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Best 10 International Schools in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman

International Education in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman

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Dubai is, without a doubt, the original expat city. The vast majority of its 3.3 million residents are expatriates - in fact, just 15% of the population claim to be UAE nationals. International trade, global transport, world finance, luxury tourism - it all happens here, in this desert metropolis that really only gained global fame in the past few decades.

As the biggest expat hub in the world, Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman also has one of the highest concentrations of international schools than anywhere else. The fact that the region encompasses three distinct cities - Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman - in one single metropolitan area, means that demand for international schools is so high that new schools spring up everywhere. This has advantages and disadvantages.

More schools means more school places, slightly less competition, and a better chance for your child to get an impeccable standard of education. However some of these new schools are run by for-profit companies, and so are run like a business. This is especially true when it comes to fees.

Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman has never been a cheap destination for international education, but many factors push prices up to sky high heights. Building materials need to be imported, and teachers need to be sourced from abroad and paid accommodation expenses on top of their hefty salaries. However for the sometimes astronomical yearly fees, your child gets world class facilities, stellar extra curricular programs, and some of the best teachers on the planet. So it’s all relative.

If you’re concerned about a chosen school’s academic credentials, the best strategy is to look for international schools that have been established for many years already. Look for schools that have sister campuses in other countries or cities, and that are well-regarded in the education sector both in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman and internationally.

British, Indian, American, and International Baccalaureate curricula win the day in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman’s international schools. European curricula can be found, but are not as commonplace. If you really want to however, you can find any curricula under the sun here - such is the variety on offer. English is the most common language of instruction by far, but students also learn Arabic as standard.

Most schools accept applications year-round and have a rolling admissions system. That said, international schools are in huge demand and there are often limited places, especially in the most popular and well-regarded schools. Competition is often the highest for primary school places, and there may be several ‘screening’ rounds before your child is accepted even at primary level.

Despite the wealth of choice and the rolling admissions system, you’ll still need to apply early to give your child the best chance of getting a place. There are long waiting lists in many schools, and some ask for deposits a year in advance to secure a place. It’s also worth noting that international schools in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman do not usually accept children under 4 years of age.

Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman is an area that has rapidly developed in a short space of time. Believe it or not, many long-term expats can remember there being only a handful of schools to choose from, and being able to get from one end of the city to the other in 20 minutes max.

Sadly, those days are long gone. Traffic is becoming more and more of a problem in the city, and gridlocks are becoming more and more common. Keep this in mind if your chosen school offers bus transportation for your child. It may sound like a helpful service, but the reality - sitting in traffic jams in intense heat, morning and evening - may not be so good for your child’s wellbeing.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman. However, there are another 123 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman

Out of a total of 133 International Schools in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

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Nord Anglia International School Dubai

At NAS Dubai, success is more than achieving outstanding exam results. We go beyond traditional education to offer transformative learning experiences to help students develop skills needed to thrive in a changing world.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dirham 63,447
to: Dirham 95,946
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Cambridge International School

-Growing By Learning
-Pursuing Excellence
-Leading Through Innovation
-Global Citizenship
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dirham 22,000
to: Dirham 32,000
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Hartland International School

Hartland is a school where you want to be; as a pupil, a teacher, and as a parent; a place of learning and discovery, a place of creative thinkers and problem solvers, a place of laughter and friendship, a place where each child gets the individual attention that they deserve.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
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Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dirham 41,000
to: Dirham 78,000
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Collegiate American School

CAS is a community school providing a warm and caring atmosphere, for happy students and families .we empower our students with a holistic, rigorous and international education for success in an ever changing world.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dirham 33,000
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Oaktree Primary School

Small classes with intimate student teacher relationships, community engagement and happy and engaged students.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dirham 15,000
to: Dirham 25,000
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Kent College Dubai

Kent College Dubai unlocks the individual potential in each and every child. We provide performance guidance and pathways that are as unique as the pupils that attend this school. By the time pupils graduate from Kent, they are internationally-minded adults that see themselves as global citizens. They are confident in their opinions, have the courage to stand by their convictions, hold previous generations accountable for their actions, and are confident to be catalysts for change into the future. KCD students know that they hold the future in their hands, and they do not shy away from the weight of this responsibility, because they know that they are equipped with all that’s required for life in an ever-changing world; they are agile, curious, empathetic, open-minded, principled, tenacious and brave.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dirham 54,000
to: Dirham 98,000
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Star International School Al Twar

Star International School Al Twar is a bespoke English Curriculum school in the heart of Al Twar. It is very much a family school, with teachers, SLT, TAs, Admin and site staff all working alongside parents and the wider community to offer its children the best opportunities it possibly can.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 17
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dirham 20,365
to: Dirham 58,946
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Dubai Heights Academy

Dubai Heights Academy is a British Curriculum School located in Al Barsha, Dubai open in September 2017. DHA provides students with excellent opportunities and support to develop academically, socially and emotionally. A place where students will feel secure, significant and valued in a progressive, modern and engaging environment.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 13
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dirham 37,570
to: Dirham 63,555
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The Alpha School

The Alpha School is not just another new school. Alpha is a school with a difference. Its mission, vision and values are embedded within our three pillars of Identity, Family and Innovation.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dirham 19,750
to: Dirham 28,500
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Ajman Modern School

Ajman Modern School is an American curriculum school founded in 2005 and is welcoming students from Kindergarten up to Grade 12.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dirham 12,000
to: Dirham 29,300
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