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Bradenton Prep Academy Dubai

Bradenton Prep Academy Dubai

Bradenton Academy Dubai is a K-12 school (KG1 to Grade 12) located in Sports City, Dubai that currently serves 530 students. The school was recently a K11 school and seems to have recently gained permission to offer Grade 12.  The school has 35 full-time teachers, including the Principal and a senior leadership team.

The school’s management has recently been taken over by GEMS Education (September 2013), and the school’s new principal is Dr. Connie Weiner. Previously the school had been managed by US based Mosaica Education, an education group that seems to have had both financial and performance related issues.

GEMS are now remodelling the school on Dubai American Academy, the only American curriculum school in Dubai rated “outstanding” by the KHDA. Getting the BPA to that rating will require significant changes over the offering provided by Mosaic.

At the time of the school’s last report (managed at the time by Mosaic), all teachers at the school had appropriate teaching qualifications. The school followed an American curriculum based on the American Common Core Standards. Upon graduation at Grade 12 students received the American High School Diploma.

While the school is currently ranked Acceptable by the KHDA, Dubai’s education regulator, its report noted the ethos of the school was caring and supportive and reported as a strength by parents and staff. It also noted progress on the recommendations from the previous inspection report, most notably in Islamic Education and Arabic as a first language. Progress was evident in the other key subjects but “needed more time to become embedded as regular practice… The school staff demonstrated the collective capacity to continue its improvement in all areas.”

The school first opened its doors as late as September 2009 and time is needed by most new schools to get the processes in place to reach their performance potential. An Achilles heel seems to have been primarily its Islamic and Arabic offering. However the KHDA notes that there needs to be an improvement in attainment and progress in all of the key subjects and that inquiry-based learning in all subjects, particularly in mathematics and science needs further development. ICT also needs to be better integrated in learning environments.

On the positive side, the KHDA notes Good student behaviour, with students “motivated to learn”. That should not have changed with GEMs take over of the school.

Classroom sizes range between 15 students per class for kindergarten and a maximum of 23 students per class between grades 1-12. Additional extra-curricular activities include ballet, mixed martial arts and basketball .

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Facilities at the school are excellent and the school has a relationship with Dubai Sports City to use its resources. The school’s campus itself is a purposely built, modern group of buildings.  Each age level, early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school has its own building.  Additional buildings provide venues for art, music, drama, the laboratory sciences and the library. A full-sized gym allows for both physical education and competitive sporting ventures.

The most recent report published in April 2014, showed an improvement in most teaching areas and (with the exception of Kindergarten, which attained a Good rating) was deemed to have maintained an Acceptable rating across all age ranges. The health and safety of the school attained an outstanding rating.

The large classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards, computer connectivity, built in storage, and movable desks and chairs.  The rooms are illuminated with natural light from a full bank of windows.

Parents, teachers and students are predominantly supportive of the school’s progress, and believe a good standard of education is provided. Parents, in general, believe their children are making good progress.

 

Fees

KG1 30522.00
KG2 48316.00
1 63679.00
2 63679.00
3 63679.00
4 63679.00
5 63679.00
6 63679.00
7 68766.00
8 68766.00
9 72022.00
10 72022.00
11 72022.00
12 72022.00

 

Ratings

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

 

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If you are the principal, or the owner of the school, and note any factual inaccuracies in this review, please do not hesitate to contact us editor@edu2021.com and we will make the necessary amendments as soon as possible.

 

Update on April 3, 2016 | Reviewed by David on July 7, 2012

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  1. RB says
    December 1, 2015, 1:15 pm

    I believe classes are too big even for KG and the teachers have no time to do anything besides herd kids and that the teachers don’t have good interaction with the parents.

    I had two children here. I don’t know if the teachers are overwhelmed by the number of kids in their classes but this is, in my opinion, American education at its worst.

    – Comment edited, WSA

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