Located in the Khalifa A/Al Shamkha area of Abu Dhabi (inland from the International Airport), Al Yasat Private School occupies a very large site in a residential area which is mainly occupied by local families. Al Yasat offers the US curriculum from KG1 to Grade 12.
Al Yasat Private School has received a Good rating in the 2021-22 ADEK inspection round as confirmed in April 2023. The report can be found under the Inspection Reports tab. The review will be updated in due course.
Al Yasat Private School is a US curriculum school now open from KG1 to Grade 12 with are approximately 1,150 students at the school, which has grown rapidly since 2014. The eventual capacity of the school is approx. 1,200. There are, on average, 25 children per class, with an equal split of boys’ and girls’ classes and a student to staff ratio of 22:1.
The school relocated to its current site in 2014 having previously occupied a city centre site at Al Wahda on Abu Dhabi Island for over 20 years. As such, it is definitely not a new school. The school is owned by Mr. Sultan Al Haji who also has two well know nurseries in his education portfolio.
Inevitably, with its base in a very heavily Emirati occupied area, the majority of students at Al Yasat are local children with just under 15% of the students being other Arab nationalities; Yemenis, Jordanians and Egyptians each represent about 2%.
The staff is a wide mix of native English speakers – the current Principal joined the school in 2016 and is Australian, following on from his British predecessor.
There is a very strong focus on Professional Development for staff. The curriculum follows the US Common Core standards, but also draws from other international curricula making use of best practice and resources.
The school’s website outlines its mission is “to provide a safe, nurturing, educational environment that will enable our students to become lifelong learners.” The leadership of the school captures the reasons behind the mission clearly through its statement of core beliefs.
The school seeks to ensure a creative, safe and nurturing educational environment enables students to learn effectively, an engaging curriculum which provides each student with the opportunity to think independently, explore, question and investigate encourages our students to become lifelong learners.
The school is accredited by US Accreditation Board Cognia, which ensures that the curriculum being delivered is in line with US requirements and that graduates' High School Diplomas will be recognised by colleges and universities internationally.
Al Yasat Private School follows the US Common Core curriculum for English and Math, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Science and the Virginia Curriculum for all other subjects.
The school aims to offer a holistic approach to learning, within a structured curriculum that is responsive to the educational and emotional needs of the children promotes environmental awareness and fosters responsible caring attitudes towards others. The school believes in promoting co-operation and team work in a dynamic and supportive environment and providing access to continuing professional development to ensure that our teachers continue to grow".
Al Yasat Private School is committed to providing every student with the opportunity to achieve educational success. The school aims to provide a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on the whole-child. Programmes are designed to inspire the academic, physical and emotional well-being of students.
Al Yasat Private School also embraces diverse learners. The school seeks to ensure that everyone is included, challenged and successful. Al Yasat is an inclusive school serving a diverse and globally mobile community by offering high quality programmes for children who learn differently, so that the entire can be served in one school. The school currently supports approximately 35 children with SEND and 50 who are Gifted & Talented.
The most recent ADEK inspection report from 2018-19 rates the school as Good overall and with Very Good in two key areas of measurement - The protection, care, guidance and support of students, and Leadership and management. The school achieved the same rating as two years earlier, having grown substantially during that period.
There is no doubt that the leadership and management are strengths of the school. The Board, the Principal and the senior leadership team are noted by ADEK to provide aspirational and purposeful leadership, whilst staff are fully committed to the school’s vision and direction. This is an absolute must for any school that is seeking to improve. Given that the school roll has increased by 600 students in the last two years and that the Principal, Senior Vice Principal and Head of Arabic took up post only at the start of 2016, they appear to have been extremely effective in marking their stamp on the school in such a brief period.
ADEK's inspectors note that the school provides an education of good quality for students. The attainment and progress of most students in most core subjects is good; in Islamic education and Arabic, it is acceptable. Most students develop good investigative skills and make good progress in developing critical thinking, innovation and creativity. Almost all students have very good attitudes to learning; they behave well and show respect for each other and their teachers.
Students have a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the UAE. They love their country and their culture.
Teaching is good in the majority of lessons and teachers plan for learning effectively and provide interesting and challenging activities for their classes. Assessment is accurate and helpful in directing learning. The curriculum offers students a rich menu of learning experiences.
In line with Al Yasat Private School's mission, the safeguarding of children is a priority and processes to enable students to lead a healthy and safe life are well established. The school is successful in meeting the needs of almost all its students.
ADEK noted that Al Yasat Private School's strengths were the achievement of students in social studies, English, mathematics, science and learning skills, and the proficiency with which most students communicate in English, in all sections of the school. Students also demonstrate very positive attitudes to their studies.
This is a school that is clearly improving and ambitious! It has made good progress in addressing the recommendations of the previous inspection report and in improving its overall performance.
There are areas of improvement identified by ADEK's inspectors, notably that attainment and progress in Islamic education and Arabic and consistent implementation of good classroom practice across the school are not at the level they should be. The skills of middle managers to support senior leaders in school improvement also requires that staff across the school “up their game” to ensure that changes are implemented at all levels.
But ADEK’s inspectors believe that there is continued Good capacity for the school to improve, which can only be a positive sign for students. Whichschooladvisor.com looks forward to witnessing the continued growth and improvement at Al Yasat Private School, which based on all indicators, seem to be almost a given.
If you would like to read the full inspection report - and we strongly recommend that you do so in order to understand the reasons behind the ratings - you will find it here.
This is a busy school with engaged staff and students, provided with very good facilities. It is very evident when visiting Al Yasat School, that the can-do attitude of the school’s Principal and the very clear belief that students are capable of great things, is having an extremely positive impact of the students who attend the school.
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Fees at Al Yasat range from AED 32,780 to AED 52,630, place the school at the higher end of the fee spectrum.
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