Al Resalah International School of Science

Al Resalah International School of Science

Overview

Founded in 2003, Al Resalah International School of Science (RISS) is a private educational institution that provides an all-through education from Kindergarten to Grade 12. RISS delivers the American curriculum to the 1600 students that attend the school. 

Managed by the Athena Education brand, RISS operates in the Al Azra area of Sharjah. The school has been internationally accredited by AdvancED and by the UAE Ministry of Education as a school of quality. RISS is also a certified SAT center, IELTS test venue and IC3 center.

Al Resalah School maintains its high quality of education by hiring experienced teachers to impart education. The school’s purpose-built campus ensures that every student’s learning experience is supported and facilitated by the school through necessary resources. 

To learn more about the facilities, admission process and fee structure of Al Resalah International School of Science, read this guide by Bayut.

Residential Communities near Al Resalah International School of Science

Al Resalah International School of Science is located in the Al Azra community of Sharjah. Multiple residential communities surround the school, such as:

Al Azra’s close proximity to the Sharjah-Ajman border makes it a desirable destination for parents looking to move closer to the school. The Al Azra community is a predominantly school-centric area that houses a number of luxurious, fully-facilitated villas. Some options include:

Campus of Al Resalah International School of Science

RISS’ purpose-built campus located in Al Azra, Sharjah boasts of various state-of-the-art facilities that compliment the standard of academic learning at the school. The campus houses five modern architectural buildings equipped with excellent facilities and technology. 

Outdoor green field at RISS
Elementary school students play a game of football in the outdoor playground at RISS (Image Credits: RISS Facebook Page)

An entire building at Al Resalah International School is dedicated to the administration offices to ensure smooth and efficient communication between the parents and the school. Other facilities the school has to offer are:

  • Four Computer Labs
  • Four Science Labs
  • Library
  • Reading Room
  • Medical Clinics
  • On-site Canteen and Cafeteria
  • Indoor Gymnasium
  • Multipurpose Hall
  • Outdoor playground
RISS chemistry lab
Chemistry Lab at RISS (Image Credits: RISS Facebook Page)

The science and computer labs at the school offer the best equipment for the students. The library at the school is effectively stocked with both English and Arabic literature, as well as dictionaries, encyclopedias, reference books and more. RISS has also inculcated e-learning in every aspect of academia at the school. Classrooms are equipped with smart-boards, tablets and more– all of which are connected to the school’s internal network to increase efficiency.

Location of Al Resalah International School of Science

Al Resalah International School of Science is nestled in a school-centric community in Al Azra, Sharjah. Various prominent educational institutions surround RISS, such as Victoria English School and New Indian Model School Sharjah.

Why Al Resalah International School of Science

Al Resalah International School is a private educational institution owned and managed by the Athena Education group. The school imparts education from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the American Curriculum. In addition to the school being accredited by AdvancED and the MoE, RISS is also an SAT exam centre, IELTS test centre and an IC3 venue. 

Every teacher and staff employed by the school underwent a careful screening process before being hired to teach at RISS. This is done to ensure that students receive the best form of education from qualified experts of the field and procure the necessary skills to succeed in life beyond school.

RISS has adopted a hands-on approach to instil its values in the students. These include respect and responsibility, appreciation for Arabic and Islamic ethics, acquiring leadership qualities and more. E-learning is also an integral part of the education offered at RISS. Students learn to apply what they have learned in various practical forums orchestrated by the school. Al Resalah International School of Science also boasts of an innovative program called The Future Scientists which provides students with insight on any field subject to their interest. Students can explore the fields of medicine, engineering, science and more through this program.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

Al Resalah International School of Science worked with Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) to come up with protocols for school re-opening.

SPEA requested schools to gradually re-open until they reach the capacity to teach all students at the campus with proper safety and health standards. The following protocols must be followed by the schools in Sharjah to offer on-site learning:

  • Students, teacher and staff members will need to get a negative test result for COVID-19.
  • Each day, the school must check the temperature of students and staff before entering the school bus and school premises.
  • Schools must reduce school bus capacity to maintain social distance.
  • Students and teachers practise social distancing at the campus.
  • Staff and students above six years old must wear a mask
  • Schools must frequently sanitise all their facilities.
  • They must have an isolation room for those suspected with COVID-19.

Grades Offered At Al Resalah International School of Science

RISS is a K-12 school offering classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes are split for boys and girls after a certain grade, with both genders receiving the necessary provisions and resources. The stages of education at RISS are:

Stage
Grade
Stage
Kindergarten
Grade
KG1 and KG2
Stage
Elementary School
Grade
Grade 1 to Grade 5
Stage
Middle School
Grade
Grade 6 to Grade 8
Stage
High School
Grade
Grade 9 to Grade 12

Al Resalah International School of Science Curriculum

RISS follows the globally accepted American Curriculum to set the syllabus at the school. The Common Core State Standards curriculum is known to prepare students for college and a career beyond school life. In order to maintain this standard, the school curriculum ensures that its theories are:

  • Research and evidence-based.
  • Clear, understandable, and consistent
  • Aligned with college and career expectations
  • Based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
  • Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
  • Informed by other top performing countries in order to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society.

At every grade level, RISS strictly follows the guidelines laid down by the UAE Ministry of Education, which specify that all schools in the UAE should mandatorily provide classes in Islamic and Arabic. 

Curriculum for Elementary School

From Grades 1 to 5, Al Resalah School offers the Common Core standards as well as the MoE curriculum as mentioned before. The curriculum aims at building confident, successful students who will actively participate in their communities. Subjects taught at this level are:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Arabic
  • Islamic
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Social Studies
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Qur’an

Students’ progress, independence and knowledge building are key areas of focus at the elementary level.

Curriculum for Middle School

At the middle school (grades 6 to 8), the curriculum shifts its focus to developing a strong foundation for the students– one which they can depend on throughout the rest of their schooling period. Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are crucial at this stage. The staff actively work to integrate these skills into the curriculum as well as the students day-to-day activities. Developing leadership, communication and negotiation skills are also encouraged at this level. 

Subjects taught at middle school are:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Arabic
  • Islamic
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Social Studies
  • ICT
  • Qur’an

Curriculum for High School

Grades 9 to 12 are critical stages of every students’ life. At the high school level, the curriculum builds on the foundation set during the middle and elementary school. It firmly follows the Common Core Standards as well as the College Readiness Standards. 

To successfully graduate from RISS, every student must complete at least 21 academic credits in English, Sciences, Mathematics, Social Studies, P.E and ICT. Students must also take the MoE mandated subjects Arabic and IslamicStudies

English, ICT and P.E awards the students 1 credit per year, whereas Algebra 1, Geometry, Calculus, General Science, Physics/ Economics, Chemistry, Accounting, Biology/Business and Social Studies amounts to 1 credit each. Students can choose either the science elective or the commerce elective. A credit is considered completed if the student scores at least 60% in the aforementioned subjects. Students are also expected to sit for standardised tests such as SAT, SAT subject, IELTS-Academic or TOEFL and CEPA.

Academic Calendar for Al Resalah International School of Science

Like most American-curriculum schools in the UAE, the school year at RISS is split into three terms. These take place as follows:

  • The First Term begins in August and concludes in December. The school remains closed for Winter Break following this term.
  • The Second Term begins in January and ends in March. A short Spring Break is observed at this time.
  • The Third Term commences in April and concludes in July. The school then closes for Summer Break.

Students of Grades 6 to 12 follow the three-term schedule and holidays like the rest of the school but their academic year is technically split into two, i.e they sit for two final exams in one school year. For more information regarding the events and activities that take place at the school, visit the school calendar.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Al Resalah International School of Science

Students who wish to enrol at RISS are assessed based on their academic qualifications and merit. They will have to sit for entrance exams that cover the following topics:

  • Language art skills in English
  • Computation and problem-solving skills in Mathematics

Prospective preschool students also have to complete a qualifying interview. 

The school will accept the students based on their performance in the entrance exams until it reaches the class limit for that grade level. From thereon students will be placed on a waiting list. In the case of vacancies, top-ranking students in the waiting list will be awarded with admission. 

The age-grade guideline by RISS is given below:

Grade
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
8
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 2
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Grade
Grade 3
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Grade
Grade 4
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Grade
Grade 5
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Grade
Grade 6
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Grade
Grade 7
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Grade
Grade 8
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Grade
Grade 9
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Grade
Grade 10
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Grade
Grade 11
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Grade
Grade 12
Minimum Entry Age
17
Maximum Entry Age
20
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
16

This is based on the age of the students on 31st December (for schools beginning in September). Source: RISS

* This is to cater to students transferring from systems that admit students of a younger age)

The following are the acceptance criteria for admissions at Al Resalah International School of Science:

  • Students should score 60% in Maths and English.
  • If they score between 50% and 59%, parents are requested to present the Marks card for Term 1 and 2.
  • To opt for the science stream, the student should score at least 80% in Maths.

Prior to registration, parents are advised to peruse the requirements for Kindergarten Registration or All-Grades Registration, depending on their requirement. All the information regarding required documents, age guidelines and more are specified in these document.

Alternatively, parents can also opt to Register Online to enrol their ward at the school.

Fee Structure

Fees at RISS is paid in three instalments over the course of the academic year. Al Resalah International School of Science fees structure for the academic year 2020-2021 is as follows: 

Grade
Tuition Fee (AED)
Medical Fee (AED)
Uniform Fee (AED)
VAT 5% (AED)
Books (AED)
Total Fee (AED)
Grade
KG1
Tuition Fee (AED)
13,700
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
950
Total Fee (AED)
15,301
Grade
KG2
Tuition Fee (AED)
13,700
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
950
Total Fee (AED)
15,301
Grade
Grade 1
Tuition Fee (AED)
18,300
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
1,296
Total Fee (AED)
20,247
Grade
Grade 2
Tuition Fee (AED)
18,300
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
1,296
Total Fee (AED)
20,247
Grade
Grade 3
Tuition Fee (AED)
18,300
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
1,296
Total Fee (AED)
20,247
Grade
Grade 4
Tuition Fee (AED)
21,700
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
1,512
Total Fee (AED)
23,863
Grade
Grade 5
Tuition Fee (AED)
21,700
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
1,512
Total Fee (AED)
23,863
Grade
Grade 6
Tuition Fee (AED)
21,700
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
1,512
Total Fee (AED)
23,863
Grade
Grade 7
Tuition Fee (AED)
22,800
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
1,782
Total Fee (AED)
25,233
Grade
Grade 8
Tuition Fee (AED)
22,800
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
1,782
Total Fee (AED)
25,233
Grade
Grade 9
Tuition Fee (AED)
22,800
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
2,100
Total Fee (AED)
25,551
Grade
Grade 10
Tuition Fee (AED)
24,000
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
2,500
Total Fee (AED)
27,151
Grade
Grade 11
Tuition Fee (AED)
25,100
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
2,500
Total Fee (AED)
28,251
Grade
Grade 12
Tuition Fee (AED)
26,200
Medical Fee (AED)
200
Uniform Fee (AED)
420
VAT 5% (AED)
31
Books (AED)
2,500
Total Fee (AED)
29,351

The first instalment covers 45% of the fees and is due in August. The second instalment accounts for 30% of the fees and should be paid in November. The third and final instalment is due in January.

Scholarships at RISS

Parents can avail the various discounts in fees offered by Al Resalah International School of Science Sharjah. Discount policy at RISS is as follows: 

  • Sibling Discount: Students with siblings already attending Al Resalah International School receive a 3% to 5% deduction on their tuition fees.
  • Early Bird Discount: If the parents complete the full year’s fee payment in the specified time, they can avail an 8% discount in the tuition fees.
  • Government/Semi-government Discount: Parents receive an 8% discount on the tuition fee, provided the payment mode is completely card or cash. If not, you can receive a 3% discount if you fall under this category.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Al Resalah International School of Science

Al Bustan Bakery caters lunch for the students of RISS. The food served at the canteen is healthy and fresh and is prepared under careful supervision. Students can choose from a variety of healthy meals, snacks and drinks options. They can also choose to bring packed lunches from home.

The canteen is currently non-operational because of COVID-19 protocols.

School Transportation at Al Resalah International School of Science

RISS runs a fleet of buses to provide safe and efficient transportation for the students. These buses cover routes in Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and more. For Grade 6 and above, boys and girls have separate transportation facilities. Annual transportation fees for each area are as follows:

  • Sharjah
    • One-way: AED 2,000
    • Two-way: AED 4,000
  • Ajman
    • One-way: AED 2,250
    • Two-way: AED 4,500
  • Umm Al Quwain
    • One-way: AED 2,500
    • Two-way: AED 5,000

The school has reduced the bus capacity to ensure students practice social distancing inside the bus. Parents can avail the transportation services for their ward by duly filling and submitting the Transportation Registration Form.

Boarding Facility at Al Resalah International School of Science

RISS is a day school and does not offer boarding facilities.

Holiday Camps at Al Resalah International School of Science

Al Resalah International School of Science, Al Azra has been known to organise various trips or activities during the holidays in the past. During the Summer Break, students participate in a footballcamp that takes place on the school premises. Higher secondary boys also visited London during a trip conducted in 2016. 

RISS students in London
RISS students pose while on a trip to London (Image Credits: RISS Facebook Page)

RISS organises a trip to Mecca every year during the winter break to perform Umrah (Islamic pilgrimage). This annual tradition held by the school is exclusive to 12th Grade boys.

Holiday camps are currently unavailable because of COVID-19 pandemic.

Sports Facilities

To ensure that every student keeps fit and healthy during their time at RISS, the school has various sports provisions on the premises. Students engage in various sports and play activities such as football, basketball, volleyball and more. 

Football game at RISS
RISS students engage in a game of football (Image Credits: RISS Facebook Page)

RISS houses a spacious multipurpose indoor hall that doubles as a venue for Basketball or Volleyball matches. The school’s outdoor green field is used by the students as a play area to participate in friendly competitions as well as practice sessions. This play area doubles as a basketball court as well as a football field.  During RISS’ annual Sports Day, students participate in a plethora of activities held on the greenfield.

RISS Table Tennis Championship
Table tennis championships at RISS (Image Credits: RISS Facebook Page)

RISS has shut down some sports facilities to comply with COVID-19 protocols.

Extra-curricular Activities at Al Resalah International School of Science

Extracurricular activities are an integral part of the learning experience at Resalah International School of Science. In addition to book learning, the school ensures that every student participates in at least one co-curricular activity or event so as to facilitate all-rounded development amongst the students. Depending on their interest, passion or talent, students can choose from a wide variety of extracurricular activities offered at the school such as:

Extra 1
Football
Extra 2
Basketball
Extra 1
Volleyball
Extra 2
Art and Craft
Extra 1
Zumba
Extra 2
Gymnastics
Extra 1
Taekwondo
Extra 2
Karate
extracuriccular activities at RISS
RISS students participate in various ECA throughout the school year (Image Credits: RISS Facebook Page)

In addition to these extracurricular activities, RISS also conducts various events throughout the academic year to keep the campus exciting and fun-filled. Some initiatives taken by the school include:

Extra 1
Literacy Week
Extra 2
STEM Week
Extra 3
Art Exhibitions
Extra 4
Business Day
Extra 1
Sports Day
Extra 2
Annual Day
Extra 3
Green Day
Extra 4
Table Tennis Championships
Extra 1
UAE Flag Day Celebrations
Extra 2
Kindergarten Science Day
Extra 3
Handwriting Competitions
Extra 4
Healthy Food Week
Extra 1
Recycling Week
Extra 2
Debate Programs
Extra 3
Math Week
Extra 4
Science and Math Fair
activities at RISS
Fun-filled activities at RISS (Image Credits: RISS Facebook Page)

These events are held throughout the school for both the boys and girls sections of different grade levels.

Some extra-curricular activities are suspended for the current academic year. This step is taken to avoid large gatherings as prohibited by SPEA.

Field Trips from RISS

The school regularly plans field trips and excursions during the academic year. These trips add value and exposure to the education offered at the school and also presents an opportunity for students to have a memorable, fun time with their peers. 

Students of Grades 1 to 4 visited the Oli Oli Children’s Museum on one such field trip. High School students had a fun-filled day at Motiongate, Dubai. Parks, museums and aquariums around the country are frequented by the students of RISS during various educational trips.

Field trips are postponed for an indefinite period. The school will inform parents regarding the resumption of field trips on official platforms.

After-school Care at Al Resalah International School of Science

Although RISS does not provide any after-school care facilities, various extracurricular club activities held at the school take place after school hours. Students attend these activities every week on Wednesdays from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm.

Currently, after-school care is unavailable because of COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical Care at RISS

Al Resalah International School of Science has two medical clinics on campus– one for the boys’ section and one for the girls’ section. The school has employed two full-time nurses and one doctor to tend to the medical needs of the students. 

The clinics also offer regular health checkups and health and safety awareness classes for the students.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Al Resalah International School of Science employs the use of the Paradigm Parent Portal application to keep the parents updated on their child’s activities in school. This application is available on the google play store.

Through this app, parents can view their child’s attendance report, progress at school, examination results as well as converse with the teacher or supervisor if needed. In addition to the parent portal, RISS also regularly updates their website with any news regarding activities and events at the school. Parents can keep themselves informed through this service and raise concerns with the school if any.

Al Resalah International School of Science Contact Information

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