International Jubilee Private School, Abu Dhabi is a private Elementary and Middle school for students between grades KG - 9, located in the Madinat Zayed area of Abu Dhabi.
International Jubilee Private School is a steadily improving Elementary and Middle school, moving up to a Good rating in its 2017-18 ADEK Inspection report following an Acceptable rating in its 2014 report, following a C6, "Weak" grade in 2014 by Abu Dhabi's education regulator.
Total number of students is currently 809 with 2% being Emirati students, the largest nationality group (at 18%) being Jordanian, followed by students from the Philippines (12%) and Pakistan at 11%. This is an increase of approximately 10% over 2 years. The school takes girls and boys from 3 years 8 months to 14 years. Students are supported by 55 teachers and 16 teaching assistants, providing a very good teacher:student ratio of 1:15. Staff are evidently happy with their positions, with a low staff turnover level of 7%, providing stability.
International Jubilee Private School follows an American, English speaking curriculum with Arabic being taught as a second language in line with UAE Ministry of Education requirements. The school submits its pupils to external Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT4) and examination results from the American Common Core Curriculum State Standards (CCCSS) indicate that students’ achievement is Outstanding. Students achieve above grade-related expectations in English, Mathematics and Science. The majority of students make good progress, particularly in core subjects from their below average starting points in the KG 1. The school’s continuous assessment for Grades 1 to 9 indicates outstanding achievement in all core subjects.
What the inspectors say:
The overall performance of the school was Good across all 6 key indicators. There is a newly appointed Principal for the school who has made a positive impact. Of particular note is that Governors have established a strong partnership with the local Autistic Centre and students from the Centre are fully integrated into lessons. Students with special educational needs (SEN) and those who are gifted and talented (G&T) make similar progress from their individual starting points.
Students’ achievement is good in Islamic education, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and other subjects. It is acceptable overall in Arabic as a first and second language and PE. It is weak in Art and in the Elementary phase in Arabic as a Second Language. The majority of students show well-developed learning skills, and are attentive and keen to learn.
Students’ personal and social development is good overall. They show very good attitudes to learning, establish positive relationships with their peers and with adults in the school. Good relationships between students and teachers create positive conditions for learning. Students adopt a range of values including empathy, consideration and tolerance. They enjoy coming to school, which is reflected in their outstanding attendance of 99% and very good punctuality.
As previously noted, students with SEN and students with autism are well supported and integrated into the school community. Most students with autism participate effectively alongside their peers in lessons. Students are respectful and considerate towards each other and enjoy learning. They have a good understanding of Islamic values, culture and heritage of the UAE.
Students’ innovation and enterprise are good. They develop independence, collaboration and problem-solving. They are enabled to design homes showing the use of solar energy. Students do projects based on robotics and use computer control software. However, opportunities for related extra-curricular activities are somewhat limited.
Teaching and assessment are good overall. Lesson plans ensure that the learning activities meet the needs of students with different abilities. Teachers promote students’ critical thinking and problem solving and good questioning and teachers’ rigorous classroom assessments help to identify the gaps in students' learning.
The implementation of the curriculum is good overall. The school offers the American, California Common Core State Standards (CCCSS) curriculum. It is broad and balanced, and age appropriate to develop students’ knowledge, skills and understanding. It is structured so that students learn systematically to provide continuity and progression. The school adapts the curriculum effectively to meet the needs of the students. Cross-curricular links are well established for example, the Emirati culture, values and UAE society across all subjects. Links between subjects help to support the development of students’ knowledge and learning skills.
The school’s provision for the protection, care, guidance and support of students is good. The school provides a safe, secure environment. All students in the Elementary and Middle phases have career lessons where they learn about various occupations. Leadership of the school is good overall. Leaders ensure effective day-to-day management, and have raised standards in most core subjects. There is a good relationship between the school's management and parents.
Inspectors identified the school's strengths as students’ improving achievement in Islamic education, Mathematics, Science, and their English language skills; the rapid progress children make in the KG; students’ enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of, learning; students’ understanding of Islamic values and UAE heritage and culture, and the caring ethos and secure environment of the school.
Areas for improvement were noted as the requirement to provide greater consistency of achievement in subjects across; to develop the roles of middle leaders and subject coordinator roles, particularly in relation to Arabic; to provide more effective and rigorous challenge for higher achieving students; and to strengthen provision in the KG including providing a range of play equipment to develop students’ motor skills, creating opportunities for children to work with water and sand, and providing flexible areas where the children can engage in integrated learning, using a range of materials and resources.
Facilities are good, and classrooms are spacious and well decorated, and outside spaces are clean, litter free and brightly painted with culturally appropriate murals. However, space is insufficient to permit expansion to High School on the current premises.
Fees range from AED 12,200 – AED 26,600 - very much at the value end of the spectrum. With the improvements made over the past two years, International Jubilee School is now showing that it can genuinely offer good value through improved attainment and progress, across subjects and across all phases.
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