Located in Al Nahda, Dubai Carmel is a private school providing education for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Dubai Carmel School has been rated Acceptable for the tenth year in a row 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...
At Dubai Carmel School, there are currently 872 students attending a school relatively popular among the local population - one in five of the student body is Emirati.
The school has 85 teachers and 28 teaching or support assistants. Most teachers have a university degree but only a few are qualified beyond that.
Special needs is a core focus of the school, and Dubai Carmel school provides a caring environment for students with a range of specific learning difficulties, including autism and Down’s Syndrome. In the school's 2015/16 report the KHDA noted that the provision for students with complex needs was good and this generated good progress for them.
DCS follows the UK, Cambridge International Curriculum from primary level to secondary, when it offers both IGCSEs and then AS Levels to its students. According to the KHDA report, the school relies on text book materials to provide structure to the curriculum offered.
There are eight compulsory subjects at secindary: English, maths, chemistry, physics, biology, IT, environmental studies, and business studies.
The school runs five separate classes in Years 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 for students with pronounced special educational needs. The school also integrated students with less serious special educational needs into mainstream classes
Across most phases of the school KHDA inspectors have noted the need to improve the quality of teaching and learning, particularly in the secondary boys’ section, to support better progress in all key subjects. Achievement across the core subjects is currently rated as more 'Acceptable' than Good. The Acceptable rating the school seems unable to improve upon. It is the 7th year in a row that Dubai Carmel School has received this as an overall grade.
For 21st century skills, Dubai Carmel School has begun to put a plan together to bring innovation into the classroom. As the 2015/16 report notes, "Governors and senior leaders [have] begun to articulate a vision for innovation and how it [can] be embedded in their school culture.
The promotion of innovation across the school included; curriculum modification, staff professional development and the employment additional leadership personnel. The school [has] started to implement consistent curriculum design across all phases to provide innovative opportunities for students in learning, creativity, problem-solving and enterprise."
There is a focus on activities outside of the classroom, with sports and arts competitions being held between schools and field trips for various subjects offered to students, however parents in general are not satisfied with the number of extra-curricular activities offered.
Fees for the school are relatively highly affordable - ranging from 8,235 AED per annum to 13,977 AED depending upon age group grade. The school has recently updated its web site, and it includes some good information. As usual, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com would like to see more - in particular the annual publication of independent examination results.
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