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Location

The United Private School was founded in 2010. It is located in North Al Yahar area of Al Ain. In the suburbs of the city and about 25 KM away from the center on the highway to the capital, Abu Dhabi, Al Yahar is mainly populated by highly conservative locals of Bedouin origins since the foundation, the school aims at bridging the neighborhood with the global most recent inventions while preserving the cultural values of the local UAE society..

 

Building and facilities

Building and facilities

The school consists of 5 sections in a two stories building and an affiliated separate campus for kindergarten. Kindergarten Section is section 1 and contains (KG 1 and KG 2). The ground floor in the main building contains sections 2 & 3. Section 2 is primary juniors’ grades 1 & 2 and section 3 is primary senior grades 3 & 4. On the other hand, the first floor contains sections 4 & 5. Section 4 is for boys’ middle and high school while section 5 is for girls’ middle and high school grades 5 – 12. As mandated by the local Education Authority, ADEC, all sections are considered physically separated between boys, girls, grades, and KG. The school is highly equipped with resources and technology. There are three science labs two in the boys section and one in the girls section. Two Gyms and two playgrounds, two libraries, two computer labs, one for each gender. There is a swimming pool that serves the whole school. There are 33 classes from grade 1 to grade 12.The United Private School (UPS) currently has approximately 686 students enrolled in grades K-12 through twelve with an instructional and non-instructional staff of 91 employees.

Leadership

Leadership

Leadership”]The senior leadership team consists of the board of trustee, the principal, a steering committee and two vice principals; one for academic affairs and the other for administrative affairs. An additional department heads manage the various academic departments while floor supervisors are responsible for administrative matters. The Chair is significantly involved in the school’s development

Students

Students

There are 115 students in the Kindergarten (KG), 329 students in the elementary section (G1 to G5), 182 students in the middle section (G6 to G9) and 60 students in Grades 10, 11, and 12. Almost all students come from homes where Arabic is the first language; the most common second language is English. New students have to sit for an admission test before joining the school. KG children are interviewed before admission to assess fitness for school. The school identified about 37 students with special needs and worked with them as per the school’s SEN policy.

School's Purpose

School's Purpose

Vision development There was a sincere effort to reach to a vision to match our profound passion for improvement. The school had a well-organized plan to reach to current school vision; The process went through several stages until all stakeholders could agree on the final draft of the vision. School management held several meetings to discuss with all who are concerned such as teachers, staff, parents, and trustees. All members of the management board including principal, vice-principal, HODs and floor supervisors met together to discuss the existing vision. All stakeholders were involved in the process, each playing a rule as assigned. As per the plan, a training workshop was held for all people who will participate in the process. A training workshop led by the steering committee was held to a group of 4 parents, 3 students, 3 teachers, 3 HODs and one representative of the board of trustees. Majority of participants agreed that the vision need to be made shorter and simpler. The final draft of the vision was sent to consultants for evaluation and feedback. The vision was printed and distributed all over the school and planned for spreading the awareness among all stakeholders. Schools’ goals, values and policies have been expressed to assist the school apply best practices that will allow it to achieve its vision and accomplish its mission. The school management believes in the importance of the role of its teachers as educators and is professional and sincere in meeting our responsibilities to train our teachers to reach their highest potential. The school works to conserve the culture and traditions of the UAE, while at the same time seek to promote a modern educational environment for the betterment of our children

School Goals

School Goals

Students live a healthy lifestyle and develop a responsible independent character. They will be life-long learners in an ever-changing world. The school creates an atmosphere of open communication and respect. Students are aware of global civilizations and cultures. Encourage students’ positive attitudes and improve communication and sharing information. Prioritize reading, writing, and arithmetic as keys of knowledge.

School Beliefs

School Beliefs

Qualitative education builds skills and knowledge, and establishes values and attitudes. Parents and students are real partners in planning for success. High achievement requires high expectations. The education of children demands a commitment to their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, innovation, communication, and creativity are vital components of success.

School Values

School Values

Honesty: refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft. Self-confidence: Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle to find it. Sadly, this can be a vicious circle: people who lack self-confidence can find it difficult to become successful. Respect and humbleness: Respect is a constructive feeling of admiration for a person or an entity. it can be specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect. Individual and social responsibility. individual becomes responsible in his actions that will have impact on others like her family and friends . Researching and inspecting: research helps students to develop critical reasoning skills which are helpful for fields of higher education and enhance understanding of classroom studying. High productivity. productivity is the ratio of total output to one unit of total input; high productivity means larger gains Time management: It is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools and systems that help you use your time to accomplish what you want. Graduating responsible citizens who are proud of their country and dedicated to their homeland. Creating a generation equipped with modern 21st century skills. Creating a generation that respects its culture and competes globally. Creating a generation that is highly distinguished and creative. Focusing on creativity and distinction in education. Competing globally being equipped with 21st century skills. Notable Achievements and Areas of Improvement The main strengths of the school are:The school has safe and secure environment and effective pastoral care that results in positive behavior and interactions. It has spacious, clean, and well maintained campus provides opportunities for students to learn effectively. The main areas of improvement are: The school established a Robotics Club that helps students to design, build, test and compete with robots. It also guides students through the stimulating world of robots promoting experimentation with electronics and gives its members a community to participate in and learn about the world of robotics. It give our students an opportunity to work with others in a spirit of partnership and sociable competition. School activities serve as an important part of the overall school program as well as providing the social activities for the entire community. In the fall of 2012, the district had a new superintendent leading the system, which has created various opportunities for growth and for celebration through the work we have completed in the past 12 months. To continue to grow and expand academic and co-curriculum programming for students K-12, and to foster more involvement from families. We are extremely proud to offer our students a wide variety of opportunities to excel and develop. Our students in Upton have had a number of academic and non-academic co-curricular activities in which to participate. The school uses greatly developed software online system for many purposes. It has been developed to reinforce school-home connection and keep parents informed with updated feedback about their children. Teachers use school’s own system to upload their weekly lesson plans so parents and students can know what they are going to study next week. Parents can communicate with the school management as they can easily know their children’s academic attainment and progress .They can also get immediate feedback about their behavior. The system also has the ability to send SMS messages informing parents about these issues. Likewise parents and students can fill in surveys online thus school can easily collect data and feedback. Attendance and tardiness are recorded on the system As for curriculum, broad skilled-based curriculum upon American Common Core Standards. Critical thinking and problem solving are involved. Likewise, a wide range of extra-curricular activities are done inside and outside school like educational and scientific trips. Curriculum implementation and modification is monitored by the HODs and senior leadership through lesson observation and walk throughs. School strives to involve all stakeholders in the school improvement process. We assist to infuse 21st century skills into the curriculum. Parents and students are involved in the improvement process and the development of goals, strategies and activities. Staff has an active voice in the vision and direction of the school and the success of our students. For achieving effecting teaching, the school started training teacher to use a well-constructed detailed lesson plan in which teacher can use a suitable methodology for educational activities. The lesson plan template contains three main sections; starter, main activity and plenary. Teacher connect subjects to another subject and to real life . As far as assessment is concerned, most students at UPS take MAP exams three times a year. Their attainment and progress are accurately measured and school’s improvement plans are designed accordingly. Other International standardized assessments such as; EMSA & PIRLS are also used to measure school’s performance against national and international benchmarks and standards. At UPS, our major concern and area for improvement is students’ attainment and progress. We have recently contracted with highly qualified education consultants and experienced teachers for better progress and higher attainment. The school management recently founded a Learning Support Committee to plan, monitor and develop students’ achievement. Currently, talented and gifted students receive special care and guidance, average students receive enough support for better achievement and below average ones are also pushed to higher levels.

School Information System

School Information System

The school does its best to provide a technology-based instruction that will allow for the greatest student achievement and success. The school plans to address individual student needs through effective communication with students, parents, and administration. Parents have access to view their sons and daughters achievement and progress that has to be reported and tracked systematically, consistently and immediately.

Safety

Safety

To us, a safe and supportive environment is necessary for academic excellence to thrive. Every parent who entrusts his child to us adds one more set of responsibilities that we are always keen to carefully handle. Realizing that no one solution is the fail-proof answer for all situations, we continue the ongoing process of reviewing and upgrading school security and procedures. Recently, electronic doors have been fixed to replace old unsafe ones. Cameras have been added and upgraded for security. Campuses are designed with safety in mind. School safety is one of those areas where we can never do enough, but vigilance is a must, and we continue to consider our circumstances. Our most valuable resource for ensuring student safety is school staff, through prevention, swift and appropriate response, and mitigation. The school aims to involve all stakeholders to ensure the attainment of our mission which seeks to develop students’ academic, social, physical and emotional potential in a supportive environment to create life-long learners and contributing citizens in a multicultural world. The staff is committed to excellence through rigorous instruction, the parents through support and commitment, and the community through continued encouragement of programs and special projects. The school seeks excellence in many arenas and the goal in going forward is to continue to Be Extraordinary! Our goal is to develop lifelong learners who are both critical thinkers and productive citizens in our democratic society. The curriculum and programs offered at School foster the growth of the whole child. We strongly believe in student academic achievement, parental and community involvement, and character development.

Student Development

Student Development

School is committed to the development of all students. The school strives to inspire academic excellence in every classroom, for every student, every day. In an effort to ensure that our students are prepared for the 21st century, we have integrated blended learning in several courses. This implementation also helps our students to obtain the online credit needed for graduation. School Data Data collection was done via SchoolSIS. It helped the school to maintain the instructional focus of educational excellence on teaching and learning. Students, teachers and administrators routinely look at a variety of data to check progress against goals and to change their practices. The students’ know that the data will inform instruction, scheduling, teacher assignments and other aspects of their school experience. Technology is used to improve instruction and the consistent use of data has become part of the culture of the school. The school utilizes several sources of data to determine our school’s needs. Along with the School Improvement Plan, we are using a variety of strategies. These include: classroom assessments and reviewing data to gain knowledge of and address any academic achievement gaps or other equity needs, providing embedded professional development that includes culturally relevant teaching, blending curriculum into the core content areas, curriculum gap analysis, and matching instructional needs to learning styles.

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