Entry Requirements

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Entry Requirements

Deira International School is an academically inclusive school where we recognise and nurture the uniqueness of every child.  We have created a learning environment in which every child is encouraged to define their own success and motivated to excel.

This environment is created through the combination of highly skilled teachers, the rigor of the National curriculum for England and the IB Global curriculum (Post-16), top class facilities and resources for learning.

Entry requirements:

Our goal is for all new students to successfully transition both academically and socially into our community. Once admitted, students will participate in a variety of assessments to determine the best placement, academic program and levels of potential support. In addition, we will assist families in their transition. We host a variety of parent information meetings and student orientation meetings for each student within their first months at Deira International School.

  • Places in Foundation Stage are offered on application. Students attend a short play-based assessment.
  • Admissions to Year 1- 10 are confirmed following a review of the child’s most recent school report. Students complete a CAT4 assessment from Year 4 – Year 10. Assessments for Year 1 – 3 are paper based.
  • External students who are applying for the IB Diploma programme should be guided by the following recommendations, however, all applications will be considered.

Students applying for IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Students applying for IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)

Students are required to have at least a grade ‘B’ in 3 Higher Level (HL) Subjects selected

Required to have a minimum of 2 iGCSE Grades A* – C

A recommendation that an A is preferred for Higher Level Maths.

A Grade C or above is required for Standard Level (SL) Subjects

IB entry requirements for the students with previous results from other curriculums including MYP, Indian, American will be considered alongside internal testing and CAT4 data.

Once a place is offered, a AED3000 payment needs to be paid and will be deducted from the 1st Term’s tuition fee.

Refunds under special circumstances will be in accordance with the KHDA’s School Fees Framework.

KHDA Requirements:

Once a place is offered to a child, a transfer certificate should be provided from the previous school and stamped by the relevant authorities listed below. This is a requirement by the Ministry of Education in UAE to allow students to complete the official registration process at DIS.

Transfer certificate requirements:

From within Dubai Schools From another Emirate of the UAE From Middle East, South and Central America, Asia, former Russian States, Eastern Europe and Africa: From North America, Western Europe, Australia or New Zealand
Leaving Certificate letter from the previous school to be handed before the student joins the school School stamp and signature (Transfer Certificate must be in Arabic) School stamp and signature School stamp and signature
A stamp of the Ministry of Education of the Emirate the school is located in Stamped by the Ministry of Education (in the country of the school’s location)
Stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in the country of the school’s location)
Stamped by the UAE Embassy (in the country of the school’s location). In case UAE Embassy doesn’t exist there, go to any Arabic Embassy.

The Ministry of Education requires all families to submit the above mentioned documents for each child entering education in Dubai.

Age Guidelines for entry

Primary School


Age required by 31st August



Foundation Stage 1

3 years old

British Curriculum


Foundation Stage 2

4 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 1

5 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 2

6 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 3

7 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 4

8 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 5

9 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 6

10 Years Old

British Curriculum

Secondary School


Year 7

11 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 8

12 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 9

13 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 10

14 Years Old

British Curriculum


Year 11

15 Years Old

British Curriculum



Year 12

16 Years Old

International Baccalaureate


Year 13

17 Years Old

International Baccalaureate