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Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills Q & A

Dubai International Academy has a record of Firsts. It was the first IB World School authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation in the UAE to offer the full range of IB programmes. It was also the first IB curriculum school in the UAE to achieve an Outstanding rating (from the KHDA, the Dubai Education regulator), which it received in 2015-16 and retained in 2016-17 when no inspection took place. It has been rated Very Good for the past two years.
Parents' Rating
4.3 out of 5 based on 52 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Very good
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
AED 57,000
Annual fees
AED 40,988 - 72,625
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
Mr Ian Thurston
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Welcome to the Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?


What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

Focus on holistic development of students, student empowerment, high expectations, Innovation and Collaboration.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

Over 80

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Highest numbers are Europeans and Indians

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?


If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

IB Middle Year Programme and IB Diploma Programme.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

Compulsory PE until Year 11. After School Activities Programme
For more information please visit our website: www.diadubai.com

How do you promote healthy eating?

Cafeteria menus monitored by school doctor
Wide variety of healthy choices
Healthy eating awards in Primary school
For more information please visit our website : www.diadubai.com

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?


What is the approximate average cost of a lunchtime meal?

AED 10

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

7:35- 2:40

Is there a school uniform?


Please advise on your discipline policy?

We will not share this

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

Regular reports and Parent/teacher conferences.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

Twice yearly.

Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

Spanish, French and 9 other mother tongue languages.

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?


Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?


How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Gifted and Talented Programme

Do you have a learning support team in your school?


Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

• Individual Educational plan
• In-class Support
• Modified assessments
• Special dispensation during external exams
• Progress reviews with parents
• Counselling

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

These and others are provided expert support

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?


Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?


Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes, volunteering

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

By invitation only

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Yes, in all aspects of our curriculum.

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