1. KINGS’ SCHOOL DUBAI
An Outstanding British Primary School located adjacent to the iconic Burj Al Arab. The only school in the United Arab Emirates to have achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau every year since inspections began. Kings’ School Dubai has outstanding facilities, from state-of-the-art technology throughout the school and classrooms, to extensive sporting facilities including an astro football pitch, two hard courts and a 50m running track, a gymnasium and a 25m swimming pool! Kings School Dubai provides fine British education from three campuses, strategically placed to serve the most popular communities throughout the city. School fees range from: AED 53,622 for foundations years up to AED 97,798 for year 13.
2. GEMS WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
The GEMS Wellington International School is based on a refreshing design and an exciting environment offering an enriched curriculum with world class facilities.
GEMS Wellington International School offers the National Curriculum of England from Foundation Stage to Year 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, courses and careers programme in Years 12 and 13. FS1 fees: AED 43,941 up to AED 95,597 for Year 13.
3. JUMEIRAH ENGLISH SPEAKING SCHOOL (JESS)
Located in the one of the most sought-after villa communities in Dubai, Arabian Ranches, Jumeriah English Speaking School is the educational institute of choice for many expats in and around this location. It is also one of the few schools in Dubai offering dedicated support to students with special needs (Students with Determination). In terms of facilities your children will be spoilt for choice here, with temperature-controlled swimming pools, sports fields and courts, dance and drama studios and even a recording studio for the budding future superstars! Offering identical, British education from both campuses in Jumeirah and Arabian Ranches for children aged from mere toddlers at 3 years old to young adults at 18. Fees range from: AED 39,837 for FS1 up to AED 93,852 for Year 13.
4. REPTON DUBAI SCHOOL
Combining the culture, energy and dynamism of the UAE, with rich heritage and traditions derived from its close partnership with Repton School in the UK, this is an excellent institute of learning. With the largest campus of 1.33mn sq. ft in the region and over 80+ Nationalities, practising curriculum from the UK, IGSE, IBDP, IBCP, this is a beacon of academic excellence. For those of you interested in the stats, you’ll be assured to know there is a 100 % 1B pass rate, 51 % of exam entries achieved A* -A and 98 % of all junior school students exceed the global test results. There are also 120+ free extra-curriculum activities to continue your children’s learning and development. The fees range from AED 52,863 at Nursery up to AED 95,000 for Year 13.
5. GEMS MODERN ACADEMY
This is an Indian school in Dubai, part of the GEMS group of schools, it offers the CICSE and IB syllabus and a day-boarding system. This school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, India.
Students here can enjoy a wide range of sporting facilities including football fields, basketball and volleyball courts, cricket pitches, 25 metre swimming pools and multiple tennis courts to name but a few.
Tuition fees here range from AED 28,646 for nursery and up to AED 68,302 for Year 121B.
6. HORIZON ENGLISH SCHOOL DUBAI
The school provides British curriculum for international students aged between 3 and 11 years old from more than 47 countries, with English being the language of communication throughout the school. The school is conveniently located close to Umm Suqeim, Dubai Marina, Al Barsha, Emirates Hills and The Palm Jumeirah, and only 20 minutes from Arabian Ranches. This ‘outstanding’ rated school has superb facilities including an eight-lane swimming pool, outdoor AstroTurf football pitch, fully fitted theatre plus a wide range of extra curriculum activities on offer. School fees range from AED 35,232 for FS1 up to AED 64,346 for Year 13.
7. LYCÉE FRANCIS INTERNATIONAL GEORGES POMPIDOU
As the name suggests is a French curriculum school currently attended by over 2,200 students aged from 3-18 years of age. The largest single group of students is made up of French nationals, followed by Lebanese and Egyptians. Lycée Francis International (otherwise referred to as AFLEC - Association Franco-Libanaise pour l'Education et la Culture, an organisation of which the school is a member) has two campuses, split for both primary and secondary school students between Oud Metha which is in the centre of Bur Dubai and Dubai Academic City. The school follows the French National Curriculum, together with Arabic language, and Islamic and Social Studies, as prescribed by the UAE Ministry of Education. In addition, the school offers a bi-lingual French/English curriculum. The school fees range from AED 29,670 for kindergarten up to AED 48,090 for final year college.
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