Admissions Process

How to begin your child's journey...

School Tours

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child, which is why we think it’s important that you really get to know our school and our community. Tours of the campus are available by appointment and are conducted at 9, 10 and 11am Monday to Wednesday.

To schedule a tour, please contact the College to book a convenient time.

Year 7 Admissions Criteria – 2015 Entry

Please note, in response to increasing demand for places, an element of selection is being introduced into the Jumeirah College admissions policy for admissions to Year 7 for 2015/2016 entry. The following process will be applied:

  • All applicants will sit a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) at the College (or at home school in the case of JPS students), on a published agreed date.
  • Projected attainment levels and school reports will be collected from current schools.
  • To qualify for an offer at Jumeirah College, applicants will be required to demonstrate a good level of academic potential, with a CAT score above the required threshold.
  • Applications can be supported so as to demonstrate excellence in pursuits beyond the curriculum, such as sport, drama, music and the arts, as well as potential in global citizenship, leadership and innovation. Such supporting evidence will be taken into consideration as part of the process.

Students successfully achieving these criteria will then be offered places in the following order of priority:

  • Year 6 student at Jumeirah Primary School at the time of application
  • A sibling of a student already attending the college
  • Son/daughter of a member of staff at Jumeirah Primary School or Jumeirah College
  • Year 6 student from other schools
  •  If the number of applications from the first three criteria exceeds the number of places available, students will then be ranked and offered a place in order of test result and KS2 projected levels.
  • All other applicants will be ranked subsequently and places will be offered to those candidates when numbers allow.

Support for Learning

Where a child has a particular learning need that would affect their ability to access the curriculum unsupported, the capacity of both the College and Support for Learning Department will be the deciding factor whether a place at the College will be offered following the interview and consultation with the home primary.

Jumeirah College Assessment (CAT)

  • All students applying to the College for Years 7 to 10 must complete an assessment.
  • The assessment is an online Cognitive Ability Assessment containing verbal, non-verbal, quantitative, and spatial reasoning questions.
  • The assessment takes between 1.30 and 2 hours to complete.
  • The assessment is broken down into a series of small, timed tests, with all students having the same length of time to answer the questions.
  • Practice questions are provided at the beginning of each small test and these are not timed or marked.
  • All questions are multiple choice.
  • We ensure that all students are informed of the instructions and are comfortable before starting the assessment.
  • To ensure fairness to all our applicants, no further information can be provided about the assessment.


In line with the Ministry of Education, the following documents must be submitted with your child’s application:

  • 2 copies of the applicant’s passport including valid residence visa (due upon receipt)
  • 2 copies of the parent/sponsor’s passport, including valid residence visa (due upon receipt)
  • 2 copies of the applicant’s UAE ID card, front and back (due upon receipt)
  • 2 copies of the mother’s UAE ID card, front and back (due upon receipt)
  • 2 copies of the father’s UAE card, front and back (due upon receipt)
  • 2 copies of your child’s birth certificate
  • 4 recent passport photos of your child
  • A copy of the student’s current immunisation record in English

Transfer Certificate

Every student is required by UAE Ministry of Education Law to have a transfer certificate from their last school.

This is strictly enforced and failure to have a properly completed certificate, or a legally binding undertaking to action all the necessary documentation, will result in your child’s place being withdrawn.

Please discuss your child’s transfer requirements with the Registrar as your country of origin and previous school will be taken into consideration.

If transferring from another school in Dubai:

  • Please inform your current school of your intentions.
  • Jumeirah College will then contact your current school to obtain the Transfer Certificate.
  • No further action is required, although a fee of AED 15 is charged by the KHDA for the transfer.
  • This is payable to the Registrar’s Office at the College.

If transferring from a school outside of Dubai:

The original Transfer Certificate must be obtained by yourself from your child’s current school and given to Jumeirah College on arrival in Dubai.

Please be aware of the attestation rules, if applicable, as outlined below.

The Certificate must be on official school letterhead and must contain the following information:

  • Name of Student
  • Date of Birth
  • Class to which he/she was admitted to the school
  • Present Class
  • Year Group Partially Completed (if moving mid-way through the academic year)
  • Year Group Completed (if moving at the end of the academic year)
  • Year Group Promoted to (for the next academic year)
  • Date the child left the school (the student’s last day at school)
  • School stamp and signature

Important! Please note: Students coming from countries other than the United States, Australia, Canada, Western Europe and New Zealand should have their original Transfer Certificate attested by:

  • Ministry of Education (from country of TC origin).
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (from country of TC origin).
  • UAE Embassy (from the country of TC origin) for students transferring from schools with the UAE, a Ministry approved Transfer Certificate is issued.

 If you require any more information about admissions at Jumeirah College - Dubai, please contact us on 04 395 5524.