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Fairgreen International School

Fairgreen International School

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Overview

Fairgreen International School, Dubai opened in September 2018. It is a part of ESOL Education, an organisation that is currently managing two highly rated schools within Dubai. The latest addition to ESOL’s list of schools is Dunecrest American School.

Fairgreen International follows a modified all-through IB curriculum and claims to be the first sustainable school in the country. It offers co-educational classes from Kindergarten to Grade 10. The school is known to embrace and promote sustainability throughout the campus. Fairgreen is an IB continuum school and offers the IB Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme.

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The school promotes sustainability throughout the campus (Image Credit: Fairgreen International School)

What’s important is that Fairgreen not only promotes its sustainable campus but it also integrates sustainability into the curriculum itself.

Fairgreen International School follows inquiry-based teaching methods where students set and achieve their academic goals with the support of dedicated faculty. Students and teachers are committed to following a sustainable lifestyle. The school’s mission is to provide exceptional international education that embraces all forms of sustainability.

Residential Communities near Fairgreen International School

Fairgreen International School campus is easily accessible for families living in the following residential communities:

Al Waha is a part of the larger Dubailand neighbourhood. It is a modern, gated villa community located in proximity to Emirates Road (E611.) Al Mahra is part of the well-known Arabian Ranches neighbourhood and is located near Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street. Mudon is another gated residential complex in Dubai. Remraam has several apartment complexes featuring low-rise buildings.

Those willing to settle near Fairgreen International School can consider the following options:

Campus of Fairgreen International School

The school has a purpose-built campus in Sustainable City. Since the mission is to promote sustainability, you’d find it evident in the imaginative and pioneering architectural design of the school. Classrooms are technology-enabled. The campus has state-of-the-art labs, research and food production labs, a library, an indoor multi-purpose gym, a swimming pool and an outdoor field and playground. Students can also access the City’s bee garden, equestrian centre and jogging tracks. The school strives to play a leading role in helping the UAE government achieve its sustainable development goals.

Location of Fairgreen International School

Fairgreen School is located in Sustainable City and is a short drive from Al Qudra Road. It is close to the Equestrian Club and the community of Al Waha. Having Emirates Road (E611) in the proximity makes the school campus easily accessible from other residential areas in Dubai.

Why Fairgreen International School?

Fairgreen International believes that the curriculum must be challenging and provide opportunities for students where they can use their knowledge, skills and understanding. Understanding that the global landscape has changed massively, Fairgreen International School Dubai has evolved to meet the needs of learners. It prepares students to become leaders and start thinking out of the box.

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The school campus has a minimal environmental impact (Image Credit: Fairgreen International School)

The learning program is based on the International Baccalaureate programme that supports the school’s aim to develop curious and knowledgeable young leaders. The faculty is well-experienced and students benefit from their qualification.

Situated in Sustainable City, the school benefits from amenities of the neighbourhood. Not to mention, parents living in nearby residential communities enjoy easy access to the campus. The school building has been designed in a way to have a minimal environmental impact. Fairgreen uses the STEAM approach ( Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) to encourage inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking in students.

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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 protocols for school reopening 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 Fairgreen International School

The school offers classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12. All classes are divided into sections.

SectionGrade
Early Years Pre-KG – KG2
Primary Years Programme Grade 1 – Grade 5
Middle Year Programme Grade 6 – Grade 9
IB Diploma and CP Grade 11 – Grade 12

The Early Childhood section benefits from trained and qualified specialist teachers. Learning through play is a major component at this level. The Primary section teachers develop a concept-based program. Five important skills that are developed in the primary level are communication, research, self-management and social skills.

Fairgreen International School Curriculum

As part of the IB World Schools, Fairgreen Dubai offers the best possible international education for students aged 3 to 19 years. It is a candidate school for IB PYP and MYP.

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Interdisciplinary learning is incorporated in The Early Childhood section (Image Credit: Fairgreen International School)

The Early Childhood section is supported by interdisciplinary learning, exploratory behaviour and hands-on inquiry. Early learners aged 3 to 4 years explore and make connections across core subjects. This list of core subjects include:

  • Arabic
  • Humanities
  • Maths
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Arabic
  • Arts
  • Physical Education

Topics related to sustainability are integrated into the curriculum and teachers encourage outdoor educational opportunities using child-friendly facilities.

The primary school will follow PYP (Primary Years Programme) as the school is a candidate for PYP. The IB PYP is designed for students aged 5 to 10 years and essential components include improving knowledge, skills, attitudes and action. All these are used for designing the Fairgreen International School curriculum. Ongoing assessment is integral from KG1 to Grade 5.

Students will study the Middle Years Programme (MYP) once the school gets authorised as an IB World School. As per IB MYP guidelines, learning focuses on the following areas:

  • Language Acquisition
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Language and Literature
  • Arts
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Science

Fairgreen MYP provides IB-validated grades based on a combination of examinations and course work. The school plans to register primary students for external assessments certified by the IBO.

Distance Learning at Fairgreen 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) works closely with the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) to inspect private schools operating in the emirate.

The school is not yet inspected by the KHDA. It is due for inspection in the academic year 2021-2022.

Academic Calendar for Fairgreen International School

Fairgreen International School’s academic calendar is split into winter, springs and summer term. A breakdown of the calendar is presented below.

  • The first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December, followed by a 3-week winter break.
  • The second term starts in the first week of January and ends in the last week of March, followed by a 2-week spring break.
  • The third term starts in the second week of April and ends in the first week of July, followed by a 2-month summer break.
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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Fairgreen International School?

Interested candidates can fill the online application form to kick-start the Fairgreen International School admission process. The applicant should have scanned copies of the mandatory documents required to be submitted along with the application form. The scanned documents can be in JPEG, PDF and PNG file formats.

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Students belonging to different countries are welcomed at Fairgreen International School (Image Credit: Fairgreen International School)

Once the application form is submitted, it is reviewed based on previous performances, assessment test results and personal interviews.
For admissions in the Early Years section, applicants have to appear in an interview arranged via a prior appointment. For Grade 1 to Grade 9, applicants can submit CAT4 test results to replace the assessment test at the school.

The school does not discriminate based on race, colour, nationality or ethnicity.

Documents required for admission include:

  • Student’s recent photograph
  • Photos of parents
  • Passports of parents
  • Student’s Emirates ID
  • Emirates ID of parents
  • Student’s birth certificate
  • Residence visa of parents

If Emirates IDs are not available at the time of admission, they can be submitted later but before the start of the academic year.
Students from schools based outside Dubai are requested to submit their leaving certificate.

Students who are transferring from other countries are also requested to submit their original transfer certificate.

Parents need to pay AED 500 as the application and assessment fee before the evaluation test takes place.

Nevertheless, parents must ensure that their child meets the following age placement criteria before starting the admission process.

GradesMinimum Entry AgeMaximum Entry AgeMinimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
Pre-KG
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
KG 1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
KG 2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
Grade 2
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Grades
Grade 3
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Grades
Grade 4
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Grades
Grade 5
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Grades
Grade 6
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Grades
Grade 7
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Grades
Grade 8
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Grades
Grade 9
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Grades
Grade 10
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Grades
Grade 11
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Grades
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) 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 Fairgreen International School

According to the KHDA School Fees Framework, the school charges a non-refundable deposit fee. Parents are requested to deposit this payment within five working days after receiving the acceptance letter to secure their child’s seat. This amount is adjusted in the first-trimester tuition fee.

Here’s a breakdown of the Fairgreen International School deposit fee:

  • Pre-K, KG1, KG2: AED 4,000
  • Grade 1 to Grade 10: AED 6,000

Students who join The Fairgreen International School in for the academic year 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 have to pay the following tuition fee:

GradesAnnual Tuition Fee
Pre-KG AED 39,000
KG1 – KG2 AED 47,000
Grade 1 – Grade 4 AED 61,500
Grade 5 – Grade 8 AED 69,500
Grade 9 – Grade 10 AED 73,500
Grade 11 AED 78,500
Grade 12 TBA

The above-mentioned fee can be paid in three terms

  • First-term payment is due on 1st September
  • The second term payment is due on 15th December
  • Third Term payment is due on 15th March

The above-mentioned fee does not include:

  • Transportation Fee
  • Cafeteria charges
  • Uniform charges

Fairgreen International School offers a 10% sibling discount to the third child and a 20% discount to the fourth child.

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School Facilities

Lunch Options at Fairgreen International School

The school provides lunch facilities to students in collaboration with SwissCanonica. Students from Pre-K to Grade 8 can buy and eat their packed lunch in the school cafeteria. A single meal costs AED 20 inclusive of VAT.

School Transportation at Fairgreen International School

The school offers transportation services in partnership with ESOL Education. Students living in nearby areas are dropped off and picked up by their parents. The transportation fee is characterized as per different areas.

AreaAnnual Transport Fee
Arabian Ranches 2, Damac Hills, Mudon, Layan, Al Waha, Mira, Remraam, Town Sqaure AED 7,000
Motor City, Sports City, Studio City, Arabian Ranches 1, Al Barsha South, Arjan, JVC, Jumeirah Golf Estates AED 7,800
JBR, Dubai Marina, JLT, Green, Meadows, Springs, Emirates Hills, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park, Al Barsha 1, 2, 3, Al Barsha Heights, The Palm AED 9,000

The transportation fee has to be paid in full prior to term one in order to reserve a seat.

Sports Facilities

Sports and physical activities are a vital component of school life at Fairgreen International School. Students participate in PE as it is a part of their weekly schedule. Students are expected to participate in sports while focusing on their studies.

Students are encouraged to take up physical activities (Image Credit: Fairgreen International School)

Highly experienced sports teachers train students in different athletics and sports including:

  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Swimming

Fairgreen School Sustainable City is part of local and international Athletics Conferences such as the Near East School Activities Conference (NESAC) and Emirates Activities Conference (EAC). Through these programmes, students excel at competitive sports. Teams from schools based in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other emirates take part in these competitions.

Extra-curricular Activities at Fairgreen International School

Extracurricular activities are planned for students at Fairgreen International Dubai. Key activities include Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Sports.

extracurricular activities at Fairgreen International School
Students’ visual artistic skills are enhanced through the Fairgreen Fine Art programme (Image Credit: Fairgreen International School)

The Fairgreen Fine Arts programme helps in developing visual artistic skills in students through sketching, painting, printmaking and craft. The programme is led by qualified art educators and it begins in Elementary School. Students use a variety of media to hone their skills throughout their school life at Fairgreen School Dubai.

Students can also participate in Performing Arts. The Performing Arts programme at Fairgreen International Dubai allows students to explore dance, music and drama. Music lessons are planned from beginner to advanced levels and are a part of the curriculum. Students get to learn band and choir by trained and talented music artists and musicians.

Drama is included in extracurricular activities and is used to build confidence and social skills in students. Several events are organised to showcase the talent of gifted students. These events are widely attended by staff, parents, friends and family.

As part of the Esol Education, Fairgreen International School Sustainable City provides students with the opportunity to participate in Model United Nations (MUN). Students who are involved in Model United Nations learn about international relations, global challenges and diplomacy. Students become diplomats of selected nations to examine international issues, debate and propose a solution for world problems. They research issues and draft mock resolutions. All these activities educate students about the procedures of the UN. Skills like public speaking, group communication, policy analysis, listening, negotiating, reaching consensus and technical writing are also enhanced through MUN.

ESOL Education group collaborates with the Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes through which students aged 14 years and older can join the two-week summer program to experience college life at Stanford. Stanford University collaborates with top-tier schools to bring selected students to their campus.

Field Trips from Fairgreen International School

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Students during a field trip on a beach learned about waves (Image Credit: Fairgreen International School)

As a part of the Unit of Inquiry, students are taken to field trips around or outside The Sustainable City neighbourhood. Parents are sent complete details before the trips and they must complete the relevant forms.

After-school Care at Fairgreen International School

The after-school programme, as the name suggests, keeps students engaged after school dismissal. It enhances students’ interest and provides them with a fun educational experience. All after-school activities are led by specialist teachers, qualified instructors and selected providers. Some prominent after-school activities include themed book clubs, yoga, chess, young entrepreneurs, parkour, coding and robotics.

Fairgreen has a unique location in Sustainable City that makes it possible for students to be involved in gardening, food sciences and farming. These activities promote environmental awareness and encourage students to participate in community services.

ASAs can be teacher-led or provided by external providers. Activities led by external providers are charged separately. Students who are interested in after school activities offered by external providers have to register via the School Buddy system at the beginning of each term.

Teacher-led activities include:

Digital Storytelling Strategy and Logic Puzzles
How to Draw Running Club
Walking Club Million Solar Stars
Origami Mindful Coloring & Arts

Activities led by external providers include:

Hip Hop / Acrobatics Dance Funkeynastix
Ballet & Musical Theatre Judo
Hamilton Aquatics Horse Riding and Stable Management
Sewing Photo Club
Junior Entrepreneurs Tae Kwon Do

Medical Care at Fairgreen International School

medical care at fairgreen international school (Image Credit: Fairgreen International School)
Other than medical care services, the school also provides students with basic health-related knowledge (Image Credit: Fairgreen International School)

There is a completely functional clinic in the school to handle medical emergencies during school hours. A full-time nurse provides medical assistance to students whenever needed.

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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Parents receive bi-weekly newsletters to get updates regarding the Unit of Inquiry, language, Mathematics, Science, field trips and activities. Parents can also track their child’s progress through the SeeSaw app.

Important communication with class teachers/homeroom teachers is advised to be carried out via emails. If parents want to meet a teacher, they should send an email to book an appointment. Parents-Teachers-Students conferences are formal opportunities to meet homeroom teachers. Regular coffee morning, open days and parents evening takes place during an academic year.

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