Five things to know about the schools that opened in Dubai in 2018
There was an abundance of choice for parents this year as a number of new schools opened
There was an abundance of choice for parents this year as a number of new schools opened 1. Brighton College: Its English forebear was founded in 1845 and has developed into one of the country’s leading private schools. In the last three years, its pupils have secured 92 places at Oxford and Cambridge. The Dubai version, located in Barsha South, opened on September 2, making it the third UAE school under the Brighton College banner after Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. 2. Dwight School: Located next door to Brighton College, Dwight School will offer an IB curriculum for children from KG-1 to Year 12. The school was originally founded in New York in 1872 and has since spread its message to three continents. The head of school is Janecke Aarnaes, who promises to ignite the “spark of genius” in every child. 3. Fairgreen International School: In addition to its IB programme for children from pre-KG up to 12th graders, this school takes its cue from its location in Dubai’s Sustainable City. Fairgreen has forged close relationships with the various environmental organisations on its doorstep in the hope of inculcating these lessons into its pupils from the earliest years. 4. GEMS Founders School Al Mizhar: The latest addition to the GEMS family, this school in Al Mizhar near Mirdif is a new co-educational school headed by Nigel Cropley, formerly principal at Winchester Abu Dhabi. Again, the curriculum is English, although they supplement their IGCSE and A-level courses with a blend of vocational skills. 5. The Arbor School: Launched by Praxis Education, this school caters to the growing community in Al Furjan. The curriculum is another based on the English education system but is interspersed with eco-literacy, sustainability and environmental justice via three climate-controlled biodomes. There’s even an artist-in-residence.