The Iranian School in Dubai is one of the oldest schools in the country, planning for the school beginning as early as 1957.
Towheed Iranian Girls' School has been rated Acceptable for the eighth year in a row in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process. An abbreviated inspection report can be found under the Inspection report tab. An update to this review will be completed once the full report has been published.
The story so far...
The Towheed Iranian Girls' School operates under a 'directorate' managing the affairs of eight Iranian schools in the UAE, with a combined student population of 6,000. The schools are: Towheed International and Boys School, Towheed Girls School, Khadije Kobra (PBUH) Girls School, Salman Boys School, Sharjah Boys and Girls School, Imam Khomeini (MBUH) Boys and Girls School in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Boys and Girls School, and Adab Private Boys and Girls School.
Both the boys (with 850 students) and the girls (with 257 students) sections of the Towheed Iranian School received their first KHDA inspections in May 2012. The girls section of the school has received an "Acceptable" rating for the past 5 years while the boys section has recieved "Good" for the last two years.
With 25 teachers, not including the principal and a senior leadership team, the school has a relatively good student to teacher ratio of 1:15. Students are grouped in 17 classes. All students are of Iranian nationality and a good feature of the school according to the KHDA is the attainment and progress in science across all phases of the school.
What about the curriculum?
The school naturally follows an Iranian curriculum with students taking national examinations at the end of Grades 5, 8, and 12. The school does not publish its results.
What the inspectors say
Students and parents of the school are in general happy with the quality of teaching, and progress made. However, extra curricular activities are said to be limited. With a 100% Iranian student population, a wider awareness of the cultures of the UAE is also said to be lacking. Both teaching and assessment are said to be variable, and an area deemed by the KHDA for continued improvement.
The school does well in educating empowered young women, who are supported and encouraged to pursue their education beyond high school. As the report notes, "The school enabled students to graduate who were confident, ambitious and possessed a strong desire to succeed. It provided clear guidance for students to achieve well at university."
As the school moves forward, the report encourages improvement in assessment practices as well as "involving students in lessons to identify what and how they have learned, and make connections with the world and other subjects."
Overall though, parents of the school are pleased with the open communications established between themselves and the school and they feel involved with the school in support of their children and received regular information about their child's progress.
Fees range from AED 8,721 in Grade 1 to AED 9,528 in Grade 12.
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