Children from 4 to 5 years old attend kindergarten, where they learn the basics in subjects from music to mathematics. They will often learn through a combination of Arabic and English unless attending a specific English-language institution.
Primary education in Dubai lasts for six years and is geared toward kids between 6 and 12 years old. As mandated by the UAE's Ministry of Education, children will continue covering fundamental topics with multi-lingual instruction. They may also begin learning other foreign languages, such as French or Russian.
As students graduate from primary school, they'll enter preparatory school between the ages of 12 and 15. During these years, students continue honing their classroom learning, expanding their knowledge to cover new topics of study and developing critical thinking skills. They will also work on their linguistic capabilities.
From ages 15 to 18, students go to secondary school. Many students take internationally recognized standardized tests during these years, creating opportunities for potential university studies abroad. They'll often continue studying basic subjects while focusing on additional topics, such as computer studies, science or a specific foreign language. Students will receive a diploma upon completing their studies.