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Old 27th August 2011, 02:58 PM
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Hello everyone. We live in Texas and are considering a move to Dubai, with a 7 and 4 year old starting school there September 2012. I have looked at the school rankings and read the reports, but I'm thinking this is just the first step. Once we've narrowed down the options to a short list of schools we'd like to apply to, what do you seasoned expats suggest we ask to make our final decision? Are there some deal breaker questions you think are critical?

We are leaning toward The American School of Dubai because a coworker sends his kids there and is happy. But I also want to do our own due diligence and not just follow in his path. I'm also torn between a US curriculum and an international one. Does anyone have insight into the drawbacks of sending an American child to a school with an international curriculum? Would he/she have trouble re-acclimating to a US school once we came back to Texas?

Thank you for any insights you can offer!
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SAIS-Dubai is a great American Curriculum School that is fully accredited and is dedicated to its students success.

it is located in Al Warqaa 1

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Regardless of her occupation, she cannot sponsor someone she is *not* married to.

If she is *married* then there isn't an issue. But the person was referring to a partner, and her partner's son. It's widely understood that "partners" refers to a couple in a relationship outside marriage.

In short, the woman, regardless of her job, will not be able to sponsor her partner, whom she's not married to, nor can she sponsor her partner's son as it is not her child.



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ASD is the oldest American school in Dubai and has an established academic reputation, not to mention a lovely brand new campus (quite possibly the nicest school campus in Dubai). ASD, despite its name, serves both American and Canadian students.

It is expensive compared to the other American schools, but it's well worth the tuition money. Why? Of all the American curriculum schools, it's the only actual non-profit school and functions more like a private school in the US. It's exempt from having to comply with the meddlesome local educational authorities, which is a nice advantage, and all monies from the tuition goes right back into the school.

All the other American curriculum schools are owned by some company, usually GEMS, and as a result they are considered for-profit schools, which means at the end of the day the owners need to make a profit, even if it means cutting back on resources and salaries. ASD doesn't face that pressure and has a very established roster of teachers and administrators rather than the revolving door rosters of teachers at most other international schools in Dubai.

As for an international curriculum vs an American curriculum - most of the international schools in Dubai tend to follow the UK curriculum, and to be honest, you're better off placing your children in the curriculum standard of the country they expect to move on to after you leave Dubai (back to the US? Stay in the US curriculum). On the high school level you do have a choice versus a traditional AP-based curriculum or the IB curriculum, but your children are years away from having to make that decision.

In terms of a diverse, international feel, every school in Dubai is going to have that. While ASD will be dominated by US and Canadian families, many of those families are actually dual-citizenship with another country, such as Lebanese-American, Indian-Canadian, and so forth. Dubai American Academy is more "international" on paper, but at the end of the day I don't think it makes much of a difference.

Ultimately, if you have a place at ASD, take it. In general, there's only two American curriculum schools in Dubai I'd be comfortable with - ASD and the for-profit Dubai American Academy. There's several other American curriculum schools that have opened up in the past few years but which aren't quite proven - yet.



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Hello everyone. We live in Texas and are considering a move to Dubai, with a 7 and 4 year old starting school there September 2012. I have looked at the school rankings and read the reports, but I'm thinking this is just the first step. Once we've narrowed down the options to a short list of schools we'd like to apply to, what do you seasoned expats suggest we ask to make our final decision? Are there some deal breaker questions you think are critical?

We are leaning toward The American School of Dubai because a coworker sends his kids there and is happy. But I also want to do our own due diligence and not just follow in his path. I'm also torn between a US curriculum and an international one. Does anyone have insight into the drawbacks of sending an American child to a school with an international curriculum? Would he/she have trouble re-acclimating to a US school once we came back to Texas?

Thank you for any insights you can offer!
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hello... has anyone had anything to do with the Victorian School of Sharjah?? would like to know what people think of the school and what is Sharjah like to live in//

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Hi becc40
I know someone who sends her daughter to that school and she's really happy with it. Having said that she travels from dubai to take her as Sharjah is a hole and if your budget permits I would strongly recommend for you to live in Dubai.

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I know someone who sends her daughter to that school and she's really happy with it. Having said that she travels from dubai to take her as Sharjah is a hole and if your budget permits I would strongly recommend for you to live in Dubai.
Thank you Myriambill,
Whereabouts in Dubai does she live, as that is what we are thinking of doing too. just don't know what part to live in and how far from the school..
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She's in the ranches. I think you need to stick to an area along emirates road ei: ranches, silicon oasis, villas or even Mirdiff.
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She's in the ranches. I think you need to stick to an area along emirates road ei: ranches, silicon oasis, villas or even Mirdiff.
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that is great !!
do you happen to know how long it takes to drive to school from the ranches??
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I think it's a good 30-40 mins drive

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Don't enrol your child into VISS simply because it has the Victoria curriculum. It's in an awkward location far from most of Dubai. Do you want to spend two hours a day driving your child to and from school?

The school is no worse or better than a typical international schools in Dubai, and there are plenty that are considered "better." The difficulty is finding a place if you need to move soon as the school year begins shortly.

Check out the **********.com forum as it's an excellent source for information on schools in Dubai.

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