Emirates International School, Jumeirah

Emirates International School, Jumeirah


Emirates International School (EIS) – Jumeirah was established in 1991 by the Al Habtoor Group. The school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum from Early Years to Year 13. All four IB programs, including Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP), Diploma Program (DP) and Career-related Program (CP) are available for children aged 3 to 19. Currently, this popular IB school in Dubai has over 2,000 enrolled students belonging to 70 different nationalities.

The school has around 180 highly trained members of staff with a majority of teachers from the UK. EIS – Jumeirah is a mixed K-12 school in an old residential area, whereas the sister school, Emirates International School – The Meadows is located in a newer development. The Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) has rated the school ‘Good’ since 2009.


Located in the family-friendly neighbourhood of Jumeirah, Emirates International School is a popular choice among parents in the emirate. Some major residential areas near the school include the following:

Families looking for residential options near the school can consider:

Campus of Emirates International School

Classrooms at Emirates International School
The school has attractive and spacious classrooms

The spacious 12-acre campus in the well-developed residential area of Jumeirah can accommodate over 2,000 students. The maximum strength of students in a class is 25 with a commendable 1:11 teacher-student ratio to ensure each student gets proper attention. The school added a Primary section in 2017. One can also find a big library, two computer labs, two sports halls, an expansive playground, a grass field and a swimming pool in the building. The new Early and Primary sections are purpose-built keeping young children in mind. One can find a large outdoor play space and necessary equipment in each classroom.

The separate High School building has more than 85 classrooms, 2 mathematics labs, more than 10 science labs, 5 computer labs with over 200 computers, 2 libraries, a food and science laboratory, sports fields and rooms for drama and music. A 25-metre swimming pool, a completely equipped sports hall and a fitness suite are part of the high school building. In addition to this, Emirates International School Jumeirah has a state-of-the-art theatre with a capacity of 550 people. All classrooms have wireless network access.

Location of Emirates International School

The school is located in the residential area of Jumeirah on Al Thanya Street near the Consulate General of Kazakhstan. Sheikh Zayed Road is towards the right of the school which makes the commute easier.

Popular residential communities such as Umm Al Sheif, Al Manara, Al Quoz and Umm Suqeim are just a few minutes away from the school. This means parents living in these areas can also consider Emirates International Private School for their kids.

Why Emirates International School?

Emirates International School-Jumeirah is one of the oldest international schools, which has been serving Dubai residents for over 25 years. KHDA has rated the school ‘Good’ consistently for the last ten years. The school has well-qualified teachers. The comprehensive IB curriculum followed at the school promotes excellence in academic activities.

Arab students are in the majority and there are around 100 students with special needs. The school regularly achieves above-average results for the IB Diploma exams. A majority of graduating students secure a spot in the top universities in the US, Canada and the UK.

Recent IB Diploma Programme graduates from EIS-Jumeirah surpassed global and local average scores. In 2017, the school recorded a 100% success rate for the IB Career-Related Programme students.

Emirates International School Dubai enhances the academic, personal and physical development of students. The focus is to promote critical and creative thinking in students. The school’s safe, yet challenging environment is also keen to infuse intercultural sensitivity and responsibility in students.

Education is viewed as the shared responsibility of the administration, students, faculty and parents. EIS’s mission is to promote life-long learning as well as personal and physical development of pupils. The school’s alumni association provides a great networking channel. Former students also get a chance to give back to their alma mater. Some alumni have their children enrolled in the school.

The school has a wide variety of after-school activities including the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Model United Nations, competitive sporting teams as well as musical and theatrical performances. The Mother Tongue Programme was recently launched at the school.

School Details

Years Offered at Emirates International School

Year offered at Emirates International School
The school offers classes from EY1 to Year 13
  • Emirates International Private School – Jumeirah offers classes from EY1 to Year 13.
Early Year
EY1 – EY2
3 – 4 Years
Primary Year Programme
Year 1 – Year 5
5 – 11 Year
Middle Year Programme
Year 6 – Year 10
11 – 16 Years
Diploma Programme
Year 11 – Year 13
16 -19 Years

The Early Years Primary Years Programme (EY PYP) is designed to develop the inherent questioning and inquiring behaviour in children in a playful learning environment. Teachers act as nurturing facilitators and help children develop key skills in Arts, Maths, Science, Active Living and Language. The colourful Early Years classrooms create a perfect learning environment.

The Primary Year Programme focuses on six core subjects including language, mathematics, social studies, science, arts, personal social and physical education. This programme is inquiry-based and works on building concept and skills in students.

The High School programme follows the IB mission statement. Teachers ensure that high school graduates from EIS secure a place in the well-known international and local universities.

Emirates International School Curriculum

The school has an IB curriculum but still uses EY1 to Year 13 structure following the UK curriculum. The IB curriculum ensures attitude, skills and knowledge development in students. The school is known to demonstrate the highest international standards in both instruction and curriculum. EIS – Jumeirah is authorised to provide PYP, MYP, DP and IBCP programmes.

Parents should note that while EIS is an English medium school, Arabic is taught as a mandatory subject. If you are a native speaker, you will be taught the more comprehensive Arabic A syllabus of the Ministry of Education, but if you are a non-native speaker, you can still pick up the basics of the language with the Arabic B curriculum.

Year 7 is the beginning of High School and the core curriculum is taught for three years starting from Year 7. After the completion of these three years, students can decide on the elective courses for the next two years, i.e. Year 10 and Year 11. While English is the primary medium of instruction, Arabic is part of the curriculum. Native speakers are enrolled in the Arabic A syllabus while non-native speakers learn the simpler Arabic B syllabus.

The core subjects in the Diploma Programme include Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and Extended Essay. Students are required to take at least three and not more than four subjects at Higher Level (HL). Standard Level (SL) takes up 150 teaching hours while HL consists of 240 teaching hours. Both levels differ in scope and students have to choose courses from sciences, mathematics, arts, language and literature. Instead of arts, students can opt for additional science, societies or language courses. The scoring scale is between 1-7 points, making a 42 point system.


The school is offering an effective distance learning program using advanced learning tools. To guarantee a better learning experience for all students:

  • Teachers take attendance every day to maintain a daily routine and a sense of continuity. Parents are also informed if any student is missing the class.
  • Teachers plan the learning practises for students accordingly so that they can work and learn at their own pace.
  • Teachers are ready to give extra support whenever needed.
  • The school leadership team and teachers are available to assist students during an online class.
  • School requests parents to give feedback about the learning experience.
  • Parents must create and provide peaceful learning environments for students so that they can participate fully without distraction, especially during Zoom lessons.
  • Students must follow the guidelines and manage the time accordingly.
  • Students also get an hour point as a reward.
  • The PE teacher also gives daily lessons.
  • Students facing any difficulty during the class can contact the teacher and ask for help via email, chat, Seesaw or Google classroom.
  • All homework must be submitted on the scheduled time.
  • Recording of video lessons or taking screenshots is prohibited.
  • Emirates International School uses these platforms for distance learning:

For Early Years:

  • Zoom
  • Screencasting
  • Seesaw
  • Class Dojo

For Primary Years:

  • Padlet
  • Seesaw
  • Zoom
  • Nrich
  • Google Classroom
  • Class Dojo
  • BrainPOP Jr.
  • TT Rockstar
  • Mathletics
  • Reading Eggs

For Secondary Grades

  • Managebac
  • Google Classroom
  • Zoom
  • AssessPrep
  • MyMaths
  • Classkick
  • Screencast-O-Matic

KHDA Rating

KHDA Rating for Grammar School
KHDA rated the school “good” after inspection

The Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) of KHDA was established in 2007 by the Executive Council of The Government of Dubai. DSIB provides a comprehensive report on the performance and standards of private schools in the city.

Emirates International School-Jumeirah was inspected by DSIB from 14th to 17th January 2019. According to KHDA, the school provides ‘Good’ quality of education.

During Early Years, children’s attainment is found to be good while their learning skills and progress is very good. Students of primary school have very good progress and attainment in English. Science progress improves at the primary and secondary level. Progress in English is found to be outstanding in the Post-16 level. The students are well-aware of the Emirati culture and traditions. They have a very good social responsibility across all phases.

Overall, teaching is very good in Early Years while it is good in primary and secondary grades. Curriculum design for all three levels is good. The periodical review ensures continued improvement in curriculum design and there is a special emphasis on scientific skills. The school curriculum, as stated earlier is outstanding and IBDP is well-established.

Health and safety are also good across all phases. Problem reporting and resolution is prompt. Students benefit from systematic and proactive vigilance. Each student is given proper care and support. Plus, there is career guidance for students in higher grades.
EIS has good leadership, governance and self-evaluation. Similarly, teacher evaluation is an important part of the school system. Quality of teaching and learning are evaluated by senior leaders systematically. School governors have a well-developed contact with each stakeholder including students and parents. Parents are fully informed and the school makes sure it involves them in their children’s evaluation.

According to DSIB, partnership with parents is outstanding. The school provides a suitable learning environment through proper usage of its facilities, staff and resources. All this is enhanced by the effective use of learning technologies.

According to KHDA report, EIS has certain strengths. The most obvious one is the positive behaviour, attitude and work ethics of students. Teachers and peers have a well-respected relationship. All students show improvement in Arabic. Career guidance and support for senior students are the highlights. Quality Early Years education helps develop strong learning skills in students. Progress made by students in English, Mathematics and Science is very good. Inspector also summarised that EIS has an inclusive ethos that encourages global citizenship. It enhances strong enquiry skills of students in Early Years through play-based learning.

Academic Calendar for Emirates International School

The EIS has three terms.

  • Term 1 starts from September and ends in December.
  • Term 2 starts from January and ends in March.
  • Final term starts in April and ends in July.

The school schedules orientation for new students for 1st September. The mid-term break lasts from 20th October until 24th October. December 12th is when Term 1 ends and 5th January marks the start of Term 2. Between February 16th and 20th, the school has a scheduled Mid-Term break. Term 2 ends on 26th March. Term 3 starts on 12th April and ends on 2nd July.

Parents should note that public holidays are subject to Government declaration. You can view the academic calendar of Emirates International School on the website.

Admission and Fees


For admission to EIS-Jumeirah, one needs to fill the online application form available on the school’s website. The school will accept online applications for the academic year 2020-2021 from 28th October 2019. A non-refundable processing fee of AED 500 applies to each form. Parents should pay this fee at the school’s finance department within seven days of submitting the online application. Once the application gets accepted, the school sends a reference number via email within 72 hours of applying. Students who are coming from a school where English is not the first language of instruction, as well as students with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), will be given due consideration.

Below mentioned documents must be submitted along with the application form.

  • Two latest photographs of the student
  • Recent Report cards
  • Birth certificate of the student
  • Residence visa of the student
  • Passport copy of the student
  • The latest passport copies of guardian/parents
  • Emirates ID of the student
  • Vaccination card of the student
  • Tenancy agreement or ownership of the residential unit (if the applicant lives in Al Habtoor Property)

The school will schedule the assessment once it receives all documents as well as the completed application form. EIS-Jumeirah gives priority to students whose sibling/siblings are already enrolled in EIS. If the student passes the assessment test, the parents are required to submit the school fee within 7 working days to reserve a seat. In case of withdrawal or no-show, 30% of the total tuition fee is non-refundable/non-transferable under the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) rules.

Assessment and interviews by EIS are scheduled once it receives the complete application. Primary and High School assessment is done internally by the academic staff. They judge applicants according to the IB curriculum defined criteria. Also, the completed application pack is reviewed by the Principal of the school. The school is entitled to request a parental/student interview to determine acceptability and appropriate year. After the complete check and assessment, the school will forward the application pack to the KHDA for final approval.

EIS makes a final offer only after the complete assessment and confirmation of seat availability. The parents should sign an acceptance form followed by advance fee payment. Once the prerequisites have been done, a contract between parent-school is mandatory as per the KHDA requirements.

Before the commencement of classes, the school contacts parents of IBDP students to discuss subject options.

For further information about the admission process, please click here.

Fee Structure at Emirates International School

Method of Payment: Cash, Card, Cheque or Bank transfer

Number of Terms: 3

Term 1 Fee
Term 2 Fee
Term 3 Fee
Annual Fee
EY1 – Year 1
Term 1 Fee
AED 14,022
Term 2 Fee
AED 10,516
Term 3 Fee
AED 10,516
Annual Fee
AED 35,054
Year 2 – Year 3
Term 1 Fee
AED 16,692
Term 2 Fee
AED 12,519
Term 3 Fee
AED 12,519
Annual Fee
AED 41,730
Year 4 – Year 6
Term 1 Fee
AED 18,694
Term 2 Fee
AED 14,021
Term 3 Fee
AED 14,020
Annual Fee
AED 46,735
Year 7 – Year 9
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,035
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,526
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,526
Annual Fee
AED 55,087
Year 10 – Year 11
Term 1 Fee
AED 25,373
Term 2 Fee
AED 19,030
Term 3 Fee
AED 19,029
Annual Fee
AED 63,432
Year 12 – Year 13
Term 1 Fee
AED 29,713
Term 2 Fee
AED 22,285
Term 3 Fee
AED 22,285
Annual Fee
AED 74,283

Note: The above fee is prorated as per the month of joining for new students. The fee mentioned includes cost of books.

Details about the fee are mentioned on school’s official website.

Additional Fees:

  • Application Fees: AED 500
  • E.A.L: AED 5,000- Recommended by the principal after assessment
  • EY-ASA (EY1/EY2/Y1): AED 3,350
  • KHDA Attestation Fee: AED 120
  • New Admissions Enrollment Fee: 10% of the tuition fee
  • Existing Students – Re-registration: 5% of the tuition fee

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Emirates International School

lunch options at grammar school
Munch and Crunch time is alotted to Year 1 students

EIS Jumeirah school encourages good nutritional habits in children as balanced diet is critical for their physical and mental development. Students in Year 1 avail ‘Munch and Crunch’ time as part of their daily schedule. All kids are encouraged to eat a piece of fruit daily during their lunchtime. Parents are also asked to provide a balanced lunch for kids. The school canteen offers healthy snacks.

School Transportation at Emirates International School

To ensure a smooth and timely commute for all students, Diamondlease provides a transport service for EIS. Before children use the transportation facility, parents should fill the form available on the school website. Once a student avails the transport service, he/she cannot withdraw. In case of cancellation, there is no refund for the unexpired period. Diamondlease should be informed at least 1 month in advance in case of valid reasons such as family migration from the country. Plus, parents should submit a School Transport Certificate for a refund request. Please note that an amount of AED 1,000 or AED 500 will be deducted as administration charges.

Students opting for the transportation service must follow a code of conduct as these rules are for their betterment and safety. Some key rules are:

  • Students should be on time at the pick-up location
  • Students should remain seated throughout the journey
  • All the passengers should wear seat belts
  • Using bad language and making loud noises are not allowed
  • Windows should be kept closed
  • Music cannot be played during the journey
  • Parents are required to inform the driver or transport supervisors if a student will be absent on a particular day.
  • Parents must communicate with the driver/supervisor in writing if the student won’t make the return trip from school.
  • If no authorised adult is available to pick younger students from the pick-up spot, the bus will only wait for 5 minutes. Parents will then be contacted to pick the child up from school.

Holiday Camps at Emirates International School

The school offers various camps during the school holidays.

Sports Facilities

Sports play an important part in the well-rounded development of students. Taking part in sports activities from an early age makes it easier for students to switch to healthy living. A large part of Emirates International Private School campus is dedicated to sports activities. There are two purpose-built sports halls, a playground and an expansive grass field. The sports halls are fully equipped and there is a fitness suite in the school. Students can use the sports pitch for football, rugby and cricket matches. The pitch can also be used for PE sessions.

Extra-curricular Activities at Emirates International School

Other than academics, students of Emirates School Dubai can work on their creative and fun side. The school has a well-designed set of extra-curricular activities. The campus has allocated rooms and spaces for extracurricular activities including:

  • 4 art rooms
  • 3 drama rooms with studio
  • 2 music rooms
  • A-25 meter swimming pool
  • Theatre with 550 seats and state-of-the-art lights and projection system
  • A room equipped with treadmill, cross-training and rowing machines
after-school activities at Emirates Interantional School
Several well-planned extracurricular activities are offered at EIS

EIS – Jumeirah has a Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme. It is one of the important three elements that every student must take as part of the IB Diploma Programme (DP). CAS is designed to keep students involved in creative activities alongside academics.

Students must take part in at least one project that involves purposeful activities, personal challenge and thoughtful consideration including planning, reviewing and reporting and anticipating outcomes. Projects are not prescribed by the school rather they are initiated by the students. Projects with a focus on local and heritage activities are recommended. As per IB, CAS programme should be enjoyable and challenging. It should ensure self-discovery for young individuals.

Field Trips from Emirates International School

Field trips in Grammar School
EIS plans field trips for students

The school plans local beach, museum and park visits as well as international trips for students. In the case of international travel, EIS senior management ensures that all students are satisfied and that the risks are minimised. Exploratory visits such as trekking are managed by a teacher who acts as a lead member of the group. Trips conducted in the past that are worth mentioning include Year 5 trip to Al Sahara Ecoventure camp and Senior students service trip to Cambodia to support the local community with building activities.

After-school Activities

The school offers both internal and external after-school activities. Activities conducted by the internal staff are free of cost and those that are provided by external providers are charged extra. The after-school activities start from Year 1 to Year 13.

A comprehensive and diverse after-school programme for High School students helps with the social and physical development of pupils. Sports such as basketball, football, athletics and netball are part of after-school activities in Emirates International School – Jumeirah.

Service activities include Best Buddies, Helping Hands, Eco Club, Pink Week and Iftar packs during Ramadan. Other ASAs include the likes of:

  • World Scholars
  • Journalism and Yearbook
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Art
  • Yoga
  • Model United Nations (MUN)
  • Language Club
  • Academic Support

After-school Care at Emirates International School

The school has a range of after-school extracurricular activities for Year 1 to Year 13 students. The timings for these activities are from 03:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Medical Care at Emirates International School

At Emirates International School, Jumeirah 5 first aid kits are used for the primary school while 16 are used for the high school section. To ensure students are treated without any negligence during an emergency, doctors and nurses are always present at the school. First-aid boxes are checked after every 6 weeks to ensure all the required items are in-stock.


Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

EIS believes that parents, teachers and students are partners in the learning process. Three-way conferences, report cards andparent-teacher conferences are the main modes of informing parents regarding their children’s academic progress. Parents can also request additional interviews via appointment. Students make portfolios to showcase the work they are proud of and these portfolios are shared with parents during student-led conferences.

There are primary school and secondary school-specific WhatsApp groups for parents. Parents need to get in touch with the school to get themselves registered for the WhatsApp group.

Emirates International School Contact Information

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