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GEMS Millennium School Sharjah Review

GEMS Millennium School is a relatively new member of the GEMs Education family, opening its doors in 2010. A CBSE based school, it promotes heavily its warm and friendly approach, perhaps a sensible move given it would be too early to promote academic success.
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At a glance
School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 18,000
Annual fees
AED 14,400 - 20,700
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Value
Status
Open
Opening year
2010
School year
Apr to Mar
Principal
Teresa Varman
Owner
GEMS Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
Indian
Main student nationality
Indian
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GEMS Millennium School Sharjah
School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
fiber_manual_record All grades
Availability 2020/21
fiber_manual_record All grades
Annual fee average
AED 18,000
Annual fees
AED 14,400 - 20,700
Price band help
Value
Status
Open
Opening year
2010
School year
Apr to Mar
Principal
Teresa Varman
Owner
GEMS Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
Indian
Main student nationality
Indian
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First Published:
Saturday 28 July, 2012

Updated:
Thursday 19 September, 2019

GEMS Millennium School is a relatively new member of the GEMs Education family, opening its doors in 2010. A CBSE based school, it promotes heavily its warm and friendly approach, perhaps a sensible move given it would be too early to promote academic success.

GEMS Millennium School  opened in 2010, and was the education groups response to the demand for a more 'premium' CBSE offering in the emirate.

While the fees are significantly higher than most others, (16,000 AED to 23,000 AED) the school does offer students bigger, better and more modern facilities and, according to the school's website, "external examination results that are substantially above national averages for Sharjah schools."

Interestingly the school claims a low student to teacher ratio - but does not state what the ratio is, or relative to what (Indian curriculum based schools tend to have a much higher student to teacher ratio than Western curriculum schools).

Facilities

Facilities at Millennium are good - this is a premium school after all! They include; Wi-fi accessible throughout the school premises, classrooms equipped with Promethean (Interactive) boards, OHPs and white boards, an indoor swimming pool, a sand pit for earlier year groups, 'rumpus-room,' and 'free-flow area,' learning resource centres, multi-purpose hall, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, science, 'maker-space' and innovation labs, playing-field with astro turf, a "spacious and airy library", well designed computer labs, a music room, an infirmary, prayer rooms, and a bright cafeteria.

School Successes

Sadly Millennium School does not publish its results outside of the GEMS CBSE round-up, so it is unclear just how well the students do in their exams. However, the school has numerous students who have excelled in national and international competitions.

In 2017, Millennium Sharjah student Rishabh Java won the top award in the Dubai Olympiad competition. The 15-year old developed a working model of a humanoid robot - almost complete with its torso and head.

In 2017, grade 10 student at GEMS Millennium School, Samiksha was chosen from among 500 global entrants to present her research based on United Nations Global Sustainable Growth goal on Challenge 2030. She was accepted into the Junior Academy (TJA), part of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) for her concept based on revolutionary sustainable, clean and energy efficient method of electricity generation.

In 2016, Millennium student Meenakshi Jayakumar beat thousands to be crowned winner of Sharjah TV's Arabic reality show for her Arabic language singing.

The Feedback

The first wave of parental feedback from the school was not positive with half of parents responding to our survey said their child felt, ‘absolutely no sense of belonging at all.’

One third of parents said their child did not enjoy going to school, while 67 percent said the fees did not represent good value for money. The same percentage said they would not recommend their school to others and 83 percent said they had considered moving their child to another school.

Since that time the school has clearly sent out an email to its parents for feedback to our site, and its numbers are improving. We will continue to watch and evaluate in more detail at the time of our next update.

The Numbers

Fees for GEMs Millennium for the 2018/19 are set at 16,000 AED for KG, however, Millennium is still offering a discounted rate of  14,400 AED. These rise to  and follow a fairly linear path upwards to 20,700 AED for Grade 10, (although approved fees are 23,000 AED). Fees are paid monthly.

The school also asks an additional 250 AED medical fee and a 500 AED registration fee per year.

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Comments
2 Archived Comments
Leena R David
Archived 6th Aug 2014, 21:17

Kindly let me know the requirements for getting admission for my kid in second standard (presently in India she is in the second standard from June in Christ School, Manipal (CBSE syllabus)).
Now we are planning to relocate to Sharjah in September, as I got job in the University of Sharjah, as lecturer.
Also, I would like to know
a) whether this school is accredited by the University of Sharjah as I have to submit the receipts to avail education allowance.
b) Distance from the Sharjah University to school. (if its far can you suggest me a school under GEMS near to the unversity)
​c) Class timings​
d) Annual Fees
e) Documents required before leaving from India.
f) Transportation
g) When the academic year starts and ends

Please provide me with the details as early as possible.

Professor
Archived 9th Aug 2014, 10:57

Hi Leena, you need to contact the school to take this forward. You can find information at the top of the review.

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