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Emirates International School, Jumeirah

EIS Jumeirah

Emirates International School, Jumeirah is a well-established, mixed K12 school established in 1991 by the Al Habtoor Group and located in Umm Suqeim 3, on Al Thanya road in Dubai.

The school caters to more than 1989 students and is split into two sections, one for primary school students and another for high school students. Currently there are students from over 70 different nationalities. Class sizes are no greater than 25 students and there are currently 197 appropriately qualified teachers at the school.

The school is attended by a great variety of nationalities, with approximately 21% from the subcontinent and  another 20% Emirati. There are also many students from other Middle  Eastern countries, as well as from Europe and the United States.

During the 2014 inspection the school received a Good rating from the KHDA, for the fifth year in a row. This is the second highest accolade.

The school follows the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB). Students study the IB MYP from grades 7-9, are entered for I/GCSE at the end of the secondary phase (Grades 10 and 11). Post-16 students take the IB Diploma Programme (Grades 12 and 13).

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According to their latest results, from the two campuses, from “94 IB Diploma candidates  84 achieved the full IB Diploma (89%) with an average point score of 33, which is more than 3 points above international averages and is equivalent to 3A grades and 1B at A-level (according to UCAS tariffs for university entry).” (from their press release)

For IGCSE, 171 of the 221 students entered achieving 5 A* to C. This is all the more impressive as the school is an inclusive school and many children arrive with limited language skills who then fo on to do very well in public examinations.

WSA strongly urges all school’s to publish details of their external examination results. For prospective parents it is a key piece of information in choosing a school. Emirates International School’s analysis of its results is a model for others to follow.

Did you know that Emirates International School, Jumeirah has its own information app? If you’re a parent of the school it may be downloaded onto your desktop or mobile. More info here. 

The schools latest report for 2013/14 notes implementation of community service was well developed in the secondary school; the quality of learning and teaching – as proven by the excellent IB results – across the school was good; the improved curriculum in English and science had led to some outstanding achievement. The school’s collaboration with the community, the students and the parents was commended.

The report notes the need to raise students’ attainment and progress, particularly in Islamic Education and Arabic; improve students’ understanding of Emirati culture; ensure that tasks in all subjects and across all phases of the school are well matched to the different learning needs of students; improve the identification of students’ special education needs and the co-ordination and targeting of support across the school; and improve the learning resources, including information and communication technology to support an enquiry-based curriculum.

The primary schools facilities include a library, two dedicated computer labs, two sports halls, a playground, grass field, sports facilities and a swimming pool. Similarly the high school has over 85 classrooms with 2 mathematics labs, 11 science laboratories, 5 IT laboratories with over 200 computers, 4 dedicated art rooms, 3 drama rooms, 2 music rooms, 2 examination halls, 2 libraries (including one specifically for the IB Diploma Programme), a language laboratory, a food science laboratory, a number of sporting fields, a 25 meter swimming pool, a fully-equipped sports halls and a fitness suite.

As of 2013-14 school fees range between 30,927 per year for KG students to 65,537 for grade 12 / 13 – mid to top end for UAE schools, but on par with other high achieving, IB/UK based curriculum schools.


The Buzz

Established over 23 years ago, some parents note the facilities, while considerable, have failed to keep up with the best of the more modern schools. Few complain about academic achievement however. The school ranked ‘Good’ for its most recent KHDA assessment, and parents note the relatively good student to teacher ratio and the successful results students achieve. There have however been some murmurings in the past that teacher turnover is high. Parent recommendation of the school (“Would you recommend this school to other parents?”) is below average, nevertheless satisfaction with academic performance, feedback and discipline is above average.



Note 1: While an average score of 31 puts EIS above the global average, and on a par with the best IB schools in the UAE, a top tier UK school, such as Cheltenham, would look for a minimum score of 37 plus for its IB students. Its average score was 41 in 2012, for example.

One advantage a school like Cheltenham has is that it offers both A’ Levels and IB. In this way it can guide students as to what suits them best: Some students are natural all rounders academically – and they suit the IB curriculum. Others have strengths in Sciences or Humanities, and these students do better at A’ Level. Note also, EIS also accepts children with a wider range of academic ability.

A “highly respectable” pass rate at IB that would be suitable for entrance into good red brick universities in the UK is around the 34 plus mark. Top-tier universities are officially looking for 38 plus. In reality a 40+ score is more likely to get a student into an Oxbridge.

Note 2: The difference between a GCSE and an IGCSE is the latter are GCSEs for an international audience – hence the ‘I’. Many private schools in the UK have begun to offer IGCSEs claiming them to be more academically rigorous. That is partly because they are less coursework, more exam based which is said to better suit more academically gifted students.



Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
KG1 30927.00
KG2 30927.00
1 30927.00
2 36817.00
3 41233.00
4 41233.00
5 41233.00
6 41233.00
7 48601.00
8 48601.00
9 48601.00
10 55964.00
11 55964.00
12 65537.00
13 65537.00


KHDA Rating

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





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

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