Emirates National School Ras Al Khaimah is the sixth school under the Abu Dhabi-based ENS Group of schools. In common with the other schools in the group (Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Al Manaseer, Al Nayhan and Mohammed bin Zayed City, and Sharjah), the school follows a US common core curriculum combined with the International Baccalaureate framework.
ENS was established by Presidential Decree and is owned by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. The Board of Trustees is made up of a number of prominent Emiratis including H.E Ahmed Mohamed Al Hemeiri, who is Chairman. The first school opened in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi in 2002.
The Vision of the schools is defined as:
"Preparing future leaders through innovation in education and treasuring of cultural heritage".
The Mission of the schools states that:
"Emirates National Schools aims to provide students with educational programmes that develop character, use technology to improve learning, and prepare students to be leaders and community members".
Whilst set up essentially to educate and develop Emirati students, the schools do accept children of other nationalities, including non-Arabic speakers.
ENS Ras Al Khaimah Campus was established in 2015. Currently the school welcomes students from Kindergarten through grade 9 (in both boys and girls sections). Students from KG to Grade 4 study in mixed-gender classes. The Common Core standards-based curriculum is offered in both Arabic and English languages with Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies following the Ministry of Education curriculum. ENS RAK follows a dynamic inquiry-based learning approach which is based upon the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) framework.
The IB curriculum is cross-curricular and topic based, rather than subject based, and students are required to develop their own independent study skills with the aim of developing into life-long learners. ENS RAK aims to provide a stimulating, inquiry based learning environment, both inside and outside of the classroom, that empowers students to be critically thinking global citizens. Students are encouraged to be caring and open-minded to others, while maintaining and respecting their national identity.
The school organises multicultural activities that promote International Mindedness and the UAE cultural identity, in addition to providing the students with multi-sensory experiences to expand literacy, numeracy, vocabulary and concepts throughout the foundation stage of child development. In addition to Maths, English and Science taught according to the US standards, classes are offered to students in Arts, Music/Drama, Instructional Technology, Physical education and swimming by qualified specialised teachers.
The facilities of the school are impressive and include substantial outdoor space, indoor swimming pools and gymnasia, large, bright classrooms with interactive white boards, libraries, IT suites and a large cafeteria among others.
The other schools in the ENS Group in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi are IB World Schools and offer the IB curriculum up to Grade 10 based on the content of the US common core. In grades 11 and 12, students may choose between the IB Diploma programme for the more academically able, AP courses for those seeking to continue in college in the US or elsewhere, or a US High School Diploma issued by the school. It is not clear currently whether ENS RAK will follow the same path, or continue with purely the US qualifications.
All 4 schools in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi have been inspected by the regulator, ADEK, and have been rated Good. We expect the standards in RAK to be similar.
Fees range from AED 16,300 for KG 1 and 2, AED 22,300 for Grade 1-4 and AED 31,800 for Middle and High School. The school will add grades with each year until Grade 12 is established.
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