Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • How long does the admissions process take?
    The process should take no more than two weeks from the moment you get in touch with us. Timings can vary, though, as each child’s application journey is different. Speak to our admissions team to find out more.
  • Do you charge an application fee?
    Yes, we do. This fee covers the administrative costs of your child’s assessment.
  • Is the process different if my company pays the fees?
    If your company is paying your child’s fees, our admissions and finance teams are happy to deal with them directly. Please let us know as early as possible in the application process.
  • Can my child start halfway through a term?
    Yes, absolutely. Your child can start at Compass any time in the year, subject to available places.
  • Are you a selective school?
    Yes. Your child will do a short online assessment before they start with us. This ensures our school is right for them, and that we can unlock their full potential.
  • What are the differences between your three campuses?

    Although we’re one school community, each of our campuses offers students something slightly different.  

    Our Gharaffa campus teaches early years and primary education. This complements our primary and secondary provision on our Madinat Khalifa campus, which is also home to our IBDP students. On our Themaid campus, we teach early years right through to A-levels.  

    All three campuses have outstanding facilities that deliver a first-class learning experience.

  • What curricula will my child follow?

    At Compass, we teach a combination of the best in British and international curricula.

    Our youngest learners (ages 3-5) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In our primary classes (ages 5-11), students learn through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Lower secondary students (ages 11-14) follow the English National Curriculum. Our Key Stage 4 learners (ages 14-16) study for their International GCSEs. And at 16-19, our students have the unique opportunity to choose between A-levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

  • How do A-levels and the IBDP differ?

    Our 16 to 19-year-old students are in the unique position of being able to choose between A-levels or the IBDP. Both academic pathways are highly regarded across the world and recognised by the best universities.  

    Our A-level students typically specialise in four subjects, alongside extra-curricular activities and projects. 

    Our IBDP students study subjects in six thematic groups, as well as being assessed in core competencies, abilities, and values.

  • What nationalities are represented at your school?
    We’re home to children and families from more than 80 countries around the world.
  • Where can I find the school's term and holiday dates?
    You’ll find all our key dates on our calendar.