The school you choose for your child in Dubai holds the power to shape their future profoundly. With the UAE private school market named the largest in the world, finding the right school in a competitive landscape can be quite a challenge for parents.
So it’s no surprise that many parents, faced with such a significant, emotional decision, seek professional impartial guidance and advice from experienced professionals like Carfax Education. But what advice and guidance do we provide?
A Personal Approach
First, it’s important to establish that every child is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ perfect school. We take time to get to know the family and the child, to understand their aspirations and the child’s personality. We recommend academic assessments to build a clear picture of the child’s aptitudes and help us gauge the right learning environment, or whether they need more support to achieve a place at their target schools. We’ll ask whether anything is non-negotiable. For example, should we consider only day or boarding schools? Single sex or co-ed? Rigorously academic, traditional schools, or those with a more all-round, progressive approach? Is the child arty, sporty or musical? How important is the location?
An Early Search
It’s crucial to start planning early. Too often our advisers meet parents who have identified the perfect school for their child but then discover that they have missed registration and assessment deadlines. Highly selective schools want to meet prospective pupils when they are aged eight or nine, even though they won’t take up their place until they are 13. The curriculum is another key decision. Two of the most respected and most commonly chosen are British A-levels and the International Baccalaureate programme (IB). Both are rigorously academic, but there are differences. A-levels offer the opportunity to specialise in three or four subjects, while IB is broader.
We draw up a list of schools to visit. We encourage parents to visit in person during term time, to feel the atmosphere, see the facilities, see pupils’ work and speak to teachers. We also provide a list of questions to ask about pastoral care, how schools deal with certain situations, what life is like for boarders, and what schools are doing to prepare their charges for life. This can be a daunting and confusing time, but with the right assistance it can be negotiated hugely successfully.
Contact Carfax Education to discuss our school placement services today. As founder of The Schools Index, the leading international Index of the top private schools, our mission is to guide families through the intricate journey of selecting the perfect school for their child - one that nurtures your child's individuality and sets the foundation for a lifetime of success.