Scholarships Programme

Dubai Heights Academy’s scholarships programme is offered to students in Year 3 to Year 11, to recognise the achievements of those who are academically gifted, as well as those with exceptional abilities in music, performing arts and sports.

The scholarships award up to 75% off KHDA approved school fees and are merit-based, with the terms and conditions determined by the Scholarships Committee, taking into consideration academic performance and extracurricular achievements. Our intention is to ensure fairness and equal opportunities for all eligible candidates.

Scholarship Categories and Criteria

There are three scholarship categories, which are open to current and new students; the academic scholarship, the music and performing arts scholarship; and the sports scholarship. Current Dubai Heights Academy students will automatically be considered for academic scholarships based on our internal assessment data, while new students will be based on CAT4 testing at their assessment stage of admissions. The music, performing arts and sports scholarships will involve an evidence based application process which will be determined by our Head of Performing Arts and Head of PE, respectively.

External candidates must apply to become a student at Dubai Heights Academy through our standard admissions process before submitting their scholarship application.

Scholarship Category Criteria for 2024-2025
Academic

Students will be automatically considered (no application required) and must meet all or most of the following:

  • Achieve an exceptional scoring in CAT4 test - mean score of 130 and above and/or 3 of the 4 areas tested are 130+ (Quantitative, Verbal, Non Verbal and Spatial)
  • Consistently display a strong attendance record - 98% and above
  • Have excellent attitudes to learning
  • Attend an interview with members of the scholarship committee
Music and the Performing Arts

The applicant must meet all or most of the following criteria, which will be reviewed by the Head of Performing Arts and the Scholarships Committee:

  • Have notable achievements or awards. e.g. ABRSM Performance Exams / Trinity College Exams / LAMDA / Royal Academy of Dance Exams
  • Have an ability above age expectations
  • Submit evidence of live performance/s outside of school in a recognised orchestra and/or band eg National Youth Orchestra
  • Submit a performance audition or a portfolio demonstrating their skills on their chosen instrument or voice
  • Demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning and school life
  • Provide letters of recommendation from coaches and teachers
Sports

The applicant must meet all or most of the following criteria, which will be reviewed by the Head of PE and the Scholarships Committee:

  • Represent or have represented on a national or international scale, at least 1 sport e.g. football, swimming, basketball, cricket, netball, golf, rugby, athletics, tennis, skating, gymnastics and dance (not limited to)
  • Have received valid representation and/or recognised awards in the last 2 years
  • Have sporting abilities above age expectations (playing in a league above their age category)
  • Submit evidence of ability including references from external (non-DHA) coaches i.e. club or national coach, details of sports awards or other recognition and competition results for achievements outside of school fixtures
  • Have excellent attitudes to learning and school life
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