Liwa International School

Liwa International School

Overview

Established in 1992, Liwa International School, Al Ain aims to deliver quality and affordable education. It offers classes from kindergarten to Grade 12 and follows the American curriculum.

National day celebration at Liwa International School
National Day Celebrations (Image Courtesy: Liwa School International)

There are more than 2,500 students; boys and girls only study together in kindergarten. Female students slightly outnumber the boys. The teaching faculty has 180 teachers belonging to the US, South Africa and the UK.

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES NEAR LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Liwa International School is in proximity to a few residential communities such as:

  • Al Ruwaikah
  • Al Mnaizlah
  • Al Ugtad Al Mutawwa
  • Al Owainah
  • Majlood

Those looking for residential options near Liwa International School can check out:

CAMPUS OF LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Liwa International School Al Ain campus has premium facilities and exceptional infrastructure. Prominent facilities include a physical education hall, a well-stocked library, a multi-purpose hall and swimming pools.

IT labs are well-equipped and there is an outdoor sports field. Students have access to the three mosques during prayer timings. Those interested in music and arts can use the four art rooms and two music rooms in Liwa International School. The school’s gymnasium can be used for indoor sports. There are sixwell-equipped science labs as well.

LOCATION OF LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Liwa International School is based in Al Falaj Hazza, Al Ain on Ibn e Seena Street. The nearest landmark is the UAE University, Falaj Campus. There are many schools around Liwa International campus. Right across Al Jabr Road, one can spot a few Indian and Pakistani schools.

WHY LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL?

Liwa International School is a progressive institution. It is one of the few schools that has published its most recent inspection report along with the development plan based on ADEK recommendations.

Liwa School has received several awards for its commitment to providing excellent education. In 1998, the school received the ISO 9001:1994 award,the first-of-its-kind in the Gulf and the Middle East region. This was followed by the ISO 9001:2000 award in 2003 and then ISO 9001:2008 in 2008. ISO extends these awards to schools that maintain the highest performance standards.

For its distinguished academic performance, Liwa School received His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashed Al Maktoum’s Award and His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in 2006.

Liwa School Al Ain has been a member of the Sustainable Schools Initiative since 2008. It also claims to be the first Green School in the UAE and generates electricity through solar panels.

The school is doing its best to improve and innovate with the introduction of Liwa Cloud. This cloud initiative is used to store resources and materials related to innovation, planning and professional development. Liwa has also created an e-learning portal to ensure a smooth learning process.

Students in senior grades get access to Google Drive for their work, assessment, evaluation and plans. Discovery Centre for primary students is where they can put their creative skills to work. The learning hub promotes innovative approaches for inquiry-based teaching and learning for all students.

Liwa School Al Ain’s vision is to provide an excellent education that is on par with international standards. It inspires students to maintain self-discipline and become lifelong learners. This is achieved with the support of the caring staff.

Core values of Liwa International School include:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Tolerance
  • Transparency
  • Team Work
  • Fairness
  • Achievement
  • Care

Liwa International Al Ain can accommodate 2,600 students but due to the increasing popularity, Liwa International School for Girls (LISG) opened in 2015 to support the young women of the UAE. Academic programs implemented at Liwa School are in line with international standards. The motto of the school is ‘Together for a Better Future for Our Children.’

School Details

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Liwa International School is following all covid safety precautions as recommended by ADEK. Students aged 12 years and above are required to undergo PCR testing as per the new guidelines.

  • There will be temperature screening upon entering the school. All students with body temperatures exceeding 37-degrees will not be allowed to enter the school premises.
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory for everyone except students under six years.
  • Students must bring an extra mask to school.
  • Sanitisers are placed in classrooms. Students are encouraged to sanitise their hands.
  • Parents are not allowed inside the school. All the parent’s teacher meetings are held virtually.
  • For KG-1 to Grade 4, a maximum of 15 students are allowed in the class at a time. Student’s desks are placed at least 1.5m apart.
  • For Grade 5 to 12, the maximum number of students in a class is 15.
  • The canteen is temporarily closed; therefore, students must bring lunch from their home. Please note that sharing lunch with other students is prohibited.

YEARS OFFERED AT LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Liwa School offers classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Years offered are divided into KG, primary, middle and high school sections.

Section
Grades
Section
Kindergarten
Grades
KG1 – KG2
Section
Elementary
Grades
Grade 1 – Grade 5
Section
Middle School
Grades
Grade 6 – Grade 10
Section
High School
Grades
Grade 11 – Grade 12

LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Liwa School International Al Ain follows the American curriculum. The middle school curriculum is implemented to serve as a bridge between elementary and high school. Course outline and details are mentioned on the school website along with the name of the course teacher.

Students study the following subjects in the middle phase i.e. Grade 6 to Grade 8:

  • IT Course Outline
  • English Course Outline
  • English Social Studies Course Outline
  • General Science Course Outline
  • Mathematics Course Outline
  • Art Course Outline

Liwa International School provides a wide range of high school programs from Grade 9 to Grade 12.
Grade 9 students study:

  • IT
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Art
  • Biology

Subjects offered during Grade 10 to Grade 12 include:

  • IT
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • English Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Art
  • Biology

Liwa School ensures students receive a quality education; therefore, students’ progress and attainment are closely monitored with the help of American standardised tests. Students in KG2 to Grade 12 appear for MAP tests thrice during an academic year.

DISTANCE LEARNING AT LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Liwa International School wants to create a creative distance learning program that encourages students to become better learners.

Virtual platforms and apps that are used by the school are mentioned below:

  • Google Classroom: This web service allows students to submit their assignments and share files easily.
  • Class Dojo is an online behaviour management platform that nurtures positive behaviour in students. Students can earn points for their behaviour. This app is also used by teachers to update students regarding their progress.
  • MasteryConnect is an online tool used for assessments; it allows students to receive results promptly.
  • PlayPosit is an interactive video-sharing tool that allows teachers to design quizzes and plan lessons. They can also monitor if the student watched the video or not. Students can also ask a query by commenting on a video while watching it.
  • “I read Arabic” is an app designed to help students learn the Arabic language.
  • KamKalima is for a K-12 school and offers a digital library for students. It is an Arabic app that contains short stories in Arabic.
  • Raz Kids is a reading resource. Students can access this app through the interactive learning portal to engage in reading, listening and recording. Students can also take E-quiz through this app.
  • PearsonRealize.com platform is used for Mathematics. It is an early learning interface for K2 students. This app can also work offline and can be synchronised with the online version.
  • Britannica School can be used on any browser for research. Teachers can also use the program to plan their lessons and share them with students.
  • Study Island is a user-friendly app for Mathematics, writing and reading, Science and social studies.
  • Exact Path is used by K-12 students to learn mathematics, reading and language and arts.
  • Achieve 3000 is an administrative tool for teachers to monitor a student’s progress easily.
  • Times Tables Rock Stars is used for division and multiplication. Students can also practice their time table through this app. They can also get reward money and can buy things for their rock star. Students can also monitor their progress through this app.
  • Mathletics is an engaging online math program used by students.
  • Generation Genius is used for Science. Videos and lessons are made in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association. This app is used for K-8 students. There are lesson plans and quizzes related to Science and basic Physics.
  • ABT- Arabic Benchmark Test is used for assessment of four necessary language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

ADEK RATING

ADEK School Ratings
ADEK School Ratings

Liwa International School was inspected by ADEK from 30th October to 2nd November 2017 and secured a ‘Good’ rating.

According to Liwa International School rating and report, students’ achievement is good while their personal, social development is very good. Teaching and assessment are good and the school curriculum is very good. As per the inspection report, protection, guidance, care and support for students is very good. Liwa International has good management and leadership.

ADEK states that the overall performance of Liwa International School is good. English is used as a second language and students have below-average linguistic skills.

Students’ overall achievement is good. Kindergarteners make rapid progress, unlike primary and lower-middle phase students. But the progress speeds up in senior grades. Grade 12 students have the skills and qualifications for admissions in a reputable university.

Students’ show very good personal and social development. Most students have positive and responsible attitudes towards learning. Attendance is overall good. Students are well-aware of the Islamic values as well as the culture and heritage of the UAE. However, problem-solving and critical thinking skills are below par.

Teaching at Liwa International is very good. Teachers keep the students engaged and motivated through lessons. By taking part in extra-curricular activities, students get enough opportunities to develop their creative talents. As stated earlier, Liwa School offers a cohesive and well-planned curriculum.

The overall care, protection, guidance and support is very good at Liwa International School. Students who have special educational needs (SEN) and those who are Gifted and Talented (G&T) are identified and well-supported by the teachers.

School leadership and management are good. The governing board provides very good support and is trying to implement the five-year vision that’s in line with ADEK’s performance indicators. The school is also managed well, and the middle management’s role is being developed.

Key areas of strength as outlined in the ADEK report are:

  • The overall achievement of students in the high school phase
  • School’s strong commitment to promoting Islamic values and the country’s heritage and culture
  • Identification and support for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Gifted and Talented (G&T) students
  • Use of information and communication technology (ICT) to support learning and self-evaluation
  • The ambitious five-year vision

When it comes to improvement, the school must:

  • Ensure consistency in questioning by teachers to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in students
  • Use peer-to-peer personal development activity
  • Encourage teachers to use best practices
  • Implement professional development, effective questioning techniques
  • Ensure learning centre work for subjects such as Mathematics and Science

Liwa International School needs to review the transition process from the Primary to Middle phase. To guarantee good progress, the school must:

  • Monitor and support boys who are underperforming
  • Ensure that teaching meets the learning needs of boys in Grade 4 to Grade 7
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of initiatives taken to improve students’ performance in upper primary and lower-middle phases
  • Improve basic numeric skills of students in the upper primary phase

ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

As per ADEK’s approval, the First Term begins on 1st September. Winter Break lasts from 15th December to 5th January. The Second Term begins on the 5th of January.

Students go on a Spring Break from 29th March to 12th April. The Third Term starts on the 12th of April. 25th June is the last day of school for students.

National and religious holidays are subject to official announcements. Liwa International School Academic Calendar is available on the official website.

Admission and Fees

HOW TO APPLY TO LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL?

Liwa International School admissions follow the age placement guidelines. Here’s an overview to give you a better idea:

Grade
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Grade
Pre-KG
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
4
Grade
Kindergarten 1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Grade
Kindergarten 2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Grade
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
8
Grade
Grade 2
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Grade
Grade 3
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Grade
Grade 4
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Grade
Grade 5
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Grade
Grade 6
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Grade
Grade 7
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Grade
Grade 8
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Grade
Grade 9
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Grade
Grade 10
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Grade
Grade 11
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Grade
Grade 12
Minimum Entry Age
17
Maximum Entry Age
20

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: ADEK

Online application forms are available on the school website. Parents who choose Liwa International for their child must fill the form and submit it along with mandatory documents.

Students looking to study in Grade 2 to Grade 12 have to pass the admission test. This assessment/test determines the academic potential of the applicant.

students of Liwa International School
Students pose during an event (Image Courtesy: Liwa International School)

Parents also need to pay the registration fee at this stage, which is 5% of the current tuition fee. The registration fee is non-refundable.
Documents required at the time of admission are:

  • Five recent passport-sized photographs of student
  • Copy of the applicant’s passport and visa page (for non-UAE citizens)
  • Copy of the father’s passport and visa page (for non-UAE citizens)
  • Copy of the sponsor’s passport
  • Copy of the applicant’s Emirates ID
  • Copy of parents’ Emirates ID
  • Copy of the applicant’s birth certificate
  • Copy of the full family book (for UAE nationals)
  • Copy of the final report card or the most recent report
  • An official attested transfer certificate if the student is coming from a public school within Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, or if transferring from any school in other emirates
  • Copy of the electricity or water bill to show and confirm the residential address in the UAE
  • Official authorities such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE embassy at the country of origin should attest any certificate or document issued outside the UAE.
  • All new students enrolling in KG or Grade 1 need to provide their own and parents’ Emirates ID card at the school’s registration office.

According to ADEK regulations, applicants without a valid Emirates ID will not be accepted.

FEE STRUCTURE OF LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Liwa International School fee is:

Grade
Annual Tuition Fee
Grade
KG-1 & KG-2
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 16,870
Grade
Grade 1 – Grade 3
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 18,210
Grade
Grade 4 – Grade 6
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 20,480
Grade
Grade 7 – Grade 9
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 23,660
Grade
Grade 10
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 25,930
Grade
Grade 11
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 28,190
Grade
Grade 12
Annual Tuition Fee
AED 30,460

The above-mentioned Liwa International School fee does not include the cost of:

  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Uniform

The mentioned fee can be paid in three instalments

  • The first instalment is 33% of the tuition fee and has to be paid between August and September
  • The second instalment is 33% of the tuition fee; it has to be paid between 1st and 12th December
  • The third instalment is to be paid between 2nd to 13th February

Re-registration fee for existing students is 5% of tuition fees. It is non-refundable and has to be paid during April and May. The amount is deductible from the tuition fees for the forthcoming academic year.

School Facilities

LUNCH OPTIONS FROM LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Liwa School has four well-maintained cafeterias where students can have lunch and socialise with their peers.

SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION FROM LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Liwa School provides bus service to all students. All buses have enough seats, are well-maintained and meet the safety standards specified by the authorities.

Parents are suggested to supervise their child upon boarding and exiting the bus. Students should reach the pick-up point 5 minutes before the scheduled time as the school bus will not wait for any child.

  • Students have to follow the rules to ensure safety.
  • They should keep the bus clean and not litter.
  • They should remain seated at all times.
  • They should hand over their bags to the bus supervisor.
  • Students must not disturb the driver or talk to him while he is driving.

Parents or a designated adult should receive the students under 11 years of age at the drop off point. Students who are not received by any adult on the drop off point are taken back to school where they have to be picked up by parents.

Transportation fee for Al Ain city is AED 3,450 while it is AED 4,800 for areas outside Al Ain city.

SPORTS FACILITIES AT LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

sports facilities at Liwa International School
Sports field (Image Courtesy: Liwa International School)

Liwa School Al Ain has spacious sports fields and a playground where students can enjoy their time during recess. Sports fields are designed for a variety of sports.

Swimming lessons are conducted regularly and swimming competitions are also hosted at Liwa International School.

The campus has four well-equipped gymnasiums which are also used to host inter-school tournaments.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

use of resources at Liwa International School
The use of latest technology supports learning (Image Courtesy: Liwa International School)

Several extracurricular activities are offered during the middle and high school phases. All students are encouraged to take part in clubs that offer the following activities:

Sports
Zumba
Cooking
Art
UN
Fashion
Journalism
Drama
Reading
Buddies
Chess
Quran Studies

FIELD TRIPS FROM LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

field trips from Liwa International School
Field trips are arranged at least once during an academic year (Image Courtesy: Liwa International School)

Liwa School takes students of all grades on field trips at least once a year.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AT LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Sports activities and extracurricular activities are offered as an after-school programme after the scheduled dismissal.

MEDICAL CARE AT LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

There are two medical clinics at the school – one for boys and one for girls.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Liwa School has designed several initiatives such as the Parent Orientation Meeting, topic guidance and Parents meetings to ensure effective communication with parents.

Parent Orientation Meeting serves as a formal induction before the beginning of the academic year. Parents can discuss their child’s personal and social needs.

Topic Guidance is a weekly programme for parents where the school offers a home learning schedule. This helps parents train children at home and keep track of the syllabus.

Parents Meetings are held twice a year where parents can discuss and know more about their child’s progress.

Student diaries are sent home on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Parents can access the Managed Learning Environment portal to view their child’s online work and communicate with teachers. Parents’ workshops are also arranged throughout the year to help them understand the curriculum.

Liwa International School has a Parents Association Committee. Interested parents can then get involved in school activities and functions.

LIWA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

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