One of the oldest non-profit schools in Dubai, established in 1977, Jebel Ali School (JAS) evolved from Jebel Ali Primary School. It was originally built to provide support and education to the children of construction workers at Jebel Ali Port, the largest man-made port in the world. It has been rated as one of the best schools in Dubai and is known for its long waiting list for admissions in both the primary and secondary schools. Currently, it offers the popular British education system until Year 9 and has plans to expand until the Sixth Form A Level division in 2023.
Residential Communities near Jebel Ali School Dubai
Since relocating from its original location to DAMAC Hills, the Jebel Ali School has become easily accessible for residents living in a number of family-friendly neighbourhoods. Check out detailed information about the top residential communities close to Jebel Ali School:
The closest residential area to the school is the family-friendly neighbourhood of Mudon, which has a good selection of villas and townhouses available for rent and sale.
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Campus of Jebel Ali School
There is currently only one campus for Jebel Ali School Dubai, where both the primary and secondary divisions exist side by side, along with the Foundation Unit. It is a new campus that has been enlarged to include many different facilities to promote all-around learning. It now has many wide green areas as well as shaded outdoor seating areas for reading and relaxing. Many of the classrooms connect to the outdoor areas and allow lots of light and space into them to evoke a sense of connection with the outdoors and for students to feel safe. Facilities in Jebel Ali School include as a 650-seat auditorium, lecture theatre, science laboratories, libraries and studios for art and dance.
Location of Jebel Ali School
Jebel Ali School used to be located in Jebel Ali but it moved in 2016 to a brand new campus located in DAMAC Hills, near Mudon along Hessa St. This new campus has also been expanded with many new features and amenities. The earlier Jebel Ali Primary School location is no longer in operation. All year groups are catered to in the newly built campus in DAMAC Hills.
Why Jebel Ali School?
Established in 1977, Jebel Ali School has 41 years of experience behind them. The school’s non-profit status was even cemented in 1986 when they obtained a decree from His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. Jebel Ali School is a non-profit school, which means that it exists purely for educational reasons and it is not focused on prospering financially. All income is reinvested on the education and welfare of the students.
The KHDA defines a not for profit school as ‘A registered school which exists purely for educational reasons; one which is governed by an independent board with parent representation and from which its shareholders, trustees or any third parties do not benefit financially. Fiscal surpluses, if any, are put back into the institution to further the pursuit of its goals.’
JAS is also inclusive of all students regardless of nationality, religion or ability. It aids students who are identified with exceptionally advanced learning capabilities and specific learning difficulties to flourish with their cutting-edge education techniques. The Jebel Ali School inclusion team is highly skilled and works together in partnership with parents, teachers, learning assistants and leaders to make sure every child benefits from a successful learning journey.
Considered one of the best British curriculum schools in Dubai, JAS is a preferred for its excellent academic results too. Parents can rest assured that their children are provided top-notch, high-quality education. Most Jebel Ali Primary School reviews focus on the efficiency of teachers when it comes to incorporating key life skills among students along with curriculum recommended academic acumen.
Jebel Ali School also benefits from having a Board of Governors, it consists of 7 governors who act in a voluntary capacity, they do not receive any compensation or deduction in school fees for their children. The role of the Board is to provide governance and resources that will benefit the school’s management and staff in order to deliver the highest quality of education.
Years Offered at Jebel Ali School
Primary school and Foundation Stage
Foundation Stage One and Two (FS1 and FS2) are offered to children aged 3 to 4 years old. Jebel Ali School’s Primary division starts from Key Stage 1 (KS1) and features Year 1 and Year 2 for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Primary school ends with Key Stage 2 (KS2) which comprises of Year 3 to Year 6 for children aged 7 to 11 years old.
The Secondary division at Jebel Ali Primary School starts with Key Stage 3 (KS3), this consists of Year 7 to Year 9, students are aged from 11 to 14 years old. Key Stage 4 (KS4) includes Years 10 and 11, its students are aged from 14 to 16. The final stage is Key Stage 5 (KS5), offering Year 12 and 13 for children aged 17 to 18.
Currently, JAS only offers up till Year 9 of Key Stage 3, however, it is currently adding a new academic year every year. It has plans to establish itself all the way till Year 13 of KS5, this is expected in the academic year of 2023.
Jebel Ali School Curriculum
Jebel Ali School follows the British education style, its curriculum is based upon the framework of the National Curriculum of England. The medium of instruction is English, but Arabic is mandatory for all students. Native speakers are taught the more intensive Arabic A syllabus while non-native speakers learn about the basics of the language with the Arabic B syllabus prescribed by the Ministry of Education.
Curriculum in Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage One and Two (FS1 and FS2) is offered for children who are 3 to 4 years old. It follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is a programme that teaches learning through exploration, creating, thinking critically and active learning. Learning in the EYFS curriculum is divided under 7 equally focused categories: Literacy, Mathematics, Communication and Language, Expressive Arts and Design, Physical Development, Understanding the World and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Curriculum for Primary Years
The Primary education division commences with the British National Curriculum from KS1 to KS2. There are a total of 12 subjects for the primary division with English, mathematics and sciences as the core subjects.
Curriculum for Secondary Years
From KS3 a broader curriculum is introduced which focuses on 4 key areas: Core, Creative and Physical Arts, Social Science and Modern Languages. The KS3 division starts to introduce mini-projects to help students integrate to the KS4 curricula with ease. It preps students for the future General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams in KS4 and the future Advanced Level (A-Level) exams in KS5.
The Core category comprises of English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic as a First or Additional Language, Islamic Studies (for Muslim students only) and Social Studies (history of the UAE).
The department of Creative and Physical Arts consists of Design and Technology, Drama, Music, Art and Design and Physical Education (PE).
Social Science comprises of History, Geography and Computing.
Modern Language includes French and Spanish.
These 4 key areas will prep students for the future International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams in KS4.
The Core compulsory curriculum for KS4 includes English, Mathematics, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or a Combined Science Course. There is also Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and well as Islamic Studies (for Muslim students only). Students will then also choose additional subjects to take to the IGCSE/GCSE examination level. These include Arabic, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Economics, Drama, French, Geography, History, Music, PE and Spanish. Time conflicts may arise in some subjects.
The older students who are Post 16 will follow the proposed KS5 offerings, these are currently planned to include Sixth Form. The KS5 curriculum will consist of A Level subjects as well as a research dissertation which adheres to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ Qualification Is part of the AQA Baccalaureate, it is based 100% on coursework and helps prepare the student for Higher Education as it shows a heavy interest in one particular field.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is the government entity responsible for the quality and growth of private education in the emirate of Dubai. They inspect private schools in Dubai with judgments made on a six-point scale of: Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Acceptable, Weak and Very Weak. The KHDA focuses on maintaining a high quality of education as well as the happiness and wellbeing of students and educators.
JAS has been rated highly by the KHDA over the years. It was given the rating ‘Good’ from 2008 – 2011, for the academic year of 2011-2012 it achieved the ‘Outstanding’ rating. It was then rated ‘Good’ again from the years of 2012 – 2015 and for the years of 2015 – 2018 it has kept the ‘Very Good’ rating.
Here’s a history of the KHDA ratings for Jebel Ali School so far:
2008 – 2011
2012 – 2015
2015 – 2018
The overall review for the Jebel Ali School by the KHDA is that the leadership and management aspects have been handled with effective and innovative measures, especially in terms of partnership with parents. The curriculum design and adaptation have been efficiently handled thus leading to high-quality teaching and high levels of success for students in English, mathematics, science and learning skills. Students also develop in other phases, such as exceptional personal and social skills.
Jebel Ali School could, however, improve, especially in the attainment in the Arabic and Islamic Education departments for all stages.
Academic Calendar for Jebel Ali School
New and existing students start the academic year and the autumn term in the first week of September.
- The first term finishes in the second week of December. This is followed by a winter break for three weeks.
- The second term begins in the second week of January and ends in the last week of March. This is followed by a 2-week break.
- The final summer term begins in the second week of April and concludes in the first week of July after which students get nearly two months of summer holidays.
- Jebel Ali School holidays are usually in December and late March.
Kindly note that these are subject to change due to National and Islamic holidays, for more information, view the academic calendar for Jebel Ali School.
Admission and Fees
How to Apply to Jebel Ali School?
Jebel Ali School has a different application system in comparison to most schools. It operates its primary and secondary school on a debenture basis. A debenture is basically a non-interest bearing loan that is paid at the start of a child’s schooling and is repaid when the child leaves the school. Debentures guarantee a child’s place for the school year if they are offered a place in the next academic year. JAS offers two types of debentures, Corporate Debentures which are offered for companies or private individuals who can then notify the school as to which child they have nominated to have covered by the debenture. Corporate Debentures offer a guarantee of the next available spot in the academic year, this is at a cost of AED 60,000. When the child leaves Jebel Ali School, the company can choose to allocate the debenture for another child, leave it in the JAS reserve or apply for repayment of the original AED 60,000.
The second type is a Personal Debenture, this does not offer a guaranteed place in the next school year or priority placement on the waiting list. It is at a cost of AED 25,000 and is payable within 10 days for all new pupils who have been offered a place.
Now, parents and students have the option and are recommended to tour the school and discuss their interest in Jebel Ali Primary School admissions. Otherwise, they can also fill out the application form and will be informed when places are available. The following documents need to be attached with the application form either in person or via email:
- Copy of Birth Certificate
- Copy of Passport
- Copy of previous academic year school report (if applying for Year 1 and above)
- Copy of the latest interim report if applying for a mid-year place
- A transfer certificate if moving from outside of Dubai. This certificate will need to be attested in the country of issuance by the Ministry of Education. It also needs to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE Embassy (this attestation requirement does not apply to the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).
Overseas applicants can contact the Registrar’s office via email: email@example.com for any queries. Also, an AED 500 non-refundable fee is payable in order to complete the application.
Once the prospective students are notified they will be asked to complete an entry evaluation to provide the school with relevant educational information. Since there is high interest from both parents and students, JAS has a waiting list, which is prioritized as:
- Students supported by corporate debentures
- Siblings enrolled at JAS (including students of determination who already have a sibling enrolled at JAS)
- Children of JAS Alumni
- Students in date order of application
Fee Structure at Jebel Ali School
New students will have to pay an AED 500 non-refundable application fee and the personal refundable debenture payment of AED 25,000 for all new students. Jebel Ali School’s Primary school fees from FS1 to Year 6 are a total of AED 44,960 each year, payable as follows:
- Term 1 – AED 17,984 (a re-registration fee will be deducted from this amount)
- Term 2 – AED 13,488
- Term 3 – AED 13,488
The Secondary School fees starting from Year 7 are as follow:
- Term 1 – AED 31,600
- Term 2 – AED 23,700
- Term 3 – AED 23,700
Jebel Ali School fees can be paid in cash, cheque or by bank transfer. For more updates take a look at the full fee structure in Jebel Ali School.
Scholarships at Jebel Ali School
There are scholarships available for Secondary students only, for the academic year of 2019 it is offered for students in Year 7 till Year 10. Scholarships are offered for new and existing students who showcase exceptional academic performance, they should be performing significantly above what would be expected of their relevant age group. Potential scholarship students should also show evidence of using their strengths in a creative or philanthropic way. There are a limited number of scholarships offers and will result in a maximum reduction in fees of 50% alongside a waiver of the debenture fees.
To determine eligibility for the scholarship programme, applicants should email a copy of their most up to date school report to firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to completing the scholarship application form. This can be done in person or online.
Once eligible, invited applicants will have to visit the school and undergo assessments in English and mathematics under test conditions in school. Candidates may also meet with the school Principal and the Head of Secondary division.
Lunch Options at JAS
For students, there is a lunch box programme which is served in the children’s classroom. The food is prepared in a commercial kitchen by Mastercook, it is then delivered in insulated transport boxes in a fleet of chiller vans to the school daily. The food is 100% nut-free and produced in a nut-free kitchen. Apart from the lunch box programme, there is a full programme which is served in the spacious canteen, it serves nutritious hot and cold dishes. There is also a coffee shop service on campus that offers a selection of breakfast items, salad, sandwiches, cakes, teas, coffees and cold drinks.
School Transportation at Jebel Ali School
There are currently 2 school bus routes for students, this is prone to change. Bus route 1 is from Jebel Ali and Bus route 2 is from The Springs.
Boarding Facility at Jebel Ali School
Jebel Ali School does not currently offer any boarding or hostel facility for its students or teachers. Those who would like to live near the school could opt to rent a villa in Mudon or rent an apartment in the neighbouring Al Thamam district in Remraam.
Holiday Camps at JAS
There are currently no winter camps or summer camps for students of Jebel Ali School.
There are many sports facilities for the students of Jebel Ali School to partake in. There is a 25m competition and teaching swimming pool, there are pitches made for rugby or football.
Apart from the many sports fields and courts, there are also outdoor classrooms and different sand and water play areas for younger students.
Extra-curricular Activities at Jebel Ali School
There are many extra-curricular activities, mostly in the form of after-school activities (ASAs) for students to choose from in both Primary and Secondary schools. These do change from term to term and some activities are free to join, paid to join or on an invite-only basis. Activities also do range from multiple different options per year group.
Popular options for the KS2 students includes Choir held on Monday evening from 7 pm to 7:40 pm. Gymnastics is by invite only and is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm. Pupils get to participate in gymnastic tournaments and the spring fayre display. STEM club and British sign language club are also popular options, both of them are held on Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm.
The older Secondary KS3 students also have many options. Popular options include the Student Leadership Team on Sundays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Monday afternoons are known for the International Kitchen activity, where students can learn to cook a variety of dishes. This is a paid activity with a total cost of AED 300. Rugby is on Tuesday evenings from 6:45 am to 7:30 am and is open for both genders to join.
Paid extra-curricular activities in Jebel Ali School are managed by Gulf Star Sports. A few of these activities include Karate club, Drama club, Dubai Youth Hockey and more.
Field Trips from Jebel Ali School
Field trips for students of JAS are normally in conjunction with school lessons. Past trips have included the Year 3’s trip to Burj Khalifa to view shadows from the vantage point on the 124th floor to see how they changed over time. This was a visual aid for the ‘Lights and Shadows’ lesson. Year 4 students visited the Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which was the final part of their habitat science work. The children got to view many different habitats as well as the creatures in each habitat and how they have adapted to survive.
The school trip to Dibba for Year 5 students was a social and physical learning experience. The children are given a chance to undertake new and exciting challenges while in a safe and monitored environment. Year 6 students are taken on a 4-night trip to a location in the UAE, such as Dibba, Khorfakkan or Kalba. This trip fulfils the curriculum requirement while also helping the students develop interpersonal skills.
These trips help students to visualise what they are studying whilst also helping them grow into well-rounded individuals through communication with their peers and teachers.
After-school Care at Jebel Ali School
After-school activities are the only form of after-school care at JAS. These start from Year 2 onwards.
Medical Care at Jebel Ali School
For the physical well-being of the students, the nurses are the first point of contact. The nurses at JAS will coordinate between all governmental bodies, healthcare providers and parents. Children who are not well will head to the nurse’s office where they will be assessed for the best course of action. If there is a serious issue which would require off-site medical attention, parents will be notified by the nurses itself to decide on a course of action.
As per the regulations set in place by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Jebel Ali School requires that all school children in the years FS1, Year 1 and Year 4 receive a medical test carried out by the school doctor. This is a simple examination and parents are notified in advance. Height, weight and basic eye tests are conducted by the nurses, annually for all students.
Also, as per DHA regulations, any child transferring from a school outside Dubai will require a health check by the school doctor, regardless of the year group.
Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents
There is a parents portal available on the JAS website, this is for parents to be notified on school news and to provide feedback. JAS also has an active PTA community and prides itself on connecting with parents on current issues to provide the best environment possible for students and staff.
There are also Whatsapp Groups for parents to join based on the grade in which their children are studying in. Parents will need to check with the school and request access to stay up to date with their children’s progress.
Jebel Ali School Contact Information
- Telephone Number: +971-4-884-6485
General Enquiries: email@example.com
Admission Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- JAS Website
- JAS Facebook Page
- JAS Twitter Page
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