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The Indian High School, Dubai

The Indian High School
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Motto Knowledge is Power
Religious affiliation(s) None
Established 1961
School board Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 12
Enrollment Approximately 11046 (As of January 2013)
Last updated September, 2013
The Indian High School, Dubai

The Indian High School (IHS) is the first expatriate educational institution to be established in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1961.[1] The land on which the School is located was granted to the School by the Late Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

The school was established in 1961 with a view to providing education to children of Indian expats. The school is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Dubai, and is permanently affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi. It is a member of Dubai Quality Group and has acquired ISO : 9001 : 2000 Certification.[2] The school has also received the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished School and School Administration twice (2002 & 2005).

Today, the school has grown from its initial enrollment of 8 students to over 12,000 students. The centerpiece of the School complex is the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, which can accommodate about 1800 guests[3] and has been the venue of many significant events and it is also used for other programs

The school is closely involved with the activities of the entire academic community in Dubai, and has special programmes aimed at creating awareness of the environment and enhancing ethical values.


The school functions in three campuses. The Junior School at Al Garhoud accommodates Pre-Primary classes (Girls and boys KG1–4). The Main School situated in Oud Metha, has Grades 5 to 12 (Girls) who commence in the morning shift (7:30am to 1:10pm), Grades 5 to 10 (Boys) who commence in the afternoon shift (9:00am to 3:10pm) and Grade 11 and 12 who commence in the evening shift (1:20pm to 6:50pm). The school has a fleet of 81 air-conditioned buses to transport the students and staff. It has opened another $27 million school under the name The Indian International School and is located in Silicon Oasis, Dubai and has Grades 1 through 12.

The Oud Metha Metro Station on the Green Line is located near the main campus, and the GGICO Metro Station on the Red Line is located next to the Junior School campus.

A government hospital and a church is located on the road opposite the main campus, while a private hospital is located behind the junior school. The Kindergarten Starters is next to the junior school.


The school has acquired membership of Dubai Quality Group and has acquired ISO : 9001 : 2000 Certification.[4] The school has also received the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished School and School Administration twice (2002 & 2005). With the highest number of votes, the school bagged the eIndia 2012 awards for the No. 1 the "ICT Enabled school of year" in the category of "digital learning".


There are a number of libraries and laboratories for reference work and research work. The school also has a counseling center, school radio broadcasting named "Recess Radio" which is run by the students and medical facilities as well. The school has also introduced the smartboard technology to enhance the learning experience of the students. The school has an excellent ICT department which looks into all the technology related matters of students and teachers. The ICT has developed a new rubrics system called SAT (Student's Academic Tracker) which takes care of the evaluation of a student on all grounds.[5] The Aryabhatta Reference and Research Centre houses a collection of over 40,000 titles, 20 workstations, exclusive browsing areas, collaborative learning zones, extended and virtual classrooms, 200 CDs and over 100 international periodicals and newspapers.

Recess Radio

Recess Radio is the school's own radio station, broadcast to the students during Recess Time. It is run by the students, and for the students. It includes a variety of programs like Singstar, Song Request Time, DJ Day, Gadget News and the Latest Buzz.[6]


The school brings out a number of publications, including:

  • A quarterly journal called Light House
  • The School magazine entitled The Indian, containing contributions from the teachers and the students. This medium has been instrumental in developing literary, artistic and aesthetic talents of students of different age groups.
  • The Miscellany also gives an annual report of activities conducted and the progress made by the school in different areas. News bulletins are issued quarterly to supply required information to parents/ guardians and apprise them of activities of School.
  • A journal on environmental issues called Eco feel
  • They have also started an online magazine, E-Xpressions, edited by the students, with poems, stories, paintings, etc.

Educational Tours

The school organizes various educational tours to different countries for students from Grade 5-12.[7] The various trips organised by the school were as follows:


  • Italy
  • USA
  • Australia
  • Singapore


  • US West Coast
  • US Space Camp
  • India
  • Turkey
  • China


  • Japan & Hong Kong
  • Sri Lanka
  • India

The school also runs the Duke of Edinburgh club which takes its member for various trips including The Himalayas. Apart from international tours, the school also organizes an annual school picnic for each grade to destinations within the country.

KHDA Inspection Report

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is an educational quality assurance authority based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It undertakes early learning, school and higher learning institution management and rates them as well. Following is a summary of the inspection ratings for the Indian High School, Dubai.[8]

Name of School Curriculum 2009–2010 2010–2011 2011–2012 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
The Indian High School, Dubai CBSE Good Good Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding

A summary of all the schools in Dubai's ratings can be found at KHDA School Ratings.

Student Council

The school also has a Student Council Body elected by Teachers and Supervisors. The Student Council Body looks into student activities. The student council is elected in sections – Sub Junior, Junior, Senior. There are four houses named on precious gems – Emerald (Green), Ruby (Red), Sapphire (Blue) and Topaz (Yellow). Each section of the Student Council has a :-

  • Head Girl/Boy
  • Assistant Head Girl/Boy
  • Council Secretary
  • Cultural Secretary
  • Deputy Cultural Secretary
  • Activity Coordinator
  • Assistant Activity Coordinator
  • Sports in-charge
  • Assistant sports in-charge
  • Four House captains
  • Four House Vice Captains and a few more.
  • The E-xpression coordinator

The new features also include SLEEP (Stress Level Elimination Exercise Program). Lately, a new body of students has been elected to a new feature, called the CEO's Think-Tank, which brings new, innovative ideas for the betterment of the school.

Staff and students

Mr. Ashok Kumar is the CEO of IHS. He holds a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto, Canada. Kumar has been awarded the Sheikh Hamdan Award for Best Administrator and the Indian National Award by the President of India. The school currently has about 780 teachers (and 200 other working staff) teaching about 12,000 students including 370 students with special needs.

External links

  • Official website


  1. ^ "IHS Dxb – Profile". IHS DxB. Retrieved 04-12-2011. 
  2. ^ "IHS – Achievements". IHSdxb. IHS. 
  3. ^ "IHS – Auditorium". IHS dxb. 
  4. ^ "IHS – Achievements". IHSdxb. IHS. 
  5. ^ "IHS – SAT". IHS – dxb. 
  6. ^ "IHS – Recess radio". IHS – dxb. 
  7. ^ "IHS – Tours". IHS Dubai. 
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