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International School of Creative Science is a school which aims to instill strong values in itself and its community. Our students will experience the best learning experiences from strong teachers who will be their mentors as well as their role models. Students will become global leaders of learning, life, humanity and faith.
As an ever growing school we welcome more nationalities each year, we currently have over 30 nationalities and look forward to becoming a school of choice for all nationalities.
We have a good balance of nationalities, around half are UAE Nationals who come to our school due to its rich values and strong education and then our nationals are equally balanced from other parts of the world such as the Europe and Asia.
in EYFS the teacher student ratio is 1:6
in KS1 the ratio is 1:14
in KS2 & KS3 it is 1:25
Fortunately the demand for places in our school surprised us especially for EYFS and KS1. We built our next phase ahead of schedule to meet the demands in applications.
The mission of the school is to "effectively instill traditional morals and values while ensuring excellence through an integrated curriculum based upon Internationally renowned best practices in teaching and learning primarily based on the New National Curriculum of England, UAE curriculum for Arabic language, Islamic studies, and social studies, plus most modern innovative skills including proficiency in science and technology."
We have a PE program that runs from FS to year 9. We also offer International Sports as an elective, and ECAs promoting healthy activity as we encourage students with talents in sports to participate in local and international competitions. In addition, we have outsourced a Sports program (Abtal) that is offered on school grounds for our school students. Some of our sports clubs include a boxing club, football club, gardening and cricket to name a few.
The school promotes healthy lifestyles by offering well-prepared healthy choices for hot-lunch at the school cafeteria. We also encourage parents to pack healthy lunches. Also, our nurses and clinic staff always run health & hygiene campaigns to promote a healthy life-style. Our school PTA works collaboratively with the teachers to deliver workshops on the importance of healthy eating, workshops have included having a balanced plate and reducing sugar, in addition to Parents’ Sports workshops where mothers / fathers meet together for different sports sessions on school grounds.
The school promotes healthy lifestyles by offering well-prepared healthy choices for hot-lunch at the school cafeteria. We also encourage parents to pack healthy lunches. Also, our nurses and clinic staff always run health campaigns to promote healthy life-style. Our school PTA works collaboratively with the teachers to deliver workshops on the importance of healthy eating, workshops have included having a balanced plate and reducing sugar.
Yes, the school has a fully operational and highly effective food service and cafeteria for students.
Yes it serves both hot and cold food.
The average price for a good lunch would be 20 AED.
EYFS 7:15 to 12:40 pm
Primary & Secondary 7:15 to 2: 40pm
Our school believes in positive discipline and therefore implements an ADAB policy which will have all elements of a behaviour process in any good international school but we aim to go a step further by instilling etiquettes and positive rights for our students.
We give feedback to parents on regular intervals. Students are constantly aware of how they are doing in class both academically and behaviorally. Parents are informed both in writing (electronically and through progress reports). All formative assessments are tracked by the teacher for each student and based on the students understanding of his age related skills, the students will be provided with additional support through intervention or pushed to depth of mastery. EYFS students have regular observations which parents can access from home to track their child/ren progress in school.
There is a parent-teacher meeting at the end of each term in which parents will receive feedback from teachers based on their child/ren progress and recommendations for next steps. The end of term report will capture the skills each student has secured in that term and targets for the next term which is done termly.
English and Arabic
Yes, we have two separate programs for teaching Arabic: Arabic for Arabs and Arabic for Non-Arabic speakers.
We currently have English and Arabic class only. French classes might be introduced as an extra curricula club next year.
We deliver the Read Write Inc. program across the school which supports our students with their reading and writing skills in addition to intervention in each year group.
Only for Arab Students. English is used as a mode of instruction for Non-Arabs.
Yes, We have dedicated a prayer time and provided a prayer room where for boys and another one for girls so they can pray.
All students progress and attainment is tracked, our last year student progress was very high where each student progressed over 7 sub steps in one year (average expected is 4-5 sub steps).
As per KHDA recommendation, students from Year 3 onwards will sit the CAT4 assessment and at the end of the academic year the students from Year 1 onwards will sit the PT series assessments. During this time students sit the Pearson assessments for our English subjects and Avant for Arabic studies.
We definitely encourage independent learning through homework, we also take into consideration the time a student spends on homework. Students are encouraged to work on project-based work on homework rather than the conventional way of homework. Teachers would set homework projects for students which help to develop multiple skills over a number of subjects.
Through differentiated instruction in class, and offering extra-curricular activities to support the needs of gifted and talented students. Our SENDco will track the progress of G&T students and work with the teachers to ensure that they are pushed to achieve mastery in their subjects.
As a new school we are currently up to Year 9 and growing by one year each year and therefore currently do not have a sixth form cohort.
As a school inclusion is one of our core priorities. We have a very successful Effective Learning Provision (ELP) in which students are supported by the ELPCo and LSAs who work closely with each student and document their learning needs in an IEP and provide support and intervention based on the students’ needs. We have an excellent well-resourced ELP room and a sensory room which students use during their intervention and sessions.
We are currently up to Year 9 and therefore not sitting post 16 education exams.
Yes, we have a very strong and inclusive provision for students with learning difficulties, as a school we aim to screen and understand the needs of the students very well so that we are able to support them in our provision.
Yes, Our SENDCo is an Educational Psychologist from the UK and therefore has a strong understanding of student’s needs, we work very closely with centers recommended by KHDA to support the needs of students.
We have a well-established PTA that supports the school and Class Representatives who work closely with the teachers.
Yes, our parents have volunteered their time for arranging events and coordinating national and international days at our school.
Yes our school board of governors has a parent representative.
Yes, in parent orientation meetings, at the beginning of the year, we walk them through the procedures and policies at our school. We also inform them on how to help their children in homework, with assessments, navigating online resources, and such. There is also a number of parent workshops done during the year to support parents and help to establish strong communication between parents and the school who work in partnership to support their children.
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