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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
|Ratio of local students to international students||
0,2% local : 99,8% international
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
French, Hindi, Arabic
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Every classroom at Diyafah is installed with an interactive board, an assistive technology tool used to enhance the teaching-learning process. It has helped to transform instruction and has lead to an increase in student participation.
|External examinations or assessments available||
IGCSE, AS and A Level
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Learning Support Program
|Learning support offered||
The ADHS Learning Support Programme is committed to supporting the individual educational needs of all students. Students experiencing difficulties in accessing the curriculum and learning are referred by teachers to the Student Services Team. The counsellor, special educator, teachers & parents together draw up an individual education plan for each student based upon their observations & results of the psycho-educational assessment administered by external professionals. This team ensures that students receive the intervention and accommodations that they need. Student’s participation and performance in weekly and term exams act as indicators of progress. Student progress is also tracked based on their achievement of the ‘I CAN’ targets. The individual educational plan is then reviewed to set new goals.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
ADHS also meets the unique educational needs of students through its gifted and talented services. ADHS recognizes that learners thrive best in an environment that challenges and nurtures individual strength. Some learners have academic skills, cognitive abilities, leadership abilities and creative talents that differ in degree and dimension from their peers; The CAT4 online assessment is administered to identify the gifted students. ADHS challenges the gifted & talented students through its acceleration & enrichment programme. This includes subject acceleration & opportunities to lead the literacy, sports, music etc. clubs in school. The identified students represent the school in various events & competitions such as ADPIQ, Dubai Scholars Cup, write for the school newsletter, concert scripts and more. Students are also encouraged to sign up for the Massive Open Online Courses and take additional IGCSE subjects.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Interview and entrance exam
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
Students will be assessed for English and Math.
Depends on the grade level.
|School bus service available||
|School provided lunches||
The Canteen is clean and well stocked with healthy snacks, drinks and juices, as permitted by the Ministry.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
Computing, CV writing, block busters, needle craft, making best out of waste, general knowledge, public speaking, drama, Arabic culture, music, personality development, dress designing, different forms of art, cooking, video editing, blogging, community service, advertising and many more.
|Sports activities included||
|Sports facilities at the school||
A spacious and well maintained play ground for basketball, football and other games exists.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Al Diyafah High School was founded 34 years ago, in September 1982, by Late Mrs. Winnie D’Cunha. It started as a Nursery with only 2 children in a small villa located on Al Diyafah Street, in Dubai. That’s how it got its name. To accommodate the growing numbers, the school moved to a new campus in 2001, where it is presently located.
The students are offered a wide range of subjects from the Science, Commerce and Humanities streams. The primary section has progressed to a very competent senior school and as the vision continues to take flight, it now moves on to greater heights.
The school’s objective is best expressed through its mission statement of attempting to create competent, caring and confident students through its holistic based education. The students actively support social issues like environment, literacy, relief and endeavor to become leaders in their own right. Such an all-rounded system of education has helped Diyafah produce an ever- increasing list of alumni who have gained admissions in several Universities in Canada, USA, Australia and the sub-continent.
|Teaching approach of the school||
The school's curriculum is modelled on the Early Years Foundation Stage in the FS1 and FS2 section. The adapted English National Curriculum is applied in the Primary and Middle school years. From Years 11 – 13, the Senior Phase, the students are prepared for the internationally recognised qualifications from the University of Cambridge and Edexcel at the IGCSE, AS and A Level.
In addition to this, the exclusive Personal Enrichment programme together with the strong Social Responsibility initiatives, the curriculum design and the outstanding links with the parent community, have culminated in the school creating global citizens of the 21st Century.