New Building Construction at Dubai Scholars to add additional seat capacity and support development of new program initiatives

In a world-wide economic contraction, Dubai Scholars (DS) is reversing the trend when it opens its new addition in September 2021. The 34,000 square feet addition will increase the school’s enrollment capacity by 400 students.


Dubai Scholars has a long history of academic excellence and along with that it also has a long waitlist. Each year an extensive number of new students and siblings await to find out if they have been admitted to the in-demand school. The new building will not only provide much needed expanded capacity but also support the introduction of DS’s new enrichment initiatives centered on next-generation skills development. These initiatives include the launch of Synthesis of Learning (SoL) – a new program based on a constructivist approach that allows for children to fully apply their learning to tangible and real-world concerns, a full revamp of the school’s Extra Curricular Activities to support a rich provision of non-academic activities for holistic development, as well as the introduction of a new extended day provision to provide more learning opportunities for all children.


Frank Scarcelli, Principal of Dubai Scholars, notes that “the new building allows us to offer expanded initiatives that support Dubai Scholars’ ability to stay at the forefront of global education in developing future-ready children. We are excited about these developments and this new chapter in the Dubai Scholars story.”


The new construction will be completed by August 2021 and will be the largest new construction the school has taken on since opening at its present location in 1994. The ground plus three building will include a number of science labs as well as the new Media Studies Lab.


The Dubai Scholars (DS) vision is to provide a high caliber education and maintain its mission of respect, intellectual curiosity, action, and responsibility, principles that create an environment for all children to excel in. Recognised as the leading affordable school in the UAE, DS students consistently benchmark amongst the top percentiles globally across all major international assessments including PISA, TIMSS, IGCSE and GCEs.


Delivering an enriched National Curriculum of England, Dubai Scholars is a school of just over 1900 students from Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 13. DS is a member of the British Schools of the Middle East. The school is an Edexcel authorised school and participates in Model UN and the UN Girls Up program. Graduates from Dubai Scholars have attended some of the most prestigious international universities such as Stanford University, London Imperial College, City College London, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Southern California among others.

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