Picking where to sign up or send your little one to school is always a head spin - more so in the UAE, where expats are often choosing between different international curricula, in educational institutions they may never have heard of and didn't go to themselves. While there used to be fierce competition for limited spaces in the UAE, there has been a large number of new-school openings in recent years, giving parents even more choice - but there hasn't always been a lot of guidance.
While the KHDA's rating of schools is a great barometer for gauging an institution's quality in terms of teaching and education, it doesn't take into account factors like parent feedback, school fees and availability of places.
Education web site, SchoolsCompared.com, provides side-by-side comparisons of schools in the emirates in all curricula, and has revealed its top 25 schools based on positive feedback by parents, teachers and students, schools visits and the expert views of a panel of judges from SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com.
The best school in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been named, in order of achievement, as:
The Top 10
1st Place: Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) Arabian Ranches:
2nd Place: Cranleigh Abu Dhabi
3rd Place: Dubai English Speaking College
4th Place: Kings' School Al Barsha
5th Place: Nord Anglia International School Dubai
6th Place: British International School Abu Dhabi
7th Place: The British School Al Khubairat
8th Place: Jebel Ali School
9th Place: Dubai College
10th Place: Raha International School
11th. American School of Dubai
12th. Jumeirah College
13th. The Indian High School
14th GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
15th Safa Community School
16th Horizon English School
17th Al Bateen Secondary School
18th Brighton College Abu Dhabi
19th Victory Heights Primary School
20th Repton School Dubai
21st Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou
22nd Al Muna Primary School
23th Foremarke School
24th American Community School of Abu Dhabi
25th Merryland International School Abu Dhabi
Is your child at one of these top schools? Would you agree with the ratings?
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