UAE offers some of the best international schools with various international curricula, including IGCSE, ICSE, CBSE, US curriculum, and IB, to name a few. According to recent reports, the UAE has the most international schools (511) in the Gulf region.Government bodies, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Knowledge of Human Development Authority (KHDA), are responsible for preserving the cultural identity of the UAE and ensuring that quality education is provided in the UAE. Here is the list of some of the top schools in Dubai:
Repton School, Dubai
It was founded in 2007 and is located in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, and it follows the British and IB curriculum. The school is accredited by the KHDA and has been rated "outstanding," and considering everything, it tops the list of the "best schools in Dubai." The annual fees range from AED 52,863 to 95000, and it is a co-ed school with over 1700 students, 150 of whom have Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).There are over 200 teachers and 60 teaching assistants to manage the students.
Horizon English School
Founded in 1989 and located in the Al Safa Area near Al Safa Park, this privately owned school in Dubai offers British Curriculum education to its students. It has received an "outstanding" KHDA rating. The medium of communication and study is English, which is followed by over 900 students. The strength of the teachers is 51; they manage the entire co-ed crowd, and the students with special needs are given extra attention as per their requirements. The annual fee is approximately AED 39,000–53,000. The students experience delightful and purposeful learning. The highest-scoring subjects are English, science, and mathematics.
The school was founded in 1978, is located at Al Sufouh Road, and has managed to be at the top since then with its "outstanding" KHDA rating. It supports the British and GCSE curricula, and quality education is provided by more than 130 teachers to over 1100 students. The annual fees vary from AED 86,000 to 98,000. The school provides facilities like 21 science labs, design and technology suites, computer suites, an art studio, recording studios, teaching and recital areas, an auditorium, gyms, a pool, and practise rooms, etc.
The Kings' School in Al Barsha
It was founded in 2014, is located in Al Barsha, Dubai, and supports the British Curriculum. It receives an "outstanding" KHDA rating every year. The school provides incredible facilities to its students, like science labs, art suites, sports academies, and multiple courts and pools for all age groups. The annual fee a student is required to pay is approximately AED 53,000–97,000. The students are taught by many expert teachers and kept in safe and secure premises.
Dubai English Speaking School (DESS)
DESS is the oldest British school in the UAE, located on the Oud Metha Road. It was established in 1963 by the British Embassy. It mostly holds the "Outstanding" rating by the KHDA, and the facilities that it provides are commendable and reflect that it is at the top. The average fee that a student has to pay is AED 35,000–45,000/year. It is a coeducational school with great and experienced teaching faculties.
Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS)
It is one of Dubai's finest and top co-ed schools, supporting the British and IB curricula and offering education from nursery to year 13.An "outstanding" rated school by the KHDA attracts hundreds of students every year, and the student is required to pay an annual fee of AED 39,000–90,000 as per the level of education they want to receive.
Dubai British School, Emirates Hills
It was founded in 2005 and has managed to attain an "outstanding" rating since then. It is located at Spring 3, Emirates Hills in Dubai. It offers quality education to over a thousand students, following the British curriculum. The annual fee ranges between AED 49,000 and 73,000. The school offers many extracurricular activities to students so that they can think beyond books and be critical thinkers.
GEMS Royal School, Dubai
It was founded in 2005 and is located in Mirdif. It offers the best education to students from foundation to year 6. It supports the British curriculum and provides special needs to needy students among the mixed crowd.The total number of students is over 1100, managed by 190 teachers. It has always been on the "outstanding" rating list of the KHDA, the only outstanding primary school in this area. The annual fee is up to AED 48,000.
GEMS Wellington International School
It was founded in 2007 and is located on Sheikh Zayed Road. It supports the enriching British and IB curricula with outstanding facilities for its students, making itself an outstanding-rated school in the KHDA list. It provides education from FS 1 to Y13 with annual fees of approximately AED 43,000 to 95,000. They have incredible theatre and art facilities, along with smart classrooms, Wi-Fi, and multimedia projector facilities for a better understanding of students. The school has over 1000 students and a staff of more than 200 people to care for them.
GEMS Dubai American Academy
Founded in 1998 and located at Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, It has been receiving an "Outstanding" rating since 2011. It is one of the most sought-after American and IB schools in Dubai and offers quality education to thousands of students from kindergarten to grade 12. Its annual fee is up to AED 80,000. Students of any nationalities and backgrounds are welcomed here every year.
Dubai Kings' School
This school was founded in 2004 at a beautiful location, Burj Al Arab in Dubai. It is the original one in the family of the Kings’ school. It supports the British curriculum and offers education to students in FS1ubYear 6. Students must pay an annual fee of up to $65,000, depending on the grade level in which they study.It is an outstanding-rated school with a strong focus on performing arts and sports and skills that lead to their educational journey.
Dubai English-Speaking College
The school was founded in 2005 and is located in Academic City, Dubai. It supports multiple curriculums, like GCSE, A-level, and BTEC. It provides education to students in grades 7 through 13. The extracurricular activities cover areas like sports, technology, performing arts, and enterprise to look beyond books. Sports are given extra attention in this school. The annual fee is up to AED 75,000.
Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS), Jumeirah
Founded in 1975 and located in Jumeirah, Dubai, One of the oldest schools in Dubai that supports the British curriculum provides education from FS 1 to Y 13. The annual fee ranges from AED 41,000 to 93,000. It is a coeducational school and is rated "outstanding" by the KHDA, making it one of the best and oldest schools in Dubai. The school’s primary focus is to prepare the students for the future by acquiring a great level of understanding.
It was founded in 1999 and has maintained the status of an "outstanding" school for nine years straight. It educates students from Year 7 to Year 13.It has students from across 59 nations with different nationalities, and it also welcomes a huge number of students every year. It has over 1000 mixed-gender students.It supports British and IGCSE curricula. The annual fee ranges from AED 90,000 to AED 90,000, depending on the grade level.
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School (JPS)
The school offers a great quality of education, supporting the British curriculum, to the students in FS 1–YYear 6. Their extracurricular activities include sports, performing arts, cultural programs, residential trips, and local events in Dubai for students. The annual fee a student needs to pay varies from AED 40,000–50,000.
GEMS Modern Academy
It was established in 1986 and is located in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai.It supports the CICSE and IB curricula. The school has over 3,800 students and a staff of over 300 people. It has been rated outstanding for the last 8 years and offers a great quality of education to the students in pre-kindergarten up to age 12. It also provides the IBDP option for students in the 11th and 12th grades. Annual fees range from AED 28000 to AED 52000.
Lycee Francais International Oud Metha Georges Pompidou
The school was founded in 2013 and is rated "outstanding" by the KHDA. The purpose of engaging the students in extracurricular activities is to gain outdoor learning experience and understand the smart usage of modern technology. It has a mixed-gender crowd of students who follow the French curriculum. The annual fee is up to AED 9,000, and the strength of the students and staff is over 380 and 35, respectively. The level of education is Nursery–KG2.
JSS Private School
The school was founded in 2011 and has been rated "very good" by the KHDA. It adheres to the CBSE curriculum and offers education from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.The main aim of the school is to let students focus on knowledge, skills, values, and character building. The extracurricular activity area covers sports, health, community, environment, public speaking, music, dance, drama, and many more to enhance the overall student personality. It has over 1900 students and a teaching staff of 170. The annual fee is up to AED 24,000,
Regent International School, Dubai
It is located in the Emirates Hills Community, Dubai, and was founded in 1981. They mainly focus on the "5 C's," i.e., creativity, communication, collaboration, commitment, and critical thinking. This school is rated "very good" by the KHDA and follows the British curriculum for students in FS 1 through Y 13. It has a total enrollment of more than 1000 students and a staff of more than 70 people.The annual fee is AED 57,000.
Kings’ School, Nad Al Sheba
The school has followed the British curriculum since 2014, when it was founded, and has been rated "very good" by the KHDA. It provides high-quality facilities with state-of-the-art technology throughout the school, along with huge classrooms, gyms, a swimming pool, a cafeteria, a garden, and many sports courts on the school's campus. The level of education is provided to the students from FS 1–Year 6, and the annual fee is up to AED 65,000/year.
Delhi Private School, Dubai
It was founded in 2003 and is located in Jabel Ali, Dubai. This co-ed school supports the CBSE curriculum, which is followed by the students from KG 1 up to grade 12. The students’ strength is approximately 3200. The annual fee is up to AED 14,000, It is rated "Very Good" by KHDA.
Nord Anglia International School, Dubai
It was established in 2013 and is located on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road.The school supports a British, IB, and IGCSE curriculum with a total enrollment of 1800 students from FS 1 to Year 13. It is rated "very good" by the KHDA. The fees vary from AED 63,000 to 95,000 per year.
GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis
It was founded in 2011 and is located at Silicon Oasis in Dubai. The students experience happiness, safety, and are well supported by staff. The school supports the British curriculum for the level of FS 1–Year 13. The school has been rated "Very Good" and holds a crowd of over 4,000 students and a staff of over 300 people. Students excel in English, science, and mathematics, as well as a variety of extracurricular activities, making them an ideal candidate for their future careers.The school also pays extra attention to the students who have special needs. The annual fee is up to AED 82,500.
GEMS: Our Own English High School, Dubai
It was established in 1968 and is based in Al Warqa.It is one of the oldest schools in Dubai that offers a high quality of education even today, follows the CBSE curriculum, and achieves a "Very Good" rating by the KHDA every year. The school offers kindergarten through grade 12. It is a girls' school. It has more than 10,000 students and over 500 teaching staff for them, which is an incredible number to maintain for so long. The annual fee is approximately AED 7,000–15,000.
The Indian High School, Dubai
The school was founded in 1961, making it one of the oldest co-ed schools in Dubai. It is one of the best schools that follows the CBSE curriculum in the UAE. Every year, school enrollment has grown, and there are now over 9,000 students and nearly 300 faculty and staff members.The school offers grades 5 through 12, It has been ranked "very good" by KHDA, with an annual fee of up to AED 10,000.