Raha International is set to have a 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.
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Al Raha International Khalifa City will open in September 2020 to cater 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 located in the Gardens area of Khalifa City. The new school will have a sports focus to complement the arts focus of the existing Raha International.
Like Raha International Gardens, the new school will follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programs for students aged from 4 – 18 years. Raha International is currently the only IB continuum school in Abu Dhabi.
A ground-breaking ceremony took place at the new site on Monday, 18th November 2019. Given the size of the school, it is probably rather later than Taaleem (owner of the school) would have ideally planned.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, therefore, they have now announced that only the Early Years section will open in September 2020 with the remainder of the school to open at the start of the following academic year.
Raha International Khalifa City will also offer a separate Early Years Centre with an "emphasis on safe, innovative and integrated outdoor learning spaces".
The original school will continue to focus on the ‘Arts’, whilst 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 is being 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 School and Dubai British Foundation.
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