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Deira International School

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CurriculumsIB and British
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 26 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Dirham 39,938
to: Dirham 80,465
Address: Dubai Festival City Dubai United Arab Emirates
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

13% local : 87% international

Max. number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers

The teaching staff is primarily from the United Kingdom. Teachers from Arab countries teach Arabic, AFL and Islamic Studies. All teachers at DIS are experienced and possess certification in their field of instruction in addition to their university degrees.

Language support for students not fluent in English

English as Secondary Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

Educational Technology at Deira International School helps to meet the needs of teachers and students in applying methods and mindsets for integrating technologies in lessons.

Teachers use the Visual Learning Environment (VLE) online platform in order to share advanced knowledge and skills inside and outside the classroom. In addition to that, students are exposed to using dozens of technological tools but the central focus is always on how to use these tools to support the learning. Hence students excel in creating innovative products.

The teachers at Deira International School push student educational technology limits, and inspire them to try new tools in their own learning on daily basis. This gives our students the power of networked collaboration and learning so that they can build a compelling professional e-portfolio that showcases their deep engagement with ideas and technologies.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

The assessment tests include English and Mathematics according to specified level of entry.

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

The record breaking IB results for DIS 2015 are outstanding. Three students achieved +40 points at IB which is 10% of the cohort. The average point score for the cohort was 34 points, 5 points above the world average. The average grade per student increased to 5.6.

The IGCSE results for 2015 were the best ever recorded at DIS. This is an outstanding achievement considering 10% of our students are special needs. The table below shows that 71 % of all grades were A*/A/B grades and there is a substantial increase in the percentage of A* and A grades. DIS scored 21% A* grades compared to the UK 6.7 % A* grades. 47% of all grades were A*/A which beats our previous best of 38% in 2014. 92% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades including Mathematics and English.

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


School start time

7:50 am

School finish time

K1 and K2: 12:30 pm
K3: 2:40 pm
G1 - G12: 2:40

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

DIS offers an extensive after-school activities programme. Extracurricular sports include boys' and girls' football, basketball, rugby, tennis and swimming. A vocal and instrumental programme offers a broad range of musical study. Band, chorus, dance and art programmes are also offered along with other academic and non-academic programmes.

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Indoor gymnasium, swimming pool, large outdoor sports field

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, the school competes against other schools in the area.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Deira International School (DIS) is an English curriculum school. Deira International School occupies an expansive campus in Dubai Festival City and provides a rich and comprehensive academic programme complemented with a broad spectrum of athletic offerings and vibrant arts programmes. An Esol Education school, DIS is part of a network of exceptional international schools around the world in locations such as Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Nicosia and Lebanon.

DIS offers students a high-quality education based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales and incorporates the strengths of the students' own cultures. The school's goal is to develop students' basic skills, as well as their capacities for critical thinking and creativity. In addition to cultivating a passion for learning, the school aims to promote the students' all-around development, their character and their sense of civic responsibility. The school's facilities are amongst the best in the Middle East.

The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales, and the school is an IGCSE Cambridge Examination Centre. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is one of the most recognised qualifications around the world. The school is fully authorised to offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and is a pilot school for the IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCC). The curriculum is designed to ensure an easy transfer to other countries, should the necessity arise.

Teaching approach of the school

Teaching and learning is the central activity of DIS school, supported by a curriculum that is the basis of all the school does with the students in the school's care. DIS curriculum maximises the learning for all students, recognising and celebrating diversity and engaging all students in intellectually challenging learning experiences. It provides students with clear guidelines on what they are learning and how they will be assessed. It involves a range of teaching strategies to meet different learning needs and explicit teaching to support students’ learning. It provides opportunities for students to develop and strengthen their required knowledge and skills, thus maximising their capacity to make positive and significant contributions to an evolving global community.

The School’s Philosophy and Mission Statement guides the understandings and skills DIS values and wants students to demonstrate. It necessitates that in each class and in every lesson, students will develop a deep understanding of the key concepts in each learning area, in ways that respect differing styles of learning. The curriculum sets out clear requirements, expectations and principles of learning and teaching.

DIS expects its curriculum to generate excellence and equity in student learning outcomes, and provide opportunities for students to develop their intellectual tools and strategies, thus enabling them to think for themselves, and to manage their own learning. One of the key ways the school is raising standards at DIS is by observing what is happening within its own classrooms, from these observation the school highlights both good practice and areas for development. Sharing these studies with staff is crucial to the school's self improvement and assist the school on the journey to outstanding.

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