Dawha School

Dawha School

Overview

Dawha School was established in 1986 as a private primary school. Over the past three decades, the school has grown in strength and now offers classes from kindergarten to the secondary school level. 

Dawha School is a respected educational institution in Sharjah that offers the American Curriculum. The school employs highly qualified and experienced faculty members to maximise the potential of the students. This ensures that the students are prepared to go to prestigious universities and manage their careers thereafter.

Located in Al Sumod Street, Al Azra, Sharjah, the school is an institution that builds strong bonds with parents and keeps them updated regarding their child’s progress. The school aims to mould well-rounded personalities by setting the highest standards of conduct, efficiency and cultural integrity.   

The school is home to high-end facilities and state-of-the-art ICT technology. To know more about Dawha School’s fee structure, campus and amenities, read this guide by Bayut.

Residential Communities near Dawha School

Dawha School is ideally located in the Al Azra community of Sharjah. The school is nestled in a neighbourhood of educational institutions such as New Delhi Private School Sharjah and ASPAM Indian International School. Residential communities close to the area are:

Al Azra has multiple properties for rent and sale. Parents looking to move closer to Dawha School Sharjah can consider some of these options:

Campus of Dawha School

Dawha School’s purpose-built campus houses various top-notch facilities such as: 

Campus 1
Dedicated Science Laboratories
Campus 2
Latest Computer Technology
Campus 1
Fully Stocked Library
Campus 2
Well-Equipped Classrooms
Campus 1
Arts and Sports facilities
Campus 2
Medical Clinic
Students at Dawha School
Students at the school take part in both scholastic and co-scholastic activities (Image Credits: Dawha School Facebook Page)

The school also has a common square in the centre of the campus that includes a theatre used for holding events, celebrations and other activities. Students at Dawha School make use of the services the school offers for various scholastic and non-scholastic activities. This in-turn funnels a rich and all-rounded development of students.

Location of Dawha School

Located at 83 Al Samood Street, Al Azra, Sharjah, Dawha School is easily accessible from both Dubai and Ajman. 

The school is also in close proximity to family-friendly residential communities such as Al Ghafia and Al Ramtha that have multiple properties available for rent and sale. Parents can consider moving into these communities to live closer to the school.

Why Dawha School?

Dawha School aims to empower its students during the course of their educational journey. The school encourages its students to “self-discover” in order to completely understand their true potential and talent. It takes certain steps to help students on their road to self-discovery. They: 

  • Prepare a rigorous, university-ready academic program that embraces the best practices of the American curriculum. 
  • Establish a nurturing learning environment that emphasises on personal success and happiness. 
  • Establish programmes in theatre, art, sport and technology to explore their talents.

The school started off as a primary school in 1986 and has now expanded to offer an American High School Diploma Programme at the secondary school level. The American High School certificate is widely recognised. The school has a proud 100% pass percentage in TOEFL

Extracurricular activities at Dawha School
The school offers a nurturing learning environment for students (Image Credits: Dawha School Facebook Page)

The school rigorously abides by their vision and mission for the school to continuously evolve. For this purpose, Dawha School aims to:

  • Develop the pursuance of academic excellence through quality education.
  • Keeping up with technology while also blending core values, traditions and culture.
  • To provide a safe educational environment that offers effective teaching and learning. 

Offering classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12, the school embraces the diversity and culture of each and every student attending the school. The school has a dedicated guidance counsellor and learning specialist to assist students as and when needed.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

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

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

Grades Offered At Dawha School

Grades at Dawha School are split according to the standard American schooling system– Kindergarten, Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary

Stage
Grade
Stage
Kindergarten
Grade
KG1 and KG2
Stage
Elementary
Grade
Grade 1 to Grade 5
Stage
Intermediate
Grade
Grade 6 to Grade 8
Stage
Secondary
Grade
Grade 9 to Grade 12

Dawha School Curriculum

The school has adopted a college-preparatory American curriculum to instruct its students. It is one of the many American-curriculum schools in Sharjah. This curriculum also inculcates Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies subjects as per the requirements of the Ministry of Education. The syllabus covers various topics based on the grade level.

Kindergarten

At this level, the curriculum focuses on promoting Elementary Stage readiness while also nurturing each individual students’ passion. Social, emotional and academic skills are developed through activities and play. Decision-making, problem-solving, expressing one’s feelings, group participation, practising empathy and dealing with conflict are some of the core focuses of learning at the Kindergarten level. The subjects taught at this level are:

Subject
Arabic
Subject
Religion
Subject
English
Subject
Math
Subject
Science
Subject
Art

Elementary School

From Grades 1 to 3, students learn in small, self-contained classrooms where they receive individual care from the teachers. The curriculum at this level focuses on four core subjects, which are:

Subject
English
Subject
Mathematics
Subject
Science
Subject
Social Studies

While reading is taught through phonics, teachers use a more hands-on approach for math and science to encourage an application-based approach, rather than rote learning. Enrichment classes are also offered at this level.

Subject
Computer Science
Subject
Art
Subject
Music
Subject
Choir
Subject
Library
Subject
Physical Education
Subject
Religious Studies

As part of the religious studies, the school also offers sessions for Holy Quran recitation and for religious instruction.

Intermediate School

The curriculum becomes more advanced at this level and includes subjects such as:

Subject
Arabic
Subject
Religion
Subject
English
Subject
Math
Subject
Science
Subject
Computer Science
Subject
Physical Education

Students at this level are regularly scheduled to meet a faculty advisor to keep track of their academic and social life and talk through any problems they face. Students also develop various soft skills such as time management and creative thinking as a result of their rigorous schedule.

Secondary School

Secondary level students focus their attention more on academic advancement in order to secure admissions in good colleges and institutions after school. They learn advanced theories and delve deeper into their academic subjects which are:

Subject
Arabic
Subject
Religion
Subject
English
Subject
Math
Subject
Science
Subject
Computer Science
Subject
Physical Education

Academic Calendar for Dawha School

The school year is split into three terms. Dawha School calendar for the academic year 2021-2022 is as follows: 

  • The First Term commences in late August and concludes in the second week of December. WinterBreak lasts for a duration of three weeks. 
  • The SecondTerm begins in the first week of January and ends in the last week of March. SpringBreak lasts two weeks. 
  • The ThirdTerm begins in the second week of April and ends in the first week of July

Classes begin at 07:50 am and end at 01:30 pm every day.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Dawha School

The school is a K-12 American Curriculum school. The school encourages prospective parents to visit the campus so as to get a better idea of the values and functioning of the school. This can be done by contacting the school and booking a campus tour. While enrolling your child in Dawha School, keep these important points in mind:

  • Ensure that your child meets the Age Requirements set by the Ministry of Education for each grade before applying for admission.
  • Application is done through the school website. Seats are subject to availability so the earlier the better.
  • A short interview will be conducted once the parents submit the application. The school will contact the parents to schedule a convenient date and time for the same.
  • For applicants in Grade 1 and up, they must have documentation to prove that they completed the previous grade successfully. They will also be required to apply for and write entrance exams in Math and English.

Documents required for admission:

  • Academic committee approval on passing the entrance exam
  • Valid original student passport
  • Copy of parents’ passport (students name should be clear and case-accurate)
  • Valid Residence Visa
  • Original Emirates/National ID
  • Original Birth Certificate (in Arabic/English, the name should match with that of passport)
  • Father’s valid Passport and Visa
  • Family Registration Card (for UAE Nationals)
  • Transfer Certificate (attested by Ministry of Education, UAE Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Edu. Zone)
  • SIS number
  • Report card from the last two years
  • Four recent photographs
  • Medical file
  • Promise letter to raise academic standards

The age-grade guideline followed by the school is as follows:

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: Dawha School

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

Some documents need to downloaded and then submitted to the list. Here are the downloadable forms for admission in Dawha School.

Fee Structure

Dawha School fees range from AED 12,000 to AED 18,000 per year. For more information regarding the fees for each grade, contact the school at 06 522-6500

Important guidelines to keep in mind while paying the fees:

  • Fees are to be paid in three instalments.
  • Tuition fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Fees should be paid using a post-dated cheque.
  • The school charges an additional AED 200 for every bounced cheque. 
  • Tuition fees have to be cleared at the scheduled time for students to attend classes, receive books and official documents from the school.
  • Books prices are payable in cash.
  • The school cancels all discounts and financial facilities if the tuition fees are not cleared by the end of the year or if the cheque bounces.

Scholarships at Dawha School

Families receive discounts in the tuition fee under the Need-Based Financial Aid Program (N-FAP) offered by the school.

Dawha School also has a Distinction Scholarship Award Program (D-SAP) where the students’ tuition fee is discounted based on academic merit.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Dawha School

There are three canteens on-campus– one for Elementary School, one for the Boys’ section and one for the Girls’ section. A range of healthy foods, snacks and drinks are available to the students at an affordable rate. 

Dawha School also encourages students to bring healthy packed lunches from home.

The school canteens are closed to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

School Transportation at Dawha School

The school offers transport facilities to the students in the form of well-maintained buses that pick and drop the students in the nearest possible location to their homes. These buses have routes to Sharjah, Ajman and Dubai.

In the event of shifting homes, parents must follow these steps to continue receiving smooth transportation:

  • Inform the school with a written application one week prior to shifting
  • Changes are subject to administration approval 

The school has reduced the transport capacity to comply with COVID-19 regulations. Students have to abide by the rules and regulations of the bus, failure to do so will result in the student’s bus registration being cancelled.

Boarding Facility

Dawha School is a day-school and does not offer boarding facilities. 

Holiday Camps at Dawha School

There are currently no holiday camps for the students of Dawha School. 

Sports Facilities

Dawha School encourages physical fitness and health amongst their students and has various sports facilities on-campus to serve this purpose. Students also participate in competitions and matches held with other schools in Sharjah. 

Sport activities are currently suspended because of COVID-19 pandemic.

Extra-curricular Activities at Dawha School

The school promotes active participation in co-scholastic and extracurricular activities for an all-rounded development of the student. 

UAE National Day Celebrations at Dawha School
National Day Celebrations at the school (Image Credits: Dawha School Facebook Page)

At the Kindergarten level, the school offers: 

  • A Performing Arts program for each child to explore their artistic strengths and talents.

At an Intermediate level and higher level:

Extra 1
Student council
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Literary magazine
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Athletic teams
Extra 2
Chess club
Extra 1
Competitive sports
Extra 2
Community service
Extra 1
Performing arts
Extra 2
Religious activities

The extra-curricular programme at Dawha School is currently unavailable because of COVID-19 pandemic.

Field Trips from Dawha School

Dawha School organises a variety of major class trips as part of the schools aim to provide an education which is not solely limited to rote learning. Students of Dawha School visit destinations such as museums, parks, aquariums– any location which is relevant to their area of study at that grade level.

Field trips are also not planned for the current academic year to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

After-school Care

There are currently no after-school care provisions at Dawha School.

Medical Care at Dawha School

There is a medical clinic at Al Dawha Private School that employs qualified medical staff that tend to accidents, injuries and other medical emergencies.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Parents can access news and other relevant information regarding the school on the official website and its social networking accounts. The school also organises parent-teacher meetings each semester to keep the parents updated regarding their child’s progress.

Dawha School Contact Information

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