Abu Dhabi
American, International curriculum
Ages 4 to 18

GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi

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CurriculumAmerican, International
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate Yes
Avg. students per class -
Max. students per class -
First year fees: Dirham 70,100

Fees / Price

School fees, for a twelve year old child , in AED

Yearly fees: Dirham 70,100
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School Information

Number of students

1623

Number of nationalities represented in the school

74

Most common nationality

USA, Emirati

Ratio of local students to international students

20% local : 80% international

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is important at GAA as a means to support core curriculum program. Every instructional classroom is outfitted with an interactive Promethean Board, a ceiling-mounted projector and a teacher laptop station.
Each classroom has an in-class or adjacent mini-lab that allows teachers to differentiate learning for their students. As technology continues to advance and accelerate, computer literacy becomes an even more important skill. All computers are supported by a state-of-the art local area network (LAN) with a secure, wireless network in development to parallel the school's existing services.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment and interview

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Assessments in Mathematics and English, and an interview with School Personnel.
Admissions testing is required for all students for entrance and grade placement. Students must be at the appropriate academic levels in Reading and Math in order to successfully access the GAA curricular program

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

External examinations/assessments available

IB Diploma, American High School Diploma

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Special Education Services

Learning support offered

Beyond the usual Counseling, English Language Learner and Special Education services, provision has been made for Physical and Occupational Therapy as well as Speech and Language Therapy at the Khalifa city campus.

School start time

7:45 am

School finish time

2:55 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

GEMS American Academy - Abu Dhabi provides a rich extra-curricular program that supports student’s total development, providing opportunities for students to develop talents and explore new interests. Activities include both individual pursuits and team building activities for students from Kindergarten 1 onward that are developmentally appropriate. Students may choose from a wide variety of activities.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

6 court sports hall, 2 swimming pools, 4 full size tennis/basketball courts and full sized outdoor sports pitch

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Established in 2007, GEMS American Academy – Abu Dhabi, is a modern American curriculum international school located in the heart of Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi in the UAE. We welcome pupils aged from 5-18, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, into our classrooms, offering a world-class education in line with high United States Common Core State Standards.

From the school's planetarium to its music technology lab, the campus in Khalifa City is equipped with outstanding, cutting—edge facilities, designed to help its pupils get the absolute most from their education – and from their natural abilities.

Teaching approach of the school

GEMS American Academy offers the international children of Abu Dhabi an international education delivering an enriched curriculum taught by a staff of primarily North American and western-trained teachers. GAA blend of American and International Baccalaureate programmes offers students opportunities to graduate with US and IB Diplomas. GAA believes that the diversity of its student body provides the foundation for creating involved global citizens in our rapidly changing world. GAA makes the effort to appreciate and even celebrate its differences.

GAA teaches to needs of the individual child and know how to use a variety of methods, strategies, and instructional techniques and understand their appropriate fit into the curriculum. GAA strives to look at curriculum, instruction and assessment as an integrated whole.

Location

Get in touch with the school

Contact email: registrar_gaa@gemsedu.com
School's webpage: www.gemsaa-abudhabi.com
Address: Madinat Khalifa A Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates