Dubai
International, British curriculum
Ages 3 to 17

Horizon International School

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CurriculumInternational, British
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 17
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate No
Avg. students per class -
Max. students per class 24
First year fees: Dirham 58,670

Fees / Price

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

Yearly fees: Dirham 58,170
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: Dirham 500
Total first year fees: Dirham 58,670
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School Information

Number of students

937

Number of nationalities represented in the school

45

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

1% local : 99% international

Max. number of students per class

24

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

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, Spanish, French

Use of technology in the classroom

Every classroom is resourced with an interactive whiteboard, computer and internet access to engage the children and further develop their learning.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students

Entrance assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Foundation Stage 1 and 2: Assessments will normally take around 30 minutes. All assessments are conducted either individually or in a small group to ensure that it is a relaxed, stress-free experience. Assessments for Foundation 1 and Foundation 2 are based primarily on observation of your child at play and aim to be a relaxed and enjoyable experience for the child. Foundation Stage teachers will be observing your child’s personal, social and emotional development,
communication and language skills and aspects of physical development as appropriate for their age.

Primary School: HIS assessments take into consideration the whole child. HIS observes communication skills, social development, behaviour, attitude, manners, physical development and academic levels in both Maths and English (based on the current UK National Curriculum levels). Assessments will normally take 30-50 minutes. All assessments are conducted either individually or in the company of a small group to ensure that it is a relaxed, stress-free experience.

Secondary School: HIS assessments take into consideration the whole child. HIS observes communication skills, social development, behaviour, attitude, manners and physical development, in conjunction with a 60 minute written academic paper (based on the current UK National Curriculum level). Assessments will normally take 30-50 minutes. All assessments are conducted either individually or in the company of a small group to ensure that it is a relaxed, stress-free experience.

External examinations/assessments available

IGCSE, GCSE

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

KG1 - KG3: 8:00 am
G1 - G12: 7:45 am

School finish time

KG1 - KG3: Sunday to Thursday: 1:00 pm
G1 - G12: Sunday to Wednesday: 3:00 pm, Thursday: 1:10 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Star Club is an after school childcare facility provided on behalf of the school by qualified staff. The club provides supervised, quality care in a safe and fun, informal play environment. Activities include arts & crafts, playdough modelling, gross motor play, role play, puzzle time, outdoor/indoor play and age appropriate DVDs. The Primary children are also encouraged to do supervised homework. The staff ratio does not exceed more than ten children to one member of staff at any given time.

The facility is available to all children aged 3-12 years who require after school care between 12.45 pm-5.00 pm.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Arabic reading, story telling, book club, still life drawing, pan pals writing, lab rats, Islamic art, debating, netball, swimming, desert dance, football, guitar, film club, choir, maths, Swedish, table tennis, creative chefs, ICT club, athletics, mural art, running, cooking, brain gym, fitness, basketball, reading, Irish dancing, sailing, water sports

School provided lunches

At present, the School does not have on-site catering facilities and, therefore, parents are requested to provide their children with cold snacks and packed lunches as appropriate.

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Play areas, sports fields, swimming pool, sports hall, splash pool

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Horizon International School (formerly Star International School Umm Sheif) is an established multicultural school that follows the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum of England.
The atmosphere at Horizon International School is totally student focused with a strong emphasis on community spirit and family values. HIS aims to deliver a high quality educational experience within an enjoyable learning environment that is safe and nurturing for the students in the school's care.

Teaching approach of the school

Horizon International School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum of England. At the senior end of the school, students follow a combination of IGCSE / GCSE’s and ‘A’ Levels chosen from an extensive range of subjects.

In all areas throughout the school, HIS adopts a student centred approach based around its core values of respect, hard work and good manners. HIS fully believes in preparing students to take their next step into the wider world and as a result, make their learning opportunities as engaging, interactive and real as possible.

What makes HIS so special is also the emphasis that is placed upon the wider aspects of the curriculum. HIS provides a wide-ranging extra curricular programme that the majority of students participate in, along with plenty of local, national and international trips, excursions and tours. HIS also has numerous student led groups such as the Student Council, Eco- Monitors, Sports Leaders and School Buddies to name a few, as a way of encouraging the students to take on additional responsibilities, be role models for younger students to follow and also develop their self awareness in conjunction with leadership skills.

Location

Get in touch with the school

Address: Street 9A, Off Al Wasl Road, Um Al Sheif United Arab Emirates