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I am already in Dubai but the family will come in July. Currently living in Discovery gardens, but will move when they come.

We were looking at GEMS Winchester Jebel Ali as we'll live somewhere on this side of DU, but I wanted to ask if there are any other suggestions to look for.
Kids are 2000 and 2003, in Croatia 5th and 8th grade but guess here will be in 7th and 10th.

As the admissions will be closed when they come, I am also interested to know do they allow late admissions or kids would have to wait for the next school year (in which case we'd rather keep them and my wife home till next year, so not to miss the next school year).

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I am already in Dubai but the family will come in July. Currently living in Discovery gardens, but will move when they come.

We were looking at GEMS Winchester Jebel Ali as we'll live somewhere on this side of DU, but I wanted to ask if there are any other suggestions to look for.
Kids are 2000 and 2003, in Croatia 5th and 8th grade but guess here will be in 7th and 10th.

As the admissions will be closed when they come, I am also interested to know do they allow late admissions or kids would have to wait for the next school year (in which case we'd rather keep them and my wife home till next year, so not to miss the next school year).
Have you started applying to schools? If not, then why not? You can still do so while they are not here, though it is somewhat late for most of the bigger schools.

Kids are indeed accepted mid year, but usually at the beginning of terms etc., as and when school places open up due to someone leaving. This is not always a certainty though. It may also happen that the school may not be that much in demand, in which case they may have unfilled places, and your kids could fit in.

However, whether its a good idea for your children to join a class midway when the curriculum would be different as well, is a different question which you need to consider.

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Hi Andjelo,

Welcome to Dubai!!
The new term starts at the end of August so your arrival time is pretty good. You need to get onto the schools now to check for places.

For the record my kids started mid year and came from the UK, the first school we tried this was Ok as the work was easy so they didn't struggle but we soon realised that there were problems with the school so moved them, then they struggled as they had had a term of poor education and the new school is much more academic! The one subject they all struggle with is Arabic as they won't have done any before and will be in a class with kids who may have done it for years!

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I was thinking of sending my little girl to Repton. I know it has an outstanding on the review but is their anyone with kids there that give me a more personal opinion?

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We really like it, it's big although they do a pretty good job of separating the infant, junior and senior schools.

It is very academic, our kids have a tonne of work much more than when they were in the UK. Feel free to ask any specific questions you might have, although we have only been there 6 weeks so far.
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Hello.....

.....what's the general consensus on Nord Anglia as a school? Appreciate it's relatively new and it certainly looks like they are not shy about charging!!

Any of you got kids there? Would appreciate some feedback as the KHDA reports aren't in for it yet.

Thanks.

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I might be moving to Dubai in July with my 16 year old daughter. I need advise on schools. I have applied at a few schools for year 12 and need opinions:
Dubai International Academy
Gems Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis
Regent International School
Raffles World Academy

I have to accept or decline the job offer before I know if she is accepted. Is it worth taking a chance and just going and hope to get into a school?

It seems as if availability is easier at IB schools. Does anyone know how a kid from South Africa copes in IB?

How difficult are the assessments to get into grade 12. She is doing a few this week at her home school in Cape Town.

Last question-is it viable for a single father to live in a Dubai with a daughter.

All info/advice welcomed.

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I think year12 might be a difficult year to move. I am not sure what the syllabus is like, but I moved here from SA in January and my family joined me in April. My eldest is only 5 turning 6 tomorrow, so he joined year 1 and will go to year 2 in September..

He effectively joined the class 3/4 into the school year where as in SA he had just started the year. As a result he was quite far behind his classmates and struggled a bit. Most of his classmates could read already and do maths, but in south africa they hadn't even started that yet. It's been a steep learning curve for him but he will hopeflly be on par by the end of year 2.

We even thought of maybe keeping him in year 1 for another year just to help him catch up. If your daughter has already started matric this past January, and then effectively starts it again in in sept then I am sure there won't be hassles. If she is in grade 11 now though, then I would try to get her to do some "bridging classes" in SA before she comes over so that she won't be too far behind.

As for living in dubai, we haven't regretted it yet and even though it is expensive here, with rent the main issue, you will never have to worry about load shedding/being murdered while you sleep/ the ANC running off with your tax money here.

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Thanks the safety etc is a big factor. My daughter is in grade 11 so will effectively go back 6 months. Now to decide which school to accept-DIA or Wellington academy in Silicon Oasis

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I have a South African friend whose daughter is 8 yrs old in Wellington DSO. He said the primary school part of the school is great, but once she reaches high school he is seriously going to think about moving her to a better school, as apparently the high school side is even more profit orientated than the junior school side...

Heard that from a few other people as well

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