Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai aims to educate the ‘leaders of tomorrow’ as it leads the way in student and teacher diversity

  • Dubai’s first multilingual school
  • 57 different nationalities of pupils
  • 32 different nationalities of teachers and staff
  • 46 languages spoken by staff and pupils combined
  • 67,845sqmcampus is the Middle East’s first low-energy consumption school

beat-sommer-sisdThe Swiss International Scientific Schoolin Dubai (SISD) has a bold aim to teach the game changers and influential leaders of tomorrow using its International Baccalaureate curriculum and its mission statement as Dubai’s first multilingual school.

Since opening admissions in earlyFebruary 2015, The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD), Dubai’s first ever private school to offer multilingual education in French, German, English and Arabic, has had an overwhelming response with over 640 students currently enrolled. This year the school had an impressive 98% re-enrolment of pupils, adding to the academic institution’s prestige in the UAE.

The school attributes a lot of its success to the diversity of its student and staff body. Promoting diversity is a goal shared by many in colleges and universities, but actually achieving this goal in the day-to-day classroom is often hard to do. Diversity in a school is essential if to empower and prepare the next generation to innovate, collaborate and drive the planet forward in a sustainable way. Tomorrow’s influencers will operate at a level that transcends national borders and they will need to be able to empathise with people from very different backgrounds.

A student body that represents 57 different nationalities is uniquely placed to provide a rich contextual framework for teaching and learning that celebrates individuality and diversity in pursuit of a common purpose of excellence. This means that students can share, compare and contrast their experiences and learn that “other people, with their differences, can also be right” (International Baccalaureate Mission Statement.)

Luke Osborne, Head of Middle School commented, “as a school we are lucky that both the Knowledge and Human Development Authority and the International Baccalaureate have made an explicit commitment to the concept of inclusion, which espouses a philosophy in which barriers to learning are removed. This very much reflects our own commitment to excellence for all. To that end, we do our utmost to celebrate diversity by using our local and global contexts as a rich source of learning, all the while remaining true to our Swiss roots.”

The AED 530 million state-of-the-art campus adjacent to Dubai Creek with capacity for 2,442 students, boasts 90-100 sqm (970-1080 sqft) classrooms, which is 30% larger than a standard size. The bilingual teaching streams also demand a high teacher to student ratio and a strict maximum class size of 22 students.

Head of School, Beat Sommer commented that the diversity is to be celebrated: “An increasing number of parents in the UAE are seeing the benefit of a multilingual education and that is why SISD is in such high demand. The SISD IB programme will mirror Switzerland’s highly sophisticated and inclusive education system. Our goal is to foster a flourishing community of global citizens that are inquisitive, active and compassionate life-long learners, and who contribute to a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

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Notes to editors:

Luke Osborne and Beat Sommer are available for interview about this and a diverse range of educational topics from behavioural matters to university admissions.

The full campus including the Boarding Houses, Auditorium and Secondary School will be ready for September 2017. For more information on the Swiss International Scientific School Dubai, visit www.sisd.ae

 

About SISD

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai is a leading international school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic life-long learners, ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges in a global world.

Our school offers the full continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programme from Pre-KG to Grade 9 (Grade 10 opening in 2017*) in English or in two bilingual English-French and English-German sections. We believe in having high standards; encouraging our students to stretch themselves to achieve success, unlocking talents and discovering new strengths.

In June 2016, we received the Happy Healthy School award by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) for our school-wide initiatives aimed at improving healthy eating, active living and a positive environment. Our large eco-friendly campus ensures that we can offer a wide range of sporting facilities, including water sports that make the most of our location adjacent to Dubai Creek. From September 2017 onwards, SISD will offer students full and weekly boarding in state-of-the-art facilities.


*Grade 10 opening subject to KHDA approval

 

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