A GEMS Education, CBSE and CBSE-i curriculum based school, The Millennium School, Dubai is home to 2,803 mixed gender students, aged three to 17 (KG to Grade 12). Students are currently exclusively of Indian heritage.
The Millennium School was rated Very Good for the fourth year in a row in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process. As part of the KHDA's new review process for 2019-20, the school was again rated Very Good. No new inspection report was issued.
The Story so Far
Currently having entered its 17th year in September, The Millennium School has had plenty of time to bed down, and has performed consistently over the last four years, achieving a Very Good rating from Dubai's education regulator, the KHDA, for the fourth year in a row.
Students are entered for a variety of national and international examinations including the AISSCE (All India Senior Secondary Examination) in Grade 12 and AISSE (All India Secondary School Certificate Examination) in Grade 10.
The school employs 162 teachers with an average turnover at 17% ( a drop of 4% from the previous year). The school a student to teacher ratio of just under 1:17 - good to average for a Dubai based Indian curriculum school. Classroom sizes average approximately 35 students - again an average size for an Indian curriculum school. The largest classroom size is 39.
Teachers are recruited from India, and Arabic teachers from Egypt. Most teachers are either graduates or post graduates. Almost all teachers have B.Ed although some senior teachers do not.
What do the Inspectors Say?
The school's reports are predominantly positive, noting high levels of attainment in mathematics, English and science in the senior school, and the behaviour of students - both of which you would expect to see in a school ranked Very Good by the KHDA.
Students’ attainment and progress in most key subjects across all phases is noted to be Very Good or Outstanding. However, there has been a drop in attainment and progress in mathematics and science in the primary school, which is worrying. Attainment and progress in science has also been downgraded in the middle school. This is in part, as the report notes, "because work is not always matched to students’ needs." This is especially true in middle and secondary. The school not only needs to meet students' needs but also focus on critical thinking skills as "questioning and discussion does not consistently promote higher order thinking and result in better understanding of [student] work."
The school has been ranked as Outstanding across the board in regards to social responsibility and innovation with the report noting that "student initiated projects are a strength of the school [and] students show an excellent work ethic and speak proudly of the positive social impact they make when volunteering in school and in local and global initiatives."
How Well do Students do?
Millennium School, Dubai employs four Counselors/Special Educators across the school in charge of specific levels. According to information from the school all teachers can identify SEN students with the help of base line checklist. Frequent meetings are held between teachers and Counselors to develop Independent Learning Programs (ILPs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
School leavers predominantly head to universities in the US and the UK, and Millennium School, Dubai actively facilitates university entrance, getting involved with documentation procedures, Information Fairs for choice of universities and counselling workshops for psychometric testing.The school also invites in benchmark testing agencies to conduct SAT tests, etc.
What are the Facilities
The school promotes its extracurricular activities here. These activities are covered by tuition fees. Clubs and activities range from drama to a variety of sports students can get involved in. Most students express satisfaction with the range of extracurricular activities the school offers.
What are the Fees?
Tuition fees for the school range from 16,555 AED per annum for KG1 to 24,345 AED per annum for Grade 12. Millennium School is currently full, with a long waiting list in all grades according to information from the school. That clearly gives it limited opportunity for further growth in new student numbers.
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