The American educational model is currently in use in nearly a quarter of all Middle Eastern private schools. Parents consider American curriculum schools in Sharjah and other cities in the UAE as “stepping stones” for their children to be accepted into colleges and universities in the United States.
One of the world’s largest markets for private international schools can be found in the UAE. By certain estimates, foreign nationals account for most the country’s population. So, there is a high demand for international schools that implement curricula from certain countries, especially the United Kingdom and the United States.
The need for private schools that follow curricula and an educational model based on U.S. standards keeps on growing, especially in cities like Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. American public schools are some of the best in the world and this applies to overseas U.S. private schools in the Middle East as well. Of course, there are certain gaps in the performance of the local pupils that have to be addressed, but the opportunities these schools offer cannot be overlooked.
The curriculum at Middle Eastern U.S. private schools usually tends to be more extensive, inclusive and varied, compared to conventional local curricula. They do not leave out subjects like arts, humanities, and literature because testing is not their sole focus.
Students there do simply learn how to proficiently take tests; rather they end up becoming well-rounded graduates. The American curriculum being taught in the Middle East also incorporates physical fitness programs and trains pupils how to cope with stress. Additionally, students at these schools are not classified on the basis of their academic ability alone.