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PISCO Private School in Abu Dhabi

School name PISCO Private School
Type of institute private K-10 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Philippines, US
Qualifications or Courses
Head of school Mr Geronimo S Obaob (principal)
Executive body or owner
Date founded September 1995
Number of students (approx) 800
Number of staff (approx) 55
School area, location map Al Dhafra and Baniyas East - location map
Postal address PO Box 29317, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone Closed Jul 2013
Email piscouae@eim.ae
School fees structure 6,000-16,000 dhs per year (2011-2012)
Teacher salary range 1,400 - 4,200 dhs per month (estimate only)
Student satisfaction rating
3 stars from 65 votes.
Parent satisfaction rating
2.5 stars from 22 votes.
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
4 stars from 7 votes.

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PISCO Private School Abu Dhabi tuition fee structure, general information

<y> See Philippine Emirates School in Baniyas (PEPS). PISCO School closed, reopened and relocated as the new PEPS school with former students and teachers from PISCO.</y>

Another new Philippines school opened nearby PEPS in September 2014, The Philippine School in Mussafah, but unrelated to PISCO or PEPS.

Grade/Year KG1 KG2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2012-2013                                                                                                                                                          
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2011-2012 6,000                         16,000
  • 2012-2013 fees information not supplied.
  • 2011-2012 annual tuition fees AED 6,000-16,000 (unconfirmed). Bus transport AED 2,000-3,000 per term or per year (unconfirmed).
  • 2008-2009 annual tuition fees AED 3,000-6,600 (unconfirmed).
  • Classes offered from KG to Grade 10 according to latest ADEC information (2013) but some sources say school offers classes up to Grade 12.
PISCO school contact details
  • Philippines Department of Education lists PISCO school contact details and information as:
    • Postal address PO Box 29317, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
    • Tel +971-2-6415761 and +971-2-6416044, fax +971-2-6415761 (same as tel number), email gobaob@yahoo.com.
    • UAE sponsor Saleh Heraiz Al Mazrouie? Owner's names not given.
    • Total 781 students (academic year 2008-2009): 147 pre-school, 407 elementary school, 227 secondary school; 774 Filipino nationals, 7 non-Filipino.
  • Contact details and information from other sources (might not be correct):
    • Tel +971-2-6410918, and +971-2-6419611, fax +971-2-6422880, email address piscouae@eim.ae, gobaob@piscoprivateschooluae.com, goboob@yahoo.com (but this one looks like a typo). Or pisco.pvt@adec.ac.ae (ADEC schools directory 2013).
    • School information from 2009 says sponsor is Hamad Rasheed Al Dhaheri, starting in 2007 or 2008?
    • Student numbers 818 total, 38 teachers (ADEC, 2010 information?).
PISCO Private School principals
  • Rose Tabucal - unclear information?
  • Rosemarie Natividad (Rosemary Natividad) - principal according to a report in The National 19 Sep 2011. Rosemarie T. Natividad (ADEC directory 2013). Principal of the new Philippine Emirates Private School which opened in 2013.
  • Mr Geronimo Obaob - Oct 1995-present? Was also principal at PNS in Abu Dhabi?
  • Dr Ofelia F Padilla - Aug-Sep 1995? Later became principal at the Philippine National School (PNS) in Abu Dhabi?
PISCO School Abu Dhabi City location
  • Location (primary campus only from September 2011) 9th Street, Al Dafrah (Al Dafra, Dhafrah)? GPS coordinates 24°28'29.28"N, 54°22'13.44"E (24.4748, 54.3704) (ADEC information, not confirmed) - in the same block as Giggles Nursery? Other sources give location as Airport Rd near Shabiah or Shabiya Power House (Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority office?) or Etisalat Muroor (seems incorrect though - sources might be referring to the Abu Dhabi Philippine Academy?).
  • Location of secondary campus from September 2011 is Mussafah - MBZ City (or Baniyas City according to some sources?). Location map not supplied.
  • According to the PISCO Facebook page, Al Dafra location is opposite Sheikh Khalifa Medical City on Hazza Bin Zayed St (11th Street) near corner with Al Karamah St (24th Street). But their marker looks like it's on the median strip of the main road. Approximate GPS coordinates 24°27'59.44"N, 54°22'0.34"E (24.466511, 54.366761). Good luck!
31 October 2013
  • PISCO School closed July 2013 by owners according to 02 July 2013 information from ADEC.
  • Baniyas City Mussafah campus reopened as Philippine Emirates School in Baniyas? Not confirmed, information not supplied.
  • Neither PISCO nor PEPS listed in ADEC school directory as of 31 October 2013.
  • FB pages:
    • facebook.com/pages/PISCO-PRIVATE-SCHOOL-3/316918153654 - Pisco Private School FB page (a note on the page says This facebook page of PISCO Private School has been privately managed now. Any update here is for alumni purpose only. Effective immediately Aug 7, 2013).
    • facebook.com/PiscoPrivateSchoolAlumniAssociation - Pisco Private School Alumni Association.
    • facebook.com/PISCO2k12 - Pisco Private School Student Council.
11 September 2013
  • Domain URL www.piscouae.com not available, forwards to ww1.piscouae.com which is spam. Domain piscouae.multiply.com seen in some sources also unavailable (has a notice that multiply.com closed on 31 May 2013). Domain www.piscoprivateschooluae.com also seen in some sources, also unavailable.
  • Principal is or was Rose Tabucal (not confirmed)?
  • Contact details removed from school information section - tel +971-2-6410918, fax +971-2-6415761. Unknown if email address piscouae@eim.ae still valid.
  • Pisco School is closed or relocated? A report in The National on 09 Sep 2013 said "Their parents decided to pull them out of Pisco Private School after it moved to Baniyas ..." (referring to some students who transferred to another school).
02 July 2013
  • Pisco Private School will close July 2013 ("Closing based on owners decision") according to an ADEC press release about villa schools in Abu Dhabi. Unclear if this refers to central Abu Dhabi location or both locations (a secondary school campus was operating in Mussafah or MBZ City area).
13 September 2012 (Kabayan Weekly article information)
  • PISCO Private School has 750 students and 55 staff.
  • In two locations - Elementary School at main campus in Abu Dhabi, and Secondary School annex at Mohammed Bin Zayed City (MBZ City).
19 September 2011 - new location update
  • PISCO school principal is Rosemarie Natividad according to a report in The National about the secondary section relocating to Musaffah. Information not confirmed, and date of change not supplied if principal is new. Previous information was that the head of the school was Mr Geronimo Obaob.
  • A press release from ADEC (dated 17 September 2011) said Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has provided initial approval for PISCO Private School, a villa school serving the Philippine community in Abu Dhabi, to operate from an additional purpose built school building in Mohammed bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi with effect from Sunday 11th September 2011. The privately leased school building will be used for the next two academic years while plans, necessary approvals and construction of a purpose built replacement school for PISCO are completed.
  • Exact location or location map of new building not supplied.
  • The new building capacity is for 368 students and will be used for Grades 7-10. Students from KG1 to Grade 6 will continue to attend at the original PISCO location.
  • Mr Yousif Al Sheryani, Executive Director of Private Schools and Quality Assurance at ADEC was quoted in the press release as saying "As villa schools both PISCO and PNS are required by ADEC to have relocated to new purpose built schools or closed by 2013", referring also to the Philippine National School in Abu Dhabi.
26 August 2011 - new location
  • Message or letter to parents said This is to inform you that PISCO Private School has an agreement to Al Salam English Private School located at M.E. 9 Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, UAE to use the premises for two academic years. All high school levels will be transferred to the said location.
  • For more information contact the school administration office tel 026410918 or 026419611.
17 August 2011 review
  • Pisco Philippine Private School in Abu Dhabi has been instructed by ADEC to reduce student numbers from 845 to 529 for the academic year starting September 2011. Students are being encouraged to enrol at the new 21st Century School in Abu Dhabi (Khaleej Times report).
  • Website domain www.piscouae.com no longer available (shows spam when last checked). Presumably email address office@piscouae.com is also no longer valid. Some information at piscouae.multiply.com, not clear if it is the official school website.
  • Unknown what happened to the relocation to Mussafa? The Student Handbook from 2009 (June 2009?) says The new building in Musaffah has been constructed to cater to the needs of the students serving more than 1,000 pupils. School facilities have been improved and that classrooms are built according to the required standard.
13 June 2009 review
  • Pisco school might be moving to a new campus in Mussaffah? A report in The National about Philippine curriculum villa schools in Abu Dhabi said Pisco has had a lucky break: it was sold last year and its new owner wants to move to new premises in Musaffah. If all goes well, it could become the capital's first purpose-built Filipino school.
22 September 2007 review
  • Also referred to as PISCO School of Abu Dhabi, PISCO Pvt School, or PISCO International Filipino School. Alternative email is admin@piscouae.com.
  • Was in trouble with the Ministry of Education in 2005 for mismanagement and threatened with closure. Since their website has a 2006 copyright notice, it seems that they survived that.
  • DECS permit issued 15 October 1996. School motto appears to be "Get a high quality education with us!"


Last update 11 September 2013
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