Vernus International School is a new US curriculum school that is planned to open in Dubai Silicon Oasis in September 2020.
The story so far...
Vernus International School (VIS) is the third educational institute to be established under the same ownership as Vernus Early Learning Centre in Jumeirah Lake Towers and UK curriculum Riverston School, located at Nad Al Sheba.
The school will open from pre-KG to Grade 5 at a new purpose-built campus located at Dubai Silicon Oasis 2, towards the north-eastern area of the development and close to Dubai Academic City. It is also convenient for the Cedre villa compound and numerous residential buildings in this growing area. The school will also offer transportation to a range of other residential locations within Dubai.
According to School Principal, Mr. Heath Bailey, primary mission of VIS is "to nurture your children's talents, skills, ambitions and dreams." The focus for all students is to “Nurture Their Future”.
Initially, the school will open with two classes in each grade, with an average class size of 22 to 24 students and a maximum of 24. Teachers have been recruited from the United States and are all subject qualified.
VIS hopes to be a wonderful addition to the Dubai Silicon Oasis community. The school's promise is to keep its students safe and strive for excellence in the teaching and learning environment.
The school's team assures parents that "We will ensure every decision we make is student-centered and aligns with our vision and mission. Excellence is at the forefront of everything we do at VIS. We are looking forward to our inaugural group of students, teachers, and staff who will help to make VIS a premium choice for a 21st Century Education."
What about the curriculum?
VIS has adopted an American Curriculum which is based on the California Common Core States Standards (CCSS), as well as international standards P21 and global awareness, which is designed to meet the needs of diverse learners and increase college and career readiness. The school will offer a tri-lingual programme which includes English, French and Arabic.
The core subjects will include Math, Science, English, and Social Studies, with a specific focus on Arts and Sciences.
The school is Project-Based Learning (PBL) aligned to the Common Core Curriculum which is specifically designed to engage and stimulate young minds, enabling students to think like entrepreneurs and develop into future leaders.
VIS explains the advantages that students will have over other PreK to 5th schools because it is the only school focused on a Project Based Learning approach to learning.
Detailing the day to day experiences that students will have, the school explains "We offer a variety of activities which are infused and embedded into a student's everyday learning across all content area subjects. Areas such as drama, media, photography, karate, equestrian, sport teams, art, hydroponics, cooking, and debate, are directly aligned to the US Common Core Curriculum (California). Our students will be taught to master essential skills and critically think. We aim to develop future leaders and owners, not only workers. They will excel over other students as they move throughout their education at VIS. We have highly skilled teachers who will not teach lessons solely from a book and have students simply memorize the content for a test or mark. While we will have some materials and books to guide instruction, Project Based Learning is the learning approach that will be used."
The Project Based Learning methodology helps students develop skills for living in a knowledge-based, highly technological society. With this combination of skills, students become directors and managers of their learning process, guided and mentored by a skilled teacher.
There will be no Homework at VIS.
What about the facilities?
The new, purpose built building features a range of classrooms and laboratories which will support studies in IT, Technology, Astronomy, Science, Hydroponics, Art, Music and Dance, and Media and Drama .
Sports facilities will include provision for Football, Tennis and Handball, and will include a Swimming pool, Gymnasium, Kids City, Indoor and Outdoor play areas.
What about the fees?
Fees are mid-range starting at AED 34,000 for pre-KG, KG1 and KG2, AED 37,000 from Grade 1 to Grade 3, and AED 39,500 for Grades 4 and 5. There is a fee of AED 500 for 'file opening', a further fee of AED 1,000 for assessment, and a registration fee which is 10% of the tuition fees on offer of a place. Fees include Books, Uniform, E-learning, Stationery and Medical costs.
School hours will be from 7.30am to 2.50pm daily.
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