Swiss International School Dubai
|Year of Foundation||2015|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||PreKG – Grade 12|
|Boarding||Day School, Boarding School|
|Number of students||1550|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1 : 15|
|Accreditations||CIS, IB Accredited|
|Headmaster||Mrs Ruth Burke|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||53,000 AED|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||99,000 AED|
The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges of a global world.
SISD provides an inspiring, inclusive and challenging learning environment while celebrating academic excellence. We encourage and support all our students to become successful, global minded, enthusiastic lifelong learners who will confidently take advantage of future opportunities and help make a difference. Together with our teaching staff and parents, we support our students to develop their potential fully in a motivating, multilingual and international learning environment.
Our unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to English, French, German and Arabic. Students in the immersive bilingual programmes learn to communicate, think and reflect in two different languages.
We have a world-class campus and superb sporting. teaching and performing arts facilities. We are based in the heart of Dubai, close to the largest airport hub in the world, and central to all the main leisure and entertainment options in the city. Dubai was recently voted as one of the safest cities in the world, and has been accredited for its handling of the covid pandemic.
Our boarding houses are unique, purpose-built and situated on the school campus. Every student has their own en-suite bedroom, and can also use the communal lounge areas, and all the sports facilities across the school during their leisure time. The sporting facilities include a 50m Olympic-sized pool, indoor and outdoor running tracks, football pitches, tennis courts, beach volleyball, short tennis courts, basketball and badminton courts and a full size Techno Gym and cardio suite.
CurriculumIB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP and IB DP
Languages of instructionEnglish, French, German and Arabic
Foreign languagesFrench, German, Spanish, Arabic
Safe and diverse environment: no dominant groups: the school is truly international. Respectful and positive towards each other, and the school has an “Every child is important” type of mentality. Not ‘this is the top group’ and ‘you are not’ approach. We are blessed our kids are doing very well and I don’t want them to be positioned as you are different now. The future is about teamwork and excellence through collaboration and passion. Committed and engaged teachers. Approachable.
My daughter is in her 4th year of attending SISD now and my son in his 2nd year. We have always found the staff at SISD very professional and friendly. We mainly speak English at home and through the English/ French bilingual program at SISD, my daughter is now also fluent in French and increasing her vocabulary weekly, which we are very pleased with. My son is also making very good progress with both languages. Throughout the pandemic we could not be happier with the way SISD has implemented & maintained very good safety procedures in allowing the school to stay open for our children to attend daily in a safe environment. We were happy with the distance learning program when the schools were closed during 2020. Both my children have always been very happy attending SISD and they have both made wonderful friendships with people from all over the world.
Coming from Switzerland 5 years ago, it was important for my husband and I that our kids got a full immersion in a school where they could learn English, but also could keep and continue the learning of our mother tongue, French. The bilingual aspect that SISD proposes was perfect for us. How great is it to have a week in English and a week in French (or German)? No other schools offer this concept. Then I’ll be honest – we were not at all familiar with the IB curriculum, our kids were at a public school in Switzerland, and you do not choose the curriculum. So, I found it interesting to try something else, and yes it took us few months to understand the vision of the IB, its concepts, the way of teaching etc… but now, we will never change the children from this curriculum. The benefits of it for our kids are so many: to think critically, understand concepts, multi-cultural awareness and many more..But most important for us is to see our kids happy to go at school, this has no price! Education can be so difficult, and it is a long time until they find their profession – children must have fun and feel happy in school.
After living 10 years in Hong Kong and 4 years in London, we wanted to make sure that our children continue to be exposed to a bilingual education and most importantly diversity in the classroom. In that regard, the Swiss International School in Dubai is the school of more than 75 nationalities and our children study alongside Emiratis, Chinese, French, English, and German students. They are not only following a bilingual English/French curriculum but also have the opportunity to continue studying Chinese at the school. This is quite unique in Dubai.
Our daughter Skay is in grade 12, and she has joined SISD 3 years ago. The amazing premises and infrastructure, a completely immersive bilingual program and small classes with personalized teaching approach make SISD stand out from other schools. However, there is much more to it. We observed Skay becoming more and more autonomous, outspoken and self-confident. She developed into a balanced and happy young adult, knowing what she wants and standing out for herself while caring for others. This is not something a school can teach in a classroom only, it is about the experience and values that are lived every day and by everyone. And this is what really makes SISD special.