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Elphaba 16th March 2010 05:43 AM

Schools in Dubai
 
There is a large number of schools, both primary and secondary in Dubai. Some offer the British curriculum, some an International one (often with the Baccalaureate at age 18) and a couple run on the American system. Others are largely for children from India or Pakistan, or other nationalities, so there is a school for everyone. Ones marked MOE are run directly by the Ministry of Education with lessons in Arabic

Schools are overseen by the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) and you will find a lot is useful information on their website.

The link below lists all schools showing their current rating and a link to the inspection report.

Government of Dubai | Knowledge and Human Development Authority | Reports



School fees for primary/elementary school will cost you a MINIMUM of AED 30,000 per child ( older children about Dhs 50- 60,000 Dhs a year) - not including uniforms, extracurricular activities or transport. Schools here can have a waiting list, so you may want to reguster with more than one. There will be a registration fee too, but according to KHDA this may nto be more than Dhs 500.



Some other useful links

BSME: British Schools in the Middle East
BSME: British Schools in the Middle East

Welcome to DubaiKidz.Biz
http://www.dubaikidz.biz/schools.html

Schools and Universities in Dubai
UAE schools

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oh! 16th March 2010 11:57 AM

Well there are quite a few schools below the 30K AED per year mark as well.

There's GEM's Winchester based near the Jebel Ali Gardens, it apparently charges between 12,000 and 18,000 AED per year per child (if I remember correctly). It has an indian administration but quite a few western teachers (as per their website) and quite a few western children.

Besides this there are quite a few indian schools which are in the range of 1,000 AED per month.

However, supporting the info Elphaba has posted above, all the top rated schools start off at a minimum of 30,000 AED a year per child. But for those who truly cannot afford these schools for their children, don't lose hope as I mentioned above, there are cheaper alternatives as well.

KadijaT 4th May 2010 09:07 AM

Do expates have to use private schools? They can't use arabic public schools?

Elphaba 4th May 2010 09:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KadijaT (Post 293435)
Do expates have to use private schools? They can't use arabic public schools?

As far as I am aware there is no legal reason why expat children could not attend a state school, if there are places, they accept the cultural and religious restrictions and speak fluent Arabic. The schools are government funded for UAE nationals, so even if they would accept an expat child, they could charge.

You should also consider that the curriculum may not be helpful should they then want to complete their education in a country with a different style of education, such as US or British curriculum, or IB.

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KadijaT 4th May 2010 01:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elphaba (Post 293452)
As far as I am aware there is no legal reason why expat children could not attend a state school, if there are places, they accept the cultural and religious restrictions and speak fluent Arabic. The schools are government funded for UAE nationals, so even if they would accept an expat child, they could charge.

You should also consider that the curriculum may not be helpful should they then want to complete their education in a country with a different style of education, such as US or British curriculum, or IB.

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Ok, public schools wil be ot of the question then, since we don't speak arabic.

bonk 8th May 2010 08:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elphaba (Post 293452)
As far as I am aware there is no legal reason why expat children could not attend a state school, if there are places, they accept the cultural and religious restrictions and speak fluent Arabic. The schools are government funded for UAE nationals, so even if they would accept an expat child, they could charge.

You should also consider that the curriculum may not be helpful should they then want to complete their education in a country with a different style of education, such as US or British curriculum, or IB.

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The authorities have changed their minds a couple of times over the years - expat Arabs were allowed to attend government schools, then they were not. Currently I think they are. A few years ago I thought the fees for expats at state schools were about AED 6000 per year.

Yes, state schools educate in Arabic mostly, and the curriculum is unlikely to be recognised for anything much outside the UAE. Many UAE parents send their children to private schools so they learn in English and get a more international education.

Latifa and Rashid schools are government run, in English, and offer UK qualifications. But you'd have to be an influential Emirati or a teacher at the school to have any chance of getting your children enrolled.

Andy Capp 11th May 2010 08:33 AM

The inspection reports summary...

Here

Some Schools that are often mentioned...

School Name - 2009-2010 2008-2009

GEMS Wellington International School - Outstanding Good
Kings Dubai School Outstanding Outstanding
Dubai English Speaking College Good Good
Dubai English Speaking School Good Good
Emirates International School - Jumeirah Good Acceptable
GEMS Jumeriah Primary School Good Good
GEMS Royal Dubai School Good Acceptable
GEMS Wellington Primary School Good Good
GEMS World Academy Good Acceptable
Jebel Ali Primary School Good Good
Jumeirah College Good Outstanding
Jumeirah English Speaking School Good Outstanding
Jumeirah English Speaking School - Arabian Ranches Good Outstanding
Raffles International School West Campus Good Acceptable
Repton School Dubai Good Good
The English College - Dubai Good Good
The Sheffield Private School Acceptable Acceptable

Further details on the KHDA's website

Ossy 11th May 2010 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bonk (Post 296411)

Latifa and Rashid schools are government run, in English, and offer UK qualifications. But you'd have to be an influential Emirati or a teacher at the school to have any chance of getting your children enrolled.

That has officially changed, only locals are allowed to go to Rashid and Latifa, oh and I graduated from there :)

By the way I work at the KHDA so if you need any additional info don't hesitate.

Other than that, the rest here have given some good information to use.

mina1 12th May 2010 03:28 PM

Maybe someone can help me out in this situation, are students allowed to work as in for temporary promotion jobs ?? I mean students as in high school + like university students ? Because most of them have their visa in the name of student and its written student/not allowed to work ?? How is the effectiveness of this rule ??

Someone please clarify for me

bonk 14th May 2010 10:42 AM

There was a proposal to allow students to work part-time but I don't know if it has been implemented.


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