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Boarding in Dubai – The Swiss Way

by Eddie Rayner

Conveniently situated at the heart of a dynamic, cosmopolitan, and culturally diverse city, Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) is on the cutting-edge of global living, education, and multiculturalism.

The international community at SISD allows its boarding students to make lifelong friendships with young people from all over the world, and this extensive contact network will become invaluable throughout their lives.

Academics and Linguistics

This is a school where students’ academic capabilities are thoroughly tested and encouraged. It is becoming increasingly clear that an International Baccalaureate (IB) education is the global gold standard in a world where children see their futures expanding beyond national borders. For those ready to maintain fluency in French or German alongside their English, the school’s proven immersive approach to bilingual education provides its boarders with a crucial competitive advantage at university and in the workplace.

But SISD is also a fun place to live and learn, with an exciting range of afterschool and weekend activities. Moreover, it boasts a world-class campus with comfortable, state-of-the-art boarding houses, as well as excellent sports facilities. Its boarding houses cater to students from ages 11 to 18 and are friendly, welcoming places. The campus is a boarder’s home, and it is here that they can enjoy using the Olympic size swimming pool, gym, cardio studio, sports halls, and playing fields during the day, after school and on weekends.

SISD isn’t just a place to study – it’s a place for students to call home

The Swiss educational system is among the very best in the world, and its boarding schools are some of the most prestigious that you could hope to find. SISD offers the class-leading quality for which Swiss education is known, with an IB Diploma Programme that prepares students for universities all over the world. It also features elite educational facilities that rival those of boarding schools in Switzerland itself, with top-tier innovation labs and facilities for the creative arts. There are various opportunities for cultural immersion and extracurricular activities too – SISD isn’t just a place to study – it’s a place for students to call home.

Why Pick The Boarding School Path?

There are many practical and long-term benefits of being a boarding student in Dubai. Students can, for instance, spend an hour or more on the bus in the mornings and after school. Boarding eliminates long commutes to and from school every day, with the extra time used on studies and a range of other activities. Furthermore, boarders benefit from a structured routine throughout the day and outstanding levels of pastoral care. From a parent’s point of view, there are a lot of other practical benefits, for example: all the food is provided, laundry is done, and students follow a daily routine. They are also each attributed different responsibilities within their house.

The long-term benefit of boarding is creating and instilling resilience in students to prepare them for life after school. Boarders are better prepared because they develop confidence, and are more independent and tolerant as peers surround them from across the world. They also develop a lifelong network of friends that they will sustain in life beyond school.

What You Should Know About SISD

  • SISD opened in the UAE in 2015.
  • The curriculum it follows is the Full Continuum International Baccalaureate (IB PYP, MYP, DP) and Swiss Baccalaureate programme.
  • All grades are taught (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12).
  • It currently houses 1,200 students and 270 members of staff.
  • There are over 70 nationalities held by the students and staff, but the main three are Swiss, French, and German.
  • More than 60 After School Activities are offered, both internal and external covering a variety of interests such as sports, robotics, etc
  • the languages that are taught are English, French, German, and Arabic. there is also a Mother Tongue Programme available for Italian, Spanish, Russian, and more.