Approach to Education

At ISC-Umm Al Quwain, we consider the school as a dynamic production team. Administrators, teachers, and students are all contributors to this team. Knowledge and ideas are the product of the team effort. Since students are the ones who benefit most directly from the product, they should be most concerned that the product is of a high quality.

Everyone in a SABIS® Network school has a job to do; everyone is accountable. Administrators, students, and staff "self-audit" in order to discover and correct errors. It is teamwork that allows us to reach heights that are difficult to reach otherwise.

Educational System

Like all SABIS® Network schools, we implement the SABIS® Educational System™, an academic program that has been developed and refined over a 130-year period. With a balance of academics, self-development, and life preparation, the SABIS® Educational System™ prepares its students for success in college, fosters a lifelong interest in learning, and develops responsible world-class citizens. The SABIS® Student Life Organization®, or SLO®, ensures that students enjoy an active an engaging student life that empowers them through the development of personal, social, and leadership skills and encourages them to make a difference in their lives and their communities. 


Our curriculum prepares students for success on a wide range of external examinations which include the U.S. Advanced Placement Exams, the SAT and TOEFL exams as well as the British IGCSE & AS/A- Level Exams. We also prepare students for examinations needed to obtain a high school diploma.

Class Teaching

All courses for students at all levels are clearly structured to enable students and teachers to know precisely what should be learned. Teachers teach one concept at a time using the SABIS Point System® with each lesson alternating frequently between oral work, individual work, and group work in such a way that it is difficult for students to “switch off”.

Students engage in regular assessment using exams that teachers do not see in advance. Everyone in the school is accountable. Accordingly, students learn more in class and have more time for relaxation and fun after school.

Student Follow-Up

Students who fall behind in their work are advised, motivated, detained, helped, and coached until they catch up. As long as they manage their own time successfully, students' time is theirs, otherwise help is given.

Learning Process

All courses at ISC- Umm Al Quwain are structured. A system of academic tracking - the SABIS® AMS, a computerized method of detecting gaps in knowledge - allows the administration to closely follow the progress of each individual. Gaps are pinpointed as soon as they form, and efforts are focused on eliminating them. Valuable time is saved and a gap-free, cohesive structure of knowledge is built in students' minds.


The SABIS® Student Life Organization at ISC-Umm Al Quwain works hand in hand with the staff. Members of the SLO are appointed by the administration for their competence rather than elected by the students based on popularity. SLO seeks to:

  • Raise academic standards

  • Promote high social and moral values

  • Develop personality

  • Develop communication and management skills and

  • Involve students in organizing sports and aesthetic activities