United Arab Emirates / Dubai / Al Qusais / The Millennium School

The Millennium School Q & A

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.
Parents' Rating
help
3.8 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
At a glance
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Very Good
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
radio_button_unchecked No data
Availability 2020/21
radio_button_unchecked No data
Annual fee average
AED 21,000
Annual fees
AED 14,500 - 22,000
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
2000
School year
Apr to Mar
Principal
Mr. Michael Guzder
Owner
GEMS Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
Indian
Main student nationality
Indian
Does your child attend this school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.
LET'S GO

Welcome to the The Millennium 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?

1. The Millennium School, Dubai has constantly set new benchmarks in high quality education.
The School which is affiliated to CBSE and follows this syllabus, is promoted by GEMS education and was founded in the year 2000.
The strengths of the school are:
i) The qualified, experienced and caring teachers.
ii) Committed and caring Support Staff.
iii) Well- behaved, willing and responsible learners.
iv) A safe, secure, conducive learning environment for young minds to thrive.
Ever since its inception, TMS has evolved with the changing face of modern education, and is today one of the most sought after schools amongst the Indian community in Dubai.
Like every school in the GEMS Group, the hallmark of TMS is the focus on high academic levels, coupled with the extra and co-curricular activities. We believe that these qualities bring about a holistic growth of our pupils. At TMS we have a day – boarding facility for all students from Grades 3 onwards at no extra cost. The Self Enhancement Programme (SEP) between 2:00 p.m. and 4:15p.m. provides a range of activities to the students to choose from such as games (Basketball, Football, Cricket, Indoor games), Activities such as ( dance, music), clubs (MUN, debate, quiz, Home Science, etc.) and academic enhancement in the form of Support classes, beginners class, extra classes and Prep. Besides these activities, we also have paid activities like STEM, Vedic Math, etc.
The school spares no expenses to supplement learning and keep the students abreast of the happenings in the advanced field of Science and Technology, Mathematics, Information Technology and Art, among others.
TMS is a unit of the reputed GEMS Education network. Every parent aspires to provide high quality education to their children, and hence choosing the right school is vital for the child to succeed.
At TMS, we have carefully built a culture that fosters diligence, sincerity and accountability to help our students develop a passion for learning during and beyond their school years. We promote the pursuit of excellence and create an ethos that encourages high academic standards, self-reliance, co-operation, enthusiasm and initiative.
Regardless of where our teachers come from, they are all education professionals, who never stop learning. Every GEMS teacher has access to the GEMS Professional Development programme, and over 150 events and workshops each year - keeping their teaching practices cutting-edge, connected to their colleagues around the world and highly effective in the classroom. The warmth, caring attitude and energy of our teachers create a conducive learning environment for the students.
At TMS we recognize that a close relationship and partnership with parents is vital to the process of education, and we look forward to partnering with all partners. We believe that close parent-teacher relationships are essential to helping students achieve their individual best.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

1

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Indians

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:18

Does your school have a waiting list?

Yes

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

a. Physical education classes in the time –table
b. Morning games before the start of the school
c. Afternoon Self Enhancement Programme (SEP) games.
d. Inter- House competitions
e. Inter- School competitions
f. Runners Up to the Fittest School Competition
g. Fitness Fiesta - fun way to fundraising

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

a. Monitoring the canteen.
b. Circular to parents.
c. Talks by doctors and nutritionists.
d. Campaigns on healthy lifestyle

How do you promote healthy eating?

Healthy eating is promoted through encouraging a lifestyle of fitness. Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks and avoid junk food to School. Regular notices are sent to parents regarding this. The School canteen is regularly monitored and there are talks given by doctors and nutritionists on the importance of healthy eating and balanced diet. The Student Council also conducts campaigns among the students promoting healthy eating habits.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

AED 10/-

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

Starting – 7:40 a.m.
Academic finishing- 2:10p.m.
Self Enhancement Programme (SEP 2:30p.m.- 4:10p.m.)

Is there a school uniform?

Yes

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

a. Report Cards (Term –wise)
b. Open House (Term wise)
c. Parent – Teacher conference (Scheduled at the request of parents/ teachers)
d. Midterm reports

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

Once a term

What is your medium of instruction?

English

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

Arabic is taught as an additional language

Which other languages are taught?

English, French, Hindi and Malayalam

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

NA

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

No

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?

Yes – Cat4, IBT(ASSET)

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

Yes. Time spent on homework would depend from grade to grade. Prep sessions are provided in school for those who opt to stay back for the afternoon self enhancement program during which students in junior school are guided through their daily homework. Senior students are encouraged to work independently.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

A) Students are identified as gifted and talented by the teachers with the help of an 'In House Checklist'. Parents are encouraged to inform school staff on their wards talents and areas of excellence. External exams like IBT, CAT4 also aid in screening students under the category of Gifted and Talented.

B) Opportunities to further nurture student's potential takes place at different levels:

a) In the Classrooms- these students may be assigned roles of Peer mentors/ tutors; teachers use differential teaching strategies to further challenge and develop their abilities
b) At school level- taking active roles in various clubs, development programs, SEP activities, Student council
c) At State/ National Level- making recommendations for various competitions held across UAE, INDIA and other nations -in various fields like Sports, Robotics, Extra-curricular and Co-curricular (MUN, FACE to FACE etc). TMS supports these students in gaining recognition and appreciation for their abilities through planned Intra/ Inter school competitions and also those held at national levels.

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

27. Yes- 100%- US,UK, India, UAE, Malaysia, Germany, China, Europe

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes

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?

a) Students with SEND ranging from mild- moderate learning difficulties are being supported at TMS. Students with significant needs are also encouraged in the main- stream environment for overall development but may have to be suggested an alternate plan for schooling/ vocational training after a certain level (differs from student to student)in the best interest of the student.
b) Teachers are equipped to work with these students through training and ongoing sensitization programs run by the Counselor/ SEND Coordinators
c) TMS also supports need for shadow teachers in case of individual students with high needs
d) Sections across the school are divided into 4 phases. To cater the needs of all students, The Counseling and Learning Support department constructing of 4 members perform & undertake responsibilities to provide services phase wise.
e) Depending on the individual student need, referrals for multi-disciplinary interventions are made to external centers.
f) TMS also lays a great emphasis on parent involvement. Pull out/ Counseling sessions are carried out in scheduled time during the entire week to provide Individual support by the Counselors and SEND Coordinators to students with SEND.
g) All possible provisions in line with KHDA and CBSE Board approvals are looked into for these students.

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

30. In the Board examinations 2016 the results were as follows for :
a. Grade 10 (CBSE international)
A benchmark of 71% has been set up by KHDA for attainment for the Indian curriculum. The data below indicates the percentage of students above 71% in each of the subjects examined by the Board.

English Mathematics Science Social Studies
BOYS 94% 76% 72% 74%
GIRLS 98% 82% 85% 88%
OVERALL96% 79% 78% 81%

For Grade 12 the average scores of our students in each of the subjects taken are as follows for the academic year 2015-16:

English Math Physics Chemistry Biology Science Compt.
Science
BOYS
GIRLS
OVERALL
Accounts Business Entre Economics Physical edu, Art
BOYS
GIRLS
OVERALL

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

Yes, the team on board in the Counseling and Learning Support department are qualified to work with the students with SEND.

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

Referrals are made to external centers to formally assess the needs of 'At Risk' students. The list of centers for referrals are those recognized by KHDA/ MOE/recommended by other working professionals in GEMS based on the positive feedback.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes.

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

Yes.

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

Yes.

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

Yes- Orientations are held for parents at KG, Primary. Grade 5, Grades 9/10 and Grades 11/12 levels. Parents have a free excess to the teachers of their children through the Supervisors and parents are also free to meet any members of the senior management of the school.

If you are the owner or the principal of the school and note any inaccuracies, or would like to update data, you can now open an account with us. You will also be able to add admissions availability per year group, and advertise current job vacancies. This is a free service. Please help us keep prospective parents up to date with your latest information.

Are you looking for a place for your child, and want help from our school consultants? If so, click on the link below, and we will forward your request for information to the school or schools of the same type that we are confident have availability. This is a free service for our readers. Request Information

Comments
4 Archived Comments
AR
Archived 13th Sep 2015, 10:53

This is my kid's 4th year in that school and i would say that they try to keep a balance between studies and extra curricular activities. As a parent, i really liked the CBSE I way of teaching which help the kids to explore more than just mugging up from the books. If you want an overall development for the kid which is more essential nowadays, this school is good.

SJ
Archived 1st Sep 2015, 08:10

Pulled out my kid mid year from school after 4 years of frustration - few others did the same. School is into a lot of song and dance but not into actual academic support. The experimental CBSEi curriculum is implemented without much support or thought. It's a mess. Not value for your money. You need to teach at home.

Lyn Soppelsa
Archived 3rd Sep 2015, 09:58

Dear SJ,

Many thanks for your feedback. Have you enrolled your child at another school and if so, what feedback do you have for this? It would be helpful for other parents to know.

Available School Places, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah by Which School Advisor UAE
Archived 11th May 2015, 15:35

[…] GEMS New Millennium School, Dubai Current availability: 2014/2015 Full. 2015/2016 KG1,KG2, GR1 – GR4, GR6 – GR8 (updated 18/4/2015) Fees: 20000-27000 AED Location: Al Khail, Dubai Email:  registrar_nms@gemsedu.com Date of submission: 31/03/2014 […]

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All