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Australian International School, Sharjah

Australian International School, Sharjah

Australian International School (also known as AIS) is a K-12 private school located in Muweileh, Sharjah. It was the first Australian school established in the Middle East and says it is the first example of the State Government of Queensland entering into a partnership to provide the Queensland curriculum ‘off shore’.

The school was founded on September of 2005 by the Al Sharif Group and is staffed by approximately 80 teachers with over 1200 students. The school’s teachers are all said to be employed directly from Australian schools. Parents we have spoken to are broadly very positive of the quality of teaching and performance of teachers.

The school follows primarily an Australian, English speaking curriculum based on the Queensland educational system with compulsory subjects in Arabic and Islamic studies.

Its Early Learning Centre follows the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia’ EYLF and ‘Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines’ QKLG based within a Reggio Emilia philosophy. It claims excellent facilities and resources.

AIS offers two main streams for year 11 and 12 students, one of which is based on the Queensland Certificate of Education and the other is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program both recognized by international universities.

The school does not publish its examination results, something we think that all schools in the UAE should.

The school has a decent range of facilities including a number of outdoor areas, computer labs, science labs, a music room, a conference room, swimming pool, gymnasium, library and medical clinic.

The Australian International School is “quality assured” by Education Queensland. Quality Assurance is an ongoing process that ensures the delivery of agreed standards. A quality assurance check is made each year and a report based on these dimensions is presented. The report does not seem to be available for public consumption.

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Fees range from between 32,000 AED for Grade 1 students to 62,000 AED for Grade 12 students. From Grade 2 to Grade 12 students need to sit an assessment. You can find enrollment procedures here. You can find school fee information here.

 

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Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by David on July 7, 2012

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  1. Thabit Hassan says
    June 17, 2013, 8:03 pm

    I just visited your site. I am an Australian passport holder, we are moving to Sharjah and I have 5 years old son. He should be in year 1 by next year. Can you tell me the enrollment time please?

    Best regards, Thabit

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    • Professor says
      August 9, 2014, 12:32 pm

      For specific enrollment issues, you need to contact the school directly. Contact details are found at the top of the review.

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  2. Um Moosa says
    June 15, 2013, 3:25 pm

    I am Australian and my husband is Omani. Our 4 children go to this school. Our eldest was at the school from the first day it opened. This school is amazing. My children are all learning the same things that I learnt at the same age back in Australia. The school teaches Arabic, Islamic and the swimming and sport facilities are great. The teachers are always so supportive to both parents and students. The principal is always seen around the school and is not just sitting behind her desk as many principals do. I can’t rave about this school enough and the teachers are the cherry on top of this huge educational cake.

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  3. Ahmed says
    May 3, 2013, 8:14 am

    Only international because of teachers. Most teachers good, management not so. Some student poorly behaved. Choose carefully.

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