Seven new private schools to open in Abu Dhabi

Schools offer British, American or UAE Ministry of Education curriculum

Abu Dhabi: Seven new private schools are set to open in the emirate of Abu Dhabi at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, education officials have told Gulf News.

The new schools, most of which are new branches of older institutions, will be located across the capital and Al Ain, according to the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), which regulates the education sector in the emirate.

The total number of new school seats that will become available was not immediately available, but the majority of places will be in schools located in the suburbs of the capital city.

Among the new institution is Royal Academy in Mohammad Bin Zayed City. When fully built, the school is expected to accommodate 2,000 students enrolled from kindergarten, and will offer the British curriculum. The school will be run by Learn Educational Investments, a subsidiary of Royal Group, which already operates Al Rabeeh Private School in the capital.

Stepping Stones Private School will also open its doors in Al Bahya area, and offer the British curriculum to students.

Another branch of Polaris Private Academy, which offers the UAE Ministry of Education curriculum, is set to open in the Al Falah suburb. The school’s first branch in downtown Abu Dhabi has been operating since 2011, and had more than 1,200 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 in the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Ministry of Education curriculum will also be offered at the new branch of Al Manara Private School in Mohammad Bin Zayed City. An existing branch of the school in West Baniyas already enrols children from kindergarten to Grade 12.

In downtown Abu Dhabi, only Repton School on Reem Island will open up school seats for senior students. The English National curriculum school already has about 500 students, and this extension will allow the school to cater to students from Grades 2 to 12. Fees at the institution range from Dh55,000 to Dh67,000.

In Al Ain, the Garden City British School is offering admissions for children from kindergarten till Grade 5. The tuition fee at the school starts at Dh23,100 for kindergarten, and goes up to Dh25,410 for Grade 5.

In addition, another school is also set to open in Al Ain, named Al Takamul Private School. The school will offer the American curriculum from kindergarten to Grade 5, and fees will range from Dh16,850 to Dh19,500.