Parents are no strangers to scrambling for admission to schools in Dubai. While getting an admission in schools here is not an easy job, it would be helpful to have a handy list of things to do. Khaleej Times has got you covered.
In the UAE, the academic year starts in September and runs till June. However for Indian and Pakistani curriculum schools, the academic year starts in April. Parents need to mandatorily enroll their kids to school starting from Grade 1.
The age of the child eligible for admission is calculated as his/her age on the 31st of July for Indian and Pakistani curriculum schools, or 31st December for others.
All schools will have to complete the admission formalities with KHDA. You will have to submit a copy of your child’s passport and residence visa, a copy of the birth certificate (if the passport does not state the exact date of birth), a passport-sized photograph and attested certificates and/or transfer certificate (if registering at Grade 2 or above).
Indian schools have a different schedule – Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian Certificate for Secondary Education (ICSE) – follow an academic year from April to March. Pakistani and Japanese schools in the UAE also follow this schedule.
Here’s the annual school calendar:
|Dubai Private Schools – Academic Year 2016/2017|
|Start of academic year||August 28, 2016 *|
|Winter break begins||December 18, 2016 (Two weeks) **|
|Return from winter break||January 2, 2017|
|Spring break begins||March 26, 2017 (Two weeks)|
|Return from spring break||April 9, 2017|
|End of academic year||June 22, 2017 *|
|Dubai Private Schools – Academic Year 2017/2018|
|Start of academic year||September 10, 2017 *|
|Winter break begins||December 24, 2017 (Two weeks) **|
|Return from winter break||7-Jan-18|
|Spring break begins||March 25, 2018 (Two weeks)|
|Return from spring break||8-Apr-18|
|End of academic year||June 28, 2018 *|
|Asian Schools in Dubai – Academic Year 2016/2017|
|Start of academic year||3-Apr-16|
|Summer break begins||26-Jun-16|
|Return from summer break||28-Aug-16|
|Winter break begins||18-Dec-16|
|Return from winter break||2-Jan-17|
|End of academic year||Mar 15-30, 2017 ***|
Note: Ramadan is expected to begin on Thursday May 25th in 2017. This has implications for school holidays. Eid Al Fitr in 2017 will fall on June 25 – just after the end of the summer term. Eid Al Adha in 2017 will be on September 1 – just before staff are expected to arrive back at work on the 3rd. Students follow one week later on September 10th.
Indian curriculum schools in Dubai have been showing significant improvements in performance, according to the 2015-16 inspections results from Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
Of the 29 Indian curriculum schools inspected in Dubai, two have been rated outstanding, three very good, 11 good, 11 acceptable and two were found to be weak.
GEMS Modern Academy and The Indian High School are the only two schools in the report who’ve been given an outstanding rating for the fifth consecutive time. School management of both schools said that they were elated at the report of results of the inspection. Three schools – Delhi Private School, GEMS Our Own English High School, and the Millennium School have shown considerable improvement and are now in the ‘Very Good’ category.
© Khaleej TimesJan 2017
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