Starting at Lower Elementary (Grades 1-2)

At Horizon Private School – Branch, we employ a range of practices to help support a child’s transition. We endeavor to find teachers that the youngsters will trust in order to ensure that they get the best possible start in their new setting.

Starting at Lower Elementary:

Joining Grade 1 is an important transition for 6-year-old children, and at Horizon Private School – Branch teachers make a great effort to help the children adjust to the new setting and environment. Teachers strive to wean the students to rely more on themselves and to become more independent. To achieve this, it is highly recommended that all parents attend the School Open House one day before the official start of the academic year. On this day, parents will meet their child’s Homeroom Teacher among other teachers, as well as be given an introduction to the general academic routines, school regulations and rules, and school timings and expectations.

First day of school:

On the first day of school, between 7:15 am and 7:30 am, parents can check the class lists, which will be displayed in the playground Line-up Area and in Grades 1 and 2 hallways. Once they identify their child’s section, parents can escort their children to their classes where the Homeroom Teachers will be waiting to welcome the students.

Pick up and drop off times:

School Transportation service: All parents who have registered their children in the school transportation service should drop off their children at school on the first day. In the afternoon, bus students will ride the buses home. From the second day of school onwards, bus students will be picked up and dropped off by the buses.

Parents who pick up their children should do so from a designated room at 2:30 pm (Sunday to Wednesday) and at 1:40 pm (Thursday).

Students’ experiences:

At HPS-Br. Lower Elementary, we pay special attention to the Emirati culture and celebrate the Emirati identity through both curricular and non-curricular activities. We take special pride in teaching our students to distinguish between what is right and wrong. Our students are always encouraged to be honest and mindful of the needs of others. They experience and feel how caring their peers and teachers are.  

Through targeted activities, students learn to treat others with full respect and empathy. Moreover, they learn to adopt a tolerant attitude and to accept the feelings, habits, and beliefs of others.