Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Uptown School (UTS) located?
Our school is conveniently located at the corner of Algeria Road and Tripoli Street in Mirdif. Click here to view the location map.
Which Grades does UTS offer?
UTS offers classes for students from Pre-KG to Grade 11, with Grade 12 to be added in 2016* (*subject to KHDA approval).
When did UTS open?
UTS was launched in 2005 as on of Taaleem’s first schools. It was also one of the first schools in Dubai to be authorised by the IB to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
What are the tuition fees?
The discounted (except KG 1 and 2) annual tuition fees range from AED 45,000 for Pre-KG to AED 70,000 for Grade 11. View the fees here.
Which curriculum does UTS offer?
Uptown School is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).
How would the parking and drop-off/pick up work?
As per RTA regulations, all parking, drop-off and pick up happens inside the school premises, or in the dedicated Municipal parking zone adjacent to the plot on Tripoli Street. UTS has exit/entrance areas on Algeria Road and Tripoli Street based on an extensive Traffic Impact Study survey conducted as per RTA and DM requirements.
My child does not speak English; can s/he still join the school?
In our experience, the youngest children can integrate quickly into class. Older primary children have support to help equip them with the essential language skills to function appropriately. They may receive additional support in class. Secondary children's needs are agreed with parents on a case-by-case basis. There will however be a limit to the number of children that we can admit with EAL needs at any one time.
Do you cater for exceptional children?
Yes, we provide for these students and for those requiring additional learning support
What kind of facilities does UTS have?
Our facilities are spread over 14 acres of landscaped grounds and were designed to ensure that our students have the best environment to support their learning and development: Zoned areas for Early Years, Primary School and Secondary School; Early Years, Primary and Secondary libraries with Wi-Fi study rooms; full wireless connectivity across the campus and ITC integrated ; three fully equipped labs; two on-campus catering; modern, flexible performances spaces and multiple practice rooms for individual; Visuals Arts and DT studios for Primary and Secondary; a full size, hardwood-sprung floor; a 25-meter, eight-lane pool, separate gym and pool for the Early; two regulations-size pitches for football; indoor basketball courts; outdoor tennis courts, track and field facilities for long jump and javelin; a 120-meter running track and multi-purpose sport activity spaces.
Does UTS provide school transport?
Yes. We have contracted Arab Falcon for our school transport. View the details here.
Where do UTS teachers come from?
UTS is committed to recruiting the best qualified teachers and support staff with relevant international experience and proven performance, from a diverse pool of nationalities.
Age Cut-off Date?
Birth Year
Age
Grade Under IB
2012 3 Pre K (3 by December 31)
2011 4 KG 1 (4 by December 31)
2010 5 KG 2 (5 by December 31)
2009 6 Grade 1 (6 by December 31)
2008 7 Grade 2 (7 by December 31)
2007 8 Grade 3 (8 by December 31)
2006 9 Grade 4 (9 by December 31)
2005 10 Grade 5 (10 by December 31)
2004 11 Grade 6 (11 by December 31)
2003 12 Grade 7 (12 by December 31)
2002 13 Grade 8 (13 by December 31)
2001 14 Grade 9 (14 by December 31)
2000 15 Grade 10 (15 by December 31)
1999 16 Grade 11 (16 by December 31);
1998 17 Grade 12 (17 by December 31)
Which weekdays are schools days?
In the United Arab Emirates, the school week runs from Sunday to Thursday.
What is the total built up area of the campus?
The total built up area of the campus is over 300,000 sq.ft., on a plot that is approximately 672,000 sq.ft.
How many students per classroom?
  • Pre KG – maximum of 20 per class
  • KG1 & KG2 – maximum of 22 per class
  • Grades 1-10 – maximum 26 per class
  • Grade 11 – variable depending on subject demand
What are the UTS school timings?

Our school day timings are as follows:

Pre-KG and KG 1, 7.45am to 2pm
KG 2, 7.45am to 2.30pm
Primary School, 7.45am to 2.30pm
Secondary School, 7.45am to 3.00pm

During the Holy Month of Ramadan the school timings are changed as advised and directed by the KHDA. Our administration offices are open Sundays to Thursdays, 8am to 4pm. The same days and timings apply for any school holidays. During the Holy Month of Ramadan our Admissions Office is open from 8am to 2pm, Sunday to Thursday.

Does the school require a uniform?
At UTS it is compulsory for all our students to be wearing their school uniform, which can be purchased at Zaks in Uptown Mirdiff; this also includes the full PE kit during Physical Education lessons with the appropriate footwear. We have a strict uniform policy that we make sure is tracked throughout the academic year. All items of school uniform must be clearly labelled with your child's name.
Does our school offer after-school care?
No in the traditional sense, however, we offer teacher-led Extra-curricular Activities (ECA) every term at no additional cost. The activities range from Tennis, Football Drama Club, German Lessons, Song and dance Arabic Story Telling, Arabic and French Lessons, Basketball, Chess, Environmental Club, Art Club and Public Speaking.
What is the level of qualifications our teachers’ at UTS are required to have accomplished?

For teaching positions at UTS or any other Taaleem school or school in the UAE, it is vital to ensure that you hold the correct qualifications and have the requisite experience. We would normally anticipate a minimum of two years' (and probably more) qualified teaching experience.

All candidates must have completed 12 years of Primary and Secondary education and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Education or equivalent, specialising in the relevant educational field. Holding a subject degree alone will not qualify you to teach in the UAE.

Teachers with extensive experience who hold a Certificate or Diploma of Education may be recognised as qualified. Offers made would be subject to receiving the approval of the UAE Ministry of Education, who must be satisfied that their criteria in the relevant teaching qualifications are met in a formal process. All successful candidates will be expected to complete the school's medical form, duly certified by a General Practitioner and be passed fit for working overseas. On occasion the authorities will require you to supply a recent chest X-Ray, Finally, candidates will be expected to supply a police clearance certificate or similar proof of non-criminality.

What languages do we offer?
English is the main language at UTS. Most of our curriculum is delivered in English. Arabic is the compulsory language. Students also undertake French language as part of our curriculum. Most of our students are expected to become fluent in both English and Arabic.
Does our school provide English as a second language?
Yes, UTS provides English as an Additional Language (EAL) with its key focus being to assist our students in becoming proficient in English.