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Dubai National School, Al Barsha

Dubai National School, Al Barsha, established in 1988, is one of two branches (the second based in Al Twar) of Dubai National School, with a total of 4200 students. In total 2,770 (a small increase over the last academic year) attend the Barsha branch, a student body made up of boys and girls, aged from 4 to 18 years of age (KG to Grade 12). Two thirds of the children are Emirati.

The school employs just over 216 full-time teachers (a slight increase on last year). They are supported by approximately 40 teaching assistants.

Leadership at the school is in process of transition. The school’s previous director, Mohamed Riad El-Merabi, had been in the role for 25 years. Ossama Yahya Ajoul is presently the acting principal. Note, leadership is rated good at the school. Last year however it was categorised as outstanding.

Boys are separated from girls once they complete Grade 3 and start Grade 4.

The school follows a US curriculum and students take the SATs and TOEFL tests. Students also take the IBT (ACER) tests in Grades 3 through 10. Students are organised into four phases: Kindergarten, elementary (Grades 1-5), middle (Grades 6-8) and high (Grades 9-12).

High School Diplomas are awarded to students upon successfully completing Grade 12.  A student’s High School diploma may be equalized to Al Thanaweiah Al Ameh (National Secondary Certificate) if that student has passed the examinations required by United Arab Emirates for Arabic and Islamic Education, in addition to completing successfully the TOEFL Test with a minimum score of (500) or (171) computer based and the SAT1 for Mathematics Sections with a minimum score of (400).

According to the school’s Web site, it is accredited in the US via the NEAS&C (New England Association of Schools & Colleges) and has been since 2003.

Both schools are owned by the Dubai National Group of Schools.


The school itself consistently makes the grade: As of 2013-2014 the school received the KHDA inspection rating of Good – the sixth year in a row it has achieved the Dubai education regulators second highest rating. Its sister school in Al Twar had been following, but last year slipped a grade, and is currently ranked Acceptable.

Strong features notes the KHDA include the promotion of Islamic values; the quality of students’ personal and social education and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

Academically, the school is rated good, across core subjects, for both attainment and progress, across all phases of the school.

The majority of parents and students see the school, its leadership and sense of inclusion in positive terms, although one area of concern is the number of subjects available to students for study.

Facilities of the school include an outdoor sports area, gymnasiums, two swimming pools (for girls, boys and toddlers), computer labs, science labs and library.

Fees are mid-range, starting at 18,762 AED per year for Pre-Primary pupils rising to 31,699 AED for Grade 12 students. Full details below.



Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
Pre-Primary 18672.00
KG1 19318.00
KG2 19318.00
1 21113.00
2 21113.00
3 21113.00
4 22325.00
5 22325.00
6 22325.00
7 25515.00
8 25515.00
9 25515.00
10 28066.00
11 31699.00
12 31699.00


KHDA Rating

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





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Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by David on July 28, 2012

1 Comment

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  1. Mukhtar Ullah says
    December 8, 2016, 1:12 pm

    Please advise if admission for year 2 started
    Awaiting your reply

    Best regards


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