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Asian International School Ruwais Review

Asian International School Ruwais is part of a group of three schools offering the CBSE curriculum. The Ruwais branch is aimed at mainly Indian families working with the ADNOC group. Two further schools are located in Madinat Zayed.
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1.7 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Good
Curricula taught
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 7,400
Annual fees
AED 3,370–11,860
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Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1988
School year
Apr to Mar
Teacher turnover help
14%
Principal
Mr Anzar Abdul Salam
Community
Main teacher nationality
India
Main student nationality
India
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Asian International School Ruwais
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Good
Curricula taught
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 7,400
Annual fees
AED 3,370–11,860
Price band help
Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1988
School year
Apr to Mar
Teacher turnover help
14%
Principal
Mr Anzar Abdul Salam
Community
Main teacher nationality
India
Main student nationality
India
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Asian International School Ruwais is part of a group of three schools offering the CBSE curriculum. The Ruwais branch is aimed at mainly Indian families working with the ADNOC group. Two further schools are located in Madinat Zayed.

The story so far...

Asian International Private School (AIS) Ruwais opened as a villa school in 1988 to educate the children of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) employees.  By 1993, it had grown to become a Kindergarten (KG) to Grade 10 school and, in 1999, extended to Grade 12.  Close to 93% of students are children of ADNOC employees, and its subsidiary oil company, who require their children to follow a Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum. The school occupies three sites around the city: one for KG classes, a second for Grades 1 to 3 students, and the main administrative block accommodates students in Grades 4 to Grade 12.

There are two further schools in Madinat Zayed, the second of which, Branch 2, whilst operational, does not have its own website and little information is available from ADEK as the school has not yet been inspected. According to the Abu Dhabi Government website - TAMM - the school is open from KG to Grade 10.

The school's somewhat lengthy vision is "to be recognized as a Centre of Excellence in the field of education by meeting the challenges of the present and the future that leads to a pertinent motto “EDUCATION BRINGS PROSPERITY".  We take pride to build up an outstanding learning community, recognized internationally, [an] enjoyable and advanced learning experience to students, which values each individual to explore the vast horizon of learning and encourage our students to find their place in the world around them".

The school is led by Director General Rashed Mubarak Mohammed Al Mansoori, and the Founder Chairman Salim, who notes that he is "glad to emphasize that our first step into the arena of education in 1988 is presently leaping towards the zenith of best practices in academics and moral values".

Perhaps a stronger grasp of the school's ambitions can be found in the Principal's introduction where she notes that "School life must be a quest for meaning that goes far beyond the limitations of conventional curricula, text books and standardized examinations, so that when our students leave us they are secure in their abilities, strong in their principles and confident to face challenges. Our school endeavours to provide an environment that encourages growth, fosters creativity, exploration and discovery; where children can find magic in the mundane, enjoy the gift of robust laughter, broaden their intellectual, physical and emotional horizons and build a strong sense of integrity, compassion and generosity of spirit".

Evidently, AIS Ruwais has had some success in recruiting students whose families share the school's goals.  At the time of the most recent ADEK inspection in 2019-20, there were 1,620 students on the roll.  Of these,  some 16% (260) children were in the Kindergarten, a further 600 students were in the primary section, 485 were in the middle Section, and 275 in the Senior section.  Boys and girls were roughly equal in number.

The majority of students, 81%, are of Indian heritage, 4% are Jordanian and 4% are Egyptian. There are further small proportions from other countries including Pakistan, Yemen and the Philippines.  1% of students have been identified with SEN requirements.

Students are supported by some 99 teachers and approximately 8 learning assistants.  This provides a teacher:student ratio of 1:15.  Staff turnover at 14% is on the high side for an Indian school, though lower than the UAE average in international schools of 20-22%.

What about the curriculum?

AIS follows an Indian curriculum and is affiliated to the CBSE Board. It also follows the Ministry of Education (MoE) curriculum for Arabic, Islamic education and UAE Social Studies. 

AIS introduced the CBSE-i curriculum in 2010, an enquiry and skill based curriculum taught entirely through e-books - and a pioneering approach by the CBSE to deliver education with a global outlook to Indian students overseas. This curriculum was withdrawn in 2017 and schools required to revert to the standard CBSE curriculum as taught in India. The medium of instruction is English, with Hindi, French ad Urdu taught as Second Languages.  Students start Hindi in Grade 1 and are offered a choice between Hindi, French and Urdu from Grade V. 

The course of study taught in Standard X includes English, together with a combination of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology; Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science; or Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics and Computer Science. 

In common with many CBSE curriculum schools, the focus is very narrow - in terms of either a Science or Commerce stream. 

AIS states that the curriculum has been designed to nurture multiple intelligences, such as linguistic or verbal intelligence, logical mathematical intelligence, spatial intelligence, sports intelligence, musical intelligence, inter-personal intelligence and intra-personal intelligence. It also includes core components such as the "development of Perspectives, Research, Life Skills, and SEWA (Social Empowerment thorough Work and Action)".

The 2017-18 ADEK report noted that "A good range of opportunities for enterprise, innovation and social contribution is provided through extra-curricular activities, and in lessons. In the High [school] phase students have frequent opportunity to use technology to research and share ideas".

In addition to the academic subjects, students are also required to participate in PE and games. These include Football, Basket Ball, Volley Ball, Cricket, Badminton,Yoga, Karate, and Dance.  The school also offers free Martial Arts Classes for students from Gr IV-IX.

What about Academic achievement?

AIS Ruwais does not provide details of student achievement on its website on a permanent basis, but have announced the results for the current academic year.  We at WhichSchoolAdvisor.com  are always happy to see schools share their students' achievements, although often the information that would provide an overview of all students' performance - rather than simply "toppers" - is lacking. 

This is sadly the case with AIS Ruwais who advised that all 58 students from the Science Stream and 13 students from the Commerce stream appeared for the Standard XII AISSCE in 2019.  In the Science Stream, the school said that it had achieved outstanding results with the highest score being 97.8 % which was also the second highest score in the UAE.  In the Commerce Stream, the topper scored 92.4%.  Unfortunately, the school does not provide any information about the overall average score for the school - something that would allow comparison with other schools across the board, rather than just the highest scores.

In the Standard X exams, more than 60 students scored 90% and above, and 15 students scoring 95% and above in the AISSE.  All the students who appeared for the exams passed them - though the school does not mention how many there were, nor the average score - with the highest being 98.4 %.

The 2017-18 ADEK report noted that "Student performance in recent Grade 12 MOE examinations was very good in Arabic as a first and second language. In the recent Grade 12 CBSE examinations, students’ performance was outstanding in English and very good in mathematics and science. In the recent Grade 10 CBSE examinations, students’ performance was outstanding in English and good in mathematics and science"

We would encourage AIS to provide more detailed and broader data so that they can genuinely share the achievements of all their students, and not just the top few.

What about the facilities?

Little information is provided about the school's facilities other than that if offers "full-fledged facilities" for science and information technology (including separate Physics, Chemistry and Biology labs), a library, multi-purpose hall/auditorium, a Cafeteria, a Clinic, and School Counsellor. 

However, the 2017-18 ADEK report noted that the school had plans to relocate to new buildings which will improve both physical facilities and resources and the 2019-20 report noted "School facilities have improved. The KG and Primary section is now located in a separate campus with improved facilities, such as a research and development room, and a language lab in the senior section. These have had a positive impact on learning." 

What the inspectors say

Whilst the information related to exam performance may not be as detailed as we would like to see, there is no questioning the improvement that has occurred at AIS Ruwais since their ADEK inspection in 2015-16, when the school was rated Weak.  In the period since then, the school has clearly made significant efforts and progress - as well as growing substantially in size - and was awarded a Good rating in the 2017-18 inspection round - a result that was repeated in the most recent 2019-20 inspection which took place in November 2019, shortly prior to the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Not only did the school retain the Good rating in the most recent inspection, but it has clearly solidified its performance across all areas and also improved its ratings to Very Good in two of the six key performance standards - those of Students’ personal and social development, and their innovation skills, and The protection, care, guidance and support of students. 

In their overview of the school's performance, the ADEK inspection team noted that:

"The principal has been in post for five months. Student population in the KG and Primary section has grown by 38%, of which 20% are those whose first language is Arabic. Teacher turnover is high in the KG and Primary section in addition to new teachers recruited for the expansion."

In terms of the overall performance of the school, inspectors found that AIS Ruwais continues to merit its good rating. "Students’ achievement remains good overall. Leaders’ vision for the school to be a centre of excellence is more evident in the relatively stable senior section. On-going training has resulted in improved teaching strategies but they are not yet embedded in the KG and Primary section. Self-evaluation judgments are mostly accurate. The leadership team has ensured the school development plan (SDP) addressed recommendations in the previous report, and is evaluated regularly."

The ADEK inspection team identified the strengths of AIS Ruwais as:

  • Students’ improved achievement, particularly in English, mathematics and science.
  • Students’ behaviour, attitudes and work ethic.
  • Students’ understanding of UAE culture and the role of Islam.
  • Improved teaching strategies, particularly in Middle and High.
  • Staff-student relationships.

Areas of improvement identified by the inspectors were to:

  • Further improve students’ achievement in all subjects, particularly in Islamic education and Arabic in all phases, English and mathematics in Primary, and all subjects in KG by:
    - modifying the curriculum to provide effective challenge. support and independent learning in KG and Primary, particularly for students whose first language is Arabic (AFL)
    - developing children’s phonics skills in KG
    - displaying high frequency words and key vocabulary in Arabic and English
    - increasing purposeful, student-centred learning in Arabic-medium subjects, particularly in Arabic as a second language (ASL)
    - continuing to improve recitation skills in Islamic education.
  • Monitoring teaching and assessment to improve students’ outcomes by:
    - providing targeted support for teachers and leaders across the school, to address inconsistencies in teaching and learning
    - broadening the range of teaching strategies that allow students to take the lead in their learning, particularly in KG and Primary
    - further developing the effectiveness of plenaries at the end of lessons to assess progress using assessment in lessons to plan activities that are well-matched to the needs of children in KG and ASL, and for AFL students.

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.

The Buzz

As yet we have had too few parents complete our School Opinion Survey to be able to publish parental feedback in detail.  However, comment from the small number of respondents todate has been somewhat negative, with an overall rating of 1.7/5 - a positivity rating of only 34%,

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Our View

Asian International School Ruwais has clearly embraced its journey on the path to improvement.  It evidently has committed students, staff, leadership, governance and parents, and the skills needed to continue to make further progress.  We hope that the impetus will be maintained. 

The school also deserves credit for the fact that it has made these improvements based on school fees that are at the low end of the scale - proof that a relatively affordable education can, in fact, be a Good one.

What about the fees?

Tuition fees at Asian International Private School start at AED 3,200 in KG (with book fees of AED 400) rising to AED 11,248 in Grade 12, and book fees of AED 800.  Bus fees range from AED 345-1,150 depending on location. 

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