Raha International opened its second campus from September 2020, but with a difference. The branch school, to be known as Raha International Khalifa City, will focus on sports, with its 'state of the art' facilities available for use for both schools.
The story so far...
Al Raha International Khalifa City opened in September 2020 to cater eventually for up to 3,000 new students from KG to Grade 12, one and a half times the 2,000 students at the existing Raha International Gardens located in the Gardens area. The new school has a sports focus to complement the arts focus of the existing Raha International Gardens.
A ground-breaking ceremony took place at the new site on Monday, 18th November 2019. Given the size of the school, it was probably rather later than Taaleem (owner of the school) would have ideally planned.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, therefore, they therefore announced that only the Early Years section was to open in September 2020 with the remainder of the school to open at the start of the following academic year. To the school's developers' credit, the main sections were ready for their opening on time.
Raha International Khalifa City offers a separate Early Years Centre with an "emphasis on safe, innovative and integrated outdoor learning spaces".
Like Raha International Gardens, the new school follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programs for students aged from 4 – 18 years. Raha International Gardens is currently the only full IB continuum school in Abu Dhabi and the only Regulators' inspection process Outstanding-rated IB curriculum school in the UAE.
Whilst the new school will have a specific focus on Sports, the original Gardens school will continue to focus on the ‘Arts’ for which there has been considerable investment in recent years.
The new campus will offer a centre of ‘Sporting Excellence’ to complement the sports activities in both school campuses. The state of the art campus will include outstanding sporting facilities that will be used by all Raha students, including an 8 lane 25-metre training pool, a double size gym with indoor running track and three football pitches. The two schools will share facilities so that students from both campuses will benefit from these new, world-class facilities.
The school has been designed by CPG Consultants from Singapore, architects responsible for award-winning educational facilities globally, with sustainability as a key driver in the design. It will be constructed by Al Hikma Building Contracting (HBC) which previously built a number of other Taaleem facilities including the Raha Arts Centre, Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, Uptown International School and Dubai British Foundation.
Fees at the new campus start from AED 39,330 EY1 (KG1), AED 41,300 for EY2 and rise to AED 54,100 for Grades 1-6 and to AED 61,900 for Grades 7-12.
Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are already open.
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