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Student Testimonial

Meet our IB MYP Student Alya!

Alya is from the UAE, she has been a student at SISD since 2015. Listen to what she has to say about the opportunity to study in the bilingual English/French programme and her path to becoming a bilingual IB DP student.

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    The whole SISD team has been working hard to ensure that your children are healthy and safe in the school for their return after the winter break.

    Please find below our detailed protocols in place to ensure optimum health and safety measures.

    1. Clinical Protocol-Information for parents: Click Here  - updated 13th January, 2021

    Please find below detailed protocols in place:

    2. Travel Guidelines and Information: 

    Please follow the following guidelines from the authorities if you wish to leave the UAE during school vacations.

    All Students and Staff must declare recent travel history

    • Fill the DHA Travel & Health Declaration Form for your child, (and each of your children separately) on your return and before your child resumes the school.
    • You can find the form here.
    • Put as the school’s email.

    After travel outside the UAE, students must either provide a negative PCR test result or quarantine:

    Negative PCR test  ** UPDATED 30th December **
    • Provide the School with a negative PCR test for your child (and each of your children).
    • The test must be done after arrival, in a Dubai airport or in a DHA approved laboratory.
    • Overseas tests done prior to the flight in the country of travel are not accepted.
    • Students will not be allowed to attend school without first submitting to school a copy of their negative PCR test results (obtained no earlier than 48 hours before their return to school)


    • If you do not wish to have your child undergo a PCR test on arrival, you can choose to keep your child in quarantine for 14 days.
    • Your child can then join school on the 15th day of quarantine

    We will continue to update you as soon as we receive further information from the relevant authorities

    3. Pick-up & Drop-Off procedureClick here
    We are delighted to introduce our student leadership team for this year. Congratulations to all students on your selection, and we look forward to seeing what you can achieve together this year!Read more about the students, and their interests and roles here.
    In conjunction with the world-class IB programme, students from PreKG to Grade 5 have the opportunity to study STEAM subjects as part of our enhanced education offer.Personalized learning, creativity, problem solving and project management – developing skills for the future.Learn more about our International Baccalaureate programmes. 
    At SISD we are proud of the unique programmes we offer to suit learners and their interests. We are an inclusive school of diverse pathways and subject choices for students as this ultimately equips them for university and beyond.SISD students are accepted by some of the world’s most prestigious universities.Learn more on our Secondary School page. 
    We are proud to have been recognised with the “People of Determination Friendly Entity - ” award by Dubai Healthcare City Authority.The award recognises our efforts to support and facilitate the engagement of students of determination in line with the UAE national agenda. Our school’s excellent facilities, flexible curriculum choices and dedicated staff all ensure that students of determination reach their full potential.  
    Congratulations to our MYP eAssessment graduates as well as our MYP coordinator Martin Keon on their wonderful achievements:
    • Pass rate : 96%
    • Percentage of students above the world average : 65%
    • Percentage of students achieving a bilingual certificate : 61%
    • Highest score : 52 points
    Watch this video to discover what an MYP education looks like.Learn more about the MYP at SISD.
    We are delighted to announce that SISD has been authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP). The IBCP is the newest addition to the International Baccalaureate continuum. Designed for students aged 16-19 who wish to engage in career-related education, the programme is growing substantially worldwide. This programme allows students to deepen their understanding in general areas of knowledge, engaging in a holistic education model that fosters an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.Learn more about the IBCP at SISD
    Meet our IB MYP Student Alya!Alya is from the UAE, she has been a student at SISD since 2015. Listen to what she has to say about the opportunity to study in the bilingual English/French programme and her path to becoming a bilingual IB DP student.
    We've all worked so hard in making our school great over the past few years, and we've seen our work bear incredible fruit in the form of awards and accolades. Now we are also proud to share a rave review from WhichSchoolAdvisor, the premier independent private school reviewer, who visited our school recently.

    We’ve previously mentioned how many universities prefer students who have graduated from International Baccalaureate programmes. They’re accepted at a 22% higher rate and achieve higher GPAs in general, and the academic rigour of the IB casts them in a favourable light, and some universities even provide course credits for IB subjects.But sometimes, statistics aren’t enough, so take a look at some anecdotes from admissions officers in schools around the world.Over at McGill University in Canada, Director of Admissions Kim Bartlett talks about the rigorous academic preparation that IB students can expect to receive, and how it applies to university life:“McGill has enthusiastically recruited IB students for over two decades. Even today, when reviewing an application from an IB diploma candidate, whether from the local CEGEP (collège d’enseignement général et professionnel) or the other side of the globe, our admissions officers can be assured of the candidate’s strong and broad‑based academic preparation. We have seen that IB students embrace the rigorous academic challenges of university life and perform well in their McGill programmes. As a member of the College and University Recognition Taskforce, I can attest to the respected position of the IB diploma at prestigious universities throughout North America.”On the other side of the world in Australia, Professor Lyn Griffiths, Head of Griffith University Gold Coast’s School of Medical Science, and director of their Genomics Research Centre, highlights the unique learning skills developed in the IB, a core component of the Learner Profile:“Increasing numbers of university students now continue their education to include postgraduate research qualifications. Unique skills are required for tertiary research studies and for those who continue into research careers. The International Baccalaureate emphasizes inquiry‑based learning, independent learning and lifelong learning. These are exactly the types of skills that are needed to undertake postgraduate research studies effectively and also to develop and establish successful long‑term research careers.”In India, Dr. Indu Shahani, principal of HR College at the University of Mumbai, reports the maturity, outspokenness, and open-mindedness of IB students.“Over the years we at the University of Mumbai have been delighted to admit students of the IB Diploma Programme. The candidates stand out as mature, well-grounded students who have a very broad outlook on education. In the class, they are very interactive and well-informed. While they are quite opinionated on issues it is interesting to see how open they are to the opinions of others. Their application orientation helps other students in the college to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The IB philosophy definitely rubs off on our undergraduate education!”Sounds like a glowing recommendation, doesn’t it? The IB is uniquely designed to prepare students for the real world and the workplace, allowing them to become global citizens and contribute meaningfully to society.According to the IB’s own guide for universities and colleges, admissions officers are assured of certain assumptions in every student:Academic strength of curriculumAdmissions officers can be assured of students’ strong preparation of coursework in a cohesive and broad‑based curriculum that encompasses the basic academic areas: mother‑tongue language and literature, second language, social sciences/humanities, experimental sciences and mathematics.Academic strength of schoolsAll IB World Schools must offer, support and maintain a minimum of seven or eight strong academic departments.Academic strength of studentsThe IB Diploma Programme requires students to maintain a high level of focus and performance.External validationThe IB Diploma Programme validates both achievement and academic integrity in students’ performance through its examination requirements.Research and writing skillsThe extended essay requirement—an independent, self‑directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000‑word paper—provides practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required for further and higher education. It is also the opportunity for students to engage in an in‑depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject.Acceptance of educational challengesParticipation in the IB Diploma Programme demonstrates that students accept, rather than avoid, rigorous academic challenges.Critical‑thinking skillsThe required theory of knowledge course ensures that students become critical thinkers who understand the interdisciplinary nature of learning.Interview skillsIB students have strong preparation in oral presentation skills. Several IB courses include mandatory oral assessments, and the theory of knowledge course requires students to shape their opinions into logical discourse.Extra‑curricular involvementThe creativity, action, service element requires students to invest a minimum of 150 hours during the final two years in non‑classroom activities.Maturity and responsibilityThe IB Diploma Programme assists students in developing time‑management, goal‑setting and other organizational skills.Each of these assumptions applies to every student in SISD, and you can be assured of your child having a solid shot at any university they apply to.Sources:DP Guide for UniversitiesUniversity AdmissionsIBDP – A guide for Universities