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Al Shola American School, Ajman

Al Shola American School, Ajman

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Overview

Al Shola American School (SAS) is a newly established school in Ajman catering to the educational needs of students aged 4 to 18 years old. As the name suggests, it follows the US National Curriculum for its educational programme. The school is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

SAS follows the TEAM approach as its philosophy of education. The TEA approach is based on board, community, teachers, administration and students. Most teachers at the campus are native English speakers that have appropriate qualification and experience.  The school has an incredible range of facilities at the campus to ensure a high-quality learning environment for students.

Al Shola American School also has an extra-curricular programme that focuses on developing all-round skills among students. Read this guide by Bayut to learn more about the educational programme, admission and fee details and other information.

In A Nutshell

  • Location: Al Tallah 2
  • School Fees: AED 14,800 - AED 26,050
  • Curriculum: The US Curriculum with guidelines of the MOE
  • Co-ed or segregate: Segregate after Grade 4
  • Years Offered: KG - Grade 12

Residential Communities near Al Shola American School

Al Shola American School is located in Al Tallah 2 – a sub-community in Ajman known for top-notch schools in the emirate. The school is surrounded by the following residential communities:

Al Mowaihat 2 is the nearest residential community from the school. The community is the developmental phase and has the lowest rental trends in Ajman. Al Mowaihat 2 is designed to be a mixed-use community with a plethora of commercial and residential opportunities. Right now, the community only offers villas for residence. Other nearby residential options include Al Mowaihat 1 and Al Mowaihat 3 that are also under construction. Those interested in fully developed communities can opt for residential spaces in Al Rawda 1 and Al Rawda 2.

Campus of Al Shola American School

Al Shola American School in Ajman has a spacious campus equipped with a plethora of academic and non-academic opportunities for students. Outside the campus, there is a parking space for teachers and parents. The school building consists of bright and airy classrooms, computer labs, science labs, libraries and other academic facilities. Classrooms are equipped with interactive white screens to aid in students’ learning.

The school also has provisions for sports and physical education. There is a fully furnished indoor sports hall for students to play basketball, volleyball, badminton and other sports. SAS Ajman also has an outdoor grassy pitch for footballs and other outdoor activities.

Location of Al Shola American School Ajman

Al Shola American School is located near Al Tallah Camel Racecourse and Saudi German Hospital Ajman in Al Tallah 2. Those interested in visiting the school can find it surrounded by the International School of Choueifat Ajman and Delhi Private School on Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Street. Residents of nearby communities can easily access the school via Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed and Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Street.

Why Al Shola American School?

Al Shola American School offers a quality educational programme based on the National Curriculum of the US. It follows the US Common Core State Standards for core subjects and the Next Generation Science Standards for Science. These standards are renowned for their academic rigour and prepare students for the future. Thus, students of Al Shola American School are prepared for the academic challenges offered in higher education. Also, students of this institution are accepted all over the world.

The teaching force at this school is highly professional and experienced. The school has a strict policy while hiring teachers suitable for its syllabus. Most teachers in this educational institute are native English speakers with IELTS or TOEFL certificates. Additionally, the technology resources used at the campus complement the teaching style of students.

Another alluring feature of Al Shola American School is its affordable tuition fee. The school charges a nominal tuition fee as compared to other international American schools in its vicinity. The tuition fee at this school ranges from AED 12,000 to AED 23,600. Thus, parents can now offer quality American education to students at an affordable cost.

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School Details

Years Offered at Al Shola American School

Al Shola American School is a private and co-educational K12 school that provides US-based education to students aged 4 to 18 years old. The phases of education at this school are as follows:

StageGrade
Kindergarten School KG1 and KG2
Elementary School Grade 1 to Grade 6
Middle School Grade 7 to Grade 9
High School Grade 10 to Grade 12

Al Shola American School Curriculum

Al Shola American School follows the National Curriculum of the US for its education programme. It is one of the renowned educational programmes adopted by numerous schools across the world. For core subjects, the school uses the US Common Core State Standards. Besides, the school follows the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for science. The school also follows the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education (MOE) for Arabic, Islamic Education and Social Studies.

The subjects taught to students in the kindergarten stage to Grade 3 are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • USA Social Studies
  • Arabic
  • Islamic Education

From Grade 6 onwards, the school introduces UAE social studies and French language within the syllabus. Additionally, the science subject is split into the following three domains from Grade 9:

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • Biology
Students performing experiments in the science lab at Al Shola American School
Students working collaboratively in the science lab at Al Shola American School (Image Credit: SAS Ajman)

For more information, check out the syllabus for each grade at Al Shola American School.

Academic Calendar for SAS Ajman

The academic year of Al Shola American School is like the most American international schools in the UAE. The year starts in late August and ends in early July. There are three terms in an academic year. The important dates of these terms are as follows:

  • The first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December. The term ends with a three-week winter holiday that ends in the last week of December.
  •  The second term starts in the first week of January and ends in the fourth week of March. This is followed by a two-week spring break in the last week of March and the first week of April.
  • The classes resume for the third term in the second week of April and end in the first week of July.

Besides the events mentioned above, the school also observes national and religious events. The school remains closed on some of these events. The exact dates of these events are subjected to moon sighting and government announcements.

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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Al Shola American School?

The admission process at Al Shola American School in Ajman is straightforward. Those wishing to enrol their kids to this school can start the admission process by visiting the campus and enquiring the basic requirements. The school principal will arrange a school tour for parents to help them in making an informed decision. Afterwards, parents can register their child for this school by filling an online application. Those who are already a part of this school can fill the re-registration form,

Afterwards, the school asks the parents to bring their child for an assessment. The assessment includes a 30-minute entrance test based on multiple-choice questions and a writing passage. The test gauges students English writing, grammar and punctuation skills. Candidates for the kindergarten stage have to answer oral or picture selection questions as the entrance test. Al Shola American School also interviews students and parents to gather information. The admission depends on the performance of students in the entrance test and age-grade guideline. The age-grade guideline followed by Al Shola American School (SAS) is as follows:

GradeMinimum Entry AgeMaximum Entry AgeMinimum 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: SAS Ajman

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

The names of the successful candidates are placed on a waiting list. Parents are informed and requested to submit the documents and clear the dues within 5 days to secure a seat for their child. The students’ names will remain on the waiting list until all the dues are clear. All these processes are managed by experts in the admission department.

For more information, read the admission process and policy of Al Shola American School.

Fee Structure at Al Shola American School

The fee structure of Al Shola American school is as follows:

GradeAnnual Fee in AEDFee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
Grade
KG1
Annual Fee in AED
15,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
14,800
Grade
KG2
Annual Fee in AED
16,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
15,240
Grade
Grade 1
Annual Fee in AED
19,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
17,550
Grade
Grade 2
Annual Fee in AED
19,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
18,100
Grade
Grade 3
Annual Fee in AED
19,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
18,650
Grade
Grade 4
Annual Fee in AED
22,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
19,500
Grade
Grade 5
Annual Fee in AED
22,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
19,500
Grade
Grade 6
Annual Fee in AED
23,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
20,600
Grade
Grade 7
Annual Fee in AED
24,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
22,250
Grade
Grade 8
Annual Fee in AED
25,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
23,050
Grade
Grade 9
Annual Fee in AED
26,000
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
24,780
Grade
Grade 10
Annual Fee in AED
27,500
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
25,550
Grade
Grade 11
Annual Fee in AED
27,500
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
26,050
Grade
Grade 12
Annual Fee in AED
29,500
Fee After Admin Discount & Other Charges in AED
26,050
GradeBooks Fee in AEDUniform Fee in AED
Grade
KG1
Books Fee in AED
1,200
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
KG2
Books Fee in AED
1,200
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 1
Books Fee in AED
1,200
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 2
Books Fee in AED
1,200
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 3
Books Fee in AED
1,200
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 4
Books Fee in AED
1,500
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 5
Books Fee in AED
1,500
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 6
Books Fee in AED
1,500
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 7
Books Fee in AED
1,500
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 8
Books Fee in AED
1,500
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 9
Books Fee in AED
1,500
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 10
Books Fee in AED
1,500
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 11
Books Fee in AED
2,000
Uniform Fee in AED
400
Grade
Grade 12
Books Fee in AED
2,000
Uniform Fee in AED
400

All the payments need to be done before the start of the term. The deadlines for tuition fee are as follows:

  • First instalment – 9th January of the current year
  • Second instalment – 1st December of the current year
  • Third Instalment – 1st January of the next year

For more information, check out the fee structure and payment methods of Al Shola American School (SAS) Ajman.

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School Facilities

School Transportation at Al Shola American School (SAS) Ajman

Al Shola American School (SAS) offers a reliable transport service to its students. It owns a fleet of well-maintained buses equipped with modern safety and comfort features. All the bus drivers and conductors are well-trained to handle different situations. The school transport service covers a wide range of routes, including Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. The transport charges are as follows:

  • For Dubai – AED 3,500
  • For Sharjah – AED 3,000
  • For Ajman – 2,500
  • For Umm Al Quwain – AED 3,000

Currently, the school has put a limit on the number of students on a school bus. This step is taken to ensure that students can practise social distancing on the bus, as per the COVID-19 regulations. For more information, contact the school’s administration.

Sports Facilities

Al Shola American School (SAS) Ajman has a range of sports facilities. The school has a well-furnished sports hall with facilities for indoor sports. There also exists an outdoor grass-based bitch used for football and other outdoor activities.

Students playing different indoor games at the sports hall of Al Shola American School
Spacious indoor sports hall at Al Shola American School (Image Credit: SAS Ajman)

The school has restricted the access of students to the sports facilities as per the COVID-19 protocols.

Extra-curricular Activities at Al Shola American School

Besides academic prowess, Al Shola American School emphasises building all-round skills among students. For this purpose, the school has developed an extensive non-academic programme with a plethora of fun-based activities. Some noticeable activities are as follows:

Field trips Sports day
National day celebration Flag day celebration
Letters day with creative mind Breast cancer awareness day`
Animal day Colour day
Flag day celebration at Al Shola American School
Flag day celebration at Al Shola American School (Image Credit: SAS Ajman)

Field Trips from Al Shola American School (SAS) Ajman

Field Trip is a crucial part of the enrichment programme at SAS Ajman.  These trips allow schools to expose students to the outdoor environment. The school arranges several field trips throughout the year, predominantly recreational trips. One of the most popular field trips organised by the school were the visit to Kidzania, Expo 2020 and Sharjah Desert Park. Kidzania is a family entertainment centre where children can engage in various fun-based activities. Other popular field trips include visits to:

Funky Monkey Sharjah Library
Al Mahatta Museum Arabia’s Wildlife Centre – Sharjah
Students of Al Shola American School on a field trip to Kidzania
Students of SAS Ajman visited Kidzania (Image Credit: SAS Ajman)

After-school Care at SAS Ajman

The only after-school care at SAS Ajman is in the form of the extra-curricular activities.

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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Al shola American School Ajman emphasises strongly on effective communication among school and parents. The school offers several modes of communication to facilitate communication among teachers, parents and the school.

The parent portal is one of the essential modes of communication for parents. It is a useful resource where parents can find all the relevant information on a single platform. Here, parents can find attendance records, academic records, teachers’ feedback, circulars and notices, and much more.

Official website of Al Shola American School is another source of information for teachers, parents and the wider community. Here, visitors can find general information on admission and payment, education programme and media gallery, etc. Also, parents can contact the school by filling out the online contact us form on the school’s website.

The school has an active social media presence on multiple platforms popular among users. Here, the school shares updates and recent developments. Al Shola American School also has WhatsApp groups where teachers and parents of students studying in the same classroom are part of the group. The group is used for urgent enquiries and news.

Other modes of communication include telephone numbers and email addresses. Parents interested in enrolling their kids in this educational institute can visit the school for more information.

Al Shola American School Contact Information

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FAQs

What are the timings of the school?

7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Does the school organise after-school activities?

Yes, it has after-school activities after school hours.

How many grades are there in the school?

KG1 to Grade 12.

Is there any waiting list?

Yes, the registration office maintains a waiting list. The waiting list depends on the priority of the application, the date and time of submission of the application.

Does the school follow a co-educational system?

Yes, but not completely. Students study in separate classes after Grade 4.

How many students does the school have at the moment? How many nationalities are represented?

Al Shola American School has 840 students belonging to 40 different nations.

Does the school have any special education programmes or learning plans for students of determination?

Based on the results of academic aptitude tests, Al Shola School, Ajman applies a special education program for students with special educational needs

Can the school's academic calendar be described?

The academic year is from the last week of August to the last week of June

Please mention the range of the tuition fee charged by the school.

AED 14,800 to AED 26,050 including books and uniform fee.

How to communicate with parents?

The school maintains smooth communication with parents. Parents can reach out to an educational advisor to obtain more information. Each teacher at Al Shola School gets two hours per week on appointment via the dedicated chat on Microsoft Teams. The school also arranges parent-teacher meetings and updates the official social networking sites. Parents can also make use of the Telegram application.

Does the school have a cafeteria or a canteen on campus? What is the average cost of a meal at the school?

Yes, there is a cafeteria. A meal generally costs between AED 8 to AED 10.

Does the school organise field trips for students?

Yes, it organises field trips annually.

Are there any criteria for hiring teachers?

The school prefers teachers who are fluent in English, mostly from Canada and America.

What are the minimum qualification requirements for teachers at the school?

Teachers must have an IELTS or TOEFL certificate.

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