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American International School in Abu Dhabi

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CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
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Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Dirham 31,870
to: Dirham 57,940
Address: 29th street of Airport Road Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school

More than 75.

Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

31% local : 69% international

Average number of students per class


Native English speaking teachers

Most of the teachers are from North America. The school has a few from the UK. Arabic-language teachers are from the Middle East.

Language support for students not fluent in English

The English Language Learning Program (ELL) at AISA supports students in grades K1 - 5. Those who are new to the language attend classes of formal instruction with a qualified ELL instructor. Students with basic English structures are supported by the ELL teacher in small groups within the classroom. The program gives students an opportunity to learn English in a supportive environment to meet their social and academic needs. As AISA is an international school, new English language learners are welcomed at all points during the school year.
Students entering Grades 6-12 must be able to demonstrate at least intermediate proficiency in English.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic for native and non-native Arabic speakers is mandatory in Elementary school. French is offered in Middle school and Spanish is offered in High School.

Use of technology in the classroom

AISA has transitioned to a blended learning, technology- infused environment where Secondary students, grade 6-12, bring their own device to school each day and Elementary students have access to laptop carts and other technology resources.

Our technology integration specialist, in collaboration with K-12 technology committee, works closely with teachers to support them in applying these standards and integrating technology into their instruction.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

As a rough guide, Middle School students should be completing up to 90 minutes of homework per night. Grade 9 and 10 students should be completing 90 to 120 minutes of homework per night. Grade 11 and 12 school students should allocate 2 to 3 hours (120-180 minutes) per night.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

Students from Grades 1-12 are tested in English and Math.KG1 and KG2 applicants will be invited to playdates to learn more about the school and meet early years’ teachers.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have a rolling admissions process. Students are accepted on a space available basis throughout the school year.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma, US High School Diploma

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

The learning support specialists at AISA assist students in grades K1-5 in reaching their academic goals through individual or small group support in and out of the classroom. The specialists closely collaborate with class teachers to help provide differentiated instruction for students who may be exhibiting difficulties in meeting classroom expectations. The learning support specialists also partner with parents to develop strategies and to provide support.

School start time

7:45 am

School finish time

KG2: 1:10 pm
KG3 - G12: 2:45 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

AISA offers a wide range of extracurricular activities and clubs. Students can participate in sports, drama, music and arts, science clubs, Model United Nations or join different charity groups. Every division offers age appropriate clubs, sports and after school activities.

School provided lunches

AISA’s canteen is open during the school day. Students from Grades 1-12 are welcome to purchase food from the cafeteria or to bring their own lunch. Kindergarten students must bring their own lunch.

Sports facilities at the school

Swimming pool, gymnasium, outdoor basketball courts, soccer field.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

AISA is a member of two organized leagues: Junior EAC, OASIS Activities Conference.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The American International School in Abu Dhabi is celebrating its 20th anniversary, having been established in 1995 to provide local and expatriate residents of Abu Dhabi with high quality American education, based on American standards and an international curriculum. AISA received its first accreditation in October 1997 from the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA), and in January 2010 was accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). AISA offers education from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It was the first school to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the UAE and later became the first school in Abu Dhabi to be authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). In keeping with local regulations, the Secondary School is gender segregated.

Teaching approach of the school

AISA offers an American curriculum, tied to the demanding Common Core State Standards in English and math and the AERO (American Education Reaching Out) standards in other subjects. AISA is also an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) and the IB Diploma Program (DP). These IB programs are student-centered and inquiry-based. All students in KG1 to grade 5 are enrolled in the PYP. More details can be found on the elementary school pages. In grades 6 to 9, AISA’s curriculum follows best international practice, while being linked to US standards. In grade 10, students can choose to start working towards the IB Diploma, with and IB Prep year in grade 10 followed by the IBDP itself in grades 11 and 12. Those who choose not to do the IBDP can work towards a regular US High School Diploma.

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