JSS International School

JSS International School

Overview

Established in 2009, JSS International School Dubai is located in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC). JSSIS is a privateco-educational school established by JSS Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP). It is one of the top Indian schools in Dubai that offers the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade12. The school has enriched the curriculum with international values to expand its scope and cater to the evolving global needs of the population. The JSS International school KHDA rating for the academic year 2018-19 is Good.

The educational institution has a range of facilities that helps them to meet the academic and non-academic needs of students. Currently, the teaching staff at the school consists of 148 teachers and 40 teaching assistants who support the educational needs of over 2000 students. Most students in JSS International School belong to India; nevertheless, pupils from other nationalities are also welcome. Besides academic activities, the students also enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities based on the school’s infrastructure.

Residential Communities near JSS International School

Located in Jumeirah Village Circle, a family-friendly project in the heart of new Dubai, the school is in proximity to many residential areas in Dubai. JSSIS location is ideal for the nearby residential communities, including the following:

Dubai Sports City, home to popular sports facilities in Dubai including the famous FitRepublik Gym, is nearest to the JSS International School. Parents can look at the reasonable apartments for residential options in Dubai Sports City. Those looking to live near the school will find this community an ideal place to live.

Campus of JSS International School

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

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

For science-related subjects, the campus also has physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and language laboratories. For advanced-level projects, JSS International School also 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. The school also has a modern auditorium with advanced acoustic features. It has a seating capacity of over 1000 spectators and is primarily used for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Also, JSS International School has a spacious library with 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.

Location of JSS International School

JSS International School is located slightly off the Al Khail Road near Westar Les Castelets in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC). The school is easily accessible by using Street 11 linked with Kahraba NW.

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 a 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 Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) curriculum, which 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 in international colleges and universities. The school uses ICSE to offer a holistic education to its students that involves an amalgamation of theoretical and practical knowledge. The school aims to foster creativity, confidence and character values within its pupils. The school has also managed to procure a ‘Good’ rating from KHDA increasing the appeal for parents.

Despite its position as a mid-range school due to its affordable fee structure, the school offers a considerable range of high-end facilities. Additionally, the extensive extra-curricular programme supports the personal and social development of students. The school encourages healthy competition through a house-based system.

School Details

Covid-19 Protocols

The Ministry of Education has issued protocols for operations within schools and other educational institutes amid COVID-19. All the schools need to follow these protocols for the safety of students and staff:

  • Sterilise the building and other facilities within the campus with disinfectants regularly.
  • Maintain social distancing by separating students seat’s 1.5 metres from each other. Teachers and students above six years of age should wear a mask throughout the day.
  • Check the temperatures of students, staff and other members (parents) accessing the school premises. The temperature must be below 37.5-degree centigrade.
  • Limiting or completely suspending gatherings, including extra-curricular activities and field trips. It also includes reducing school bus capacity to 50% to 30%.
  • The school should appoint a trained professional to manage changes and SOPs effectively.
  • KHDA focuses on schools to offer distance learning, especially at the start of the reopening phase. Furthermore, schools should provide virtual tours to parents.

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:

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

JSS International School Curriculum

JSS International School follows teaching methods based on the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE). ICSE 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 A curriculum while non-native speakers that comprise the majority of the student population are taught the simpler Arabic B syllabus prescribed by the Ministry of Education.

The educational institution 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, which 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 practises from the American and Canadian curriculums. The teaching methods focus on building concepts and developing 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 all-round 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 (Hindi/French)
  • Social Studies (UAE)
  • SUPW

Middle Stage

At the middle stage, the school focuses on strengthening both independent and collaborative learning. The teaching methods revolve around co-operative, 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 (Hindi/French/Sanskrit)
  • Third language (Arabic)
  • Value Education/Islamic Studies

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 1
  • Arabic
  • Civics and Geography
  • English
  • French/Hindi
  • History
Group 2
  • Commercial Studies
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Physics, Biology and Chemistry)
Group 3
  • Art
  • Commercial Application
  • Computer Application
  • Physical Education

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.

Distance Learning

The school offers a distance-learning programme to students. JSS International School is aware that remote learning can be a new experience for some parents, students and teachers. To assist them, the school has devised clear policies for easy understanding. Check out the distance learning policies by JSS International School for more information.

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 with the aim of improving the quality of education. To fulfil its obligations, KHDA inspects schools annually and offers a rating based on a 6-point scale: outstanding, very good, good, acceptable, weak and very weak.

KHDA 6-point scale
KHDA’s rating system explained

In its latest inspection for the year 2018-19, KHDA rated JSS International School as ‘Good’. The school has sustained a good rating for the last 6 years. Here is a 10-year history of KHDA ratings for the JSS International School:

Years
KHDA Rating
Years
2010-2011
KHDA Rating
Good
Years
2011-2013
KHDA Rating
Acceptable
Years
2013-2019
KHDA Rating
Good

Based on the latest KHDA report, the positives of JSS International School are as follows:

  • Commitment to the continuous improvement of students’ outcome
  • Strong sense of social and personal responsibility within its students
  • Well-developed enterprise and innovative skills and positive work ethics within its students
  • Leaders as a role model for its staff
  • Robust arrangements for health and safety of its students

Nevertheless, JSS International School can improve its rating for future inspections by improving the implementation of the inclusive policy and developing teachers’ capability to provide high-quality education to students in all phases consistently.

Academic Calendar for JSS International School

  • The academic year at JSS International School starts in April and ends in March.
  • The first term starts in the second 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 March.
  • The second term starts in the first week of September and ends in the second week of December. It is followed by a 3-week winter holiday from the third week of December to the first week of January.
  • The third semester starts in the second week of January and ends in the third week of March.

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

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to JSS International School?

The admission process at JSS International School is straightforward and simple. 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 the applicant’s details along with the following required documents:

  • A copy of the parents’ passport with a valid residence visa for the UAE
  • A copy of the parents’ Emirates ID card
  • 2 copies of the applicant’s immunisation record
  • 3 copies of the applicant’s birth certificate (attested by the concerned consulate if not in English)
  • 3 copies of the applicant’s passport with a valid residence visa for the UAE
  • 3 stamp-sized and 8 passport-sized photographs of the applicant
  • Copies of previous academic record 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 Education and UAE Embassy in Oman

From GCC – attested by the Ministry of Education of that country

From other countries – attested by the Ministry of Education in Indian, UAE embassy in India, Foreign Affairs office in India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE and Indian Consulate in UAE

The age-grade guideline is as follows:

Grade
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Pre-KG
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
4
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
KG1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
KG2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
7
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*

This is based on the age of the students on 31st July (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. Please note that the admission of the applicant for Kindergarten to Grade 10 depends on the outcome of the interactive session/entrance test.

The admission criteria for admission in Grade 11 are slightly different. To be eligible for admission in JSS International School, the candidate must secure a minimum of 65% marks for the science stream, 60% marks for commerce stream and 55% marks for the humanities stream in Grade 10, respectively. In addition, the interview session assesses an applicant’s potential in co-curricular activities, their sense of values and general awareness.

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:

Grade
First Term (AED)
Second Term (AED)
Third Term (AED)
Monthly Fee (AED)
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
Grade
Pre-KG
First Term (AED)
4,326
Second Term (AED)
5,768
Third Term (AED)
4326
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,442
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
14,424
Grade
KG1
First Term (AED)
4,683
Second Term (AED)
6,244
Third Term (AED)
4,683
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,561
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
15,606
Grade
KG2
First Term (AED)
4,683
Second Term (AED)
6,244
Third Term (AED)
4,683
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,561
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
15,606
Grade
Grade 1
First Term (AED)
5,619
Second Term (AED)
7,492
Third Term (AED)
5,619
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,873
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
18,726
Grade
Grade 2
First Term (AED)
5,619
Second Term (AED)
7,492
Third Term (AED)
5,619
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,873
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
18,726
Grade
Grade 3
First Term (AED)
5,619
Second Term (AED)
7,492
Third Term (AED)
5,619
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,873
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
18,726
Grade
Grade 4
First Term (AED)
5,619
Second Term (AED)
7,492
Third Term (AED)
5,619
Monthly Fee (AED)
1,873
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
18,726
Grade
Grade 5
First Term (AED)
6,555
Second Term (AED)
8,740
Third Term (AED)
6,555
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,185
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
21,848
Grade
Grade 6
First Term (AED)
6,555
Second Term (AED)
8,740
Third Term (AED)
6,555
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,185
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
21,848
Grade
Grade 7
First Term (AED)
7,491
Second Term (AED)
9,988
Third Term (AED)
7,491
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,497
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
24,968
Grade
Grade 8
First Term (AED)
7,491
Second Term (AED)
9,988
Third Term (AED)
7,491
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,497
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
24,968
Grade
Grade 9
First Term (AED)
8,814
Second Term (AED)
11,752
Third Term (AED)
8,814
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,938
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
29,375
Grade
Grade 10
First Term (AED)
8,814
Second Term (AED)
11,752
Third Term (AED)
8,814
Monthly Fee (AED)
2,938
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
29,375
Grade
Grade 11
First Term (AED)
10,161
Second Term (AED)
15,056
Third Term (AED)
10,161
Monthly Fee (AED)
3,387
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
33,868
Grade
Grade 12
First Term (AED)
11,292
Second Term (AED)
15,056
Third Term (AED)
11,292
Monthly Fee (AED)
3,764
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
37,638

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

Scholarships at JSS International School

Currently, the school does not offer any scholarships.

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 carefully designs the menu to ensure a balance between all the micronutrients.

As per the Ministry of Health recommendations, the school encourages children to:

  • Eat a variety of foods
  • Eat enough to participate in school activities and for body growth requirements
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat healthy and mini-snacks
  • Engage regularly in physical activity

Currently, the school canteen is closed due to COVID-19 protocols.

School Transportation at JSS International School

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

The routes and the associated transportation charges per annum are:

Trans 1
Al Barsha/Al Quoz
Trans 2
AED 5,000
Trans 1
Bur Dubai/Al Karama
Trans 2
AED 5,500
Trans 1
Deira
Trans 2
AED 6,000
Trans 1
Dubai Marina/ DIP
Trans 2
AED 5,500
Trans 1
The Gardens/Jebel Ali Village
Trans 2
AED 5,500
Trans 1
Al Qusais
Trans 2
AED 5,500
Trans 1
International City
Trans 2
AED 5,500
Trans 1
Jumeirah/Satwa
Trans 2
AED 5,500
Trans 1
Sharjah
Trans 2
AED 7,000
Trans 1
The Springs/The Meadows/The Greens
Trans 2
AED 5,000

JSS International School has reduced its bus capacity to offer a safe environment to students travelling to and from the school during COVID-19 pandemic.

To contact the JSS International School transportation representative, call Mr Sunil on 050- 6335453. For more information, read the JSS International School transport service guidelines.

Boarding Facility at JSS International School

JSS International School does not offer boarding facilities to its students.

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.

Currently, the school has cancelled all holiday camps to comply with COVID-19 regulations. For more information, contact the school’s administration.

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 on a regular basis. 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)

Some sports facilities at the campus, such as swimming pool, are closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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 (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; that 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.

Some extra-curricular activities are suspended for an indefinite period because of COVID-19 Pandemic. The school will let you know regarding the status of these activities on official platforms.

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)

Field trips are also suspended by the school to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

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.

Unfortunately, the school is not arranging after-school programmes for students because of COVID-19 threat.

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.

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 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.

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.

JSS International School Contact Information

JSS International School Location and official Website

  • JSS International School Location: Plot No. JVC10SCP001, Jumeirah Village Circle (South), Dubai, UAE.
  • Official Website

JSS International School Contact Number

  • Phone Number: +971 4 2406353
  • Reception: +971 50 6338123
  • Admission: 050 6338253
  • Transport: 050 6335453

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