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Credence High School

Credence High School

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Overview

Established in 2014, Credence High School is a for-profit school that provides education from pre-kindergarten to secondary school. Azad Moopen and a group of other Indian Expatriates founded the school to offer high-quality education to Indian nationals. However, its positive reputation has lead to an increasing influx of students from other nationalities.

It is strategically located and is accessible from most parts of Dubai. The enormous campus has an extensive range of facilities that cater to the needs of over 500 students belonging to 30 nationalities. Currently, it provides education until Grade 10; but aims to expand its services to Grade 12 in the coming years.

It follows the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum, a standardised Indian curriculum currently taught in more than 24 countries. The curriculum is further enriched with international frameworks such as EYFS, Montessori and Reggio Emilia in kindergarten and XSEED education in higher grades. Learning is further blended through extra-curricular activities which are considered an important part of their academic year. The Credence High School’s KHDA rating is good.

Other facilities such as school transportation, lunch, sports, field trips, extra-curricular activities and day boarding activities help in offering a pleasing and exciting atmosphere.

This Credence High School review provides a comprehensive overview of the educational amenities and other features of the school.

Residential Communities near Credence High School

Al Quoz is one of the most prominent areas in Dubai with segregated residential and commercial sub-communities. The residential areas mostly offer a quiet and calm environment for its residents. Whereas, the bustling commercial areas have all the amenities. Credence High School is ideally surrounded by several residential communities of Dubai. Those living in the following communities can easily access Credence High School through Al Khail Road or Sheikh Zayed Road:

The family-friendly area of Al Quoz 1 is the nearest community that offers a plethora of opportunities to its residents. This includes malls, parks and supermarkets, making it an ideal place to live. The villas available in AL Quoz 1 are the cheapest in the area.

Campus of Credence High School

Sprawling over a massive area in Al Quoz 4, the school houses various indoor and outdoor facilities for children. The Credence High School campus consists of a three-storey L-shaped building based on modern architecture. The meticulously planned building has classrooms for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1 on the ground floor of the building. Students have easy access to shaded outdoor playing zones. The classes and other facilities for older students are located in the upper storeys of the building. To offer the best learning environment, the air-conditioned classrooms have smart technology. It also has separate science laboratories for biology, physics and chemistry, a spacious library and a 700-seat auditorium with retractable chairs.

Behind the Kindergarten play area lies a spacious playing field with athlete tracks. There is a separate building that houses indoor volleyball and basketball courts and a swimming pool. There is also a separate indoor hall for sports such as badminton and a hall for other cultural and social events in school.

Credence High School also has a canteen with a healthy and nutritional snack and lunch options, a 5,000 sq. ft. dance and drama hall and a medical centre. There is also a parking space for the school bus at the campus.

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Large outdoor spaces for school buses at Credence High School (Image Credit: Credence High School Facebook Page)

Location of Credence High School

Credence High School is located off the 318th Road in Al Quoz 4, the western community of the Al Quoz residential area. Those looking to access the school will find it near Al Khail Mall.

Why Credence High School?

Credence High School is substantially different from other Indian schools in Dubai. This makes it an alluring option for parents who want to expose their children to a more global curriculum with familiar elements from their home country.

The school considers diversity imperative for its success and has adopted a highly inclusive admission policy that allows people from other nationalities to enrol. This is evident from the fact that students from over 30 different nationalities study at the school. The Credence High School Principal, Deepika Thapar Singh, fully supports the inclusive policy and ensures that no candidate faces any discrimination.

It also focuses on more conceptual or skill-based knowledge as compared to other Indian schools. Conceptual learning is further supported by utilising high-end technology such as SMART classrooms and advanced science laboratories. They also adopt other international curriculums and educational frameworks used all over the world to ensure an all-round curriculum.

Besides academic activities, students are encouraged to take part in non-academic activities. Credence High School believes that sports and movements are important for children in the 21st century. For this purpose, they hire professional trainers that use these facilities to train them. It also focuses on music, art and drama as extra-curricular activities. Most of these activities are part of day-to-day plans for each grade.

Additionally, Credence High School is one of the few schools in Dubai that offers a day boarding facility in the form of after-school activities. These activities are an extension of extra-curricular activities and are supported by the facilities available within the campus.

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School Details

Years Offered at Credence High School

Credence High School provides education from the pre-kindergarten stage to Grade 10 stage. The stages of education at this school are:

StageGrade
Kindergarten Pre-KG to KG2
Primary School Grade 1 to Grade 5
Middle School Grade 6 to Grade 8
Secondary School Grade 9 and Grade 12

Credence High School Curriculum

To support the school’s vision of nurturing free and happy minds, the curriculum at Credence High School aligns with the Indian curriculum of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It enriches the CBSE inspired curriculum with values related to the context of the UAE. It is a holistic curriculum that focuses on the all-round development of students with skills necessary to compete in the 21st century. The scope of the curriculum is further expanded by adopting values from international frameworks like EYFS and XSEED education. This offers more practical based knowledge.

Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten

The curriculum for the kindergarten stage (KG1 and KG2) adopts values of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It revolves around cognitive, emotional, social, creative and physical development of children. The thematic curriculum is further supported by establishing cross-curricular links.

Young learners also learn through play and learn sessions involving a range of indoor and outdoor activities.

The subjects involved in the curriculum for the kindergarten stage are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Understanding the world
  • The UAE Social Studies

Primary Curriculum

For primary stage students, it uses group-learning activities in learning centres for a smooth transition from kindergarten to primary stage. The curriculum is also based on thematic learning, where the basic learning achieved in the kindergarten stage is used to explain broader subjects. Credence High School also uses cross-linking to support holistic learning. The subjects included in the primary curriculum are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Hindi
  • French
  • Islamic studies
  • Arabic
  • English (from Grade 2)

Middle school curriculum

The middle school curriculum at Credence High School is a continuation of the thematic curriculum followed at the primary level. The knowledge acquired in previous stages of education is used to expand the scope of subjects. The subjects taught in Grades 6, 7 and 8 are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Indian social science (in Grade 6)
  • UAE social science (in Grade 6)
  • Social science (in Grades 7 and 8)
  • Hindi
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Islamic studies

Secondary curriculum

In the secondary stage, students prepare for the Central Board of Secondary Education examinations in Grade 10. The subjects that are part of the secondary curriculum at Credence High School are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Hindi
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Social science
  • Islamic studies

KHDA Rating

To ensure quality education and the growth of educational institutes, the government of Dubai has established the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Out of its many responsibilities, one function is to inspect the private educational institutes in Dubai and offer a judgement based on a 6-point scale: Outstanding, very good, good, acceptable, weak and very weak. They issue annual reports for the school, which serves as the basis for improvement in the education sector of Dubai.

KHDA's 6-point rating scale
KHDA’s rating scale explained

In its latest inspection of the year 2018-19, KHDA rated Credence High School as Good.

YearsKHDA Rating
2016-2017 Acceptable
2017-2020 Good

The school has maintained its good rating for the last three years due to the following positives:

  • Students of Credence High School have demonstrated a well-developed understanding of Islamic values along with considerable social and personal development.
  • The school has made provisions for health, safety, support and care for all students.
  • Effective partnership with parents

KHDA recommended the following to Credence High School to improve its performance:

  • The school must improve students’ outcome and teaching, especially for Arabic as an additional language.
  • Credence High School must align the curriculum of Islamic education with standards of the Ministry of Education (MOE). They also need to exceed curricular expectations for Islamic Education.
  • The school should use the self-evaluation process to improve students’ outcomes
  • Use assessment data to monitor the progress made by students and to improve curricular review and planning.

Academic Calendar for Credence High School

The academic year at Credence High School starts in April and ends in March. The academic year for students in kindergarten to Grade 1 is split into three terms, while those in Grade 2 and above have only two terms.

  • The first term for Kindergarten to Grade 10 starts in the first week of April and ends in the last week of June. A 2-month summer break follows the end of the first term.
  • The second term for Kindergarten to Grade 10 starts in the first week of September. The second term for kindergarten to Grade 1 ends in the second week of December. However, for Grade 2 and above, the second term ends in the last week of March.
  • The third and final term at Credence High School starts in the second week of January and ends in the last week of March with a parent-teacher meeting.

For more information, view the academic calendar for Credence High School.

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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Credence High School?

The admission process at Credence High School consists of the following key steps:

  • Inquiry and online registration
  • Confirming registration and entry test
  • Enrolment of children
  • Registration with KHDA and parents’ school contract

Inquiry and Online Registration

At Credence High School, the admission process starts with filling an inquiry form and an online registration form. Parents are encouraged to visit the school to better understand the learning and teaching facilities and resources.

Please note that the Credence High School emphasis on selecting the most appropriate grade in the registration form as per the child’s age. The age-grade guideline is given below:

GradeMinimum Entry AgeMaximum Entry AgeMinimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Pre-KG
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
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 March (for schools beginning in April). Source: Credence High School

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

Confirming Registration and Entry Tests

Upon completion of the registration form, parents need to confirm the registration by submitting the print copy of the registration form along with the assessment fee of AED 500.

Next, the school assesses the child’s skills through the entrance test. For admission in kindergarten, the assessment involves a practical and observational assessment to test the child’s readiness. For admission in Grade 1 and above, the applicant sits a formal entrance test. Mathematics and English are the main components of the entrance test at Credence High School. It also provides an entrance test syllabus for parents to prepare their child.

Enrolment of children

Once the assessment test is cleared, it extends an enrolment offer via email or telephone. Next, parents need to pay the relevant fee within three days of the offer to secure a seat for their child. Please note that a valid UAE residence visa and Emirates ID are necessary for admission in Credence High School.

Registration with KHDA and parents’ school contract

The last step in the admission process at Credence School includes registering new students with KHDA. The school carries out the registration process and requires the following documents:

  • Documents referring to special education needs (if applicable)
  • Child’s immunisation record (grade 1 and above)
  • Emirates ID card of the student
  • Emirates ID card of one of the parents
  • Signed parent-school contract
  • Transferred certificate

Documents must be translated into English or Arabic for authenticity and verification.

The transfer certificate must have the following information:

  • Full name
  • Previous year
  • Date of enrolment
  • Date of leaving the school
  • School stamps and signature

Those coming from schools in other emirates of the UAE must get their transfer certificate attested by the Ministry of Education of that emirate.

Students coming from GCC countries must get their transfer certificate attested by the Ministry of Education of that country.

For those coming from overseas must get their transfer certificate attested by the Education officer of that zone/area, the Ministry of country’s embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE.

Please bear in mind that parents need to submit the aforementioned documents within three weeks of joining. For more information, read the Credence High School admission guideline.

Fee Structure at Credence High School

The school offers flexible payment plans. These plans include annual, per term and month plans. The Credence High School fees are given below:

GradeFirst Term (AED)Second Term (AED)Third Term (AED)Monthly Fee (AED)Annual Fee (AED)
Grade
Pre-KG
First Term (AED)
3,900
Second Term (AED)
5,200
Third Term (AED)
3,900
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,300
Annual Fee (AED)
13,000
Grade
KG1
First Term (AED)
4,500
Second Term (AED)
6,000
Third Term (AED)
4,500
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,500
Annual Fee (AED)
15,000
Grade
KG2
First Term (AED)
4,500
Second Term (AED)
6,000
Third Term (AED)
4,500
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,500
Annual Fee (AED)
15,000
Grade
Grade 1
First Term (AED)
5,100
Second Term (AED)
6,800
Third Term (AED)
5,100
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,700
Annual Fee (AED)
17,000
Grade
Grade 2
First Term (AED)
5,100
Second Term (AED)
6,800
Third Term (AED)
5,100
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,700
Annual Fee (AED)
17,000
Grade
Grade 3
First Term (AED)
5,700
Second Term (AED)
7,600
Third Term (AED)
5,700
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,900
Annual Fee (AED)
19,000
Grade
Grade 4
First Term (AED)
5,700
Second Term (AED)
7,600
Third Term (AED)
5,700
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,900
Annual Fee (AED)
19,000
Grade
Grade 5
First Term (AED)
6,300
Second Term (AED)
8,400
Third Term (AED)
6,300
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,100
Annual Fee (AED)
21,000
Grade
Grade 6
First Term (AED)
6,300
Second Term (AED)
8,400
Third Term (AED)
6,300
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,100
Annual Fee (AED)
21,000
Grade
Grade 7
First Term (AED)
6,900
Second Term (AED)
9,200
Third Term (AED)
6,900
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,300
Annual Fee (AED)
23,000
Grade
Grade 8
First Term (AED)
6,900
Second Term (AED)
9,200
Third Term (AED)
6,900
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,300
Annual Fee (AED)
23,000
Grade
Grade 9
First Term (AED)
7,500
Second Term (AED)
10,000
Third Term (AED)
7,500
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,500
Annual Fee (AED)
25,000
Grade
Grade 10
First Term (AED)
7,500
Second Term (AED)
10,000
Third Term (AED)
7,500
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,500
Annual Fee (AED)
25,000
Grade
Grade 11
First Term (AED)
7,800
Second Term (AED)
10,400
Third Term (AED)
7,800
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,600
Annual Fee (AED)
26,000
Grade
Grade 12
First Term (AED)
7,800
Second Term (AED)
10,400
Third Term (AED)
7,800
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,600
Annual Fee (AED)
26,000

Other fees include a registration fee of AED 500, an admission fee of AED 750 for new students. New and existing students also need to pay resource fee of AED 750 per annum.

Book Set and Uniform Fees

Additional fees at Credence High School include book set and uniform fees, which are as follows:

GradeBook and Resource Fee (AED)
Pre-KG 587.50
KG1 737.50
KG2 837.50
Grade 1 1014.50
Grade 2 1019.50
Grade 3 1019.50
Grade 4 1024.50
Grade 5 1024.50
Grade 6 1034.50
Grade 7 1059.50
Grade 8 1079.50
Grade 9 1164.50
Grade 10 1054.50
Grade 11 (Science) 1154.50
Grade 11 (Commerce) 1104.50

For more information regarding the fees structure and policy, view Credence High School fees policy.

Scholarships at Credence High School

Currently, Credence High School does not have any scholarship programme.

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School Facilities

Lunch Options at Credence High School

It promotes healthy eating habits among students. For this purpose, they have taken certain initiatives that include sharing a nutritional meal plan (breakfast and lunch) that children can practice at their home or school cafeteria. The cafeteria offers hot and cold scrumptious yet healthy and nutritional snacks and lunch items. They can also bring packed lunches at school. The attendant at the cafeteria warms the home-packed lunch in the microwave oven.

School Transportation at Credence High School

Comfortable and safe transportation service is provided to students. Credence High School outsourced the transportation service to Blue Line Transportation, a part of Rented Bus LLC.

This is a reputable transport service provider in the UAE and offers services to a diverse range of clients including schools. With an immense focus on the safety and comfort of every child, they cover every corner of Dubai.

The bus leaves the school at 2:20 pm and 4:05 pm (for students in the after-school programme).

The routes and transportation charges per month are as follows:

  • Al Quoz 1, 2, 3 – AED 350
  • Al Khail Gate, Awqaf Building, Wasl Building, Al Quoz-4 – AED 350
  • Umm Suqeim, Al Barsha; Jumeirah 1,2, 3; Jumeirah Beach Road, Al Wasl Road, Satwa, JVC/JVT, Business Bay, Safa, Rashidiya, International City, Ras al Khor, Nad al Shiba, IMPZ, Meydan, Sports City – AED 475
  • Al Twar, Al Qusais, Mizhar, Al Nahda, Muhaisnah, Lulu Village, Mirdif, Al Warqa – AED 500
  • Deira, HAA, Mamzar, Al Hamriya, Al Shaab, Sky Courts, Q- Point – AED 500
  • Discovery Garden, Dubai Gardens, Barsha Heights, Springs, Meadows, Greens, Marina, JBR, JLT, Palm Jumeirah, DIP, Al Furjan, Al Sufoh – AED 500
  • Silicon Oasis, Nad Al Hammar, Mankhool, Bur Dubai, Jaffliya, Karama, Fruit and Vegetable Market, Warsan, Jebel Ali – AED 525
  • Sharjah Al Nahda – AED 550
  • Mudon, Marmum – AED 550
  • Al Awir – AED 600
  • Sharjah interior- AED 600

For further information, view the transportation fees for Credence High School.

Boarding Facility at Credence High School

Currently, the school only offers a day-boarding facility which includes after-school activities associated with sports, arts, drama and music. This helps develop non-academic skills that assist students to compete with other schools in the 21st century.

Holiday Camps at Credence High School

Currently, there are no holiday camps.

Sports Facilities

It considers sports and physical education as paramount to the growth of its students. They utilised their spacious campus and developed several indoor and outdoor sports facilities within the campus. These facilities include:

  • A FIFA approved outdoor football pitch with artificial grass
  • A 6-lane synthetic athletics track circling the cricket pitch
  • Artificial grass field with a full-sized cricket pitch with net facilities (floodlights for night matches)
  • A volleyball court with sports flooring
  • A covered swimming pool
  • An indoor multipurpose hall for several indoor sports such as badminton and table tennis
Students of Credence High School playing on a football pitch
The football pitch at Credence High School (Image Credit: Credence High School Facebook Page

Extra-curricular Activities at Credence High School

The school has an extensive range of extra-curricular activities that are mostly offered after school timings. This is to ensure a balance between academic and extracurricular activities. A majority of the extra-curricular activities are sports-related that uses the sports facilities available within the campus. However, other non-sports-related extracurricular activities are also available for students. These activities include inter-school and intra-school quizzes, dramas and music events, class assemblies and field trips.

Students of Credence High School involved in arts-related activities
Students in Emirati Club of Credence High School (Image Credit: Credence High School Facebook Page)

Field Trips from Credence High School

Credence High School believes in ensuring a holistic learning experience. To achieve this, the school supports academic learning through educational field trips. One noticeable field trip involves the visit to Lulu Hypermarket where students of Grade 1 were taught about making healthy choices to live a happy life.

Students of Credence High School on a field trip
Students of Credence High School visited Sharjah Discovery Centre (Image Credit: Credence High School Facebook Page

After-school Care

The after-school care programme at Credence High School is based on extra-curricular programmes. These activities take place every Sunday to Thursday until 4:00 pm. Students are encouraged to take part in the after-school programmes, the school buses leave at 4:05 pm on the aforementioned days.

Medical Care at Credence High School

There is a medical centre with a full time registered nurse and a part-time doctor that takes care of children with illnesses or injuries. In case of emergencies, the clinic is facilitated with an automated external defibrillator and first aid kits. As per the Dubai Health Authority, the medical staff conducts medical examinations for the following:

  • All new students
  • All Year 5 students
  • All Year 9 students
  • All students leaving the school

Parents are requested to submit the child’s vaccination and medical forms at the time of admissions. The medical centre maintains a personal file of each student which is regularly updated with all scheduled vaccinations, annual check-ups (height, weight, BMI, BMI percentile, etc.) and any other visits to the clinic. Various screening campaigns are conducted during the school year such as eye test and dental check-up.

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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Credence High school considers parent engagement vital for the success of the school. They have established a strong connection with the wider community, including parents, which is also highlighted by KHDA in its inspection report for the year 2018-2019. It has two key modes of communication for parents and teachers to interact with each other.

Parent-teacher meetings at the end of the academic year provide comprehensive feedback of the child’s performance throughout the year. The school will take measures to ensure such meetings can occur on time by visual means.

Parents can also access vital information at any given moment in an academic year through the online portal.

Parents can also contact the teachers through class WhatsApp groups for urgent inquiries. Those interested to be a part of their workforce can send their online job application to the school. For more information, visit the Credence High School careers.

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