The third Dubai school to be opened by the AMSI Group, Al Mawakeb School Al Khawaneej, will actually be based in the Al Mizhar area, convenient for families from Dubai (driving against the traffic) and those living in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates. The owners' aim is to introduce a new school that "focuses on shaping a generation of innovative thinkers and achievers". Scheduled to open in September 2018, enrolling students from Pre-K to Grade 8, the school will grow organically to Grade 12.
Al Mawakeb Al Khawaneej's syllabus will be based on the American Curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English and Maths, New Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Science, and California State Standards for Physical Education, Arts and Modern Languages. The school will provide the UAE Ministry of Education curriculum for Arabic, Islamic Studies, Moral Education and Social Studies.
Set in an area of 65,000 sq. ft., the new school will offer a blend of academic programmes, state-of-the-art facilities and a vision for creating a new generation of confident achievers.
The school aims to work diligently to provide the students with ample opportunities for self-realisation and self-fulfillment. This approach is designed to encourage students to be self-reliant.
The school's academic programme will incorporate technologically advanced learning aids, together with a variety of extracurricular and intramural sports and activities. Innovation will be an integral part of the curriculum with the 5E instructional model, consisting of 5 phases of learning: engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration and evaluation.
Students will be engaged in project based and collaborative group work. They will also participate in hands-on activities such as designing 2D and 3D models using concrete objects and technology tools. The technologies that will be deployed at the school aim to transform the traditional classrooms and laboratories into interactive, high-tech, multimedia learning environments. All classrooms in all grade levels will be equipped with interactive whiteboards.
Technology-rich instruction will enable the needs of different groups of students to be met, including those with SEND, and those who are gifted and talented. The school will also provide tablets and iPads to assist students with learning difficulties to use text-to-speech programmes, video tutorials, and educational virtual games. A variety of academic support programmes, curriculum modifications and intervention strategies will enable teachers and other learning support staff to fulfill the school’s mission of addressing, supporting, and identifying the special educational needs, including the gifts and talents of students, through a flexible admissions policy and commitment to inclusion.
Al Mawakeb’s multi-lingual programme (with three languages taught from KG to Grade 12) will enable students to develop their language skills and reading literacy from an early age. French will be emphasised and a strong foundation laid in KG; English will be the language of instruction from Grade 1– 12, whilst differentiated Arabic and French lessons will be provided across the school, and Social Studies and Islamic Education will be taught in English and Arabic. Students will be routinely engaged in various activities that promote reading habits.
The school will strive to provide extensive learning opportunities to students, through a wide range of Elective Courses to inspire and cultivate the skills, interests, and personal goals of High School students. The school will also offer AP programmes for students seeking College entry, in addition to conferring its own High School Diploma.
Co- and extracurricular activities will be implemented across all grade levels to enhance the learning process, foster holistic learning, emphasise 21st-century skills, promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, develop innovation and creativity skills, uphold social responsibility, and reinforce students’ ability to make real-life connections and applications.
The school's facilities will include fully equipped general and specialty Science Laboratories, a Music Room and Studio, an Art Room with high-end surround sound systems, Computer Labs with individual workstations, a dedicated STEM Lab, Libraries, Multi-Purpose Halls/Activity Rooms, a multi-tiered Auditorium, Indoor Gym featuring Basketball, Volleyball and Handball courts, a fully equipped Fitness Gym, Indoor Swimming Pool, an outdoor Football field, Running track, and Multi-Sport court.
Both Al Mawakeb School Al Garhoud, and its sister branch in Al Barsha have recently been rated Good in the 2017-18 KHDA Inspection round; parents can therefore be assured that their children will be enrolled in a school with considerable experience and a solid reputation.
Fees start at AED 33,450 for pre-KG and rise to AED 54,050 for Grade 8 (the highest grade on opening). Grade 12 fees have been approved at AED 64,350. In addition, selected students from Grades 7 to 12, who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and fulfill eligibility requirements, are entitled to scholarship discounts applied towards their tuition fees. Eligibility for scholarships is assessed based on academic performance on a yearly basis.
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