A relatively small school Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé, located in Al Muhaisnah, caters to approximately 1,210 mainly Lebanese national boys and girls aged three to 17 years. The school was established in 2003 to cater to French-speaking families. LLFP was rated Very Good for the third year in a row in the 2017-18 KHDA inspection round.
Lycée Libanais Francophone has been rated Very Good for the fourth year running in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process. An abbreviated version of the inspection report can be found under the Inspection tab. An update of this review will be completed once the full report has been issued.
The story so far...
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.
Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé (LLFP) follows the French curriculum leading to the Diplôme National du Brevet. This 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, and 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).
The Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé undertakes for students of the school:
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 Baccalaureate) 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 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 does not provide detailed information about its campus or facilities. However, the most recent 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."
Currently there are 89 teachers, supported by 12 teachers’ assistants giving the school a good teacher to student ratio of 1:12. The majority of teachers are Lebanese and all have appropriate qualifications and licenses. Teacher turnover, at 15%, is below the average for international schools in Dubai which generally runs at 20-22% annually.
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.
What the inspectors say
The school has received a KHDA Very Good for the third time in 2017-18, after five out of its six years with a Good rating. Inspectors specifically commented on the "positive, family-feel" of LLFP.
The major strengths of the school are identified in the report as:
Student achievement is excellent across most sections and subjects, with the report noting that "In Maternelle and Collège, students show outstanding achievement in French and mathematics. French language attainment is outstanding across all phases. Progress in French has improved to outstanding in the Collège and Lycée. Attainment for Islamic education in the Lycée, and Arabic as an additional language in the Primaire has improved to good. English achievement is outstanding across all three phases."
Indeed, for French, English and Mathematics across all four sections of the school, almost all rating are Outstanding - only Primaire and Lycee need to catch up for Mathematics which is rated Very Good in both sections. Science is rated Very Good across the board. The other ratings that stand out for the Attainment 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) and, conversely, Arabic as an additional language in College, rated Acceptable. Learning skills are rated Outstanding in Maternelle, and Very Good across the other three sections of the school. 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 Good in relation to their Understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures, and Social responsibility and innovation skills.
The KHDA report notes that the quality of teaching is very good across the school.
"Teachers possess Very good subject knowledge and most plan well and motivate students to learn. In the best lessons, teachers implement plans, which effectively match tasks and activities to the needs of different groups of students."
The curriculum too is highly rated, with inspectors noting that "The curriculum is broad, balanced and personalised to meet the interests and needs of almost all students. It includes linguistic, physical and creative experiences and is regularly reviewed to ensure the highest quality provision for students’ academic and personal achievements."
The protection, care, guidance and support of students is rated Outstanding across the school, with the care and support having been upgraded to Outstanding in this inspection round. Students with SEND requirements or Gifts and Talents receive Very Good support from the school. Inspectors also commented that "The school provides excellent guidance and support to students to help them with decisions about their future careers and to make successful university applications. The introduction of student class representatives in Lycée confirms the school’s recognition that students’ needs and concerns should be heard."
The effectiveness of the school's leadership was also singled out for comment "The clear and challenging vision is continually promoted and exemplified by the principal. It is shared by the whole school community with the support of committed governance, an enthusiastic senior leadership team and middle leaders’ group. Excellent relationships exist between all leadership levels and the entire learning community in the school." All other aspects of the Leadership and Management of the school, including Governance and staffing, facilities and resources were rated Very Good.
Again, the school was praised for the very effective relationships between its leadership, governors and parents "The school and governors work closely with parents through appropriate consultations such as surveys, an open-door policy, access to students’ assessment information and meetings. The strategic and advisory role of governance includes holding the professional leaders of the school to account for its performance. It is both transparent and effective. The governors’ monitoring of students’ outcomes is highly influential in developing academic achievement across all subjects and phases."
The KHDA reports that parents are largely satisfied with the quality of education provided by the school. Over 500 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.
We, at WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, are decidedly impressed with LLFP. This is a school which is quietly making strong strides towards the elusive Outstanding rating. Recommendations from the KHDA inspection team include the need to:
"Secure excellence in teaching and learning, across all phases by: improving the differentiation of planned activities in lessons to ensure higher ability students are always sufficiently challenged; providing more opportunities for students to develop their skills of enquiry and critical thinking; [and] consistent, effective use of the school’s new technological resources to enrich and deepen students’ learning."
Which School Advisor has not received any feedback in its ongoing survey for the Lycee Libanaise. We encourage parents at the school to complete the questionnaire which may be found here.
Fees at the Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé range from AED 24,123 to AED 51,694 per annum.
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