Director's Blog

Calendar Update for 2017-18

Attached here is the latest academic calendar for 2017-18.  This is a modified one from what was originally published earlier. 

The major changes associated with the already adopted UAS calendar are a decrease in the minimum number of days (to 170 from 175) and an increase in the number of weeks for the winter holiday, now PROPOSED to begin on December 17th.

The UAS administration had …

Director's Update May 30, 2017

2017-2018 Tuition Fees Announcement

After not increasing fees for the current school year, UAS applied for and received KHDA approval for a 3.6% fee increase for 2017-18. 

You can now find the updated tuition fees listed the admissions page of the school's website:

The tuition increase of 3.6% will be directed back into the operations of …

Posted by atorris in Director's Weekly Updates on Sunday May 28
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Director's Update May 22, 2017

Congratulations Class of 2017

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to our new graduates and their parents and guests at the commencement exercises for our school.  This is one of the many pleasures of being the director at the school.  Each and every one of the graduates took their strides across the stage and accepted their diploma from me, and then shook the hands of our …

Director's Update May 14, 2017

Changes to the 17-18  Academic Calendar??

It has been reported in the local press about the changes required the UAE Cabinet order 26/5.  The changes, according to the order are "designed to give families more time to spend together, and to provide students with a greater home/school balance".  
The major changes associated with the already adopted UAS calendar are a …

Director's Update May 9, 2017

Attention Grade 8 Parents! 

On Sunday, May 14th at 6:00 pm we will be hosting a "9th Grade Transition Night" for the parents of current 8th-grade students in the Secondary Library. We will go over important information regarding academics, behavior expectations, and post-secondary planning. If you are planning to attend, please fill out the link found here. 

If you are not able to…

Director's Update April 30, 2017

Congratulations to PTSO Officers Elected!

PTSO Elections are complete and as per the bylaws, the new president and the executive board officially take office formally on May 1, 2017.

Please join me in sharing congratulations with:

Areej Hanandeh – President

Heba Selim – Vice President

Mireille Azar Sawaya – Treasurer

Reminder: Ramadan Hours

The KHDA has directed …

Director's Update April 18, 2017

PTSO Nomination Process Complete

Thanks to the help of three parent community members, Mr. Andrew Shutsa and myself, the PTSO executive board election process is complete.  I addressed the PTSO Annual General Meeting on Monday and outlined the process of the elections at UAS for our PTSO officers. At this time we have only one candidate for the offices of President, Vice President and …

Director's Update April 10, 2017

Nice to be back!

I am hoping that all of you had an enjoyable, relaxing and recharging time with your children during the holidays. I have had many parents note to me that it was good to have their kids around, but also it is splendid to have them back in school!  I have to admit the same feeling!

My holiday was spent relaxing and traveling with my wife and children for a few days but also …

Posted by atorris in Director's Weekly Updates on Monday April 10
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Director's Update March 20, 2017

International Day Thank You!

This is mentioned below, but I will mention here also... THANK YOU to the PTSO, students, teachers, staff, administration and especially the many, many parents who supported the PTSO International Day last week.  

I was sorry that I was called away on a personal emergency issue last week and had to leave to attend to a matter of some urgency, and unfortunately …

Director's Update March 9, 2017

Looking to Next Year @ UAS

Now that the school has completed the Dubai School Inspection Bureau visit we will move on to our reaccreditation process which will be concluded with a Council of International Schools(CIS), Middle States Association(MSA) visit. Along with these two visits, we will also host the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) and Diploma program (DP) evaluation…

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