At a glance
The Story so Far
Liwa International School for Girls currently has 379 students with a majority in primary and the rest in KG and middle school. The school works within an American curriculum framework, aiming to prepare its students for the SAT, the AP, and the TOEFL exam.
There are currently 36 teachers and 17 teaching assistants, giving the school a teacher to student ratio of 1:20 in KG and 1:24 in the other phases. Teacher turnover is quite low at 8 percent but as the school is in the middle of most teachers' two year contracts, it will interesting to see if these number will be retainable.
What about the Facilities?
The campus has two building: one for KG through Grade 4 and a second building that houses Grade 5 through Grade 12. These buildings offer the students:
- Five laboratories connected to the internet
- Seven junior and senior science laboratories
- A library for both the junior and senior section
- Three music rooms
- Shaded play and game areas for all age groups
- Two swimming pools
- Three gymnasiums
- A football green field
- Four multiple-purpose courts (Basketball, Football and Volleyball); and six shaded playgrounds
What do the Inspectors Say?
Liwa International School for Girls, as a new school, has had one inspection by ADEC in which is was rated as a High Performing School, receiving an overall Good rating. This is well done for a school's first rating.
The report notes that the school's strengths include the leadership and management of the school, which is a critical indicator of a school's success. Through this leadership, "the school [has] put in place good systems and, after a short space of time, there is an effective
education being offered to students."
The key areas of improvement identified by the inspectors include: the innovation skills of all students through more opportunities for them to investigate, research, question and become independent learners; the involvement of parents in the everyday life of the school; students’ punctuality at the start of the day and when arriving for lessons.
Innovation is a critical area in education right now so it will be paramount for the school to develop students' innovation skills and incorporate an open mindset and analytical skills into the curriculum. What's clear though is that the school's environment makes growth and development a strong potential.
As the report notes, "Students have positive and responsible attitudes towards learning. They have respect for each other and for staff and generally demonstrate good behaviour in class and around the school. They are friendly and welcoming to visitors, greeting and shaking hands when they first meet. Relationships are very positive, respectful and cordial because of the school’s high expectations"
What about Fees?
Fees for Liwa International School for Girls starts at 16,200 AED for KG1 and rise to 29,300 AED for Grade 12. Books, uniform, and transportation are additional fees. Book fees start at 1,560 AED for KG1 and rise to 3,185 AED for Grade 12. Bus service is an additional 3,450 AED and books, an additional 700 AED for all grades.
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