Top 10 Best schools in Dubai


If you’re relocating to Dubai with your family, you’re likely grappling with a plethora of questions. If you have young children, the most pressing concern is likely finding the best school in Dubai. Fortunately, the city boasts numerous outstanding educational institutions. According to the latest schools ranking by KHDA, the regulatory authority for educational development in Dubai, only a select few schools achieved the prestigious ‘Outstanding’ rating. These top-tier schools are situated in prime locations across the city and offer a diverse range of curricula, including the British curriculum and IB. Here are the nine leading schools in Dubai for 2023.

1. Kings' School

In Dubai, there are three campuses of Kings’ School that are strategically situated in some of the city’s most sought-after communities. Kings’ School Dubai in Umm Suqeim 3 is an ideal option for families residing in Jumeirah, Kings’ School Al Barsha is conveniently located for those in Jumeirah Village Circle and Arabian Ranches, and Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba is around 20 minutes away from District One and Al Barari Dubai. All three schools have an excellent reputation for providing the English National Curriculum. Additionally, the schools offer various extracurricular activities such as sports, music, Islamic education, and even second language classes. The schools utilize advanced technology to enhance the learning experience, and students are encouraged to explore diverse areas such as cooking and photography. The schools also provide a business club for aspiring entrepreneurs. The school fees vary from AED 43,619 for Foundation Years to AED 66,383 for Year 6.

2. Gems Wellington International School

Gems Wellington, an esteemed school affiliated with the Gems Education Group, offers education based on GCSE and IGCSE until Year 11, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in Years 12 and 13. Graduates of the school have been accepted into prestigious institutions such as Cambridge and Stanford. The school provides students with specialized advisory staff to help them select their IB courses and a University Guidance Counsellor to plan their future studies. Additionally, the school offers the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, which encourages pupils to create goals and aspirations for self-improvement.

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Contact details:

Address: Al Sufouh 1 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Phone no: +97143484999

3. Dubai International Academy

Dubai International Academy (DIA) follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and has a diverse student population from over 80 countries. The school provides primary and secondary education with three programs: Primary Years, Middle Years, and diplomas. DIA has an exceptional academic track record, with most of its students accepted into prestigious universities like Princeton and Yale. The school offers a well-rounded academic curriculum with various extracurricular activities, including an Eco Club, Model United Nations, music, art, and sports.

4. Swiss International Scientific School

Swiss International Scientific School is a Dubai-based IB school that functions as a day and boarding school in Dubai Healthcare City. The school’s huge Primary programme ranges from Grade 1 to Grade 5, and its Middle Years programme runs through Grade 11. In addition, an Early Years programme is available for children aged 3 to 5. Multiculturalism and variety are emphasized, with language classes beginning in Grade 1. The school offers bilingual or English+ curricula, with English as the primary language and French, German, Arabic, Mandarin, or Spanish as a secondary language. The school offers various extracurricular activities such as athletics, robotics, and a TED club. The school has state-of-the-art facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, jogging track, aerobic studios, soccer fields, and a library.

5. Jumeirah English Speaking School

The Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) is among the most prestigious institutions in the area, located in Arabian Ranches. It has been ranked among the best schools in the city since 2011, and it is one of the few in the city to provide specific assistance and support for kids with special needs. JESS graduates have been admitted into several of the world’s most prestigious colleges. The school follows the English National Curriculum and is well-known for its persistently educational performance, with the number of pupils obtaining an A or A* in their GCSES and IGCSES increasing by double-digit percentages in the last two years. Sports fields and courts, temperature-controlled swimming pools, a purpose-built music center with a recording studio, dance and theatre studios, a 500-seater auditorium, and an outdoor amphitheater are all available on campus. Each semester, extracurricular activities vary, allowing students to try new and exciting activities.

6. Repton School

Repton School Dubai is a co-education British curriculum school that serves as both a residential and day school in Nad Al Sheba 3. Repton follows the English National Curriculum until Year 11, when pupils have the choice of continuing with the same curricula through Year 13 or pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Pupils from Repton have been admitted to colleges such as Oxford and UCLA, and the school’s IB diploma was passed by 94 percent of students in 2017. Although being the region’s largest school, Repton preserves an excellent student-to-teacher ratio, resulting in a more dynamic and customized teaching atmosphere. Extracurricular activities such as art, theatre, music, and sports are emphasized.

7. Clarion School

Clarion School is a contemporary US school that offers a liberal arts education. Clarion aspires to be the region’s top American curriculum school, cultivating each student’s capability to increase life’s chances as cooperative, creative, and ethical global citizens.

Clarion School offers a difficult, interesting education that is enhanced by Dubai’s creativity, reinforced by its innovative instructional strategy, and staffed by qualified professors who have master’s degrees in the United States. Through experience and relevant education and implementation of training and teaching abilities, the school fosters inquisitiveness, reflection, and critical thinking.

Clarion’s pupils will be encouraged to achieve high standards and engage with the world as active and useful global citizens. They will be prepped for admission to elite colleges in the United States and throughout the world, as well as a future professional and personal accomplishment.

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Contact details:

Address: D 13 Al Asayel Street – United Arab Emirates

Phone no: +97144073000

8. GEMS Dubai American academy

GEMS Dubai American Academy, established in 1997, is Dubai’s sole American curriculum school with an “Outstanding” KHDA rating. The school is situated in Al Barsha, a prime location near numerous residential areas, and provides an International Baccalaureate diploma for high school students. The school’s emphasis is on character development in addition to a strong academic foundation, supported by a range of extracurricular activities, including athletics, music, and drama. The school boasts excellent sports facilities, including an Olympic-sized pool, a 400-meter running track, and a sports hall with three full-sized basketball courts.

9. Nord Anglia School

Nord Anglia School Dubai is located in Al Barsha South, about a short drive from Emirates Hills and a short drive from Jumeirah Village Circle. It is one of the Nord Education group’s 35 schools throughout the world. The school follows the English National Curriculum and offers the International Baccalaureate programme to students in the upper grades. It features a robust language study programme, with second language options in French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic. Nord Anglia is linked with The Juilliard School, therefore music is another important topic. Sports, art, community service, and robotics are some of the other extracurricular activities available.

10. LYCEE Francis International School

As the name implies, it is a French curriculum school with around 2,200 pupils ranging in age from 3 to 18. French nationals make up the biggest single group of students, followed by Lebanese and Egyptians. Lycée Francis International (also known as AFLEC – Association Franco-Libanaise pour l’Education et la Culture, an organization of which the school is a part) has two campuses, one in Oud Metha and the other in Dubai Academic City, serving both elementary and high school students. According to the UAE Ministry of Education, the school follows the French National Curriculum, as well as the Arabic language, Islamic, and Social Studies. A bi-lingual French/English curriculum is also available at the school.

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