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IB and American
Ages 3 to 18

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CityAbu Dhabi
CurriculumsIB and American
Leaving qualificationsIB Diploma and MAP
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications IB Diploma and MAP
Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 24 students / class
Maximum 27 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Dirham 56,370
to: Dirham 78,540
Address: Madinat Khalifa A Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Emirati & American

Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers

Yes, teachers are native English speakers, except for Languages which are native of the language they instruct

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, we offer ELL support

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French and Spanish

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Yes, interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads

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)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Islamic for our Muslim students

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

Students from all religions or belief systems are accepted.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma, MAPS testing, International PISA test, and CAT4.

Results in these examinations

International PISA, our students outperformed UAE students by more than 100 points. Since the last three years all grades who wrote the MAPS test have outperformed UAE students and International students in Math, Reading and Science.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Dependent on the grade

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

89% going directly to University; 11% going to military or taking a GAP year

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, ELL (English Language Learning) and LS (learning support) offered at no extra cost

Learning support offered

Children with a range of learning preferences, including students of determination (students with mild learning needs and disabilities), students who are gifted and talented and students who are English Language Learners, are welcome to join GAA.

Parents are asked to share full details of any special educational needs, individual education plans (IEPs) and any Educational Psychologist, Pediatric, or other specialist reports (e.g., Speech and Language or Occupational Therapy) if completed. Sharing educational history with GEMS American Academy prior to a place being offered is essential so that staff can ensure an appropriate assessment of educational need, educational plan and resourcing is in place.

Students are not refused admission based only on their experience of a special education need or disability (SEND) and sibling priority for admission is extended to students who experience SEND. Staff follow ADEK guidance and procedures for scenarios where, very rarely, it may not be in the best interests of the child to be placed in GEMS American Academy. This information will be shared with the ADEK, following expected procedures.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

At GAA we are proud of our efforts to meet the needs of each student. This includes students who are identified as gifted and talented, and students who have identified barriers to learning:

learning challenges or disabilities,
second language acquisition concerns, or
social emotional concerns.

Our KG-12 team of professionals include:

Instructional Coaches (ELL Support and Learning Support)
School Counsellors

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

Grade 1: All applicants for Grade 1 are assessed in basic literacy and numeracy skills with the school counselor. Social - emotional and behavioral development will be also evaluated.

Grade 2-6: All applicants for Grades 2 to Grade 6 are assessed in literacy and numeracy as part of the admissions process. GAA conducts assessments using the standardized MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test. MAP is a computer- based testing system built on 30 years of research and refinement.

Based on the information received from the measures, students may be asked to meet with a counselor to gain more information about the student’s ability to benefit from the curriculum at GAA. English Language proficiency and/or learning skills may be assessed upon recommendation by school personnel.

Grade 7-12: All applicants for Grades 7 to Grade 12 are assessed in literacy and numeracy as part of the admissions process. Students will take the standardized MAP. In addition, students are required to take Math and Writing assessments. The Secondary academic program offers specific courses at specific grade levels. A review of student transcripts is necessary to determine if a student is qualified to participate in the GAA curricular program.

Waiting list

Yes, in certain grades

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time

KG: 2:45pm
Grade 1 - 5: 2:55pm
Grade 6 - 12: 3:00pm

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available


School provided lunches

We have a Catering company who can delivery purchased lunches for KG - Grade 5 and Grades 6 - 12 can purchase meals from the Cafeteria.

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

The Cafeteria provides details to families to help them cater to their child's needs. All food served is halal.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer a host of paid activities for Kg - Grade 12 and students from Grade 1 - 12 also have many free activities to choose from.

Sports activities included

Our PE program includes both traditional physical sports and swimming. We are also part of two local conferences and two international conferences for competition.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Sports facilities at the school

Sports hall with 2 full basketball courts
Fully equipped weight room
Sport classrooms, such as dance room and cardio room
2 indoor swimming pools for all ages and abilities
Outdoor sports pitch
Running track
4 full-sized shaded tennis/basketball courts
3 shaded playgrounds, one dedicated exclusively to Kindergarten

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Culture of Kindness is our number 1 school priority. We are recognized as one of the top Health & Wellness schools in Abu Dhabi.

Teaching approach of the school

At GEMS American Academy (GAA) we provide each student with a holistic, inquiry based, engaging program of studies. We prepare each student to be an internationally minded citizen who takes action to contribute positively to their community and the world. Our Vision: We Inspire. We Challenge. We Innovate. We Care.

Our program brings together the best curricula in the world incorporating International Baccalaureate (IB) Scope and Sequence, Project AERO (American Education Reaches Out/Common Core), National Arts Standards, and the UAE Ministry of Education.

We are proud to be an IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme and Diploma Programme accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); guided by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).

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