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Core Attributes

Leadership – Fifth Dimension children will have good communication skills that will enable them to lead people to find resolutions, set a good example, are resilient, have courage, have a positive attitude and are dependable and reliable.

Cultural literacy – Fifth Dimension children learn to understand the subtle nuances that come along with living or working in a particular society. They consists of understanding the language, methods, assumptions, and unstated ideas that make up a way to behave and communicate. Knowing your own cultural literacy makes you more empathetic and aware of others.

STEM Mind-set – Fifth Dimension children learn to approach problems with an open mind, consider a range of solutions, seek innovation, and express their ideas in a variety of modes.

Our children’s accomplishments are recognised through our passport, and the passport provides our community with a focus that reflects our values.


Core Competencies

Creativity– Fifth Dimension children think creatively by generating and exploring ideas, making original connections. They try different ways to tackle a problem, working with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value.

Critical thinking– Fifth Dimension children evaluate their strengths and limitations, setting themselves realistic goals with criteria for success. They monitor their own performance and progress, inviting feedback from others and making changes to further their learning. Twenty 71 children use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

Digital literacy – Fifth Dimension children are able to critically use technology, to navigate through various online forums and devices, understanding how technology works, and being able to creatively and inventively manipulate technology to solve problems.

Collaboration – Fifth Dimension children demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams and exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal and assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member

Problem Solving— Fifth Dimension children will work through a problem to reach a solution without giving up. They will search for multiple ways of solving a problem, using logic and critical thinking in order to find the best solution.


The Fifth Dimension Passport

At Fifth Dimension, every learner has a passport that contains our core competencies. We recognise that in today’s world, children need a variety of skills, competencies, and supporting attributes to succeed in future employment, higher education, and to be positive, active members of society. Our foundational fluencies drive our planning and assessment practices.


American International Accreditation Association of Schools and Colleges

As part of our commitment to improvement, we are seeking accreditation with the American International Accreditation Association of Schools and Colleges. Although we know this is not compulsory for US curriculum schools in Dubai, we appreciate the formal review process, and we recognize the standards outlined by this body.

This drive towards accreditation will align our practices within school and enable our educators and staff to gain external validation for their efforts. We will also be part of a wider team of US accredited schools which we can partner with, and share resources and ideas.

More information about the accreditation can be found here:


Nad Al Sheba Villas Residents’ Discount

With Nad Al Sheba Villas located within 5 minutes drive of Fifth Dimension Elementary School, the Nakheel community is a natural catchment area for our school. With more residents moving into the community, either by renting or buying, we’re delighted to be on the doorstep of the community.

As a natural partner to Nad Al Sheba Villas, we are delighted to offer residents of Al Sheba Villas, 30% discount on our fees up until September 1st, 2021.

If you are located in Nad Al Sheba Villas, and you are interested in joining the school, please contact or call us on +971 56 943 9545.

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Digital Technology across the Curriculum

Digital technology will feature across the curriculum and will significantly contribute to achieving learner outcomes in all subjects. As part of our school’s vision, technology will be a central feature.

Digital technology will be integrated effectively into the planning, teaching and assessment of all grades and subjects wherever relevant. We know that this is essential learning for students to become proficient in 21st Century workplace skills.

All teachers will receive continuous professional development to make meaningful use of various technologies as pivotal teaching and learning tools.

Throughout the learning experience, technology will play a pivotal role as a medium for learning, assessment, communication, skill development, mastery of content and understanding, and for creative expression.


Our Community

Schools in Nad Al Sheba

Within the Nad Al Sheba area, there are plenty of schools but the Nad Al Sheba catchment area of Fifth Dimension lacks a community focused school that is aspirational and inclusive. We know that within the Dubai landscape, there is a trend of parents seeking US curriculum standards whilst maintaining Islamic values and a strong offering of Arabic. Our school will be future focused and ambitious in its offering, whist maintaining strong cultural values that reflect the community.


Our School Day

Happiness and Well-being

At Fifth Dimension, we know that physical and emotional well-being are crucial to effective learning.

In short, happiness, wellbeing, learning, enjoyment and success share a direct relationship with each other.

Given the heavy social pressures and a world-wide pandemic that our children and communities have faced, now more than ever, we want to help our learners focus on emotional wellness, and happiness.

Good humour and positive activity in schools are essential.  Children won’t access the curriculum, however brilliant they are, unless they are happy.   Happy and confident to ask questions, happy to engage, and happy to make mistakes.   To achieve this, senior leaders must foster a learning environment where everyone has a voice, and children are encouraged to engage in the co-construction of learning and establishment of the values which define the school community.   Above all, children need to know that they will be listened to.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence on the factors around happiness and well-being, which can then be applied in work with individuals and institutions. Having a better understanding of how to increase the likelihood of happiness with life, and how to channel the emotional pains of road blocks and failure en route, are the sort of skills that can substantially improve an individual’s progress.   Today’s generation of young people have emerged as a generation with a fear of failure, yet failure can help to define success.

Happiness is also part of UAE’s Centennial plans and it is also part of our school’s mission.

Happiness counts.  It matters in education.  A happy child is a child that is confident.   A confident child is a child that learns.  A child that learns is child who readily progresses and develops a ‘give it a go attitude’, and equips themselves with the skill set to reach their potential and grow from a learner of today to the leader of tomorrow.

As we move towards opening in September, 2021, we will share further details about our happiness and well-being program.


Parent Handbook

Our Kindergarten and Early Years Program

At Fifth Dimension we recognize the importance of offering a holistic and age appropriate learning environment in the early years, particularly at school entry level.

We will implement the California Preschool Framework, alongside the Kindergarten Academic Standards. This framework supports children’s learning experiences by promoting learning environments that are:

  • Age and developmentally appropriate
  • Inclusive of children of determination
  • Culturally sensitive and meaningful
  • Reflective of intentional planning and reflective assessment

Get in touch with our admissions team to arrange a tour and learn more about our KG program.


The California State Standards

Our team benchmarked the educational standards and frameworks deployed in the United States. The California State Standards stood out for their balance of cognitive, behavioral and subject standards relevant to a child growing and learning in a fast-changing world.

At Fifth Dimension, we will adopt the California State Standards and contextualise them for our local community.  The California Department of Education website articulates what the standards are:

  • Standards – provide a framework to organize both what learners should be able to do, and what they should know as they transition from grade level to grade level.
  • Curriculum – provides organization to the subject content, this may or may not include materials that can be used to demonstrate the learner’s attainment in each subject domain.

To infuse STEAM throughout our school, our staff and leaders will align the California State Standards vertically and horizontally across grade levels.

At the same time, we will meet UAE requirements in Arabic, Islamic Education, UAE Education and Moral Education. In compliance with KHDA expectations, the curriculum will also keep innovation at the forefront of our curricular approach through the STEAM focus and use of Makerspaces as incubators for ideation and innovation.