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Crescent International Private School Review

Crescent International Private School is a Khalifa City A based Primary school, and currently home to 250 boys and girls aged from 3 to 12 years of age. The school is currently deemed to be Acceptable by Abu Dhabi's Department of Knowledge, an improvement after two prior inspections in which it was rated Weak.
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School type
International
School phase
Primary
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Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1991
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Charmaine Raghuraman
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
Emirati

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Crescent International Private School
School type
International
School phase
Primary
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 14,000* help
Price band help
Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1991
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Charmaine Raghuraman
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
Emirati
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First Published:
Saturday 7 July, 2012

Updated:
Tuesday 11 June, 2019

Crescent International Private School is a Khalifa City A based Primary school, and currently home to 250 boys and girls aged from 3 to 12 years of age. The school is currently deemed to be Acceptable by Abu Dhabi's Department of Knowledge, an improvement after two prior inspections in which it was rated Weak.

The story so far...

Crescent International School was established as a villa school in Khalidiya in 1991, before relocating, in line with Abu Dhabi Municipality instructions, to a new purpose-built school building in 2010.  The relocation to the outskirts of Abu Dhabi in Khalifa City (not far from the international airport), meant that the school lost a significant number of students - approximately half of its 150 cohort at that time - but has since grown to approximately 250 students. 

The school's mission is "To develop successful, well balanced and global citizens through our values".  These, in turn, are based on the initials of the school's name -Commitment, Respect for others, Exercise best effort, Show a positive attitude, Cooperative member of society, Equality, Nurture passion for learning, Team work.

If only the school's website designer had included Completion along the way, rather more informative use might be made of it!  There is very little of value on the website, unfortunately, and what there is appears to be a copy of a long list of school policies - even the Principal's introduction is effectively a list of rules...

Almost all students at Crescent International are Muslim and of Arabic heritage, and 71% are Emirati. Other students originate from a variety of Arabic countries including Egypt (11%), Jordan (4%), and Syria (3%). The school is completely inclusive at KG - all students who apply for entry to the KG are admitted. However students who apply for entry during the school year for Grades 1 to 6 have to sit for a test in the core subjects.

The school employs some 22 teachers and 4 teaching assistants in addition to the principal and vice principal.  The teacher:student ratio of 1:12 should ensure plentiful individual support for students. However, staff turnover in such a small school is worryingly high - some 40% in 2017-18.  This may suggest a level of dissatisfaction and instability that is seldom positive and helpful in the school environment.  However, in the case of Crescent International School, it seems that this turnover has resulted from a deliberate policy by the school's governors to increase the number of British teachers to deliver the curriculum.

What about the curriculum?

The school follows the English National Curriculum from KG/FS to Grade 6. At the end of the academic year, Grade 6 students sit the Cambridge Checkpoint tests in English, mathematics and science. 

The FS programme is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is very much focused on Learning through Play.  The curricula for Key Stage 1 children (those in Grades 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Grades 3-6) focus on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, together with the additional subjects of Geography, Art, ICT and Physical Education.  French is added as a Modern Foreign Language from Grade 3. In addition, students also have daily Arabic lessons and classes in Islamic and Social Studies "several times" weekly.

Unfortunately, the school's website is a work in progress - it does not appear to have been updated since 2016-17) and contains very little information about most aspects of the school.  There is no information about Extra-curricular activities, nor about the availability of creative and musical or sports activities to broaden student interests.

What about the facilities?

School buildings are described as fit for purpose and the environment is light and airy and premises well maintained. There is sufficient outdoor space; large canopies provide shade to the assembly area and KG playground. The school has a science laboratory, a library, an ICT suite and an indoor P.E. room. The laboratory and library are underused and the P.E. room is too small for a whole class and is poorly equipped.

What the inspectors say

Having been rated Weak in its two previous inspections, Crescent International has finally made significant progress with an Acceptable rating overall, and with each of the six Key Performance Standards having achieved this rating also. It is often far harder for a school to make the initial step up in the ratings, such is the demand for action across the board, but this improvement should now allow the leadership and key staff to focus on the core issues that will continue to be addressed. 

Inspectors singled out particularly the improvement in the standards of English throughout the school as a result of the employment of native English speakers and identified the following strengths:

  • Improvement in students’ achievement in mathematics, science and social studies.
  • Students’ positive attitudes and their relationship with each other and their teachers.
  • Students’ understanding and respect for Islamic values and pride in the UAE.
  • Care, safety and well-being of students.
  • Impact of the new initiatives introduced by the school leadership.

In terms of the keys areas still for improvement, these were:

  • Further improvement of students’ achievement in all subjects, particularly in English by: raising teachers’expectations of what students can achieve; marking students’ work and giving helpful written comments on how to improve; planning activities that meet the needs of individual students, monitoring their progress and modifying planning to accelerate that progress; [and] ensuring that teachers make effective use of learning resources including technology and time to promote students’achievement.
  • Improve students’ learning skills of critical thinking, research, innovation and independent learning by: planning additional activities in lessons which develop students’ higher order skills, including problem-solving, investigation and critical thinking; using learning technologies to promote research and independent learning; providing more opportunities in the curriculum for students to develop their innovation and enterprise skills; [and] encouraging students to assume more responsibility for their learning and work independently.
  • Strengthen consistency of teaching and use of assessment information to inform lesson planning by: sharing best practices in English medium subjects with Arabic medium subjects; providing professional development for teachers with subject specific focus on students’ learning; analysing assessment data to modify lesson planning and monitor students’ progress; [and] monitoring and evaluating the impact of teaching on students’ learning and providing constructive individual feedback to teachers.
  • Modification, review and adaptation of the curriculum to meet the needs of students with different abilities by: having a special education needs coordinator (SENCO) to support rigorous planning to meet the needs of students with SEN; providing more opportunities in lessons to challenge the higher achieving students and those who are Gifted and Talented; [and] ensuring a regular and frequent review of the progress of the different groups of students and modifying the curriculum to accelerate their progress.

Whilst the "to-do" list may seem lengthy and significant, it is evident from the ADEK report that the inspection team feels Crescent International School has the capacity to improve further and to raise the standards of student achievement across most subjects and for all students, no matter what their abilities.  The investment in resources, both in terms of materials and staff, has been significant. 

The important factor in ADEK's list of improvements is not only that the actions are listed, but the way those actions should be addressed are also clearly spelt out. It is now for the team at Crescent International School to act on and implement them.

School fees range from AED 11,700 to AED 16,100, which is in the ‘value’ category for a school offering a UK based curriculum, although not at this level of performance. The fees do not include transport, books (approx AED 1,000-1,500) and uniform.

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