At a glance
Dubai Heights Academy will be a British Curriculum school that is currently open for enrollment for FS1 through Year 5.
The school, as it is now, is a mix of superbly finished primary with a secondary currently under construction, slated to open January 2018. The campus is state-of-the-art with separate buildings for FS1 and FS2 as well as green space, a multi-purpose hall, and a swimming pool. On top of the FS swimming pool, there will be two other temperature controlled swimming pool, a fully equipped science and computer labs, specialist rooms for art, music and language, a library, two multipurpose sports halls, a full size football pitch, an outdoor sports court, a variety of outdoor play areas, and a spacious canteen.
The school, as its literature explains, will be putting a focus on "an excellent working environment, top international facilities, educational resources and wonderful teachers." The school will be fully co-educational, and classrooms will be organized to keep a balance of boys and girls, across all year groups from FS1 to Year 6.
The principal, Andrew Prosser, in his Q&A with us, explains that Dubai Heights Academy will be an inclusive school meaning that students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, Aspergers syndrome will be supported by the school. There is a fully fledged student support department already in operation and the school currently has students who are being supported through the program on its roster.
Dubai Heights Academy aims to be a community centre for not only the families that currently attend the school but for families in the area. Starting in October, there will be enrichment activities offered on campus for Al Barsha's littlest members, in conjunction with external providers.
Dubai Heights Academy will seek accreditation with the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and the British Schools Middle East (BSME). Once the school is operational, the school will gain the British School Overseas (BSO) accreditation.
There are after school activities available to all students which will be run by teachers and held at no additional cost. These will span across arts, leadership, academic, a myriad of sports, craft and construction. In addition, all children from FS1 have weekly music lessons and as the school will have a peripatetic music programme, providing individual music lesson in a range of instruments.
The school day at Dubai Heights Academy runs from 8:30am to 3:30pm for Years 1 - 5. This later start time was mindfully chosen to take some of the pressure off of families who often find themselves rising early, even before daybreak, to get everyone ready for school. The hope is that the slightly later start time means that parents can drop their children off at the school on their way to work.
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