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New school offers progressive-education curriculum

American-model Clarion School a first in Dubai

By Elizabeth Elphick
28 Jan 2016 | 02:13 pm
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Clarion School, to open in September, will be offering an American curriculum based on progressive education, a first in Dubai. While all grades are aligned to the New York State Common Standards, grade 11 and 12 students can choose to follow an IB Diploma or certificates programme, or to graduate with a US high school diploma.

So what exactly is progressive education? Dr Kandace Williams explains, “What sets progressive education apart is its emphasis on life-long learning. It fosters a developmental-interaction environment in which children are learning and growing through the integration of thinking, feeling, doing and reflecting.

“For example, on a typical day in a progressive school classroom, children may be taken on a field trip and will be guided to interpret the experience through their eyes upon their return to the classroom. The experience comes, first and then the students take their understanding of that, reflect on it and expand on it, which is quite different to the traditional approach to education where the child would learn all the facts first and then go on a field trip to simply observe and validate what they have learned.”

Clarion School will be the third school owned and operated by Scholars International Group (SIG) in the UAE, and is established in collaboration with the New York-based private educational institution, Bank Street College of Education.

It is currently taking admissions for Pre-K to grade 2 pupils, with upper grades to follow next year. For Pre-K, KG1 and 2 classes will have 20 or fewer pupils, while the maximum for grades 1 and 2 will be 24. Each class has a designated teacher who holds a Master of Education degree and a qualified assistant teacher.

For more information or to apply for admission online, visit or email, or phone 04 457 4321.

By Elizabeth Elphick

By Elizabeth Elphick