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CityAbu Dhabi
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Reviews: 4.6
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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 30 students / class
Maximum 30 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Contact page:
Yearly fees: from: Dirham 21,400
to: Dirham 37,440
Address: Bawabat Al Sharq, Baniyas City Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
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Number of students

Our school community consists of 3500 students with a magnificent campus and wonderful facilities that allows the student to have the experience of all life aspects.

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Our teachers and students are international, we have around 88 nationalities represented at CIA. This allows for a global exchange of experiences and cultures between staff.

Most common nationality

We pride ourselves in being an international school that celebrates all our many cultures, students and teachers alike. Although we follow the British Curriculum, we have adapted it to suit the needs of our cohort and the fact we are living in the UAE.

Ratio of local students to international students

60% Foreign : 40% Arab

Native English speaking teachers

All our staff is educated and certified from the MOE and they all provide the same level of education to all students equally.

Language support for students not fluent in English

CIA has support for these students, as well as courses they
can attend, in order for them to improve their English language skills. The
Cambridge Young Learners Course for students with EAL difficulties, runs for
12 weeks in the year, with an exam at the end, administered by Cambridge
University. Specific support and interventions allow EAL students to improve
their English as quickly as possible.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French as core subject
Sixth Form are to choose more languages depending on there preferred subjects.

Max. number of students per class

FS-1 : 20 Student per class
FS-2 : 25 Student per class
Yr-1 : 25 Student per class
Yr-2 - Yr-11 : 30 Student per class
Yr-12 : 20 Student per class
Yr-13 : 10 Students per class

Average number of students per class

30 Student per class

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

In our school we use technology as a way to make learning more fun and enjoyable in terms of teaching. For example delivering teaching through virtual field trips and other online learning resources.

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)

Yes, as currently we are providing a mixture of both DL (Distance Learning) and F2F (Face to Face) learning to all students upon their desire.

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, AS, AL Level.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

We normally encourage our students to involve themselves in the ECA ( Extra Curricular Activities ). If we do provide any homework it will be to enhance the student education level.

Approximate hours of homework given

Normally homework are done in school with the help of the class teacher, if the rest is sent to home with the student it will take around 30-50 mints to be completed.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Special Educational Needs

Learning support offered

CIA aims to provide an atmosphere in which all students can reach their full
potential. The school places great emphasis on the early identification of
students with Special Educational Needs. Parents are kept fully informed about
their child’s progress through review meetings when new targets are discussed and they receive a copy of IEPs (Individual Education Plans) designed to help
their students. If a student requires additional support, due to a Special
Educational Need, the support is discussed with parents and teachers, and
appropriate measures are taken to enable that support in class. Provision for
students with SEN fall within 3 categories:

Wave 1: Students who are referred to the Inclusion Team by teachers, who
may in the future, require additional support. Formal assessments may be
discussed as an option with parents.

Wave 2: Students who have had a formal assessment, resulting in a
diagnosis such as a Specific Learning Difficulty, but who do not require
individual 1:1 support, fall within this category. These students will benefit
from small group work and targeted interventions by teachers and support
staff as appropriate.

Wave 3: Students who have a formal diagnosis with a written report from an
outside professional, such as an Educational Psychologist etc., will be eligible
for individual 1:1 support, provided by an LSA (Learning Support Assistant).
This is a service which parents pay for in addition to school fees. Parents will
receive weekly reports and will be involved in IEP target setting and reviews.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Students who achieve well above the expected level of progress for their year
group, may fall within the G&T group of students.
Provision for students in the G&T will challenge students in an exciting way,
allowing for opportunities for students to achieve more and develop their
talents even further.

Entry evaluation for students

All students are accepted to be enrolled in our school, assessment will be running after we enrol the student to know if any extra support is needed to be provided.

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

7:45 am

School finish time

KG2: 11:45 am
KG3 - G12: 2:00 pm

School bus service available


School provided lunches

Students bring lunch boxes from home.

A clean and well-stocked canteen sells healthy snacks and drinks during break times. Hygiene and strict quality control of food are regarded as top priorities.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

extra-curricular are a huge part of international school life, and GCIS – Abu Dhabi, promotes the all-round development of pupils with a fantastic range of creative, musical and sporting activities. Regular sporting activities include cricket, football, rugby, athletics and swimming in the school’s very own 25 metre pool. Chess, photography, arts, drama and debating clubs are also available.

Sports activities included

Games activities, swimming, athletics.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Sports facilities at the school

A learners and 25m swimming pool, cricket nets and playing fields complement the indoor sports areas and multi-purpose hall. A separate, well-equipped, grassed playing area is available for students in Foundation to Year 2.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

GEMS Cambridge International School (GCIS) – Abu Dhabi, is a thoroughly modern school which takes an equally modern approach to education. Located just off the Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road in Al Mafraq, Adu Dhabi, this British curriculum school delivers an exceptional standard of education to children at foundation stage all the way through to Year 13, from age 3-18.

The GCIS – Abu Dhabi, is an international school with a real difference, providing children from all over the world with invaluable opportunities to realise their full potential academically, socially and personally.

Teaching approach of the school

The ‘British’ National Curriculum prepares students for the IGCSEs, AS & A Level University of Cambridge examinations, which are recognised by colleges and universities around the world. There is also the opportunity to study vocational subjects to prepare students for the world of work.

This all starts with the foundation programme for children aged 3-5, which prepares the school’s youngest and most enthusiastic learners to begin the National Curriculum. This starts at the age of five in Key Stage 1, and continues through to Key Stage 4 and 5.

This approach is certainly paying off, with educational results that are significantly above the UK average. Pupils from our British curriculum school in Abu Dhabi have been accepted to 97 universities from 26 countries in the last three years alone.


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