Al Takamul Private School in Al Ain, is the only American Curriculum school to open in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for 2017.
The story so far...
Al Takamul Private School is a new US curriculum school that opened in Al Ain in 2017, with founding Academic Director is Sara Vevers at the helm.
The vision of the school is to "educate and prepare young people to become highly successful in their professional and social life, to be creative and innovative in solving real-life problems, and to become leaders in their society."
Its stated goals are:
The schools says that it embodies the values of "respecting individuality, striving for excellence, learning through experience, and partnering with the community whilst embedding the heritage and culture of the UAE across the school". Its aims include ensuring that all of the learners who attend Al Takamul Private School will develop a range of skills and experiences to prepare them for their life in their professional and social world. The school "will promote a love of learning through real-life problem solving and respect for the local culture within a climate that fosters the aspirations of all".
Al Takamul Private School opened with some 250 students in its first year, who were divided across 21 classes. They are supported by approximately 30 staff which provides a teacher:student ratio of around 1:11. This is a low figure which should ensure plentiful individual attention.
Class teachers, who are all native English speakers, are said to be highly qualified and experienced, and to be outstanding practitioners in each of their areas of expertise. It is their mission to ensure that each child under their care achieves their very best, not only educationally, but also socially, morally and spiritually. Children are expected to excel not only in the classroom, but they will also learn how to be the very best person they can be, with a set of values to live by that exemplify the UAE’s vision for the 21st century and beyond.
The school believes there is no limit to "what our children can achieve, and our goal is to equip them with the understanding, skills and values to realize their dreams".
What about the curriculum?
The school follows an American curriculum, although it is not clear which curriculum and standards will be followed as they vary from state to state. Currently, the school runs from an early childhood education program for 4 year olds turning 5 to Grade 5, although Middle School will be added with organic growth from 2019.
The two-year Early Childhood Program provides a stimulating environment designed to ensure that the needs of the whole child are nurtured. Central to the Early Childhood Program is respect for the uniqueness of each child. Different levels of ability, development and learning styles are expected, accepted and used to design appropriate activities.
The classroom environment is designed for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults and other children. Learning is through doing. Work and play are interchangeable, and all classroom experiences yield learning opportunities. Project work, usually an in-depth study of a topic that is of significant interest to each child, is incorporated in both KG1 and KG2.
The Elementary School program for students from Grades 1–5 is designed to enable students gradually to move from a developmentally based program toward a more formalized approach to learning. Children continue to learn by doing, practicing previously learned skills and acquiring new ones. Teachers encourage the formation of good work and study habits and organizational skills as well as a respect and understanding for other cultures. They endeavor to stimulate every child’s interest, curiosity and creativity, challenge each student to fulfill his/her potential, and promote a true love of learning.
Individual and group work in all core subjects is used to enhance students’ problem-solving, critical-thinking and logic skills. Al Takamul Private School students may come from many different schools and learning environments and their learning needs are assessed regularly to ensure their success. Teamwork and responsibility are emphasized throughout the Elementary years.
Details of the Middle School program are not currently available, and the lack of information with respect to accreditation and the State curriculum being followed (and details of the Science standards) are somewhat of a concern to us at WhichSchoolAdvisor.com. Although the majority of students may be Emirati and may not plan to study overseas, the ability to do so through an accredited curriculum is none-the-less key to ensuring that the academic provision of the school is of a standard that would be accepted outside the UAE.
The school offers a variety of extra-curricular activities for its students. The school will also offer age appropriate field trips for students.
It is still early days for Al Takamul Private School. We would like to see far more detailed information about the school curriculum, accreditation and facilities. The first ADEK inspection will take place in the current academic year - it will be interesting to see how much more we can learn about Al Takamul Private School at that point.
Fees for the school start at AED 16,850 for KG1 and rise to AED 19,500 for Grade 5. Fees include books and uniform and can be paid in three installments.
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