Global Indian International School Abu Dhabi, a K-12 school when fully operational, is part of the Global Indian International School (GIIS) group of schools. In the latest ADEC report, the school overall was found to be Acceptable.
Latest news: 2018-19 ADEK inspection rating - Good. The full report has not yet been added to the ADEK website; an update based on this will be published once the full report is available.
The Story so Far
Global Indian International School Abu Dhabi follows a Montessori Plus curriculum at KG, and then the most widespread Indian curriculum in the UAE, the CBSE. Both of these sit within the school group's own education methodology, something it calls "9 Gems" - a learning program that "meets the changing needs of a growing child and his/her evolving personality".
Specifically these nine "gems" are: Academic Excellence, Collaborative & Project-Based Learning; Sports, Health & Fitness Excellence; Digital and Visual Arts; Personality Development, Speech & Drama; Creativity, Innovation and Problem solving; Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development; Universal Values, Ethics & Discipline; Community Connection, Care and Conserve and Life Skills, Career and Vocational Competencies.
In the initial years of growth, the focus is on developing universal values, ethics, discipline, creativity and personality development. During secondary and high school years, the focus shifts to academic achievement, leadership & entrepreneurial skills and key competencies for vocational and career advancement.
Originally meant to open in April 2015 for KG to Grade 8, permission by ADEC took until September of the same year to be given. At that point the school opened for KG1 and KG2, with Grades 1 to 8 not coming on board until April 2016.
What do the Inspectors Say?
As the report notes, "The overall quality of students’ achievement is acceptable. Most children in KG and students in primary and middle attain in line with appropriate curriculum levels." There are areas that are Weak, specifically Primary students' progress in Science and Maths.
Students' personal development has been rated as Good throughout the school. As the report notes, "Most students have positive attitudes and their behaviour is good. Students have respectful relations with staff and, for the most part, show diligence and commitment in their work. Students’ personal confidence and sense of self-worth is enhanced because of the positive way teachers nurture them and provide effective opportunities to use their talents and
develop leadership skills."
What about Fees?
Global Indian International School Abu Dhabi has a capacity for 1,700 students once fully open (from KG to Grade 12) and given the tuition fees is likely to hit that number fairly quickly. These currently range from 10,000 AED at KG, and will hit 11,800 AED at Grade 12. This makes it the most affordable new school to have opened in the UAE in recent years.
In spite these value fees the school seems to have good facilities for its students.
What about the Facilities?
The campus, spread over 19,000 square meters, includes a synthetic track for athletics, table tennis, a tennis court, a soccer ground, a badminton court, a cricket ground, swimming pool, yoga centre, Wi-Fi enabled classrooms, e-learning technology through video-conferencing, LCD video projection in all classrooms, an audio-video presentation room, a multi-purpose auditorium with a capacity of 600 seats, an exclusive play area for Kindergarten with age-appropriate equipment, a Digital Library, Music studio, Drama theatre, an Art Studio for visual and digital arts a Dance studio and a Cafeteria for students.
According to the school's web site it provides a wide range of extra curricular activities, "which are imparted through professional instructors". The school also offers "co-curricular" activities allow students to "pursue diverse interests and develop their innate and latent talents through host of fine and performing arts. Qualified instructors and artists impart a wide range of CCAs."
No specific clubs are mentioned however.
Global Indian International School Abu Dhabi says it uses field trips to help students "improve on their organisational ability, observation, learn to be independent, interaction skills with peers and seniors, and imbibe invaluable insights into life around them."
It has also set up four houses - Chrysanthemum, Hibiscus, Orchid, and Sunflower - among which all students are distributed.
"The houses develop a sense of responsibility and a spirit of healthy competition. The school organises various inter-house competitions, which are held for junior and senior students. Children are encouraged to exhibit their talent in music, dance, cultural activities, and sports."
Overall there is no doubt Global Indian International School Abu Dhabi talks a very good game, however the proof is in the pudding, and it will be interesting to see how well the school is able to deliver on its aims while maintaining fees at this level.
Should it be successful however this will be a benchmark school - very much a gem - in the emirates, where a large segment of the population is currently under served when it comes to schools. We watch with considerable interest. We doubt we are alone in doing so.
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Please publish the ADEC result when you get it. It will help.
The school seems a new startup for M.E and lacking independent reviews. (If you discount a Dubai school, again a start up together with Ambassador group, now operating as Ambassador school :
http://whichschooladvisor.com/review_article/global-indian-international-school-dubai/ Dubai school is KHDA "Acceptable" but also had branding dispute with Ambassador group which co-started the school.
If you Google for Global Indian school review Abu Dhabi the first hit is the companys own web site, no independent reviews and your page is at number two but there is very little information otherwise.
GIIS Abu Dhabi did not open in 2015 because of ADEC not giving permission, this is according to Sheela Menon, Principal of GIIS. Details we published in Gulf News http://gulfnews.com/xpress/news/delay-in-school-opening-puts-students-in-a-fix-1.1540324
Thanks Havaq - the school finally opened in September 2015 - good news for the parents who had been waiting...
Please note that the GLOBAL INDIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, ABU DHABI, will commence operation from April, 2015, following CBSE Curriculum. Admission enquiries can be done for grades KG - I to Grade VIII at www.giisabudhabi.org.
You can also contact school office at 052-2181585 / 055-5286909.
GIIS Abu Dhabi
It seems that currently the only way to reach the school is via their Facebook page where you can leave a message and the school will contact you. https://www.facebook.com/giis.abudhabi.
Their website - http://www.giisabudhabi.org/ - also contains a link for Admissions. Unfortunately, the rest of the site is not yet live, but we are trying to reach the school and will update you as we are able to do so.
Just want to know Fees structure.
Just want to know when the registration start & where your school will be started and how can we get admission as I am looking for my son KG1 & 7th Std admission. please inform me whether school starts from April or Sep and the fees structure? Thanks
Good Day, I would like to know when the school is going to be open? When will the admissions process start for grade-3?
Hi i would like to know about admission for my daughter. K1.
if it is possible or not in 2017.
Dear sir, I would like to know when the school is going to be open? When will the admissions process start for grade-2 and grade 5?
I would like to know when admission in abu dhabi will start in your school , i am seeking admission in KG 2 & Grade 2.
Just want to know when & where your school will be started and how can we get admission as I am looking for my son KG1 admission. please inform me whether school starts from April or Sep? Thanks