Ireland’s most expensive school is coming to Leopardstown and hosted its open day on Sunday.
Development of the Nord Anglia International School (NAIS) Dublin began in January and will be ready for the school opening in September 2018.
The exclusive school charges day pupils up to €24,000 a year and will have a pupil-teacher ratio of about nine to one.
The school will eventually educate students from the age of 3-18 years old, but this September they are accepting up to Grade 9 (up to 14 years old).
According to the school’s website, NAIS is in the former Microsoft building, and will have modern and purpose-built Design Technology classrooms with CAD Lab Studios, 3D printers, print media and laser printing studios.
It will also have technology suites and hubs for interactive digital learning.
NAIS boasts a performing arts area, designed in collaboration with The Juilliard School, which includes a 120-seat theatre, choral room, dance studio, as well as various keyboard and string laboratories.
The school’s dining areas will be available to all students and staff and will offer a variety of healthy food and drinks choices.
Their ‘Parent Hub Café’ will be open throughout the school day to students, staff and parents. It will also be open for early morning drop-off and after school for the extra-curricular programme.
A multi-purpose astro turf pitch will also be built on the school campus.
NAIS will also have purpose-built playgrounds and exploration gardens.
There is also a dance studio, fully equipped fitness centre, and students will be able to use next door’s Westwood Sports Facility and Leopardstown Golf Course.
On the school’s Facebook page, Principal Paul Crute of NAIS Dublin said: “Our Leopardstown campus integrates leading edge technology so our children will be well equipped for the careers of the future.”
He added that the school would not be teaching the Irish curriculum: “We’re the only school in Ireland that offers the full International Baccalaureate.
“Our holistic programme has been developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Julliard School in New York.”
They are accepting applications from Dublin and around the world for the new Leopardstown’s school.