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Villa schools in Abu Dhabi

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Villa schools in Abu Dhabi

Villa schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, and school closures under instruction from the Abu Dhabi City Municipality. Replacement schools arranged by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).

Abu Dhabi Villa Schools
Villa school categories in Abu Dhabi
Villa school closures timeline in Abu Dhabi, UAE
All villa schools in Abu Dhabi to be closed by 2012-2013 (08 Mar 2011 report)
Villa schools in the UAE - other emirates
Abu Dhabi school closures - unclear information
List of Abu Dhabi villa schools closing in 2015

To be updated. Might include the following (listed here because no other information provided about their closure or relocation, and 2014-2015 is the final final final deadline for Abu Dhabi villa school closures according to ADEC ... unless the cut-off date is postponed again.

As of 21 Aug 2014, ADEC said 18 villa schools remained in Abu Dhabi and would be closed or relocated by mid-2015.

  School Name Curriculum Status Notes
1 ABC Private School Arabic, UK Relocate Sep 2015 New campus in Al Shamkha
  Abu Dhabi International School IB, UK, US Close Jul 2015 ADEC 11 May 2015
  Al Dana Kindergarten US Close Jul 2015 ADEC 11 May 2015
  Al Murooj Scientific School UK Close Jul 2015 ADEC 11 May 2015
2 Al Noor Indian Islamic School Indian Closed Mar 2015 TN 01 Oct 2013, ADEC 11 May 2015
  Al Ryan Private School UK Close Jul 2015 ADEC 11 May 2015
3 Asian International School Indian Closed Mar 2015 TN 01 Oct 2013, ADEC 11 May 2015
4 Elite Private School US Close Jul 2015 ADEC 11 May 2015
5 Indian Modern Science School     Relocating to MBZ City for 2014?
  International Academic Private School UK Close Jul 2015 ADEC 11 May 2015
  Leeds Private School     Doesn't exist, probably a typo (TN 01 Oct 2013)
6 Leens Kindergarten and School Indian Closed Mar 2015 ADEC 11 May 2015
  Modern Private School UK, US Close Jul 2015 ADEC 11 May 2015
7 Our Own English High School Abu Dhabi Indian Closed Mar 2015 TN 01 Oct 2013, ADEC 11 May 2015
  Our Own English High School AUH Branch Indian Closed Mar 2015 ADEC 11 May 2015
8 Wisdom (Upper) High School Indian Closed Mar 2015 TN 01 Oct 2013, ADEC 11 May 2015
         

[Check, Update] Our Own English High School (Our Own English School) renamed as GEMS United Indian School, and relocated to Baniyas West (08 Dec 2015 news reports).

Villa schools closure pending as of October 2013

Several schools were reported in The National 01 Oct 2013 as closing ("The closure of the five other schools ... are pending"), further details not supplied about dates or relocation plans.

However the report also said that the Indian Ambassador in Abu Dhabi, M K Lokesh, was had talked to ADEC on 26 Sep 2013 about these and other school closures, and was quoted as saying "I am very confident that these students will not be affected and some solution will be found ... I requested ADEC give more time for the schools to make arrangements, although I do understand that they have given instruction for the closure of villa schools five years ago." Not that his confidence will help stranded students find a new school if their current school closes anyway. A report in the Gulf News on the same day said The ambassador said that he requested ADEC to give an extension to the two schools facing imminent closure, referring to the Indian Islahi Islamic School and the Little Flower Private School, so Mr Lokesh might not have been talking about the other schools referred to in The National's version.

Abu Dhabi villa schools closing in 2013-2014
  School Name Curriculum Status Notes
  ABC Private School7 UK, MOE See 2014-2015 Villa school but no announcement.
1 Abu Dhabi Junior Academy School (ADJA)1 British Closing Jul 2013 Closed by ADEC
2 Al Bustan Private School American Closing Jul 2013 Closed by ADEC
3 Al Fajr English International School UK, MOE Closed Jul 2014 Closed by ADEC
4 Al Rawafed Private School (ARPS, RPS)2 American Relocate Jul 2013 Relocating to purpose built school
5 Al Salam English Private School British Relocate Jul 2013 Relocating to purpose built school
6 Al Shohub School Abu Dhabi British Relocate Jul 2013 Relocating to purpose built school
  Al Yasat Private School5 UK, US, MOE Relocate Jul 2014 Not in ADEC announcements
7 Castle Private School Abu Dhabi British Closing Jul 2013 Closed by ADEC
8 First Steps School3 British Closing Jul 2013 Closed by ADEC
  Gulf Buds School UAE MOE Closed Jul 2014 ADEC closure not announced Jul 2013
9 Indian Islahi Islamic School in Abu Dhabi Indian Closed Mar 2014 Closed by ADEC
10 Islamic International School British Closing Jul 2013 Closed by ADEC
11 Little Flower Private School in Abu Dhabi Indian Closed Mar 2014 Closed by ADEC
12 Philippine National School Abu Dhabi Philippine Closed Jul 2014 Closed by ADEC
13 PISCO Private School4 Philippine Closing Jul 2013 Closing based on owners decision
14 Rawdaty Private Kindergarten6 American Closing Jul 2013 Closing based on owners decision
15 Salahuddin Private School MOE Closed Jul 2014 Closed by ADEC
  1. ADJA closure might or might not include the closure of Abu Dhabi Children's Kindergarten? Information update needed.
  2. Al Rawafed Private School - also called RPS, Al Rawafid School, Al Rowafed, Al Ruwafed, Private School (Pvt Sch)? Relocated to Khalifa City A on 20th St, next to Dar Al Shifa Hospital and Crescent International School?
  3. Is the same as the First Steps Pre-School and Nursery in Al Rowdha, Al Karamah. Primary school closed, nursery still open.
  4. PISCO Private School relocated and reopened as Philippine Emirates Private Academy in Baniyas City East in September 2013.
  5. Al Yasat School is in the Villa School category according to ADEC information, but was not included in ADEC announcements of villa schools closing or relocating. AYPS will move from Madinat Zayed Downtown Abu Dhabi to new purpose built campus in Al Shamkha for September 2014.
  6. Raowdaty Kindergarten will continue to operate nursery section though? See My Nursery Abu Dhabi.
  7. ABC School not in ADEC villa school closure announcement. Update: relocation to Al Shamkha City for Sep 2015.
Abu Dhabi villa schools closing in 2013
Abu Dhabi villa schools closing in 2012
Abu Dhabi villa schools closing in 2011
  School Name Curriculum Status Notes
  Abu Dhabi schools      
  Al Bustan Private School?      
1 Al Ekhlass School      
2 Badr Al Kubra School      
3 Baraem Al Aqsa School      
  Leens KG and School?      
         
  Al Ain schools      
4 Al Amal Private School      
5 International Private School     or Future School, or Al Mustaqbal School
  New Hilal Private School?      
6 Zaharat Al Madan School      
Abu Dhabi villa schools closing in 2010
  School Name Curriculum Status Notes
  Abu Dhabi Philippine Academy Filipino Renamed Not a villa school
1 Al Azhar Palestine School UAE MOE Closed Jul 2010 Closed by ADEC
2 Al Mashreq Private School UAE MOE Closed Jul 2010 Closed by ADEC
3 Al Sahaba Private School UAE MOE Closed Jul 2010 Closed by ADEC
4 Al Sahel Private School UAE MOE Unknown ADEC closure announced for Jul 2010
5 Cultural Private School UAE MOE Closed Jul 2010 Closed by ADEC
6 Pioneers International School Filipino Closed Jul 2010 Closed by ADEC

20 Apr 2010: The Abu Dhabi Municipality or ADEC has instructed 6 villa schools to stop operating from the end of the 2009-2010 academic year (by 30 June 2010). Apparently they are concerned for the safety of students, but not worried about how and where they might go to find an affordable education. According to the Khaleej Times report 20 April 2010, these six schools are "extremely high-risk schools", and the first of the 77 schools due for inspection and possible closure.

Al Ain villa schools closing or moving

Seven villa schools in Al Ain closed from 2010-2012?

Oasis International School is a new school (Indian CBSE curriculum) accepting students from some closing villa schools in Al Ain. Temporarily (during 2012) in a government school building in Al Mezyad district while new building being constructed. On 26 March 2012, Gulf News reported Pierre Scottorn, Section Manager for Private School Improvement at ADEC, as saying "We have been able to relocate 733 pupils between KG1 and Grade 10 from the Oasis Private School, which follows the Indian schooling system-based CBSE curriculum; and 280 pupils between KG1 and Grade 7 from the New Al Hilal Private School, which follows the Pakistani curriculum".

Other villa school information
ADEC contact details for parents with children at villa schools

Parents concerned about their child's education and school facilities can contact ADEC at the following:

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