Mission, Vision and Values
At Dunecrest American School in Dubai, our mission is to provide a holistic American international education that inspires students to discover their talents, pursue their passions, and make a positive impact on their communities and the world beyond.
is to be a vibrant learning community that nurtures global leaders.
"Our mission is provide a holistic American international education that inspires students to discover their talents, pursue their passions, and make a positive impact on their communities and the world beyond."
As a member of the Dunecrest American School educational family, you will have the opportunity to experience and bring alive the central pillars that drive our journey to educational excellence.
- 1. Academic Excellence
- 2. Creativity
- 3. Independence
- 4. Wellness
- 5. International Mindedness
- 6. Service
- 7. Innovation
Our drive to instill bold curiosity and diligent effort is the hallmark of Dunecrest American School. Our coursework, from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, provides meaningful and challenging opportunities for both individual and collective achievement. We strive to promote our students’ desire to pursue their highest potential, and to empower them with the means to achieve it.
Learning is embraced when it is personalized-when the learner’s interests, preferences, strengths, contributions, and prior knowledge are sufficiently honored. Dunecrest American School fosters curiosity about the world by creating learning situations that provide something important to think about, time to experiment, and time to make sense of what is observed. Learning is both a personal process of discovery and creativity, and a social activity. Everyone learns both individually and as part of a group.
Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas. They also need to exchange their reflections with other students and with adults. We must ask our students what they believe in so they can know themselves in the world. We must give our students the tools of rigorous and passionate intellectual inquiry and self-expression so they can grow. Every aspect of Dunecrest American School encourages both children and adults to take responsibility for their own personal and collective learning.
The interaction between student and teacher is the heart of our school. All that we do must stem from enhancing that relationship. Our mission is to challenge the minds, excite the imaginations, and train the bodies of the students in our care- to foster their desire for humankind’s common good, and to increase their capacity for mutual and self-respect. We aim to prepare our students to learn confidently for the rest of their lives, and to give generously and joyfully to others. We seek to guide our students to make healthy choices and to have respect for their own minds and bodies. We must lead them to distinguish right from wrong, and to choose to do what is right so they can develop into responsible and courageous citizens. At Dunecrest, exacting inquiry and thoughtful discourse foster the life of the mind, instruction and activity promote fitness and health, and the daily interactions of faculty and students nurture integrity, empathy, and kindness.
In our commitment to diversity, we must show our students how to be colleagues and friends so they can act out of respect and love. As a school community with these purposes and responsibilities, we will engage the larger communities of city, nation, and world of which we are a part. Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others. Our students are taught to investigate and value their different histories and backgrounds, as well as those of other communities and cultures. Because learning and growth at Dunecrest arise from each individual's engagement with others, students and faculty value the differences they bring to the community they share.
In life and at school we are crew, not passengers. Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others and each other. One of Dunecrest's primary functions is to prepare students with the attitudes and skills to learn from and be of service. Our school is committed to uniting knowledge, service and good moral values. It seeks to develop students who combine proven academic ability, intellectual curiosity, and tenacity with decency, good character and service to others.
Learners are most engaged when the learning community challenges them with compelling and achievable objectives. Learning happens best with emotion, challenge and the essential support to experience success. Individuals discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. At Dunecrest, students undertake tasks that require perseverance, fitness, craftsmanship, imagination, self-discipline, innovation, and significant achievement. A teacher’s primary task is to help students overcome their fears and discover their innate ability to innovate and solve real world problems. Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear. Rather than competing against one another students are encouraged to compete with their own personal best and against rigorous standards of excellence.
Learners require regular, timely, and user-friendly feedback in order to understand goals, produce quality work, innovate, and achieve high standards. Learning and innovation is fostered best in communities where student and teacher ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust, with a caring adult monitoring the progress of each chid and advocating for their best interest. Older students mentor younger ones, and students feel physically and emotionally safe.
All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges. However, it is also important for students to learn from their failures, to persevere when things are hard, and to learn to turn challenges into opportunities. The challenges that students meet at Dunecrest and the support they receive have a common purpose: to stimulate their development as individuals and as members of society.