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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
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|Number of students||
|Ratio of local students to international students||
21% local : 79% international
|Native English speaking teachers||
Most of the teachers at the Victoria International School of Sharjah have been employed from Australia, in particular from the State of Victoria. They are highly qualified (minimum four year university teaching qualification), fully registered as teachers in Australia, and have undergone a rigorous selection process. They demonstrate a high-level of classroom expertise and are committed to leading a culture of learning.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
|Use of technology in the classroom||
A state of the art, multimedia, science, technology, art and design facility enables all students to enjoy practical ‘hands on’ learning.
|External examinations or assessments available||
|Entry evaluation for students||
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
As VISS has a rigorous academic education, all students must undertake an assessment prior to entry into the school, to determine whether they can manage the academic program.
Depends on the grade level.
|School start time||
|School finish time||
KG: 1:00 pm
|School bus service available||
|School provided lunches||
One main cafeteria serves the needs of Secondary school students and another canteen serves the Primary School students. The main cafeteria, serves hot food (local and western), snacks and salads every day for students and staff and is fully air conditioned.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
Ballet, karate, gymnastics, swimming, football
|Sports activities included||
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
|Sports facilities at the school||
The sports complex comprises a 6 lane, 25 meter indoor pool, with an additional learn-to-swim area, an indoor multi-court basketball stadium/gymnasium, and outdoor covered hard courts. Adjacent to the sports complex is a full size football field/playing area.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
VISS' primary focus is on meeting the learning needs of individual students to help them achieve excellent outcomes as they journey through education and life.
The curriculum delivered at the school is based on three frameworks from Australia as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
|Teaching approach of the school||
The Victoria International School of Sharjah is a supportive and productive learning and teaching environment where students’ needs, backgrounds and interests are reflected in the learning programs and the design of the school. The School’s focus is on designing organizational arrangements to challenge and engage young people.
Thinking oriented programs that focus on ‘major projects’, key concepts and key questions together with assessment and teaching practices form the basis of all whole school and program based planning. Sufficient time in teaching sessions is allowed for students at the school to properly and fully examine ideas.
Learning experiences are challenging, engaging, and involve practical ‘hands-on’ activities and first-hand encounters wherever practicable. Appropriate support structures are developed to encourage students to follow interesting and open lines of inquiry in projects and investigations where knowledge and skills gained can be applied to real world situations.
Learning opportunities at the school are open-ended, cater for the multiple intelligences of all students and are based upon cooperative ‘student-centered’ learning strategies with sequential courses of study.
Learning and Teaching programs are based in but not confined to the classroom. Multipurpose spaces, and weather permitting, outdoor areas, are used for large groups and both targeted and integrated activities. Excursions into the community, visits from community members and camps, enhance the learning program.