Uptown School

Uptown School

Overview

The Uptown School, which is managed by the Taaleem group has been offering students in Dubai a world-class International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum since 2005. The school offers the three main programmes of the IB curriculum- the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) for students from age 4 – 18.

As per the KHDA report for the academic year between 2018-2019, there are 1,441 students and 151 students with Special Educational Needs (SEND) enrolled in the school. Located towards the Sharjah border in the family-friendly neighbourhood of Mirdif at the corner of Tripoli Street and Algeria Road, the school’s facilities are spread over 14 acres of landscaped land.

Taaleem, which means ‘education’ in Arabic, is the second-largest education provider in the United Arab Emirates. Founded in 2004, the group manages three Early Learning Centers, two UK curriculum and three IB curriculum schools in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. The main objective is to facilitate the psychological growth of students during childhood, primary and secondary schools.

The government of Dubai partially owns Taaleem and is responsible for designing, building and implementing educational facilities which offer a wide range of international curricula. As part of its strategy for continuous improvement and self-evaluation, all schools within the group are required to get accredited by the Council of International Schools.

The Uptown School is an accredited co-educational school offering the IB Curriculum from FS1 to Grade 13. Since it relocated to Mirdif, the school offers children more space and facilities which are specially designed to provide the best environment for learning and development. The school comprises of 111 teachers supported by 36 teaching assistants and three guidance counsellors. The teacher turnover rate is 27%, the teacher-student ratio is 1:13 which provides plenty of attention and care for each child.

RESIDENTIAL AREAS NEAR UPTOWN SCHOOL

Parents living in Mirdif can easily commute to Uptown School Dubai. There are also several other popular residential areas near the school:

Those looking for residential options around the school can consider the following options:

Campus of UPTOWN SCHOOL

Science lab in Uptown School
Science labs are the key feature of the school campus (Image Credit: Uptown School)

Uptown School has one campus spread across over 14 acres of land in Mirdif. It is designed to make sure that students have the best environment to support their learning and development. The facility is divided into zoned areas for the Early Years, Primary School and Secondary School. These zones contain two separate studios for the full-integrated Design Technology and IB program of Visual Arts. The main campus facilities are listed below:

  • Science Lab
  • Primary Gym
  • Early Years Pool
  • Art Room
  • Secondary Library
  • Secondary Gym
  • Tennis Courts
  • Cafeteria
  • Secondary ITC
  • Swimming Pool
  • Early Years Music Room
  • Early Years Gym
  • Sports Field
  • Primary Music

Location of UPTOWN SCHOOL

Uptown International School is located in a secure family-friendly neighbourhood, just a short drive away from Al Warqa 1, near Mirdif. Uptown School is also close to Nad Shamma and Al Rashidiya.

Why UPTOWN SCHOOL?

why to choose Uptown School
Uptown School encourages students to become independent and confident members of the society (Image Credit: Uptown School)

Uptown School has been operating successfully for the past 14 years and has achieved 100% university acceptance for alumni.

The globally recognised IB curriculum of Uptown School is the strongest attraction for parents as it encourages students to be confident and independent learners.

In May 2017, the very first batch of IB Diploma students achieved a 100% pass rate. Recently a Career-Related Program (CP) has also been introduced. This is a program that incorporates the values of IB and addresses the needs of students pursuing career-related education. CP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a core consisting of four components and a career-related study. The core components include Personal and Professional Skills, Service Learning, Language Development and Reflective Project.

Imparting leadership skills is the main goal of Uptown School which is incorporated in their unique enrichment programs and after-school activities. The students are provided clubs and societies such as Model United Nations, World Scholars and TEDxYouth, giving them an opportunity to help shape themselves into the global leaders of tomorrow. Music and Performance is also a very important part of the school.

The pride of Uptown School is its 90-member student choir and 35-member student percussion band who perform at the concerts held on a regular basis, showcasing the learning that has taken place. In Uptown Mirdif School, there is a dedicated team led by an Inclusion Champion to provide for students with Special Educational Needs (SEND). The team works to provide three different forms of support namely:-

  • Universal Support- Here all students are provided with high-quality teaching and learning and are identified for any provisional support through on-going and timely assessments
  • Targeted Support- Students are benefited through small group interventions
  • Specialist Support- Specific targeted support is provided to the student at additional cost

School Details

COVID-19 Protocls

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 Uptown School

Classes in Uptown School
The school has a kids-friendly approach (Image Credit: Uptown School)
Phases
Grades Covered
Phases
Early Years Stage (EY)
Grades Covered
Pre-KG to KG 2
Phases
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
Grades Covered
Grade 1 to Grade 5
Phases
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
Grades Covered
Grade 6 to Grade 10
Phases
Diploma Programme (DP)
Grades Covered
Grade 11 and Grade 12

Uptown School Curriculum

Uptown School is an internationally certified IB (International Baccalaureate) school offering the Early Years Stage (EY) for PreK – K2, Primary Years Programme (PYP) for Grade 1 to Grade 5, Middle Years Programme (MYP) Grade 6 to Grade 10, Diploma Programme (DP) for G11 & G12, and Career-Related Programme (CP).

The Early Years stage (for preschool children aged 3-6 years) is part of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) which focuses on children’s inquiry-led and play-based learning.

Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed to build upon the natural curiosity of the child and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the world outside. The six subject areas of Language, Social Studies, Personal, Social and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science and Technology and the Arts are woven into the Units of Inquiry to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to learning.

Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a structure of learning and development that allows students to use their analytical and critical thinking skills. MYP cultivates the improvement of aptitudes for correspondence, intercultural understanding, and global commitment. At Uptown School, MYP consists of eight subject groups interlinked through five interactive areas and provides global contexts for the purpose of learning. Students need to learn at least two languages along with other subjects that include sciences, arts, math, humanities, technology, and physical education.

The Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year academically challenging, rigorous and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The six core subject groups include studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and the Arts.
Ten reasons why the DP is ideal for the preparation of university include:-

  • Increases Academic Opportunity- research claims that the students who follow the IB curriculum are more likely to be enrolled in leading universities than other curriculums.
  • Through creativity, action, service (CAS), students learn outside the classroom and can develop emotionally, ethically and intellectually.
  • Encourages children to be confident and independent learners.
  • The Diploma Programme is an international qualification recognized globally by universities and employers.
  • Graduates are globally-minded as language classes are key for globalized societies.
  • Encourages critical thinking
  • Proven time management skills
  • Students are to understand and not just memorize facts or topics for examinations
  • Subjects are not taught in isolation and students are encouraged to make connections between subjects.
  • Students are able to choose courses from six subjects groups and study subjects at different levels.

At Uptown School, the students are being trained and prepared for their major written examination held at the end of DP. Student performance is assessed both internally and externally. Written examinations are used for most courses and are marked by external IB examiners at Uptown School. The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).

Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. The Diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and satisfactory participation in the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirement. The highest total that a DP student can be awarded is 45 points.

Distance Learning at Uptown International 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.

Uptown International School has been rated ‘Developed‘ by the KHDA for its distance learning provision.

KHDA Rating

Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is an authority responsible for evaluating the quality of education in Dubai. KHDA inspects private schools in Dubai with judgments that are made on a six-point scale of:

kHDA Rating
Uptown School is rated as ‘VERY GOOD’ by KHDA.
  • Outstanding
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Acceptable
  • Weak
  • Very Weak

After a thorough inspection, KHDA rated Uptown School as “Very Good” for the third time in a row. One of the main reasons that UTS has attained a “Very Good” rating is because the school has an inclusive ethos along with a commitment to cater to the requirements of all the students. Apart from that, the school also focuses on the personal development of students by giving them an understanding of world cultures and Islamic values.

The report highlights that students have achieved high learning outcomes, especially in English, Mathematics and Science along with arts. Students display attributes such as confidence and good articulation and are mutually supportive. Older students are provided opportunities to voice opinions on their school and worldwide issues.

Inspection on teaching and assessment was rated ‘Very Good’. Teachers displayed very good subject knowledge. The learning environment is made more efficient through the use of the latest technology, a huge library of resources and data analysis. Subjects are linked to global contexts and transdisciplinary themes. Students are also engaged in activities that promote social responsibility towards both the global and local community.

KHDA also mentions the well-ordered and harmonious learning atmosphere provided by the school in the report. They have also highlighted the well-developed procedures for identifying and supporting SEND students (Students of determination). There are around 151 SEND students enrolled in the school owing to the facilities, attention and care provided.

Another key attribute is the supportive and positive relationship between parents and the school.

Academic Calendar for Uptown School

At Uptown School, students start Term 1 in the last week of August.

  • Term 1 then concludes in the second week of December. This is followed by a 3-week winter break.
  • Term 2 starts in January first week and ends in March last week. This is followed by a break of two weeks.
  • Term 3 starts in the second week of April and concludes in the first week of July.

Uptown School calendar is available on their official website.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Uptown School?

Applying for admission at the Uptown School is a simple three-step process.

  1. Firstly a completed online application for Uptown School has to be submitted.
  2. Once the school gets this, you will receive a receipt of submission.
  3. In the next step, an email will be sent from the school instructing you on how to contact the admissions team for making an appointment. There is also a mandatory payment of a one-time non-refundable and non-transferable Application Fee. During the appointment, an internal assessment of the student’s skills will also be conducted. In the final step, a letter of acceptance and assessment is issued by the school and the parents have to confirm the seat by paying the deposit fee.

The following documents are required before admission:

Before assessment:

  • Two passport-sized photos of child/children
  • One copy each of the passports of the child’s/children
  • Previous year school report copy
  • One copy each of a passport of parent/guardian
  • Recent school report copy stamped and signed on the letterhead of the school.
  • For new students, the application fee of AED 525 (non-refundable) including 5% VAT is added as per the regulations of the government.

After assessment and acceptance of the offer:

  • AED 7,000 deposit fee for securing the seat of the child
  • Signed offer letter for illustrating acceptance

Before a student starts school:

If you are moving your children to the Uptown School, a Transfer certificate in Arabic or English is required with the exit date from current school. The certificate of transfer needs to also be attested by KHDA or any other Baccalaureate educational zone in UAE when there is a local transfer.

However, before initiating the admission process, you must ensure that your child meets the following age criteria.

Grades
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grades
Pre-KG
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
4
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 UPTOWN SCHOOL

Uptown International School tuition fee for the current academic year is as follows:

Grades
Term 1 Fee
Term 2 Fee
Term 3 Fee
Total Tuition Fee
Grades
Pre-KG
Term 1 Fee
AED 16,200
Term 2 Fee
AED 12,150
Term 3 Fee
AED 12,150
Total Tuition Fee
AED 40,500
Grades
KG 1
Term 1 Fee
AED 18,600
Term 2 Fee
AED 13,950
Term 3 Fee
AED 13,950
Total Tuition Fee
AED 46,500
Grades
KG 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 19,400
Term 2 Fee
AED 14,550
Term 3 Fee
AED 14,550
Total Tuition Fee
AED 48,500
Grades
Grade 1 to Grade 5
Term 1 Fee
AED 23,000
Term 2 Fee
AED 17,250
Term 3 Fee
AED 17,250
Total Tuition Fee
AED 57,500
Grades
Grade 6 to Grade 10
Term 1 Fee
AED 27,000
Term 2 Fee
AED 20,250
Term 3 Fee
AED 20,250
Total Tuition Fee
AED 67,500
Grades
Grade 11 and Grade 12
Term 1 Fee
AED 29,000
Term 2 Fee
AED 21,750
Term 3 Fee
AED 21,750
Total Tuition Fee
AED 72,500

Additional charges include:

  • Application Fee: AED 500 + 5% VAT
  • New Students Registration Fees: AED 4,000
  • Re-Registration Fees: 2,000

KHDA charges:
For students that are transferring from Dubai schools, AED 120 is charged as fees for KHDA administration for every student.

  • AED 120 is charged to process a certificate of student education continuation for the purpose of visa renewal
  • AED 120 is charged for processing requests for students leaving Dubai 
  • AED 120 is charged for processing requests for students who transfer to other private schools 
  • AED 120 is charged for requesting student attestation certificate and report card.

Refund Policy:

Notice of withdrawal of student and application for refund of tuition is required to be made in writing to the principal of the school. Find out more information about fees in Uptown School on the official website.

Covid-19 Discounts at Uptown School

Taaleem Schools are offering a 25% Term 3 discount for Foundation Stage/Kindergarten and a 20% Term 3 discount for primary and secondary phases. Since Uptown International School is a project of Taaleem group, students will also be eligible for this discount.

The group is also offering full credit for parent’s who have already paid the Term 3 fees against the next academic year’s tuition fee.

Scholarships at UPTOWN SCHOOL

The Uptown School is one of the schools chosen to accept students who receive a scholarship from ‘Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Distinguished Students’.  This is a program launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The aim of this program is to provide outstanding Emirati students with a chance to study in the best private schools in Dubai.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at UPTOWN SCHOOL

The on-campus catering facilities at Uptown School provides nutritious lunches for students. Moreover, there are various areas for seating available for students to enjoy their meals during recess. There is a strict no-nut policy in school and parents are informed about this policy and requested not to send any nuts, or nut spread to school.

*Following health and safety measures issued by the KHDA, the school canteen services will be providing pre-ordered meals. However, children can bring home-prepared lunch as well.

School Transportation at UPTOWN SCHOOL

School transportation is provided by Arab Falcon Dubai. The school bus fee varies depending primarily on location. The school helps in all the necessary arrangements.

*Following Covid-19 protocols, the school is operating transport services at 50% capacity.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

extracurricular activities in Uptown School
Extracurricular activities are considered as part of the learning process in Uptown School (Image Credit: Uptown School)

Uptown School offers a number of outstanding enhancement program designed to challenge students to follow their passion while extending their learning abilities beyond the syllabus. With the help of the state of the art campus, trusted partners and the wider community students are introduced to limitless opportunities to help their knowledge, leadership skills and the understanding of different cultures.

With the help of this carefully created student enrichment program, students are able to access over 150 activities like competitive sports, drama, music, dance, visual arts, academics and designs, delivered by skilled and innovative tutors that also encourage and guide students towards specific results according to the pre-planned learning journey.

*The school has suspended extracurricular activities until further notice as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

Sports Facilities

Sports facilities in Uptown School
Uptown School focuses on the physical health of students (Image Credit: Uptown School)

An indoor 25-meter eight-lane pool along with a hardwood-sprung floor gymnasium supports sports activities for carrying out secondary and primary programs. There is a separate gym and pool facility in the zoned area for students enrolled in the early year program.

*Physical education will continue like before. However, access to swimming pool is restricted due to Covid-19 situation.

Field Trips

Field trip in Uptown School
Uptown School organizes interesting field trips and outdoor activities for students (Image Credit: Uptown School)

Uptown School also offers a range of residential trips to help broaden the horizons of the students. Uptown School encourages its students to challenge themselves, stretch their boundaries and gain valuable life experiences through field trips and outdoor activities

Annual in-country residential camps take place for students in Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. These students learn team building, leadership skills, and risk-taking. They are at the core of the learning and development journey.

Students also participate in academic trips that include World Scholars and Model United Nations. They are held internationally and domestically. They also prepare students for careers in politics, debate and international relations. The yearly ski trips allow students to learn new skills, experience Adrenalin sports and understanding new cultures.

An essential component of Grade 11 is CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). For the purpose of complementing the CAS Program, Uptown School runs a yearly CAS trip in alliance with The International School of Moshi, Tanzania.

*Under Covid-19 protocols, the school has suspended all school trips until further notice.

MEDICAL CARE

There are three well-equipped health centres at Uptown School. Nurses are present at all times and help to supervise first aid when needed. As part of the regulations of the Ministry, Nurses are needed to provide health screening for every student annually.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

The 6-Delta Communicator application helps parents to stay up-to-date during the entire Academic Year. Apart from the diaries, the 6-Delta App could also be defined as a source of information on general news alerts, school, and school-wide events. Parents can also use the communicator application for keeping their calendar up-to-date. Moreover, they can also link for school resources, school news, letters and parent association messages from classroom teachers and principals.

Parents are welcomed to join the Whatsapp group to stay updated regarding the school and their kids. To join the Whatsapp group, parents are advised to connect with the school administration.

Uptown School Contact Information

Note: The images are taken from the official portals of Uptown School.

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