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CityAbu Dhabi
CurriculumsIB and British
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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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 20 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: Dirham 50,300
to: Dirham 71,410
Address: E22, behind Abu Dhabi University United Arab Emirates
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

1900 +

Number of nationalities represented in the school

More than 90 nationalities

Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, we offer EAL

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, Spanish, French, German and Korean

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Please read here, https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/abu-dhabi/article/2017/11/12/whats-the-right-age-for-my-child-to-have-a-tablet

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)

The Nord Anglia Virtual School Experience means your child always has access to personalised learning taught by their school’s world-class teachers.

Wherever your family is in the world right now, we can still welcome your child into their classroom through our virtual school.

Your child will:

- Participate in lessons in real-time with their world-class teachers wherever possible
- Receive and submit assignments
- Collaborate with their peers
- Develop essential skills independently
- Be recognised for their outstanding work

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


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


External examinations or assessments available


Results in these examinations


Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

This is age dependant

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

English as an Additional Language (EAL), Additional Education Needs (AEN)

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students

We do placement assessments when needed

Brief description of entry evaluation required

An age appropriate assessment, which determines the right age group and class the child will be enrolled in

Waiting list

This is year group dependent

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) have guidelines which the school follows

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, on ADEK approval

School start time


School finish time

2:30 Primary, 2:45 Secondary

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, before and after

School bus service available


School provided lunches


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


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Over 100 CCA's are run in school. Both academic and non academic. CCA's vary from term to term depending on teacher availability and demand

Sports activities included

Football, rugby, cricket, hockey, netball, basketball, swimming and athletics

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Sports facilities at the school

Semi-Olympic sized swimming pool, an indoor heated swimming pool, a large covered and air-conditioned multi-purpose hall that can be used for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and other sports, a large gym sized 150m2

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The attitude and environment of this school is one which always strives to achieve excellence and never settles for anything less. It is exactly this attitude that we aim to instill in all our students with everything that they do. We make a commitment to provide them with the opportunities and support to achieve not only excellent academic progress, but also fundamental life skills such as effective listening, creativity and problem solving. We aim not only to have students going to the top 30 universities in the world, but also to develop a lifelong passion for learning and a genuine interest in the world.
Our educational strategies and relentless pursuit to continually improve our offering are what drive this commitment forward. We put particular emphasis on the standard of teaching throughout the school as this is the area that is proven to have the largest impact on a child’s progress.

Teaching approach of the school

We believe there is no limit to what our students can achieve. So we encourage them to be ambitious. To reach for their dreams. To step outside their comfort zones and try something new. We ignite their curiosity.

Being ambitious inspires our students. It urges them to stretch themselves that little bit further. To be relentlessly optimistic. To be the best that they can be. And beyond that to make a difference, to make things better, throughout our world.

Ambition can take them anywhere. It’s transformational. It’s what makes the extraordinary possible. But it’s only the spark. It takes passion, determination and commitment to make it a reality. It takes creativity and innovation. It takes resilience and courage. It takes confidence.

That’s why our outstanding teachers nurture these essential skills through personalised learning for each child. We build on each student’s individual strengths and passions. We create challenge in every lesson and every activity so that they continuously grow and learn. We offer unique experiences to open new opportunities.

Our family of schools empower our students to achieve beyond what they may have thought possible, academically, socially and personally.


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