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RAK Academy International Primary School, Khuzam (IPK)

RAK Academy International Primary School, Khuzam (IPK)

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Overview

Known as one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in UAE, Ras Al Khaimah Academy enjoys an honourable position in the educational sector. The school first opened in 1975 as RAK English Speaking School with just 20 children belonging to the expatriate families living in the emirate.

Being an educational facility that catered to the English-speaking community, Ras Al Khaimah schools quickly made a spot in the emirates with more students seeking admission each year. Considering this success, the school expanded its operation and introduced the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the British curriculum in 2006 and 2008, respectively.

Founded in 2006, Ras Al Khaimah International Primary School (IPK) follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum from Kindergarten until Grade 6. Students transfer to Grade 7 in RAK Academy International Secondary School (ISK). RAK Academy Khuzam IPK is situated next to RAK Academy BSK campus.

Students have access to premium facilities and engage in plenty of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

Recently, RAK Academy family of schools is now officially accredited as a Learning Ladders Member School.

Residential Communities near RAK Academy IPK

RAK Academy International Primary School Dafan Al Khor enjoys a prime location while being in proximity to several family-friendly residential areas such as

Approximately a 3-minute drive from the campus, Dahan is the nearest residential community. Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Dahan is home to residential apartments and commercial spaces. Residents will find top-notch lifestyle amenities in a close range. Also, foodies can enjoy a wide range of local and international-chain restaurants located nearby.

Families looking for accommodation near the school can consider:

Campus of RAK Academy IPK

RAK Academy IPK campus is located at a distance from the British School (BSK) and International Secondary (ISK) school campuses, but they’re all in the same community. Excellent age-appropriate campus facilities cater to over 1,000 students and 90 teachers.

Since the safety of students is important to RAK International Primary School Khuzam, you will find visitor access control, 24-hour guards, CCTV surveillance, child protection policy, H&S procedures, Internet security, and an alarm system with practice evacuation drills conducted regularly.

facilities available to students at RAK IPK Academy
Students attending a session in the theatre (Image Credit: RAK Academy IPK)

The spacious campus has over 60 classrooms equipped with new technology including multimedia, SmartBoard and projectors. Further, students have access to music rooms, a dance studio, two ICT suites, a well-stocked library, a theatre and a campus-wide wireless network.

For physical education and sporting activities, children can make the most of a multi-purpose sports hall, a gymnasium, a full-sized swimming pool, indoor and outdoor covered play areas and a large grassed football field.

RAK Academy IPK has two cafeterias, a coffee shop and an on-site clinic. Similarly, a car park area has been designed at the front of the school to allow faculty to park their cars with convenience and parents and bus service to pick-up and drop-off children easily. There’s a supermarket and a restaurant in front of the school.

RAK Academy IPK uniform chart has specified the type, colour and size of uniforms for students. You can purchase uniforms from the school store that remains open from Saturday to Thursday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm.

Location of RAK Academy IPK

RAK Academy IPK location falls on 34B Street in Dafan Al Khor near Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salem Road. The school is surrounded by both residential and commercial spaces including restaurants, clinics and beauty salons.

Why RAK Academy IPK?

Ras Al Khaimah Academy British School Khuzam not only is one of the oldest schools in the Emirate but in the UAE as well. Operational for over four decades, the school has the expertise, skills, information and knowledge to transform young students into global leaders.

Ras Al Khaimah International Curriculum Primary School allows students to experience international education from a young age. Once students complete their education until Grade 6, they can easily move to the other campus of RAK Academy that offers International secondary education.

Training session for teachers at RAK international Primary school
Teachers taking a training session for Arabic Studies (Image Credit: RAK Academy IPK)

The eight-member board of governors supervised by His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah brings a large amount of expertise, skill and knowledge to the table that is utilised to improve the current performance of the school.

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School Details

Covid-19 Protocols

To minimise the spread of coronavirus, the government of UAE decided to reopen schools in August for the academic year 2021 – 2022 with safety guidelines. Similarly, keeping in mind the health and safety of students and staff members, the Ministry of Education has designed strict SOPs for schools to follow while they are open.

  • No student, teacher or staff member will join the school before testing negative for COVID-19. 
  • All students and teachers must get their body temperature checked in the morning before entering the school premises.
  • Classrooms will be set up to accommodate reduced capacity. Student desks will be set at a safe distance (1 meter); classrooms will use physical markings to ensure desks remain in the correct locations.
  • Lockers are permitted as long as physical distancing measures are not compromised and in such a way that each locker is designated to a specific student (alternated and not shared). 
  • Certain play sections/areas should be closed (i.e. dress up sections, indoor soft play areas, reading corners with soft furniture). Open spaces should include furniture and equipment that is easy to clean.
  • Students below 6 years (below Grade 1) are not required to wear masks
  •  Students of Grade 1 and above, teachers and school staff members are required to bring a minimum of two (2) masks to school each day.
  • Buses may run at full capacity but with safety measures in place. 
  • Seating arrangements will be clearly marked out in canteen areas; no students will be permitted to sit directly adjacent or next to one another. A physical distance of 2 meters should be kept in canteen areas.
  • Schools can operate a pre-selected and pre-packed lunch service, with no live cooking taking place at school. 
  • School events, extracurricular activities, after-school clubs and activities are allowed with approved protocols in place.
  • Schools can organize field trips, holiday camps and sports events according to the approved protocols.
  • Physical education will continue, including access to swimming pools**.**

Grades Offered at RAK Academy IPK

Ras Al Khaimah Academy International School Khuzam follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) for which the school has carefully designed age placement guidelines in place.

PhasesGrades Covered
Early Childhood Education Pre-KG to KG 2
Lower Primary Grade 1 to Grade 3
Upper Primary Grade 4 to Grade 6

RAK Academy IPK Curriculum

RAK Academy IPK curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme IB PYP. This programme assists the school in the well-rounded development of students from nursery until Grade 6. The development of the child takes place through maturing of physical, emotional, and cultural needs.

The primary years involve six key trans disciplinary learning themes including:

  • English and Arabic Language
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Personal, Social and Physical Education

These six trans disciplinary themes help teachers form an inquiry-based programme. Important ideas are discussed with students in a classroom setting to observe their comprehension of the subjects.

Moving on, a major part of the curriculum is assessment and reporting. The school provides training to teachers to change their old teaching strategies and adopt new ones for quality education. However, assessment is crucial to identify the level of understanding in students.

curriculum taught at RAKA academy IPK
Class presentation is encouraged by teachers during lessons (Image Credit: RAK Academy IPK)

Results of these assessments are shared with parents via newsletters, parent-teacher conferences, the sharing and displaying of student’s learning, student-led conferences and parent information sessions to give them a clear picture of where their child stands academically.

At the end of each term, a written report of each student’s academic and non-academic performance is provided to parents. The report highlights what had been taught by the teachers and how much the student understood it over time.

Distance Learning at RAK IPK

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.

Rating

Recently, all RAKA schools including RAK International Primary School were rated ‘Good’ by the British School Overseas. According to the agency, Ras Al Khaimah Academy Khuzam faced some setbacks at the start of their operation which they were quick to recover from with the help of the governing body, section heads and schools efforts.

Going into detail of the rating and how the school came about achieving it. BSO reports underline the participation from RAK IPK Academy’s senior leadership and management team in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the school. The governing body with the help from sections heads and class teachers modified the curriculum to suit the needs of students.

Apart from this student’s health and safety have been brought under the limelight. RAK Academy IPK School provides pastoral care, medical facility and health-related sessions to take care of the mental and physical health of students. As a result of this effort, children have shown remarkable improvement in their academic and non-academic performances. Some have even shown outstanding performance with little assistance.

Other than this, students have positive reviews regarding extra-curricular and campus facilities. During their tenure at the school, students benefit from both provisions to pursue their interest and passion.

Lastly, BSO took into consideration the opinion of parents who are recognised as one of the most important stakeholders of Ras Al Khaimah Academy Schools. RAK Academy IPK reviews as given by parents can be categorised as laudable.

Academic Calendar for RAK Academy IPK

RAK Academy IPK academic calendar runs for 10 months from August until June. The calendar is divided into three terms with winter, spring and summer breaks.

The school calendar is marked with school events, national and Islamic holidays. However, dates for Islamic holidays are subject to moon sighting.

  • The first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December, followed by a 3-week winter 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 last week of June, followed by a 2-month summer vacation.

RAK Academy IPK school timings are from 07:45 am to 02:30 pm. The school remains open from Sunday through Thursday. However, students taking part in after-school activities can stay until 03:30 pm.

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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to RAK Academy IPK?

Seeking admission into RAK Academy IPK means accessing a world-class curriculum including GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A – Level and IBDP programs. However, International Primary School Ras Al Khaimah only offers IB PYP.

The RAK Academy IPK admission process is based on meritocracy. You can start the process by first registering your child online and filling the application form. The form must be submitted to the admissions office along with mandatory documents listed below.

  • Applicant’s most recent academic report
  • Applicant’s medical report
  • Applicant’s photos (3)
  • Applicant’s birth certificate
  • Applicant’s and parents’ passport copy
  • Applicant’s and parents’ Emirates ID copy
  • Applicant’s and parents’ visa copy (For expats only)
  • Family book (For UAE Nationals only)

These documents can be scanned and emailed to the admissions officer or parents can drop them at the RAK Academy IPK School’s admissions office.

Once documents are submitted, parents are requested to pay a non-refundable and non-transferable application fee of AED 500. After this, your child will be called for an entrance examination and interview. The result will be announced within 48 hours via email or call.

If your child successfully passes the entrance assessments, he/she will be offered a seat at the school. To confirm the seat for your child, parents or sponsors will have to deposit a certain amount as a registration fee within 14 days of receiving the offer letter. The registration deposit will be adjusted against the first term’s tuition fee.

Admission process at RAK Academy IPK
For present times, the school has integrated e-learning as well (Image Credit: RAK Academy IPK)

The deposit amount will be revealed after the applicant clears the entrance exam.

Just like registration deposits for new applicants, this deposit will also be adjusted against the first term’s school fee.

Parents can refer to the below-mentioned guideline to see in which year group best suits their child.

GradesMinimum Entry AgeMaximum Entry AgeMinimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
Pre-KG
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
KG 1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
KG 2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
Grade 2
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Grades
Grade 3
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Grades
Grade 4
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Grades
Grade 5
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Grades
Grade 6
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10

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).

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

Fee Structure at RAK Academy IPK

Parents seeking reasonably priced schools with an IB curriculum will be pleased to know that RAK Academy IPK tuition fee is affordable. Below is the breakdown of the annual tuition fees.

GradesTerm 1 FeeTerm 2 FeeTerm 3 FeeAnnual Fee
Grades
Pre-KG
Term 1 Fee
AED 6,200
Term 2 Fee
AED 4,650
Term 3 Fee
AED 4,650
Annual Fee
AED 15,500
Grades
KG 1
Term 1 Fee
AED 8,200
Term 2 Fee
AED 6,150
Term 3 Fee
AED 6,150
Annual Fee
AED 20,500
Grades
KG 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 10,300
Term 2 Fee
AED 7,725
Term 3 Fee
AED 7,725
Annual Fee
AED 25,750
Grades
Grade 1
Term 1 Fee
AED 11,100
Term 2 Fee
AED 8,325
Term 3 Fee
AED 8,325
Annual Fee
AED 27,750
Grades
Grade 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 11,300
Term 2 Fee
AED 8,475
Term 3 Fee
AED 8,475
Annual Fee
AED 28,250
Grades
Grade 3
Term 1 Fee
AED 11,300
Term 2 Fee
AED 8,475
Term 3 Fee
AED 8,475
Annual Fee
AED 28,250
Grades
Grade 4
Term 1 Fee
AED 12,000
Term 2 Fee
AED 9,000
Term 3 Fee
AED 9,000
Annual Fee
AED 30,000
Grades
Grade 5
Term 1 Fee
AED 12,000
Term 2 Fee
AED 9,000
Term 3 Fee
AED 9,000
Annual Fee
AED 30,000
Grades
Grade 6
Term 1 Fee
AED 14,300
Term 2 Fee
AED 10,725
Term 3 Fee
AED 10,725
Annual Fee
AED 35,750

Term 1 fee includes registration and/or re-registration charges of AED 5,000.

Other charges include:

  • A non-refundable and non-transferable application fee of AED 500.

Please note that you can pay RAK Academy IPK fees via cheque, cash or bank transfer.

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School Facilities

Lunch Options at RAK Academy IPK

RAK IPK School offers lunch service to students. There are two cafeterias on site where children can have a morning snack and hot or cold meals during recess time in the afternoon. The school provides a healthy diet with quality ingredients.

Students who bring lunch and snacks from home are prohibited to eat junk food.

*During the pandemic, schools can operate a pre-selected and pre-packed lunch service, with no live cooking taking place at school.

School Transportation at RAK Academy IPK

RAK International Primary School Dafan Al Khor offers transport facilities for its students. Children can use this service when the school ends at normal timings. Nevertheless, parents must contact the school to know more about the areas covered by the bus service. Or you can fill the transportation form available here.

Annual transportation charges can be seen below.

Distance CoveredOne-way FeeTwo-way Fee
Distance Covered
0 – 5 km
One-way Fee
AED 2,600
Two-way Fee
AED 3,500
Distance Covered
Above 6 – 15 Km
One-way Fee
AED 3,300
Two-way Fee
AED 4,500
Distance Covered
Above 16 – 25 Km
One-way Fee
AED 4,000
Two-way Fee
AED 5,500
Distance Covered
Above 26 – 35 Km
One-way Fee
AED 4,700
Two-way Fee
AED 6,500

_*Buses may run at full capacity** but with safety measures in place._**

Holiday Camps at RAK Academy IPK

RAK IPK does not organize holiday camps or international trips. They do, however, regularly conduct field trips.

Sports Facilities

sports facilities at RAk Academy International Primary School Khuzam
Children posing for a picture on sports day (Image Credit: RAK Academy IPK)

The school is a member of the Emirates International Schools Sports Association (EISSA), promoting team sports and athletic events. Both boys and girls have the opportunity to participate in athletics, basketball, cross country, football, netball and swimming competitions arranged each year.

RAK IPK Academy has designed sports facilities onsite for students to practise various sporting activities. These include a multi-purpose sports hall, a gymnasium, a full-sized swimming pool, indoor and outdoor covered play areas and a large grassed football field.

*Physical education will continue, including access to swimming pools.

Extra-curricular Activities at RAK Academy IPK

RAKA International Primary School Khuzam aims to provide a broad and balanced education to its tutee for which they have designed an engaging yet challenging Extra-curricular Activities (ECA) program which is mostly conducted after school hours.

Students have a wide range of activities to choose from including sports, creative arts, performing arts, innovation and entrepreneurship. However, as the school cares about your child’s education as well, students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 can sign up for one activity at a time. The duration of each extracurricular activity is 8 weeks.

Students in Grade 2 to Grade 5 can join the school choir that meets weekly for discussion and preparation. Students who have decided to be a part of the choir team will have to sign a contract at the start of the school year. RAK IPK’s school choir participates at local events and in Dubai competitions.

Furthermore, sports enthusiasts will be glad to know that the school has partnered with Emirates International Schools Sports Association (EISSA) to promote athletics through inter-school competitions. Your child can compete in competitive sports like athletics, basketball, cross-country, football, netball and swimming. The PE department will make announcements for try-outs and game schedule.

Besides this, RAK IPK Dafan Al Khor has a house system to craft a sense of belonging among students and boost their competitive spirit through friendly competitions within the four houses. Each house is awarded points throughout the academic year based on their performance and at the end of each year, the house with the highest point wins.

co-curricular activities for children at RAK Academy IPK
Girls from the school performing at a choir competition in Dubai (Image Credit: RAK Academy IPK)

*School events, extracurricular activities, after-school clubs and activities are allowed with approved protocols in place.

Field Trips from RAK Academy IPK

To keep students socially and physically engaged, Ras Al Khaimah Academy School takes children on various school trips. These trips are often to culturally rich sites, amusement parks or tourist spots within and outside the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

*Schools can organize field trips, holiday camps and sports events according to the approved protocols.

After-school Care at RAK Academy IPK

Ras Al Khaimah International Primary School Khuzam offers several extra-curricular activities after school hours. Children participating in these activities will have to stay back after school ends at regular timings.

After-school activities are offered from 02:40 pm to 03:30 pm. Please note that students staying back for after-school activities do not get the chance to use the bus service. Parents must pick-up students after the session ends at 03:30 pm.

School events, extracurricular activities, after-school clubs and activities are allowed with approved protocols in place.

Medical Care at RAK Academy IPK

A medical facility on-site is built to provide proper health care to students and staff members. The clinic is well-equipped and tended by an experienced nurse or physician. The clinic office maintains a record of each child in case it is needed.

The school recommends that parents when submitting a vaccination report, at the time of admission, must ensure that the report is updated so that school is aware of any medical condition that your child has if any.

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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

RAK Academy Khuzam Dafan Al Khor has a parent portal by the name of ISAMS Parent App which allows parents to contact teachers, request a meeting, access school calendar, know more about school events, student’s performance and attendance and performance report of their child.

Moreover, there are parent-teacher meetings that you need to attend to discuss your child’s performance and how it can be improved further. Also, parents are invited to attend school events in which their child is participating.

While the school has designed various means to communicate, parents who are more interested in traditional methods can simply access RAK Academy IPK contact details provided below along with the Facebook link.

RAK Academy IPK Contact Information

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