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GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi

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CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): Dirham 73,670
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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 25 students / class
Maximum 27 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: Dirham 73,670
Address: Madinat Khalifa A Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
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Number of students

2025

Number of nationalities represented in the school

93

Most common nationality

Emirati & American

Ratio of local students to international students

3:10

Max. number of students per class

27

Average number of students per class

25

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

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

Use of technology in the classroom

Yes, interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Dependent on the grade

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes, in certain grades

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

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.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

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

External examinations or assessments available

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 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.

School bus service available

Yes

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

GAA provides limited special education services resources to students with individualized education plan (IEP) from previous schools. Students must be successful with moderate assistance in the regular classroom curriculum program provided.

For students to fully participate in the school’s instructional programs, students are required to have English language proficiency. Students may be admitted without such proficiency provided they satisfy all enrollment regulations and qualify for GAA’s ELL program, subject to availability of space. Applicants for Grade 6 to 10 must have Basic English proficiency, as there is limited English Language Learner support. Applicants for Grade 11 and 12 must be fully proficient in English, as the ELL program is not available in these grades.

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

Yes

School start time

7:45am

School finish time

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

Supervised care before/after school

No

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.

School provided lunches

We have a Catering company who can delivery purchased lunches for KG - Grade 3 and Grades 4 - 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.

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 facilities at the school

Sports hall (with 6 courts)
2 swimming pools
4 full-sized tennis/basketball courts
Outdoor sports pitch

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

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 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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