Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||21 students / class|
|Maximum||25 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
|Ratio of local students to international students||
|Native English speaking teachers||
The majority of our teachers are natives speakers of the English language. We primarily recruit teachers from the United States and Canada.
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
We have a Student Support Teacher who assists students who are learning English as a second language. As an English-immersion school, students will learn English naturally while in class throughout the year.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
In addition to Arabic, we also offer French and Spanish language classes.
|Max. number of students per class||
|Average number of students per class||
Lower School (21-24 students per class) / Upper School (12 - 20 students per class)
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Yes, we use technology that includes, but is not limited to: laptops, iPads and tablets, C-Touch screens, Seesaw, ClassDojo, littleBits Kits, EV3 Lego Robotics and various educational apps and software.
|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, we have a fully-equipped virtual classroom model for both Lower School and Upper School that incorporates a comprehensive, internal online learning platform in conjunction with GEMS Education.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
As a school in Qatar, we have prayer rooms for male and female students that are Muslim. In addition, we celebrate key Muslim holidays and milestones throughout the year. Lastly, we offer the MOE-approved Arabic, Islamic and Qatar history curriculum.
|How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?||
As a diverse and inclusive American school, we accommodate all students, whether they are non-religious or religious. We respect everyone's free pursuit to freedom and liberty, including their choice of religion.
|External examinations or assessments available||
SAT and AP exams
|Results in these examinations||
We are above the international average in these examinations.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
|Approximate hours of homework given||
The suggested amount of time depends on the grade level of the student.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
We are proud to have a 100% acceptance rate into higher education institutions for our first two graduating class.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Yes, each grade in Lower School (Pre-K - Grade 5) has their own Student Support Teacher (SST) that supports students with special learning needs. Our SST personnel works with parents inside and outside of the classroom on a daily and weekly basis. For Upper School, we have SST personnel for Grades 6 - 12. However, please note that we have very limited availability for students with special learning needs at this time.
|Learning support offered||
The level of support is based on individual learning plans.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
GAAQ has a Honors program as well as Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
|Student access to education psychologist||
No, but our school has certified school counselors who have access to and can recommend educational psychologists.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Yes. We require all prospective students to take an entry assessment. Students in Pre-K - KG2 will do a hands-on "stay-and-play" session with children of their same age to gauge their understanding of basic knowledge and classroom behavior. Grades 1 - 12 will take a MAP assessment that focuses on math, reading and writing comprehension.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
Pre-K, KG1 and KG2
All students must meet the age-level requirements, meet academic grade level requirements, listen to and follow directions and display classroom readiness. They must also conduct themselves in a respectful manner throughout the assessment.
For Pre-K and KG1 admission, children are assessed and observed in small groups. Five main criteria are considered for successful entrance into the program:
• Children must be age-appropriate for the requested grade level;
For KG2 admission, the children are assessed individually. The following are the main criteria for consideration into the KG2 program:
• Be age-appropriate for requested grade level;
Grades 1 – 12
The MAP assessment is administered to all students. This is a computer-based testing system built on 30 years of research and refinement. Basic skills of Math, Reading and Language are assessed. The MAP assessment test is self-regulating and adapts to the child in real-time as the test progresses for a pinpoint picture of learning, achievement and readiness.
The MAP assessment is administered to all students seeking placement from Grade 1 – Grade 12.
If the student is overseas at the time of the application, GEMS American Academy Qatar will schedule the MAP assessment for a date and time when the family arrives in Qatar. If your child has recently taken a MAP assessment, please upload the reports along with the school grade reports as this may serve to expedite the admissions process.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
Our registration cycle is ongoing.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
|School start time||
(Pre-COVID) 7:50 AM
|School finish time||
(Pre-COVID) 2:30 PM every day except Thursdays, where we finish at 1:30 PM to support teacher professional development and departmental meetings. Pre-K students are allowed to be dismissed as early as 12:30PM, if needed.
|Supervised care before/after school||
(Pre-COVID) Students are allowed to enter the school at 7:30 AM where students will be supervised by school staff. Also, we have free afterschool activities (ASA) and clubs during the year for KG2 - Grade 12 students; these ASAs are supervised by a GAAQ teacher or staff member.
|School bus service available||
Yes. Our bus service covers Doha and the Al Wakrah municipality. In fact, the majority of our students live in the Pearl, West Bay, Al Dafna and other parts of metropolitan Doha.
|School provided lunches||
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
Yes, we do have vegetarian and vegan options. Also, all food prepared is halal.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
(Pre-COVID) GAAQ offers a large variety of athletic, academic enrichment and interest-based extracurricular activities and clubs that are free. For example, we include, but are not limited to, academic enrichment clubs such as reading club, math club, Spanish club and science tutoring. Interest-based clubs include, but are not limited to, art club, fitness club, Qur'an study, Girl Scouts and environment science club. Lastly, athletic clubs include, but are not limited to, yoga, basketball, football (soccer) and volleyball.
|Sports activities included||
Pre-K has their own gym. KG1 and KG2 have their own gym space, as well. Grade 1 - Grade 12 use our Multipurpose Sports Hall space and we have an outdoor, rooftop play area. Recess is a common activity in the Lower School curriculum, so we have open, safe and shaded recess play areas for these activities. Upper School has a CrossFit room and we have included physical fitness as an academic unit of Physical Education (PE). Also, we have an annual Sports Day where Lower School and Upper School students compete in various athletic events to increase and promote physical activity and teamwork.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
GEMS American Academy Qatar believes that a well-structured athletics program is crucial in our student’s physical and social development. Also, there is a strong emphasis on empowering a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle and acquiring team skills to learn and compete cooperatively with others.
GAAQ’s athletics program offers both interscholastic and afterschool sports for upper-elementary, middle and high school students. Alongside with the Physical Education Department, students from Pre-K to Grade 12 take physical education courses which prepare them to transform basic skills to complex abilities that can be applied later in sports. Apart from regular sports events and competitions, the celebration of GAAQ Sports Day (early February) constitutes as one of our major annual sporting events. Our Athletic Department and scholar-athletes continuously represent our core values of leadership, innovation, purpose, tenacity and respect.
A DYNAMIC PROGRAM
The athletic year is structured into two seasons (September – December & January – June); each season provides a range of opportunities for our students. All sports and activities are guided by skilled, experienced and passionate coaches to help our students reach their personal best in whichever activity they choose. Our athletes compete locally against other international and local schools across Qatar.
Qatar Private Primary Schools Sports Association (Grades 2 – 5)
As part of QPPSSA (Qatar Private Primary Schools Sports Association), GAAQ competes with other schools along the year in a variety of sports such as:
• Track & Field
Qatar United English Speaking Schools (Grades 6 – 12)
As part of QUESS (Qatar United English Speaking Schools), GAAQ competes with other schools along the year in a variety of sports such as:
SEASON 1 (September – December)
SEASON 2 (January – June)
• Track & Field
SOP (School Olympic Program)
Supported by the Qatar School Sport Association and the Qatar Olympic Committee, GAAQ is proudly taking part in SOP for the current year. With competitions from Grades 2 – 12, athletes represent GAAQ in a variety of sports that are typically celebrated in the Olympics such as:
|Sports facilities at the school||
GAAQ has an innovative infrastructure ripe for dynamic and experiential learning. Our 20,000 square meter, modern state-of-the-art campus includes:
Communities of fully-equipped classrooms in a bigger-than-it-looks building layout
Science and Technology
Visual Arts – dedicated areas for all grades
Performing Arts Program
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
The following qualities and characteristics define GEMS American Academy Qatar:
• ACCREDITATION: GEMS American Academy is a fully-accredited NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) school that is internationally recognized by colleges and universities around the world.
|Teaching approach of the school||
GEMS American Academy Qatar believes that all people have unconditional worth and potential. So, one of our goals is to cultivate a lifelong and engaged learning environment where students, parents and teachers pursue learning long-term and appreciate curiosity and imagination. Moreover, the school teachers in diversified learning styles, where students learn through various approaches such as visual, auditory and tactile instruction. GAAQ is focused on developing the whole child in areas such as academic, social, emotional and cognitive development as we promote growth through learning, global citizenship, the pursuit of excellence and leadership through innovation.