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JSS International School

JSS International School

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Overview

Established in 2009, JSS International School (JSSIS) Dubai is in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC). It is a private and co-educational school established by JSS Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP). JSSIS is one of the top Indian schools in Dubai based on the Council of Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (CICSE) curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12. CICSE is an internationally recognised curriculum adopted by many schools across the world. The school has enriched its curriculum with international values to expand its scope and cater to the evolving global needs of the population. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) rated JSS International School performance as very good for the academic year 2019-2020.

The educational institution has a range of facilities that helps them to meet the academic and non-academic needs of students. As per the latest KHDA report, the school has about 2,106 students, 188 full-time teachers, 14 teaching assistants and four guidance counsellors. Most students in JSS International School belong to India; nevertheless, students from other nationalities are also welcomed. Teachers offer individual attention and care as the teacher-to-student ratio at this school is 1:11. Besides academic activities, students also enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities based on the school’s infrastructure.

Read this guide by Bayut to learn more about the campus facilities, location, curriculum, governmental ratings, admission and fee details and much more about JSS International School.

In A Nutshell

  • Location: Jumeirah Village Circle
  • School fees: AED 14424 to AED 15606
  • Curriculum: Council of Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (CICSE)
  • Co-ed or segregate: Co-education
  • KHDA/ADEK rating: Very Good
  • Years Offered: Pre-KG to Grade 12

Residential Communities near JSS International School

JSSIS is located in a family-friendly residential community of Jumeriah Village Circle. Its strategic location makes it an ideal school for Indians, located all over Dubai. Communities located close to the school are:

Dubai Sports City, one of the free-hold areas in Dubai, is the nearest community to the school. One can find apartments and villas at an affordable price tag. Here are some residential options available near the school:

Campus of JSS International School

The JSS International School, Dubai is part of the JSSMVP trust that runs more than 300 institutions across India, US, Mauritius and the UAE (Dubai). In Dubai, they have established another school -'JSS Private School’ in Al Wasl.

Previously, the school was in Al Barsha but relocated to the purpose-built campus in JVC in 2017. Classrooms at JSS International School are spacious and airy. They also have specially designed furniture that adds to the students’ comfort and convenience. Classrooms also have internet connection and ICT devices to aid in the learning process. Major improvements are made by the school including improved integration of ICT throughout the campus, IT laboratories with high-end PCs and high-speed internet access.

Science is an essential component of the JSS International School’s syllabus. To support the curriculum, the school has physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology laboratories. For advanced-level projects, JSS International School has a project room where students can complete their projects by performing relevant experiments.

For special lectures and teacher training, the school has separate lecture halls. JSS also has a modern auditorium with advanced acoustic features with a seating capacity of over 1,000 spectators and is primarily used for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The spacious library has a wide range of books, photocopiers, printers, workstations and high-speed internet. Other basic facilities available in the school are a central bookstore, infirmary, school cafeteria and parent-teacher meeting hall.

The school also has high-end sports facilities including indoor and outdoor play areas for different sports. Learn more about the campus and its facilities by reading the school brochure.

Location of JSS International School

JSS International School is on 111 Street in Jumeirah Village Circle. The backside of the school faces May Residence – a mixed-use mid-rise building in the community. Those interested in visiting the school can access it via Al Khail Road and Hessa Street. These streets connect the school with the rest of Dubai.

Why JSS International School?

A striking feature that separates JSS International School from the rest of the Indian schools in Dubai is its focus on broad education. Generally, schools following an Indian curriculum have limited academic directions. However, JSS International School uses international values to expand options for students. This is evident from the induction of technology-related subjects from Grade 9 and humanities from Grade 11.

JSS International School follows the Council of Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (CICSE) curriculum that focuses extensively on the practical application of theoretical knowledge. In addition to this, ICSE is an internationally recognised curriculum that can equip students with the skills necessary to secure admissions to international colleges and universities. JSSIS offers a holistic educational experience by combining academic and non-academic activities. It fosters creativity, confidence and character values within its students. The school has also managed to procure a ‘very good’ rating from KHDA.

The campus has high-end facilities to support the academic and non-academic needs of children. It is a prominent feature of this school despite its status as an affordable Indian school in Dubai. The school has an extensive extra-curricular programme and a house-based system for the personal and social development of students.

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School Details

Years Offered at JSS International School

JSS International School is an all-inclusive school that provides education to children from Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12. The educational structure of the school is as follow:

StageGrade
Kindergarten Pre-KG to KG2
Primary School Grade 1 to Grade 5
Middle School Grade 6 to Grade 8
Secondary School Grade 9 and Grade 10
Senior School Grade 11 and Grade 12

JSS International School Curriculum

JSS International School, Dubai follows teaching methods based on the Council of Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (CICSE). CICSE is one of the two Indian curriculums that are taught in popular Indian schools around the world, including the UAE. The school has enriched the programme with values that make it ideal for a diverse group of students. The syllabus helps students grow academically, professionally and personally. Besides strong academic values, the school’s curriculum also has ethical values that result in the development of well-rounded students.

While English is the medium of instruction, learning Arabic is mandatory for all students. Native speakers of Arabic are taught the more intensive Arabic curriculum than non-native speakers as per the directives of the Ministry of Education (MoE).

JSS International has developed a suitable academic environment built on collaborative and experiential learning. For this purpose, it includes activities like group discussions, role-plays, workshops, games and projects. These activities result in the development of inquisitive and problem-solving skills of students.

Technology is an important part of the JSS International School curriculum and is incorporated from the primary stage onwards. This accelerates and enhances the learning capabilities of students. The key points of the curriculum for different groups are as follows:

Foundation Stage

While the school is based on the Indian curriculum, the practices adopted at the Foundation Stage also reflect the use of practices from the American and Canadian curricula. The teaching methods focus on building concepts and motor controls. The stage focuses on the emotional and social development of children through indoor and outdoor activities. The activities involved in the foundation stage include:

Music Art
Craft Nature Walk
Dance Competitions
Field Trips
Foundation stage students of JSS International School busy in art work
Foundation stage students participating in arts-related activities at JSS International School (Image Credit: JSS International School Facebook Page)

Primary Stage

For Grades 1 to 5, the school curriculum focuses on multiple skill development. The curriculum and teaching pedagogy help students in cultivating critical thinking and creativity skills. It includes work experiences, health education, art education, sports activities, dance, music and co-curricular activity resulting in the holistic development of students in the primary section.

Subjects involved in the primary stage are:

Arabic Art and Craft
Computer Education Dance
English Health Education
Islamic Studies Mathematics
Music Physical Education
Science/EVS Second Language
Social Studies (UAE) SUPW

The second language can either be Hindi or French.

Middle Stage

At the middle stage, the school focuses on strengthening both independent and collaborative learning. The teaching methods revolve around cooperative, participative and experiential learning. Students are also encouraged to participate in challenging co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including sports activities to keep physically fit and mentally active.

The subjects offered at the middle stage in JSS International School are:

Art and Craft Biology
Chemistry Civics and Geography
Computer Education Dance SUPW
English Environmental Education
History Life Skills
Mathematics Music
Physical & Health Education Physics
Second Language Third language
Value Education Islamic Studies

The second language can be Hindi, French or Sanskrit. Students can study Arabic as the third language. Also, Islamic Studies is for Muslims while
non-Muslims can study or Value Education.

Secondary Stage

The ICSE curriculum for secondary students focuses on perceptive and divergent thinking, understanding new concepts, gathering knowledge acquired from research-based and experiential learning and problem-solving skills. At this stage, JSS International School offers a wide range of subjects. These subjects include:

Group AGroup BGroup C
Group A
Arabic
Group B
Commercial Studies
Group C
Art
Group A
Civics and Geography
Group B
Economics
Group C
Commercial Application
Group A
English
Group B
Mathematics
Group C
Computer Application
Group A
French/Hindi
Group B
Science (Physics, Biology and Chemistry)
Group C
Physical Education
Group A
History
Group B
Group C

Please note that group 1 is compulsory and students have to study all the subjects. Students can choose any 2 subjects from group 2 and 1 subject from group 3.

Senior Stage

For students in Grades 11 and 12, students have to study English as a compulsory subject and 4 other elective subjects. Pupils can select one of the following three streams:

Humanities stream
Economics/Art History
Psychology Sociology
Commerce stream
Accounts Arts/ Computer Science / Economics
Commerce Mathematics
Science Stream
Biology / Economics / Computer Science / Art Chemistry/Commerce/Environmental Science
Mathematics/ Psychology/ Business Studies Physics

To find out more about the educational programme at JSS International School, view the JSS International School curriculum.

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is a governmental entity that focuses on the quality of education offered by private educational institutes in Dubai. It is a regulatory body to improve the quality of education. To fulfil its obligations, KHDA inspects schools annually and offers a rating based on a six-point scale: outstanding, very good, good, acceptable, weak and very weak.

KHDA 6-point scale
KHDA’s rating system explained

JSS International school KHDA rating for the academic year 2019-20 is very good. Previously, the school maintained a good rating for six consecutive years. Here is a 10-year history of KHDA ratings for the JSS International School:

YearKHDA Rating
2010-2011 Good
2011-2013 Acceptable
2013-2019 Good
2019-2020 Very Good

The key strengths of the school as per the latest KHDA report are as follows:

  • Strong and well-distributed leadership that benefits students, helps in improving school and the whole community school.
  • Students are becoming effective contributors and responsible citizens because of the development of students and personal skills.
  • Children have a strong start to their academic journey because of strong teaching and learning in kindergarten.
  • Outstanding level of attainment in mathematics, English and science.
  • A healthy, safe and caring environment is offered to students at the campus.

KHDA recommended the following for better ratings in the future:

  • The school needs to improve students’ attainment in Arabic by adapting the experiences of students learning Arabic as part of the curriculum, improving lessons planning and choosing activities and tasks that result in high attainment.
  • Improve the effectiveness and consistency of teaching, especially in the primary stage.
  • The school must offer individual learning plans to students of determination.

Academic Calendar for JSS International School

The academic year at JSS International School, Dubai starts in April and ends in March.

  • The first term starts in the first week of April and ends in the last week of June. It is followed by a 2-month summer break that starts in the first week of July and ends in the last week of August.
  • The second term starts in the last week of August and ends in December. It is followed by a three-week winter holiday from the second week of December.
  • The third semester starts in the first week of January and ends in the third week of March.

For more information, view the JSS International School academic calendar.

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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to JSS International School?

The admission process at JSS International School is straightforward. JSS International School accepts online admission applications. Parents need to apply online by creating an account on the school’s website.

An email is sent entailing necessary information for the admission process along with the link to the admission portal. After logging into the provided link, parents need to fill in the applicant’s details along with the following required documents:

  • A copy of the parents’ passports with a valid residence visa for the UAE
  • A copy of the parents’ Emirates ID card
  • Three copies of the applicant’s immunisation record
  • Three copies of the applicant’s birth certificate (attested by the concerned consulate if not in English)
  • Three copies of the applicant’s passport with a valid residence visa for the UAE
  • Two stamp-sized and Eight passport-sized photographs of the applicant
  • Copies of previous academic records from KG2 onwards
  • Transfer certificate

Please note that the requirements for a transfer certificate vary depending upon the region of the previous school. These requirements are:

From other Emirates in UAE – attested by the Ministry of Education of that Emirate

From Oman – attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE Consulate in Oman and Indian Embassy in Oman

From GCC – attested by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indian Embassy and UAE Consulate in that country

From India – attested by the Education Officer of the area or the Regional Officer (if studies in a CBSE or CICSE school) and the seal and signature must be verified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Indian Consulate in Dubai.

The age-grade guideline is as follows:

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

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

Once submitted, the JSS International School admission department will contact the parents to bring their child for an interactive session/entrance test. Students applying from KG2 to Grade 11 need to sit a written test based on English and Mathematics.

The admission criteria for admission in Grade 11 are slightly different. Students need to be studying in CBSE or any other recognised board of secondary education in India. Students must have passed the equivalent qualifying examinations if studying any other board. Moreover, they need to provide the school leaving certificate issued by the head of the previous school and the documents supporting the admission.

For further information, read the admission process at JSS International School.

Fee Structure at JSS International School

The payment plan at JSS International School is flexible with monthly and per-term plans. The JSS International School fees are as follows:

GradeAnnual Tuition Fee (AED)
Pre-KG 14,424
KG1 and KG2 15,606
Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4 18,726
Grade 5 and 6 21,848
Grade 7 and 8 24,968
Grade 9 and 10 29,375
Grade 11 33,868
Grade 12 37,638

Please note that the school accepts fees through RAK Bank. For more information, check out the fee structure of JSS International School.

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School Facilities

Lunch Options at JSS International School

The school offers healthy and nutritional food to its pupils. For this purpose, it has a canteen that delivers a variety of cold and hot food. JSS International School understands the importance of healthy and nutritional food for growing children. The school has carefully designed its menu to ensure a balance between all the micronutrients.

School Transportation at JSS International School

Those living far don’t need to worry as the school offers safe transportation services to its pupils. JSS International School manages the school transportation service as per the Road Transport Authority (RTA) guidelines.

The routes and the associated transportation charges per annum are:

Al Barsha/Al Quoz AED 5,000
Bur Dubai/Al Karama AED 5,500
Deira AED 6,000
Dubai Marina/ DIP AED 5,500
The Gardens/Jebel Ali Village AED 5,500
Al Qusais AED 5,500
International City AED 5,500
Jumeirah/Satwa AED 5,500
Sharjah AED 7,000
The Springs/The Meadows/The Greens AED 5,000

Register your child by filling out the transport registration form. For more information, contact the transportation department of JSS International School.

Holiday Camps at JSS International School

JSS International School offers exciting holiday camps to its students. The school designed these camps to develop 21st-century skills within its students. Most holiday camps take place during the summer break. The camps include swimming, physical education, art and crafts, science experiments and sports activities.

Sports Facilities

Since its relocation to the new campus at JVC, the former JSS International School Al Barsha now offers high-end sports facilities. These facilities help support the physical education aspect of the curriculum. The sports facilities include well-developed playing fields for soccer and cricket. Additionally, the school also has athletic tracks where students can work on their physical strength and stamina. Furthermore, the educational institution also has separate gym areas for boys and girls. These areas are well-equipped with fitness equipment. JSS International School also has a covered swimming pool, which is maintained regularly. For indoor sports, it has a sports hall with facilities for table tennis, badminton and basketball.

Swimming pool at JSS International School
Swimming pool at JSS International School (Image Credit: JSS International School Facebook Page)

Extra-curricular Activities at JSS International School

JSS International School understands the importance of extra-curricular activities for building the self-esteem of its students. For this purpose, it utilises its resources to full effect and offers a broad range of extra-curricular activities.

The JSS Enriched Programme (JEP) allows the school to develop self-confident, ambitious students with a will to perform not only in an academic field but also perform in the non-academic arena. Students can choose any school clubs that include Adventure Club, Civic Club, Fine Arts Club, Library Club, Literary Club, Mathematics Club, Nature Club, Science Club and Sports Club.

JSS International School student playing piano as an extra-curricular activity
Talent show as an extra-curricular activity at JSS International School, Dubai (Image Credit: JSS International School Facebook Page)

The school further cultivates a sense of friendly competition among students by utilising a house-based system. They split students into four houses: Wordsworth, Tagore, Tennyson and Shakespeare; and compete against each other in extra-curricular activities.

One key extra-curricular activity at JSS International School is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The students participating in this award experience voluntary challenges, resulting in the development of key skills such as perseverance and self-reliance. Another popular extra-curricular activity that happens every year is the JSS Model United Nations (JMUN). This activity plays a key role in creating awareness regarding diplomacy and international relations.

Field Trips from JSS International School

Field trips are an important part of the curriculum followed in JSS International School. The school offers several educational and non-educational field trips to help students learn beyond the curricular boundaries. The major field trips for students of JSS International School include visits to Butterfly Garden, Green Planet and Wild Wadi Waterpark.

Students of JSS International School on a field trip
Students visited Extreme Fun as school’s Field trip (Image Credit: JSS International School Facebook Page)

After-school Care

This academic year the school has launched an after school care for kindergarten. The club runs till 2:00 pm and is charged AED 300 per month. The school also provides after school remedial classes for students that might need them.

Medical Care at JSS International School

In case of medical emergencies, JSS International School is equipped with a functional infirmary with all the necessary medical equipment. The medical staff of JSS International School has an experienced doctor and a full-time nurse that takes care of children with injuries or illnesses. In addition, the school also has a qualified psychologist that helps students with special needs and behavioural issues.

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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

The school emphasises on establishing a strong parent-school partnership as a key to success. In the pursuit of offering a progressive education programme, JSS International School, Dubai, encourages parents to share valuable suggestions and feedback. The school also considers parents-teacher engagement as paramount for effective learning. Therefore, it offers several modes of communication between parents and teachers.

The school’s portal and diary are extensively used as a mode of communication by parents and teachers. The portal provides all the key information such as students’ progress, upcoming events, notifications and examination schedules. In addition, guardians can also communicate with teachers on induction day, open day and parents’ workshops. Also, parents can share their feedback or suggestions by submitting a parent’s feedback form.

JSS International School also has WhatsApp groups for convenience. This is an ideal communication platform for parents looking for an answer to an urgent query. The school also updates parents and the school community via social networking sites.

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FAQs

What are the timings of the school?

The school hours are from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Does the school conduct after-school activities?

Yes, the school has after-school activities for students.

How many grades/years are there in the school?

Pre-KG to Grade 12. 

Does the school follow a co-education model?

Yes, the school has a co-educational setup.

How many students are currently studying in the school? How many nationalities are represented?

Around 2,100 students are currently enrolled in JSS International School. Most of them are Indian. 

Does the school have any special education programmes or learning plans for students of determination?

A qualified clinical psychologist and specialist teachers support 80+ students identified with SEND requirements.

Please describe the academic calendar of the school.

Like other Indian schools, the academic year at JSS begins in April and ends in March.

Please mention the range of the tuition fee charged by the school.

AED 14,424 to AED 37,638

How does the school communicate with parents?

The school communicates through the school's portal and diary. The portal is the prime source to inform parents about upcoming events, exam schedules and students' progress. 

Does the school have a cafeteria or a canteen on campus?

The school has a canteen that serves hot and cold food to students. 

Does JSS International organise holiday camps for winter, spring or summer breaks?

Most holiday camps are organised in summer.

How many teachers are currently teaching in the school?

188 teachers and 14 teaching assistants are part of the teaching faculty at JSS International.

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