lots of facilities. This is the first year for the school and a lot of space inside still looks empty.

The performance so far I believe looks very poor in terms of how I see the progress of my kids.

The communication with the school on student progress is still basic using emails with no Web based platform.

I was also surprise to see the food varieties in the cafeteria serving food to the primary stage where it has lots of unhealthy food varieties ranging from sweets, cakes, hot dogs, pizza..etc.

When I complained to the Principal I was shocked by his answer that this food is normal in schools, mentioning schools in the US!

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