Frequently Asked Questions


  • How many sections are there per year group?

    Differs across the year groups

  • What are the class sizes for each year group?

    Pre KG – KG2: 25

    Grade 1 – 12: 30

  • What are the school hours?




    KG1 and KG2

    9:00 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.

    Sun - Thur

    Grade 1 – Grade 12

    7:40 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.

    Sun - Thur

    IB Curriculum

    7:40 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.

    Sun, Tues, Wed

    7:40 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

    Mon, Thurs

    ACE Timings

    2:15pm – 4:05pm

    Sun – Thurs 

  • When do the extra-curricular activities start?

    KACE runs for KG1 and KG2 from 8:00am – 9:00am

    ACE starts from Grade 3 (It is not compulsory in Grade 3, 4 and 5)

    ACE is compulsory from Grade 6 - 12 (twice a week) The other three days are optional.

  • What extra-curricular activities do you offer? What are the most popular?

    The Activities for Curriculum Enrichment (ACE) programme offers students a wide array of opportunities for physical and creative recreation including games, clubs, communication and the Accelerator programme. The Accelerator programme challenges students and nurtures their creative thinking and problem solving skills. It has been divided into five parts Callido & Occams Razor (Problem Solving and Critical thinking), Online courses, Mentoring (Enhancement classes for students who need extra support in any particular subject) and Circinate (for Gifted & Talented and high achiever students.) These modules have been designed and planned to help the students think critically and use their problem solving skills.

    Sports included are Cricket, Football, Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Cycling, Throwball, Table Tennis, skating, swimming etc.

  • What additional activities/trips can the children get involved in?

    Interschool, National and International level activities like: Scrabble, Spelling Bee, Trinity Communication, Think Science, YEC, debating, dramatics, choral activities, Quiz competitions, sports competitions, walkathons etc.

    Trips and treks are local and International - excursions include visits to: Other Emirates, Countries around Europe, Africa, America, India etc. International programmes include the NASA Space Camp, Global Young Leaders Program, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award etc.

  • What type of assessments are used?

    • Pre KG – KG 1: Observation session – parents are present with the child
    • Grades 1 to 3: Written assessment in English and Maths (based on the lower grades’ syllabus)
    • Grade 4 – Grade 12: CAT4 (online Cognitive Ability Test)
    • IB: CAT4 (Online tests)
  • How long are the assessments?

    The assessments are approximately 2 hours. KG observation sessions range from 15 – 20 minutes.

  • What languages are available and when do the children start a language?

    • Second language is a choice between Hindi and French
    • Second language and the compulsory third language – Arabic, start in Grade 1.
    • Spanish is offered in the IBDP.
  • What are the top 5 nationalities of the teachers and the students?

    Indian with a few from GCC countries to teach subjects like Arabic and Islamic studies.

  • What is the provision for SEN children?

    We believe in providing a safe, caring and stimulating environment where no child is left behind. Our objective is to meet our aims, to identify and assess children with special educational needs as soon as possible and to use our resources to support these children as effectively as possible, seeking outside specialist help where necessary.

  • What subjects will be offered at GCSE? Will there be enrichment programmes available – food technology, textile, design & Technology?

    Ours is an Indian Curriculum with the IBDP in the senior school. Please find the list of subjects here:

  • Who is the principal and how long has she/he been at the school and within GEMS?

    Mrs. Nargish Khambatta is the Principal and she has been with Modern and GEMS since 2009 – 10 years.

  • When is the school due to be inspected by KHDA?

    Normally done in October/ November

  • What are the main facilities?

    School Facilities:

    • Five ICT Suites
    • Four Computer trolleys
    • S.T.E.M Lab
    • Budhayana – The Spark Lab – Makers Space Innovation Centre
    • Library for the Senior School
    • Primary Learning Centre
    • Discovery Centre
    • IB Lounge
    • Learning corridors
    • Meditation Garden
    • Planter’s Patch
    • Sensorial Garden
    • My Learning – The Learning Management System
    • Infrastructure provision for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

    Sports Facilities:

    • Four Basketball courts
    • Two Football Fields 
    • A Cricket pitch
    • Volleyball court 
    • 8 lane synthetic track with areas for field events like long jump, Shot put, Discus throw and javelin throw
    • Two 25 meters swimming pools  (one for Primary Students and a main pool with facilities for water polo)
    • Five Cricket nets with flood lights
    • Three Tennis courts
    • A Multipurpose hall with markings for Badminton and Basketball
    • A fully equipped Gym 
    • A Cycling and roller skating track
  • What are the top 5 USP’s of the school?

    1. Only ‘Outstanding’ Indian school
    2. Inclusive School
    3. Holistic development of child – Academic excellence and extra-curricular provision
    4. Dual Curriculum at Senior School
    5. PYP methodology followed at the primary levels
    6. Dynamic Student Community – have the ‘Modern’ Brand
  • How will the school prepare the children for Higher Education/University across the world?

    Modern has a dedicated Career Cell and also has tie ups with outside organizations such as ACENTRIA for Career Counselling and preparatory classes (to get students ready for various entrance tests) Our students have been placed in Universities such as Yale, Stanford, UCLA, IIT, NIT etc

  • Where is MHS located?

    Nad Al Sheba 3. Close to Silicon Oasis, International City, Nad Al Sheba areas.

  • Does the school have any open days or MTP planned? If so, what are the dates and times?

    No planned activities due to given global scenario. School tours are scheduled on Monday and Wednesdays and we do accommodate parents who are visiting/ travelling and cannot come on those particular days.

  • What do you offer in YR11 & YR12?

    ISC and the IB Diploma

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