Amity School Dubai is a CBSE Curriculum school which opened in September 2017 in the Al Qusais School Zone. It is part of the same group that operates Amity University in Dubai and Amity International School in Abu Dhabi.
Amity School Dubai has been rated Acceptable - the minimum required rating - in its first inspection in the KHDA's 2019-20 inspection process. The full inspection report can be found under the Inspection tab. An update of this review will take place in due course.
The story so far...
Amity School Dubai opened in September 2017, in the Ghusais area of Dubai. Having initially opened for Primary only, in 2019, it will incorporated Grades 6 and 7, growing annually through Middle and High School. The school is part of a larger group of schools and universities that stretch across the globe. Amity Education, the parent organization, has institutions that offer education from pre-schools to the Ph.D. level, enrolling over 150,000 students.
In the UAE, the Dubai school is the fourth operation, with the Amity University in Dubai Academic City having taken the lead, prior to the establishment of the UK curriculum Amity International School in Abu Dhabi, and the Amity Early Learning Centre in Emirates Hills, Dubai. There are also campuses in London, India, Singapore, New York, California, Mauritius, China and Romania, and the Group plans to establish campuses in 25 other countries.
Amity School Dubai's Mission is to provide "an engaging and challenging learning environment where students are encouraged to excel intellectually, academically and socially. We ensure that our students achieve their highest potential by fostering their natural desire to learn with a personalized educational programme, project-based learning and guided enquiry. We promote the development of skills, including critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration to prepare our students to become successful global citizens".
The school's Vision is "is to see [our children] become moral, upstanding pioneers in every journey they begin – global citizens, creative risk takers and entrepreneurs in the forefront of their ambitions".
The school also focuses on providing Education with an Emphasis on Sustainability, stating that "We believe that through guidance, encouragement and excellent delivery of instruction, we can foster leadership qualities to each and every child under our care, with lessons and values that remain with them throughout their lives and well past their tenure with us".
Amity School Dubai is led by Founding Principal, Mr. Srinivas Naidu, a leader in CBSE curriculum schools for 30 years, of which 20 years have been spent in the Middle East. His focus is on "a good education infrastructure" as a leading foundation for "an ideal learning environment for children to enjoy each day."
The school offers a highly inclusive approach for students with additional learning needs.
Amity School Dubai states that it is focused on creating "an environment of inclusivity and collaboration where equal educational opportunities are given to students of determination, in order to learn and experience academic, cultural, social and emotional success within a common learning environment".
The school encourages different learning styles for student of determination which are functional, relevant and meaningful supported by high quality teaching and individual support. The school states that it will not refuse a place to a child with SEND and encourages siblings to join the school by offering priority admission for students whose siblings have SEN requirements.
What about the curriculum?
Amity School Dubai follows the EYFS curriculum in pre-KG and the CBSE curriculum from KG onwards. The school believes in a holistic educational model that focuses on developing different stages of a child’s growth, academically, socially and emotionally. It aims to ensure that students achieve their highest potential by fostering their natural desire to learn with a personalised educational programme, project-based learning and guided enquiry in interactive lessons.
In pre-KG the school follows the EYFS curriculum incorporating best practices from Reggio Emilia and the Montessori system. EYFS aims to help every child achieve the five outcomes of “Every-Child-Matters”: Staying Safe; Being Healthy; Enjoying and Achieving; Making a Positive Contribution; and Achieving Economic Well-Being.
The KG the curriculum focuses on key areas of learning such as communication, motor skills, and personal, social and emotional development. These specific areas are targeted through learning to enhance children's literacy and numeracy skills, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design.
The Primary curriculum is described as "child –centered and activity based". Core subjects include English, Enviromental Studies (Science and Social Studies), Maths, Arabic, Islamic Education/Value Education, and Moral Education. Hindi, French, Malayalam or Tamil are offered as the second language subjects from Grade 1 and above. In addition to the core academic subjects, students also take PE, Music, Art and ICT.
The Middle School Programme includes Grades 6 and 7 in the current academic year, and closely follows the CBSE board rules and guidelines. The school focuses on students acquiring in-depth conceptual knowledge, communication and leadership skills - thus creating an awareness of each student’s place in the world around them. The core areas of learning are: English, Maths, Moral Education, Chemistry, Physics, Biology as well as the usual range of Social Studies and co-scholastic activities including Sports and a variety of Arts subjects including Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Music and Dance.
What about facilities?
Classrooms are designed with bright colour schemes along with large windows bringing in plenty of natural light into the learning environment. Each classroom is equipped with smart boards. Spacious and colourful hallways connect classrooms and activity spaces. Indoor and outdoor play areas offer plenty of free space and as well recreational equipment for children to enjoy break times and take part in sports activities.
Grade/age appropriate learning resources are available for children to explore ideas, enhance knowledge, collaborate, solve problems and develop interactive skills. A varied selection of instructional materials, e-learning aids and practical resources are available to support subject matter.
Dedicated spaces are used for learning enrichment programs such ICT, Art, Music and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) lab. Well equipped laboratories and fully functional ICT rooms offer students opportunities to learn and prepare them to take Secondary and Senior Secondary Examinations in line with the CBSE requirements.
A library provides a range of learning opportunities where students can have access to various resources, information and information technology. Books are available in English, Arabic, Hindi, French, Malayalam and Tamil.
A learner’s swimming pool is provided for part of the Physical Education curriculum, with a swimming coach and lifeguard always on duty. Spacious playgrounds allow for physical activity and competitive sports. Secondary School facilities such as a full-scale football field, a canteen facility and sport hall will open as the school grows.
Judging by the success of Amity International School in Abu Dhabi which achieved a Good rating by ADEK in its first inspection, and repeated this with four of the six key performance measures being rated Very Good or above at its second inspection, the Amity schools in the UAE certainly seem know what they are doing where new school set-ups are concerned. The challenge for Amity School Dubai is likely to be one of timing of its entry - given the current slowdown in demand - rather than capacity of the school to operate effectively. However, if the school delivers on the promise of quality that it makes, we see Amity School Dubai being an attractive option for parents and students.
Amity School Dubai is currently accepting applications for Pre-KG to Grade 7. Fees at the school start at AED 15,000 for Pre-KG and rise to AED 26,000 for Grade 7 - these fees are reduced from the KHDA approved fees for 2019-20.
Amity School Dubai is a Best of school, a ranking determined by parent surveys on the site. It can be found in the following Best of rankings:
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