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Al Ittihad Private School, Jumeirah

Al Ittihad Private School, Jumeirah

Al Ittihad Private School Jumeirah, established in 1988, is an Arabic speaking, private K-12 school highly popular with Emirati families located near Al Safa, Dubai. The school is home to almost 2000 students, 9 out of 10 of whom come from local families, from ages 3 (KG1) to 18 (Grade 12). In total 100 teachers are employed (almost all with appropriate teaching qualifications) giving the school a respectable teacher to student ratio.

Al Ittihad is a mixed school, but from high school, there is a Girls High School and a Boys High School and classes are single gender.

The school is currently ranked Good by the KHDA (2012/13), its second highest grade.

The school teaches in English, and follows a US curriculum, aligned with the  Common Core curriculum in English and mathematics. Science was based on the US national science standards. The school follows the Ministry of Education curricula in Islamic Education and Arabic.

Students take examinations for a High School Diploma, SAT university entry tests and International Benchmark Tests (IBT). The school has in the last year gained accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and with the Council of International Schools (CIS).

The school improved its KHDA rating in 2011/12 – up from an acceptable ranking in 2010 – and has managed to retain its Good rating for 2012/13 and now 2013/14. The KHDA notes strong leadership and improvement to the curriculum, and that teaching, learning, and students’ progress had all improved as a result. In 2012/13 progress has risen in the primary school in Arabic as a first language; in Kindergarten, children’s behaviour and attitudes had improved to outstanding levels; and leadership and governance had further improved.

Academic progress and attainment have improved in maths (in the middle school) and is now rated Good. In science there is also improvement, with only elementary marked with an Acceptable rating for attainment. English progress at KG is now rated Outstanding.

The KHDA has recommended the school raise the level of attainment in science, use assessment information to plan their lessons and modify curriculum delivery to meet the needs of all their students;use externally validated assessments; improve the consistency of teaching by setting higher standards for the most able and using more varied teaching strategies; provide dedicated support for high school students in terms of broader curriculum choice, career advice and university entrance; and to build on a “good start” made in improving the provision for students with special educational needs.


Both students and teachers are largely satisfied with teaching and achievement. A student complaint however concerns the limited range of extracurricular activities. Few parents have completed the Which School Advisor survey.

The school has a Web site, but much of it is incomplete. Its successes and achievements, and accreditation pages are both empty for example.

School fees range from 17,757 AED to 34,581 AED depending upon age. This is very much mid-tier. Full details may be found below.



Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
KG1 17757.00
KG2 17757.00
1 23000.00
2 23000.00
3 23000.00
4 26860.00
5 26860.00
6 26860.00
7 27987.00
8 27987.00
9 27987.00
10 34581.00
11 34581.00
12 34581.00


KHDA Rating

Academic year Overall performance Report
2013-2014 Good
2012-2013 Good
2011-2012 Good
2010-2011 Acceptable
2009-2010 Acceptable
2008-2009 Good





Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by David on June 30, 2012

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