Jebel Ali School

Jebel Ali School

Overview

Established in 1977, Jebel Ali School (JAS) is one of the oldest non-profit schools in Dubai. The school has come a long way since its early Jebel Ali Primary School days. Initially, JAS was launched 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 admissions waiting list for both primary and secondary schools. It currently offers the popular British education system until Year 9 and 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 many family-friendly neighbourhoods. Residential communities close to Jebel Ali School are:

The closest residential area is Mudon, which has a good selection of villas and townhouses for rent and sale.

Parents wanting to stay close to the Jebel Ali School can consider:

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 with the Foundation Unit. The massive new campus includes different facilities to promote all-around learning. There are vast green areas as well as shaded outdoor seating areas for reading and relaxing. Many classrooms connect to the outdoor areas and allow lots of light to stream in and evoke a sense of connection with the outdoors. Other facilities in Jebel Ali School include a 650-seat auditorium, lecture theatre, science laboratories, libraries and studios for art and dance.

Jebel Ali School facilities
The newly built auditorium easily accommodates up to 650 people (Image Credit: Jebel Ali School)

Location of Jebel Ali School

Jebel Ali School initially was based in Jebel Ali. But it moved to a brand new campus located in DAMAC Hills, near Mudon along Hessa Street in 2016. This new campus has also been expanded with many new features and amenities. Please note that the earlier Jebel Ali Primary School location is no longer in operation. All year groups have moved to the newly built campus in DAMAC Hills.

Why Jebel Ali School?

Jebel Ali School is backed by 41 years of experience. The school’s non-profit status was even cemented in 1986 when they obtained a decree from (the Late) His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.

Jebel Ali School is a non-profit school, which means all income is reinvested in the education and welfare of the students.

It welcomes students regardless of their 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 with parents, teachers, learning assistants and leaders to ensure every child has a successful learning journey.

Considered one of Dubai’s best British schools, JAS is preferred for its excellent academic results. 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 7-member Board of Governors. The role of the Board is to provide governance and resources that will help the school’s management and staff to deliver the highest quality of education.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

Jebel Ali School has geared up for reopening. A protocol has been designed keeping in mind the current covid situation in Dubai.

  • Students must have two spare masks, a lunchbox that can be sanitised, a 1.5 litres water bottle since refilling stations are closed, a hand sanitiser and a school bag for secondary students as lockers will not be allocated. Make sure all of these things are labelled.
  • Students must have their temperature (37.5°C) checked at home before arriving at school.
  • The temperature of students will be taken at the school gate by security staff before they get out of the car.
  • Before entering the classroom, students will have a second temperature check.
  • School buses will operate at a maximum of 50% occupancy. Students in Year 2 and above must wear a face mask while on the bus.
  • After-school care for FS 1 children will begin from 20 September 2020. Your child is expected to attend every day, and there is one pick up time – 2:00 pm daily. Please fill FS1 After School Care Sign Up Form to avail of the service.
  • The social distancing of 1.5 metres in all teaching areas and 2 metres in all communal areas
  • Changes in drop-off and pick-up times are done to minimise the number of people on site.

Years Offered at Jebel Ali School

Sections
Years Covered
Sections
Foundation Stage
Years Covered
FS 1 and FS 2
Sections
Key Stage 1
Years Covered
Year 1 and Year 2
Sections
Key Stage 2
Years Covered
Year 3 to Year 6
Sections
Key Stage 3
Years Covered
Year 7 to Year 9
Sections
Key Stage 4
Years Covered
Year 10 and Year 11
Sections
Key Stage 5 / Sixth Form
Years Covered
Year 12 and Year 13

Currently, JAS only offers education until Year 10 – Key Stage 4. However, it is now adding a new class every academic year. The launch of Year 13 – KS5 is expected in 2023.

Jebel Ali School Curriculum

Jebel Ali School follows the British education system; 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 comprehensive Arabic A syllabus while non-native speakers learn the language basics in the Arabic B syllabus as prescribed by the Ministry of Education.

Curriculum in Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage One and Two (FS1 and FS2) is offered for children 3 to 4 years old based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This programme teaches learning through exploration, creating, thinking critically and active learning.

Learning in the EYFS curriculum is divided into seven 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 12 subjects for the primary division. English, mathematics and sciences are the core subjects.

Jebel Ali School students engaging in extra curricular activities
Along with a progressive curriculum, Jebel Ali School is known for offering a wide range of extracurricular activities (Image Credit: Jebel Ali School Facebook Page)

Curriculum for Secondary Years

From KS3, a broader curriculum is introduced, which focuses on four key areas: Core, Creative and Physical Arts, Social Science and Modern Languages. The KS3 division starts to introduce mini-projects to help students transition 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 English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic as a First or Additional Language, Islamic Studies (for Muslim students only) and Social Studies (history of the UAE).

The Creative and Physical Arts department consists of Design and Technology, Drama, Music, Art and Design and Physical Education (PE).

Social Science: History, Geography and Computing.

Modern Languages: French and Spanish.

These four 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, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Islamic Studies (for Muslim students only).

Students can also choose additional subjects at 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.

Post 16 students will follow the proposed KS5 offerings. The KS5 curriculum will consist of A Level subjects and a research dissertation that adheres to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Distance Learning at Jebel Ali School

Aligned with the objectives set by the KHDA during the current pandemic, Jebel Ali School in Dubai is continuing with the option of distance learning, at least for the next term.

Parents opting for either in-class learning or distance learning must fill a form indicative of their selection and ensure that their child’s class teacher or form tutor is notified beforehand.

For the primary section, students must register for the morning session via Google Meet. Where possible, instructions and learning inputs will be given via Google Meet or through prepared teacher instruction. Weblinks to the lessons will be posted onto Seesaw for students and parents to access later. Likewise, children will complete their required task and submit on Seesaw, where the teacher will try to provide verbal and written feedback as soon as possible.

The timetable will be dispatched to students in the secondary section as soon as they register for distance learning. Similar to the in-class learning procedure, children will receive six lessons each day. Students will use Google Classroom as their learning platform. This will also be used for submitting their work and receiving feedback. Teaching material and tasks will be updated using Google Classroom.

The KHDA has also rated Jebel Ali School’s distance learning provisions as ‘Developed‘.

Please click here to learn more about the JAS Distance Learning Student and Parent Agreement. For further information, please head over to JAS Distance Learning.

For queries related to distance learning, email at:

KHDA Rating

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: Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Acceptable, Weak and Very Weak. The KHDA focuses on maintaining a high quality of education and the happiness and wellbeing of students and educators.

KHDA School Ratings
Being rated as a Very Good school by KHDA is one of the key benefits of Jebel Ali School, which was earlier known as the Jebel Ali Primary School

JAS has been rated highly by the KHDA over the years. Since 2015, Jebel Ali School has maintained the ‘Very Good’ rating.

Here’s a history of the KHDA ratings for Jebel Ali School so far:

YEARS
KHDA RATING
YEARS
2008 – 2011
KHDA RATING
Good
YEARS
2011-2012
KHDA RATING
Outstanding
YEARS
2012 – 2015
KHDA RATING
Good
YEARS
2015 – 2019
KHDA RATING
Very Good

The overall review for the Jebel Ali School by the KHDA states that the leadership and management aspects have been handled with practical 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 have exceptional personal and social skills.

Jebel Ali School could, however, improve, especially in Arabic and Islamic Education attainment for all stages.

Academic Calendar for Jebel Ali School

New and existing students start the academic year with the autumn term in the last week of August.

  • 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 first 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.

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?

Debenture:

Jebel Ali School has a different application system in comparison to most schools in Dubai. Both primary and secondary schools operate on a debenture basis.

Debentures guarantee a child’s spot for the school year if offered a place in the next academic year. JAS offers two types of debentures.

Corporate Debentures for AED 60,000 are for companies or private individuals who can then notify the school which child they have nominated to have covered by the debenture. Corporate Debentures provide a guarantee of the next available spot in the academic year.

When the child leaves Jebel Ali School, the company can choose to allocate the debenture to another child, leave it in the JAS reserve or apply for repayment of the original AED 60,000.

Admission process at Jebel Ali School Dubai
The school offers both corporate and personal debentures (Image Credit: Jebel Ali School)

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 for AED 25,000 and is payable within ten days for all new pupils 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 at registrar@jebelalischool.org for any queries. Also, an AED 500 non-refundable fee is payable to complete the application.

Once the prospective students are notified, they will be asked to complete an entry evaluation to provide relevant educational information. Since there is high interest from both parents and students, JAS has a waiting list, which is prioritised 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

Parents must ensure that their child/children meet the age placement criteria before initiating the admission process.

Years
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 1
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
4
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 2
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
8
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 3
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Years
Year 4
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Years
Year 5
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Years
Year 6
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Years
Year 7
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Years
Year 8
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Years
Year 9
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Years
Year 10
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Years
Year 11
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Years
Year 12
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Years
Year 13
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 July (for schools beginning in April) and 31st December (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 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.

Jebel Ali School’s fee structure is as follows:

Years
Annual Tuition Fee
Years
FS 1 and FS 2
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 45,891
Years
Year 1 to Year 6
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 45,891
Years
Year 7 to Year 11
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 69,850
Years
Year 12 and Year 13
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 74,950

Scholarships at Jebel Ali School

There are scholarships for secondary students. 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 scholarship offers, resulting 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 scholarship@jebelalischool.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 the Secondary division.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at JAS

The lunch box programme serves food in the 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.

The spacious school canteen also serves nutritious hot and cold dishes. There is also a coffee shop service on campus that offers breakfast items, salad, sandwiches, cakes, teas, coffees and cold drinks.

*Following Covid-19 protocols, the cafeteria will be operational for staff and secondary students only. Parents are not permitted to access the cafeteria.

School Transportation at Jebel Ali School

There are currently two school bus routes for students*. Bus route 1 is from Jebel Ali, and Bus route 2 is from The Springs.

School transport at Jebel Ali School
JAS provides transportation for students (Image Credit: JA School Facebook Page)

*Following Covid-19 protocols, school transportation will run between 30% and 50% capacity. Please note that bus routes are subject to change.

Sports Facilities

Sports facilities for Jebel Ali School students include a 25m competition and teaching swimming pool, pitches for rugby or football, outdoor sports fields and courts and sand and water play areas for younger students.

*Physical education will continue like before. However, swimming pools will remain closed until further notice.

Extra-curricular Activities at Jebel Ali School

Extra-curricular activities and after-school activities (ASAs)* are available for students in both Primary and Secondary schools.

*These do change from term to term. Some activities are free to join, paid to join or on an invite-only basis. Activities are different as per year group.

DT Furniture Making
French Cuisine Cooking
International Kitchen Activity
Student Leadership Team
Rugby
Karate Club
Drama Club
Dubai Youth Hockey
British Sign Language Club
STEM club
Gymnastics
Chamber Choir / Jebel Gents Choir
Geometric Art
Wind Band
Swimming Club
Football / Netball

Popular options for the KS2 students:

  • Choir held on Monday evenings from 07:00 pm to 07:40 pm.
  • Gymnastics (invite only) every Tuesday evening from 06:45 pm to 07:30 pm. Pupils get to participate in gymnastic tournaments and the spring fayre display.
  • STEM club and British sign language club on Tuesday afternoons from 02:30 pm to 03:20 pm.

For Secondary KS3 students, popular options include:

  • Student Leadership Team on Sundays from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm.
  • Monday afternoons are for the International Kitchen activity, where students can learn to cook various dishes. This is a paid activity for AED 300.
  • Rugby takes place on Tuesday evenings from 06:45 pm to 7:30 pm and is open for both genders.

Gulf Star Sports manages paid extra-curricular activities in Jebel Ali School. These include the Karate club, Drama club, Dubai Youth Hockey and more.

Extracurricular activities offered at Jebel Ali School in Dubai
Students performing at the Musical Soiree (Image Credit: Jebel Ali School)

*Under Covid-19 protocols, the school has suspended extracurricular activities until further notice.

Field Trips from Jebel Ali School

Field trips for students of JAS support school lessons. Past trips have included 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 as the final part of their habitat science work.

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 visualise what they are studying whilst also helping them grow into well-rounded individuals through communication with their peers and teachers.

*Under Covid-19 protocols, the school has suspended field trips until further notice.

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.

*Under Covid-19 protocols, the school has suspended after-school clubs until further notice.

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 with 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 a serious issue requires immediate medical attention, parents will be notified by the nurses themselves 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.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

parent-teacher communication at JAS
Spring Fayre organised by the JAPS PTA(Image Credit: Jebel Ali School)

There is a parents portal available on the JAS website. This is for parents to be notified of school news and 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 their children are studying in. Parents will need to check with the school and request access to stay updated with their children’s progress.

Jebel Ali School Contact Information

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