FIRST LOOK: The Arcadia Preparatory SchoolAugust 22, 2016, 7:05 am GMT
The school's design is focused on centralised open zones for its main block and educational facilities.
Arcadia has been designed by GAJ.
Deputy principal Kephren Sherry joined the school 12 months ago.
The reception area
A Foundation Stage classroom.
Outdoor play areas.
The school clinic features a sick bay, and examination room, and a doctor's office.
Breakout zones are located throughout the school for teachers, students, and parents to interact.
Extensions to the library can serve as performance or meeting areas.
The school library is located in the central atrium on the first floor. Once ready, the library will have 62 books for every child.
The school cafeteria will also host events and workshops.
The school will also utilise the terrace attached to the cafeteria for an organic garden and encourage children to grow fruits and vegetables.
The terrace oversees the building site for the high school, which is expected to open in 2019.
The multi-purpose hall will host performances as well as facilities for indoor sports.
The music room comes equipped with apple screens attached to keyboards and other instruments.
The open plan design brings natural light into the school through courtyard spaces and internal atrium will ensure a light and open environment to the school while maintaining an efficient energy footprint.
The temperature controlled swimming pool is located on the roof. A lifeguard will be stationed by the pool permanently.
The roof also hosts more play areas, as well as a five-a-side football pitch.
A teacher training session was underway when EJME visited.
The school will have an on-site uniform shop to help with alterations and new orders.
A primary years classroom. All classrooms in the school are fitted with Apple TVs with touchscreen technology.
The Arcadia Preparatory School will open in Dubai's Jumeirah Village Triangle on August 28.
The school will offer the National Curriculum of England from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2.
Fees at the school range from AED 42,00 in FS1 to AED 48,300 in Year 6.
Arcadia expects to open with 100 students. 'We plan to start small and grow with the community, and we've employed teachers to reflect those numbers," deputy principal Kephren Sherry tells EJME during our visit.
The school will cap class sizes at 25, with a teacher and teaching assistant. Arcadia has already reached full capacity for one class in FS1, and Kephren reveals the team has launched a second class for FS1.
The school has hired 22 teachers and teaching assistants for its first year, shortlisted from nearly 800 applications.
The school's Enrichment Learning Programme (ELP) is made up of three elements, all delivered within the regular school day. These include: activities provided by external experts and coaches, homework support provided by teachers, and teacher-led enrichment programmes.
Activities offered will include yoga, basketball, football, musical theatre, ballet, gymnastics, robotics, and more.