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General NIS Questions

We opened on a purpose-built campus in 2005.

We have 900+ students from over 80 nationalities, from KG1 to Grade 12.

We offer the American curriculum using AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards, which is supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools.

We were acquired by International Schools Partnership (ISP) in March 2017.

What is your age range and fees?

Sibling discounts apply for 2+ children – 5% for the older child, and 10% for the younger.

2019-20 fees not yet approved by KHDA yet but will be soon. Historically a 3-5% increase.

Visit our Fees and Age Placement pages for more information.

What Electives do you offer?

There are required classes and electives. For example. a senior did not complete the Science requirements for graduation/ chosen university, so the additional Science class that would be an elective for some would be a requirement for this student. E.g. a student has finished their Math requirements but would like to continue to a higher Math class; this is an elective. 

Visit our High School page for more information.

What Advanced Placement (AP) Courses do you offer?

Visit out Advanced Placement page for more information.

All students who graduate must have studied at least one Advanced Placement Course to receive the High School Certificate.

What is the staff/pupil ratio?

1:25

Who are the teachers at NIS?

Mainly native English-speaking staff and others teaching the US curriculum are bilingual.

Students are exposed to American customs as well as the English language.

We have specialist Arabic teaching staff for Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies.

Which other languages are taught?

We offer French as our third language.

How do you give parents feedback?

  • Termly parent teacher meetings and written reports.
  • Daily correspondence through email and parent applications such as Class Dojo.
  • Parents are welcome to meet us whenever they wish to discuss progress in more detail.
  • PSTC Meetings – Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences

Visit our Student Progress page for more information.

Is Arabic taught as a first language and second language?

We follow the Ministry of Education curriculum for Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies for native Arabic speakers. Non-Arabs are taught separately, and they learn Arabic and Social Studies from KG1, and Islamic Studies from KG2.

How is tuition payable?

Fees can be paid by term or year. Payment is by cheque, credit card or online bank transfer only.

Visit our Fees page for more information.

Is there a school uniform? Where can parents buy it?

The school uniform is purchased from the uniform shop at school. This is normally 600-800 AED per child depending on the number of tops, bottoms, sports kit, socks and shoes you buy.

Where is your school?

We are in Dubai Investment Park 1. Access is very easy from the 311 and 611 roads.  

Less than 15 minutes away: Jumeirah Village Circle, Remraam, Mudon, Jebel Ali

Less than 20 minutes away: Al Barsha, Discovery Gardens, JLT, Sports City, Marina.

 

The school day

Regular day: Starts 7:45am. KG finish 1.00pm, all other students finish 14:45pm.

Extra-curricular activities: For school clubs 14:45 – 15:45

For more detailed information, visit our School Day page.

Can you accommodate SEN students?

In line with KHDA policy, NIS is an inclusive school which celebrates and embraces diversity. We meet all students before they join the school to ensure that we have the right support team in place to help the student progress as much as they can. We appreciate parents giving us as much information as possible in these cases.

Visit our Learning Support page for more information.

Do you offer EAL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Yes, the school has EAL Learning Support Specialist.

Visit our Learning Support page for more information.

Frequent facility-related questions.

Do you have a pool?

Yes, we have a 25m heated indoor swimming pool and separate KG training pool. The main pool has just been refurbished and we have added new change facilities and showers.

Do you have a football pitch?

We have an outdoor floodlit football pitch, and we use our newly refurbished indoor multi-purpose hall for when it is too hot outside.

Do you have a theatre?

Yes, it is an outdoor amphitheater, recently we added shade sails.

Do you have Art rooms?        

Yes

Do you have Music rooms?    

Yes

Do you have cafeteria facilities?

Yes, we contracted with a catering company that will provide a range of healthy food choices available from 5-20 AED.

Children in Grades 3 up are allowed to use this service should they choose to.

Visit our Campus & Facilities page for more information.

Extra-curricular Activities

Examples of activities included in the tuition fees are: French Club, Quran Recitation, Homework Club, Do-it-Yourself Club, Choir Club, Extra English, Extra Arabic, Drawing, Yoga and Science Clubs, and a range of sports.

Examples of paid activities include: AC Milan Football Club, Tae Kwon Do, NISSA Swimming Academy.

NIS has recently partnered with AC Milan Academy Dubai – a well-established football school that provides training following the official AC Milan methodology.

Visit our Enrichment & ECAs page for more information.

Advisory Board Council

Our advisory board council meet monthly to discuss school progress and share ideas for improvement.

Parents are involved in big school events, and we are starting to increase involvement in activities and school trips through setting up a more involved Moms Club.

How do we apply? What documents do you need?

Visit our Admissions Process page for more information.

Do you assess new students?

We are an inclusive school which celebrates and embraces diversity. We conduct admissions meetings with a very brief meeting of students from KG – Grade 1 and children in Grades 2 – 12 do MAP test screener in Math, Science & English, and submit a writing sample. It is imperative that the parent informs us of any special needs or learning support the student may have so that we can support the child. Further testing may be required but as long as we can support the child, we will accept them.

How do we come and see the school?

Visit our School Tours page to book your visit.

Do you offer events or information sessions for parents new to the school and/or area?

Each new academic year we offer familiarization days. If you want to learn more before then we will invite you to an upcoming parent coffee morning, or book time for you with the Principal/SLT.

Visit our Events page for more information.

What accreditations do you have?

KHDA – NIS improved significantly in many areas across teaching and learning, student support and curriculum development in our last inspection.

NEASC – we are recently accredited, and this only happens when their inspectors see significant improvements across specific areas, and propose a comprehensive ongoing school development plan.

International Schools Partnership – NIS now benefits from the educational development opportunities from almost 40 sister schools in 8 countries in this global group. ISP are spending millions on learning resources, facilities and training over the next few years to transform NIS into a world-class school.

What other ISP schools are there in the UAE?

Reach British School, Baniyas, Abu Dhabi – an affordable British school in Baniyas. Fees from 22,600.

Aspen Heights British School, Al Bahya, Abu Dhabi – ISP successfully opened Aspen in September 2017 on time in Al Bahya, Abu Dhabi, also led by a Principal from an outstanding school. Fees from 35,000 AED.

The Aquila School, Dubailand – opened in September 2018, and is the flagship school for the group. British curriculum, led by a principal from an Outstanding school. Fees from 40,000 AED.

More on ISP’s other schools internationally here.

Do you have any job vacancies?

We are always looking for highly qualified teachers from KG to High School. Preference is given to native English speakers for US curriculum subjects.

Visit our Career Opportunities page for more information.