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Greetings from the heart of Sharjah,

As the Director of Al Ma’arifa International Private School, I would like to welcome the MIS community to a new academic year. We are excited to have our students back, who ignite the fire of knowledge in the hearth of their second home. MIS is home to more than 65 different nationalities who are in constant dialogue while working as one spirit towards fulfilling the school’s mission of excellence through innovative knowledge.

We have more than 33 years of experience in international curricula, serving a population of over 4,000 students from KG1- Grade 12. The academic courses are designed to expose students to a wide range of creative, social, scientific and athletic experiences. Our curriculum focuses on the American system up until the high school upon which we offer our students a range of options to choose from. We guide our students to plan their future and ensure that each student makes the most suitable choices. I would like to point out that we prepare students to successfully take either the American Advanced Placement (AP) or the British Advanced Level (AL) exams, in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to compete with the 21st century standards and technologies.

We are extremely proud of our students’ persistent successes since the establishment of MIS in 1986. Our students have been successfully achieving high rankings in various international standardized, benchmark, and diagnostic exams, such as the IGCSEs, SATs, EmSATs, Pisa, and IELTS, to name a few. In MIS, we believe that extra-curricular activities are just as valuable to our student’s development and profiles as academia. Our encouragement has resulted in MIS establishing a strong name for its students in any regional competition or activity for all grades. Our students’ successes do not stop when they move the tassel over to the left and complete their journey with us. Over the years, more than 10,000 alumni have gone through our gates to secure themselves admissions among the most prestigious universities around the globe and grow into dynamic members of the society.

We have been adamant and effective in building up a network of connections locally and internationally to ensure that our students receive the best opportunities. MIS has proudly been one of the first schools to become part of The American University of Sharjah’s Sharakah program and we have also established a partnership with the American University in Dubai in 2018.  In addition we have forged partnerships with numerous well-reputed universities, governmental establishment, societies, educational boards, and accreditation bodies. Internationally, we have been accredited by various accreditation bodies such as the American International Accreditation Association (AIAA), and we are continuously working towards widening our credentials.

I am honored to serve as the Director of Al Ma’arifa International Private School. It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where teachers, parents, and students work together to create a welcoming environment that fosters a great teaching and learning experience.


Samer Sarhane