The school is a private, co-educational day boarding school that offers a holistic learning programs for students of KG Ito Grade XII. The school follows the curriculum laid down by the American Board. We ensure to deliver a high quality education for the diverse, expatriate community in the UAE.
International Academic School accepts registration at all times during the school year through our Admissions Office. We admit students of any nationality who demonstrate that they will successfully cope with our academic programs and contribute positively to the school. At the start of the academic year, the Superintendent, Senior Leadership Team and Senior Administrative Officer meet with parents and students for a detailed orientation.
While we try to accommodate as many students as we can, there are constraints concerning limitations of numbers in each class. Preference is given to siblings. The rest are put on a waiting list and informed as and when vacancies arise. Due to the transient nature and sometimes uncertain nature of the working population in Dubai, exceptions are made where necessary.
In rare cases, a conditional/provisional offer may be made with parents clearly understanding the nature of the conditional offer.
In all cases, admission procedures are laid down by the Ministry of Education.
Medium of Instruction: English
All students from Grade KG 2 to Grade 9 are required to learn Arabic as per UAE law. The school provides Islamic Studies for Islamic children as per UAE law.
International Academic School places students in age-appropriate grade levels
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The admission process has been designed to make certain that students are appropriately placed in the school, while maintaining the integrity and consistency of the school programming and policies. Proper placement will ensure that those students admitted have a higher probability of a successful learning experience. The Admissions Team is committed for working together with families in determining the educational placement that is best for each student.
Admission process consists of 3 phases:
Prospective families are invited and encouraged to visit the school, whenever possible to experience for themselves the programming and practices that make International Academics School a world-class learning community. Our Parent Coordinator will host school tours daily Sunday through Thursday. When visitation is not an option, we trust that families will take the time to thoroughly review our website and fill up the online application forms, once application is filled up, the admission office will revert to the parents with further details.
Parents can contact us directly on the contact number mentioned on the website for inquiries. The application form should be purchased from the Accounts counter before the assessment. Our aim is to help parents' transition from inquiry to enrollment as efficiently as possible.
Placement Assessment - All incoming students are required to complete a reading, writing, and numeracy assessment from Grade 1 to Grade 12. Students entering Kindergarten will be invited for an observational, practical assessment to determine school readiness. The assessment tools are designed to indicate appropriate grade-level readiness. Students re-entering International Academics School will be exempted from re-assessment, with documentation of continued education during the absence. Assessment portions for Grade 1 to Grade 12 are updated on the website.
For internal transfers amongst branches, students are exempted from the assessments. Selected students are informed via email. Parents collect the admission forms from the Administrative Office and submit them, duly filled, along with required documents (as mentioned under the heading documentation).
Student acceptance is based on space availability and consideration of the following:
Students not meeting minimum placement standards or those unable to arrange assessments may be granted conditional acceptance by the division level Superintendent. Students will be allowed one term to meet the specific conditions of acceptance.
The admission philosophy of the school is inclusive. The students who have special needs are admitted, after the detailed assessment, if the school has the facility to support their special educational needs. Also, admission to SEN children will be granted based on the availability of the seats at the Learning Centre.
Enrollment Disclaimer The school makes every effort to enroll students who have fully completed the application process and who have met the academic acceptance requirements.
The grade placement policy allows students to continue in the grade in which they are enrolled or have most recently completed rather than advancing to a higher grade. A conservative placement is used in order to best serve the educational needs of the student. Subject to the MOE approval, the school reserves the right to place a student at the grade level that best serves the educational needs of the child regardless of the previous grade completed or age of the child.
The goal of the class placements is to create homogenous sections within each grade level. Each of the sections will be as balanced and diverse as possible considering the following student characteristics:
The school has a rolling admission policy. Students may be accepted as long as there is at least one month remaining in the term, they have current school documents, and provided they are assessed at grade level. Students in Middle School or High School will not be considered for enrollment if more than 20 in-session days have expired in the term, unless they are transferring from another school in which they were in full attendance prior to application with IAS. In any case, the Primary/Middle level Superintendent will make the final decision in consultation with the Superintendent, and after receiving recommendation from the previous Superintendent.
The following documents should be submitted at the time of admission -
Document translations (if necessary), must be attested for authenticity
It is a UAE Ministry of Education / KHDA requirement that all documentation must be submitted to the school before any child may attend as a pupil. Parents are asked to complete the Document Submission Form which is a binding undertaking to provide the UAE authorities with documents as requested. All documentation must be written or translated in English before an application can be accepted. Any translated documents should also be attested.
Every student is required by UAE Ministry of Education Law to produce a transfer certificate from their last school. This is strictly enforced and failure to produce a properly completed certificate, or a legally binding undertaking to produce all the necessary documentation, will result in your child's place being withdrawn. Please discuss your child's transfer certificate requirements with the Registrar, as your country of origin and last school is taken into consideration.
The Certificate must contain the following information:
The relevant medical information regarding the pupil should be provided.
A pupil's name will be taken off the school rolls on the following grounds