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Dubai Modern Education School Review

Dubai Modern Education School (DMES) is a private K-12 school located in Al Mizhar near Mirdiff, Dubai offering a combined US/MoE curriculum..
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Annual fee average
AED 13,500
Annual fees
AED 10,000 - 16,000
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Status
Open
Opening year
1996
Principal
Hind Mohammed Lootah
Community
Main teacher nationality
Egyptian
Main student nationality
Emirati

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Dubai Modern Education School
School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 13,500
Annual fees
AED 10,000 - 16,000
Price band help
Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1996
Principal
Hind Mohammed Lootah
Community
Main teacher nationality
Egyptian
Main student nationality
Emirati
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First Published:
Saturday 28 July, 2012

Updated:
Sunday 14 April, 2019

Dubai Modern Education School (DMES) is a private K-12 school located in Al Mizhar near Mirdiff, Dubai offering a combined US/MoE curriculum..

Dubai Modern Education School has been rated Acceptable for the eleventh year in a row (since inspections began) 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 Modern Education School was first established in 1996 with just over 70 students, a number that has since has grown to approximately 2700, over two thirds of which come from local, Emirati families. Thirty nationalities are represented as a whole. The school, as of 2015-2016 received the KHDA inspection grade of Acceptable. It is the eighth year in a row it has been ranked at that level - since inspections began.

The school employs 194 full and part time teachers, a drop from the 240 from two years. That gives Dubai Modern Education School a teacher to student ratio of just over 1 to 30, which is one of the higher ratios we've seen, meaning that teachers could be spread thin. Teachers are said to have relevant qualifications.

The principal, Hind Mohammed Lootah has recently taken over from Dr. Farouq Ghanem, who had been in the position for over 15 years. That is some serious shoes to fill, although clearly, having held an Acceptable rating only for a prolonged period, Ms Lootah can stamp her mark on the school. This may already be happening - the KHDA notes in its report "a newly developing culture for change... already influencing school improvement."

Fairly unusually (although the school is not alone in this), Dubai Modern Education has two sections: one follows the Ministry of Education curriculum and the other follows a US curriculum. There are different fees for each.

According to the KHDA the school has a "few strengths": Students’ understanding of Islamic values and their cultural awareness is strong and teacher-student relationships are generally positive and caring.

Elsewhere however, it's work in progress. Key areas of focus are Dubai Modern Education School's leadership structure, Improving the quality of teaching; Reducing unnecessary teacher control in lessons; Providing more opportunities for critical thinking; Using assessment information more effectively to match work to students' needs; and to use externally validated assessments to moderate the school’s own assessments and to give staff, the students and their parents, a realistic view of students’ attainment in an international context.

Dubai Modern Education School currently rates as unsatisfactory for assessment, and for matching the curriculum to individual student needs.

Parents are broadly positive about the school, and largely believe children make good progress. Students themselves are also largely positive, but wish for more extra curricula activities. Students seem very loyal to the school.

Fees, as notes, vary depending upon the curriculum. 

 

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Comments
2 Archived Comments
thuraya
Archived 25th Feb 2014, 18:40

Actually, Dubai Modern education school is an excellent school.

Ahmed
Archived 15th May 2015, 00:07

Why do you think it is an Excellent School, Thuraya..?

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