Bright Learners School is a new US curriculum school that will open in the traditional Al Rashidiya area in September 2020.
The story so far...
Bright Learners Private School (BLS), a soon-to-launch American school in Al Rashidiya, Dubai, will open in August 2020 just in time for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. The school will serve a wide range of surrounding communities including Mirdif, Dubai Festival City, and Umm Ramool to Nadd Al Hamar and beyond.
One of a small number of US curriculum schools to open in Dubai in recent years, Bright Learners will provide families living close to the heart of the city access to a genuine American staff-led, US curriculum school at affordable fees. Class sizes will be a maximum of 25 students.
Bright Learners School will initially provide education to students from pre-KG to Grade 4, growing over time to Grade 12. School hours will initially be from 7:30am to 14:30.
The school's Mission is "to nurture creative, inspired, collaborative, and innovative learners who are equipped with the tools, knowledge, and skills to make a positive impact on themselves and their environment. Through a comprehensive education, parents can expect their children to receive learning experiences designed to promote their maximum potential."
Bright Learners School’s goal is to teach young minds how to become global citizens, be curious about their world, think critically, solve problems, and become independent learners. Prospective members of the school’s community can expect to see that the school is dedicated to academic excellence and to ensuring a bright future for every child.
The school will employ mainly American teachers, led by Ms. Adrianna Joy Chestnut, who joins Bright Learners as Principal. She brings to her role an extensive academic background with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Wright State, coupled with a Principal License from Ohio.
Prior to accepting the role of Principal at Bright Learners School, Ms. Chestnut had gained years of experience in the United States and in the UAE, having joined the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) to focus on school development and academic excellence. Ms. Chestnut aims to forge strong relationships with all members of the school community.
Speaking about what parents can expect from the school she leads, Ms. Chestnut said, “We recognise that choosing the right school can be one of the most difficult decisions facing any parent. Our goal is to support them on that journey. Our teachers actively use innovation to encourage children’s natural curiosity and love of learning. We encourage parents to be active participants in life at Bright Learners and we welcome them to be part of our many family events and class activities.”
Bright Learners School aims to help meet the demands of an ever-changing education sector, equipping pupils with skills in a variety of different subjects, and nurturing them to become lifelong learners.
"What makes the school so special is that we are built on a foundation of care and community", explained Ms Chesnut. "We hold the belief that every adult and child will be enriched by just being part of our school. Every child and every teacher will have the special privilege of meeting, talking to, learning with, and playing with children and families from all over world. We offer a first-class education at a rate that is affordable to our parents. At Bright Learners, our parents will not have to make a decision between a quality school and an affordable school. We will live and learn together with joy, understanding, and delight in what each of us offers each other."
What about the curriculum?
Bright Learners School will offer its students a US Common Core Standards-based curriculum in combination with the UAE’s National Curriculum for Arabic and Islamic Studies. The school will align with Massachusetts state standards, and in line with requirements for all Dubai-based American curriculum schools, will be required to achieve accreditation through NEASC, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
This will ensure that the education delivered - and more especially the High School Diploma awarded to graduates - will be recognised not only in the US, but by colleges and universities around the world.
Complementing the curriculum, Bright Learners Private School has recruited professionals from all ends of the United States to fill the positions of various staff members including teachers. This will be a genuine US curriculum school led by experienced US teachers and leaders, ensuring that students experience an authentic US education. Teaching assistants will be used to support the learning process with the aim of offering an individual learning experience to each student.
Core subjects will include English, math, science, Arabic, Islamic, music, art, physical education and moral education.
In addition to the academic curriculum, Bright Learners will offer a broad range of extracurricular activities, with facilities already in place to offer sports such as swimming, basketball and football and clubs planned such as Science Club, Leadership Council, Quran Recitation, Dodgeball Club, Newspaper Club, Funky Fitness, Drama Club, Lego Club, Origami Club, Eco Club, Multiskills Club, Construction Club and Star Orchestra.
What about students with additional learning needs and EAL requirements?
The school aims to cater for all children, whatever their needs. Those with SEND can include children with learning difficulties, those with emotional or behavioral problems and those with physical disabilities. Many children may have special needs during their time at school, but this is not seen as permanent. Some children may need extra help for a few weeks or months, some may need it for several years.
Children will be assessed regularly by staff to see what help is needed. Needs can be identified at any time and referrals are made to the Learning Support Team as soon as a possible need is identified. The school aims to identify and provide for a child’s needs as early as possible.
Support and individualized instruction will be provided for students who are not native English speakers. Teachers are equipped with best practices for teaching students to whom English is a second language.
What about academic achievement?
BLS will utilize NWEA and iReady assessments to benchmark and assess students. Additionally, grade 4 students will participate in TIMMS assessment to measure performance against UAE and national averages.
What about the facilities?
The school is housed in a former government school building with a capacity for between 1,800 to 2,600 students. The spacious, newly remodeled campus will open with a wide variety of facilities with a stimulating academic environment including spacious classrooms equipped with interactive boards and latest technology, iPad Technology Carts, Computer Labs, Science Labs, Library, Art Room, Cafeteria, Auditorium and Outdoor Play Areas.
Sports facilities will include a Basketball Court, KG Splash Pool, swimming pool and soccer field.
What about Admissions?
To enroll new students at Bright Learners Private School for the next academic year, please visit their website where parents can find more information about Bright Learners Private School and the admissions process.
The school seeks to provide the necessary support to SEND students to the best extent possible; therefore the school needs to be aware of any known disability or special educational need at admission time. Parents are responsible for providing the applicable report before acceptance of admission can be considered.
What about the Fees?
Not only is Bright Learners ready to teach children under US standards, it is also one of the most affordable private schools in Dubai, starting with pre-KG fees at AED 22,750, KG1 fees at AED 23,750, KG2 at AED 25,750 and fees for Grades 1 to 4 at AED 27,750. In line with latest KHDA requirements, fees are fully inclusive of Books and Medical fees. Fees may be paid in three payments, split 40%:30%:30% across the three terms.
If there is a recommendation that the child needs a Learning Support Assistant to support learning, the cost of this will be passed onto parents in line with the school fee policy.
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