Gulf Indian High School (GIHS) is a private K-12 school located in Al Garhoud, Dubai.
Gulf Indian High School has been rated Acceptable for the eleventh year in a row (since inspections began) in the 2019-20 KHDA inspection process. The inspection report can be found under the Inspection report tab. An update to this review will be completed in due course.
The story so far...
Gulf Indian High School was first established in 1979 by Mr. John M. Thomas as founder and chairman with only 200 students and 35 teachers. The school has since grown to more than 2300 students and 150 teachers.Gulf Indian High School operates a split-shift timetable. Morning sessions are for boys and girls in Kindergarten and Grade 1 and girls only in the primary, middle and secondary phases. The afternoon session is for boys only. Almost all students are from Indian families.
The school has a student to teacher ratio of 16:1 which is relatively low by Indian school standards.
What about the curriculum?
Gulf Indian High School follows an Indian, CBSE curriculum with subjects being taught in both English and Arabic. The school aims to prepare students for the All Indian Secondary School Examination as well as the Comprehensive Evaluation and Senior School Certificate Examination. The school does not publish details of its examination results.
What the inspectors say
As of 2016/2017 the school received the KHDA inspection rating of Acceptable - a rating it has consistently held since inspections began.
Most notable in earlier reports had been the critique of leadership, which was described as Unacceptable. In 2012 the school was said to be at risk of an Unacceptable ranking if recommendations were not adopted. Things have undoubtedly improved - leadership is now rated Acceptable, and Good in terms of the relationship with parents and the community. However, school leaders still need to become "fully developed decision-makers", involved in the vision, direction and improvement of the school, able to "accurately identify [its] strengths and weaknesses" so presumably the right improvements can be made.
The KHDA reports continue to acknowledge the high level of responsibility exhibited by students themselves, their good attainment and progress of students in Islamic Education, English, mathematics and science in the secondary school; and the strong understanding of Islamic values and local, cultural and global awareness in the middle and secondary school.
However aside addressing leadership development, the school has quite a long to do list to get itself out of the Acceptable banding and into a Good rating. Teaching and learning in Kindergarten, Primary and Middle all need to be improved, with child-centred activities given greater prominence at KG level. Teachers also need to adopt assessment in lessons to provide different learning opportunities for groups of students.
Gulf Indian High School also needs better expertise in special educational needs. The school is currently Weak in Islamic Education and Arabic.
What about facilities?
The school campus is a total of 35,000 sq. ft and comes equipped with a number of classrooms with interactive white boards, audio visual equipment and the latest computers. Facilities include a library with more than 30,000 books, sporting areas, book store, prayer room, activity room, canteen as well as a number of science and computer laboratories.
Fees range between 3,368 AED per year for KG students to 6,368 AED per year for Grade 12 students. This is a relatively very affordable school.
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