Crescent School, also known as Crescent English High School, is an Indian curriculum (CBSE) based school located in Al Qusais, Dubai. It has almost 1300 students on its register, an overwhelming majority of whom come from Indian families. The student body is currently served by 83 teachers.
After six years of being rated Weak, Crescent English School has been rated Acceptable in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process (the minimum rating required by the regulator). This is a substantial achievement. An abbreviated inspection report can be found under the Inspection report tab. An update to this review will be completed once the full report has been published.
The story so far...
Crescent School teaches students from Kindergarten to 18 years of age. It accepts children from 3 years and above. In the KHDA report for 2016/2017, the school is ranked Weak for the fifth year in a row.
Following substantial disruption in the school's senior leadership in the past few years, the principal's position is now filled by an acting principal who is supported by a coordinator. In order to improve the overall operation of the school, it is felt that the school requires a clearer vision. Unfortunately however, this cannot be achieved without the active input of all stakeholders (including parents and the school's governors) which is presently considered to be lacking. It has almost 1300 students on its register, an overwhelming majority of whom come from Indian families. The student body is currently served by 83 teachers.
Of those parents who submitted feedback on the school, almost all are satisfied with the quality of education provided by the school, as are all of the teachers. However, many parents and students felt that they do not have the opportunity to be involved in the decisions made by the school and that their views are not considered.
The school had made some improvements, notably in attainment and progress in science in primary, and progress in math in the middle and high school whereas it previously was weak across the board. Now mathematics and science have bumped up to Acceptable in the upper divisions of the school.
The report points out that one of the issues that hinders student attainment is a lack of challenge in the curriculum. In English, "most students attain levels that are in line with curriculum standards, [however] progress in lessons is weak because the learning objectives set, provide little challenge for most students."
Also worrying is that effective teaching in the secondary school has dropped to Acceptable from the previous Good rating. This is due to the fact that "the majority of teachers are often more concerned that the activities flow quickly and smoothly, rather than focusing on how much learning takes place and that all students make appropriate progress. Opportunities for hands-on activities are often limited."
Fittingly, leadership has also been ranked as Weak. "Senior leaders have not set a clear direction that could enable staff to make significant improvements to the educational outcomes of all students," the report notes.
Fees though, for Crescent School, are extremely affordable, starting at 2,470 AED for KG-1 and topping out at 8,994 AED for Grade 12.
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