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Top 10 schools in Dubai

Updated on June 18, 2013

Top 10 Schools in Dubai

When first arriving in Dubai having to find a school for your children is not easy, you have to think about are they going to fit in, is it the right curriculum, can I afford it and are they going to make friends. So to help you with the decision of picking the right school for your child we have written an article on the top rated schools in Dubai.There are a few exceptional schools in Dubai, lots of good ones and a few that are just unacceptable. So how do the ratings work? Once a year every year the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) and Knowledge and Human Development Authority's (KHDA's) go to all the schools in Dubai and inspect them. They check safety, teaching standards, learning support, class sizes, curriculum, cleanliness, food, exam results and so on.

Once schools have been inspected they will be classed in to one of four categories:

* Outstanding
* Good
* Acceptable
* Unacceptable

If you have a particular school in mind and cannot find it below check out the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) Knowledge and Human Development Authority's (KHDA's) website (

MAY 2012 Results: Please note all school ratings are subject to change

Jumeirah College: Outstanding (Secondary School)

Jumeirah College got a huge green flag from the (DSIB) and (KHDA's) as being one of five schools rated with (Outstanding). Jumeirah College is a Year 7 to Year 13 (A-Levels) school that has earned a reputation for providing premium education and offering a wide choice of qualifications for students to do in both GCSE's and A-Levels. Jumeirah College has a vast range of departments are resources including ICT Facilities, Design and technology suites, a communication and resource centre, Music Suites and En-suite Practice Rooms, Drama studio, art, science labs, sport halls, swimming pools, tennis courts, grassed playing fields, medical centres and lots more.

Jess School: Outstanding (Primary & Secondary)

Jess school is also a number one school in Dubai with impressive grades in GCSE's and A-Levels every year. In 2011 Jess achieved a 54.3% pass rate in GCSE's at A* level and with a total GCSE exam pass rate of 93.6% and also have a pass rate of 80% for A-Levels in 2011. One of the other things that make's Jess School standout from others is the huge choice of extra curriculum activities. Jess School have a primary school in Jumeirah and a secondary school in The Arabian Ranches.

Kings Dubai: Outstanding (Primary School)

Kings Dubai also achieved a final rating of outstanding for their school and offers first class education for children aged 3 to 11 years of age. One thing we wouldn't give them credit for is unlike Jess who offer a huge range of extra curriculum activities, Kings Dubai don't have that many. Kings Dubai teaches the British curriculum and has very good SAT exam pass rates.

Dubai College: Outstanding (Secondary School)

Dubai College is a secondary school (no primary) founded by Tim Charlton and offers a variety of activities to keep your children busy. Dubai College has an 80% pass rate for GSCE's and A-levels which is one of the highest results for schools in Dubai. Dubai College also teach the British curriculum to their students and offer a wide range of subjects to be chosen by students for their GCSE's and A-Levels.

Wellington International School: Outstanding (Primary & Secondary)

Wellington International School offers exceptionally high standards of education to its students. Students can start at foundation stage 1 and go all the way through to 13 (A-Levels) also the school follows the British National Curriculum, and offers the IB Diploma Programme in Year 12 -13 which is A-Levels. Facilities in Wellington School are at a very high standard and include a complete Knowledge Centre Library, Dance studio, Drama studio and 3 Art studios also a Television studio and it even has its very own radio station.

Repton School: Good (Primary & Secondary)

Repton School was established in the UK 450 years ago and now has a school in 134 countries worldwide. If your child is looking for a certain subject that is not provided by most schools then Dubai Xpats suggest you try Repton School, with over 45 subjects to choose from for GCSE's you can't really go wrong. Repton School take on students from the age of 3 all the way to 19 years of age and teaches students the British curriculum. Also if your child wants or you want them to do extra activities Repton have a huge selection of extra curriculum activities to choose from.

Jebal Ali Primary School: Good (Primary School)

Jebal Ali Primary School was founded in 1977 and is now one of the oldest schools in Dubai, if not the entire UAE. Jebal Ali Primary School also teaches their students the British Curriculum. The school has a wealth of experience and an enviable reputation for excellence. They also offer a great choice of after school activities that are designed for children to get some exercise and most importantly have fun. Also if your child has an interest for music there are plenty of opportunities to take up an instrument.

American School of Dubai: Good (Primary & Secondary)

American School of Dubai has a section for elementary school, middle school and high school. The school will challenge and assist students to become intellectually adept, thoughtful and ethical contributors to a global society. AS Dubai has been teaching young minds the American curriculum in Dubai for over 40 years and now has around 1000 students at their school. They also have a high rating for safety and security with security for the school at the same level as the US embassy. Sounds a bit extreme to me but hey, everyone to themselves.

Dubai English Speaking school: Good (Primary & Secondary)

Dubai English speaking school provides two schools side by side to each other, one of which is the primary school starting from reception and going all the way though to year 6, the other is the English College Secondary school which is from year 7 to year 13 (Years 12 & 13 being A-Levels). DESS have been teaching the English curriculum to students in Dubai since 1963 and achieve higher standards in exam results than the UK average. Dubai Xpats have met parents that put their child in to DESS and have heard nothing else apart from but what a great school it is.

Safa School: Good (Primary School)

Safa School is just for children in primary school and is one of the best schools in Dubai for not just teaching children about maths, English and so on but also teaching them discipline, saving money and just general life skills. One of the other things in Safa School is they have a special needs department to help students out who have dyslexia, writing or reading problems and so on.


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      NEVER 2 years ago

      This is so biased

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      Simone 4 years ago

      Your readers may be interested in this report - The Best British Schools in Dubai. It details all schools from Foundation to Post-16 and compares attainment with price...