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Raha International School RIS reviews

Postby shawarma » 03 Dec 2007, 19:14

Al Raha International School Abu Dhabi - information page.

Email received from Beacon Education says "At Raha International School, we will prepare students to become successful, compassionate, confident citizens of the world – the men and women who will lead the next generation with intelligence, a profound world view, and thoughtful ambition."

Raha International will run the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (IBMYP) and Primary Years Program (IBPYP). Email didn't say if they were offering or planning to offer the IB Diploma Program (the grade 11-12 course), but presumably they will - it's the natural progression from IB PYP and MYP.

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RIS fees increase

Postby shawarma » 06 Apr 2009, 10:28

The National newspaper this morning is reporting that Raha International School (RIS) is planning to increase fees by up to 43% to AED 72,000 per year. Parents are threatening to move their children to another school.

The report is a bit misleading by comparing the grade 10 fees of AED 50,500 (which includes deposit and registration) with the fees for the new grade 11 expected to start in September 2009. Grade 11 in most schools is usually more expensive than grade 10 anyway. What is more realistic is to compare grade 10 with grade 10, which is AED 50,500 for 2008-2009 and expected to be up to AED 62,000 for 2009-2010, an increase of 23% (using figures from The National report), and that would make it the most expensive, or one of the most expensive schools in Abu Dhabi.

For comparison, the American Community School in Abu Dhabi is up to AED 60,000 for 2008-2009 (but that's for grade 12), and the Abu Dhabi American Academy is up to AED 54,000 for 2008-2009.

That's still a hefty increase but Taaleem (previously Beacon Education), the owners of RIS, say they had been increasing fees 15% less than they were permitted by the UAE Ministry of Education in the "three years since it opened". And Clive Pierrepont, the director of communications and marketing at Taaleem also said that RIS would be "subject to operating losses" for at least the next 2 years.
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