FAQs – The Alpha School
 

MOST FREQUENT QUESTIONS

1Is bus transportation available to my area and how much does it cost?

Our buses cover almost all Dubai’s areas from Jebel Ali to Sharjah for more information contact the school reception.

2What will the admissions assessment be like and can I prepare for it?
FS students are assessed informally. Year 1 to Year 6 students will complete a written assessment in English, Mathematics and Science. This assessment is not something you can prepare for as it is a gauge of the child’s current academic knowledge.
3What are the class sizes?
Foundation Stage classes are capped at 23
Primary classes are capped at 25
4What is the student demographic?
We are a multicultural environment that reflects the diversity of the UAE. We currently have over thirty nationalities amongst our student body.
5What are the nationality of the teachers?
All our teachers are native English speaking and have significant knowledge and experience in teaching the English National Curriculum. AS a BSME accredited school, we maintin majority British homeroom teachers.
6Which grade/year should my child be in?
Schools are required to comply with the age/grade criteria and the cut-off date of 31st December for all curriculums with no exception as per the ministerial decree (820) of 2014. Visit https://www.khda.gov.ae/en/ Website to check age/grade criteria.
7How should I prepare my child for FS1?
FS1 children should be prepared for being in a setting without their parents. It is also important to start encouraging your child to be independent in eating, dressing, and tidying up. Toilet training is requirement for all children entering FS1.
8What is KHDA and why do we have to register?
KHDA is the Knowledge and Human Development Authority that regulate Private Schools within Dubai. KHDA registration is prescribed by the Dubai Government for legitimate residence in the country and proper registration in a Dubai School. Failure to comply may result in the school taking punitive action as mandated by KHDA, and this may range from temporary suspension to cancellation of admission.
9What is the KHDA parent contract?
A constructive partnership between the school and parents is key to ensuring students ‘well-being is at the core their educational experience. It is beneficial for all concerned if this partnership is based on agreed terms and conditions set out clearly in a contract from KHDA has introduced as a Parent School Contract for all Schools in Dubai. Parents are required to sign the Parent School Contract for each academic year (this is mandatory KHDA requirement).
10What does the ‘resource fee’ cover?
The resource fee will cover all consumables used in the classrooms, applications for the iPads, and books.
11How and how much will iPads be used?
The iPad is an additional resource used in the classroom to help facilitate the childrens learning. From FS1 – Year 2 the iPads will remain in the school daily. FS2 children use the iPads approximately 2-3 times per week dependning on the unit of inquiry and developmental targets they are trying to achieve. In Years 1 – 6 the iPads are used anywhere from 3 times per week/to daily.
12Does the school offer other languages than English and Arabic?
We currently only offer Arabic as per the UAE National curriculum.
13Is swimming part of the curriculum?
Swimming is a part of the curriculum for Years 1-6. Each year group will get an opportunity to swim once a week for one complete term. The swimming classes will be given at Al Wasl sports club with a swimming coach.
14Can my child buy lunch at school?
Children are able to buy lunch or snacks from the schools canteen.
15How and when do I pay fees?
School Fees:

All fees are payable by either of the following options:

1) Full payment of all fees for full academic year by 23rd August 2018
2) Full payment of all Term One fees by 23rd August 2018, together with post-dated cheques (27th December 2018 & 28th March 2019) for Terms Two and Three submitted by 23rd August 2018.

All fees can be paid at the school’s Account’s Office by Cash, Credit Card, Cheque or Bank Transfer

Fees for field trips, events, are paid to the Class Teacher as and when such an activity takes place.

Cheque to be prepared in favour of THE ALPHA SCHOOL LLC as per the above mentioned dates.

16What are the bank details of the school?

*Bank Transfer

Account Title The Alpha School LLC
Bank Name MCB Bank Limited, Al Karama Dubai
Account Number 0000008760000022
IBAN Number AE590910000008760000022
Swift Code MUCBAEAD
Please email your proof of payment  to accounts@alphaschool.ae and copy to cashier@alphaschool.ae