A relatively small school Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé, located in Al Muhaisnah, caters to approximately 1,200 mainly Lebanese national boys and girls aged three to 18 years. The school was established in 2003 to cater to French-speaking families. LLFP was rated Very Good for the fourth year in a row in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection round.
The school was originally founded to meet the needs of the Lebanese Francophone community in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and was set up through the contribution of 37 Lebanese citizens, who together raised AED 10 million to establish the school.
The school is now managed through a Board of Governors made up of six representatives of the original contributors. Several boards and committees participate in the operation of the institution: the Board of directors; the educational management council; the executive committee; the governing board; the educational council; the parents' committee and student committees.
The school aims to provide a secular education based on the values of respect for other human beings, diversity and the interaction of diverse cultures. It is one of a small number of not for profit schools in Dubai.
The Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé undertakes for students of the school:
In the 2018-19 academic year, the last time the school was inspected by the KHDA's DSIB inspection team (due to the Covid 19 pandemic and also as a result of their Very Good status which will now see only a one day review visit), there were 1,175 students of whom the predominant nationality group was Arab. There was a relatively low number of 40 students of Determination.
In line with the management of the school and its student base, the majority of teachers are Lebanese. In 2018-19, there were 93 teachers and 12 teaching assistants giving a teacher:student ratio of a low 1:12. Teacher turnover, at 12%, was below the average for international schools in Dubai which generally runs at 20-22% annually.
Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé (LLFP) follows the French curriculum leading to the Diplôme National du Brevet and the Baccalaureat. The Brevet was awarded for the first time in 2012. [Note: The national diploma is a diploma taken at the end of 3ème (Year 10 or Grade 9). It is therefore the equivalent of the IGCSE. Students continuing education then study the Baccaluareate (Le Bac) between 16 and 18 years of age]. The school is accredited by the AEFE, l'Agence pour l'enseignement francais a l'exterieur (the Agency for French Education Abroad).
All LLFP students are prepared for the French National Diploma and the French General Baccalaureate, in one of its three options: Science, Social Studies or Literature.
In addition, since 2008, an educational, academic and administrative assistance agreement links the Lebanese Private Francophone High School in Dubai and the Notre-Dame College of Jamhour in Lebanon. The Lebanese diplomas (Lebanese Brevet and Baccalaureat) are prepared for by the students, according to the choice of the families.
The LLFP is also permitted by the Dubai Schools Regulator (the KHDA), to teach Arabic using Lebanese textbooks, in addition to the UAE curriculum. LLFP prepares students for French and Lebanese Bachelor's degrees and educates them to master the three languages: French, Arabic and English, in both written and spoken form. Students are also offered Spanish as a fourth language option in the 5th grade in College.
In addition to the Academic, sports and artistic activities have a prominent place in extracurricular activities, as well as in art workshops and sporting selections. The school also says that there is a focus on the science and technology disciplines.
The school has an early years section, the Ecole maternelle, for boys and girls aged three and four; five grades in the Ecole élémentaire, the primary school, and four grades in the Collège, or secondary school. The final three years of school are undertaken in the Lycée.
The school does not provide detailed information about its campus or facilities.
However, the KHDA report for 2017-18 notes that "Almost all learning areas are of high quality, and are used frequently to promote students' achievements. The environment inspires teaching and learning with a wide range of high quality resources matching curriculum requirements and students' needs".
The care and protection of students from both a physical and emotional sense are rated Outstanding with inspection report also noting that "Contracts with outside providers ensure that the buildings are secure, clean and properly maintained. The new building provides additional classroom space and excellent facilities for science, IT and the clinic, in addition to separate accommodation for students in Lycée and Collège."
In 2020-21, the school started construction of a brand new purpose-built campus in the Meydan area of Dubai which is expected to open in September 2022, subject to approval from the KHDA.
The school received a KHDA Very Good for the fourth time in 2018-19, after five out of its six years with a Good rating. Inspectors specifically commented on the "positive, family-feel" of LLFP.
With the advent of the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020, all schools in the UAE participated in a Distance Learning Evaluation led by the Ministry of Education and the regulators of each emirate. The evaluations rated schools by three measures - Developed, Partially Developed and Undeveloped. LLFP achieved the highest Developed rating. The evaluation report may be found here.
In terms of the outcomes of the 2018-19 inspection process, the major strengths of the school were identified in the report as:
Student achievement is excellent across most sections and subjects, with the report indicating that French, English and Maths attainment and progress are Outstanding across all four sections of the school with the exception of Maths in Lycee.
Science is rated Very Good across the board. The other ratings that stand out for the Attainment and progress of students are those related to Islamic Studies and Arabic. Here, almost all ratings are Good, with the exception of Islamic Education in the Primary school (rated more highly at Very Good). Learning skills are rated Outstanding with the exception of Primaire where they are rated Very Good. Altogether, these are an impressive set of ratings across all key subjects.
Students' personal and social development and their innovation skills are rated Outstanding in regard to their Personal development, and improved to Very Good in this inspection in relation to their Understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures, and Social responsibility and innovation skills.
The KHDA report shows that the quality of teaching and assessment is Very good across the school with the exception of Maternelle where it was found to be Outstanding. Similarly, the curriculum adaptation received the same ratings, whilst the Curriculum Design and Implementation was rated Outstanding in all but Primaire where it was rated Very Good.
The protection, care, guidance and support of students is rated Outstanding across the school. Students with SEND requirements or Gifts and Talents receive Very Good support from the school.
In terms of leadership and management, the effectiveness of leadership was rated Outstanding, whilst all other performance measures were rated Very Good.
It has not hard to believe that the Lycee Libanais is on the cusp of an overall Outstanding rating by the KHDA.
In order to make this step, the school will need to focus on the two areas for improvement identified by the inspection team:
If you would like to read the full inspection report - and we strongly recommend that you do so in order to read the reasons behind the ratings - you will find it here.
The KHDA report notes that parents are very supportive of the school and consider themselves to be partners in their children's education. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved in school life and in shaping the school's priorities.
Over 400 parents responded to the KHDA's pre-inspection survey with the vast majority expressing very positive opinions about almost all aspects of school's provision and outcomes. Just over 260 students responded to the KHDA's Wellbeing Survey. A high proportion of students expressed themselves as happy, optimistic and satisfied with life whilst demonstrating perseverance. They felt safe at school and valued their relationships with teachers. Almost all have strong motivation to succeed.
Our WhichSchoolAdvisor.com Survey has received very little feedback in its ongoing survey for the Lycee Libanais. Those who have responded have been somewhat negative towards the school in terms of value for money in regard to fees and half have considered moving their child/ren to another school. Whilst half would recommend the school to other parents, 25% each were either not sure or would not recommend the school to others.
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We, at WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, are decidedly impressed with LLFP. This is a school which is quietly making strong strides towards the elusive Outstanding rating. Although initially aimed at Lebanese families specifically, we would suggest for families seeking a tri-lingual learning environment, LLFP must be an excellent option.
Fees at the Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé range from AED 24,622 to AED 52,764 per annum. This is comparable with the other French-speaking schools in the UAE.
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