As often happens in a Guide written by expats and parents ever on the move, our Dubai editor had to bow out before she could complete this section..in fact, she completed everything but the actual school write-ups.
Until we replace her, we hope these articles and list of schools will help you with your search. From interviews with parents and her research thus far, she intended to cover (but had not yet visited) the schools we've noted with "GSGI write-up pending".
American School of Dubai (-pending)
(formerly Jumeirah American School)
Al Mafraq Road, (316)
opp. Saudi German Hospital on Hessa St(331)
opp. Saudi German Hospital on Hessa St(331)
Post: PO Box 71188, Dubai, UAE
Phone: (+971 4) 395 0005
Fax: (+971 4) 395 0008
American curriculum; Advanced Placement courses; independent (privately owned), co-ed, day school. Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12. Currently 1619 students split two-thirds USA/Canada, one third Asia and Europe, non-westerners in single figures. One of the more established schools with good reputation. Moved in the recent past to its current campus in Al Barsha. Accredited by MSACS.
Cambridge High School
PO Box 60835, Dubai, UAE
English National Curriculum; private (for-profit; a GEMS managed school); Kindergarten through Year 13 (ages 3 - 18).
The Dubai American Academy
PO Box 32762, Al Barsha, Dubai, UAE
Phone: (+971 4) 347 9222
Fax: (+971 4) 347 6070
American curriculum as well as the IB Diploma Programme; private (for-profit) managed by GEMS, co-ed; preschool through Grade 12 (ages 4-18).
Dubai British School
PO Box 37828, Springs 3, Emirates HIlls, Dubai, UAE
English National Curriculum; 800 students, ages 3-18; uses Key Stages and standardised assessment tests, with adaptations to reflect the uniquely local aspects of surrounding Dubai.
Dubai College (-pending)
PO Box 837, Dubai, UAE
English National Curriculum (GCSEs, A Levels); independent (non-profit), coed, day school. 750 students, ages 11-18; the majority are British, but the student body still represents over 50 nationalities. Well established with good reputation locally.
Dubai English Speaking School (DESS)(-pending)
PO Box 2002, Dubai, UAE
English National Curriculum; primary school (ages 4-11); 800 students. Recently opened its own Secondary School (Dubai English Speaking College - DESC) in Academic City, aiming to provide quality British education for children up to age 18.
Dubai International Academy
PO Box 118111, Emirates Hills, Dubai, UAE
Offers IB Middle Years and IB Diploma Programmes; 1,050 students from 66 countries; 11:1 student to faculty ratio.
Dubai Modern High School
PO Box 53663, Dubai, UAE
A co-ed, day-boarding school with an Indian Curriculum. Recognized by the Ministry of Education, Dubai, for teaching the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).
Emirates International School (-pending)
PO Box 6446, Dubai, UAE
The Senior School uses the IB Diploma Programme as well as IGCSE exams, while the Primary/Junior School follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Co-ed, kindergarten through Grade 12 (ages 4-18).
PO Box 120118, Dubai, UAE
An IBO World School, EIS Meadows offers IB Diploma Programme; 1,200 students, kindergarten through Grade 11 (ages 3-15).
The English College
PO Box 11812, Dubai, UAE
1,100 students total. Follows the English National Curriculum.
GEMS World School (new)
PO Box 126260, Al Barsha South, Dubai, UAE
Founded on the IB philosophy and principles with the intention of seeking authorization and eventual IB World School status. A Pre-kindergarten through Year 13 (ages 4-18). Hopes to be approved for the IB Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes.
International School of Arts and Sciences
Al Warqa, PO Box 35001, Dubai, UAE
ISAS will initially admit 200 students for kindergarten through Grade 6, and follow an American curriculum; private. By 2011, the school is expected to have 1,200 students up to Grade 12.
Jebel Ali Primary School ( - pending)
PO Box 17111, Dubai, UAE
Phone: (+971 4) 884 6485
Fax: (+971 4) 884 5373
Follows the English National Curriculum; independent, co-ed, day school. 530 students total.
Jumeirah College (-pending)
PO Box 74856, Dubai, UAE
Phone: (+971 4) 395 3950
Fax: (+971 4) 395 4586
Years 6 - 13 (ages 11-18).
Jumeirah English Speaking School (-pending)
PO Box 24942, Dubai, UAE
English National Curriculum; independent (non-profit); 665 students total (ages 3-11). Long standing school with excellent reputation if shabby campus, considered to be one of the top primary schools in Dubai, from which students typically go on to JESS II, American School of Dubai, or Dubai College.
Jumeirah Primary School (-pending)
PO Box 29093, Dubai, UAE
Follows the English National Curriculum; co-ed day school for children in Foundation Stage through Year 6; after Year 6, students generally make the natural transition to nearby Jumeirah College.
Kings Dubai (-pending)
PO Box 38199, Dubai, UAE
English National Curriculum; co-ed day school for students in Foundation through Year 6.
Raffles International School
PO Box 122900, Dubai, UAE
Offers the American Diploma, and uses A level exams in conjunction with an adapted curriculum. A private, independent, day school for students ages 3-18 (Preschool through Year 12).
PO Box, 24857, Dubai, UAE
Offers the English National Curriculum for the Primary and Middle Schools, and the IB Diploma Programme for the Senior School. Foundation through Year 12 (ages 3-18).
Pristine Private School
PO Box 60830, Dubai, UAE
Follows an adapted curriculum in tandem with the English National Curriculum. Co-ed, Kindergarten through Year 7 (ages 3-12).
Repton School (-pending)
PO Box 299331, Dubai, UAE
(physical location) Nad Al Sheba 3 & 4, Dubai
English National Curriculum; private (for-profit); Co-ed, ages 3-11; Senior school and boys boarding open September 2008; 6th form and girls boarding open September 2009; new school with very expensive facilities located in Nad al Sheba.