Dubai Arab American School is located in Al Muhaisnah, The school follows the US curriculum and has a predominantly Emirati student base.
After several years of being rated Weak, the hard work and commitment at DAAS appears to have been rewarded. Dubai Arabian American School has been rated Acceptable in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process. 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...
Dubai Arab American School is mixed gender, but girls and boys are taught separately from Grade 4.
There are currently 1177 plus students at the school, with 89 teachers covering Kindergarten to Grade 12. Emiratis make up 4 out 5 of its students. Unsurprisingly given the demographics of its students, few speak English as a first language.
What about the curriculum?
The school itself says it "follows and implement an up-to-date Common Core American Curriculum. It also notes it is "working towards the external, international accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
What the inspectors say
The school says that "Additionally, we are continuously striving to further raise our KHDA rating and meet the benchmark for the private school in Dubai".
The KHDA report highlights the many improvements that have been made to the school, and the dedication of the school's leadership in making those improvements. It does however note that there are many improvements still to be made, and in particular the quality of teaching in key subjects. The report praises the teaching of Islamic education and Arabic however, as well as the behaviour of many of its students - notably girls attending the school.
It notes some boys, at both lower and higher grades remain - at times - "disrespectful". The report also notes a continuing lack of special needs provision.
The report shows a drop in student attainment and achievement almost across the board, although more concentrated in the middle and high school.
Attainment and progress in English, mathematics, and science has dropped across the school from to Acceptable in KG and Weak in elementary, middle, and high.
The report notes that standards are below curriculum expectations in mathematics and the level of accuracy in students' work is varied with students lacking the ability to explain why processes were successful and the students showed a lack of ability to persevere with problems to reach a conclusion.
The KHDA report notes that the school needs to "make teaching and learning more effective by providing effective training for teachers across the school and monitoring its impact on lessons and students' attainment and progress, including the use of internationally benchmarked comparisons."
Fees at DAAS range from AED 13,295 in KG to AED 29,637 for Grade 12 (very much at the affordable end).
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