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Pioneer International Private School in Abu Dhabi

School name Pioneer International Private School
Type of institute private K-10 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Philippines
Qualifications or Courses
Head of school Dr Daniel Sistona (Principal)
Executive body or owner
Date founded 1990
Number of students (approx) 500
Number of staff (approx) 40
School area, location map Al Dhafrah - location map
Postal address PO Box 5043, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone Closed Jul 2010
Email pips@emirates.net.ae
School fees structure
Teacher salary range see general comments
Student satisfaction rating
3 stars from 46 votes.
Parent satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 12 votes.
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
3 stars from 9 votes.

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Pioneer International Private School Abu Dhabi (PIPS) fee structure, general information

Also called Philippine International Private School Abu Dhabi.

Grade/Year KG1 KG2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Annual tuition fees (AED)                                                                                                                                                          
  • 2007-2008 fee range might be AED 6,000-10,000 (not confirmed). Admission, registration, tuition fees information not supplied.
  • Pioneers International School is a Filipino curriculum school, not international curriculum, despite the name. Class level not clear, is K-10 or secondary only?
  • Director or Deputy Director is Sharaf Al Hashemi?
  • Owner's name, location map not supplied.
  • ADEC directory 2010 says Pioneers International Private School (not Pioneer), Villa School KG1-Grade 10, 32 teachers, 522 pupils. Not listed in ADEC directory 2012, 2013.
  • Location is (was) behind HCT Abu Dhabi Women's College (not Men's unless it moved)? Al Dhafra, Al Dhafrah.
13 September 2010
14 August 2010
  • Pioneer Private School (PIPS) closed, and students can enrol at the new Abu Dhabi Philippine School establised by ADEC and Universal Future Education (UFE).
  • PIPS principal, Dr Daniel Sistona, is moving to the new school as Deputy Principal according to a Khaleej Times report 12 August 2010.
  • PIPS contact details were telephone +971-2-6424622, fax +971-2-6426233, email pips@emirates.net.ae (or pips@eim.ae). Presumably no longer valid.
09 May 2010
  • Pioneers International Private School students might receive instruction in the Filipino language and other Filipino subjects at the new school from September 2011 according to an announcement from ADEC (although the press release on 06 May 2010 wasn't entirely clear about it).
  • Previously, parents were concerned that the new schools being established to take students from the villa schools ordered to close down, would not cater to Filipino students.
  • The National reported on 02 May 2010 that Grace Reucio Princesa, the Philippines ambassador, met with ADEC officials on 02 May 2010 to discuss the issue, and afterwards said "We have come to a very beautiful solution, ... We are assured of a Filipino site for a school for the Filipino kids come September. We have the full support of the ADEC officials; they don't want the kids and the parents separated."
  • The new site would be good for 3 years, after which another solution would have to be found. Land might be granted to the Philippines embassy in Abu Dhabi to build a new school on according to the same report.
  • The Khaleej Times reported on 08 May 2010 that some parents were still concerned about the solution, partly due to the location of the new school premises which appears to be either in Muroor or Baniyas.
21 April 2010 review
  • Pioneers School in Abu Dhabi is one of 6 villa schools in Abu Dhabi which have been ordered to shut down by the end of the 2009-2010 academic year due to poor safety conditions and building standards, on instructions from the Abu Dhabi Municipality.
  • According to a Khaleej Times report 20 April 2010, the school has applied to ADEC to bid on land or an already existing facility where they could relocate. Dr Daniel Sistona, the Pioneers School Principal said "We will take what's available, the main thing is to have a new school the next school year otherwise, the students will have to go home due to lack of placements for the Philippine curriculum here,"
20 March 2007 review
  • Pioneer International Private School (PIPS) in Abu Dhabi telephone number is +971-2-6434633 according to the UAE Ministry of Education (MOE).
  • PIPS is also referred to as Pioneers International Private School, Pioneer International Pvt School, Philippine International Private School, Philippine International School of Abu Dhabi, Pioneer Private School.
  • Is not related to Philippines National School in Abu Dhabi, which is a different Filipino school, or the Pioneer Modern School in Sharjah (Filipino curriculum), or the Pioneer English Private School in Sharjah (Arabic, UAE curriculum).
  • DECS permit issued 24 February 1999. The MOE were threatening to shut down PIPS in 2005 for mismanagement, among other things. Not much information available. Is school still open?


Last update 05 January 2015
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