FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What are your class sizes?
  • Our average class size is 15 students, with our capacity being 22 students per class in Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2, and 24 students per class in Year 1 and above.
  • What are the nationalities of your teachers?
  • All of our English teaching staff come from the United Kingdom, Ireland and other native English speaking countries. We also employ teachers from other countries who teach languages, including Arabic and French.
  • Do you take students with limited English proficiency?
  • Yes, we do enrol students with lower levels of English. All students applying to study at Dubai Heights Academy undergo a formal assessment prior to joining the school, which helps us to understand their proficiency in English. Our experienced academic team will then be able to assess any additional requirements; such as in-class support and differentiation, along with some targeted interventions. We also offer additional English language support by an external provider.
  • Do you offer after school activities?
  • Yes, we have extracurricular activities (ECAs) that run for an hour every day after school from Foundation Stage 1 upwards. ECA options vary throughout each term as we strive to provide students with the chance to experience new and exciting activities throughout the school year. All activities are available on campus and are led for free by our own staff members; however any that require an external provider may incur additional costs.
  • Do you have payment plans?
  • Yes, our school fees can be paid annually, termly or monthly, based on what is most convenient for you. Our Finance team will be happy to guide you through the many payment plans we have to offer.
  • What are your school timings?
  • All students are expected to arrive at school between 7:55am - 8:10am each morning. From Monday-Thursday, Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2 students end the school day at 2:15pm (with the option for FS1 students to be picked up early at 1pm), while students in all other year groups finish at 3:30pm. On Fridays all students finish at 11:50am. We also offer optional after school ECAs for an additional hour from Monday - Thursday and a Multisports Club every Friday until 2:50pm.
  • Do you offer a school bus service?
  • Yes, we offer school bus services through an external provider. Enquiries regarding bus pick-up and drop-off zones and pricing can be directed to [email protected].
  • Do you offer school lunches?
  • We offer a pre-order based snack and lunch catering system, where parents can order meals in advance for the week ahead from a wide range of healthy menu options.
  • Do you offer scholarships?
  • Yes, we have a scholarships programme that is offered to students in Year 3 to Year 11, awarding up to 75% off KHDA approved school fees. There are three categories, which are open to current and new students; the academic scholarship, the music and performing arts scholarship; and the sports scholarship. Full details and how to apply can be found on our Scholarships Page.
  • Do you have any affiliations and accreditations?
  • While Dubai Heights Academy is an independent school, we are accredited and associated with multiple British and global organisations, including BSME, BSO, Cambridge International Education, Pearson Edexcel, the Emirates Literature Foundation.

    Furthermore, our groundbreaking collaborations with the MIT Media Lab for AI curriculum development and the Tommy Fleetwood Academy for sports excellence epitomise our relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation. These pioneering partnerships provide our students with unparalleled opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research, innovation, and sports excellence, further enriching their educational journey with us. It is worth noting that we are still the only school outside of the US offering this unique AI-based STEAM curriculum to students.

    Learn more about our partnerships and affiliations here.
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