The Emirates National School, Sharjah (not to be confused with the US curriculum Abu Dhabi-based Emirates National Schools) is a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school which follows the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi (C.B.S.E) curriculum, enabling students to sit the all India secondary School Examination.
Established in 1980, The Emirates National School, is located in the 'down-town,' district of Al Nakhailat Sharjah.
The school occupies a relatively large plot and offers good facilities including a full-size outdoor football pitch, various outdoor and indoor play areas, and a transport service.
The school says it approaches learning and research, with a mission to “Equip, Enlighten, Enrich and Empower our pupils to positively impact our world”. The School honours excellence, hard work, discipline, piety and honesty among its students and instructs them to “uphold the spirit of value-based learning along with the wisdom of reasoning and understanding”.
The school prides itself on its track record for delivering students who consistently (according to the school) are among the UAE’s top CBSE board's 10th and 12th performers. Unfortunately, the school does not publish its exam results, so there is no independent verification of this statement. Nor is there currently an inspection process in Sharjah schools, and therefore no independent information by a qualified school inspection team.
The Emirates National School offers Kindergarten to Grade 12, following the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi (CBSE) curriculum, enabling students to appear for the All India secondary School Examination. The textbooks prescribed are selected from different educational publishers including the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Supplementary books and lateral courses are offered at different levels to augment the CBSE curriculum. The study of Arabic is compulsory for all students from Grades 1 to 10 and Islamic studies are compulsory for Muslim students from Grades 1 to 10.
The academic performance of students from KG1 to Grade 10 is evaluated under the CBSE’s Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system (C.C.E). The system grades students based on two modes of evaluation, the Formative Assessment and Summative Assessment systems. The prime objective of the Summative system is a holistic assessment of the child and evaluates the child’s performance objectively through an activity-based system. The Summative Assessment system uses the traditional methods of evaluation where the child’s knowledge, concepts and reasoning ability are tested through written examinations.
The ENS believes that equipping the learner to handle real life situations is an integral part of education and provides students with the opportunity to develop and enhance these skills through its life skills programme. The programme aims to build a child’s ability to work and share roles effectively within a community, building on team building skills, role playing skills and technical skills.
In addition, the school provides Value Education classes which are designed to develop the necessary skills and values for the holistic development of students. The school believes that, due to the influence of the media and other factors, there has been a gradual deterioration in values among children and that it is therefore part of the school’s role to inculcate the right values in students and enable them to understand what is right and wrong. The Value Education Department aims to make students more socially committed in their lives. The teachers of the Value Education department along with the other teachers work together “to enhance the moral and spiritual quality of [our] students’ lives and enable them to lead meaningful and fruitful lives”.
In addition, a wide range of activities conducted through school clubs and societies are designed to enable students to develop their interests and skills under the guidance of staff and teachers. Holistic development is provided through activities that are organised in school beyond the prescribed CBSE curriculum through various inter school competitions, excursions, camps, and interactive sessions. School life is centred around activities conducted throughout the year, where students are given the opportunity to understand and explore fields that interest them through their involvement in clubs and societies, cultural events and exhibitions.
The school believes that the kindergarten provides the foundation for a child’s learning. Their school’s CORNERSTONE curriculum is designed to support the learning of the toddler and is based on the premise that “learning is fun”. The school believes that, through fun tools, early challenges in learning can be quickly bridged and a desire to learn effectively introduced.
In Primary grades, students move on to more formal study with English, Mathematics, Arabic, Hindi, Environmental studies, Islamic Studies, Value Education, General Knowledge, Art and Craft and Physical Education being provided to Grades 1 and 2. Periods are also allocated for Library and English Copy writing to help augment students’ literacy skills.
Children in grades 3-8 study the additional subjects including Social Science, General Science, Computer Science, Malayalam (Optional), Music (only for Grade 3). Students from Grade 3 to 12 are taught Computer Science. For Grades 3 to 10, Computer Science is allotted one period weekly, whilst for Grades 11 and 12 Computer Science is an elective subject and follows the specification of CBSE curriculum.
In grades 9 and 10, at the Secondary level, subjects offered are English Communicative, Hindi – Course B/French, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. In addition to these subjects students learn Arabic, Islamic Studies (for the Muslim students) and Value Education. In addition to the academic subjects, a wide range of co-scholastic activities are also offered and comprise Life skills (Thinking Skill, Social Skill and Emotional Skill), Work Education (Computer Studies, Cookery, Craft Work), Visual and Performing Arts (Drawing, Painting, Collage making, Clay modelling, Music, Dance, Drama) and Attitudes and Values.
For the final two grades, 11 and 12, the school offers Science and Commerce Streams. Subject options are limited – an inevitable hazard of a school operating on a very low fee basis. The Science Stream subjects include English Core, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Computer Science. The Commerce Stream - English Core, Mathematics/ Computer Science, Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics.
The school offers a wide range of societies, clubs and extra-curricular activities. These include; Literary and Creative Skill (Departmental and Literary Club activities, debates, declamation, recitation, creative writing, reading books, poster making), Scientific skills (Science and Maths Club activities, Exhibition, Science & Maths Olympiads, Project work, models ) and Organisational and leadership skills (Eco club, Health and Wellness Club, Servants of Humanity club etc.). Health and Physical Activities include sports and Games / Indigenous Sports and First Aid.
The school website states, “holistic development is met through the continuous participation of our students in activities that are organised in school outside the prescribed C.B.S.E curriculum through various inter school competitions, excursions, camps, interactive sessions and other activities.”
Fees range from 340 AED per month (3,400 AED) for KG1 to 400 AED per month (4,000 AED) in grades 6-9 and 660 AED (6,600 AED) in grades 11 and 12. The school operates buses to Ajman and Dubai in addition to around Sharjah, with fees a very modest 200-250 AED per month.
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