Al Amana Private School

Al Amana Private School

Overview

Established in 2004, Al Amana Private School follows the UK curriculum and offers classes from FS1 to Year 11 in a co-educational setup.

Al Amana Private School overview
National Day celebrations (Image Courtesy: Al Amana Private School)

It gained approval to incorporate the UK Cambridge curriculum in 2013 for secondary and primary sections. Al Amana School implemented several improvement plans in 2013.

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES NEAR AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

Al Ramla East is the nearest neighbourhood. Other residential areas near Al Amana Private School include:

  • Al Fayha
  • Al Mansoura
  • Dasman
  • Al Falaj

Al Mansoura is a part of Halwan Suburb. Residential options in Al Mansoura include villas for rent.

Al Fayha is another sub-community in the Halwan Suburb near the popular Cultural Square roundabout. It offers spacious villas for rent and sale in different configurations. Al Falaj can be spotted towards the east of Al Amana Private School. This exclusive villa district in Sharjah has a family-friendly vibe. Plus, affordable residential options in Al Falaj make it a popular choice among expatriates and investors alike.

Those in search of residential options near Al Amana Private School can consider:

CAMPUS OF AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

Al Amana School Sharjah has a well-stocked library, a canteen as well as IT and science labs. The campus is well-maintained and there is a spacious outdoor area where events are held. Indoor events are usually organised in the large auditorium. The classrooms are spacious and have interactive whiteboards.

LOCATION OF AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

Amana Private School is located in Halwan Suburb, Sharjah. The campus is surrounded by many housing areas, hospitals, parks and supermarkets. The school is close to Ittihad Road – E11. Cultural Square and Dasman Park are the nearest landmarks and there are a few nurseries near Al Amana Private School.

WHY AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL?

Al Amana Private School follows the best international educational practices to help students establish a strong foundation in academics. It does its best to maximise the students’ potential through an active partnership between parents, students and teachers. It maintains an effective communication system because a parent-teacher partnership works wonders in improving a child’s academic performance.

students at Al Amana Private School
School girls during Cancer Awareness day (Image Courtesy: Al Amana Private School)

The school sets a benchmark for educational excellence and prepares students for Cambridge University Examinations. Faculty members belong to different parts of the world and are quite experienced.

The school does not compromise on religious values and has included Islamic studies and religious education in the curriculum. Quran and Hadith teachings are of paramount importance at the school as they contribute to the spiritual development of students.

In 2013, several students achieved A* in Science and Mathematics. In IT, most students scored A* and B Grades. They also performed quite well in Arabic and French. Five students got a distinction for achieving at least five A and A grades in International Cambridge Education (ICE) exams. This is proof of the strong academic excellence of Al Amana Private School.

School Details

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

To minimise the spread of coronavirus, the government of UAE decided to reopen schools in August for the academic year 2021 – 2022 with safety guidelines. Similarly, keeping in mind the health and safety of students and staff members, the Ministry of Education has designed strict SOPs for schools to follow while they are open.

  • No student, teacher or staff member will join the school before testing negative for COVID-19. 
  • All students and teachers must get their body temperature checked in the morning before entering the school premises.
  • Classrooms will be set up to accommodate reduced capacity. Student desks will be set at a safe distance (1.5 meters); classrooms will use physical markings to ensure desks remain in the correct locations.
  • Provision for students in pre-KG/FS1, KG1/FS2 and KG2/Y1 will require “stable” groups of 10 or fewer children.
  • Lockers are permitted as long as physical distancing measures are not compromised and in such a way that each locker is designated to a specific student (alternated and not shared). 
  • Certain play sections/areas should be closed (i.e. dress up sections, indoor soft play areas, reading corners with soft furniture). Open spaces should include furniture and equipment that is easy to clean.
  • Students below 6 years (below Grade 1) are not required to wear masks
  •  Students of Grade 1 and above, teachers and school staff members are required to bring a minimum of two (2) masks to school each day.
  • Bus capacity must not exceed 50%; limit physical distances by placing stickers on seats. 
  • Seating arrangements will be clearly marked out in canteen areas; no students will be permitted to sit directly adjacent or next to one another. A physical distance of 2 meters should be kept in canteen areas.
  • Schools can operate a pre-selected and pre-packed lunch service, with no live cooking taking place at school. 
  • School events, field trips, extracurricular activities, after-school clubs and activities, sports events, holiday camps and celebrations are suspended until further notice.
  • Extra-curricular activities are encouraged to be offered digitally
  • Physical education will continue; however, access to swimming pools is not allowed.

YEARS OFFERED AT AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

Al Amana is an all-through school that offers classes from FS1 to Year 11. Years offered are divided into the following sections:

Section
Years
Section
Early Years Foundation Stage
Years
FS1 – FS2
Section
Primary
Years
Year 1 – Year 6
Section
Secondary 1
Years
Year 7 – Year 9
Section
Secondary 2
Years
Year 10 – Year 11

The Early Year Foundation Stage is an exciting stage for young students. They explore and learn during this time. EYFS at Al Amana Private School prepares little ones for future learning. Oral and written activities are part of the curriculum during this stage.

During Primary years, students are given opportunities to learn and progress. The CIC Primary Programme identifies students’ strengths and weaknesses and prepares them for the secondary stage.

Students study French/Urdu from Year 3 onwards. During Secondary 1, students realize their potential and strive to achieve even better results. Cambridge Secondary 2 includes Year 10 and Year 11.

More information regarding the Amana School academics is available on their official website.

AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Al Amana Private School curriculum
Students study the Cambridge Programme (Image Courtesy: Al Amana Private School)

Al Amana School Sharjah is accredited by Cambridge University to conduct the IGCSE examination in May and June. To cover the broad curriculum as per the recommendation of Cambridge University, six compulsory IGCSE subjects are introduced in Grade 10.

Grade 10 students appear for IGCSE examinations for two subjects ICT and English. In Grade 11, they prepare for the four other subjects including Mathematics and three optional subjects depending on the stream they choose (Science or Commerce).

Those who opt for Science have to study Physics, Chemistry and Biology whereas Commerce students study Business Studies, Accounting and Economics.

Compulsory subjects are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Optional subjects depend on Science and Commerce streams.

Science Stream:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Commerce Stream:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Studies

Subjects taught during the Cambridge Primary Programme are:

  • English
  • Science
  • Arabic
  • Islamic Studies
  • Mathematics
  • National Studies
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Art
  • Tajweed

Cambridge Secondary 1 includes these subjects:

  • National Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Arabic
  • Physical Education
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Islamic Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Management (from Year 8 onwards)
  • French/Urdu
  • Science
  • Tajweed

IGCSE exams are held at the school in May and June. Only students who perform consistently well are allowed to enrol. Students are not permitted to take the IGCSE exam in October. Only those who opt for a retake are allowed to appear in the exams.

DISTANCE LEARNING AT AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

Education via e-learning is quite different as compared to classroom lessons. Al Amana Private School has picked a blended/hybrid model for distance learning which is a mixture of onsite and online classes.
Students are divided into three batches. When one group attends onsite class, the other two batches take online classes. This weekly cycle will be set on a rotation basis. School is providing onsite classes at a 30% capacity to avoid group gathering. However, if any student is advised self-isolation, a 100% distance learning approach is provided by the school. If any student feels unwell and sick, he/she can take a distance learning class.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

1st September is the first day of school. First Term class tests are scheduled from 13th to 24th October. First Term examination dates are 4th to 12th December. Students go on winter vacation from 15th December to 2nd January. Term 2 starts on 5th January.

First IGCSE preliminary exam for Grade 9, 10 and 11 are scheduled from 5th to 9th January. The Second Term examination lasts from 17th to 26th March. Students enjoy their spring vacation from 29th March to 9th April. The school reopens for the Third Term on 12th April. Third Term exams are held from 21st June to 2nd July.

Please note that these are tentative dates.*

Admission and Fees

HOW TO APPLY TO AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL?

Al Amana Private School admissions are offered students belonging to different nationalities, religions and abilities. Interested parents can visit the school website to fill the registration form. You can submit the form along with all the mandatory documents required for admission.

The admission in charge is responsible for arranging assessments, scheduling interviews and informing the parents regarding the admission process. Al Amana School admission is finalised after reviewing the performance of the student in the entrance test and interview.

For admission in Kindergarten, parents are informed about the interview date and they must attend the interview along with the child. Selected candidates get access to the online admission form. Parents can print the form and submit it with other documents within five working days.

For admissions in Grade 1 to 8, the school informs the parents about the entrance exam date. This exam evaluates the knowledge in basic subjects such as Mathematics and English. The syllabus of the entrance exams is available on the school’s website.

  • KG 1: Applicants for KG1 have to appear for a preliminary interview and assessment.
  • KG 2 to Grade 7: Students have to clear a written exam in English and Mathematics.
  • Grade 8 and Grade 9: Students have to pass a written exam in English, Mathematics and Science

The school gives priority to the siblings of students who are already enrolled in Al Amana School. Selected students have to pay the registration fee of AED 500, which is non-refundable. Parents are also requested to attend the orientation program (for Kindergarten and Grade 1,2,3 and 4) on the given date.

Amana Private School also has an inclusion support program that addresses the individual needs of all students including SOD, students with physical disabilities as well as gifted and talented students. Parents can submit (IEPs) Individualization Education Plans or other reports from a health professional, special educators and counselors.

Documents to be submitted along with the application form include:

  • Two copies of the child’s birth certificate
  • Two copies of the child’s passport with valid residence visa page
  • Two copies of Emirates ID
  • Recent passport size photograph of the child (write student’s name behind the photograph)
  • For KG1 and KG2, 10 photos are required
  • For applying in Grade 1 and upwards, 6 photos are required
  • Passport copies of both parents with valid residence visa
  • Copy of Emirates IDs of both parents
  • Last two-years report card (original to be shown at the time of admission)
  • Conduct certificate is needed for the students of Grade 1 to 9
  • Transfer certificate from the last attended school with the required attestation for the student from other Emirates and outside UAE (only for students from Grade 2 and upwards)
  • Health report or immunisation record
  • Daleel number is required for students who are currently registered in another school.
  • New students should bring their original Emirates ID for registration

In case of transfer from other Emirates, the transfer certificate has to be duly attested by the Education zone.

In case of overseas transfer, the transfer certificate should be duly attested by the following;

  • The Ministry of Education
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs based in the country of migration
  • UAE Embassy in the country from which the student is migrating
  • Attestation is not required for students coming from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Europe

Parents have to ensure their children meet the following age requirements for admission:

Year
Minimum Entry Age
Year
Foundation Stage
Minimum Entry Age
4
Year
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Year
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Year
Year 3
Minimum Entry Age
7
Year
Year 4
Minimum Entry Age
8
Year
Year 5
Minimum Entry Age
9
Year
Year 6
Minimum Entry Age
10
Year
Year 7
Minimum Entry Age
11
Year
Year 8
Minimum Entry Age
12
Year
Year 9
Minimum Entry Age
13
Year
Year 10
Minimum Entry Age
14
Year
Year 11
Minimum Entry Age
15

This is based on the age of the students on 31st August (for schools beginning in September)

FEE STRUCTURE AT AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

Al Amana Private School fee is as follows:

Grade
Term 1 Fee
Term 2 Fee
Term 3 Fee
Annual Fee
Grade
KG1 – KG2
Term 1 Fee
AED 3.600
Term 2 Fee
AED 2,700
Term 3 Fee
AED 2,700
Annual Fee
AED 9,000
Grade
Grade 1 – Grade 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 3,800
Term 2 Fee
AED 2,850
Term 3 Fee
AED 2,850
Annual Fee
AED 9,500
Grade
Grade 3 – Grade 4
Term 1 Fee
AED 4,080
Term 2 Fee
AED 3,060
Term 3 Fee
AED 3,060
Annual Fee
AED 10,200
Grade
Grade 5 – Grade 7
Term 1 Fee
AED 4,320
Term 2 Fee
AED 3,240
Term 3 Fee
AED 3,240
Annual Fee
AED 10,800
Grade
Grade 8
Term 1 Fee
AED 4,600
Term 2 Fee
AED 3,450
Term 3 Fee
AED 3,450
Annual Fee
AED 11,500
Grade
Grade 9
Term 1 Fee
AED 4,720
Term 2 Fee
AED 3,540
Term 3 Fee
AED 3,540
Annual Fee
AED 11,800
Grade
Grade 10
Term 1 Fee
AED 5,000
Term 2 Fee
AED 3,750
Term 3 Fee
AED 3,750
Annual Fee
AED 12,500
Grade
Grade 11
Term 1 Fee
AED 5,200
Term 2 Fee
AED 3,900
Term 3 Fee
AED 3,900
Annual Fee
AED 13,000

The fee is quoted in an annual figure and does not include the cost of:

  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Uniform

Al Amana School fee can be paid in three easy instalments

  • The first-term fee has to be paid for September to December
  • The second term has to be paid for January to March
  • Third term fee has to be paid for April to June

School Facilities

LUNCH OPTIONS AT AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

The school has a canteen facility where students can have their lunch.

*Schools can operate a pre-selected and pre-packed lunch service, with no live cooking taking place at school.

SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION AT AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

Students can use the safe and reliable bus service provided by Al Amana Private School. Students are advised to follow rules for their safety. It is advised to keep the child at home if he/she is sick. The school bus shuttles through Sharjah, Ajman and Dubai.

In Dubai, the bus only shuttles through Muhaisnah 4 while it covers almost all areas of Sharjah and Ajman.

Following rules should be read and understood by the students:

  • Students should board the bus from the designated stop and reach the stop before time.
  • Use of mobile phone in the bus is strictly prohibited
  • Students should cooperate and respect the bus driver and helper
  • If there’s a temporary change in the address, parents must inform the transport department in advance for approval
  • Children from Kindergarten to Grade 2 are never left unattended at the drop-off point unless an authorised adult is present to collect him/her
  • Parents and guardians should not enter the bus and engage in any discussion with the school bus driver. If they need to discuss any issue, they should communicate with transport in-charge.
  • Parents have to pay for any damages to the bus caused by their child during the ride.
  • Checking of temperature and sanitising hands are a must when travelling in school buses. Presently, all school buses are operating at a 50% capacity.

*Bus capacity must not exceed 50%; limit physical distances by placing stickers on seats.

SPORTS FACILITIES AT AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

The sports facility includes two outdoor yards (separate for boys and girls). Kindergarteners have their outdoor playground and KG activity rooms.

*Physical education will continue; however, access to swimming pools is not allowed.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

Al Amana Private School extracurricular activities
Foundation Stage students (Image Courtesy: Al Amana Private School)

Students are encouraged to participate in every extracurricular activity at Al Amana School. This helps children recognise and pursue their interests and talents. The school also organises events and students are encouraged to participate in them. Some of the popular extracurricular activities are:

  • Essay writing
  • Musical contests
  • Debates
  • Elocutions
  • Games

*Extra-curricular activities are encouraged to be offered digitally.

FIELD-TRIPS FROM AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

field trips from Al Amana Private School
Students during Young Innovator Expo 2020 (Image Courtesy: Al Amana Private School)

The school plans field trips for students each year. In the first term and second term, KG students are taken on a field-trip/picnic. Grade 1 to Grade 11 students are taken on a field trip during the third term.

*Field trips are suspended until further notice.

MEDICAL CARE AT AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL

The school has a clinic managed by a nurse who takes care of students in case of any medical emergency.

Contact

MODE OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENTS AND TEACHERS

Al Amana Private School has a parent’s council. Parents and Teacher Meetings are held each term where parents get to know about their child’s progress. Parents can log on to the portal via the school website.

AL AMANA PRIVATE SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

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