School Description

Established in 1988, Dubai National School is a private American school in Dubai owned by H.E. Mr. Marwan Al Ghurair, an Emirati businessman from a deeply rooted family in the business sector in the gulf region. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees who are very ambitious and committed to the national and international vision of educational improvement.

Since then, Dubai National School has grown to have two branches offering the American program located in Al-Barsha and Al-Twar areas in Dubai with a total of 4000 students. The strategic locations were carefully selected to serve all interested students in Dubai and Sharjah.

Dubai National School- Al Barsha serves 2500 students of 52 nationalities in grades PK-12. Staff are recruited locally and internationally. The school has 360 well-trained professional staff members from 30 Arab and non-Arab nationalities.

Dubai National School- Al Barsha offers the American curriculum of Massachusetts State Standards. Its program of studies meets the needs of the multi-national community of Dubai. English is the medium of instruction in all subjects across phases with a focus on Arabic Language, Islamic Studies, Social Studies, Moral Education and Culture for both native and non-native speakers of Arabic following the MOE mandated programs.

Its High School Diploma is recognized by the Emirati Ministry of Education and is granted equivalency with the MOE National Secondary Certificate of Elite, Advanced and General Streams. The school successfully integrates the AP courses in the high school program after obtaining the official authorization and offering the needed training for teachers and administrators with a future plan to increase the AP offerings to suit the different needs and abilities of all high school students.

Since May 2003, Dubai National School- Al Barsha has been fully accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through the Commission on International Education (CIE). Dubai National School- Al Barsha is committed to continuing its journey of the accreditation process since then. DNS will be hosting the NEASC’s External Review ERV visit in May 2022 following the ACE Protocol.

At Dubai National School- Al Barsha, students of different groups, abilities and interests are well equipped with the twenty-first-century learning, entrepreneurial and interpersonal communication skills within the principles of global citizenship, positive attitudes and Islamic values in an inclusive, multicultural and innovative environment with efficient access to educational technology.

Graduates of Dubai National School- Al Barsha are eligible for admission into all national, regional and international universities. Nowadays, they are leading figures in a variety of medical, scientific, business and cultural sectors both in the UAE and the gulf region.

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    Saud M. A. Abu-Harb
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Extra Curricular Activities

External activities and participations in collaboration with various Local and International Initiatives
Students are constantly encouraged to participate in the different initiatives provided Locally and Internationally. The exposure enriches their school life and sets them for a journey of discovery and learning. The extracurricular activities include academics, humanitarian, field trips, workshops and many more. The diversity of the activities aims to involve students in the Global scene.

Junior Innovators Challenge 2021-20-22
Emirati DNSers from KG1~4 submitted the projects for the Junior Innovators Challenge set to take place in March 2022 under the National Science and Technology Innovation (NSTI) Festival. Good luck to all our young scientists.

NSTI 2021-2022
DNS high school and middle school students submitted their projects to the Emirati Young Scientist Competition during the National Science, Technology and Innovation Festival (NSTI). The projects were accepted in the categories of Technology, Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences and Biological & Ecological Sciences. The final judging will take place in March. Best of luck for DNS young scientists.

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