Application Tips

Follow the helpful tips below for a successful application to Raha International School.

Apply Early

Applications at Raha International School open 12 months before the start of the next academic year and do not carry over from previous years. Every year is a fresh start for applications.

Set a reminder in your calendar for the first of September so you can be among the first to apply.

For overseas applicants, go ahead and apply even if you aren’t sure you are coming. It’s completely free (and relatively painless, we promise!) and at least you get your name on the waiting list instead of leaving it too late.

Check the Grade

Make sure you apply for the right grade. It can be confusing with changing between curriculums or when schools have different academic calendars.

Start by checking our grade equivalency chart. The admissions team can also advise you if you are still unsure.

Note: As of 26 January 2021, the age cut-off date for new students joining Minis, EY1, EY2 and Grade 1 is 31 August.

Grade Equivalency Chart
Condition of placementAge GuideRahaUK


3 years old on or before 31 August3+KCC MinisFS1Pre-KPS
4 years old on or before 31 August4+EY1FS2KG1MS
5 years old on or before 31 August5+EY2Year 1KG2GS
6 years old on or before 31 August6+Grade 1Year 2Grade 1CP
Valid transfer certificate7+Grade 2Year 3Grade 2CE1
Valid transfer certificate8+Grade 3Year 4Grade 3CE2
Valid transfer certificate9+Grade 4Year 5Grade 4CM1
Valid transfer certificate10+Grade 5Year 6Grade 5CM2
Valid transfer certificate11+Grade 6Year 7Grade 6Sixieme
Valid transfer certificate12+Grade 7Year 8Grade 7Cinquieme
Valid transfer certificate13+Grade 8Year 9Grade 8Quatrieme
Valid transfer certificate14+Grade 9Year 10Grade 9Troiseme
Valid transfer certificate15+Grade 10Year 11Grade 10Seconde
Valid transfer certificate16+Grade 11Year 12Grade 11Premiere
Valid transfer certificate17+Grade 12Year 13Grade 12Terminale

Grade level placement is conditional upon final approval by ADEK (Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge). 

Involve Your Child

Involve your child in choosing the right school. Children will have an easier transition if they feel they have had a voice in choosing their new school. Bring them on a tour and let us answer any questions or concerns they may have.

They usually want to know what kind of food is served in the canteen and if they will make friends. We love hearing from students! Let us reassure them and get them excited about coming to school.

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Do your research. Just like we ask our students to be curious, we encourage parents to be curious too.

Take an active interest in your child’s education. Many parents may not be familiar with the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and you can find more information here on our website.

The Admissions team can also guide you to the latest research to help you choose the right curriculum. There are no silly questions and we will always be happy to answer them or if we are stumped, we can direct you to someone who can.

Check Documents

Check your documents. You won’t need any documents to apply, but you will need some along the way and to formally register with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) once accepted.

In order to avoid any delays or surprises, it’s best to check the full list of documents right from the start so you can be prepared.


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