Delta English School, founded in 1992, is located in Al Muwaila, Sharjah. It is an Indian curriculum school following the CBSE, and takes children from Kindergarten – Grade IX. A significant percentage of responses to the WSA Parent Survey have been highly positive, so parents at least appreciate and support the school's current direction.
Delta English School, founded in 1992, is located in the Muwailih School District of Sharjah and is owned and operated by Delta Education System (Texas, USA). The school is affiliated to the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi-India) and adopts the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) methodology. Delta English School students undertake the All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE) in Grade 10 every March.
The school is home to 1300 students (aged 5-17) of Indian (80%), Pakistani (9%), Sri Lankan (3%), Bangladeshi (3%), Nepalese (1%), Egyptian (1%), Sudanese (1%), Nigerian (1%), and Tanzanian (1%) nationalities who reside in Sharjah, Ajman, Dubai and Umm al-Quwain.
According to feedback to the WSA survey parents believe their children have a sense of belonging at the school, and by and large look forward to going to school. That said, all Delta parents responding to the survey have at one time or other thought about removing their children from the school.
Delta English is regulated by Sharjah Educational Zone and says it has received a Good rating for curriculum and instruction, assessment, campus culture, community and environmental responsibility, school leadership and parental engagement. We have not seen the report, which is not publicly disclosed in Sharjah.
The school is selective on intake. "All registered applicants must undertake “PACE (Pre-Entrance Clearance Examination)” to determine if the applicant is academically qualified to enroll in the desired grade level.
"Applicants with high PACE scores are then invited for a personal interview to assess their character, 21st-century skills, co-curricular interests and educational aspirations.
"The interview panel will determine if the applicant is "worthy of admission into Delta English School".
DES can afford to be selective, because it is oversubscribed, filling up in about four months of a seven months admissions period. Some "41.12%" of prospective student applications are waitlisted "for further screening or rejection" according to information sent to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com.
The school has a teacher: student ratio of 1:25 in Kindergarten and 1:33 in Grade Levels 01 -10. This is very much on the high side for UAE schools in general, but more towards the norm for Indian curriculum schools - especially CBSE schools - which tend to be bigger and more populated.
The school is co-educational from KG1 to Grade Level 4 but segregated from Grade Level 5 to Grade Level 10.
The school employs over 100 "highly qualified" teachers, recruited from leading CBSE and ICSE schools across Middle East and South Asia.
According to the school 100% have graduated from accredited and reputed universities, 100% possess Bachelors Degree in their area of specialisation, 100% possess Bachelors Degree in Education, 95% possess Masters Degree in their area of specialisation,50% possess Masters Degree in Education, 94% possess six or more years of teaching experience at leading CBSE and ICSE schools across Middle East and South Asia.
Most impressively if true however is the school's claimed faculty turnover rate of 0.13%. 20% is the average across the UAE.
Over one-third of the student body (35%) is in KG, one of the reasons the school has a purpose-built KG sector that "features ambient lighting, vibrant classrooms, a Kinder Discover Square (enormous indoor, climate controlled play space) and an outdoor play space containing child-friendly playground equipment (sand and water play, swing sets, slides and walking trails).
The Kindergarten Division executes a Play Way-based curriculum and each kindergarten classroom features dedicated learning centers for independent inquiry and exploration: Math and Manipulatives Center; Science Center; Literacy Center; Art Center; Music Center; Construction Center; Blocks Center; and Dramatic Play Center.
All kindergarten pupils are taught by board-certified instructors with Montessori degrees and extensive Kindergarten teaching experiences.
As students transition into Primary School (Grade Level 01 - 05), Middle School (Grade Level 06 - 08) and Secondary School (Grade Level 09 and 10), there is "greater emphasis on structured learning with focus on application, whereby students gain practical experience though use of laboratories and specialist rooms".
The school hosts different 'Transition Colloquium' sessions each year to acquaint parents on new educational services and expectations as their child progresses between school levels.
The school offers CBSE core courses and supplemental courses across all grade levels. Core courses include English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Ethics and Behaviour, and Foreign Languages. Supplemental courses include Work Education, Art Education, Music Education, Health Education and Physical Education.
The school also adheres to the UAE mandated curriculum for Arabic, Islamic Studies and UAE Studies.
The school claims a 100% pass rate per grade level, and that more than 85% in each grade level score a grade of B or higher, more than 80% of GL 09 and 10 students score a B+ or higher on CBSE exams. The majority of students receive a silver medal or higher for International Benchmark Testing, offered by Australian Council for Educational Research.
The school offers professional support for ESL (English as a Second Language) learners and SEN students. Special Education teachers create unique learning activities for SEN students, who also have access to licensed School Counselors and an Educational Psychologist.
The school has acceptable facilities and resources for its students. This is not a building that will wow anyone but it is functional. Shaped as an inverted “E,” the building’s North and South Wings are almost identical in design and provide an exact mirror for the Boys’ and Girls’ divisions. There are shared and gender segregated state-of-the-art facilities, including the media hub, auditorium, libraries and laboratories. Maths and Science laboratories feature lab equipment imported from the United States, China and India.
The main school library possess a print collection of 20,000 fiction and non-fiction novels, World Book Encyclopedia series, Britannica Encyclopedia series, Collier’s Encyclopedia series, NationalGeographic series, Time magazine series, manuscripts and regional and world maps. Out of the entire print collection, 95% of publications are imported from the United States. The library also contains a stock of digital media, a fully-operational Faculty Resource Center and the Ibn Khaldun Collection chamber.
The school actively engages with its parent community through monthly Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC), appointment-based meetings, and Open Houses.
Parents are also "frequently" invited to attend workshops on a variety of topics, including time management, stress management, effective school-home partnerships, and college and career destinations. Despite this feedback via our survey reveals a general level of dissatisfaction with school feedback. Parents do not believe the level of feedback from the school is satisfactory.
Nor do parents believe fees are good value. The school does not publish what it is charging parents, but we believe fees lie very much in the value range. No parent responded to our survey claiming fees represented good value however.
The reason for this is likely to lie in perceptions of the schools quality of offering, rather than size of fees however. Despite its stated pass rates, parents remain unconvinced over the levels of academic expectation, or quality of education Delta is currently offering. Click on the "What Parents Think" tab above for more information.
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