Star International School, Mirdif is a community school, following a British Curriculum, in which pupils can make the most of their talents with the benefit of individual attention in small teaching groups.
The school is located in Mirdif.
Is this a non-profit school?
Who runs the school?
The board of Star International School (SIS), Dubai in the United Arab Emirates consists of Mrs. Maryam Salahuddin and Dr. Sayed M Khalanthar. They lead the consortium of 4 schools from their offices in Mirdif. The school’s principal is Deborah Lloyd, and the senior leadership team consists of Mrs Skerritt, head of admin, Mrs Graham, head of foundation, Mrs Horswill, head of lower school and Mrs Morris, head of middle school.
What is the school’s philosophy?
Children in the Foundation Department (aged 3 – 5 years approximately) are taught the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum together, in mixed ability classes, by their class teacher and teaching assistant. The six areas of the curriculum are delivered in topics lasting on average 2 – 3 weeks at a time. Foundation classrooms provide an array of structured play activities which promote all round child-centered development. Specialist teachers further enhance learning with the provision of Physical Education and optional Arabic tuition. Specialist Music teaching provides weekly singing and percussion opportunities for pupils and the music teacher works with staff to provide pupils with their first performance opportunities. Currently the Lower School Department has 8 classes providing for Years 1 – 3 (ages 5 – 8 approximately). The Middle School offers education from years 4 -7 (ages 9 – 12 approximately) The National Curriculum is taught covering Numeracy, Literacy, Science, Information and Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education. The Middle School offers German as a modern foreign language. In accordance with the local Ministry of Education requirements all pupils receive social studies tuition and specialist teachers deliver the Arabic curriculum in native and non-native teaching groups. Islamic education is also provided for Muslim pupils whilst non-Muslims receive a teaching programme relating to citizenship. Beyond the day to day routines, school trips and the preparation for such events as Sports Day, Annual Presentations, and National and International Days encourage the learning of new vocabulary and understanding, and enrich social bonding as well as promote the learning of positive roles. Health and social education permeates throughout the school and SIS Mirdif prides itself on its warm, caring ethos.
What facilities does the school offer?
Extra Curricular Activities are an important aspect of school life and here at SIS Mirdif they are delivered by both school staff and external providers. There is no additional charge for teacher led clubs. External providers charge a fee for their activities which is payable directly to the provider. The activities change each term and are available throughout the school year.
Current externally provided clubs include:
To view the school facilities, you can go here http://www.starschoolmirdif.com/photos-facilities
The first step to admitting or registering a student for September 2012 is for the parents to visit the school and meet the administration team, who will then conduct the family through the process. Below is a step-by-step guide through this journey!
Visit the school in Mirdif (see Contact -> Location)
Meet the administration team and find out information about the school
Make an appointment for interview and assessment test
Collect the Application Form and complete it at home (see end for required documents)
Return on the appointed date for the assessment test and interview with form and documents
If the interview and test are successful and all documents in order, pay:
Registration Fee (non-refundable) AED 500
Once you have paid, your child is registered with Star International School Mirdif!
2 Copies of child’s passport (including visa/entry page)
2 Copies of parent’s passport (including visa/entry page)
6 Recent photographs (photographic paper!) of your child
1 Copy of all previous school reports, if applicable (mandatory for Y1 and above)
2 Copies of child’s birth certificate (attested)
Complete Immunization and Vaccination records
Transfer Certificate (TC) (Extremely important for Y1 and above)
The Ministry will not register your child without this certificate
The Transfer Certificate (TC) must be on an official school letterhead with:
Full name of child
Date of birth of child
Date of enrolment
Date of leaving
Grade/Level upon leaving
School stamp with principal’s signature
Attestation by Ministry of Education (in country of TC)
Attestation by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in country of TC)
Attestation by UAE Embassy (in country of TC)
Each child will have a pre-admission meeting with an appointed staff member to assess the suitability of the school to the child and the readiness of the child to join our school. The parents will discuss family circumstances in regard to potential school admission, which may for example include subjects like previous education history, learning readiness, personal hygiene and social behaviour. During the discussion, the child is assessed in an age appropriate way and standardised tests are used in the majority of cases for admission to FS2 and the years beyond. In most cases, previous school records will be reviewed as well and, in some instances, the previous school may be contacted for clarification. While many parents often feel that the match between school (or a certain class) and the child is unambiguous, it is still entirely at Star International School’s discretion that a child is admitted.
All new students pay a registration fee of AED 500 which is non-refundable; returning students need not pay this fee but must pay AED 500 in advance to secure their place for the next year (this is redeemable against the school fees).
All students (new and returning) must pay an annual medical fee of AED 500
Discount for siblings: the first (eldest) child will pay the full tuition fees; every sibling registered after that will be offered a 10% rebate on tuition fees only.
FS1 and FS2 (Foundation)
Y1 and Y2 (Lower)
Y3 and Y4 (Lower/Middle)
Y5 and Y6 (Middle)
These fees exclude: uniforms, books and extramural activities.