Abu Dhabi
Canadian curriculum
Ages 5 to 18

Abu Dhabi Grammar School Canada

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 5 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): Dirham 33,100
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: Dirham 33,100
Address: Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

6% local : 94% international

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Language support for students not fluent in English

Students who are identified as requiring extra help in English or other core subject. Skills will be assisted by the Program Support Teacher (PST) who will then devise a need-based support schedule for students. Students will work toward specific objectives with the PST teacher. Their progress will be monitored and the need for continuing support will be assessed at the end of each term.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French

Use of technology in the classroom

Every classroom is wired to a computer and projector for instructional purposes.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Students in Grades 2 to 6 will have homework on a regular basis, but not necessarily a daily basis. Homework can include unfinished class assignments, group work, project work or work assigned for that evening. It is recommended that students in grades 4–6 not exceed the following daily maximum total time (four nights of the week) for all homework in all subject areas:
Grade 4 20–30 minutes per day (maximum 2 hours per week)
Grade 5 30–40 minutes per day (maximum 2.6 hours per week)
Grade 6 40–50 minutes per day (maximum 3.3 hours per week)

Junior High:
It is recommended that students in grades 7–9 not exceed the following daily maximum total time (four nights per week) for all homework in all subject areas:
Grade 7 60 minutes per day (maximum 4 hours per week)
Grade 8 60 minutes per day (maximum 4 hours per week)
Grade 9 90 minutes per day (maximum 6 hours per week)

Uniform required


Entry evaluation for students

Interview and assessment.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Entrance tests in English, mathematics and Arabic.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins


School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


School start time


School finish time

KG3 - G2: 13:50
G3 - G12: 15:00

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Football, basketball, volleyball, dance, cooking, drama, art and crafts, music, bicycling and board games.

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Physical education: athletics, gymnastics, fitness, swimming, football, basketball, volleyball, handball

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, 25 meter pool, play area

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Abu Dhabi Grammar School (AGS), established in 1994, is open to students from KG to Grade 12. AGS is officially licensed by the Ministry of Education and adheres to the Nova Scotia public schools programme. The school is rated C6 by ADEC, the emirate’s education regulator, which is a school “in need of serious improvement”.

Teaching approach of the school

The Abu Dhabi Grammar School (Canada) offers superior education to students in the United Arab Emirates. The school is committed to providing an excellent education environment to all students. Single semester and/or full year programs are available. The school follows the public school curriculum set by the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Public school education in Nova Scotia has two major goals: to help all students develop their full potential cognitively, affectively, physically and socially and to help all students acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for them to continue as thinking, learning, physically active, valued members of society.

The public school program is based on the following principles of learning:

Learning is a process of actively constructing knowledge.
Students construct knowledge and make it meaningful in terms of their prior knowledge and experiences.
Learning is enhanced when it takes place in a social and collaborative environment.
Students need to continue to view learning as an integrated whole.
Learners mus see themselves as capable and successful.
Learners have different ways of knowing and representing knowledge.
Reflection is an integral part of learning.

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