The Arcadia Preparatory School achieves prestigious LEED Green Building Certification
Arcadia’s award-winning, energy-efficient learning environment reflects the progressive thinking of the institution.
Dubai, UAE – The Arcadia Preparatory School (Arcadia), one of the finest British curriculum schools in the UAE, has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification for New Construction and Major Renovations by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
A ceremony was held to mark this achievement at the school in Jumeirah Village Triangle on May 10th 2017. Mohan Valrani, Chairman of Arcadia and Brian Johnson, Managing Partner – Godwin Austen Johnson, the design consultancy firm behind Arcadia’s environment-friendly design, attended the celebration in addition to teachers and students.
Arcadia earned the LEED distinction after fulfilling all the requisites outlined by the rating system. It successfully implemented measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving higher building performance in regards to: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Brian Johnson said, “We congratulate The Arcadia Preparatory School on their LEED award and are grateful for the support extended to us as we worked towards achieving this highly regarded international certification. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with The Arcadia Group on this and a number of other educational projects including their Ladybird Early Learning Centre which earned LEED Gold towards the end of last year making these the first two schools in the Middle East to achieve LEED certification.”
Navin Valrani, CEO of the school, said, “As a school, we believe in teaching and leading by example. We want to help build a generation that is sensitised on environmental issues and is aware of sustainable practices. For doing so, we had to first commit ourselves to setting an example.”
“From the outset, we knew LEED was something to aspire for and work towards. As the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings, we hold this certification in high esteem,” he added.
The Arcadia Preparatory School is the only primary school in the UAE to be LEED-certified. Most recently, the school has also been shortlisted for the MENA Green Building Awards in the Green Building – School category.
A purpose built school spread across 156,000 square feet, Arcadia boasts premium facilities such as a learners’ swimming pool, an indoor multi-purpose sports hall, state-of-the-art science laboratories, fully-equipped art and music rooms and a library that provides a reading environment conducive to learning.
About The Arcadia Preparatory School
The Arcadia Preparatory School, located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Triangle, offers the National Curriculum for England to students studying from the Early Years Foundation Stage (FS1) to Key Stage 2 (Year 6). The community-focused school opened in August 2016 and aspires to be one of the leading British primary schools in the world by instilling into students a lifelong passion for learning, and by nurturing innovation and the pursuit of excellence amongst the teaching staff.
The Arcadia Preparatory School is the first in a series of community-based schools delivering the vision of Mohan Valrani and the Al Shirawi Group. As the Chairman of the school, Valrani is an avid believer in providing the very best education for future generations.
Believing that a school’s greatest asset is its teachers, the group is building The Arcadia House, a dedicated accommodation facility within JVT for school staff. By offering the enhanced benefit of quality housing, the school is investing fully in its teachers’ happiness and wellbeing thereby encouraging them to aspire to excellence within the classroom.
The curriculum at the school is backed up by the Talk for Writing program from the UK. Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it.
Future Dubai-based schools for Arcadia Group include The Arcadia Senior School, also in Jumeirah Village Triangle; and The Arcadia Primary and Secondary School in Jebel Ali.
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