Types of Curriculums Offered in Dubai
Moving your family to a new place is always a daunting task, finding the perfect house, settling into your new life, exploring your new city; and if you have children, it becomes even more difficult. Looking for schools that will be the best fit for your children is one of the biggest worries for parents. Dubai has several different types of curriculums being offered in public and private schools. However, there are 5 major curriculums that are most common in Dubai which are as follows: International Baccalaureate (IB) Recently introduced, IB has become one of the most sought-after curriculums in the world. The methodology used and the results of its students have shown why it is becoming so popular in many countries. IB offers a variety of subjects including languages, humanities and sciences allowing students of the IB program to transfer internationally, and not lose the momentum in their studies. What sets IB apart from the other main stream curriculums is how it focuses on learning beyond school life as well. IB curriculum taps into young curious minds by developing inquiring, intellectual, and empathetic people who have a better understanding of different cultures around the world. The teaching method of IB is different from the rest of the main stream curriculums, as it allows students to have real world experience in their student lives. Teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills are emphasized upon. The downside of the IB program is that it is more expensive in comparison to other curriculums. British Curriculum (GCSE and A-Levels) The British curriculum is the most widely offered curriculum in the world, being offered in more than 160 countries. The reason for its success is the regular evaluation and grading of students, ensuring they are prepared for the final examinations. Students are given individual attention, as the ratio of the class size is comparatively smaller to other programs. The teachers are more focused on critical thinking and creativity, along with providing avenues where children can participate in debate competitions like Model United Nations, allowing them to have a first-hand experience of real-world situations. The British curriculum has a wide variety of subjects to choose from, the basics of which are taught from early years. As students’ progress they have the option to choose which subjects will further enhance their knowledge relevant to the field they want to pursue. This British curriculum carries breadth and depth in subjects, allowing well-rounded and knowledgeable students with skills that will help them in their careers. Students of the British curriculum can easily transfer anywhere in the world as GCSE and A-levels is recognized the world over. American Curriculum The American curriculum is internationally recognized and very successful for children especially wanting to pursue their higher education in American colleges and universities. With its primary focus on building well-rounded individuals, the curriculum covers academia as well as extra-curriculars such as sports and music. The success rate of this curriculum has been well established and its focus is on producing individuals with creative, social, and critical skills that help them in their careers. Students are assessed regularly through tests, quizzes, class discussions, group and individual projects. Furthermore, student counselors are available who guide and help students to discover their areas of interest. The teaching methodology is such that each student has a portfolio, which is updated with their progress over the years. This student portfolio is very helpful for when they have to apply for colleges. Indian Curriculum (CBSE and ICSE) There are many schools in Dubai which follow the Indian curriculum due to the high number of Indian expats living here. There are two different versions offered in the Indian curriculum, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE). Both the curriculums’ objectives are similar, producing students with good analytical and problem-solving skills that allows them to focus on eventually being prepared for universities and their careers. The CBSE is known to be an easier curriculum, as compared to the ICSE which is more in line with international standards. The Indian curriculum is focused more on theory than practical, and doesn’t offer as much variety in subjects as compared to other international curriculums. However, it is a cost-effective option for families on a budget. UAE National Curriculum The UAE national curriculum is used in all public and some private schools in the UAE. Its main mode of teaching language is Arabic, and English is taught as a secondary language. Schools following this curriculum mostly have native Arabic speaking students, and are much less costly compared to other international schools. The syllabus followed by the schools all have Islamic studies, moral education, and civic studies embedded in their courses. The transferability of students going to schools following the UAE national curriculum is limited to only Arabic medium schools, as most of the students do not have the fluency in English that is required in countries abroad. Dubai is known for quality education and there is no limit to the educational opportunities that children have here. With so many options to choose from, in terms of schools and curriculums they follow, parents do not have to worry about the educational future of their children.