What is Scholars International Group (SIG)?
SIG is a leading educational organization with a mission to develop international schools of excellence in this region. The founders are graduates from Georgetown University and the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
What curriculum do you follow?
We follow the American curriculum. Our curriculum is developed in collaboration with New York City’s Bank Street College of Education and aligned to the NY State Common Core Standards (Common Core + 15). Our curriculum is a progressive American program that allows children to “learn what to think not how to think”.
Where are the teaching staff from?
Our educators are experienced teachers from across the world. We hire from a number of sources such as the Progressive Educators Network, Harvard University and International School Services.
70% of our educators hold a Master’s of Education. All our lead classroom teachers are required to hold advanced teaching credentials, from the US or equivalently accredited universities. We welcomed educators this year the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand and primarily the USA.
How old must my child be to start school?
Children must be 3 years old by December 31 of the academic year they are applying for.
How many children are there in each class?
During this unprecedented time of Covid-19, in order to provide the maximum health and safety for your children, Clarion has chosen to limit our PreK, K1 and K2 classes to 10 children, led by a fully qualified and credentialed lead teacher. We do not have teaching assistants leading classes, nor do we have multiple class bubbles of 10 within one classroom. Unique to Clarion, we made a decision for the safety of your children and to provide high quality education during Covid, to put this model of small 10 child classes all led by lead teachers into place.
Grades 1 to 5 are set up to follow the highest level of social distancing for children and follow the guidelines of 2m distance for each child child’s workspace. Because our classrooms are spacious and access additional overflow areas, the limit of children per class during covid is 19, while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
Under regular, normal school conditions the maximum number of students per class PreK is 18. In KG1 and KG2, the maximum number of students per class is 20. In Grades 1, 2, 3 and higher the maximum number of students in 24.
How many teachers do you have in class?
Each class has a designated lead classroom teacher who hold advanced teaching credentials. 70% of our educators hold a Master’s of Education. In the PreK and K1 classes, a qualified teaching assistant is present, in K2 there is a floating assistant on hand for teachers to call on.
Do you provide transport?
Yes, we offer a school bus service, open to all Clarion students. All the buses used adhere to the strictest RTA safety standards. A female bus nanny travels with each vehicle.
How do you communicate with Parents?
We have a school portal for parents to access student and school information. Teachers communicate events in school and classroom activities using the app SeeSaw. Your teacher will give you information on downloading it.
What is your fee payment schedule?
Our payment schedule is June 30 – Semester 1 tuition, December 31 – Semester 2 tuition. Please speak with our accountant, Jafar Mohammed, regarding the Covid Compassion Discount. The sibling discount is 10% for the second child, 15% for the third child.
Payments are accepted by check, cash or bank transfer. Clarion also takes payments via the SKIPLY app. Our accountant Jafar can help you with information to set up and pay through the app. Individual payment plans can be made by speaking with Jafar.
Contact Jafar Mohammed at email@example.com or calling 04 407 3000. Visit his office in the school’s atrium anytime during school hours.
Does the school require a uniform?
Yes. One uniform set and PE kit are provided as part of the school fee.
Do you provide food services?
Yes, children may purchase a healthy meal option.
Does the school have a parents association?
Yes, the Clarion Parent Community will commence after school opens. We strongly encourage all parents to participate.
How and when should i apply?
All applications are made on our website in the admissions tab. You should apply the year before you will enter school. Feel free to call +971 04 407 3000 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there an assessment for admission?
All students will be assessed as part of the admissions process. Assessment information is not used for selectivity.
How can I learn more about the school and the curriculum?
Please call us at +971 4 407 3000 or email email@example.com for information regarding Clarion and how to apply. We welcome your inquiries and offer Virtual Format tours and In-Person tours, scheduled by appointment, following DHA and KHDA guidelines. Our admissions team will be delighted to help you discover what makes Clarion the best choice for parents who are looking for an education that teaches children “how to think not what to think”.
What grade does my child go to if he/she is moving from a 13-year curriculum to a 12-year curriculum?
Many children in Dubai switch curriculums with ease. Changing to a 12-year curriculum will be dependent on the age of your child at the time of transfer and the year they have completed at their previous school.
The general equivalency is as follows: PreK = FS1, KG1 = FS2, KG2 = Year 1, Grade 1 = Year 2, Grade 2 = Year 3, Grade 3 = Year 4, Grade 4 = Year 5.
Currently we are enrolling children PreK to Grade 5 children, ages 2.8 to 11-year-old.
Do you offer any additional language electives?
Yes, French as an additional language begins in Pre-K and continues through all grades. Arabic language studies also begin in Pre-K and continue through all grades. Additional language electives will start at middle school. We follow KHDA guidelines for Arabic and Islamic studies from grade 1 onward.