School TypeAll ThroughInspection RatingGoodGender
StatusOpenYear Opened1976Annual FeesAED 14,857 - 30,562Annual Fee AverageAED 18,500PrincipalAparna Yashpal VermaCommunityCityMain Teacher NationalityIndianMain Student NationalityIndian
Dubai Scholars Private School is a private K-12 school located in Al Ghusais, Dubai, taking children from 3 to 18 years of age (KG to Grade 12). The school was established in 1976, making it one of the oldest schools in the country, and currently has just over 1600 students and it employs 106 full-time teachers giving it a mid range teacher to student ratio.
Dubai Scholars Private School follows the English National Curriculum with both IGCSE and A'Level programs available for (a small number of) senior students. It currently holds an inspection rating of Good from the KHDA, Dubai's education regulator, which notes its strong performance in external examinations. The school has now held the Good rating from the KHDA for six consecutive years. The school has recently adopted the EYFS for its primary school.
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Key strengths of the school include "excellent encouragement of personal and social development of students; Primary and secondary students’ outstanding attainment and progress in English and mathematics; Good attainment and progress in Islamic Education; the excellent behaviour, self-assurance and good manners of students; and the the positive and supportive relationships both between students and students and staff.
The school offers a focused range of A'Levels: Accounts, Business Studies, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Clearly the school does not cater for students with a stronger predilection for the humanities. A little unusually, students can take 2 A' Level subjects per year, rather than the traditional approach of 3 or 4 A'Levels over two years.
Areas the school has been recommended to focus on for further improvement by the KHDA are: Improve students’ speaking and writing skills in Arabic as an additional language, particularly in the primary phase; Improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the Kindergarten by establishing a shared awareness and implementation of quality practice in the Early Years; Develop the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and relevant skills both in the classroom and specialist facility; and to develop the teaching and learning strategies to provide further challenge for the more able, and
improve the consistency of support for students with special educational needs (SEN).
Fees are very accessible for a UK curriculum based school, ranging from between 13,739 AED per year for FS1 students to 26,060 AED for A-level students. However they are not necessarily accessible for its largest demographic - Indian families.
Unsurprisingly, the school is very popular, especially in the Asian community for parents who want a British education for their children. There have even in the past newspaper reports of queues forming overnight to get children into the school. This will no doubt be helped by its tight knit group of parents who clearly value the school and what it offers.
Our sister site, SchoolsCompared.com does add a strong caveat that this will not be a school for all children, in particular those with a tendency to rely on the right side of the brain. However, one can argue that Scholars is merely giving its stakeholders - ambitious Indian parents and children - what they want: A strong focus on science and business over the arts and humanities in general.
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