United Arab Emirates / Dubai / Nad al Sheba / American School of Creative Science, Nad Al Sheba

American School of Creative Science, Nad Al Sheba Q & A

Opened in 2016 at its original Al Barsha campus, The American School of Creative Science, Nad Al Sheba, aims to nurture students towards "academic excellence with strong moral values to develop successful and contributing members of a global society."
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
AED 35,000
Annual fees
AED 26,250 - 43,875
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Ms Sara Hollis
BEAM Education
Main student nationality
United Arab Emirates
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Welcome to the American School of Creative Science, Nad Al Sheba official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?


What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

American School of Creative Science is a school which aims to instill strong values in itself and its community. Our students will experience the best learning experiences from strong teachers who will be their mentors as well as their role models. Students will become global leaders of learning, life, humanity and faith.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

As an ever growing school we welcome more nationalities each year, we currently have over 40 nationalities and look forward to becoming a school of choice for all nationalities.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

The school has a good balance of nationalities, around half are UAE Nationals who come to our school due to its rich values and strong education and then our nationals are equally balanced from other parts of the world such as the Europe and Asia.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:25 and we have assistants in the lower Grades.

Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of how you measure, and current Value Added benchmark scores.

Data is gathered from a variety of sources including parent and student satisfaction surveys and external and internal assessment results to monitor strategic actions in line with overall school goals.

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

We currently conduct a number of external assessments to serve as benchmarking tools for our internal assessment data, including CAT4 and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).

Please provide details of how well your school did in its previous external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

Not applicable at this time as currently we do not have high school students.

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

Not applicable at this time as currently we do not have high school students. However, graduates from our sister Creative Science Schools have been accepted into notable universities within the UAE and around the world.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

The schools’ mission is to effectively instill traditional morals and values while ensuring excellence through an integrated curriculum based upon internationally renowned best practices in teaching and learning. At ASCS, English and Arabic departments adopt a common approach and ensure that links are established between the different subjects.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

We definitely encourage independent learning through homework, we also take into consideration the time a student spends on homework. Students are encouraged to work on project based work on homework rather than the conventional way of homework. Teachers would set homework projects for students which help to develop multiple skills over a number of subjects.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

We have a PE program that runs from KG to grade 8. We also offer International Sports as an elective, and ECAs promoting healthy activity. In addition, we have outsourced a Sports program (Abtal) that is offered on school grounds for our school students.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

The school promotes healthy lifestyles by offering well-prepared healthy choices for hot-lunch at the school cafeteria. We also encourage parents to pack healthy lunches. Our nurses and clinic staff regularly runs health campaigns to promote a healthy life-style. In addition, our school PTA works collaboratively with the teachers to deliver workshops on the importance of healthy eating, workshops have included having a balanced plate and reducing sugar.

How do you promote healthy eating?

The school promotes healthy lifestyles by offering well-prepared healthy choices for hot-lunch at the school cafeteria. Also, our nurses and clinic staff always run health campaigns to promote healthy life-style.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?

Yes, the school has a fully operational and highly effective food service and cafeteria for students.

What is the approximate average cost of a lunchtime meal?

The average price for a filling full rounded meal would be 20 AED.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

KG 7:15 to 12:30 pm
Primary 7:15 to 2:30 pm

Is there a school uniform?

Yes. Parents can purchase the school uniform on school premises after registration.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

Our Discipline Policy is designed according to KHDA Rules and Regulations for acceptable behavior.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

We give feedback to parents on regular intervals. Students are constantly aware of how they are doing in class both academically and behaviorally. Parents are informed both in writing (electronically and through progress reports). All formative assessment is tracked by the teacher for each student and based on the students understanding, the students will be provided with additional support through intervention or pushed to depth of mastery.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

There is a parent-teacher meeting at the end of each term in which parents will receive feedback from teachers based on their child progress and recommendations for next steps. The end of term report will capture the skills each student has secured in that term and targets for the next term which is done termly.

Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?


Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?


Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?

We have dedicated a prayer time and provided a prayer room where all students can pray.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Through differentiated instruction in class, and offering extra-curricular activities to support the needs of gifted and talented students.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes, all students who need additional learning support are supported by the SENDCo and social worker at the school.

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

We are setting up a department now dedicated to meeting the needs of students who need support, however as of now, our social workers and teachers work collaboratively to refer students to the right place and then in coming up with an IEP to help students in class.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

Not yet, but is in the plans for the upcoming year.

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?


Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

We have a well-established PTA that supports the school.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes, our parents have volunteered their time for arranging events and coordinating national and international days at our school.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

We believe in a strong school stakeholder relationship, as such, we strongly emphasize the role of parents in school engagement. We currently have a very active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) group and provide opportunities for the entire school stakeholder community to have a representation in our school Board of Governors.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Yes, in parent orientation meetings, at the beginning of the year, we walk them through the procedures and policies at our school. We also inform them on how to help their kids in homework, with assessments, navigating online resources, and such. . There is also a number of parent workshops done during the year to support parents and help to establish strong communication between parents and the school who work in partnership to support their children.

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