The Emirates National School Sharjah

The Emirates National School Sharjah

Overview

The Emirates National School, not to be confused with the Emirates National Schools following the US curriculum, has been providing quality education since 1980. It follows the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum – a popular Indian curriculum widely recognised around the world. It is a private, co-educational school providing education from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Currently, the school has over 3,000 students and 270 employees, predominantly Indians. They are taught inside a large campus with exceptional school facilities. It also offers a repertoire of extra-curricular activities in the form of clubs and societies.

Read this guide by Bayut to learn more about the school.

Residential Communities near the Emirates National School Sharjah

The Emirates National School Sharjah (TENS) is situated in Al Nekhailat. Al Nekhailat is a family-friendly residential community on the northern side of the Ajman-Sharjah border. The area is known for its vibrant lifestyle as it houses several amenities, including shopping malls, beach, restaurants and much more. The residential communities near this school are:

Al Sabkha is the residential community nearest to Emirates National School Sharjah. Just like its neighbouring area – Al Nekhailat – Al Sabkha is an exceptional residential community that offers plenty of facilities. One can easily find spacious 3-bed to 5-bed villas. This is by far the most attractive place for residents who want to live near the school.

Campus of the Emirates National School Sharjah

The Emirates National School (TENS) is housed inside a spacious campus that offers a plethora of facilities to students. Classrooms are bright and spacious. They are equipped with age appropriate furniture and technology to aid in students’ learning. Moreover, the school has science laboratories, a library and other essential school facilities to support CBSE syllabus.

The school also has a limited range of sports facilities available to students. These include:

  • Outdoor play areas
  • Gymnasium
  • Indoor play areas
  • Full-sized football field outside the school building
  • 25-metre swimming pool
Football field at Emirates National School Sharjah
Full-sized football ground outside the school building (Image: Emirates National School Sharjah Website)

Location of the Emirates National School Sharjah

The Emirates National School is located slightly off the Sheikh Khalid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Street near Al Nakhailat School for Basic Education. Those interested in visiting the school can access it through Street 111 and Al Sharq Street. These streets connect the school with nearby residential communities.

Why the Emirates National School Sharjah?

Emirates National School Sharjah opened its doors in 1980. Since then, the school has provided quality education to students. With 30 years of experience of managing a rigorous educational programme, parents consider it an ideal school for their children. The school aims to enrich, empower, enlighten and equip students with skills that have a positive impact on society. It places great emphasis on piety, discipline, honesty, excellence and hard work. Students develop the aforementioned skills along with reasoning and critical thinking skills. The Emirates National School Sharjah’s efforts have made it one of the top Indian schools in Sharjah that parents trust. 

The educational programme at this school is constantly evolving and academically rigorous. It is based on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum. CBSE is a popular Indian national curriculum, followed by many Indian schools around the world. The syllabus is carefully tailored to ensure that all education provided is updated and relevant to today’s requirements. Moreover, it uses its Life Skills Programme to develop lifelong skills among students.

The school attempts to balance the challenging nature of its educational programme through extra-curricular activities. The extra-curricular programme at The Emirates National School covers a broad range of activities. From sports to arts and craft, students have many options to find their latent interests.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

The Emirates National School Sharjah is adopting the protocols set forth by the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA). These protocols allow schools to offer a safe learning environment for students when they return for the new academic year. For the academic year 2020-2021, SPEA offers the following options to schools to continue students’ education:

  • Complete distance learning
  • Combination of on-site learning and distance learning
  • Complete on-site learning

Those opting for the last two options adopt the following protocols for well-being and safety of students and staff members:

  • Sterilisation of campus and its facilities regularly.
  • Teachers, staff and students need a negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test before school re-opening.
  • Check the temperature of students, staff and others entering the school.
  • Limit school activities that can result in large gatherings. These activities include extra-curricular activities, after-school care and field trips. Additionally, schools are recommended to reduce the school bus capacity to reduce the number of students in confined places.
  • Arrange isolation rooms for those with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Maintain social distancing at the campus and wear masks at all times. Students below six years of age and those with health conditions are exempted of wearing a mask.

Years Offered at the Emirates National School

The Emirates National School is a K-12 school educating students aged three to 18 years old. The school splits its education system into the following stages:

Stage
Grade
Stage
Kindergarten
Grade
KG1 and KG2
Stage
Primary Section
Grade
Grade 1 to Grade 5
Stage
Middle Section
Grade
Grade 6 to Grade 8
Stage
Secondary School
Grade
Grade 9 to Grade 12

The Emirates National School Curriculum

The educational programme at this school from Kindergarten to secondary section follows the CBSE curriculum, enabling students to sit for the All India Secondary Education School Examination in the secondary stage. The textbooks from different publishers, including the National Council of Research and Training (NCERT), are used for lectures. As per the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Arabic is mandatory for all students and Islamic Studies is mandatory for Muslims from Grade 1 to Grade 10.

The Emirates National School Sharjah uses the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation System (CCE) of the CBSE framework for evaluation. It consists of two modes of evaluation:

  • Formative assessment
  • Summative assessment

The formative assessment mode deals with assessing the performance of a student through an activity-based system. It holistically assesses the skills gained by students in a particular learning objective. Whereas, the summative assessment is a more traditional method of assessment that tests students’ skills at the end of the term. Usually, the school conducts four formative assessments (two in each term) and a summative assessment at the end of each term. The educational programme’s features for each phase of education are as follows:

Kindergarten Curriculum

In the kindergarten stage, The Emirates National School Sharjah follows the Cornerstone Curriculum. It is a thematic approach to education effective in early years’ education and primary stage. The school follows a teaching approach in which students have many opportunities to play and explore the world around them for building foundational skills. The kindergarten stage cultivates interpersonal skills, moral values and civic sense among young learners. 

In the kindergarten stage, the school splits its learning objectives into four important areas of learning:

Interpersonal Development

In this area of learning, teachers focus on developing manners, self-discipline and ethics among students. From a very early age, this helps students respect distinct cultures and individuals. They also focus on developing team-related skills with effective communication skills, including body language and gestures.

Creative Development

In this aspect of learning, teachers focus on developing students’ understanding of dance, music, art, songs and activities with coordinated movements. They also allow students to express their ideas in an art form or structured speech by expanding their imaginative skills.

Physical Development

The early years are also an ideal time to focus on students’ physical development. Taking this into consideration, The Emirates National School focuses on building physical skills through outdoor activities. These include exercises, sports and tasks. The popular tasks in the kindergarten stage involve the use of LEGO blocks, play dough and soft toys.

Literacy, Language and Numeracy

Another important aspect of the kindergarten curriculum is language, numeracy and literature. Teachers use multiple facilities available at the campus to develop reading, writing and speaking skills. This requires students to interpret, understand and pronounce shapes, alphabets, numbers and patterns. 

The subjects taught to students in the kindergarten stage are:

Subject A
Mathematics
Subject B
English
Subject A
General Knowledge
Subject B
Art and Craft
Subject A
Environmental Science
Subject B
Physical Education
Subject A
Value Education

Primary Curriculum

To offer a better learning experience to students, The Emirates National School Sharjah divided the primary stage into lower primary and higher primary stages.

In the lower primary stage, the school gradually introduces students to formal teaching methods. This is done through activity centred learning. It exposes students to a multitude of activities that cement the foundational skills developed in the kindergarten stage. Students completing Grade 2 think creatively and critically. They use logic to understand different phenomena around them.

The subjects taught to students in Grades 1 and 2 are:

Subject A
Arabic
Subject B
Environmental Studies
Subject A
Mathematics
Subject B
Hindi
Subject A
English
Subject B
General Knowledge
Subject A
Value Education
Subject B
Islamic Studies
Subject A
Physical Education
Subject B
Art and Craft

From Grade 3 onwards, the school follows the CCE based assessment. It includes both scholastic and non-academic aspects of students’ learning.

From Grade 3 to Grade 6, students learn:

Subject A
Social Science
Subject B
English
Subject C
Hindi
Subject A
General Knowledge
Subject B
Science
Subject C
Mathematics
Subject A
Value Education
Subject B
Malayalam (optional)
Subject C
Computer Science
Subject A
Arabic
Subject B
Library
Subject C
Islamic Studies
Subject A
Art Education
Subject B
Music (for Grade 3 only)
Subject C
Physical Education

Middle School Curriculum

The middle school, also known as Junior School, continues to follow the CBSE curricular framework for its educational programme. The school also continues the CCE framework of assessment based on formative and summative assessments. The subjects taught to students in Grade 6 to Grade 8 are:

Subject A
Subject B
Subject A
Hindi
Subject B
English
Subject A
Maths
Subject B
Computer Science
Subject A
Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
Subject B
Social Science
Subject A
Value Education
Subject B
Islamic Studies
Subject A
General Knowledge (Grade 6 and Grade 7 only)
Subject B
Art Education
Subject A
Physical Education

Secondary School Curriculum

At the secondary school stage, The Emirates National School follows the CBSE curriculum and prepares students for the All Indian Secondary Education. It follows the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) for internal assessments. It strives to ensure the emotional, social, moral, cultural and spiritual growth of students.

The subjects offered to students in Grade 9 and Grade 10 are:

Subject A
English Communicative
Subject B
Mathematics
Subject A
French or Hindi B
Subject B
Social Science
Subject A
Science
Subject B
Arabic
Subject A
Value Education
Subject B
Islamic Studies

Please note that Islamic Studies is mandatory for Muslim students.

Science lab at Emirates National School Sharjah
Secondary school students engaged in curricular activity related to science in the science lab(Image: Emirates National School Sharjah Website)

From Grade 11onwards, students have the option to select a stream to continue their education. The Emirates National School Sharjah has two streams: Commerce Stream and Science Stream.

This is the most important stage as it sets the tone for the rest of the students’ lives. Students completing the Grade 12 education following the CBSE curriculum can either continue their education in colleges and universities or start working. The subjects available to students in the science stream are:

Subject A
Mathematics
Subject B
English Core
Subject A
Biology or Computer Science
Subject B
Chemistry
Subject A
Physics

Whereas, students opting for the commerce stream have to study the following subjects:

Subject A
Mathematics or Computer Science
Subject B
English Core
Subject A
Accountancy
Subject B
Economics
Subject A
Business Studies

In secondary school, students have access to new and exciting extra-curricular activities. These activities revolve around social thinking and emotional skills. Some noteworthy extra-curricular activities offered to students in this phase of education are:

Subject A
Life skills
Subject B
Work Education
Subject A
Visual and Performing Arts
Subject B
Sports
Subject A
Attitude and Values
Subject B
Scientific skills

Academic Calendar for the Emirates National School Sharjah

The Academic year at this school follows the same pattern as many Indian schools in the UAE. The year starts in April and ends in March. Typically, students in Kindergarten to Grade 10 have two semesters and students in Grades 11 and 12 have three semesters in an academic year. 

The first term of each grade starts in early April and ends in mid-October. Classes for the second term commences from mid-October and ends in March. The school conducts an open house (parent-teacher meeting) at the end of each term.

For students in Grade 11 and Grade 12, first term starts in April and ends in June. Second term starts in September and concludes in December. Third term starts in January and ends in March with last term examinations. Students go on a two-month summer break in July and August and a two-week spring break in April.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to The Emirates National School Sharjah?

The Emirates National School Sharjah admission process is straightforward and regulated by the CBSE board and the Ministry of Education in the UAE. Please note that the admission process for the subsequent year starts in October and ends in November.

To apply, fill out the registration and application form (available at the school) along with the following documents:

  • Five recent passport-size photographs of the candidate
  • Two copies of passport with valid UAE residence visa, birth certificate and Emirates ID
  • Original and a copy of the previous academic record (for admission in KG2 onwards)
  • Original and a copy of transfer certificate

Please note that a transfer certificate is mandatory for admission in KG2 and above. Those coming from the local schools in Sharjah only need to submit the transfer certificate within 10 days of the joining date. Those applying from other emirates in the UAE (except Sharjah) need to submit the transfer certificate attested by the Ministry of Education of that emirate. Those applying from outside the UAE must submit their transfer certificates within 15 days from the date of joining. Furthermore, it must be attested by the:

  • Indian Consulate (in Dubai)
  • Educational Authority (previous country)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in UAE)

Once the required documents are submitted, the school contacts parents to bring in their child for an assessment. The decision of granting admission depends on the performance in the assessment test, previous academic record, compliance with the CBSE and the MOE guidelines and age-grade guidelines. The age-grade guidelines followed by The Emirates National School Sharjah are as follows:

Grade
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
8
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 2
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Grade
Grade 3
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Grade
Grade 4
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Grade
Grade 5
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Grade
Grade 6
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Grade
Grade 7
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Grade
Grade 8
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Grade
Grade 9
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Grade
Grade 10
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Grade
Grade 11
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Grade
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). Source: SPEA

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

Once the school offers a seat, it will inform the parents about the procedures for securing their child a seat. This may involve paying a stipulated deposit and signing a contract with the school. For more information, contact the school’s administration.

Fee Structure at the Emirates National School Sharjah

The Emirates National School Sharjah fees are as follows:

Grade
Annual Fee (AED)
Grade
KG1
Annual Fee (AED)
15,100
Grade
KG2
Annual Fee (AED)
15,100
Grade
Grade 1
Annual Fee (AED)
21,300
Grade
Grade 2
Annual Fee (AED)
21,300
Grade
Grade 3
Annual Fee (AED)
21,300
Grade
Grade 4
Annual Fee (AED)
21,300
Grade
Grade 5
Annual Fee (AED)
30,000
Grade
Grade 6
Annual Fee (AED)
30,000
Grade
Grade 7
Annual Fee (AED)
31,200
Grade
Grade 8
Annual Fee (AED)
31,200
Grade
Grade 9
Annual Fee (AED)
31,200
Grade
Grade 10
Annual Fee (AED)
31,200
Grade
Grade 11
Annual Fee (AED)
31,200
Grade
Grade 12
Annual Fee (AED)
31,200

Other charges at the school include:

Fee 1
Registration Fee
Fee 2
AED 500
Fee 1
Educational Resource Fee
Fee 2
AED 1,800

Scholarships at the Emirates National School

The Emirates National School Sharjah does not offer any scholarship programme for its students. However, it is a value-based school that offers quality education to students at an affordable price tag.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at the Emirates National School Sharjah

The school does not offer a canteen/cafeteria facility on campus. Students are expected to bring packed lunches from home.

School Transportation at the Emirates National School Sharjah

Students living in communities far from the school can opt for the school transport service. The transport service is available at a reasonable price and covers areas in Sharjah, Ajman and Dubai.

The school bus capacity is reduced to comply with COVID-19 regulations laid by SPEA. Please contact the school’s transportation department for updates regarding the school bus capacity and arrangements made during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can contact Mr Eapen Abraham (transport in-charge) at +971 5 59628990.

Boarding Facility at the Emirates National School Sharjah

It is a day-only school and does not offer boarding or hostelling facilities to students. Those living far from the school can opt for the school transport service. They can also move to nearby residential communities mentioned in this guide.

Holiday Camps at The Emirates National School Sharjah

There are no holiday camps offered by The Emirates National School Sharjah. Parents can opt for external service providers to keep their children busy during holidays.

Sports Facilities

For students enthusiastic about sports, the school has a limited range of facilities. The school has an outdoor full-sized football field where students play football, rugby and other outdoor games. The campus also features a 25-metre swimming pool where students learn and practice swimming skills, and a gymnasium for indoor sports. An outdoor play area is popular among kindergarten and primary stage students. Students also spend their leisure time in the indoor play areas.

The school has closed its swimming pool due to COVID-19 protocols.

Extra-curricular Activities at the Emirates National School Sharjah

The Emirates National School Sharjah balances the challenging academic programme through its extra-curricular programme. The school calls it the “Life Skill Programme” that equips students with real-life skills. Students are enabled with skills beneficial for life in the 21st century. These activities are offered from kindergarten; however, secondary students have the most access to the life skill programme. This programme aims to cultivate team-building, critical thinking and role-playing skills among students.

The school achieves its purpose through school clubs and societies managed by teachers. Students are encouraged to take part in such activities during and after school timings. The programme includes activities such as excursions, competitions, interactive sessions, quizzes and much more. Some noteworthy extra-curricular activities are:

Extracurricular A
Art and Craft
Extracurricular B
ENSECO
Extracurricular A
Film Society
Extracurricular B
Quiz Club
Extracurricular A
Literacy Club

Art and Craft

The art and craft club at The Emirates National School Sharjah teaches students painting, drawing, sketching and other forms of creative arts. 

ENSECO

ENSECO is a science-based society managed by the science department at the school. It is responsible for conducting various science-related activities at Emirates National School.

students understanding science experiments through the ENSECO programme at Emirates National School Sharjah
Glimpses of ENSECO as the extra-curricular activity at Emirates National School Sharjah (Image: Emirates National School Sharjah Website)

Film Society

The film society at TENS deals provides visual arts education to students. The lectures taught at classrooms are backed with interactive visuals to spark students’ interest.

Quiz Club

This club attempts to build students’ general knowledge through quizzes and puzzles. It is an ideal school club for young students fond of solving puzzles and answering quizzes.

Literacy Club

Those interested in reading books, literacy skills and literature can join the literacy club. This club is managed by the Department of Library Sciences and Department of English.

The Emirates National School Sharjah has suspended some extra-curricular activities to avoid large gatherings. The school will inform parents regarding the status of these activities on official platforms.

Field Trips from the Emirates National School Sharjah

Field trips are an important extracurricular activity at the school. It serves as an opportunity for students to experience the practical world and learn outside the walls of the classroom. The school organises picnics annually for each grade level, to national parks located in Sharjah and Dubai. Senior students are taken to IMG Worlds Dubai

Because of COVID-19 pandemic, TENS has decided to postpone all field trips.

After-school Care at the Emirates National School Sharjah

The only events offered to students by TENS in the after-school hours are extra-curricular activities. The after-school care is also unavailable to students.

Medical Care at the Emirates National School

The school has two clinics on campus – one for boys and one for girls. There are five full-time nurses and an on-call doctor. 

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Several modes of communication are available at The Emirates National School Sharjah. The parent portal allows parents easy access to key information such as academic performance, news, circulars and attendance record. Parent-teacher meetings also happen at the end of each term. It serves as an opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss the progress made by students.

The official school website is an ideal platform for parents of existing students and potential candidates to gain general information. Moreover, the website also provides email addresses and telephone numbers for enquiry. Other sources of communication are social media platforms and WhatsApp Groups.

The Emirates National School Sharjah Contact Information

Address:Street 59 -12 Sheikh Khalid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Street, Al Nikhailat, Sharjah, UAE

Telephone Numbers

  • For general enquiry: +971 6 5242252

Email Addresses

Website and Social Media Platforms

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