Indian Elementary through to High School
Founded on the 18th of October, 1986, Dubai Modern High School projects an educational outlook few schools can rival. Affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, the school opens admissions to pupils from the Kindergarten level. An integral part of the GEMS group of schools, it offers the ICSE & IB syllabus and a day-boarding system which encompasses all aspects of a student’s life.
The school website says… Students at Modern High learn about the world and the people in it from an early age, developing an awareness of different cultures and countries. By exploring the world, they become academically, intellectually as well as socially, culturally, economically and environmentally aware. They develop a sense of positive personal identity and adopt a universal perspective to better understand how they can make a difference in the global community.
The school is located in the Nad Al Sheba area of Dubai between the Nad Al Hammar Road and the Emirates Road. It is located near the Auto Mart and the Fruit and Vegetable Market. GPS coordinates are: Latitude: 25.1546 Longitude: 55.37531.
Who runs the school?
The school is owned and operated by GEMS Education, a private international company headquartered in Dubai that owns and manages schools around the world. GEMS have been over 50 years in the education field.The school’s Principal is Darryl Bloud.
Is this a non-profit school?
What facilities does it offer?
Library: “Reading maketh a ready man” and a well-equipped Library forms the pivot of enhanced learning as it endeavours to inculcate a love for books in children.
The Library is a verifiable Multimedia Centre with full internet connectivity computers for research, television, DVD and the latest audio visual systems along with a treasure house of encyclopaedias, multi-media CD ROMS, Video cassettes and CD’s for instant reference.
ICT: ICT is taught as a stand alone subject and is integrated throughout the curriculum as a teaching tool. Multimedia computers are connected to a state of the art central server system through a high-speed fibre optic network. An ActiveBoard with a touch screen that permits a dynamic interactive learning environment facilitates the teacher’s control of student activity.
The fibre-optic backbone connects every department in the School and provides network and Internet access to pupils and teachers from all ICT laboratories, staff rooms, the library, administrative offices located in the School.
Teaching in class is no longer restricted to chalk and talk lectures. Our teaching faculty use computer-aided visuals and lectures with the latest graphic modules as part of the Middle School syllabus.
There are currently over 200+ computers available for students to use, all connected to the school’s network running Microsoft Servers. These excellent resources are all aimed at enhancing the quality of teaching and learning within school.
- Laptops with integrated webcam for all teaching staff
- Digital projectors in every teaching space
- High speed Broadband Internet Access
- Wireless Network
- Independent learning workstation throughout the school.
What is the school’s philosophy?
The school website says in the Principal’s message: “At Dubai Modern High School the essence of education is ‘celebration of the life of a child’. Attaining academic prowess is not the only goal we have envisioned for our pupils.
Every child is encouraged to take pride in his individuality and to think, as well as, act without the fear of being humiliated or admonished. Our aim is to ensure that intellect and talent are orchestrated in order to enhance the child’s self worth so that he will hold his head high and contribute to the society in a positive way.
However, a child’s self esteem is as precious to his well being as his regard for others. We endeavour to instil humility and respect in our pupils to enable them to recognise the worth of those around them. Though academic success is our priority, it is not our sole focus. We believe in grooming our students for life – in making them sentient human beings imbued with a heightened awareness of their surroundings.”
With its affiliation to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, India, Dubai Modern High School follows the curriculum of the CISCE Board and prepares students for the ICSE examination in the Secondary School and ISC examination in the Higher Secondary School.
The Board and the curriculum framework provide a platform for diversity of intelligence in children and provide multiple avenues to focus on the student’s potential. Dubai Modern High School is recognised by the Ministry of Education, Dubai, UAE for teaching the CISCE curriculum.
The certificate has international equivalence and enables students to transfer to International Universities.
The unique Day Boarding System incorporates academics in the morning, followed by lunch and the, Activities for Curriculum Enrichment (ACE) that includes a supervised study-session with the clubs and games.
The Performing Arts
Modern High is synonymous with its Musicals, which have always been the highlight of the calendar year for students, parents and visitors. Many in Dubai still reminisce about former productions like Cats, Hereos, Starlight Express & Seize the Day, and Saturday Night Fever. The annual Musical is presented alternately by the Primary and Senior School, giving both younger and older children exposure and a chance to shine in the limelight.
One-Act Plays and Dramas are scripted by our students themselves, who have gone on to participate and win at International School Competitions in the UAE.
Professional teachers have regular sessions with students, training them for choirs, inter-house music competitions and assemblies at School. Music is taught as a subject till Grade 6, while older students can train further at the Music Club, during their afternoon session.
Western and Indian Dance is very popular at the School. The Dance Club has specialist teachers, who encourage students to go beyond basic rhythm and dance in synchronization with thematic music.
Debating, Elocution and Quizzing are a regular Afternoon activity, with the social winning laurels at national and international competitions. Our debating teams have won all major national competitions over the years and regularly place among the top three at the All-India Frank Anthony Memorial Debate, which has over 1100 schools participating in the event. Our quiz and elocution squads have consistently won national prizes over the years.
Art and craft at the modern High school is housed in a special wing, and is part of the regular academic programme at the School. Works of art of our pupils, both past and present, find pride of place in the foyers and offices of our School.
Clay-Modelling, Sculpture, Thread and Nail works, Wood Carving and Oil Painting are some of the activities taught during the club sessions. Many of these students assist with the creation of props and stage backdrops for the annual Musical and the Creative Festival, as well as the other programmes of the School.
Creative Communication extends beyond the boundaries of the School, with the annual Creative Festival, the UAE’s largest and most popular literary and cultural festival. 13 Inter-School events including competitions in music, dance, drama, art and craft, public speaking, graphic design, quizzing and environmental awareness ensure that our students have a platform to test their talents.
The Creative Festival is held every October and includes Inter-Class, Club and Primary exhibitions and events, thereby ensuring that all students have a fair chance to express their creativity.
The Modern High School encourages sports and physical exercise throughout the day. Regular P.E. classes are held during the morning, while sports and games are played during the ASIP programme. As part of this programme students are allowed to choose a game for the entire year, thus giving them opportunity to excel at their chosen sport.
In addition to physical development and the exploration of interests, students learn the thrill of challenge and competition, the importance of concentration and dedication, the spirit of teamwork and a sense of accomplishment.
The School has a shaded swimming pool, tennis courts, squash court, basketball courts, and a multi-disciplinary auditorium, among some of its sporting facilities.
Enquiry to school will be done via the GEMS website.
Annual fees in the range of Dhs 26,756 (for KG1) up to a maximum of Dhs 39,,670 for Grade 12.
Outstanding (as of 2012)