About MCIS: Opening a World of Doors
Welcome to Maplewood Canadian International School. MCIS is an educational leader in curriculum delivery, offering an exceptional Canadian program complemented by Arabic at all grades.
MCIS has undergone the rigorous accreditation process and has been awarded the Alberta (Canada) International School Accreditation. With full Alberta Accreditation our students earn an Alberta High School Diploma. This Diploma is identical to the diploma earned by students studying in the Canadian Province of Alberta. This Diploma opens doors for students to study in the best Universities and Colleges in Canada, America, Europe, Australia and beyond. Our students enjoy opportunities anywhere in the world. For students wanting to stay close to the UAE, of course, that too is available to them. While not easily earned, an Alberta High School Diploma provides graduates with a solid foundation for continuing their education.
We are very proud of the accomplishment of our accreditation. It is attained through achieving high standards of performance in programming and assessment. Having Alberta, Canadian certified teachers is an accreditation requirement for every teacher teaching in the Canadian program. Canadian Teacher training is exceptional and highly prized around the world. We strive to hire Canadian Teachers, many of our teachers are Canadian. Those that come from other countries add to the mosaic of our school and have all gone through the scrutiny of Alberta, Canadian certification due to their training in similar University programs abroad. All of our teachers measure up to the high Canadian standard that our program demands of them.
In addition to the strong academics, the school offers well rounded opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities including sports, arts and drama. Maplewood Canadian International School was awarded the highest commendation in the region for the innovative ways we support student learning with technology. Students use laptops to support their learning. A major focus of our efforts is dedicated to always ensuring digital awareness and safety. When the school shifted to an Online Learning model due to the COVID 19 pandemic, our students and staff transitioned effectively. Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge ranked Maplewood at the top for the smooth transition in the face of this challenge.
Students from Grade 3 to 12 have their own dedicated device to support learning while younger students use technology within the classroom as part of their lessons on a daily basis. The school is fully equipped with interactive whiteboards or digital screens in all instructional spaces. Reliable High Speed WiFi is available throughout the entire facility. Mastering the use of the internet is a requirement for all students and teachers. The technical skills of our students support them in problem solving through research and project based learning as common modes of instruction in our school.
Academic facilities include a learning commons with over 10,000 titles in print and/or digital format making it one of the finest school libraries in Abu Dhabi. Language development in reading and writing is emphasized in all classes and subjects. For most of our students, English is not their first language. Our teachers know this and ensure that their instructional techniques take this into consideration. All teachers are English teachers first, who may then teach mathematics, science, art etc.
A competitive size swimming pool, large gymnasium and sports field provides space for physical activities. Covered play areas and other spaces increase the areas for students. KG and Primary students have dedicated creative playgrounds.
Academic Principal's Message
My name is Ms. Tara Manson from Saskatchewan, Canada and it is an honour to fill the role of Principal at Maplewood Canadian International School. This is my fifth year with Maplewood and I've been living in the UAE with my family for the past eight years. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a focus in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Education with a focus in Assessment & Evaluation. I believe that the Maplewood school community is the best school community to be a part of because we are inclusive, welcoming, and supportive and that reminds me of home (Canada). At Maplewood, we are a family and you can feel that as soon as you enter the school. When I am not at school, I am busy chasing around after my five young boys!
Ms. Tara Manson
MCIS has a wonderful management and academic team that focuses on the needs of each student and to guide and develop students holistically.
Maplewood possesses the 3 vital ingredients for an excellent school – caring leadership, and teachers, high academic standards and a vibrant student population.
MCIS has provided me with the most exceptional education I have ever acquired, it’s nothing like the other schools I’ve been in.