BritishIB Elementary through to IB Diploma
The school’s curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England, but this is adapted by the international body of teachers at the school ‘to take advantage of the international setting’ and to offer the ‘best possible educational outcome’ for the students, according to Norm Dean, the school’s interim director. Senior students sit the IGCSE exams at age 16, followed by the IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme).
The school is located in Dubai Festival City, on the banks of Dubai Creek, near Garhoud Bridge.
Who runs the school?
The school is managed by Educational Services Overseas Limited (ESOL) which is headed by Mr. Walid Abushakra. The Director of the school is Jeff Smith. The primary school principal is Mr Martyn Clifford, and the secondary school principal is Mr Ian Temple.
Is this a non-profit school?
Not stated as Not-for-Profit. But the school has updated us with this information: “We are not a profit-seeking school. Any surplus made is reinvested back into the school to aid expansion e.g. our new multi-purpose hall.”
What facilities does it offer?
The school has a 80,000 square metre campus with a purpose-built school with state-of-the-art facilities. These include vocal and instrumental rooms, art rooms, libraries, computer and science laboratories, design technology workshops, a business studies centre, an indoor gym, a swimming pool and a large field. The school says that in its second phase of development, it will add on more classrooms, a media centre and a multipurpose hall.
Recent update (June 2012, from the school directly…)
Our senior students sit IGCSE exams and also have the option of taking BTEC Hospitality as part of our vocational offering. At post-16 students are able to choose between the IBDP programme or the IB career-related certificate (including BTEC Business and Travel and Tourism). The IBCC includes placements at businesses such as The Grand Hyatt and Crowne Plaza.
What is the school’s philosophy?
The school aims to offer a high quality education based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales, and incorporate the strengths of the students’ own cultures. The school’s goal is to develop students’ basic skills as well as their capacities for critical thinking and creativity. A passion for learning, all-round development, character growth and a sense of civic responsibility are also emphasized.
Applications should be submitted to the Admissions Office, along with required documentation. Application forms can be downloaded and then completed and emailed to Registrar@disdubai.ae or faxed through to 04-2325151. Once this has been done, you can call the registrar to make an appointment for an entrance test for your child. The assessment test includes English and Mathematics according to the level of entry.
The annual tuition for the 2010 – 2011 academic year is as follows:
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Deira International School will be charging an application fee of 150 AED for each applicant. This non-refundable fee is payable prior to or on the day of the placement test. If the applicant is admitted and decides to enrol in DIS, the 150 AED Application Fee will be credited towards the Admission Fee, making the balance payable 3000AED. If a student is withdrawn after the beginning of a term and the student has attended classes during that term, their full term’s fees will be due and payable.
(as of 2012/13) : Good.
Editor’s Note : Deira International School have been very responsive in keeping information updated on this page. And seem very open to comments, suggestions and insights.