Dubai
International curriculum
Ages 4 to 18

Greenfield Community School

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CurriculumInternational
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate Yes
First year fees: Dirham 62,940

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Number of students

1319

Number of nationalities represented in the school

80

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

1% local : 99% international

Max. number of students per class

KG2 - KG3: 25
G1 - G12: 26

Average number of students per class

25

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

GCS provides English as an Additional Language (EAL). It is one of the unique set of programmes that GCS offers to the early, primary and middle year students. It is a prominent part of the school's educational needs in the region and specifically at GCS. The key focus is to assist our students in becoming proficient in English.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, German

Use of technology in the classroom

As a 21st Century Educational Institution GCS has full school Wi-Fi connectivity. GCS acknowledges that smartphones, iPads, Tablets and laptops are a factual component in the lives of its students and the school embraces openly and actively the exploratory use of these tools for education.
GCS promotes students to bring their own devices and have expanded the curriculum to include BYOD driven topics. GCS imposes a strict BYOD Acceptable Use Policy to protect the school and most importantly its students.

GCS wants students to be able to use engaging technologies in a collaborative, inquiry based format through a personalised learning environment where teachers are willing and able to use technology to facilitate and assist learners in transforming knowledge and skills into real life products, scenarios and solutions. By doing so, GCS equips students from a wide range of nationalities, cultures and religions for the demands and opportunities of a global twenty-first century society by offering a relevant, differentiated and rigorous curriculum in a stimulating and dynamic learning environment.

ALL PYP teachers in ALL subjects as well as SEN and EAL use iPads as a teaching and learning tool, this facilitates a technology rich learning environment that has led to better communication, makes instruction more efficient and effective, enhances thinking and learning skills and develops 21st century skills to life in a global society.
iPads have truly transformed the way the school teaches and learns. Due to the introduction of mobile devices GCS found that traditional classroom settings restricted student creativity and their ability to collaborate effectively. GCS has therefore remodelled of one of the Computer Labs and named it the “Collaboration Room”, where students are able to mirror their iPads using Wi-Fi and Apple TV. The room allows students to work collaboratively on projects using productivity apps such as iMovie’s, iBook Author and more. The room is multifunctional and is used to facilitate and used for all subjects where the possibility of IT is present, for instance we conduct Skype lessons, deliver Presentations, iPad lessons, Newsroom and more.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

KG2 - G2: reading (20 min) plus 20 minutes for one subject. Total 40 minutes per evening.
G3 - G6: reading (15 min minimum) plus 45 minutes for one/ two subjects. Total 1 hour per evening.
G7 - G8: 30 minutes per subject. Up to 1,5 hours per evening.
G9 - G10: 45 minutes each subject plus 3 subjects for a weekend. G10 students will also be required to work on their Personal Project at home throughout the year. Up to 2 hours daily and 3 at weekend.
G11 - G12: as necessary to complete their academic requirements. Up 3 hours daily including weekend, sometimes more.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Due to demand, certain age groups might be closed for admissions during an academic year in which case a student will automatically be placed in the waiting pool.

Entry evaluation for students

Placement assessment

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

85%

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Limited support is available within the school.

Learning support offered

There is a team of Special Needs professionals which includes specifically trained/experienced teachers, trained/experienced assistants and the school nurse.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

7:50 am

School finish time

Primary: 14:30
Secondary: 15:20

Supervised care before/after school

Not in the traditional sense, however, GCS offers a range of teacher-led Extra-Curricular Activities every term at no additional cost.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Tennis, football, drama, German conversation, song and dance, Arabic story telling, Arabic, French, basketball, chess, environmental club, art, public speaking

School provided lunches

Primary and Secondary cafeterias with healthy food and beverage options.

Sports activities included

Tennis, football, karate, swimming, gymnastics, basketball

Sports facilities at the school

Six-lane shaded competitive swimming pool, shaded learning pool, hard surface tennis courts, fully equipped gymnasium, full size soccer/rugby sports field, mini pitch, age-appropriate play areas (shaded outdoor and indoor)

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Greenfield Community School (GCS) is a school with a warm heart, a place where each child and family is made to feel welcome and at home. A Taaleem school, GCS seeks to inspire young minds and to challenge each child to identify and develop their unique talents. Academically, GCS is one of just a few schools in the world to offer all four International Baccalaureate programmes. With an inquiry-based approach to learning, IB students learn to be critical thinkers, to be able to undertake research and think deeply about the essential questions that underpin their academic coursework. The Diploma and Career-related Programme are academically challenging and are recognized as the gold standard when it comes to admission to top universities.

Teaching approach of the school

GCS approach is to provide students with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning. Central to this is ‘learning how to learn’ and developing in individuals an awareness of how they learn best, of thought processes and of learning strategies.

GCS is an International Baccalaureate Continuum World School and one of only a handful of IB schools worldwide authorized to offer all four programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Programme (IBCP).

Summary of prices and fees

School fees, for a twelve year old child , in AED

Yearly fees: Dirham 62,440
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: Dirham 500
Total first year fees: Dirham 62,940
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Where exactly is this school?

Get in touch with this school

Contact email: admissions@gcschool.ae
School's webpage: www.gcschool.ae
Address: Dubai Investment Park - 1, Near Dubai Lagoon United Arab Emirates

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