How to choose the best school for your children in Dubai

May 09, 2024

Before making the move to Dubai, many entrepreneurs contemplate the essential steps for their relocation. One common query revolves around finding the ideal schools to enroll their children in. To navigate this process effectively, it's pivotal to ascertain the available options in Dubai, the language of instruction, fee structures, and enrollment timelines.

  1. What are the international schools in Dubai?

Based on the latest data from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai boasts 216 private schools, predominantly English-speaking. Here are some notable examples:

  • MSB Private School
  • The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD)
  • The International Concept for Education (ICE)
  • The Winchester School
  • Raffles International School - Umm Suqeim South branch
  • GEMS Royal School
  • GEMS Wellington Academy
  • GEMS New Millennium School

  1. What are the enrollment procedures?

Typically, registrations are conducted online. Following this, the school may contact you to arrange an appointment with your child. In some cases, particularly for highly sought-after institutions, a letter of recommendation from a former school director might bolster the application. Additionally, an interview with the child and parents, along with an entrance exam, could form part of the enrollment process. 

  1. Required documents for enrollment

To complete the enrollment process, certain documents are necessary:

For the Child:

  • Recent passport-sized photo (jpg format)
  • Valid passport copy
  • Emirates ID (front/back, pdf format)
  • Birth certificate or family record book copy (including both parents' names)
  • Copy of vaccination card (all pages)
  • Certificate of exit from the previous school endorsed by the school principal
  • Reports from the previous and current academic years

For the Parents:

  • Photo ID of each parent (jpg format)
  • Valid passport copy
  • Emirates ID (front/back, pdf format)
  • Proof of residence (including address)
  • In case of divorce, a copy of the judgment along with an authorization letter
  • Schooling authorization signed by both parents (template available on the Eduka website)

  1. What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees vary depending on factors such as educational level (preschool, primary, middle, high school), school reputation, and additional amenities (transportation, library, meals, etc.). Generally, fees range from 20,000 AED to 130,000 AED.

Selecting the right school for your child in Dubai is a critical decision during your relocation. It's essential to meticulously choose an institution that aligns with your child's educational needs and preferences.

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