The Emirates National School offers courses from Kindergarten to Grade 12, following the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi (C.B.S.E) curriculum, enabling students to appear for the All India secondary School Examination. The textbooks prescribed are selected from different educational publishers including the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Supplementary books and lateral courses are offered at different levels to augment the C.B.S.E curriculum. The study of Arabic is compulsory for all students from Grades 1 to 10 and Islamic studies are compulsory for Muslim students from Grades 1 to 10.
The academic year begins from April and end on March of the following year. Classes for KG1 to Grade10 have two academic terms with the first term beginning in April and ending in mid-October and the second term beginning from Mid- October to the end of March. Grades 11 and 12 have three terms in an academic year with the first term beginning in April and Ending in June, the second term beginning in September and ending in December, and the third term beginning in January and Ending in March. The school closes for two months in July and August for summer holidays and for 15 days in December for the winter break. Each term for the respective sections conclude with the “Open House” where the performance of the child is discussed with the respective supervisors and teachers.
The academic performance of students from KG1 to Grade 10 is evaluated under the C.B.S.E’s Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system (C.C.E). The system grades a student based on two modes of evaluation, the Formative Assessment system and the Summative Assessment system. The former system evaluates a child’s performance objectively through an activity-based system where various academic activities pertinent to the subjects taught are held in order to assess a child’s development. A holistic assessment of the child is the prime objective of the Formative Assessment system. The Summative Assessment system uses the traditional methods of evaluation where the child’s knowledge, concepts and reasoning ability are tested through written examinations. There are four Formative Assessment tests, F.A.1, F.A.2, F.A.3 and F.A.4, where the first two assessments are held in the first term and the third and fourth tests conducted in the second term. Each term also contains a Summative assessment test with the S.A.1 conducted at the end of the first term and the S.A. 2 held at the end of the second term.