Dubai
British curriculum
Ages 11 to 18

Dubai College

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CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 11 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): Dirham 80,808
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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
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: Dirham 80,808

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

914

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

3% local : 97% international

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

The language of instruction is English therefore all students must be fluent in written and spoken English.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, German, Spanish

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students

Entrance assessment.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

The test for entry comprises from English, Math and Cognitive Ability Test.

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, A Levels

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Dubai College actively welcomes applications from students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who would be able to cope with the academic rigour of the whole curriculum. SEND students, whose academic profile fits with the selective entrance criteria, will be supported fully if successful.

School start time

7:50 am

School finish time

Sunday - Wednesday: 3:35 pm
Thursday: 1:00 m

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school offers variety of extracurricular activities. They can be divided broadly into 3 categories: sporting, hobbies/interests and academic support.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

Athletics and cross country, cricket, basketball, football, netball, rugby, swimming, dance, trampolining, gymnastics, badminton

Sports facilities at the school

Grassed playing fields which incorporate a variety of pitches, cricket nets, 4 all-weather tennis courts, a competition-size swimming pool and a multi-purpose hall.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Dubai College has a strong tradition of inter and intra school competition. Regular fixtures are played throughout the week, as well as weekends.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Dubai College is so much more than the leading academic school in Dubai, it is a community of excellence at the heart of the city. The school's students do have a long track record of excelling academically and in a recent survey of top international schools taking British exams DC was identified as the number one British school overseas in the world. However, the school's enviable reputation stems from its consistent and sustained excellence in what DC sees as the four foundations of the College: sporting, creative, philanthropic as well as academic endeavour. DC champions this broader holistic education in the great tradition of the British independent schools which recognize that by producing socially articulate and well-rounded students DC is preparing them for their future far better than any exam ever will.

DC is now the school of choice for parents who are well established within Dubai and the majority of families who choose the College are those who have lived and worked in the emirate for well over a decade. The reassuring sense of history and depth of institutional memory, which pervade the College, give the school a welcome stability within the Dubai educational landscape. When families join Dubai College they become lifelong members of an institution, which puts the child at the centre of everything. The school's not-for-profit status means that every dirham it charges is reinvested in the students and the school. The high quality teaching and excellent extra-curricular provision make Dubai College a very special place to be and DC hopes you can see why the College has earned itself an outstanding reputation over the course of the past 38 years.

Teaching approach of the school

Dubai College has a strong academic reputation and tradition in the local and international community, but the school believes that education is not solely about academic results. DC aims to draw upon the best elements of the English National Curriculum, combined with the depth and range of subjects that are appropriate to a selective school.

The aim of the curriculum is to develop as fully as possible the understanding, knowledge and skills of each student so that when they leave Dubai College, they are in a position to meet the challenges that they will face in a rapidly globalising and competitive world. It is also the school's intention that students achieve a place at a highly selective university in the UK or a leading university worldwide.

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