Future International School, Al Ain

Future International School, Al Ain

Overview

Opened its gates for students in 2004, Future International School Al Ain is a premier US curriculum school in Al Ain. It is a sister school of the recently constructed Future International Academy (FIA) in Al Ain also offering US-based education.

It is a private and co-educationalK-12 school educating children aged 4 to 18 years old. The school enriched the curriculum with the modern-day skills to prepare them for global challenges. The ADEK’s inspection report for the academic year 2017-2018 reveals that it has 648 students, predominantly locals. Students from other countries, such as Egypt and Oman, are also found in abundance at FIS Al Ain. A small proportion of students i.e. 2% of students require additional learning support.

The dedicated teaching staff of 95 full-time teachers and 8 teaching assistants are available to support students. Parents need not worry about the attention and care as the student to teacher ratio of 1:10 – lower than many international schools in the UAE. The quality of education at FIS is satisfactory as ADEK rated the performance of the school as acceptable.

This Future International School review by Bayut will help you learn more about its educational programme, school facilities and much more.

Residential Communities near Future International School Al Ain

Future International School enjoys its location at Al Salam Street, near Al Sarouj. The communities located close to the school are

  • Al Murabaa
  • Al Mutawah
  • Al Jahili

Al Murabaa is one of the cultural districts in Al Ain popular for the Al Murabaa Heritage Festival that happens every year. One can find a plethora of 3-bed and 4-bed residential villas with incredible living amenities.

Campus of Future International School Al Ain

The campus for the Future International School consists of a single-story building. The architecture of the building depicts an amalgamation of modern and Arabic architectural excellence. Outside the school’s building lies the parking area for staff and faculty members.

Inside the school’s building lies a spacious waiting area with comfortable seating arrangements for parents. Bright and spacious classrooms have age-appropriate furniture to provide a suitable learning environment.

Classrooms of Future International School Al Ain
Spacious classrooms at Future International School Al Ain (Image Credits: Future International School Al Ain Facebook Page)

Other facilities at the campus include science laboratories, computer laboratories, specialised rooms and much more.

Besides academic facilities, the school has a considerable range of well-maintained sports facilities. There is a multi-purpose indoor hall that is used for Physical Education (PE) training and indoor sports, such as basketball and badminton. Students can also work on their soccer skills at the school’s outdoor grassy field. Besides football, it is also used for many outdoor sports activities, such as annual sports competitions. There is an outdoor play area that is extensively used for running, playing, socialising and extra-curricular activities.

Location of Future International School Al Ain

Future International School is situated on the 2nd Street which is slightly off the Al Salam Street near Al Sarouj, Al Ain. One can find the school near Saeed Bin Zaid Mosque in Al Sarouj area. Those interested in visiting the school from the nearby location can access it through Zayed Bin Sultan Street and106th street. Al Salam Street connects these streets with the school.

Why Future International School Al Ain?

Future International School is one of the premier US curriculum schools in Al Ain. Since 2002, the school has been offering standard quality education to students. The educational programme of this school is broad and academic rigorous. Students completing their schooling from schools following US Curriculum education are accepted in top colleges and universities around the world. Its vision is to become an exemplary educational institute by following the Vision of UAE 2021. It fulfils its vision through its educational programme that forms independent, creative students with exceptional leadership and team working skills.

As per the ADEK inspection, the school has an affordable fee structure. It is a value-based school offering quality academic and non-academic activities to students at a modest tuition fee. The fees charged by the school is much less than the tuition fees charged by other US curriculum schools in the UAE. This makes it an incredible option for parents looking to enrol their children in US curricular schools without straining their pockets.

A key strength of this educational institute is its dedicated and experienced teaching staff. Most teachers at this school are qualified and have relevant experience. They fully support the academic needs of students by diligently using curricular frameworks and best teaching practices. Additionally, the teacher to student ratio at the school is 1:10, ensuring plenty of individual attention and care. Moreover, the staff turnover rate at school is 20%, which is around the average turnover rate for teachers in the UAE.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has issued a set of protocols to assist schools in safe re-opening. ADEK allows the school to be flexible, especially at the start of the academic year (2020-2021) with the learning models. Schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Dhafra and Al Ain can choose from the following learning models to kick-start the new academic year:

  • Full day: Students physically attend the school for the entire day
  • Half-day: Students physically attend the school for half day
  • Alternating days or weeks: Students attend the school on alternative days or weeks for a full or half-day
  • Hybrid: combination of any of the aforementioned learning models

Whateverlearning model is adopted by schools, they have to follow the below-mentioned protocols:

  • Students must not have a travelling history outside the UAE for at least 14 days before physically attending the school. In case of any travelling history of students or their close family member, students have to copy with the travelling requirements by the government of Abu Dhabi.
  • Parents may choose distance learning over physical on-site learning for their child if they are not confident in sending their kids to the school. However, parents must remain committed with the chosen learning model for their kids for the entire term.
  • Assess the temperature of those entering the school premises. No one with a temperature above 38-degree centigrade is allowed to enter the school. Students and staff with higher temperatures are isolated and returned to the home.
  • Sterilise the campus and its facilities, including classrooms, laboratories and playing equipment, with disinfectants.
  • Students above six years old and staff member must wear a mask at all times. Students below six years old are exempted from wearing a mask.
  • The school should arrange handwashing and sanitisation stations throughout the campus. Signage and posters must be used to keep students aware of the threat of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Students above 12 years old have to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test before returning to school.
  • Students in greater numbers must be divided into small cohorts. A maximum of 15 students is allowed in a classroom.
  • Limit school activities to avoid large gathering. This may include limiting extra-curricular activities, after-school care, canteen operations and sports events. Also, reduce the school bus capacity within 30% to 50% to ensure a safe travelling experience for students.

For more information, read the parents’ guide to school reopening by ADEK.

Years Offered at Future International School Al Ain

Future International School (FIS) Al Ain is a K-12 school catering to the educational needs of students aged 4 to 18 years old. The educational system at the school has the following phases of education:

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

Future International School Al Ain Curriculum

The educational foundations laid by the Future International School (FIS) Al Ain is based on the US National Curriculum. The syllabus followed at the school is broad and engaging. It stimulates different aspects of students’ learning that helps in the development of learners with exceptional learning skills. From Kindergarten to Grade 12 education, it follows the Common Core State Standard. Students in secondary school prepare for US High School Diploma. To get admission in colleges and universities, students sit the Standard Assessment Test (SAT) and IELTS or TOEFL. 

The school’s syllabus is highly diverse and covers a wide range of subjects. Besides academic activities, it also supports the provision of non-academic co-curricular activity. This act as a balancing force for students to indulge in both academic and non-academic disciplines to develop modern-day skills.

Art as a curricular activity at 
Future International School Al Ain
Students of Future International School Al Ain participating in curricular activities (Image Credits: Future International School Al Ain Facebook Page)

The subjects taught at Future International School include English, History or geography, Science, Mathematics. They also teach Physical Education (PE) and Arts as per the California and Virginia state standards. Other subjects offered to students are Arabic, Islamic Education and UAE Social Studies. They are taught as per the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

The marking system at this school is based on credit hours and grade point system. Students in the secondary school need to complete around 150 to 180 credits hours for eight subjects excluding MOE subjects (Arabic and Islamic Studies).

The school also has an E-learning system that came in handy during the global pandemic situation. Since schools were not opened, it continued students’ learning at home through its E-Learning system. Students are provided with their school emails to access Google classrooms and other technical platforms for distant learning. For more information on distant learning, read the E-Learning System of the Future International School (FIS) Al Ain.

Each academic day at the school has six sessions and two breaks. Each session is carried out for 55 minutes.

ADEK Rating

Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) is a governmental body for regulating the education sector of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra region. Established in 2005, it aims to improve the standard of quality offered by the education institutes in the aforementioned regions. Through its Irtiqaa programme, it inspects the performance of school every 18 to 24 months. The performance is inspected against the six performance standards laid by the ADEK, which are as follows:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Students’ Achievements
  • Students’ social and personal development and innovation skills
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment and Teaching
  • Protection, care, guidance and support offered to students

The performance of the school is inspected by using the ADEK’s six-point scale. Below is the brief explanation of each rating in the scale:

ADEK's 6-point scale
ADEK rating scale explained

ADEK rated the performance of the school as “Acceptable” in the latest inspection report for Future International School Al Ain for the academic year 2017-2018. There is an improvement in the school’s performance as it was previously rated “weak”

Students’ Social and Personal Development and their innovation skills, and protection, care, support and guidance provided to students are rated good. Whereas, the rest of the performance standards were rated as acceptable.

The following strengths of the schools were reported in the latest report:

  • The students’ achievements in Social Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies has improved since the last inspection.
  • ADEK observed good behaviour and positive attitude towards staff, peers and learning.
  • The vision and strategic direction provided by the senior leadership resulted in improved achievements and teaching.
  • The school has a positive relationship with parents that also play a role in improving students’ outcomes.
  • Another positive for FIS Al Ain is its system to identify and support students with special educational needs.

The performance of the school is satisfactory and meets the minimum requirements of the Ministry of education. To further improve their rating, ADEK drew the following recommendations:

The school should work on improving students’ achievements in all phases of education. For this purpose, teachers must invest more time in the teaching of writing in English. They also need to improve the model for writing English and convey their expectations to students. Teachers also need to provide more opportunities for students to work on their problem-solving, independent learning skills and critical thinking for all subjects.

Besides improvements, FIS Al Ain further needs to develop teaching and learning. They can achieve it by offering activities that match the learning needs of students, especially more-able students. Teachers also need to provide opportunities for students to work on their innovation skills. Furthermore, they can use the assessment datato improve their teaching capabilities for the future.ADEK also recommended improvements in the leadership and management of FIS Al Ain. To achieve this, the management should ensure that all the leaders understand, analyse and use the data to discover improvement opportunities. They also need to work on students’ punctuality and provide training to managers to monitor students’ progress.

Academic Calendar for Future International School Al Ain

Like most international schools in the UAE, the academic year of Future International School (FIS) Al Ain starts in late August and ends in July. The academic activities are split into the following three semesters:

  • The first Semester at FIS Al Ain starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December. After the end of the second term, students go on a 3-week winter break that ends in the first week of December.
  • After the end of the winter break, classes resume for the second semester in the first week of January. The term ends with a 2-week spring break that occurs in the first two weeks of April.
  • Afterwards, the third term starts in the third week of April and ends in the first week of July. The end of the academic year marks the starts of the summer holiday that continues until the start of the new academic year.

Besides, the school observes several national, international and religious events. The dates for these events are subjected to moon sighting.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Future International School Al Ain?

To enrol your child at Future International School Al Ain, please fill the online registration form. Along with the registration form, you need to submit the following documents to proceed with the admission request:

  • Birth certificate of the candidate
  • A copy of the candidate’s passport
  • Six recent passport-size photographs of the candidate
  • A copy of the candidate’s parents passports (with Valid UAE residence visa for non-UAE nationals)
  • Original and a copy of Emirates ID card
  • Previous academic record (the latest transcript must be officially signed)

Please note that the official documents such as birth certificate must be translated into Arabic or English by the official translator and must be attested by the Ministry of Foreign affairs (country of origin and UAE Embassy (within the country of origin). The transfer certificate must be translated into English or Arabic and have proper attestation and signature by the previous school.

Additionally, the documents required for admission in KG2 to Grade 12 are listed below:

  • Medical form (available from the school)
  • A copy of the applicant’s vaccination record
  • Completed KG information for (for admission in KG2, provided by the school)
  • Good conduct certificate issued by the previous school
  • Address of the residence for school transport
  • Documents suggesting additional learning needs for the candidate
  • If applying from UAE (except Abu Dhabi and Al Ain), a transfer certificate attested by the Educational board of that Emirate, original report card and certificate of continuation studies 
  • Those applying from outside the UAE need to submit the transfer certificate attested by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UAE Embassy. They also need to submit a letter confirming the successful completion of the previous grade.
Grade
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 1
Minimum Entry Age
3 years
Maximum Entry Age
3 years and 8 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 2
Minimum Entry Age
3 years and 9 months
Maximum Entry Age
4 years and 8 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
4 years and 9 months
Maximum Entry Age
5 years and 8 month
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*

This is based on the age of the students on 31st December (for schools beginning in September). Source: ADEK

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

Once all the required documents are submitted, the school contacts parents to bring their child for an assessment. The assessment may include written test and/or interview depending upon the grade. After successfully clearing the entrance tests, the school asks parents to pay the required instalment and sign necessary forms as per the guidelines of MOE. For more information, read the admission policy of Future International School Al Ain.

Fee Structure at Future International School Al Ain

The Future International School Al Ain fees are as follows:

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee charged by the school is given below:

Grade
First Instalment o(AED)
Second Instalment (AED)
Third Instalment (AED)
Tuition Fee (AED)
Grade
KG1
First Instalment o(AED)
5,139
Second Instalment (AED)
4,106
Third Instalment (AED)
3,519
Tuition Fee (AED)
11,730
Grade
KG2
First Instalment o(AED)
5,139
Second Instalment (AED)
4,106
Third Instalment (AED)
3,519
Tuition Fee (AED)
11,730
Grade
Grade 1
First Instalment o(AED)
5,946
Second Instalment (AED)
4,347
Third Instalment (AED)
3,726
Tuition Fee (AED)
12,420
Grade
Grade 2
First Instalment o(AED)
6,270
Second Instalment (AED)
4,550
Third Instalment (AED)
3,900
Tuition Fee (AED)
13,000
Grade
Grade 3
First Instalment o(AED)
6,585
Second Instalment (AED)
4,830
Third Instalment (AED)
4,140
Tuition Fee (AED)
13,800
Grade
Grade 4
First Instalment o(AED)
7,109
Second Instalment (AED)
5,313
Third Instalment (AED)
4,554
Tuition Fee (AED)
15,180
Grade
Grade 5
First Instalment o(AED)
7,598
Second Instalment (AED)
5,796
Third Instalment (AED)
4,968
Tuition Fee (AED)
16,560
Grade
Grade 6
First Instalment o(AED)
8,087
Second Instalment (AED)
6,279
Third Instalment (AED)
5,382
Tuition Fee (AED)
17,940
Grade
Grade 7
First Instalment o(AED)
8,576
Second Instalment (AED)
6,762
Third Instalment (AED)
5,796
Tuition Fee (AED)
19,320
Grade
Grade 8
First Instalment o(AED)
9,032
Second Instalment (AED)
7,207
Third Instalment (AED)
6,177
Tuition Fee (AED)
20,590
Grade
Grade 9
First Instalment o(AED)
9,521
Second Instalment (AED)
7,690
Third Instalment (AED)
6,591
Tuition Fee (AED)
21,970
Grade
Grade 10
First Instalment o(AED)
10,029
Second Instalment (AED)
8,253
Third Instalment (AED)
7,074
Tuition Fee (AED)
23,580
Grade
Grade 11
First Instalment o(AED)
10,657
Second Instalment (AED)
8,694
Third Instalment (AED)
7,452
Tuition Fee (AED)
24,480
Grade
Grade 12
First Instalment o(AED)
10,726
Second Instalment (AED)
8,775
Third Instalment (AED)
7,521
Tuition Fee (AED)
25,070

Other charges

Grade
Books (AED)
Uniform (AED)
Registration Fee (AED)
Grade
KG1
Books (AED)
1,200
Uniform (AED)
420
Registration Fee (AED)
587
Grade
KG2
Books (AED)
1,200
Uniform (AED)
420
Registration Fee (AED)
587
Grade
Grade 1
Books (AED)
1,800
Uniform (AED)
420
Registration Fee (AED)
621
Grade
Grade 2
Books (AED)
1,950
Uniform (AED)
420
Registration Fee (AED)
650
Grade
Grade 3
Books (AED)
2,025
Uniform (AED)
420
Registration Fee (AED)
690
Grade
Grade 4
Books (AED)
2,100
Uniform (AED)
455
Registration Fee (AED)
759
Grade
Grade 5
Books (AED)
2,175
Uniform (AED)
455
Registration Fee (AED)
828
Grade
Grade 6
Books (AED)
2,250
Uniform (AED)
455
Registration Fee (AED)
897
Grade
Grade 7
Books (AED)
2,325
Uniform (AED)
455
Registration Fee (AED)
966
Grade
Grade 8
Books (AED)
2,400
Uniform (AED)
455
Registration Fee (AED)
1,030
Grade
Grade 9
Books (AED)
2,475
Uniform (AED)
455
Registration Fee (AED)
1,099
Grade
Grade 10
Books (AED)
2,500
Uniform (AED)
455
Registration Fee (AED)
1,179
Grade
Grade 11
Books (AED)
2,750
Uniform (AED)
455
Registration Fee (AED)
1,242
Grade
Grade 12
Books (AED)
2,750
Uniform (AED)
455
Registration Fee (AED)
1,254

For more information, check out the fee structure of Future International School.

Scholarships at Future International School Al Ain

Currently, there are no scholarship awards for academically brilliant students at Future International School Al Ain.

School Facilities

School Transportation at Future International School Al Ain

The school offers a reliable school transport service that picks and drops children to and from the designated points.

Currently, the school has reduced the school bus capacity to comply with COVID-19 restriction. This is to ensure that a minimum distance of 2 metres is maintained among students with the bus. For more information, contact the school.

Boarding Facility at Future International School Al Ain

It is a day-only school and does not offer boarding facilities to students. Those living far from the school can use the school transport service or move to communities located close to the school.

Sports Facilities

Sport is an important part of the co-curricular activities offered to students at Future International School. It helps students to live an active and healthy life. For this purpose, the school has some incredible sports facilities, including the multi-purpose indoor hall, a soccer field and an outdoor play area.

Outdoor soccer field at Future International School Al Ain
Students playing soccer at the outdoor grassy soccer pitch at Future International School Al Ain(Image Credits: Future International School Al Ain Facebook Page)

The school conducts annual sports competitions for boys and girls where they show their sporting skills and compete with other students. Awards are distributed to the participants and winners of different sporting events.

Because of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Future International School Al Ain has shut down some of its sports facilities to avoid large gathering.

Extra-curricular Activities at Future International School Al Ain

Future International School (FIS) Al Ain has a comprehensive extracurricular programme that caters to the non-academic needs of students. The extra-curricular programme has activities suitable for different age groups and students with different interests. One can find a plethora of activities ranging from sports to arts and culture, creative arts to storytelling and much more.

One of the popular extra-curricular activities at this school is the FIS STEM Exhibition. This exhibition is conducted every year where children translate their STEM knowledge into age-appropriate science projects. Similarly, students also participate in the science fair where they display their scientific knowledge into amazing projects. Such extra-curricular projects allow children to use their academic knowledge into co-curricular activities. Other noteworthy extra-curricular activities offered to students at FIS are:

Extra 1
Theme day celebrations
Extra 2
National and international day celebrations
Extra 3
Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival
Extra 1
Field trip
Extra 2
STEM Exhibition
Extra 3
Forensic Science
Extra 1
Math competition
Extra 2
Freezoning
Extra 3
Opinion writing
Extra 1
French club
Extra 2
Water fighting
Extra 3
Sports day
STEM Exhibition at Future International School Al Ain
Students showcasing their projects in the STEM Exhibition at Future International School Al Ain (Image Credits: Future International School Al Ain Facebook Page)

Currently, Future International School has suspended some extra-curricular activities resulting in large gatherings. Some activities still take place at the campus without compromising health and safety of students and staff member. Keep an eye on the social media accounts of the school for the latest updates.

Field Trips from Future International School Al Ain

Field trip allows an opportunity for teachers to teach students beyond the walls of classrooms. Students constantly interact with their surroundings and learn new things. Furthermore, they try to link the classroom lectures with the practical environment. To aid in the process, Future International School arranges several field trips throughout the year. Both recreational and educational trips are offered to students. Some popular field trips arranged by FIS are:

  • Fun City, Bawadi Mall
  • Al-Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club
  • Zoo
Field trip to Fun City arranged by Future International School Al Ain
Students of Future International School Al Ain visited Fun at Bawadi Mall (Image Credits: Future International School Al Ain Facebook Page)

After-school Care at Future International School Al Ain

Currently, the only after-school care provided to students is in the form of the extra-curricular programme.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Several modes of communication are available for teachers and parents to interact with each other. The most common mode of communication extensively used by parents is the school portal. The portal allows easy access to attendance records, academic performance, news, circulars, examinations schedules and much more.

Parents and teachers can discuss the progress made by children during one of many parent-teacher meetings at Future International School. These meetings serve as a great opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss students’ behaviour, strengths and weaknesses. This helps both parents and teachers to better understand children and provide an improved learning experience to them. Currently, the school is conducting the parent-teacher meetings via zoom.

The school website is another source of information for teachers, parents and the wider community. It is an ideal source for parents finding the best school for their children. Here, visitors can find information on the educational programme, admission policy and fees structure, etc. helping them in making an informed decision.

Other sources of communication at this school are the social media platforms, WhatsApp groups, telephone numbers and email addresses.

Future International School Al Ain Contact Information

Address: 2nd street, Al Salam Street, Al Sarouj, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Telephone Number

  • For general information: +971 3 7666771

Email Address

Official Website and Social Media

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