About Dubai School System
The Dubai school system consists of public and private schools. The public school sector is run by the UAE Ministry of Education while the private sector accounts for 90 percent of all schools in the emirate and is regulated by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). The academic year for both private and public schools starts at the end of August and ends in late June with winter and spring breaks.
Pay attention! Resident children can attend both public and private schools in the UAE but must pay for both, as public schools are only free for Emirati citizens.
Education starts from the age of 5. The teaching language in public schools is Arabic, with English as a second language. Private schools offer American, British and International Baccalaureate programs, with an emphasis on English and Arabic as major subjects. But you can find schools where children learn other foreign languages, such as French, Hindi, and even Russian.
Education in private schools is divided into primary (6 to 12 years), secondary (12 to 15 years) and high school (15 to 18 years). The cost of education in international standard schools averages around 30,000-35,000 dirhams a year. This amount includes tuition, books, pens, notebooks - all school equipment, activities and concerts, basically an ‘all-inclusive’ package. It is worth noting that the price of tuition in American or British schools is more expensive than in Indian schools.
List of The Best Schools in Dubai
List of The Best
Schools in Dubai
The large concentration of international schools in Dubai, as well as throughout the UAE is down to the increase in children of expat residents who could not attend public schools back in 2001. As a result Dubai has some of the top education facilities in the region which are recognised worldwide.
As mentioned earlier, since both types of education are fee-based options, expats are more likely to send their children to private international institutions, most of which have some of the highest standards of education. They all meet international standards and are rated by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
CBSE or Central Board of Secondary Education is a well-known Indian curriculum for both public and private schools. Dubai is known as an educational hub and offers numerous schools with CBSE curriculum.
American international schools are very popular all over the world. The schools are based on high standards of achievement in all subjects with a balanced approach to a large range of extracurricular activities to master all the skills inside and outside the classroom that a child will need for the future.
There are 58 British schools in Dubai. According to the KHDA, 10 of them were rated "Excellent”. As far as education in these schools are concerned, it is usually a structured curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of all students.
International schools offer an alternative education system for children from 3 to 19 years old. The programme is divided into earlier, primary, secondary and IB Diploma. The system focuses on fostering students' critical and independent thinking through research and self-discovery.