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CityAbu Dhabi
CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
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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 16 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Dirham 50,318
to: Dirham 91,148
Address: Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

United States of America

Ratio of local students to international students

55 Emiratis : 1,143 International students

Native English speaking teachers

The vast majority of our teacher are native speakers of the language in which they instruct students. Those who are not native speakers have teaching certifications in that language.

Language support for students not fluent in English

We have limited capacity to enroll students who do not have strong English language skills. Students who are not native English speakers may require additional help from our Student Support team.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French and Spanish

Max. number of students per class

This depends on the grade. KG1 -- 18, KG2/Grade 1 -- 20, Grades 2-8 -- 22, Grades 9-12 --24

Average number of students per class

20 in Elementary School, 17 in the Middle School and 11 in the High School

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

The goal of ACS Remote Learning is to ensure ACS has the necessary infrastructure, resources, and mindset to successfully navigate a school closure and provide our students with high-quality education and to maintain the supportive and caring learning environment we are recognized for – both for our teachers and students.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We have students from a variety of religious backgrounds. It is a UAE law that Muslim students must be enrolled in an Islamic Studies course each year at school.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Islamic Studies is not required for non-Muslim students (approximately 65% of our student body).

External examinations or assessments available

IB, AP, SAT are the most common external exams.

Results in these examinations

Our students' results are excellent. Please refer to the High School Profile on the ACS website for detailed information.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, in Grade 6 - 12 homework is assigned. In the Elementary School ACS has a Home Learning philosophy which you can learn more about on our website.

Approximate hours of homework given

This varies by grade level.

Student access to education psychologist

No. There are some resources in Abu Dhabi.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, we do when the Admissions Committee cannot get that type of data from the application file.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

We use a combination of assessments and/or interviews.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

To be considered in the first wave of seat offers please submit applications before March 1st. Applications submitted after March 1st will be considered after the first wave of seat offers.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, in KG1, KG2 and Grades 1-8 students can join ACS at anytime. In Grades 9-12 students can enroll at the start of the academic year or the start of the second semester.

School start time

8:00 am Monday - Thursday and 8:45 am on Sunday

School finish time

3:10 pm for Elementary School students and 3:20 pm for Middle and High School Students.

Supervised care before/after school

Elementary School Students may play on the playground starting at 7:30 am M- Th and 8:15 am on Sun. There are supervised after school activities in all three divisions. Elementary students must be in a supervised activity after school or with a parent or guardian if they are on campus. The same rules apply to Middle School students and they have the additional option to study in the library until 5:00 pm. High School students are allowed to be on campus without a parent or guardian when the campus is open.

School bus service available


School provided lunches

Yes. There are three venues on campus to purchase healthy snacks and lunch. Students are also welcome to bring their own food from home.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country Running, Golf, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling, Academic Games, Forensics, Drama, Girl Scouts, Boys Scouts, Kumon, Taekwondo, Capoeira, Model UN, Math Olympiad, etc.

Sports activities included

Physical Education and Dance

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes. We participate in both the EAC (Emirates Athletic Conference) and MESAC (Middle East South Asia Conference) leagues.

Sports facilities at the school

Two turf fields, one 40 meter sprint track, 25 meter 8 lane swimming pool, two gymnasiums, cardio and weight rooms.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

At ACS we have created a community of learners who feel a sense of belonging. We offer a personalized education, which prepares our culturally diverse student body for a life-long commitment to learning, service and global citizenship. The faculty at ACS supports each student in their quest for academic excellence, artistic and athletic expression and international understanding. Our challenging and diverse programs provide our students with an excellent American education that has a global perspective.

The ACS community is unified around several core values: curiosity, compassion, courage and integrity.

Teaching approach of the school

We have very talented students at ACS and we nurture excellence from that talent by providing rich experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. We create experiences for students to grow academically. Our classes and programs are designed to allow students to work cooperatively, problem-solve and apply new learning. Faculty and staff work diligently to awaken students' curiosity, equip our students with the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly complex and interdependent world, and ensure that our students gain an appreciation of the great intellectual, aesthetic and musical traditions that have withstood the test of time. As importantly, if we expect students to reach their scholastic and human potential, we must not lose sight of their physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. A school must also be full of laughter, a refuge from anger and intimidation, and a place where young people want to spend the majority of their time.

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