Top 20 Best International Schools in Dubai

Top 20 Best International Schools in Dubai

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About Dubai

Dubai is one of the most important international cities in the world. Over the last 20 years, Dubai has changed its whole economy to take advantage of its strategically important location between east and west.

Hot all year round, Dubai has created an environment where almost everything can be done indoors - from skiing to karting to even an indoor theme park. Expat families can always find entertainment without having to cope with temperatures that can reach into the 50s.

International Schools Dubai

Being such an international city, it naturally has a ready market for international schools and the pupils that attend them. There are over 140 international schools in Dubai alone with a mix of English National Curriculum / British, International Baccalaureate and American dominating. Beyond that there are Swiss, German, French, Indian and UAE schools so most requirements can be met for expat families making Dubai their home.

Dubai International schools are overseen by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Each year they inspect schools and report on areas they need to work on as well as their strengths to help inform parents before they make their decisions. You can find all of the international schools in Dubai at the KHDA website and see how they rank.

Where Dubai international schools are located. To see a live map, visit here.

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The Best International Schools Dubai - Rankings

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Dubai school should be in the top 20, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so people get the real story when they choose their next school! You can find your school in the Dubai international schools directory, or search by name here.


Dubai British School Jumeirah Park 

5.0 from 9 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Dubai British School Jumeirah Park (DBSJP), a Taaleem School was founded in 2015. DBSJP is very quickly establishing itself as one of the leading British schools in the region, offering a broad and balanced education to children from all around the world. We are a unique school that places the wellbeing of our students and the interests of our community at the heart of everything we do. It is our goal that every DBSJP student is given the tools to make a positive difference during their time with us – to their own life and to other’s lives. With world-class facilities and teachers, our goal is to provide opportunities where students thrive in a nurturing yet challenging environment – able to achieve the best possible educational outcomes and to flourish as individuals during the experience. We celebrate this individuality in all that we do, praising the very many ways that our students are able to express their talents, whether these be academic or in the sports and art. It is this warmth of spirit that sets Dubai British School Jumeirah Park apart, where every student, every member of staff and every parent is able to find their place in the sun. Schools are often talked about as being ‘happy places’, but DBSJP is made up of happy people – happy to be respected, valued, and appreciated, given every opportunity to succeed in a way that is meaningful to them. I do hope that you are able to visit the school, to see and feel this for yourselves, and to hopefully join the DBSJP community as a student, parent or member of staff.

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The Aquila School 

5.0 from 9 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 13
DESCRIPTION

The Aquila School is an exciting new international British school near The Villa, Dubai, with so much to offer your child. Our experienced and passionate staff are committed to ensuring every child develops a love of learning and acquires the skills and knowledge they need for the future. Part of the International Schools Partnership, The Aquila School opened in September 2018 to serve the growing educational needs of the surrounding communities of The Villa, Dubailand, Silicon Oasis and across Dubai. We offer an exciting and creative curriculum, based on the British curriculum, combining science, technology, engineering, maths, and the arts, to children enriched to meet the needs of our culturally diverse community. We are open for admissions from FS1 to Year 7 for the 2019/20 academic year. We’re proud to announce that we were awarded the Best Design Education Project of the Year at the Design Middle East Awards 2018, a testament to the quality and design of The Aquila School’s campus and facilities.

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Dubai College 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:11 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Dubai College is a British, independent, selective and co-educational school (850 students 11-18, majority British with 230 in the Sixth Form) which has established an excellent regional and international reputation. The school is a member of HMC, COBIS and BSME and is a not for profit organisation. Facilities, resources and the teaching environment are superb and examination results at GCSE and A Level are truly outstanding. Students participate fully in a very strong extra-curricular programme.

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Providence English Private School (PEPS) 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Providence English Private School (PEPS) is committed to the education of children from their early ages with a long term view to creating well educated, capable young men and women who are high achievers and who go on to contribute to the development of their own societies and countries. The Providence English Private School curriculum and team of highly trained and dedicated staff mean that we are able to consistently deliver a high quality educational experience.

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Dunecrest American School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:American,IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Dunecrest American School has a mission “to provide a holistic American education that inspires students to discover their talents, pursue their passions, and make a positive impact on their communities and the world beyond.” We will achieve this mission by living our principles every day and in every endeavor. We will also achieve our mission by being active participants in our vision “to be a vibrant learning community that nurtures global leaders.” Dunecrest American School seeks to graduate young people whose creativity and independence of thought sustain their continuing inquiry and reflection, whose interest in others and the world around them surpasses their self-concern, and whose passion for learning impels them beyond what they already know.

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Swiss International Scientific School Dubai 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB,Swiss Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 17
DESCRIPTION

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) is a leading international school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges of a global world.

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North London Collegiate School Dubai 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English,IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

NLCS Dubai brings a unique educational offering to families in the region, combining a rich heritage with academic excellence and inspirational subject teaching.

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Springdales School Dubai 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:Indian Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

We offer a balanced curriculum that offers students opportunities to discover and develop their full potential whether academic, sporting, in creativity and performance or leadership. Student attainment and progress is measured against international benchmarks and, where additional learning support is required accommodations can be made. Additional classes are offered to support students and special project are designed to encourage gifted and talented learners.

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GEMS United School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:American Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

GEMS United School is a GEMS Education school, offering the US curriculum for students from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Our Common Core and Advanced Placement curriculum integrates international elements of learning and is tailored to the global students of today who will graduate as the innovators of tomorrow. Complementing our strong academic program is a robust athletic and after-school activity curriculum, developing the whole child. The wealth of knowledge and the personal characteristics students gain while at GEMS United School will shape and strengthen their identities once they graduate and enter the world beyond school. As a GEMS Education school, we are part of a family of international schools that embody educational excellence and believe that school teaches children how to learn and inspires them to always look for the lesson in everything.

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Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 12
DESCRIPTION

A unique and nurturing learning environment where children are encouraged to strive to aim high and achieve well, through our personalised approach to learning. Pupils from Foundation Stage, through to Year 6, enjoy the unique and rich curriculum, with provides a wealth of opportunities for children to be creative, innovative and ambitious. We equip our pupils with the skills they need to be a knowledgeable and inquisitive, ensuring that all pupils are inspired, and confident to step onto stage, to take part in both competitive and non-competitive sports, to use their imaginations to write stories, to plan and experiment, to ask their own questions and challenge their own ideas.

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Dubai British Foundation 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 6
DESCRIPTION

Dubai British Foundation (DBF), is a Taaleem pre-school. founded in 2014 and located in the thriving Jumeirah Islands area of Dubai, DBF is a purpose-built Early Years British International School, offering England's EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum and a Rising 3's Class. DBF is part of the Taaleem family of schools. DBF caters for many different nationalities and celebrates the diversity of our student body. Our distinctive curriculum supports a wide range of learning opportunities that perfectly suit the needs of children from three to five years of age. Dubai British Foundation delivers high quality Early Years provision with confidence and pride. Immersed in a language-rich environment with a special focus upon singing to promote effective language acquisition, our students make rapid progress and end FS2 extremely well prepared for the transition into Year One. We are closely affiliated with our sister school Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, where our students have guaranteed placement into Year One.

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The Children’s Garden Green Community 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 6
DESCRIPTION

At The Children’s Garden, Green Community, a Taaleem pre-school, we understand that our children need regular opportunities to play in creative ways that use their imagination. We know that what looks like play is really helping our children to prepare their thinking and creative skills for a successful future. When you visit our school, you will see, hear and feel the engagement of our staff and children. We look forward to talking to you about how we promote and develop well-being as the foundation for all future learning, how we value multi-lingualism in society and therefore teach in three languages and how we nurture creativity at every step of a child’s journey. We will help you prepare your child for their primary education. This includes teaching your child the foundation academic skills that they are going to need in Grade 1, in English, French or German. When your child’s days at TCG GC are complete and they move into their primary education, they will be taking with them a sense of joy, perseverance and confidence. Our inspiring young minds will be ready to create memories of their own!

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Dwight School Dubai 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Founded in 1872 in New York, Dwight is now a leading international IB World School with campuses on three continents. Dwight Dubai students study four languages, become inquisitive STEAM learners and can access top universities worldwide. Dwight is dedicated to igniting the spark of genius in every child.

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Nord Anglia International School Dubai 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English,IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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At Nord Anglia International School Dubai we use a personalised approach to learning that inspires ambition and produces exceptional achievement in every subject across the curriculum. Our teachers respond to your child's strengths and adapt the learning model to help them overcome challenges. Our tailored approach, combined with personalised attention and small class sizes of a maximum of 20 students, creates a nurturing environment in which your child will excel academically, socially and personally. Being a Nord Anglia Education international school also means that our schools attract the best teaching talent. With access to Nord Anglia University, our teaching team are given access to extensive professional development opportunities which ensure that every child benefits from contemporary teaching and learning approaches. Your child's learning is enhanced by a curriculum designed by experts in their field. The NAS Dubai enhanced language curriculum in Mandarin, French, German, Spanish & Arabic and the wider global opportunities provided are the core of our ethos/approach. We also offer a Performing Arts curriculum which has been developed in collaboration with The Juilliard School, a world leader in performing arts education as well an innovative approach to STEAM supported by MIT in Boston.

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Dar Al Marefa Private School 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

At Dar Al Marefa, we have created a community the empowers children and enriches their development, equipping them with the skills they need to become lifelong learners. Our teaching process is designed to install knowledge, confidence and positive thinking in our children – enabling them to have a positive influence on the communities in which they live. An inspiring educational initiative by Al Ghurair, Dar Al Marefa is a top ranked learning institution, and the only bilingual International Baccalaureate school in Dubai. In partnership with parents, friends, and the local community, we aim to make a significant contribution to the UAE’s next generation.

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Nibras International School (NIS) 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:American Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Nibras International School (NIS) in Dubai is part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP). Catering for children from ages 4 to 18 (KG through to Grade 12), NIS offers an affordable American education that exposes students to the rigor of American academia, as well as providing a future-proof skill set designed for them to excel in an international environment. Nibras International School is also one of the few mid-market American curriculum high schools in Dubai offering Advanced Placement courses for high school students, and we have some of the best indoor and outdoor sports facilities of any school in Dubai.

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St. Mary's Catholic High School 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:5 to 18
DESCRIPTION

We, at St. Mary’s, aim to give the best education to every student in our care, preparing them for life beyond school, as global citizens. As you walk through the hallways you will notice enthusiastic students and get a feel of the vibrancy, strength and diversity of our wider school community. The St. Mary’s family is a ‘melting pot’ much like that of Dubai-a cosmopolitan and multi ethnic community where respect and tolerance thrive.

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The Arbor School 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

We offer a unique ecological approach to learning within a positive and caring school environment. Arbor is home to innovative problem solvers and creative thinkers with a strong set of ethical values and a deep understanding of the world we live in today.  Pupils are encouraged to be engaged, resourceful, curious problem solvers whilst connecting with nature and their world.

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The Winchester School 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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We encourage all of our students to become independent and creative thinkers. We take pride in the diversity of our school and provide a climate of respect and acceptance for everyone and offer a safe and secure environment in which every child is nurtured to achieve beyond their potential.

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Kings’ School Dubai 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 11
DESCRIPTION

At Kings’ School Dubai we follow the National Curriculum for England as a framework which we then adapt to ensure a conceptual, integrated and enriched learning experience for our young learners. It is important that we contextualise the curriculum so that children understand what they are learning and why, by using the environment around them. Children love learning about things they love, so allowing them ownership over their learning, where appropriate, is critical to their success.

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This is just the first few schools listed according to their review scores. There are plenty more amazing schools in our database.

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