Part of the Abu Dhabi-owned Emirates National Schools Group, ENS Sharjah is one of two ENS schools in the Northern Emirates. Its location on the Sharjah-Ajman border makes it accessible for children from across the Northern Emirates. The school, in common with others in the group, offers a combined US/IB curriculum.
ENS Sharjah Campus was established in 2015 and is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) which is a three year process. The school has also sought authorisation for the Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) during 2016-2017, with approval expected to follow in 2019. The school follows an American Common Core curriculum using the framework of the IB. It follows the UAE Ministry of Education curricula for Arabic, Islamic Studies and UAE Social Studies.
This curriculum combination is an interesting one. Essentially, the school is taking the content of the US Common Core curriculum for English, Maths and Science, and delivering it through the IB framework, which is based on cross-curricular, topic-based Units of Enquiry. The IB framework has become increasingly respected in educational circles and a growing number of UAE schools are now offering the IB curriculum (or at least the pre-University/College IB Diploma programme which is becoming the Gold Standard among many top universities in English-speaking countries).
Students at the ENS schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain follow the same IB/Common Core curriculum through to Grade 10, where they are subsequently given the option of the IB Diploma programme for more academic students, Advance Placement subjects for US College entry or a US High School Diploma based on course credits. We would expect the Sharjah school to offer the same options.
The school offers a mixed-gender KG and Primary School and separate Girls' and Boys' sections from Grades 5-12.
Emirates National School Sharjah says that it aims to holistically develop inquiring, caring, lifelong learners. Their programme provides students with opportunities to develop independence, open-mindedness and an intercultural respect for others and their values.
Students will be supported in acquiring the social, personal and academic skills necessary to be successful in an ever changing world. Through initiative, innovation and creativity the school encourages students to take action as responsible, productive global citizens.
ENS Sharjah Campus boasts a modern, purpose-built facility. The classrooms are large, well-furnished and equipped with interactive white boards to allow collaborative, interactive and technologically enhanced learning. Additionally, facilities include specialist classrooms such as language and science labs, school libraries, spacious gymnasium equipped to host basketball, netball and other indoor sporting activities, four AstroTurf football fields, a 25-metre semi-Olympic swimming pool and a 900+ seat auditorium.
Although the ENS schools seem to have been established to support predominantly Emirati students, other nationalities are admitted. The Abu Dhabi schools have been inspected by ADEK and are rated Good. We expect similar standards to be offered at ENS Sharjah.
Fees range from AED 16,300 for KG1 and to AED 31,800 for Middle and High School (from Grade 5-12).
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