Dubai’s The Arcadia Preparatory School brings learning to life with hi-tech teaching platform – and sets its sights on becoming an Apple Distinguished School
Dubai, UAE: Gone are the days of schoolchildren facing the blackboard and relying solely upon pencil and paper during class time. In today’s modern educational landscape, classrooms are more likely to feature interactive white boards; teachers may use the Internet to augment lessons while students are au fait with the use of IT to prepare and submit assignments.
Always at the forefront of innovation, The Arcadia Preparatory School – which is set to open in Dubai’s Jumeriah Village Triangle in September 2016 – has announced it will use Apple technology exclusively for all of its teaching, learning and administrative tools, putting the ground-breaking educational institute on track to become an Apple Distinguished School.
The Apple Distinguished School designation is accorded to programmes that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. Embracing an all-Apple platform means The Arcadia Preparatory School’s teachers will be provided with the latest technology and will receive ongoing, high-quality professional development. Students meanwhile will benefit from the one-to-one iPad programme which will support interactive learning and provide the basis for the delivery of the school’s English curriculum.
“We are very excited at the prospect of The Arcadia Preparatory School taking on a visionary role in the use of technology to enhance teaching methods and learning accessibility,” says Principal Graham Beale.
“In aspiring to become an Apple Distinguished School we are creating unique opportunities for personal learning at every level within the school, from Foundation Stage One right through to Key Stage Two. Lessons will be more dynamic, interactive and immersive via the power of touch, motion and sound; while pupils’ assignments can be sketched, scored, charted, coded or even performed, all of which opens up new opportunities for learning and creativity,” adds Beale.
About The Arcadia Preparatory School
The Arcadia Preparatory School, located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Triangle, offers the National Curriculum for England to pupils studying from Foundation Stage 1 (nursery) to Key Stage 2 (year 6). Due to open in August 2016, the community-focused school 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 Arcadia Preparatory School’s curriculum includes a unique Enrichment Learning Programme (ELP) – an all-inclusive programme, based on an extended school day – that complements the core curriculum, providing dynamic and diverse activities and rich learning opportunities for pupils, including in-class homework support. The ELP is provided at no extra cost to parents and is a core aspect of the school’s values and ethos, where lifelong learning is nurtured. In addition, the school is offering specialist support for English as an Additional Language (EAL) as part of the core curriculum for those students whose native language is not English.
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.
Address: District 9 Jumeirah Village Triangle, Dubai
Phone number: 04 558 5010
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