1.1 We welcome students of all abilities, nationalities and religions who are likely to benefit from the rigorous academic, personal and social programmes on offer. We are proud of our visible commitment to diversity and international mindedness.
1.2 We take our responsibility for your child’s academic, social and personal growth very seriously. In order to serve your child’s individual needs and to support his or her transition to our school, it is important that we have complete information regarding previous academic experience and pastoral welfare.
1.3 Our school actively seeks to nurture the holistic development of your child. Where your child has a gift or talent then this should be identified and recorded on the online application form.
1.4 The school provides a rigorous international English-language education. Although fluency in English is not a criterion for admission, assessments are set in the English language.
1.5 The school is inclusive and has a learning support programme, addressing the individual needs of all students including special needs, gifted and talented and English language learners. Parents or guardians of any applicant having a specific need must submit complete reports with their application. These might include Individualised Education Plans (IEPs), or reports from health professionals. In the case where a child’s specific need has not been previously identified, the school reserves the right to review the situation in order to assess the capacity to address his/her needs within their existing level of provision.
1.6 The school adheres to UAE law and KHDA guidelines. Please refer to Parent School Contract, Section 1
2.1 Applications for admission are accepted at all times during the school year. Applications must be completed online through the school website. If there are no places available at the time then the application is placed onto the school’s waiting list.
2.2 When a place becomes available then the school will contact the first eligible applicant and invite them to attend an assessment.
2.3 Selection Criteria
Selection is based on multiple criteria. These are:-
2.4 Procedures for Assessment
2.5 Service Standards
The admission process for each child needs to be completed within 5 working days of the assessment if the student is based in Dubai. To achieve this goal, the following process and service standards have been defined:-
2.6 Assessment Fees
All applicants who are invited for assessment are required to pay a non-refundable assessment fee however should your child start at DIA this will be deducted from the semester 1 tuition fee.
2.7 Selection process
2.8 Policy Review
This policy is to be reviewed annually, though; any deficiencies or weakness in Admissions will be remedied without delay. The Principal and CEO (on behalf of the Board) will undertake an annual review of the Admissions policies and procedures and of the efficiency with which the related duties have been discharged.
Our policy is in line with Federal Law 29 (2006) regarding the education and outcomes of students with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.
Applicants with Special Needs are assessed by the School’s Counselor/Special Education Needs Co-ordinator. The file is then reviewed by the Head of Section/Principal who decides if the school is adequately equipped to meet the needs of the child. The Head of Section along with the SEN Co-ordinator discusses the matter with the parent and they come to an agreement with regard to the placement and accommodations required.
ESL support is provided to students who require English Language support. These applications are flagged by the admissions team for further evaluation by the ESL Co-ordinator and the level of support required is determined. The final approval for admission is given by Head of Section/Principal.
The processes outlined below are managed and administered by the central Admissions office, in collaboration and consultation with school Principals.