British Elementary through to 6th Form
Dubai Gem was founded in 1973 on a small block and was known as Dubai Nursery School and Crèche. It began with about twenty students, the oldest being five and the youngest only a month old. Today Dubai Gem is well known for being organized with all grades, from KG to Grade 13, having gifted, goal-driven students abounding with imagination and hope. Although Dubai Gem is renowned for its focus on academic studies, sport is very popular and appreciated amongst the students.
Dubai Gem follows the British Curriculum leading to ‘O’, ‘AS’, and ‘A’ levels. It is affiliated to the Cambridge University of London and is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Dubai. The school aims at developing an international tone and providing an educational environment that promotes responsibility and choice. Emphasis is placed on the active participation of the students.
The language of instruction and communication is English and the majority of text books used are imported from the United Kingdom. English is studied as a first language. Arabic is mandatory from KG1 to Grade 10 and optional from Grade 11 onwards.
Children from Grade 1 onwards can choose French, Hindi or Urdu as a second language.
Islamic Studies and the Quran are mandatory for Islamic students while non-Islamic students study Moral Science. Other subjects taught include Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Computer Studies. Music, Art, Physical Education and Games are also included in the time table.
Students are prepared for the International General Certificate of Secondary Examination (IGCSE) conducted by CIE and Edexcel.
Teaching staff are well qualified and experienced in meeting the required standards.
Currently, Dubai Gem is located on two sites; a Nursery, located in Jumeirah, and the Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary School located on Oud Metha Road.
Is this a non-profit school?
Who runs the school?
Keith Sedgwick is the school principal
What is the school’s philosophy?
The school’s vision is to become a vibrant, outstanding institution of learning recognized in Dubai as a centre of educational distinction and to ‘develop internationally minded young people of excellence, who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet and who help to create a better and more peaceful world’.
Its mission is to be an exceptional organization for learning by:
Being committed to providing a comprehensive international education of the highest quality, for both U.A.E. and overseas students
Fostering a spirit of international awareness and understanding throughout the whole school community
Recognising and nurturing each child as a unique individual
Promoting the qualities of respect and tolerance, as well as environmental and social awareness
The school’s Core Values
Transformation : The school’s curriculum and teaching methodology has as its focus the learner and is designed to be practical and to engage the student.
Students are encouraged to take full responsibility for their learning, to think creatively and to acquire knowledge through innovative ways that test their analytical and problem solving skills; to be continually open to renewal and growth.
Generosity : The schools understands that every student is different in their interests and abilities. The school extends a helping hand to each student to bring out their greatest potential. The students are exposed to global issues such as the environment, peace, poverty and conflict resolution.
Dignity : While the students are equipped for the competitive global arena through a beneficial learning process, they are also taught that winning is not everything in life. Students are exposed to sound moral values with the purpose of preparing responsible and altruistic global citizens.
Excellence : The curriculum has been designed to impart education with a global perspective, inspiring students to broaden their horizon and think extensively. Students are encouraged to aim for excellence and to be enthusiastic in all they undertake.
The school believes that:
All students should be given every opportunity to be successful
Sensitivity to the unique nature of every student as a learner, requires a commitment to provide learning programmes that meet individual language and learning needs
For students to develop life long learning skills and attitudes, and a genuine seeking for truth, the use of inquiry-based teaching/learning approaches is essential
The “Information Age” compels the school to provide students with the tools and skills to become competent users of technology, independent learners and critical evaluators of information
Social, physical, creative and community service activities play an important role in student development and school spirit
The promotion of self discipline in a caring and compassionate environment will assist students, staff, teachers and administrators to work independently and collaboratively toward their shared purpose of providing and obtaining the best education.
What facilities does the school offer?
4 Computer Laboratories; 2 Primary School and 2 Secondary School; are well equipped
1 E-learning centre for use by primary and secondary school students
3 Laboratories, one each for Physics, Chemistry and Biology
2 Libraries; 1 for Primary School and 1 for Secondary School; are well resourced for students and teachers
1 Multi-Purpose Halls – used for assemblies, music lessons, indoor sports, examinations
3 Art Rooms; 2 Secondary School and 1 Primary School;
Sports Centre – the school hires the ‘Iranian Club’, adjacent to the school, for the use of its comprehensive facilities including swimming pools, sports oval and courts
Fleet of Mini Buses provide more direct and quicker travel for students to and from school
2 Medical Centres staffed by 2 caring nurses and a doctor
Specialised instructors are assigned to each lab to impart practical training to students.
There are two full-fledged libraries, one in the junior school and one for the senior children. Other than books and magazines, there are several audio-visual materials used by the teachers for the benefit of the students.
Dubai Gem Private School follows the British Curriculum (IGCSE) leading to ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level examinations.
A Fee of Dhs. 50/ will be charged for the Assessment / Entrance Tests
Assessment Tests for KG1 are held in March.
Dubai Gem Nursery children will be going into KG1 and after that if any seats are available, the following will be followed :
Siblings of Children currently studying in Dubai Gem
The Entrance Tests for Grades KG2 – Grade 10 will be conducted in the first week of May for the New Academic Year starting in September.
The tests will be in General English and Maths and will cover the syllabus done in the previous class.
PARENTS HAVE TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN BETWEEN
9AM – 10:30AM
As there are very limited seats available for KG1, parents are requested to try other options as well.
Please DO NOT take out the children from the current school until admission is confirmed in Dubai Gem.
Admission Forms will be issued only after the child has been selected.
Admissions are normally conducted in April for the following Academic Year. A non-refundable fee of Dhs 500, along with the following documents is required.
• 5 Passport size Photographs
• 2 copies of the Passport including valid Visa page
• 2 copies of the Birth Certificate attested by the respective Embassy / Consulate
• 2 copies of the Vaccination Card
LOWER NURSERY Age: 1 year 6 months to 2 years 5 months as of 15th September
UPPER NURSERY Age: 2 years 6 months to 3 years 5 months as of 15th September
For the academic year 2011 – 2012
· ENTRANCE : All new students have to pay Dhs. 500/- registration charges at the time of admission – this amount being non-refundable.
· DEPOSIT : A deposit of approximately half the first term’s Tuition fees is to be paid at the time of admission – this amount being refundable whenever the child leaves the school, PROVIDED A MONTH’S NOTICE IS GIVEN IN WRITING ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL DEPOSIT RECEIPT. ( Dhs. 5/ Will Be Charged If The Original Receipt Is Lost.)
· TUITION FEES : The Tuition Fee per Term payable ranges from Dhs 3150 (KG1 & 2) up to Dhs 6500 (Grade 13).
· TRANSPORT FEES : Dhs. 1700/- per term for selective destinations in Dubai and Dhs. 2500/- for Umm Suqeim, Jebel Ali, Mirdif, Sharjah, etc. There is no one-way transport available.
TRANSPORT SERVICE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR GRADES 11, 12 & 13
UNLESS PAID FOR THE FULL ACADEMIC YEAR.
· ACTIVITY FEES : Dhs. 150/- per term applicable to students of KG1 & KG2 and Dhs. 200 for Grade 1 to Grade 13. This amount covers various activities carried out by the school which include swimming, netball, football, tennis, trekking & field activities.
· MEDICAL FEES : Dhs. 300/- per annum applicable to all students from KG1 onwards.
· BOOKS : This amount covers the Cost of Books & Materials given to the children during the year.
THERE WILL BE NO REFUND OF BOOKS MONEY IN CASE OF SIBLINGS.
Students of Grades 3 & 7 will have to buy the Arabic book separately.
New students of Grades 4, 6 & 8 will have to buy the Arabic book separately.
French Language books will have to be paid for separately at a later date.
Students of Grade 9 onwards will have to buy the required Subject books separately.
· ANNUAL CHARGES : This is applicable to all students from KG1 onwards and has to be paid only once a year along with the first term fees. This covers the cost of the Sports Outfit, Concert Costumes (up to Grade 6), Various Trips undertaken during the year, Year-end parties and also for the use and maintenance of the Library, Computer and Science Laboratories (up to Grade 8), etc.
KG1 1355/- Grade 6 1962/-
KG2 1252/- Grade 7 2059/-
Grades 1 1549/- Grade 8 2054/-
Grade 2 1634/- Grade 9 1750/-
Grade 3 1634/- Grades 10 – 11 1799/-
Grade 4 1984/- Grade 12 1423/-
Grade 5 1949/- Grade 13 1411/-
· EQUIPMENT FEES : Dhs. 350/- per subject per annum applicable to students of Grades 9 – 11 and Dhs. 500/ for Grades 12 & 13. This amount covers the cost of consumables used in optional subjects and has to be paid along with the 2nd term fees.
· RE-REGISTRATION FEES : Dhs. 500/- per annum (Adjusted against 1st Term Fees in the Next Academic Year) to be paid along with the 3rd term fees. All students have to pay this to ensure a seat in the next academic year.
Good (as of 2011)