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Clarion School Q & A

Towards the Meydan Street end of Al Quoz, in an unassuming and quiet residential area, you'll find one of the most interesting and special schools in Dubai. Its name is Clarion.
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4.2 out of 5 based on 27 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 69,000
Annual fees
AED 43,000–76,500
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2016
School year
Sep to Jun
Teacher turnover help
38%
Principal
Mr James Pastore
Owner
Scholars International Group
Community
Main teacher nationality
United States of America
Main student nationality
United States of America
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Welcome to the Clarion School 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?

No

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

- A progressive American Curriculum aligned to meet US Standards (including the Common Core + 15), framework developed in collaboration with New York City’s Bank Street College of Education
- Every educator holds a Masters Degree
- Our curriculum is one of happy, engaged students and educators.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1 to 15

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

In the early years and Grades 1 and 2, the homework will be driven by reading at home with mom and dad. Grades 1 and 2 will have some project driven homework but no drill homework.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

We have an organic supplier that supplies organic and healthy food. There is a full PE program and qualified PE teacher for the program.

How do you promote healthy eating?

We have articles written in our newsletters to encourage

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

Yes, the school is catered by the Organic Cafe, which will provide both hot and cold foods.

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

7.45am-3pm (There will be extra curricular activities after 3pm)

Is there a school uniform?

Yes

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

Through written reports and at parent/teacher conferences. There is daily and weekly class communication between teacher and parents.

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

Formal written reports twice a year and 3 conferences per year.

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

French

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

Yes

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

Yes

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

All learning at Clarion is differentiated to meet the needs of its students, and whatever level they are.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes

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 have designated SEN teacher that is here to assist our students with learning difficulties.

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

No

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

No

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes, the Parent’s Council - they can be contacted in the first instance via [email protected]

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

Parents are welcome in the school and we feel it is crucial for the parent community to be engaged. There are opportunities to participate in the Very Important Reader in the Book Café for Children, Moms and Dads at work program and other options.

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

Yes

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

We hold community events for our parent group and learning events. There are also 3 parent teacher meetings through the year and curriculum information meetings throughout the year.

The Bank Street model is very real life based. As we study the social study topics of inquiry the class will take many trips connected directly to the curriculum. For instance during the water study we will go to the creek and beach to test the water and look for ourselves how the water is flowing and its characteristics. We will visit the desalination plant and the water bottling plant, etc.

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