American curriculum
Ages 4 to 18

Bradenton Preparatory Academy

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): Dirham 75,676
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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
Maximum 23 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: Dirham 75,676

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

0,8% local : 99,2% international

Max. number of students per class

Kindergarten: 15
Grades 1-12: 23

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

There is a full time Teaching Assistant for all classes (KG – grade 3) and a full time TA shared between classes Grade 4-5.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, the school has English Language Learner Support teachers.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

All classrooms are equipped with Promethean smart boards, iPads and the school has a dedicated computer lab. All students in Grade 6 – 12 are required to bring a laptop each day.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students

Bradenton Prep Academy seeks to make the most appropriate grade placement for each student based on his or her age, as well as academic, social and emotional development within policy guidelines. The school aims to interview a child and their parents prior to entry and each child might be required to take an age related placement test to ensure that they are ready for the education to be offered.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All applicants for Grade 1 to Grade 11 are assessed in literacy and numeracy as part of the admissions process. BPA conducts assessments using the standardized MAPs (Measure of Academic Progress) test. Students applying to BPA from schools which participate in MAPs may be excused assessment if they provide a recent (within 6 months of date of application) MAPs test result and a letter of recommendation from the sending Principal.

Students entering Kindergarten will be invited to a group assessment designed to determine school readiness.

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

BPA is committed to differentiated instruction to meet the individual needs of all students. The Learning Support Program (LS) is available for students who require additional support in Grades 1 through to grade 12. This support is designed to assist students to achieve grade level equivalencies in the mainstream classroom. Specialized learning support for identified students is provided through both in-class and out of class teaching with a highly-qualified
special education teacher.

Student access to education psychologist


School start time

8:30 am

School finish time

3:30 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school offers a wide range of activities, for example: basketball, soccer, track and field, swimming, tennis, boxing, clay, junior fitness, karate, music and individual instruments

School provided lunches

A Cafeteria is planned for coming years. In the interim, the school will have a lunch kiosk set up to provide cold lunches and snacks. In addition students in KG to Grade 5 can pre-order a lunch box which will be delivered freshly to their classroom.

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Games and sport field and pitches, indoor sports hall, playground, swimming pool.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Bradenton Preparatory Academy – Dubai, is part of the GEMS global network of schools, and has been modelled on the highly successful Dubai American Academy. This is the only American curriculum school in Dubai to be rated as ‘outstanding’ by the educational regulatory authority of the Government of Dubai.

Bradenton Preparatory Academy teaches the American curriculum to students from preschool age through to grade 12, giving them a truly international perspective of the world around them. With strong ties with its sister school and state-of-the-art facilities, Bradenton Academy is perfectly equipped to deliver an exceptional standard of education to English language students from around the world.

Teaching approach of the school


Critical and Creative Thinking: students will learn to question interpret and discriminate in order to develop logical, imaginative thinking. They will learn to explore, analyze, and evaluate information, use it in problem solving and then be challenged to articulate, revise, and defend their thinking.

Communication: student will learn to listen, speak, read, write and interpret effectively, as individuals and as members of cooperative groups. They will become aware of how culture, art, music, dance, drama, and sport serve as vehicles for self-expression and in extending communications.

Technical Integrations: students will develop an appreciation for the value, as well as the limitations of technology. They will learn to evaluate the environmental, cultural, and social impact of technological changes.

Personal and Social Values: students will develop personal skills including goal settings, self-discipline, self-motivation, organization and time management, which contribute to healthy self-esteem. In addition, students will be expected to extend consciousness beyond self in order to develop a healthy social value system based upon respect for others.

Global Awareness and Understanding: students will acquire a global perspective through cultural sensitivity, international appreciation and understanding. Students will develop an appreciation of the interdependent responsibility of nations and individuals in preserving the environment.

Independent Learning: students will be encouraged to engage themselves in their intellectual and social environments not only to enhance their school years, but also to establish a pattern of involvement and enquiry that will extend into adult life.

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