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City American School Ajman

City American School Ajman

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Overview

City American School (CAS) Ajman is a newly developed American school offering high-quality education to students. It was established in Al Tallah 2 by R Education and Academic Development (READ) in September 2020. READ has two other educational institutes in Ajman, including the City School in the same locality. His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, who is the owner of READ, is the chairperson of the board of trustees of City American School.

The school is located on a 1 million sq. ft. campus with extraordinary academic and non-academic facilities. It follows the US National Curriculum based on the California Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. It is under the process of accreditation by AdvancED – a reputable educational body responsible for recognising US schools across the world. Currently, the school caters to the educational needs of students in kindergarten and elementary stages.

Besides academics, the school has plans to expand its enrichment programme to focus on the development of lifelong skills. Read this comprehensive guide on the City American School by Bayut to learn more about its educational programme, admission details and much more.

Residential Communities near City American School

City American School is located in Al Tallah 2 – a picturesque neighbourhood of Ajman. The following residential communities are in proximity of the school:

Al Muwaihat 2 is the nearest residential community from the school. The school is at a 7-minute drive from the centre of the community. Currently, Al Mowaihat 2 and its sister communities are in the developmental stage. However, those seeking residential spaces can find affordable villas on rent. Those looking for an apartment-style living can opt for Al Rawda 3 and Al Rawda 2, which are also located close to the school.

Campus of City American School Ajman

City American School in Ajman is located on a spacious campus with state-of-the-art facilities. The school building is designed in a way to ensure that maximum space is used to provide a multitude of facilities. The campus is eco-friendly and designed to be energy efficient and power saving.

Classrooms are bright and spacious. They are equipped with equipment, such as interactive whiteboards and network connection. There also exists well-equipped science labs to support the theoretical lessons in science delivered within the classrooms. Students also have access to library stocking a plethora of books on different topics.

Science lab at City American School Ajman
Well-equipped Science lab at City American School Ajman (Image Credit: CAS Ajman Facebook Page)

Extra-curricular and school events are usually carried out inside a 500-seater auditorium with audio/visual and lighting facilities. City American School Ajman also has a strong IT structure, including ICT labs with fast-processing computers.

Sports facilities at the campus include several outdoor play areas, football field, outdoor basketball court, gymnasium, swimming pools and much more.

The campus also has a canteen, medical centre, prayer room and activity rooms for music, dance and art.

Location of City American School

City American School is located in Al Tallah 2, Ajman. The school is located close to the Saudi German Hospital Ajman in the same community. Those coming from other parts of Ajman and Sharjah can access it via Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Street.

Why City American School?

Several reasons make City American School Ajman an alluring option for parents living in Al Tallah and surrounding communities.

City American School offers high-quality US-based education to students at an affordable cost. The school is located in a location easily accessible by residents of Ajman and Sharjah alike. The curriculum is based on the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which are supported by the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and the Overseas School Advisory Council. The tuition fee charged by the school ranges from AED 11,800 to AED 15,700, which is lower than many top American schools in the UAE.

CAS is a part of the READ, an educational arm of the R Education. The educational body ensures that the facilities, educational programme and other aspects of the school remain consistent with time. The school’s board of trustees is chaired by His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi who made several contributions to improve the educational sector of Ajman. City American School is the only school in Ajman that has an applicant status of the AdvancED accreditation.

The school has one of the best facilities in the Emirate. The recently developed school has outstanding academic and non-academic facilities, including well-equipped laboratories and high-end sports facilities. To better use these facilities, the school hires experienced teachers with relevant qualifications.

Another attractive feature of this school is the resources available to keep parents updated on the progress of children. Resources like the school system, ClassDojo, Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test and international benchmark test help the school to explain the progress made by students.

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School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

The government of UAE collaborated with relevant ministries and stakeholders to come up with a set of protocols to safely reopen schools during the pandemic. These protocols are established to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in educational sectors in the UAE. Schools have to strictly comply with these regulations to ensure a safe learning environment for students. The protocols are as follows:

  • Schools must check the temperature of students and staff before entering the premises. No one with the temperature above 37.5-degree centigrade is allowed to enter the school.
  • Social distancing must be ensured at all times. A minimum distance of 2 metres is recommended. Schools also need to reduce the capacity of buses to ensure students can practice social distancing.
  • Schools need to periodically sterilise the campus and its facilities, including classrooms, laboratories, resources and frequently contacted surfaces.
  • Catering services will be managed as per their specific guidelines. Sharing of food is strictly prohibited during the pandemic. Parents are encouraged to send their children along with home-packed lunch boxes.
  • Children with special health conditions will be monitored closely by the ministry.
  • Limit activities, such as extracurricular events, after-school programmes, field trips and clubs, that may result in gathering large crowds.
  • Sports facilities, such as swimming pools, shall remain close until further notice. Physical education will continue at the campus.
  • Cleaning teams and maintenance crew is not allowed to enter the campus in presence of students.
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPEs) to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 disease. Students below six years old are not required to wear a mask.
  • The school fee remains the same for the current academic year. Schools can offer discounts to parents as they deem fit.

Years Offered at City American School Ajman

City American School is a kindergarten and elementary school that caters to the educational needs of students aged 4 to 11 years old. The stages of education at this educational institute are:

StageGrade
Kindergarten KG1 and KG2
Elementary Grade 1 to Grade 5

City American School Curriculum

City American School (CAS) Ajman follows US Education based on the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards are commonly practised by schools in the US and around the globe. The curriculum is academically rigorous and prepares students to face the modern world’s challenges. The specifics of the curriculum for each phase of education at this school are:

Kindergarten Curriculum

Kindergarten stage is one of the crucial phases of education in the life of a student. In this stage, City American School focuses on building fundamental skills and motor skills that are beneficial in the subsequent phases of education. The kindergarten curriculum is centred around the development of students using play and other informal learning methods. Teachers use active and informative forms of learning to target a variety of skills, such as societal awareness, intellect, cognition, physicality, semantics and emotional intelligence.

The school introduces students to a multitude of experiences by following an integrated curriculum based on the CCSS and NGSS.  The essential learning areas of the KG curriculum are:

  • Creative Arts – painting, drawing, cutting and pasting, and playing with dough 
  • Science – Earth and space science, life science and physical science
  • English language art and literacy – reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Math: counting and cardinality – measurement and data, geometry, and operations and algebraic thinking
  • Personal and social development – independence, social skills and positive attitude towards others
  • Physical education – Gross and fine motor skills

The kindergarten syllabus requires critical learning spaces for effectiveness. Teachers follow a flexible instruction style and stimulating activities to deliver all-inclusive lessons to use the enquiry skills of young learners. Assessment is carried out at:

  • End of each theme or unit
  • Mid-term
  • End of term

for more information, read the curricular overview of the kindergarten education programme at CAS Ajman.

Elementary Stage Curriculum

In the elementary stage, the school focuses on utilising the fundamental skills taught in the kindergarten stage. It follows the US Curriculum based on the California Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The school gradually introduced students to formal teaching methods  over the five years of education.

CAS uses many resources available at the campus to cater to the educational needs of all types of students. The subjects offered to students are:

  • English
  • Science
  • Maths
  • Physical Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Language
  • Art
  • Music

Additionally, the school teaches Arabic, Islamic Education and Social Studies as per the regulations of the Ministry of Education (MOE) UAE. The medium of instruction is English. City American School uses phonics to help students with English as their Second Language (ESL).

There are two ESL approaches:

  • Literacy programme: This programme is for students requiring accelerated English language skills in writing and reading.
  • Response to intervention (RTI): This approach is used to identify the learning and behaviour needs of students.

For more information, read the curricular overview of the elementary stage programme at City American School Ajman.

Distance Learning

The government of Dubai has mandated schools to offer distance learning provisions besides in-class learning, especially in the first phase of reopening. Distance learning format might differ from school to school and term to term, but students opting for this model will be kept updated on the curriculum followed.

Academic Calendar for City American School

The academic year of the City American School in Ajman starts in August and ends in July. Like most international schools in the UAE, the first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December. The second term starts in the first week of January and ends in the fourth week of March. The last term starts in the second week of April and ends in the first week of June.

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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to City American School?

The admission process at City American School is simple and straightforward. To apply, fill out the registration form available on the school’s website. You can also submit the form physically by visiting the campus.

Please submit the form with authentic information. The school reserves the right to reject the application because of false information.

Parents also need to submit the following documents with the registration form:

  • Original and a photocopy of the candidate’s Emirates ID card
  • Original and a photocopy of father’s and mother’s Emirates ID cards
  • Six recent passport size photographs of the candidate (coloured photos)
  • A copy of the candidate’s birth certificate
  • A copy of the candidate’s passport (with a valid UAE residence visa for non-UAE nationals)
  • Family book (for UAE nationals)
  • A copy of the vaccination record of the candidate
  • Previous report card of the candidate
  • Original transfer certificate issued by the previous school with SIS number (must be attested)

Those applying from schools in the UAE need to get a stamp on the certificate by the Education Zone. Whereas, those applying from schools outside UAE need to get their certificates attested by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UAE Consulate in the country of the previous school.

The age-grade guideline followed by CAS Ajman is:

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

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

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

Parents also need to pay AED 500 as the admission fee to proceed with the admission process. Afterwards, the school will contact the parents to bring their child for an assessment. Successful candidates will be offered admission at the City American School. If there is no vacancy, the school will place the name of the candidate on a waiting list.

For more information, check out the admission process at the City American School Ajman.

Fee Structure at City American School Ajman

The fee structure of City American School Ajman is exhibited below:

GradeAnnual Tuition Fee (AED)Discounted Fee (AED)Books (AED)Uniforms (AED)Total (AED)
Grade
KG1
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
14,190
Discounted Fee (AED)
11,800
Books (AED)
1,000
Uniforms (AED)
400
Total (AED)
13,200
Grade
KG2
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
14,850
Discounted Fee (AED)
12,200
Books (AED)
1,000
Uniforms (AED)
400
Total (AED)
13,600
Grade
Grade 1
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
15,950
Discounted Fee (AED)
14,300
Books (AED)
1,400
Uniforms (AED)
400
Total (AED)
16,100
Grade
Grade 2
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
15,950
Discounted Fee (AED)
14,800
Books (AED)
1,400
Uniforms (AED)
400
Total (AED)
16,600
Grade
Grade 3
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
15,950
Discounted Fee (AED)
15,300
Books (AED)
1,400
Uniforms (AED)
400
Total (AED)
17,100
Grade
Grade 4
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
17,600
Discounted Fee (AED)
15,700
Books (AED)
1,800
Uniforms (AED)
400
Total (AED)
17,900
Grade
Grade 5
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
17,600
Discounted Fee (AED)
15,700
Books (AED)
1,800
Uniforms (AED)
400
Total (AED)
17,900

The school offers various discounts to parents. Parents will get a 25% discount on the tuition fee of the younger child if two children are enrolled at City American School. In the case of three children, the school offers a 25% discount on the tuition fee of the second child and an 18% discount on the tuition fee of the third child. Similarly, the school offers a 25% discount on the annual tuition fee of the second child, 18% discount on the tuition fee of the third child and 12% discount on the tuition fee of the fourth child and 10% discount on the tuition fee of the fifth child. For more information, read the discounts available at City American School.

Scholarships at City American School Ajman

Currently, the school does not offer any scholarship programme to its students. The modest tuition fee makes up for the lack of scholarships. For the academic year 2021-2022, the school will offer a scholarship that will waive 50% of the tuition fee.

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School Facilities

Lunch Options at City American School Ajman

The school has a canteen where students can buy hot and cold snacks and beverages at affordable prices.

School Canteen at City American School Ajman
School canteen with seating arrangements for students to enjoy their meals (Image Credit: CAS Ajman Facebook Page)

The canteen is operational as per the COVID-19 regulations.

School Transportation at CAS Ajman

City American School Ajman offers a reliable and affordable transport service to its students. The fleet has well-maintained and air-conditioned shuttle buses with safety features. The transport service is available for Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai and Umm Al Quwain emirates. The transportation charges are as follows:

GradeAjman (AED)Sharjah (AED)Umm Al Quwain (AED)Dubai (AED)
Grade
KG1
Ajman (AED)
2,500
Sharjah (AED)
3,000
Umm Al Quwain (AED)
3,000
Dubai (AED)
3,500
Grade
KG2
Ajman (AED)
2,500
Sharjah (AED)
3,000
Umm Al Quwain (AED)
3,000
Dubai (AED)
3,500
Grade
Grade 1
Ajman (AED)
2,500
Sharjah (AED)
3,000
Umm Al Quwain (AED)
3,000
Dubai (AED)
3,500
Grade
Grade 2
Ajman (AED)
2,500
Sharjah (AED)
3,000
Umm Al Quwain (AED)
3,000
Dubai (AED)
3,500
Grade
Grade 3
Ajman (AED)
2,500
Sharjah (AED)
3,000
Umm Al Quwain (AED)
3,000
Dubai (AED)
3,500
Grade
Grade 4
Ajman (AED)
2,500
Sharjah (AED)
3,000
Umm Al Quwain (AED)
3,000
Dubai (AED)
3,500
Grade
Grade 5
Ajman (AED)
2,500
Sharjah (AED)
3,000
Umm Al Quwain (AED)
3,000
Dubai (AED)
3,500

Currently, the school has reduced the school bus capacity to comply with the COVID-19 regulations. This step is taken to ensure that students practice social distancing on the bus.

Boarding Facility at City American School

City American School is a day-only school. It does not offer boarding facilities to its students. Students who find it difficult to reach school on time can opt for the school transport service. Also, parents can relocate to areas located close to the school. If interested, read the residential communities near City American School at the beginning of the guide.

Holiday Camps at City American School Ajman

Currently, the school does not offer any holiday camp to its students. The school may include the holiday camps in near future. Right now, parents can enrol their kids in holiday camps provided by external camp providers.

Sports Facilities

Sports is an important part of the students’ life at City American School. The school has excellent sports facilities to ensure that students live a healthy and active lifestyle. The campus has a spacious gymnasium hall where they work on a variety of indoor activities. There also exists an outdoor basketball court, swimming pools and a regulation-size soccer field. For young learners, the school has an indoor and shaded outdoor play area. The play area has sand and water areas for stimulating learning.

Outdoor play area at City American School (CAS) Ajman
Shaded outdoor play area at City American School Ajman (Image Credit: CAS Ajman Facebook Page)

Please note that some sports facilities, such as swimming pools, are currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Extra-curricular Activities at CAS Ajman

City American School considers extracurricular programmes essential for students. It has become an important part of modern-day schooling and ensures the holistic development of students. The school encourages students to take part in extracurricular activities. The activities are split into two major parts: academic and non-academic activities.

The academic extracurricular activities available to students are:

English poetry club Spelling bee club
Storytelling club Quran reciting

The non-academic activities are:

Extra 1Extra 2Extra 3
Extra 1
Art and craft club
Extra 2
Drama club
Extra 3
Cooking club
Extra 1
Sewing club
Extra 2
Sports club
Extra 3
Taekwondo and Karate
Extra 1
School chorus
Extra 2
Gymnastic
Extra 3
Chess club

Currently, the school offers a limited number of extra-curricular programmes to its students because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school will let you know regarding the resumption of the extra-curricular programme on official platforms.

After-school Care at City American School Ajman

Currently, the school does not offer after-school programmes.

Medical Care at City American School

City American School has medical clinics to take care of students and staff during medical emergencies. The medical clinics are also responsible for health checkups and maintaining students’ health records.

School clinic at City American School Ajman
Well-equipped medical clinic at the campus (Image Credit: CAS Ajman Facebook Page)
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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

City American School Ajman believes in transparent and effective communication with parents. Therefore, the school has several modes of communication to facilitate the process. The school arranges parent-teacher meetings to discuss the progress made by students. The school also has a website where parents and the wider community can use to avail information. The school also has a social media presence on popular social media platforms and WhatsApp groups for urgent enquiries. The school has plans to soon introduce a school portal system.

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