Own curriculum : Sabis Elementary through to Secondary
Although the mother school started in 1886 in Lebanon, the first branch of The International Schools of Choueifat (members of the SABIS® School Network) in the Gulf started in 1975-6.
Now, there are nine schools located in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Al-Ain, Ras Al-Khaimah, Ruwais, Um Al-Qiwain, Doha and Muscat. Courses in all the schools are followed at the same rate.
Through the use of videoconferencing, for both teaching and weekly administrative meetings, these nine schools run practically as one. Accordingly, students who transfer from one SABIS® School to another will continue in the new school at exactly the same point at which they left. Transfers can be made at any time during the year, subject to availability of places. This feature gives a definite advantage to parents who may move from one city to another on a temporary or a permanent basis.
All but one of The International Schools of Choueifat in the Gulf operate in purpose-built premises set in campuses of various sizes (the construction of the purpose-built school in Doha will start soon). The schools have an international body of staff and students. Currently, the student population in the nine schools is 10520 in academic year 0304 (Gulf Region) drawn from around 80 countries. This provides a diverse cultural exposure to complement the high-level education offered.
In the last 27 years, hundreds of students have graduated from The International Schools of Choueifat in the Gulf region and then graduated from top universities in the world. In the UK, these universities include Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Bristol, Edinburgh, Bath, The Imperial College of Science and Technology and all other London Universities, Birmingham, Liverpool, etc. In the USA, they include Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, U-Penn, and tens of other prominent universities. In Canada these universities include McGill, Columbia, McMaster, Concordia, etc. Still other ex-students graduated from top universities in Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Australia, and other countries.
ISC UAE Schools are a highly academic, non-selective, co-educational, English-medium, independent day school for students from the ages of 3 to 19 years. The school says that it provides top-quality education to children of different races, nationalities and backgrounds.
The school is located on Sufouh Road, near Dubai College.
Is it a non-profit school?
Who runs the school?
The head of the school is Raymond Niblock.
The school is owned by SABIS, a global education management organization with a 125 year record in operating pre-K and K-12 schools.
SABIS is also the name given to the educational system used at the International School of Choueifat that offers a rigorous, internationally-oriented, college-preparatory curriculum for students aged 3 to 18+, focusing primarily on the core subjects of English, mathematics, sciences, and world languages.
The first school in what has grown to be the SABIS® School Network was the International School of Choueifat, which was founded in 1886 in the village of Choueifat, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Currently, the SABIS® School Network consists of schools in 15 countries on four continents. Operating in both the public and private sectors, these schools educate thousands of students and all implement the SABIS® Educational System, although each one of them remains financially independent.
What is the school’s philosophy?
According to the school, ISC students benefit from a curriculum that is rigorous, integrated, sequential, and aligned to state/national frameworks and world-class standards. In addition to the core subjects of English, mathematics, and world languages, the SABIS® Curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge of a broad range of subjects including science, social studies, art, music, health, physical education, and computers. It is meant to develop a balanced, well-rounded college preparatory experience. It often includes remediation, honors courses, and Advanced Placement course opportunities.
Most importantly, a critical review of the curriculum is ongoing so that it remains dynamic, comprehensive, and suited to the needs of a rapidly changing, global society.
What facilities does the school offer?
The school has a library, three computer labs, three science labs, exam hall, gymnastics and ballet rooms, a large multipurpose air-conditioned sports hall, a gymnasium, two swimming pools, a grass football field, outdoor courts, car tracks for young students, playground equipment and indoor air-conditioned play areas. It also has a large auditorium and a large cafeteria.
The International School of Choueifat Dubai offers a broad range of activities, which can be physical, scientific, academic and aesthetic. Students join in school activities during the student life period (one period a day for extracurricular activities), after 4:00 p.m., and at weekends. Activities in the school include sports like ball games (basketball, volleyball, football, badminton, hockey, softball, tennis, table tennis, cricket), swimming, track and field; aesthetic like folkdance, gymnastics, art, recorder ensembles; choirs, musical drama, guitar; and fun activities and clubs like board games, drama, trips, computer clubs, reporting, mechanics (cars, aeronautics); and academic and management, like language clubs, peer teaching, and management (to manage the several-hundred-student Student Life Organization run by students under the supervision of Student Life Advisors). Sports teams participate in competitions against other schools in the city and against other Choueifat Schools in the UAE.
Guardians of new students applying to the school are advised to inquire about the SABIS® Educational System. A brief description is found in the school prospectus.
Non-Selective Admissions Policy
The SABIS® Educational System is highly academically-oriented without being highly selective. The criterion for acceptance in a class is academic attainment, not age. Although age acts as a limiting factor, it is possible to find a three-year age range in the same class. In general, any student willing to learn is accepted.
There are no academic requirements for acceptance into Kindergarten (3 to 5 years of age). Prospective students at these levels are interviewed; they must be toilet-trained and able to speak and follow simple instructions.
All other prospective students take diagnostic tests in the core subjects. These tests help to determine if the students have attained the minimum expected standard for each subject. The school then makes final placement decisions. In cases where extra support is needed, the school has various strategies at its disposal to help bring the students to the required level. For example, there is the option of attending summer school or perhaps extra classes in a subject. Special academic support is taken very seriously by the school.
A completed application form.(Either obtain a form from the office and complete it or ask for a form by e-mail, or you can even download a PDF format)
A completed medical form, which should also be obtained from the office or by email. Please mention any medical problem which we need to know about to ensure the full safety of your children. To satisfy the requirements of the ministry of education, the following items should also be provided.
The most recent original school report from the previous school. The report should show the class, date and results, and if issued by a school in the UAE, it should carry the stamp of the school. A transfer certificate, attested by the Educational Zone, is also required. (We will keep a photocopy of the school report).
For GCC Nationals, the school report should carry the stamp of the school. A transfer certificate, attested by the Ministry of Education, is also required. (We will keep the original school report and the transfer certificate).
For expatriates in GCC countries, the school report should be attested by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of the UAE in that country. (We will keep the original school report and the transfer certificate).
The USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or a West European country, it should carry the stamp of the school, translated to English or Arabic where necessary. (We will keep the original school report).
For any other country, it should be attested by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the UAE in that country. (We will keep the original school report or the transfer certificate).
If the Birth Certificate is issued in the U.A.E., no attestation is required.
If the Birth certificate is issued in a country outside the U.A.E. (except US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or West Europe), the student’s original Birth Certificate should be attested by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of the UAE in that country (We will only take a photocopy of the birth certificate). All birth certificates should be in either English or Arabic (if translation is done outside the U.A.E, attestation procedure -as above- should apply)
For GCC Nationals, the above mentioned attestations are not required.
A copy of the passports of the children and their guardian, showing a valid residence visa.
Four recent passport-size photographs, with the name on the back.
once all the above documents are handed in, they become the property of the school
Students regarded as suitable candidates will take diagnostic tests. Diagnostic tests may be taken in this school or in any other SABIS® school in any country. Children applying for Level A (KG1 in the UAE, 3+ years on 15th September) to Level C (Grade 1 UAE, 5+ years on 30th September) will be interviewed. The diagnostic tests will not be administered before all the required documents are submitted.
Provisional registration may be considered for students who are not able to take diagnostic tests at any of our centers. (Please ask if interested).
No information on the school website, however, the fees are approximately in the range of Dhs15,000 to Dhs29,700.
Acceptable (as of 2011)