Dear Parents & Boarders,
It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you our wonderful and first-rate boarding facilities found here at SISD. Having worked in boarding for over 10years, I have seen a wide variety, but I can say with authority that what SISD offers is quite unique with its high-quality boarding houses, along with the outstanding learning environment and opportunities offered to its boarding community. With an Olympic sized swimming pool, high end indoor sports hall and fitness training rooms, IAAF standard 400m running track and grass playing field, boarders are blessed with an abundance of opportunities. Boarders can use these facilities as simple recreation or as something that will further support their individual goals and talents within a truly exceptional home-away-from home environment. We look forward to welcoming you to SISD and to the boarding family.
Head of Boy’s Boarding House
Our multi-talented boarding staff are passionate about education and meaningful learning, not only in the classroom but in the real world. The highly trained staff are focused on promoting our boarders empathy, responsibility, maturity and a high degree of self-discipline. Our head of houses, deputy heads and tutors are there to not only guide you with your academic studies and interests, but also support you with your emotional needs.
We are conveniently situated at the heart of a dynamic, cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city which is on the cutting edge of global development. The international community at SISD enables our boarders to make lifelong friendships with young people from all over the world, and this extensive contact network will become invaluable throughout your life.
It is becoming increasingly clear that an IB education is the global gold standard in a world where children see their futures expanding beyond national borders. For those ready to maintain fluency in French or German alongside their English, our proven immersive approach to bilingual education provides our boarders with a crucial competitive advantage at university and the workplace.
Leaving home for the first time is never easy, but rest assured that every effort is made to integrate a new boarder into our warm and inviting environment. New boarders will make friends quickly at SISD and the exciting range of afterschool and weekend activities are sure to keep you busy. We are also located in the middle of Dubai which is a great place for outdoor activities and trips.
SISD boasts a world-class campus with comfortable, state of the art boarding houses, as well as excellent sports facilities. Our boarding houses cater for boarders from ages 11 to 18 and are friendly, welcoming places. The campus is a boarder’s home and it is here that they can enjoy using the Olympic size swimming pool, gym, cardio studio, sports halls and playing fields during the day, after school and on weekends.
The move to college or university can be a difficult transition for some. After graduating from SISD you will be ready for the challenges of higher education because you have acquired the skills to live independently and become acquainted with new people.
We believe that every young person has hidden talents. We encourage every boarder to pursue new interests and activities. You will become part of the SISD community where the willingness to take risks and explore new interests becomes the norm.
At SISD we cater for boarders who live all over the world, but also for those who live within the UAE.
Full boarders spend the semester on campus and return home for the holidays. Full boarders enjoy a range of enthralling evening and weekend activities, but they also have time to relax, catch up on homework and use the facilities on campus. If a full boarder has a guardian or family member who lives locally, they are able to visit them off-campus, but only with the permission of the parents.
Weekly boarders are able to fully immerse themselves in life on campus during the weekdays, and then return home on weekends. Weekly boarders join the boarding house on a Saturday evening and then return home on a Thursday afternoon. There are many benefits to weekly boarding which include the following:
Flexi-boarding is when a student wishes to stay in the boarding house for a shorter period of time, with the minimum being one week. This can be useful for the student and parents in the following situations:
Flexi boarding can be requested depending on the availability of places in the boarding houses.
SISD offers full, weekly and flexi boarding accommodation to girls and boys ages 11-18. The newly furnished boarding houses have four floors each, with 14 rooms and en-suite bathrooms in each double room for a total capacity of 100 students per house. Each floor has a fully equipped pantry room and there is a spacious community room full of things to do for when the students have time to relax. The dormitory building also features dedicated apartments for housemasters and tutors.
The welfare of our boarders is of the greatest importance, as parents have entrusted us to guide, nurture and develop their child to become a mature and healthy young adult. Leaving home can be an emotional time for a young person and their parents, but rest assured, our experienced boarding staff will ensure that every boarder feels safe, well-integrated and happy.
Boarders are offered outstanding levels of pastoral care, reflecting our commitment to creating a genuine home away from home. Every boarding house has its own carefully selected staff, who care for the boarders’ welfare and practical needs, with the support of the school’s Medical Centre.
The twenty-four hour nature of boarding means that the staff live alongside the boarders and they are always on hand to offer support, guidance and advice. Boarders follow a structured routine which encourages them to get the most out of their time. Homework sessions are supervised and help can be given where necessary.
We are pleased to inform you that all of our Full Boarders can be offered a student visa. The student visa application process is managed by the school and we may need to request specific documents from the parents in order to complete the application. Parents of Weekly Boarders must provide proof that the child is sponsored to live in the UAE.
Full Boarders who have a visa provided by the school must also purchase health insurance, this can be provided by SISD if need be. If the parents provide the visa for the boarder they must also ensure that they have adequate health insurance. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the health insurance provided by SISD.