Emirates American School, Sharjah

Emirates American School, Sharjah

Overview

Established in 2019, Emirates American School (EAS) is an international private school in Al Gharayen. As the name suggests, it follows the American curriculum in all its stages of education. The school aims to inspire a community where the potential and aspirations of each student are nurtured and flourished. As a result, students reach their full potential and become global citizens.

The modern Emirates American School campus offers a warm and nurturing environment to students where they thrive and prosper. The campus has all the high-end facilities to support the US curriculum. The teaching staff at the campus are experienced and highly qualified. They inculcate 21st-century skills among students that help them in combating modern-day challenges. The Ministry of Education (MOE) and AdvancED (now known as COGNIA) accredited the school.

Emirates American School has an enrichment programme that utilises all the resources available at the campus. It aims to balance the academic and non-academic facets of students’ life. Read this guide by Bayut to learn more about the educational programme, facilities, admission and fee details and much more. 

Residential Communities near Emirates American School

EAS is situated in the Al Falah Suburb region in Al Gharayen, Sharjah. Al Gharayen, also known as Qarayen, is one of the popular residential districts in Sharjah near the Dubai-Sharjah border. In terms of residential properties, all the five sub-communities of Al Gharayen consist of luxurious and spacious villas. Other residential communities surrounding the school are:

Al Noaf 2 is a standalone villa community that is both affordable and convenient for families. Its proximity to Muwaileh and Al Gharayen makes it attractive options for families with children going to schools. Similarly, families interested in relocating close to the Emirates American School can opt for villas in Al Noaf 4.

Campus of Emirates American School

Recently established in 2019, most facilities at Emirates American School are in excellent shape. The security team at the entrance gate ensures the safety and security of students inside the campus. The school building reflects the Iberian architecture that results in a unique environment. The school building is surrounded by various indoor and outdoor facilities that fully support the academic and non-academic provisions. 

Classrooms at the campus are modern and equipped with technology resources to aid in students’ learning. The campus also has well-equipped computer labs and science labs that support the school’s syllabus.

Classroom of Emirates American School Sharjah
Classrooms of EAS Sharjah (Image Credit: Emirates American School Sharjah Official Website)

EAS Sharjah also has specialised rooms for music and art. Students that are fond of sports activities will not be disappointed as the campus has separate swimming pools for junior and senior students, an indoor sports hall and outdoor fields and courts. Other facilities at this campus include separate cafeterias for boys and girls and a medical centre.

Location of Emirates American School Sharjah

Emirates American School is located close to New World American Private School and Ishaq bin Omran Medical Centre in Al Gharayen, Sharjah. Those interested in visiting the school can access it via E88, connecting the school with most areas of Sharjah and Ajman, and Maliha Road (S116) connecting the school with Sharjah and Dubai. The school is a 5-minute drive from Sharjah National Park.

Why Emirates American School?

Several reasons make Emirates American School (EAS) an exciting option for parents finding schools in Sharjah. Some of these reasons include:

EAS is an American school in Sharjah following the US Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards for the core subjects. These standards are recognised and adopted throughout the world by American schools. The school has a broad syllabus that considers the requirements of the Ministry of Education (MOE) curriculum and the American education system.

The Ministry of Education in UAE and COGNIA accredits the school. COGNIA, previously known as AdvancED, is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) that accredits American schools in the US and abroad. The high school certificate issued by the schools accredited by COGNIA is accepted throughout the world. Thus, students completing their schooling from schools, such as EAS, can easily get admission to top colleges and universities.

Another attractive feature of this school is its facilities. Emirates American School Sharjah has a plethora of high-end academic and non-academic facilities for students. Besides regular school amenities, students can spend their leisure time honing athletic skills in the swimming pool, football field, tennis and basketball court and indoor sports hall.

Students take part in many social and cultural activities arranged by the school. These activities are part of the school’s enrichment programme dedicated to the holistic development of students. The school focuses on the overall well-being of students by engaging them in social activities. Students are aware of global issues and play their role in finding a solution to these issues. Moreover, EAS provides many leadership opportunities for students in the form of a student council.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

The Ministry of Education has issued protocols to assist safe reopening of schools during the pandemic. Schools must implement these COVID-19 protocols to ensure a safe environment for students and staff. These protocols are as follows:

  • Schools must check the temperature of students and staff before letting them enter the school premises. No one with a temperature above 37.5-degree centigrade is allowed to enter the school.
  • Students and staff must follow social distancing at all times throughout the campus. Students must maintain a 2m distance from one another. School buses will operate at reduced capacity (A school bus can only accommodate a maximum of 30 students).
  • Schools must sterilise their campus, including classrooms, educational resources, lab apparatus and other frequently contacted surfaces.
  • School catering service will be managed according to specific guidelines issued by the MOE. They encourage parents to provide home-made meals; however, sharing food isn’t allowed.
  • Students with special health conditions will be monitored closely by the ministry.
  • Limit extracurricular events, sports events, morning assemblies, field trips and after-school club, resulting in a large gathering.
  • Physical education will continue following a staggered approach. However, swimming pools are closed until further notice. Students can access other sports facilities at the campus as per the staggered schedule decided by the school.
  • The cleaning and maintenance crew must not enter the school in the presence of students.
  • Students and staff must wear facemasks on campus.
  • School fee will remain the same. However, they can offer COVID-19 discounts to students as they deem fit.

For more information, contact the school’s administration.

Years Offered at Emirates American School Sharjah

Emirates American School Sharjah is a K12 school catering to the educational needs of students aged 4 to 18 years. The phases of education at this school are as follows:

Stage
Grade
Stage
Kindergarten School
Grade
KG1 and KG2
Stage
Elementary School
Grade
Grade 1 to Grade 5
Stage
Middle School
Grade
Grade 6 to Grade 8
Stage
High School
Grade
Grade 9 to Grade 12

EAS Sharjah Curriculum

EAS follows the US curriculum based on the US Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards for its educational programme. The specifics of each phase of education are:

Kindergarten Curriculum

Kindergarten is one of the crucial stages of education in the life of a student. In this stage, children are introduced to the school environment. The school understands that the school environment can overwhelm young toddlers. To make it a better experience, the school follows non-formal teaching strategies to familiarise students with the outside world. The kindergarten programme focuses on developing fundamental skills and concepts, including communication and linguistic, motor skills, and children’s inquisitive nature to understand the world around them. Students are exposed to plenty of indoor and outdoor activities in which they play and learn. 

Students completing kindergarten 2 (KG2) have the following set of skills:

  • Passion for education
  • Healthy self-concept
  • Awareness of culture and rich heritage of the UAE
  • Coordination
  • Physical and intellectual skills

With the aforementioned skills, young learners are ready to tackle the next academic endeavour of elementary education. For more information, read the curricular overview of the kindergarten programme at EAS Sharjah.

Elementary School Curriculum

In the elementary stage, the school continues to follow the American curriculum. The school gradually introduces students to formal teaching methods. The level of difficulty increases after each grade.

In Grade 1, the school focuses on building strong reading skills. The reading skills help students to learn different concepts with little difficulty. The grade 1 educational programme is an action-filled plan full of learning and development.

In Grade 2, children get used to the daily routine of school. Students take their studies seriously and teachers use more formal learning strategies to develop students’ skills. By the end of Grade 2, students develop analytical skills.

In Grade 3, the school focuses on strengthening the analytical abilities of students. The educational programme builds on the fundamental skills developed in previous grades to attain the set learning objectives. By the end of Grade 3, students can understand multi-syllable words, understand figurative language and comprehend the relationship of one word to another.

In Grade 4 and Grade 5, students learn new skills that would help the subsequent phase of education. Emirates American School expands both academic and non-academic horizons that develop team-building, coordination and cooperation skills.

Middle School Curriculum

In the middle school stage, students are taught by more than one teacher in different classrooms.
Specialist teachers deliver most subjects. Students can understand advanced mathematics, tackle advanced reading and greater analytical and scientific skills. This is a crucial stage, as students are prepared for secondary education. By the end of Grade 8, students are ready to enter the second phase of education.

High School Curriculum

In the high school stage, the school continues to adopt the US curriculum with far greater academic challenges. As students progress through each grade, they work on their independent thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Teachers play a pivotal role in helping students to choose an appropriate career path for themselves. At this stage, students can take part in many school clubs, enrichment activities and specialised programmes.

Distance Learning

The school has a distance-learning programme that caters to students’ educational needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is using several platforms to deliver lectures and grade assessments. To aid in students’ learning, the school has made available high-end online learning resources for science, mathematics, English and MOE subjects (Arabic, Islamic Education and Social Studies) on its official website under the online resource tab.

The school seeks parents’ help in optimising the effectiveness of distance learning programmes. This includes keeping an eye on students’ homework and learning, providing a conducive environment for study and arranging PC and stable internet connection. For more information, contact the school’s administration.

Academic Calendar for Emirates American School

The academic year at Emirates American School (EAS) starts in August and ends in July. There are three terms in the academic year of Emirates American School. The important dates of each term are mentioned below:

  • The first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December. This is followed by a three-week winter break that ends in the last week of December.
  • Classes resume with the start of the second term in the first week of January. The term ends in the fourth week of March. Students then go on a two-week spring break that ends in the first week of April.
  • The last term begins in the second week of April and concludes in the first week of April.

Besides the aforementioned seasonal holiday, the school closes on several national and religious events. For more information, check out the academic calendar of Emirates American School (EAS) Sharjah.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Emirates American School?

Emirates American School follows an easy admission process for new and returning. Parents can enrol their children at EAS Sharjah for the first time by submitting the online application form. If your child is a part of this school, re-register it for the next year by submitting the re-registration form.

The following documents are required along with the online registration form for new admissions:

  • A copy of valid passports of the candidate, mother and father
  • A copy of valid residence visas of the candidate, mother and father (for expatriates)
  • Original Emirates ID of the candidate, mother and father (for scanning)
  • A copy of the birth certificate
  • Transfer certificate
  • Attested report cards for the last grade (last two years’ report card are required for admission in high school)
  • Good conduct certificate issued by the previous school
  • six recent passport size photographs of the candidate (against a white background)

After submitting the registration form and documents, the school will contact parents on the contact information provided in the form. The school invites parents to bring their child for an assessment. The assessment may include an entrance test or an interview, or both. This step is taken to gauge the skills of the candidate and place him or her in the appropriate grade. Age is another vital factor in deciding the appropriate grade for the candidate. The age-grade guidelines followed by Emirates American School are:

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: Emirates American School

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

Successful students are given admission. Parents of these students have to pay the required deposit and submit any document required for admission by the deadline. Failure to do so might result in the cancellation of admission. For more information, read the admission requirements at Emirates American School Sharjah.

Fee Structure at Emirates American School

The tuition fee charged by Emirates American School is as follows:

Grade
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
Grade
KG1
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
16,400
Grade
KG2
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
16,400
Grade
Grade 1
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
18,800
Grade
Grade 2
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
18,800
Grade
Grade 3
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
18,800
Grade
Grade 4
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
20,000
Grade
Grade 5
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
20,000
Grade
Grade 6
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
21,100
Grade
Grade 7
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
21,100
Grade
Grade 8
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
21,100
Grade
Grade 9
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
22,800
Grade
Grade 10
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
22,800
Grade
Grade 11
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
24,000
Grade
Grade 12
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
24,000

Scholarships at Emirates American School

Currently, the school does not have any scholarships programme for students.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Emirates American School

Emirates American School has a separate cafeteria for boys and girls where they can buy hot and cold food items at affordable prices. All the food items available at cafeterias on the campus are made in a hygienic environment using fresh raw materials. The school management ensures that the menu is filled with nutritions and comply with the health and safety standards of the school.

Currently, the school canteens are operational under specific guidelines issued by the ministry. They have to comply with the COVID-19 regulations, including social distancing. Sharing of food is strictly prohibited during the pandemic. Parents are encouraged to send their kids with a home-packed lunch box and a water bottle.

School Transportation at Emirates American School

EAS Sharjah offers a safe and reliable school transport service for students. The school bus offers a pickup and drop off facility to students to and from the school on designated points. The school has outsourced its transportation operations to Emirates Transport – a renowned transport provider in the UAE. Emirates Transport is known for its professionalism and use of cutting edge technology to deliver exceptional service. It owns a fleet of well-maintained buses equipped with modern safety and security features. Some of these features are:

  • Global Positioning System (GPS) tracker
  • Video surveillance (internal and external bus monitoring)
  • Advanced attendance system

All the Emirates Transport staff is trained and experienced. The transportation service covers all the routes of Sharjah and some selected routes of the nearby emirates. For more information, contact the school administration.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has reduced its school bus capacity. This step is taken to ensure that students practice social distancing on the bus. Students have to wear facemasks and comply with the school’s code of conduct.

Boarding Facility at Emirates American School

Emirates American School Sharjah does not offer any boarding facility. It is a day-only school that opens every Sunday to Thursday from 7:30 am to 1: 45 pm. Those unable to reach school on time can use the school transport service which is an efficient and affordable transport option. Parents that are interested in relocating to areas close to the school should read the residential communities near Emirates American School at the beginning of the guide.

Holiday Camps at Emirates American School

The school does not arrange any holiday camps for its students. Students on seasonal holidays can join camps arranged by external camp providers.

Sports Facilities

The school has a wide range of sports facilities to support a healthy and active lifestyle of students. The facilities available at the campus include:

  • Two swimming pools
  • Temperature-controlled multipurpose hall for indoor sports
  • Grassy football field
  • Basketball court
  • Tennis court
Swimming pools as sports facility at Emirates American School
Swimming pools at Emirates American School Sharjah (Image Credit: Emirates American School Sharjah Official Website)

Currently, physical education is continued following a staggered approach. However, swimming pools are closed until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, contact the school’s administration.

Extra-curricular Activities at EAS Sharjah

Emirates American School (EAS) believes that extracurricular activities are a vital part of modern-day schooling. These activities allow students to express themselves and showcase their talents. The school has an enrichment programme that aims to discover the hidden potential of students. Students are exposed to unique activities where they learn different things. Some of these activities are:

Extra 1
Extra 2
Extra 1
Celebration of national days
Extra 2
Celebration of international days
Extra 1
Themes celebrations for KG students
Extra 2
Educational trips
Extra 1
Sports day
Extra 2
Social activities
Emirates American School celebrations as extracurricular events
School celebrations at Emirates American School

Currently, the school has suspended most extracurricular activities that result in a large gathering. The school will inform parents regarding the resumption of the enrichment programme to its full strength on official platforms.

Field Trips from Emirates American School Sharjah

Educational trips are a crucial part of the enrichment programme at Emirates American School. The school arranges these trips to expose students to the outdoor environment. Some field trips include visits to space centres in UAE and recreational spots.

Field Trips are suspended until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school will let parents know regarding the resumption of field trips on official platforms. Keep an eye on the social media pages and website of ESA for more information.

After-school Care at EAS

There are no after-school care programmes at Emirates American School.

Medical Care at Emirates American School (EAS) Sharjah

The school has a clinic that provides medical care to students and staff. The clinic is equipped with the necessary equipment to cater to minor to moderate injuries and illnesses.

School clinic at EAS Sharjah
Well-equipped medical clinic at EAS Sharjah (Image Credit: Emirates American School Sharjah Facebook Page)

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Emirates American School Sharjah establishes a positive partnership with parents and the broader community with its different modes of communication. The parent portal is one of the primary modes of contact for parents. By simply signing into the portal, parents can access essential information such as attendance records, academic performance, schedules and notices.

The school website is another important mode of communication. Here, visitors can access information on admission, educational programmes and facilities. Parents, teachers and students can also access the ‘news and update’ tab on the latest developments. 

EAs also has an active social media presence on popular social media platforms, such as Facebook. Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Other modes of communication include WhatsApp groups, telephone numbers and email addresses provided by the school. The WhatsApp groups by the school include teachers and parents of students in the same classroom.

Emirates American School Contact Information

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