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Nibras International School Q & A

Nibras International School was founded in 2005 and is based in Dubai Investment Park. After 10 years of inspection, the school has yet to achieve a rating above Acceptable. A recent change in ownership is expected to address this long-standing situation.
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At a glance
School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Annual fee average
AED 33,000
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Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
2005
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Michael Cipriano
Main teacher nationality
US Citizen
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Welcome to the Nibras International School official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

The school has a very family or communal feel. The physical environment of the campus facilitates this homey feel, as there are playgrounds and spacious activity areas for communal gathering. There are families in the school who have been in the school for years. These parents and all others are considered family members. Teachers and parents have regular occasion to converse both informally and formally. Parents are invited to and are a part of all of the usual 'family' events such as international day, national day, sports days and other events.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

83

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

We have mixed nationalities of students

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:20

Does your school have a waiting list?

No

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

The school has a physical education program that touches all grade levels. Additionally, students have ample opportunities for physical exertion throughout the day, both organized and unorganized. They are encouraged to be a part of the developing Nibras athletics program

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

The school promotes healthy life style by providing health and well-balanced meals and snacks through the catering company. Additionally, parents are informed that the promotion of health eating habits is a focus of Nibras. Therefore, parents are encouraged to send only healthy food and snacks for the students who rely on home-lunches. Additionally, Nibras is in the process of developing an athletic program, having recently named an athletic director and selected a coaching staff. Students (males and females) in the developing program are involved in football, basketball and volleyball. There are also opportunities for the students to see teachers and admin in the sporting arena, as termly faculty / student team exhibition events are held. Opportunities for Nibras participation in Dubai fitness contests are starting up in spring 2017. Many students spend break time on the playing field or in the gym. Health classes provide an opportunity for exposure to a wide variety of positive topics on health, fitness and lifestyle information.

How do you promote healthy eating?

The school provides healthy and well-balanced meals and snacks through the catering company. Additionally, parents are informed that the promotion of health eating habits is a focus of Nibras. Therefore, parents are encouraged to send only healthy food and snacks for the students who rely on home-lunches. There are no vending machines on campus that dispense unhealthy snacks or drinks.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes

If yes, does it serve hot food?

yes

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

7.30 am - 3.15pm

Is there a school uniform?

Yes

Please advise on your discipline policy?

The school has a code of conduct that was developed in consultation with students and parents. It has been instrumental in increasing the stability of the school and in decreasing the number of discipline referrals. Additionally, an incentive program for good behavior has been implemented, as well as recognizing the good conduct of students on a termly basis.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

Parents are kept abreast of student progress and attainment through the regular communication within the SIS portal (Global Campus), email, and personal formal and informal communication with the teacher(s). Opportunities are provided for students to access tutorial or revision options.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

Parent teacher meetings are schedule termly. Additionally, parents are welcome to make appointments with teachers and administrators to discuss academic and non-academic issues. Parent and teacher interaction opportunities are also a part of the school year during special events on campus

What is your medium of instruction?

English

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

No

Which other languages are taught?

English, Arabic & French

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Yes

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?

Yes

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?

Yes

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

Nibras complies with the KHDA requirement of 4 external assessments targeting specific grade levels. In addition, Nibras administers these assessments beyond the KHDA requirements by including grade levels not stated in the KHDA mandate. We use CAT4, MAP, SAT and PSAT. MAP is used as our entrance exam and is also administered three times per year to serve as a representation of progress. We have declared that the SAT is a graduation requirement and provide incentives for students to work hard to achieve a high score.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

The educational research on the effectiveness of homework is mixed and at least partially dependent upon grade level and subject. At Nibras, we work to monitor the amount of homework relative to the grade / age group. In the middle and high school a greater amount of homework might be necessary in terms of practice. Teachers collaborate so that excessive homework is not burdensome to students. However, in some core subjects, school-wide homework may be given over holidays to keep students' in an academic mindset and for practice. These assignments have been well-received by parents.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Nibras has a newly organized, yet developing, student support program in place. Students who are gifted are identified based upon their performance on external assessments and are invited to join a PBL gifted program. These students range in grade level from 6-12 and work collaboratively in completing the PBL artifact. Students in grade 5 or lower who are identified as gifted are supported with extension activities at their phase level. Students who are identified as talented are being served by the respective talent areas. Music, art, and PE professionals work to provide an enhanced experience and opportunities for these students.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Nibras' learning support team includes the guidance counselor, middle and high supervisor and the academic learning support personal (EAL, SEN and G/T). These individuals meet on a regular basis and on a needs basis.

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

Nibras has a full time academic learning support team. There are two SEN support specialists and two EAL support specialists. These 4 individuals serve their respective populations on a regular basis, communicate with parents and collaborate with the classroom teacher regarding best practices / strategies and on monitoring progress.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

yes the SEN department

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Nibras has a pastoral care team that includes 2 well-trained professionals who work together to provide non-academic support to students. They work collaborative with the classroom teachers, parents and others on campus to meet the needs of these students.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Nibras is developing a parent support group now. Currently, we have parents on consultation on a weekly basis, as a result of the principal's lunch. This principal's lunch group consists of parents from all phases who come together with the principal to discuss issues and concerns. The membership to the group is open to any parent who can come during the meeting time.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

The parents of Nibras students are welcome on campus at any time. Additionally, they serve as chaperones on field trips and play a vital role in the production of and enjoyment for special events on campus (national day, international day, etc.).

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

The Nibras Board of Governors is currently under development, as the school was recently purchased by a well-respected educational organization, International Schools Partnership (ISP). Parents have been invited to serve on the advisory board of the school and will be in attendance at the first meeting scheduled for spring 2017.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Nibras provides opportunities for parents to become acquainted with the school or special topics such as assessment, curriculum and other areas. This year, open meetings were held to discuss or to disseminate information on MAP, SAT, College board, curriculum, change of ownership of the school (2x), international trips for students and other topics.

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