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Deira International School (DIS)

Deira International School (DIS)

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Overview

Established in 2005, Deira International School (DIS) is a fully inclusive British curriculum school that aims to provide a high standard of education and hone students into proactive learners who can quickly adapt to the changing needs of a global society. This school caters to students from 3 to 18 years and fosters a mutually respectful and dynamic learning environment. Although the school is named Deira International School, DIS is located in Dubai Festival City.

This top British school in Dubai offers the IB curriculum in higher grades, takes a holistic approach to education, and gives equal importance to sports, performing arts, new technology and academics.

Senior students at DIS Dubai take the Cambridge Board IGCSE examinations in Year 11 and then move into an authorised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Years 12 and 13.

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES NEAR Deira International School

Deira International School in Dubai Festival City is easily accessible from many well-known residential communities, including:

Parents wanting to stay close to the Deira International School can consider properties for rent and sale in Dubai Festival City.

Campus of Deira International School (DIS)

Currently, DIS has only one campus. Some of the leading facilities at the DIS campus include:

  • A multi-purpose event hall
  • Play zone for the primary section
  • Indoor discovery section
  • Temperature-controlled swimming pools
  • Basketball and netball courts and pitches for rugby and football
  • Fully equipped music centres
  • Indoor and outdoor learning areas
  • Separate primary and secondary cafeterias and libraries
  • Studio for performing arts and an auditorium
  • Science, DT and computing facilities
Deira International School campus facilities
The Campus of Deira International School is equipped with several top-notch facilities. Image credits: DIS Facebook page

Location of Deira International School

DIS is located near Orient Insurance Building, Dubai Festival City – Al Badia Boulevard, Dubai. This school is an excellent choice for families living in Dubai Festival City or neighbouring areas such as Deira, Al Nahda and Al Qusais.

Deira International School Location
DIS is located in Dubai Festival City. Image credits: DIS Facebook page

Why Deira International School?

DIS believes that holistic development is achieved by focusing on every student’s latest learning styles and individual needs.

DIS is an Al Futtaim school and has links with several industry leaders. With the help of these industry leaders, DIS provides students with unique extracurricular activities and work placements where students can learn life skills and receive ongoing work experience.

Deira International School provides a global education to more than 1,600 students representing nearly 80 nationalities. DIS has a multicultural and friendly atmosphere that supports the social and personal development of every child.

The main vision behind Deira International School operations is creating a multicultural learning community that empowers students to fulfil their potential and become life-long learners and responsible global citizens. DIS aims to foster partnerships where parents, students, staff and the community can support and make the DIS vision a reality.

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DIS offers a holistic learning experience. Image credits: DIS Facebook page
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School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

The Government of Dubai has developed protocols for schools to follow until the pandemic is over. This is an accumulative effort and approach to keep everyone safe and healthy, including students, teachers, parents, and relevant third parties.

The KHDA has uploaded FAQs for schools on the official website for your convenience. Here’s an overview of the preventive SOPs in place.

  • Sterilising the school building, classrooms, laboratories and other facilities regularly, according to the recommendations of the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management.
  • Assessing the temperature of everyone who enters the school building daily.
  • Maintaining physical distance guidelines as recommended by the relevant health authorities and reducing the headcount capacity in classrooms.
  • From this academic year, 1-metre distancing is recommended. Schools must take appropriate precautions to ensure that students and teachers stay physically distanced where possible.
  • Buses may run at full capacity provided they comply with health and safety protocols.
  • Schools shall reinstate Physical Education, swimming lessons and sports activities. Changing rooms and sports areas will be sanitised after each group of students
  • The canteen shall reopen and resume live cooking
  • School trips, excursions and holiday camps shall be resumed.
  • After-hours care, extra-curricular activities, performances, assemblies and other events at school or external venues are allowed.
  • Students older than six years, staff and visitors to schools must continue to wear face masks.
  • Vaccination is not compulsory. Unvaccinated school staff must submit a negative PCR test each week. Students are not obliged to submit negative PCR tests.
  • From October 3rd 2021, all teaching and learning at Dubai private schools will only be face-to-face. Students who wish to continue with distance learning after the stated date must provide a medical certificate issued by Dubai Health Authority.

Years Offered at Deira International School

Deira International School offers the following years:

PhasesYears Covered
Foundation Stage FS 1 and FS 2
Key Stage 1 Year 1 and Year 2
Key Stage 2 Year 3 to Year 6
Key Stage 3 Year 7 to Year 9
Key Stage 4 Year 10 and Year 11
Key Stage 5 / Sixth Form IB1 and IB2

Deira International School Curriculum

DIS follows the UK National Curriculum until Year 11. The students then transition to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for Years 12 and 13.

Early Years Foundation (FS1 & FS2)

DIS is a UK Curriculum school and follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  The early foundation course at Deira International School ensures that younger students cover seven areas with fun and engaging activities.

While the academic team ensures that these activities are updated periodically to appeal to current sensibilities, some activities that the school has encouraged include using arts and crafts to teach students fundamental skills. Observation, reading and listening skills are the main focus of teachers during these formative years.

Students of Foundation Stage at DIS
Children in the Foundation Stage learn through fun and engaging activities. Image credits: DIS official website

Key Stage 1:

Right from Key Stage 1, there is an emphasis on setting the proper foundation, so children find it easier to grasp related concepts in higher grades. Teachers utilise a combination of techniques and methods, based on the requirements of the students, to teach them different tasks and instil long term learning habits.

DIS Key Stage 1 learning
Children in Key Stage 1 are taught through different learning techniques which enrich their experience. Image credits: DIS website

Key Stage 2:

During this stage, students learn to work with their peers while engaging in creative activities provided by the school. Students are prepared for secondary school education by a specially developed Year 6 transition model. This method has been well-received and even contributed to Deira International School being recognised with the British International School Award.

Key Stage 3:

Continuing from the foundation years, this stage includes assessments and projects designed to create student accountability. Students are tested to assess their skills and knowledge of the subjects they have been studying. After such tests, subject specialists are brought in, who (along with the teachers) work with the students to improve their skill levels. These tests help students to determine which subjects they would like to pursue.

Key Stage 4:

Key Stage 4 prepares the students for external examinations, including IGCSE and GCSE. During this stage, students study Science, English and Mathematics as their “core” subjects and choose from a range of options for their electives, including History, Geography, Philosophy, Theatre and more. Most students at Deira International School usually study eight or nine IGCSE/GCSE subjects.

IB Programs

IB programs at DIS focus on the personal development of the students. The students are taught to emphasise acquiring knowledge and becoming successful individuals. Over the years, the IB curriculum of Deira International School has become popular with parents looking to secure admissions in the noted universities in the world. This is a fairly research-intensive curriculum, so students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to think of creative solutions.

Distance Learning at Deira International School

As per the new COVID-19 protocols issued by KHDA, schools are discontinuing the distance learning programme from October 3, 2021. Those wishing to continue their education via distance learning have to show a relevant health certificate issued by Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Schools may revert back to distance learning if COVID-19 cases are detected in a class or a group in a class.

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is a government organisation responsible for the growth and quality of private education in the UAE.

KHDA Ratings
School ratings by KHDA

Here’s a history of the KHDA ratings for Deira International School so far:

YearKHDA Rating
2009-2011 Acceptable
2011-2015 Good
2015-2019 Very Good

DIS has been rated “Very Good” by KHDA due to the following reasons:

  • Students progress and attainment are either outstanding or very good.
  • The social development of students has now become a strength for the school.
  • Students’ attitudes towards learning and their behaviour in and out of lessons have been outstanding.
  • The curriculum at DIS has been designed to support students’ progression as they move through school from Foundation Stage (FS) to Year 13.
  • Health, child protection and security is given priority and has also been understood by every student in the school.

Academic Calendar for Deira International School

Deira International School academic calendar runs for 10 months and is divided into three terms.

  • The first term starts in the last week of August, concludes in the second week of December, and is followed by a 3-week winter break.
  • Spring term starts in the first week of January and concludes in the last week of March, followed by a spring break of two weeks.
  • The final summer term starts in the second week of April and concludes in the first week of July.
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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Deira International School?

Applicants need to complete an online application form available on the official website. Even though there are cut-off dates during the year, DIS can make allowances to admit applicants at any time. The following documents must be uploaded with the online application and emailed to the school’s registrar at the admissions office.

Required Documents:

  • One copy of the applicant’s passport
  • One copy of both sides of the Emirates ID card of the applicant (if available)
  • Two passport size photos
  • One copy of both sides of the Emirates ID card of the father if available
  • One complete copy of the latest end of the year report of the applicant and the subsequent mid-year report
  • One copy of the immunisation report of the applicant

When the online application is completed, a member of the admissions team may get in touch with you to proceed with the student’s enrollment.

Before initiating the admission process, parents must ensure that their child meets the following age criteria.

YearsMinimum Entry AgeMaximum Entry AgeMinimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 1
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 2
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 3
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Years
Year 4
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Years
Year 5
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Years
Year 6
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Years
Year 7
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Years
Year 8
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Years
Year 9
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Years
Year 10
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Years
Year 11
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Years
Year 12
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Years
Year 13
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) and 31st August (for schools beginning in September). Source: KHDA

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

Fee Structure at Deira International School

Deira International School fees for the current academic year:

YearsTerm 1 FeeTerm 2 FeeTerm 3 FeeAnnual Fee
Years
FS 1 and FS 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 15,978
Term 2 Fee
AED 11,980
Term 3 Fee
AED 11,980
Annual Fee
AED 39,938
Years
Year 1 to Year 5
Term 1 Fee
AED 20,780
Term 2 Fee
AED 15,585
Term 3 Fee
AED 15,585
Annual Fee
AED 51,950
Years
Year 6 and Year 7
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,580
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,933
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,933
Annual Fee
AED 56,446
Years
Year 8 and Year 9
Term 1 Fee
AED 24,382
Term 2 Fee
AED 18,287
Term 3 Fee
AED 18,287
Annual Fee
AED 60,956
Years
Year 10
Term 1 Fee
AED 25,586
Term 2 Fee
AED 19,188
Term 3 Fee
AED 19,188
Annual Fee
AED 63,962
Years
Year 11
Term 1 Fee
AED 29,183
Term 2 Fee
AED 21,887
Term 3 Fee
AED 21,887
Annual Fee
AED 72,957
Years
IB 1 and IB 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 32,185
Term 2 Fee
AED 24,140
Term 3 Fee
AED 24,140
Annual Fee
AED 80,465

You can pay Deira International School fees via cash, credit card, cheque or bank transfer.

Scholarships at Deira International School

DIS awards scholarships in recognition of outstanding achievement in the following categories:

  • IB Diploma: Academic excellence and contribution to the school
  • Outstanding Talent in Creative and Performing Arts: music, drama or languages
  • Sporting Excellence: for those who demonstrate the capability to compete at the local or international level
  • Academic Excellence for Emirati Students
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School Facilities

Lunch Options at Deira International School

Both the primary and secondary sections have cafeterias. Students can purchase a range of drinks, snacks and hot food from the school cafeteria at a reasonable price. The cafeteria menu at DIS includes healthy offerings such as green salads, chicken fajitas, lentil soup and sweet-and-sour fish. These menu items are listed with calorie content. Students also have the option to bring packed lunches.

School Transportation at Deira International School

Parents should get in touch with Maverick Transport LLC to find out the service charges. Parents of students in Deira International School can contact them on +971-4-338-8043 to discuss costs. DIS has been working with the company for over ten years.

Holiday Camps at Deira International School

Currently, the school does not offer any holiday camps. Occasionally there are tie-ups with third-party companies providing holiday camps. Parents are made aware that such programs are being initiated via email and other communication channels.

Sports Facilities

Deira International School offers a wide variety of sports activities, including football, badminton, rugby, swimming, netball, basketball, cricket, athletics, rounders and fitness. PE specialists teach all primary swimming and PE lessons. Students receive thirty-minute weekly PE lessons in Years 1 and 2 with a PE specialist. Students enrolled in Years 3 to 6 receive two weekly PE lessons.

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DIS offers a variety of sports activities for its students. Image credits: DIS Facebook page

Extra-curricular Activities at Deira International School

Apart from various sports activities, students at DIS also participate in competitions, enterprise challenges, debating societies, drama and music.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Programmes. Participants design their activities based on the following ideas: personal skills, physical recreation and community services. Winners of this prestigious award can also go on an exciting expedition. One of the past expeditions included a mountain climbing trip to Nepal.

Field Trips

DIS arranges an extensive range of field trips in Dubai. These trips are conceptualised to help students to develop social and communication skills while expanding their knowledge base.  Moreover, DIS has organised various international trips to Vietnam, Iceland, Austria, Nepal, England and Borneo to extend students’ experiences and knowledge base.

Medical Care At Deira International School

The school clinic at Deira International School includes full-time staff, including a doctor, an assistant and two registered nurses licensed with Dubai Health Authority (DHA). The clinic is equipped with an automated defibrillator, oxygen apparatus and a nebuliser to handle any emergency. The medical team also provides first aid to injured and sick students during school hours and after-school activity time on the school campus.

As per Dubai Health Authority’s regulations, the school doctor conducts a comprehensive, non-invasive medical examination of existing students in pre-kindergarten, 1, 5, 9, 12 and all new students.

Students are taken to the clinic if they feel ill. Their parents/guardians are called if they need to be taken home.

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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

DIS thinks of parents as their teaching partners. The school uses an application called Tapestry in the Early Years department. A Tapestry account is created for Early Years 1 and 2 students where their learning can be documented using photos, videos and teacher observations. Tapestry can also be considered a two-way communication tool for teachers and parents. This is because, along with providing parents with a comprehensive understanding of what their child learns at school, it also provides teachers with insight into the children’s home life.

The school has also created a Whatsapp group for each grade. Parents can join the group to stay updated regarding the events and happenings in the school.

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