Springdales School Dubai

Springdales School Dubai

Overview

Springdales School in Al Quoz, Dubai is managed by Goldline Education. Its sister school in Delhi, India is rated amongst the top 10 outstanding schools in the country. The Springdales School in India is a 60-year-old institution that offers quality education with the help of innovative teaching practices and a holistic approach.

Springdales School Dubai opened in 2015. It offers the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum; however, a mix of British and Indian curriculum is taught at the kindergarten and primary level. Secondary level students appear for CBSE examinations.

Presently, the school has over 1,100 students enrolled on the campus. There are 101 teachers and 23 teaching assistants making the teacher to student ratio 1:9, which is quite impressive. This ratio indicates that each student receives high-quality attention from his or her teacher inside the classroom. Since Springdales School adheres to the Dubai Inclusive Framework, there are 31 students of determination.

Springdales School places students in the four different ‘House Systems’ including Forward House, Freedom House, Unity House and Peace House. Recently, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) ranked the school ‘Good’ in their academic and non-academic performance review for the year 2018 – 2019.

Residential Communities near Springdales School Dubai

Springdales School Dubai is surrounded by family-friendly residential communities. Families residing in the neighbourhoods listed below can send their children to the school to receive a quality education. The closest residential neighbourhood housing a wide range of elegant villas is Al Safa.

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Campus of Springdales School Dubai

swimming session at Springdales School
The school boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool (Image Credit: Springdales School Dubai)

The 10-acre campus has 110 classrooms with audio-visual facilities and internet. For educational purposes, there is a well-stocked library with digital resources and thousands of books for extensive reading and writing. State-of-the-art science laboratories are present besides a digital learning centre. The school also has facilities for students interested in art, dance and music.

For recreation and physical activity, the school has built an athletic track and indoor courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis. Students can also use the soccer field and the cricket training ground named after the famous Indian cricketer MS Dhoni. One can find an Olympic size swimming pool, a kindergarten splash pool, cafeteria, parking pay and a playground for kindergarten students.

Location of Springdales School Dubai

Springdales School is located in Al Quoz 4, a sub-community of Al Quoz near Jumeirah University.

Why Springdales School Dubai?

Several school policies and practices portray its sincerity when it comes to the education and development of its students. What sets the school apart is its alliance with Springdales School, Delhi that has been in the education business for the past 60 years and has garnered a name for itself. The campus back home is rated among the top 10 outstanding schools in India, which says a lot about its academic excellence.

Further, the board of governors at Springdales School Dubai strives to maintain the quality of education. Measures that cater to the changing needs of students in this technological era are implemented. The governors invest additional time to ensure that the school reaches its fullest potential.

Adding to these distinctive features is the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). Under this initiative, a Teacher’s Resource Centre has been built to provide training, development sessions and mandatory seminars for teachers to hone their skills even further.

Similar to the TEP is the Pupil Enrichment Program (PEP). This initiative allows students to engage in extra-curricular activities so that they can pursue their interests and passion unconventionally. Likewise, the school places heavy importance on contributing to society. Students have to carry out mandatory community service and arrange events that lead to the betterment of society.

Teachers' training session
Teachers attending a training session at the school (Image Credit: Springdales School Dubai)

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

The Government of Dubai has developed protocols for schools to follow until the pandemic is over. This is an accumulative effort and approach to keep everyone, including students, teachers, parents and all the relevant third parties safe and healthy.

The KHDA has uploaded protocols for school reopening on the official website for your convenience. Here’s an overview of the preventive SOPs 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 between 30% and 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.
  • For now, schools’ fees remain unchanged for the next academic year; however, schools have the authority to offer discounts as they deem fit.
  • 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.
  • The KHDA recommends schools to provide virtual tours. If parents do visit the campus, they MUST follow all the safety measures. This includes wearing face masks and maintaining a 1.5 metres distance.

Grades Offered at Springdales School Dubai

The school offers the Indian Curriculum based on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Springdales School Dubai is a private school offering education from Pre KG to Grade 12 for children aged 3 to 18 years.

Phases
Grades Covered
Phases
Nursery
Grades Covered
Pre-KG
Phases
Kindergarten
Grades Covered
KG 1 and KG 2
Phases
Primary School
Grades Covered
Grade 1 to Grade 5
Phases
Middle School
Grades Covered
Grade 6 to Grade 8
Phases
Secondary School
Grades Covered
Grade 9 to Grade 12

Springdales School Dubai Curriculum

Springdales School Dubai offers the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) governed Indian Curriculum. However, the Kindergarten school follows a modified Early Years Foundation (EYFS) curriculum with a mix of Indian and UAE culture.

At the primary level, the school offers the British Curriculum and prepares students for CBSE examination at the secondary level. Secondary level students must choose their subjects for the CBSE examination they would give in Grade 11 before entering Grade 9. The school is also seeking KHDA approval to provide Cambridge (CIAE) IGCSE, AS/A2 and vocational pathways.

For your convenience, below is a summary of the curriculum taught at all levels.

Kindergarten School

Kindergarten school adopts the learning-through-play model to nurture learning in children. The model also helpful for cognitive and motor skills development in children through kinaesthetic, problem-solving and creative activities.

The key area of focus and development for young students are numeracy, literacy, language, discovering and understanding the world, physical development, creativity and performance, social skills and customs of different countries.

The curriculum offered at this stage is further facilitated through the use of toys, audio-visual tools and the internet in the classrooms.

At Springdales, specialist staff facilitates and supports students in Arabic, Arts, Music, Dance and Swimming. The school also provides ample opportunities for students to display their learning through story-time, field trips, themed Assemblies and Open House events.

Primary School

The curriculum taught at primary school seeks to inculcate confidence in children and polish their skills in areas such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, problem-solving, observation and measurement.

Subjects offered at the primary level include English, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, a second language, Physical Education, Computer Science, Computer Studies, Art and Craft and Music. Only Muslim students study Islamic Studies while others study Value Education.

Middle School

The curriculum followed in middle school allows students to create links between the different subjects and create an understanding of the world and their classroom teachings. The courses enable children to question, evaluate and think critically which leads to the building of intercultural awareness and communication skills.

Subjects offered at this level include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, 2nd Language (Hindi/French), Arabic, UAE Social Studies, Computer Studies, Robotics with Art, Music, Dance, Physical Education and Life Skills.

As per the CBSE examination assessment criteria, the secondary school focuses on 80% summative and 20% formative assessment of the student. Also, students can take part in the Model United Nations (MUN) and Pupil Enrichment Program (PEP).

Secondary School

The secondary school includes Grades 9 to 12. The curriculum design at this stage prepares students for the CBSE examination. Activities such as group discussions, field trips, and presentations and community services are a big part of the secondary school curriculum. Additionally, students can participate in the Model United Nations (MUN) and Pupil Enrichment Program (PEP).

As per the assessment criteria of CBSE examination, the secondary school focuses on 80% summative and 20% formative assessment of the student.

The core subjects offered in Grade 10 include English, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, Hindi/French language, Physical Education, Computer Studies and Arabic. Islamic Studies is compulsory for Muslim students.

Students in Grade 11 can choose from a pool of subjects including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Psychology, Hindustani Vocal Music and Physical Education.

The curriculum offered at Springdales includes a unique work education programme. In this program, subjects such as Robotics, MATLAB, Python and Tally are offered. Secondary level students also receive career counselling.

Distance Learning at Springdales School

The government of Dubai has mandated schools to offer distance learning provisions in addition to in-class learning, especially in the first phase of reopening. Distance learning format might differ from school to school and term to term but students opting for this model will be kept updated on the curriculum followed.

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) helps private schools in Dubai achieve outstanding growth and deliver quality education. The authority regulates and evaluates all private schools based on several parameters including curriculum, facilities, extra-curricular activities, leadership and more. The rating fluctuates between ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Very Weak.’

KHDA School rating
KHDA rating for private schools in Dubai explained

Springdales School Dubai KHDA rating had been consistently ‘Good’ except for the 2016 – 2017 period during which it was rated ‘Acceptable.’

The report highlighted key strong and weak areas of the school. The report appreciated that:

  • The school provides a safe and inclusive environment significant for all-round development of the students.
  • Students are independent and are inclined towards self-learning. Also, they share high aspirations and motivation to become well-rounded individuals.
  • Facilities, resources and tools provided by the school to supplement the students’ education are more than adequate.
  • The school is gaining the best of everything because of the partnership with parents and constant supervision from the governing body.
  • School leaders are fully committed to seeing that the school prospers in every aspect, which ultimately will assist the UAE in achieving its potential to the fullest.

Areas that need work include:

  • Students need to improve their attainment in the Arabic language for which the school needs to focus on supporting teacher’s progress in the subject through evaluation, planning and use of strategies required for additional languages.
  • The school should integrate the use of digital technologies into everyday learning to develop thinking skills in the students.
  • Students should be extensively assessed at the start of each phase to help them reach their full potential.

Academic Calendar for Springdales School Dubai

The 10-month long Springdales School Dubai academic calendar is divided into three terms.

  • The first term starts in April and ends in June followed by a two-month summer break.
  • The second term starts in September and ends in December followed by winter holidays.
  • The third term starts in January and ends in March. It is followed by a spring break.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Springdales School Dubai?

The application process at Springdales School starts with online registration. Once the online form is submitted, parents will receive an email on the provided address only if a place is available. If there is a seat available, the email will contain a schedule for the assessment, including day and date.

Please note that assessment determines whether the student can handle the curriculum and the grade suited to his or her current learning level. Assessments are done for the following year groups:

  • Students from KG2 to Grade 2 will be assessed on their understanding of literacy, language and numeracy.
  • Students from Grade 3 and onwards will be tested on grade-appropriate English and Mathematics.

The school charges a non-refundable registration fee of AED 550 which is to be paid before the assessment.

Parents and guardians are requested to provide these mandatory documents at the time of registration.

  • 2 copies of the student’s passport with a valid residence visa
  • 2 copies of parents’ passport with a valid residence visa
  • 1 copy of the Emirates ID card of the student
  • 1 copy of the Emirates ID card of the parents, guardians or sponsor(s)
  • 4 passport size photographs of the students
  • 1 Copy of Birth Certificate(for KG 1, KG 2 & Grade 1 Students)
  • Copy of mark sheet of the final/ latest examination passed in current Grade/ previous school
  • Original attested Transfer/ School Leaving Certificate of the last school attended (to be submitted after the confirmation of admission.)
  • Students from Grade 2 onwards need to provide an original Transfer Certificate of the last school attended. The Ministry of Education of the emirate must attest this certificate if the student is coming from any emirate other than Dubai. Attestation from the Ministry of Education is mandatory if the student is coming from Oman.
  • For students from India, the Transfer Certificate has to be stamped by the Education Officer of the Zone/ District/ Area from where the Transfer Certificate was obtained. The certificate will also have to be attested by the Indian Consulate and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dubai.

Refund Policy

In case parents want to withdraw their child from Springdales School, they need to inform the administration at least 7 days before the withdrawal so that the school can carry out the exit formalities and arrange for a refund, if applicable.

The admission withdrawal rules are:
  • A one-month fee is charged if a student has attended school for less than 2 weeks.
  • A two-month fee is charged if the student has attended school for more than 2 weeks but less than 1 month.
  • In case the student has attended school for more than a month, then the entire term’s fee will be charged.

Please note that refunds are made only via cheques.

Re-registration/ Existing Student Policy

The school will charge 10% of the tuition fee as the registration fee to ensure that the students take the offered place for the next academic year. This re-registration fee is non-refundable.

first day of the school
Kindergarten students enjoying their first day at the school (Image Credit: Springdales School Dubai)

Parents must ensure that their child meets the following age placement guideline before initiating the admission process.

Grades
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
KG 1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
KG 2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
8
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
Grades
Grade 7
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Grades
Grade 8
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Grades
Grade 9
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Grades
Grade 10
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Grades
Grade 11
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Grades
Grade 12
Minimum Entry Age
17
Maximum Entry Age
20
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
16

This is based on the age of the students on 31st July (for schools beginning in April) and 31st December (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 Springdales School Dubai

Here’s the Springdales School Dubai fee structure for the year 2020 – 2021.

Grades
Term 1 Fee
Term 2 Fee
Term 3 Fee
Total Fee
Grades
Pre-KG
Term 1 Fee
AED 4,233
Term 2 Fee
AED 5,644
Term 3 Fee
AED 4,233
Total Fee
AED 14,111
Grades
KG 1
Term 1 Fee
AED 4,733
Term 2 Fee
AED 6,310
Term 3 Fee
AED 4,733
Total Fee
AED 15,776
Grades
KG 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 5,916
Term 2 Fee
AED 7,888
Term 3 Fee
AED 5,916
Total Fee
AED 19,720
Grades
Grade 1 and Grade 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 6,573
Term 2 Fee
AED 8,764
Term 3 Fee
AED 6,573
Total Fee
AED 21,910
Grades
Grade 3 to Grade 5
Term 1 Fee
AED 7,559
Term 2 Fee
AED 10,079
Term 3 Fee
AED 7,559
Total Fee
AED 25,197
Grades
Grade 6 to Grade 8
Term 1 Fee
AED 8,216
Term 2 Fee
AED 10,955
Term 3 Fee
AED 8,216
Total Fee
AED 27,388
Grades
Grade 9
Term 1 Fee
AED 8,780
Term 2 Fee
AED 11,706
Term 3 Fee
AED 8,780
Total Fee
AED 29,266
Grades
Grade 10 and Grade 11
Term 1 Fee
AED 9,186
Term 2 Fee
AED 12,248
Term 3 Fee
AED 9,186
Total Fee
AED 30,621
Grades
Grade 12
Term 1 Fee
AED 9,600
Term 2 Fee
AED 12,800
Term 3 Fee
AED 9,600
Total Fee
AED 32,000

Parents can pay Springdales School Dubai fees through cash, cheque or bank transfer.

Additional charges include:

  • Registration Fee – AED 550 (Non-refundable)
  • Admission Fee – AED 1,000 (Non-refundable)
  • Medical fee – AED 300 (Non-refundable)
  • Id Card/Diary – AED 50 (Non-refundable)
Sibling and Single Parent Discount
  • First sibling discount amounts to 10% of the tuition fee
  • Second sibling discount amounts to 15% of the tuition fee
  • Third sibling discount amounts to 20% of the tuition fee
  • A single parent can avail a 20% discount for the first child provided they have the supporting documents. However, the renewal of the contract is mandatory every academic year.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Springdales School Dubai

The school canteen provides nutritious, healthy food to students.

*As instructed by the KHDA, the school will not offer fresh lunch on campus. Students can bring home-made meals.

School Transportation at Springdales School Dubai

The transportation facility at Springdales School, Dubai is outsourced. All buses provided by the Gulf Pinnacle Transport (GPT) have experienced, well-trained drivers and nannies to look after children during the commute. These vehicles are also well-equipped in terms of safety and security.

To know more about the routes and transportation charges, please click here.

*Following Covid-19 protocols, school transportation will run at 30% to 50% capacity.

Sports Facilities

football playing field in the school
Students playing football (Image Credit: Springdales School Dubai)

Springdales School provides state-of-the-art sports facilities for children to pursue their interests further. The school has an indoor basketball, badminton, tennis and volleyball court. You will also find an Olympic size swimming pool and a kindergarten splash pool. Students will also find a cricket pitch, a soccer field and an athletic track.

Kindergarten students can make the most of outdoor play area specially designed for them.

*Physical education will continue, however access to swimming pools is not allowed under Covid-19 protocols.

Extra-curricular Activities at Springdales School Dubai

Painting work at Springdales School Dubai
Students enjoy painting as a part of their cultural activities (Image Credit: Springdales School Dubai)

Extra-curricular activities at Springdales School are conducted under the Pupil Enrichment Program (PEP). The main aim of this program is to work on the physical, social and intellectual skills of the students.

The activities are divided into three categories namely cultural, sports and language.

Cultural Activities
Sports Activities
Languages
Cultural Activities
Classical dance
Sports Activities
Cricket
Languages
French
Cultural Activities
Western dance
Sports Activities
Aerobics & Yoga
Languages
German
Cultural Activities
Vocal Music
Sports Activities
Basketball
Languages
Spanish
Cultural Activities
Instrumental Music
Sports Activities
Football
Languages
Arabic
Cultural Activities
Painting
Sports Activities
Volleyball
Languages
Cultural Activities
Dramatics
Sports Activities
Badminton
Languages
Cultural Activities
Debating
Sports Activities
Swimming
Languages
Cultural Activities
Public Speaking
Sports Activities
Lawn Tennis
Languages

*Under Covid-19 restrictions, the school has suspended extracurricular activities until further notice.

Field Trips from Springdales School Dubai

The school arranges field trips for students so they can experience learning outside of classrooms. Also, students look forward to spending time with friends. Recently, the school took Grade 1 and 2 pupils to KidZania and VR Park in Dubai Mall for a field trip.

Trip to Dubai Aquarium
Students visited Dubai Aquarium on a field trip (Image Credit: Springdales School Dubai)

*Field trips are suspended until further notice as a precautionary measure against the pandemic.

After-school Care

The after-school care facility is provided for students to engage in PEP. The program allows students from Grade 3 to Grade 9 to take part in activities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm.

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

Medical Care at Springdales School Dubai

The school has a well-equipped medical centre on-site to deal with injuries and emergencies. There is a full-time registered nurse to administer first-aid to students.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

The major mode of communication between teachers and parents is the parent portal that is specially designed for the convenience of parents and guardians. This portal enables parents to view upcoming school events as well as the progress and attendance of their children. The academic calendar is also available on the portal.

Parents can also request the teachers and staff members to add them to the relevant WhatsApp group made for each grade to receive instant notification regarding school events.

As for conventional methods, parents and guardians can email the school. They can also visit the school’s official social media pages for more information or you can use Springdales School Dubai contact number given below.

Springdales School Dubai Contact Information

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