Admissions Process - NIS American School Dubai

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Admissions Process

NIS is an inclusive school which welcomes students of all abilities and backgrounds, providing a supportive and international environment for your child to grow in.

We understand how hard choosing a school can be. Parents are welcome to contact or visit the school at any time.

What Grade Is My Child In?

NIS registers students in age-appropriate year groups in accordance with KHDA guidelines. KG1 students registering for the 2020-2021 academic year must be 4 years old by 31 December 2020.

If you are moving to Dubai from overseas you can use our full worldwide grade comparison chart to understand what the correct grade for your child is.

Admissions Meetings

Please note: Applications must be completed before joining an admissions meeting.

Our admissions meetings are designed to enable us to understand what your child needs to thrive, and will give you the chance to get to know the school. To best meet and understand learner needs, our teachers will engage prospective students in a range of activities which are appropriate for their age and stage of development. In the older years, we need to ensure the child’s English language level is sufficient to meet the demands of the curriculum.

Meetings in Kindergarten take place in the classroom. Students from Grades 2 to 12 complete an online placement test and submit a writing sample.  If a student has a learning difficulty, special need or requires EAL support, they will spend time with a member of our iCan student support team. A non-refundable application fee is payable prior to a student participating in an admissions meeting.

Securing Your Child’s Place

Once you receive an offer, you have 10 days to complete registration and to pay the registration fee to secure your place. The registration fee is 30% of the tuition fee and is deductible from the first term’s school fees.

Your Child’s First Day at School

The school fees should be paid for the term before the first day of school. Placement of our students in their new class is carried out by our senior team, and we carefully consider each child’s strengths and abilities to match them with the best teacher for them. Before term begins you will be issued with a parent handbook and invited to familiarization events with your child. We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

Documents Required for Registration

  • Color copy of child’s passport (with visa, if applicable)
  • Color copy of child’s Emirates ID (the original is required when signing the KHDA Parent Contract)
  • Copy of child’s vaccination card
  • Color copy of parent’s passport, UAE residence visa, and Emirates ID (both parents)
  • Color copy of child’s most recent school report
  • Transfer Certificate (attested, if outside UAE)

Transfer Certificate (attested, if outside UAE)

As a learning-focused school, we want to welcome all students to our school and put their needs above all. We ask prospective parents to help us achieve this by sharing any relevant information about their child with our admissions team so that we can ensure your child has a positive experience from the moment they step inside our school.

Recommend us to your friends

At NIS Dubai, we recognize that parents and friends are the best ambassadors for our unique style of learning and community-minded environment. To support this, we are rewarding all enrolled families a percentage off your child’s tuition fee if you refer a friend to join NIS Dubai.