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I find this whole method of money making by schools here in Dubai quite shameful. You pay the 500 for the admin, then a fee for the assessment, and then some schools want fees in advance and post dated cheques for the whole next academic year....ridiculous, but I did point out that their PDC was pointless, as you can cancel a cheque anytime with your bank.
We applied to 3 British Curriculum schools here across 3 year groups, not having visited the schools first, as we were in another country, but we took them for assessments on our look-see.
All schools wanted the 500 dhs fee, then they wanted 1000 dhs for the assessment.
School 1 took both fees, my kids passed but we declined the place as we did not like the school on our visit. Conduct of the children nor the teachers reaction to them.
School 2 (my preferred choice) took the 500 dhs, but refused to charge the assessment fee until they can assess the child, which they only do once there is a place available (very sensible system IMHO) no places came up until after Term 1 began and I have declined for now but they are all still on the wait list as they can sit there for 2 years.
School 3 - places available for all 3 kids, paid 500 dhs, paid 1000 dhs for the assessment, and that is where they are now...but goodness I wish they would complete the remaining buildings that are not finished..my DH says if he gets one more atrium closure note he will go crazy!!