Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

Overview

Established in 1975, Jumeirah English Speaking School in Jumeirah initially only offered primary education. However, considering the outstanding performance and the constant demand for secondary and higher levels, the school opened another branch. 

In 2005, Jumeirah English Speaking School opened in Arabian Ranches, offering primary, secondary and Sixth Form education to the English-speaking community in Dubai. Children aged 3 to 18 years old study the National Curriculum of England

JESS, Dubai is a co-educational, non-profit school with over 1,420 students belonging to 60 different nationalities. The majority of the students are British. There are 123 teachers (mostly British) and 40 teaching assistants, and the teacher to student ratio is 1:12

At the moment, Jumeirah English Speaking School’s KHDA rating is ‘Outstanding,’ which is an upgrade from the previous ‘Very Good’ rating. In fact, the school has been named among the best primary schools in Dubai.

Parents can also look at our comprehensive Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS Jumeirah) school guide.

Secondary school at JESS, Arabian Ranches
Unlike Jumeirah, Arabian Ranches is an all-through campus (Image Credit: Jumeirah English Speaking School)

Residential Communities near Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches is close to a few family-friendly neighbourhoods, including:

The nearest community is Motor City. The picturesque neighbourhood with cobbled pathways features elegant residential properties. The community is also home to the region’s first fully integrated motorsports facility – Dubai Autodrome

If you are on a lookout for villas and townhouses near the school, check out: 

Campus of Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

JESS, Arabian Ranches campus is spread over nine acres and has a purpose-built music centre with digital recording studios, dance and drama studios, a tennis court, a lecture theatre and an auditorium with 500 seats

After including the Sixth Form curriculum, the school is continuously striving to provide enhanced exposure to students. In line with this aim, this branch opened a Sixth Form Centre in 2014 with a common room, a study hall, a kitchen-dining area and a locker room.

As for other facilities, there is a 25-metre, 9-lane shaded swimming pool and a 10m x 15m temperature-controlled swimming pool for beginners. You will find an outdoor court that can easily hold 3 netball and tennis courts. The outdoor facilities also include a large grassed sports field where students can play rugby and football

As for indoor facilities, JESS, Arabian Ranches has a 1,000 sq.m. sports hall for students to engage in netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball, trampolining and gymnastics. Across the hall is a well-equipped and state-of-the-art gymnasium. The Physical Education hall serves as a venue for dance classes

Location of Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

Jumeirah English Speaking School is located in Arabian Ranches, near Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.

Why Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches?

Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai is a humble entity that holds onto its core values despite a futuristic vision. These core values dictate each step the school takes to ensure education and well-rounded student development. These values include:

  • Well-Being
  • Aspiration
  • Community
  • Achievement 
  • Independence
  • Integrity

School Details

COVID-19 Protocol

Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches has put various health and safety measures for a safe school reopening during the pandemic. The list highlights the most important measures in place.

  • Sterilising the school building, classrooms, laboratories and other facilities regularly, according to the recommendations of the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management.
  • Assessing the temperature of everyone who enters the school building daily.
  • Maintaining physical distance guidelines as recommended by the relevant health authorities and reducing the headcount capacity in classrooms.
  • Seats will be placed 1.5 metres apart in classrooms.
  • Keeping the bus capacity at 50%.
  • Limiting gatherings and suspending group activities such as school celebrations and sports events.
  • Appointing a trained health and safety officer to ensure that people and processes in the school comply with health and safety protocols.
  • Physical education will continue; however, swimming pools will be closed.
  • School-wide events such as sports day, assemblies, international days, activities are put on hold.
  • Students can either attend classes in person or opt for distance or E-learning; schools can and should provide 100% distance learning provisions.
  • COVID-19 PCR testing is not mandatory for students without travel history. Only those who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to take the PCR test.

For a more detailed insight into Covid-19 protocols adopted by the school, please click here.

Years Offered at Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

JESS, Arabian Ranches follows the British curriculum and is divided into primary and secondary levels. Years offered include Foundation Stages until the Sixth Form.

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
Primary Students at JESS, Arabian Ranches
The campus in Arabian Ranches offers education to primary as well as secondary students (Image Credit: Jumeirah English Speaking School)

Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches Curriculum

Primary

The primary school starts with the Foundation Stage based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. The children-initiated and teacher-guided model followed here allows pupils to explore their surroundings outside of the academic setting.

The seven major areas of learning at this level include

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Physical development
  • Expressive arts and designs
  • Understanding the world

Core subjects at the primary level include English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic and Islamic Studies (for Muslim students). Foundation courses include History, Geography, Design Technology and Art.

Secondary

The Secondary School Curriculum prepares students to stand out in the crowd both critically and creatively. This division follows the British National Curriculum and centres on a Microsoft OneNote initiative

Secondary level students at JESS, Arabian Ranches study English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic, Art and Design, Business Studies and Economics, Design and Technology, Drama and Theatre Arts, Geography, History, ICT and Computer Science, Islamic Studies, Modern Languages, Moral Education, Music, Psychology and Social Studies

Throughout Key Stages 3 and 4, the curriculum is further supported by outdoor activities and various projects. GCSE and IGCSE preparations are in full swing in Key Stage 4 so that students can excel in their examinations.  

Sixth Form

JESS Key Stage 5 follows the internationally-accredited Sixth Form curriculum that includes Year 12 and Year 13. The Sixth Form incorporates a holistic approach to education. 

Sixth Form offers two different programs: the IB Diploma Program and the IB Course Program. Diploma program students have to take six subjects; 3 at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Students can choose these subjects from various groups, including Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Arts.

Students are also required to complete ‘Diploma Core’ consisting of Extended Essay, Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) and Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

The Course Program allows students to take up a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 subjects. At least 1 subject has to be part of the Higher Level (HL). Community service is mandatory in this program.  

At JESS school, Key Stage 5 emphasises course work, independent research, future-oriented attitude, teamwork and creative and critical thinking. 

Distance Learning at JESS, Arabian Ranches

The Ministry of Education has authorised schools to offer face-to-face learning without a distance-learning option. However, schools shall continue to provide distance learning to students exempt from physical attendance, those who opt for distance learning or have high-risk medical conditions and/or who are 16 years of age and not vaccinated.

Jumeirah English Speaking School is offering distance learning opportunity to its students. The main medium of delivering lessons will be Seesaw. Lectures will be uploaded on the platform once a week.

Lessons may be delivered in a variety of ways depending on the learning
objectives being taught. These include:

  • Video recordings of the main teaching input of the lesson
  • Audio/visual recordings and annotations of lesson presentations
  • Written or recorded instructions and activities
  • Challenge and choice activities

For more information, you can check JESS Distance Learning policies.

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) rates schools based on a six-point scale. The ratings range from ‘Outstanding’ to ‘Very Weak.’

KHDA ratings for private schools in Dubai
Recently, the school was rated ‘Outstanding’ by KHDA

The current KHDA rating for JESS school, Arabian Ranches, is ‘Outstanding.’ The table below shows the school’s performance over the last decade.

YEARS
KHDA RATING
YEARS
2009 – 2011
KHDA RATING
Good
YEARS
2011 – 2017
KHDA RATING
Outstanding
YEARS
2017 – 2018
KHDA RATING
Very Good
YEARS
2018 – 2019
KHDA RATING
Outstanding

As per the report, the things that the school does best include:

  • Use of advanced digital technologies and innovative approaches to teaching.
  • The effort towards producing well-rounded individuals by providing a caring and well-resourced environment to students.
  • In the Foundation Stage, children are provided with a stimulating learning ambience that enables them to tweak their curiosity and assist the learning process.
  • Facilities and extra-curricular activities are successful in provoking a student’s interest in non-academic fields.
  • The school culture is stimulating and interactive. This allows teachers and staff members to share their knowledge and experience with the students all year round. 

However, the KHDA has recommended a couple of areas that the school needs to work on while maintaining its current rating.

  • Drawing best practices, changing curriculum and assessment methods to boost attainment in Arabic studies and Islamic Education at all levels.
  • Admission policies need revision as per the current practice of the school.

Academic Calendar for Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

The 10-month long Jumeirah English Speaking School academic calendar is divided into three terms. 

  • The first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December, followed by a 3-week break.
  • The second term starts in the first week of January and ends in the last week of March, followed by a 2-week spring break.
  • The third term starts in the second week of April and ends in the first week of July, followed by a 2-month summer break.

However, parents need to note that these are tentative dates, and the exact dates can vary because of national and Islamic holidays (subject to moon sighting).

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches?

Those seeking admission need to find out whether there are openings for the desired year. Second, parents need to know more about the debenture system, which we will explain later. 

If there are openings in the years you are interested in, then the JESS school advises you to submit the online application form. Once you have registered online, JESS, Dubai will get back to you within 5 working days with further details to complete the registration formalities. 

Entry Criteria

Parents can review the eligibility criteria for JESS before proceeding with other formalities. 

  • Children should be fluent in English to understand the curriculum easily.
  • If English is not the child’s first language, or the student is multilingual, parents can learn more about English as an additional language policy.
  • JESS encourages students of determination to apply.
  • Since the school follows the British curriculum, school starts in September and ends in July. Hence progression between year groups happens only in September. 

For further details, please visit the entry criteria page. 

Debenture:

Since Jumeirah English Speaking School is a non-profit entity, the admissions are secured and supported through the debenture system. The school offers two types of debentures – personal and corporate

Corporate

Corporate debentures were introduced as a goodwill gesture for organisations that supported the school with the building construction. Corporate debentures assigned to the companies enable their employees to send their kids to JESS, Jumeirah and JESS, Arabian Ranches. Applicants with corporate debentures are given priority on the waiting list. They can even apply to JESS after the waiting list is closed.

Since corporate debentures have certain conditions to be fulfilled, the school recommends parents and guardians arrange for the debenture before the applicant is offered a place at the school. Once the debenture is awarded, it remains with the students until and unless they leave the school. Please note that two or more children cannot be allotted the same debenture. 

Since organisations have debentures for employees working at a certain level, please ensure that parents have access to corporate debentures before applying to the school.

In case the application is rejected, the school will refund the registration fee. Currently, over 80 companies have corporate debentures at Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches. These debentures amount to AED 50,000 and are refundable.  

Personal 

On the other hand, personal debenture holders are not given priority on the waiting list. After applying, the applicant is placed on the waiting list and offered a place when available. 

Students are strongly advised to purchase personal debentures within one month of the offer being made or before the start of school. Please note that personal debenture remains with the child until and unless they leave the school.

Also, personal debentures amount to AED 20,000 and are refundable.

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 March (for schools beginning in April) and 31st August (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 Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches fee structure for the current year is as follows.

Years
Term 1 Fee
Term 2 Fee
Term 3 Fee
Annual Tuition Fee
Years
FS 1
Term 1 Fee
AED 13,279
Term 2 Fee
AED 13,279
Term 3 Fee
AED 13,279
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 39,837
Years
FS 2 to Year 6
Term 1 Fee
AED 16,410
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,410
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,410
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 49,230
Years
Year 7 to Year 11
Term 1 Fee
AED 27,507
Term 2 Fee
AED 27,507
Term 3 Fee
AED 27,507
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 82,521
Years
Year 12 and Year 13
Term 1 Fee
AED 31,284
Term 2 Fee
AED 31,284
Term 3 Fee
AED 31,284
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 93,852

Additional Charges:

  • Registration fees: AED 100 (Non-refundable)
  • Entrance fees: AED 500 (Non-refundable)

Parents can pay Jumeirah English Speaking School fees through cash, cheque or bank transfer.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

JESS school has a canteen facility known as ‘JESS Diner.’ All meals and beverages are made with wholesome, healthy and nutritious ingredients and are provided by Abela and Co

The JESS Diner has a cash-less policy; parents can top-up their child’s Diner Card in advance.

*Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, students can only pre-order food online through JESS Diner.

School Transportation at Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

JESS, Arabian Ranches provides transportation to students. The bus service serves the two branches of JESS Dubai, the other one being JESS, Jumeirah. Students living in nearby residential areas can opt for the pick and drop facility.

All school buses are well-maintained and equipped with digital technologies that ensure a safe and sound commute. To avail of this service, parents must fill an online application form that requires the current home address of the child.

For further queries and details, you can always contact Wendy Brownlee, the JESS school bus coordinator, at wbrownlee@jess.sch.ae.

*School transportation facility will be operating at 50% capacity as a health and safety precautionary measure.

Holiday Camps at Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

Holiday camps are conducted occasionally, but JESS, Arabian Ranches has outsourced them to external providers. They inform parents about these camps at least 2 weeks in advance.  

*Holiday camps are put on hold because of the ongoing pandemic.

Sports Facilities

Sports facility at JESS, Arabian Ranches
Students in action on the sports day (Image Credit: Jumeirah English Speaking School)

JESS, Dubai Arabian Ranches takes the development and grooming of children quite seriously and strives to provide all the major facilities required by the students to turn into productive members of the community.

At Jumeirah English Speaking School, sports are a major part of students’ lives and accommodate their passion and interests. The school provides top-notch sports facilities.

JESS, Arabian Ranches campus has two swimming pools for experts, intermediates and beginners. Secondary students who are experts in swimming can use the 25-metre long, shaded and temperature-controlled nine-lane swimming pool. The swimming facility has changing areas and a seating arrangement.

The other 15m x 10m temperature-controlled swimming pool is for beginners. Both pools have lifeguards to assist students. 

There is a large grassed area for outdoor facilities where students can play rugby, football, and cricket. There are two football training grounds, a cricket pitch and a play area for secondary students. There is a large court for students to play and practice netball and tennis. 

The indoor double sports halls spread over 1,000 sq. m. and are centrally air-conditioned. Students often play badminton, basketball and volleyball. Also, students can practise gymnastics and trampoline. Right opposite is an ultra-modern gymnasium

Jumeirah English Speaking School primary students can use a well-resourced play area to perform different activities.

*Following Covid-19 protocol, swimming pools have been closed across all schools.

Extra-curricular Activities at Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

JESS school in Arabian Ranches has many extra-curricular activities to ensure the well-rounded grooming of students.

Primary Instrumental Lessons
Sports
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Flute
Sports
Rugby
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Clarinet
Sports
Netball
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Saxophone
Sports
Soccer
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Trumpet
Sports
Swimming
Primary Instrumental Lessons
French Horn / Tenor Horn
Sports
Athletics
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Trombone
Sports
Cross Country
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Tuba Violin
Sports
Aquathlons
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Cello
Sports
Touch Rugby
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Classical / Electric / Bass Guitar
Sports
Basketball
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Drum Kit
Sports
Rounder’s’
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Piano
Sports
Golf
Primary Instrumental Lessons
Voice Lessons
Sports
Strength-building Modules

Primary Clubs

Primary clubs at JESS, Arabian Ranches are a means to educate young children. Besides allowing kids to pursue their interests, these clubs help develop interpersonal and social skills while boosting self-confidence. Primary clubs mainly involve sports, music and creative arts and are offered to students from Year 2 and onward

Secondary Clubs

With the belief that education goes beyond conventional class learning, JESS school has designed secondary clubs for students of Year 7 and onwards. Children can take part in secondary clubs during before-school, lunchtime and after-school periods.

The most common activities to take part in at these clubs include swimming, running and drama. Some unique activities involve Tibetan Bowls, indoor bouldering and Warhammer.

Extra-curricular activities at JESS, Arabian Ranches
Key Stage 3 students mesmerizing the audience with a dramatic performance of the novel ‘Great Expectations’ (Image Credit: Jumeirah English Speaking School)

Students participating in instrumental programs are highly encouraged to give music examinations. You can take part in Trinity College and Trinity Rock and Pop examinations held twice a year. Similarly, students with instrumental lessons can take up the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations held twice a year in Dubai

*Extracurricular activities are put on hold following the Covid-19 restriction.

Field Trips from Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

For a cultural experience, secondary students are taken on numerous international trips each year. So far, students have visited Switzerland, the USA, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.  Besides this, over 40 residential trips are arranged for secondary students each year.

Primary students are offered around 35 trips each year, but they are mostly one-day trips with overnight camps for students from Year 4, 5 and 6.

Field trip from JESS, Arabian Ranches
Students on a trip to Japan to experience Japanese culture and efficiency (Image Credit: Jumeirah English Speaking School)

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

After-school Care

After-school care is provided at the primary level for students attending FS1 to Year 6 from 2:50 PM to 4:50 PM.

*Under Covid-19 protocol, the school has suspended after-school activities until further notice.

Medical Care at Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

JESS Health Office is a prime example of how much the health and safety of students matter to the school. Highly qualified nurses are present on-site throughout the day to assist teachers and students under any circumstances.

Major responsibilities of nurses include:

  • Administer first aid and emergency care
  • Keep parents, health care professionals and staff in the loop regarding specific health concerns
  • Assist the school in yearly medical examination
  • Main school health record for future reference

Moving to health facilities at the school, one can find all the equipment to treat major and minor ailments. The health amenities also facilitate staff and students who require rest and monitoring. In both branches, there is a separate room where school medical examination is carried out. These rooms can also be used when the patient’s privacy is of utmost importance. Other tools include visual screening aid for vision testing

In case of a medical emergency, the school can fully handle the situation with the help of five registered school nurses and a part-time doctor. Likewise, external medical emergency support is readily available to the school. Parents are advised to provide their latest and correct contact details so the school can contact them in an emergency.

Apart from a clinic, Pastoral Care and Physical, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE) Program is also provided to students for their physical and mental nourishment. Students are actively involved in activities that enable them to understand their attitudes, emotions and actions and that of others. 

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

JESS Parents Group (JPG) at JESS, Arabian Ranches was initiated in 2006. It is more like an online community for parents to become active and productive members of the school.

Thus, with the increasing number of parents on board, the school now organises large-scale events that generate funds to buy extra resources for the school, contribute to a charity and plan small school events.

Apart from this group, parents always have access to the JESS Arabian Ranches parent portal. Here, you can log in to view your child’s performance, attendance and upcoming school events. 

Last, parents can request class teachers and staff members to join the grade-specific WhatsApp group for instant notification about new happenings at the school.

You can view Jumeriah English Speaking School contact details and social media pages in the following section for further convenience.

Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches Contact Information

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