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Crescent English High School, also known as Crescent English School, is an Indian curriculum (CBSE) based school located in Al Qusais, Dubai. At the time of the 2019-20 KHDA inspection, CEHS had almost 1350 students on its register, an overwhelming majority of whom come from Indian families. The student body was served by 90 teachers.
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2.0 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Acceptable
Curricula taught
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 3,800
Annual fees
AED 2,643–9,591
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Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1984
School year
Apr to Mar
Teacher turnover help
21%
Principal
Mr Sharafudeen Thanikatt
Community
Main teacher nationality
India
Main student nationality
India

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Crescent English High School
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Acceptable
Curricula taught
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 3,800
Annual fees
AED 2,643–9,591
Price band help
Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1984
School year
Apr to Mar
Teacher turnover help
21%
Principal
Mr Sharafudeen Thanikatt
Community
Main teacher nationality
India
Main student nationality
India
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Crescent English High School, also known as Crescent English School, is an Indian curriculum (CBSE) based school located in Al Qusais, Dubai. At the time of the 2019-20 KHDA inspection, CEHS had almost 1350 students on its register, an overwhelming majority of whom come from Indian families. The student body was served by 90 teachers.

The story so far...

Established in 1984, Crescent English High School (CEHS) teaches students from Kindergarten to 18 years of age, accepting children from 4 years and above. In the KHDA report for 2019-20, the school was rated Acceptable for the second year, having been rated Weak for the previous six years in a row. 

CEHS was founded by educationist and social worker Al-Haj N.Jamaludin who is also the Chairman of the school. He strongly believes that a school is a place “where talent meets perfection. It is a sky where the 'Crescent grows into a full moon' is the unique philosophy of the school”.

The school's Vision is "To be recognized as a value based school creating, caring and responsible citizens by providing a wealth of learning opportunities which will enable them to become successful and independent thinkers who are effective leaders of tomorrow."

Its Mission is:
"To motivate students to develop their maximum potential by providing skills, knowledge and values to take any challenge and empower them to be competent, productive, caring and responsible citizens.
To create a nurturing environment to see our learners as effective communicators, inspired learners, productive workers, responsible citizens and resourceful thinkers. To believe that each and every one of our learners grow in confidence and flourish academically, socially and creatively."

At the time of the most recent KHDA inspection in 2019-20, CEHS had a student cohort of almost 1,350 who were supported by 90 teachers. A teacher:student ratio of 1:17 is on the high side and with staff turnover at 21%, the school will have needed to replace one in five of its staff.  Whilst on average staff turnover in UAE international schools averages 20-22% annually on average, this figure tends to be lower in Indian and other Asian led schools.

Crescent does appear to have had something of a history of high turnover, and the current Principal, Mr.Sharafudeen Thanikatt, who joined the school in April 2019, appears to be latest in a relatively long line. 

What about the curriculum?

Whilst fundamentally following the CBSE curriculum, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com was surprised to discover CEHS also has a tie up with a Canadian on-line organisation to offer the Ontario High School Diploma.

Crescent English High School offers the Canadian Curriculum exclusively for its students from Grades 9 to 12 through the Vineyard Academy. By opting for the Canadian Curriculum, CEHS students are able to graduate with a dual certification – the CBSE certification along with a Canadian High School Diploma through the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  The Diploma is accredited by the Ministry of Education – Government of Canada and recognised by top universities.  CEHS students must achieve 30 Ontario Credits to receive their Canadian Diploma. 

With regard to the core curriculum, CEHS says that it offers a vigorous academic programme encouraged by activity-based learning. Equal importance is given to both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to create a healthy, competitive spirit among the students and to develop holistic approach.

A range of languages and subjects are taught which give varied learning experiences. It meets the needs and career aspirations of the students. The curriculum is well planned and includes a broad spectrum of elements and activities. It is designed to ensure the holistic development of students and nurtures a positive environment leading to individual achievement.

The curriculum aims to prepare students not just to earn the highest grade but to create a better future through values, leadership and global awareness. It provides hands-on experiences which enhance life skills, critical and creative thinking skills, ICT and collaborative activities. Life skills develop the 21st century learners, making links and apply theory to real life situations thereby enriching the curriculum accepting that learning happens across life space. Robust systems and procedures are in place for monitoring and evaluating curriculum effectiveness.

In terms of the CBSE curriculum, the school offers an Early Years curriculum - based on the UK EYFS standards for students in KG. The primary curriculum framework is designed to develop students’ skills in Literacy, Arithmetic and Science with emphasis on inculcating knowledge and understanding. The beginning of this period marks the formal introduction of the child to reading, writing and arithmetic. Core subjects include
English, a Second Language choice between Hindi/Tamil/Malayalam/Urdu, Arabic, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (UAE), Computer Science, Islamic Education/Moral Science, and Moral Education.

Students moving into the Middle School section (Grades 6 to 8) and Secondary School section essentially follow the same subject options.  The school also offers a range of co-curricular activities which are offered from Grade 1 to Grade 8 and include Art & Craft, Music, Physical Education, Dance, and a range of Club activities (Literary, Innovation, EEG, Math, Art and Culture-Dance, music, art and craft, Arabic & Islamic). Physical education teachers help students to involve in sports and fitness along their curriculum.  Students in the Secondary section also offered Indigenous Sports, Yoga and Work Education as part of the co-curricular programme.

In addition, as part of promoting extended learning among the student community, CEHS also offers international educational field trips to enrich the curriculum, which form a platform for students to develop qualities of independence, leadership and teamwork. 

Once students move on to the Senior Secondary section, CEHS students are offered a very limited choice between the Science and Commerce streams. The Science stream includes English, Biology, Physics,Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Islamic Education, and Informatics Practices.  The Commerce stream offers English, Business Studies, Accountancy, Economics,  Mathematics, Computer Science, Islamic Education, Informatics Practices, and Physical Education (the latter does not appear to be offered to Science students).

The ECA programme includes Karate, Music, Aerobics and Dance, Basketball, Football and Volleyball, Cricket and Hifz al Quran.

What about Students of Determination and those with Gifts and Talents?

According to the school, "the commitment to being an inclusive school is both a desire and a focus for every member in CEHS. It starts from Governors through the Principal, to the teaching and non-teaching staff. We have strong commitment to an inclusive learning environment especially through our Moral Education. Our commitment to the inclusion ensures all our staff, students and parents, this includes students who are identified with Special Educational Needs, and Exceptionally Able Students are actively participating and loving every moments in CEHS".

The school aims to offer an inclusive mainstream curriculum with additional support, intervention, differentiation and personalisation, where appropriate. Screening of students is carried out on entry and periodically thereafter. Students who are identified with additional learning needs are given support either individually or in small groups in line with their needs with adaptation of the curriculum for those students who are unable to access the normal curriculum.

Individual Educational Plans and Behavioral Modification Plans (IEP&BMP) are prepared for relevant students by the Inclusion department involving the students, teachers and parents to ensure effective support. Students who have been identified with chronic illness are provided with Medical Care Plans.

Provision for Gifted and Talented students is arranged through enhancement and extension activities which are incorporated across classes and subjects for students who perform above curriculum standards.  The provision and outcomes for Students of Determination was rated Acceptable in the 2019-20 inspection.

What about academic achievement?

The school website has not been updated with academic achievement since 2018, and previous posts have only provided information about Toppers in the CBSE Grade 10 and 12 examinations.  It is therefore not possible to obtain an overview of the performance of students across the board in relation to the exam successes.

The school does carry out a range of assessments based on progress and benchmark tests including GL and CAT 4 assessments and TIMMS, PIRLS and PISA international benchmark tests, but does not publish the results or comparisons with other Dubai and UAE-based schools. 

What about the facilities?

The school is housed in a reasonably modern building that offers a range of facilities which include a KG play area, KG activity room, Library, Science labs, ICT lab, art and music rooms, a 520 seat auditorium, a Student Of Determination Centre, a Canteen, an  interactive Maths lab, and Islamic room.

Outdoor facilities include a multi-use outdoor hall and a playing field. The multipurpose hall is also used for sports activities such as basketball and volleyball. The sports field is used for football.

What the inspectors say

Crescent English High School achieved its second Acceptable rating - the minimum rating which the KHDA wishes all Dubai schools to attain - in October 2019. Whilst Student Achievement in the KG section indicated that CEHS had solidified its progress - improving to a Good rating for English, Mathematics and Science, and achieving the same in Science in the Primary School section, the vast majority of ratings remained Acceptable.  Less happily, Maths attainment in both Middle and Secondary school sections were downgraded to Weak.

There were no significant changes in the two Key Performance Standards of Teaching and Assessment and the Curriculum aside from an improvement to Good in KG Teaching and Assessment. 

Students' Personal and Social Development and their Innovation skills - largely rated Good and Very Good - and evidently a strength of the school, remained unchanged with one exception.  Similarly, the Protection, Care, Guidance and Support of students retained the Good ratings achieved in the previous inspection.  Leadership and Management - largely rated Acceptable - also remained unchanged.

In terms of the strengths of the school, the KHDA inspection team found these to be:

  • Students’ good or better personal and social development across all phases
  • The good provision for students’ health and safety
  • The good partnerships the school has with parents
  • The improved provision and outcomes in KG.

With regard to the areas of improvement, the inspection team determined that CEHS should:

  • Improve students' progress and learning skills so that they are consistently good in all subjects and phases.
  • Improve the quality of teaching so that a majority of lessons are good, and none are weak.
  • Improve the use of assessment information so that teachers and their students know precisely what needs to be taught and learned.
  • Adjust the curriculum so that it meets the needs of students of all abilities, especially those of students of determination.
  • Improve teachers' use of resources in lessons, especially technological resources, so that all students are actively engaged in learning and can develop their skills.

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

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has received very limited feedback to its Parent Survey for Crescent English High School and is not in a position to provide detailed analysis of the results.  However, the small number of respondents that have participated have not been particularly positive in their evaluation, rating the school with only 1.9/5 or a positivity rating of of 38%.

If you are a parent, teacher or student at Crescent English High School and would like to share your opinions and experiences with other potential members of your community, please complete our Survey here.

269 parents participated in the KHDA's pre-inspection survey in 2019 and 95% professed themselves satisfied with the quality of education and value provided by CEHS. Most felt that their children were developing effective learning skills, and almost all believed that their children were safe at school. A majority of parents were involved in school activities only once or twice a year.

480 students participated in the KHDA's Well-being Survey. Most students had general feelings of happiness. They were cheerful and content with life. Most indicated that they felt safe at school although a minority of students reported that they had experienced some form of bullying.

Our View

Crescent English High School is one of a small number of schools that had been able to make the step up to the minimum Acceptable rating in 2018 and to retain this rating for 2019. Unfortunately, with the lack of school inspections over the past two and a half years, it is not possible to confirm whether the school has been able to maintain or improve its performance and the quality of education provided to its students since then.  The lack of information about students' academic achievements in terms of their CBSE exam results is disappointing particularly for this reason.  

What about the fees?

Tuition Fees for Crescent English High School are extremely affordable, starting at AED 2,643 for KG1 and KG2 and topping out at AED 9,591  for Grade 12. However, the school imposes a wide range of 'Mandatory fees' (several of which do not appear to have any explanation.   This can bring the total for KG1, for instance, to AED 4,850, whilst for Grade 12, the total rises to AED 11,433 without the additional cost of examination entries.

 

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