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P O Box 87727, Al Qusais 1
Dubai, UAE
Call Us: +971-4-2988666

Admissions Overview

The American International School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender or physical ability in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its educational policies and programs, or in the recruitment and employment of its faculty and staff. Applicants to American International School are selected on the basis of good citizenship and academic potential in a rigorous program that ultimately aims to prepare students for college. Special attention is given to each applicant’s prior academic and non-academic record in school, as measured by grades, the admissions test, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation from teachers and others who know the applicant well. In making the selection among applicants, the Admissions Committee considers current capacity at the recommended grade level, student aptitude, and social/emotional maturity. Interested families are invited to make an appointment with the Director of Admissions. Families with a child already enrolled at AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL who wish to enroll a sibling are invited to contact the Admissions Office in the year preceding the year of desired enrollment.

Admission Criterion

AGE REQUIREMENT

• This policy will take effect from the beginning of the academic year 2018-2019.
• The federal government of the UAE, in collaboration with the educational authorities across the Emirates, has introduced a new admission policy for the children starting school. This is in line with the overall commitment of the UAE Federal Government to ensure the best education provision for all our children.
• The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is keen to provide support and information to schools with regard to this policy. The following will help you to implement the required changes effectively as they apply to your school.
• KG1/KG2 children registering for the academic year 2018-2019 will have to be 4/5 years old by 31st December 2018.
• The cutoff date has changed to December 31st.
• There will be no change to existing regulations and practices for transfers for KG2/ Year 1 onwards.

PLACEMENT TEST

Students are placed in grade levels based upon the submission and evaluation of official transcripts, as well as their score on the American International School entrance examination. Students are also required to take a formal examination to demonstrate competence in basic courses before being allowed to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses. American International School reserves the right to determine the method of placement.

Admission Entrance Tests

Entrance tests are conducted for admissions from KG1 to Grade 12. KG1 to Grade 3 will be given written exam, whilst Grades 4 to 12 will complete an e-assessment.

Subjects Tested:

  • English & Maths (Grade KG1-Grade 12)

 

Frequently asked questions

How many students are in each class?

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The maximum number of students in a class is 26. In KG, Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes are supported by teaching assistants as well as the class teacher.

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How many different nationalities of students?

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There is a wonderful range of nationalities in the school and families of all nations are welcome. At present there are approximately 42 nationalities studying in the school.

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What are the nationalities of your staff?

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American International School welcomes staff from all nations to work at the school. Therefore, there is a unique mix from all countries.

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How do you recruit your staff?

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Ongoing recruitment of staff occurs throughout the year to ensure we are fully staffed. All our teaching staff must hold a degree in teaching to ensure the highest level of knowledge and pedagogy is available to our students. All teaching staff attend an interview with our Principal, Senior Leaders and the Management Company; as well as teaching trial lessons.

 

Is there an active Parent Association?

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Yes, our wonderful Parent Association regularly meets to ensure that ‘Parent Voice’ is continuously taken into account in the day to day running of the school. We greatly appreciate the active role they take to support the ongoing success of AIS. A parent is also on our school’s governing body.

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What is the ratio of applicants to acceptances for students?

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Due to our long-standing establishment within the community we have a very high number of applicants every year. Depending on the year group there is a different ration of acceptance, however KG and the lower grades have the highest level of subscription. All students are asked to sit for a short entrance exam or interview before they are accepted at the school.

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How does the school encourage and monitor students’ progress and attainment?

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All the teachers and students at AIS play an active role in monitoring students’ progress and attainment. The school carries out all formal tests required by KHDA such as CAT4 as well as the MAP Test and Skills Navigator. Throughout the term students’ progress and attainment is constantly reviewed and monitored by staff and this is shared with the students and the parents. This helps to ensure that all students are fully aware of their own learning journey. Students are awarded through constant positive praise within the classroom as well as certificates, notes to parents and awards.

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What other types of parent involvement take place at this school?

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Parents are actively encouraged to participate in all aspects of school life. Each year starts with Parent Meetings to announce any new initiatives, such as Moral Education, give briefings on the course and to let parents know the best ways to contact the school. Then throughout the year parents are requested to make comments on their child’s work, give feedback and discuss with their child’s progress with teachers. Each term parent-teacher days are held where parents come to have specific meetings about their children.

Parents are also encouraged to take an even more proactive role in school life where they are invited into school to give talks and join in with activities such as sports events or healthy eating events such as snack making.

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What is the school’s approach to children’s behaviour and safety?

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The school holds the safety of its students and staff at the highest level. We understand a child will not feel happy and secureand not reach their potential unless they feel safe.

Behavior is always commented upon by inspectors as being a strength of the school during KHDA reports. Mutual respect is expected with all members of our school community. Students are awarded across the school on their attitude to learning, demonstrating moral values and their academic achievements.

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How does the school teach Arabic and Islamic Studies?

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Arabic and Islamic Studies are taught across the school by a team of highly trained and experienced teachers who aim to use the up to date pedagogy of teaching alongside the traditional core value of the Arabic and Islamic culture.

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How is technology used to support teaching and learning at this school?

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Technology is playing a growing role in the life of all members of the AIS community. Every classroom has projectors and these are currently being updated with new interactive smart panels. Fully equipped Computing Labs are used by all the students to improve their ICT skills as well as research skills in cross curricular learning. Laptops are issued to teachers while students have their tablet to allow technology to come further into the classrooms and expand cross curricular learning.

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What extracurricular opportunities are available for children? Do they play competitive sports against other schools?

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AIS offers all its students after school activities to fully develop their learning. This ranges from our innovative, vertical gardening to chess and curriculum extension clubs. Our school competes in many competitions, not just sport but academic fields as well, often returning with awards!

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How do children travel to school? Is there a bus service?

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Our school works closely with RTA to ensure that our students travel safely to and from school. The majority of our students arrive and leave each day on the school bus. We provide transport across Dubai,Sharjah and Ajman.

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How does the school support students who have academic, social or emotional difficulties?

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Our school have a well-staffed Achievement Centre – who support children who have specific needs within our school. This includes our gifted students, and who may find studying and school life more difficult than others. This team includes two learning specialist,two counsellors and a support team who work to support the emotional needs of our students are also met. This team works closely with the class teachers, subject teachers and parents to ensure all students in their care achieve in school.

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Where do your students continue their education after they leave American International School?

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Most of our students go onto to great successes after leaving AIS. Each year we are so proud to see our Year 12 students being selected for the best post-secondary schools in the UAE and around the world. This is due to their strong work ethic, extracurricular experience and of course, their high grades.

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How does the school keep parents informed of news and information regarding the school faculty?

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The AIS parent community are kept regularly informed about the school through the parent portal, circulars, text messages, school diaries and meetings with staff. We also use Class Dojo and Edmodo for parent-teacher communication.

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What professional development opportunities do teachers have?

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The school puts continuous learning of all its stakeholders at the highest priority. Not just the students, but parents are also invited to workshops and meetings so that they are aware of the latest in learning. Staff at American International School have 1 day a week of training where they learn about the latest advances in teaching and their subjects in order to ensure they are passing this information and skills onto our pupils. This training may involve in-house training from leaders within the school, training from the Management Company or from outside agencies from all over the world.

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Contact Info
Drop in or get in touch with us with the information given below or send us a query through the contact form
  • P O Box 87727, Al Qusais1,
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • +971-4-2988666
  • info@aisschool.net