School Sections

1- Infant School

Guiding Principlesof the Infant School Section (Early Childhood; KG1-Grade 2)


The principals of the early childhood school section involve the following:


  • While young children develop through similar stages they develop at individual rates, they need different amounts of time and support to develop common understanding.
  • Learning experiences must be provided that meet individual and group needs, interests and developmental levels.
  • Learning is enhanced byrespectfulinteraction and cooperation with others, including adults and children. Through interaction, organized activities and purposeful play, children explore and experiment with their environment to add to their knowledge and learn new skills.
  • Parents play a central role in the development of their children. When children begin Preschool, parents and teachers form a partnership to support learning at home and at school.
  • Happy children learn better. Children are given choice, and nurturing their rights to speak up is essential.
  • Respect and understanding of both the local and international community is essential to being sociallywell developedand empathetic learners.


2- Elementary School

Guiding Principles of the Elementary Section (Grade 3-5)
The goal of the PPS-Dubai Elementary Section is to provide an environment that fosters happy students and prepares them for further educational success. 
PPS’s Elementary Section provides a caring and family-like environment where teachers, administrators and staff nurture children’s’ growth. It is a place where high behavioral standards are expected and providing sound academic education is a priority. 
We emphasize student led investigation and provide learning that is developmentally appropriate, purposeful, and diverse. Tolerance, respect and understanding of other perspectives is essential in all aspects of their interaction and learning. 

3- Middle School

Guiding Principles of the Middle School Section (Grade 6-8) 
Middle School Section students are emerging adolescents who experience profound changes in the intellectual, physical, social and emotional areas of their lives. These changes call for a unique learning environment where happy learners can mature, achieve success and be challenged at their own developmental rate. 
The mission of the Middle School Section PPS is to nurture the development of responsible, considerate citizens in an increasingly interdependent global society by creating an environment in which students are challenged to explore, to create, to make decisions and to actively participate in and be accountable for their learning so that they can develop to be capable, contributing and happy adults. It is essential that students learning is embedded in the values of the national community, as well as that students are exposed to international events and issues, and that they develop international mindedness.

4- Senior School

Guiding Principles of the High/Senior School Section (Grade 9-12)
The philosophy of PPS’s High School Section considers the personal development of students as being just as important as their educational growth and occupational readiness. We believe that happy children are those that learn best. The school operates in an environment of cooperation and mutual respect so that students may develop self-esteem, sensitivity, and respect for others.  
The High School mission is to raise independent learners that can make good choices while being high achievers with both academic and social skills that will make them successful in the real world. For these reasons it is essential that we provide students with leadership opportunities in a cooperative environment, choice, and application of knowledge and learning to the real world, all the while enhancing global mindedness.

For SAT and AP related information please see Mr. Wael Ibrahim, the College Counselor in PPS.
Philadelphia Private School (PPS), Dubai, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) and AdvancED. PPS is a member of the Learner’s World International Schools (LWIS) Network that is managed by School Development Consultants (SDC). For more information on the LWIS school network and SDC, please visit: