Outstanding Schools in Dubai

Dubaimoms guide to outstanding schools in Dubai

Good schooling gives children a good start in life. But in reality, there is no one school that can be termed as ‘The Best’, and therefore finding the right school could be a daunting task. The best school is actually the one that is right for you and your child in every way. There could be many factors that may influence your decision, including the curriculum, philosophy of the school, size of the school, emphasis on areas like technology, school fees, distance from home, learning support, recommendation from friends/family and most importantly, inspection reports from a Government Authority.

In Dubai, the growth and quality of education offered at private schools is overseen by Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). KHDA sets guidelines for schools and performs annual inspections to rate their overall performance based on several criteria. Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) of KHDA provides comprehensive information on the standard of private school education in Dubai, through a number of approaches, after which an overall rating is given to all schools every year. A school may be rated as Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Acceptable or Weak.

KHDA Inspection report for 2016-2017

Out of 185 schools in Dubai, KHDA has inspected 159 schools in 2016-2017, including 11 new schools. KHDA has given an “Outstanding” rating to 16 schools this year. 14 schools were rated “Very Good” and 69 as “Good”.  If you’re keen on enrolling your child into one of the outstanding schools in Dubai, here’s a round up.

Please note that the fees mentioned below is for the academic year 2015-16. As per Education Cost Index (ECI) all private schools in Dubai with an “Outstanding” ratings are allowed to increase fees for the 2017/18 academic year by 4.8%.

Dubai College

Curriculum: National Curriculum of England
Fees: 77,000 – 88,000
Year Groups: Year 7 to sixth Form (secondary school)
Location: Al Sufouh
Website: http://www.dubaicollege.org

Dubai English Speaking Private College

Curriculum: National Curriculum of England
Fees: 74,000 – 80,000
Year Groups: Year 7 to Sixth Form (secondary school)
Location: Dubai Academic City
Website: http://www.descdubai.com

Dubai International Academy

Curriculum: IB
Fees: 36,000 – 64,000
Year Groups: KG 1 to IBDP
Location: The Lakes / Emirates Hills
Website: http://www.diadubai.com

GEMS Dubai American Academy

Curriculum: IB and American K12
Fees: 22,000 – 81,000
Year Groups: KG to Grade 12
Location: Al Barsha
Website: http://www.gemsaa-dubai.com

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

Curriculum: EYFS and National Curriculum of England
Fees: 39,000 – 49,000
Year Groups: FS 1 to Year 6 (Primary school)
Location: Al Safa, Jumeirah
Website: http://www.jpsdubai.sch.ae

GEMS Modern Academy

Curriculum: IB and Indian (ICSE)
Fees: 27,000 – 49,000
Year Groups: Pre KG to Grade 12
Location: Nad Al Sheeba
Website: http://www.gemsmodernacademy-dubai.com

GEMS Royal Dubai School

Curriculum: EYFS & National Curriculum of England
Fees: 36,000 – 46,000
Year Groups: FS 1 to Year 6 (Primary school)
Location: Mirdif
Website: http://www.royaldubaischool.com

GEMS Wellington International School

Curriculum: IB and National Curriculum of England
Fees: 46,000 – 80,000
Year Groups: Pre KG to Sixth Form
Location: Al Sufouh
Website: http://www.wellingtoninternationalschool.com

Jumeirah College

Curriculum: National Curriculum of England
Fees: 68,000 – 86,000
Year Groups: Year 7 to Sixth Form (secondary school)
Location: Jumeirah
Website: http://www.gemsjc.com

Jumeirah English Speaking School

Curriculum: EYFS and National Curriculum of England
Fees: 38,000 – 47,000
Year Groups: FS 1 to Year 6
Location: Al Safa, Jumeirah
Website: http://www.jess.sch.ae

Jumeirah English Speaking School (Br)

Curriculum: IB and National Curriculum of England
Fees: 38,000 – 90,000
Year Groups: FS 1 to Sixth Form
Location: Arabian Ranches
Website: http://www.jess.sch.ae

Kings school Dubai

Curriculum: EYFS and National Curriculum of England
Fees: 39,000 – 59,000
Year Groups: FS 1 to Year 6 (Primary School)
Location: Umm Suqueim 3
Website: http://www.kingsdubai.com

Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Primary Oud Metha

Curriculum: French
Fees: 22,000 – 50,000
Year Groups: Primary
Location: Oud Metha
Website: http://www.aflec-fr.org

Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou School (Dubai Branch)

Curriculum: French
Fees: 32,000 – 44,000
Year Groups: Elementary (G1 to G5) and Secondary (G6 to Terminale)
Location: Dubai Academic City
Website: http://www.lfigp.org

Repton School

Curriculum: IB and National Curriculum of England
Fees: 48,000 – 96,000
Year Groups: FS 1 to IGCSE and IBDP
Location: Nad Al Sheeba
Website: http://www.reptondubai.org

The Indian High School

Curriculum: Indian (CBSE)
Fees: 4,500 – 8,500
Year Groups: KG to Grade 12
Location: Oud Metha and Garhoud
Website: http://www.ihsdxb.net

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