A student body that represents 57 different nationalities is uniquely placed to provide a rich contextual framework for teaching and learning that celebrates individuality and diversity in pursuit of a common purpose of excellence. This means that students can share, compare and contrast their experiences and learn that “other people, with their differences, can also be right” (International Baccalaureate Mission Statement.)
Luke Osborne, Head of Middle School commented, “as a school we are lucky that both the Knowledge and Human Development Authority and the International Baccalaureate have made an explicit commitment to the concept of inclusion, which espouses a philosophy in which barriers to learning are removed. This very much reflects our own commitment to excellence for all. To that end, we do our utmost to celebrate diversity by using our local and global contexts as a rich source of learning, all the while remaining true to our Swiss roots.”
The AED 530 million state-of-the-art campus adjacent to Dubai Creek with capacity for 2,442 students, boasts 90-100 sqm (970-1080 sqft) classrooms, which is 30% larger than a standard size. The bilingual teaching streams also demand a high teacher to student ratio and a strict maximum class size of 22 students.
Head of School, Beat Sommer commented that the diversity is to be celebrated: “An increasing number of parents in the UAE are seeing the benefit of a multilingual education and that is why SISD is in such high demand. The SISD IB programme will mirror Switzerland’s highly sophisticated and inclusive education system. Our goal is to foster a flourishing community of global citizens that are inquisitive, active and compassionate life-long learners, and who contribute to a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”