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Lycee Francais International, Dubai

Consistently rated good by the KHDA (five out of five reports thus far) Oud Metha located Lycée Français International is a French curriculum school currently attended by over 1,900 students aged from three to 17 years of age. The largest single group of students are French nationals, followed by Lebanese and Egyptians.

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In total over 40 nationality groups are represented within the student body.

Class sizes average 25 students, an accepted maximum by the KHDA. “Almost all” teachers are said to have first degrees and/or teaching qualifications, with a significant one-third of teachers coming in new to school in the 2013/14 academic period.

Like many schools in the UAE, the majority of students can be found in the early years of the school

Students take the Diplôme National du Brevet at the end of their troisième year. Older students in the lycée are prepared for the baccalauréat with 2014/15 the first year students will take the exam in Terminale.

The school does not appear to publish the results of students taking the Bac (something Which School Advisor encourages), but the KHDA’s latest report gives the school a reasonably consistent thumbs up for both academic performance and progress across subjects (save in Islamic and Arabic studies – perennial areas of weakness in Dubai’s private schools). The Lycee has “good attainment and progress of students in [other] subjects”, while performance in English is judged Outstanding. There is moreover effective teaching across the school, with developed learning skills and a strong work ethic displayed by the students themselves.

Key strengths of the school include excellent behaviour and attitudes of students, who display positive relationships with other students and adults; a good quality of care that that ensures students’ emotional and physical well-being; and a combined sense of purpose among leaders at all levels of the school.

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The KHDA does however make a number of recommendations that it believes will enhance the school. Recommendations include improving progress in Islamic Education and Arabic in the collège; improving the consistency in teaching; providing better special educational identification and support skills; and accelerating plans to equip the school with up-to-date technology.

In feedback parents have noted technology, and facilities in general, need improvement and modernization.

Feedback on academic performance for Which School Advisor’s survey is still too limited to provide specific results. We encourage parents to complete the questionnaire which may be found here.

According to the KHDA however there is to a large degree satisfaction with the school from parents. Parents rate the progress in French, English, mathematics and science, and the good teaching and learning.

There are however concerns over Arabic and Islamic studies, as well as the level of extra-curricular activities offered. The level of career guidance is also a cause for concern.

Fees for Lycée Français International are relatively affordable, ranging from 23,270 at KG1 to almost 50,000 AED in Year 12 (full details below). This puts the fees in the middle bracket for a school in Dubai. There is the obligatory 500 AED (non-refundable) for applications. Information on how to apply may be found here.

 

Fees

Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
Pre-Primary 23270.00
KG1 23270.00
KG2 23270.00
1 27925.00
2 27925.00
3 27925.00
4 27925.00
5 27925.00
6 32992.00
7 32992.00
8 32992.00
9 37492.00
10 46865.00
11 49214.00
12 49214.00

 

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

 

If you are the principal or the owner of the school and note any factual inaccuracies, or would like to update any information, please do not hesitate to contact us at editor@edu2021.com.

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Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com on June 20, 2013

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