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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 22 students / class
Maximum 27 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: Dirham 48,460
to: Dirham 73,490
Address: Al Khail Road,Al Marbea East, Dubai United Arab Emirates
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

American, Canadian, Indian, Italian and Russians but not more than 8%

Ratio of local students to international students

We have 45 local students at the moment across the whole school

Max. number of students per class

22 for KG1
25 for KG2
27 for Grade 1 onwards

Average number of students per class

20 - 24 students

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish and Arabic. We also run after school activities in other popular languages.

Use of technology in the classroom

We are a Bring Your Own Device (BYOB) school from Grade 3 and above. Younger grades have access to iPads and laptop trolleys to support in class learning. All classrooms are equipped with interactive touch screen boards.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Teachers will assign homework in all areas and phases of the school.

Approximate hours of homework given

The amount and style of homework will depend on the age of the students. The expectation increases as student get older and prepares students for demands of the IB Diploma Programme.

Uniform required


Waiting list

We have open seats from KG1- Grade 9 and KG1 to Grade 10 for the 2016-2017.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, MAP tests, teacher assessment and an English language assessment as necessary.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

KG applicants would need to attend a play assessment and Grade 1 onwards sits the Measure of Academic Progress exam (MAP).

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline as such for as long as there is an open seat, however, the deadline for accepting students is 15th May of each academic year.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, we are following the KHDA policy for student transfers from the same and different curriculum, within Dubai, other emirates and overseas.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Not applicable as of yet.

External examinations or assessments available

Not applicable as of yet.

Results in these examinations

Not applicable as of yet.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Muslim students attends Islamic Studies.

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

In the MYP we run a Personal, Social, Citizenship, Education (PSCE) class during the Islamic Studies class.

School bus service available

Yes, catering from KG1 onwards.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

We have specialist teachers who will work with students in either a pull-out setting or a push-in setting in order to meet their learning needs. We also work with students who have a 1:1 support or aide.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We have a Gifted and Talented Coordinator who works with students identified as being gifted and talented. This may take the form of supporting external programmes and extension programmes or it may be working along side students in class as the need and occasion arises.

Student access to education psychologist

The counseling and the SEN team work with external agencies should this arise as a need.

School start time

School opens at 8:00am, Class starts at 8:30am.

School finish time


Supervised care before/after school

We have a soft start to the day, and students can enroll in Soccer Club in the morning, should parents wish to drop them off before 8:00am. Students can enroll in after school activities should they wish to stay after the end of the school day.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

There are a variety of clubs and activities on offer, including sports- both competitive teams, and non-competitve groups- arts, crafts, and academic teams. Examples of these would include soccer, basketball, swimming, athletics, chess, World Scholar's Cup, Math help, art, design, cookery and many more.

School provided lunches


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

Vegetarian and Vegan options are available. All the food is halal.

Sports activities included

The Physical Education Programme is wide and varied. We have school sports teams in soccer, basketball, athletics and swimming, but the curriculum is wide and varied and covers fitness, health and a wide range of skills and sports, including field hockey, golf and volleyball.

Sports facilities at the school

These include basketball ball courts, tennis courts, soccer pitches, a 25 meter swimming pool and a smaller training pool, two gymnasia and a smaller outdoor area.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

We compete in Basketball, Swimming, Athletics and Soccer at multiple levels and age ranges.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

GEMS International School Al Khail prides itself on its strong multicultural community, bringing together students and teachers of all different nationalities and promoting Global Citizenship as one of our core values. GEMS International School offers the International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) Primary Years and Middle Years Programs, wherein our students explore from a young age about the multicultural environment and a greater global community, which is reinforced in IB learning throughout their school career.
GEMS International School is committed to developing all of its students to possess self-confidence and self-discipline along with a deep understanding and appreciation of international co-operation and responsible citizenship.

Teaching approach of the school

Our Program of Inquiry sustains students’ natural curiosity and the desire to learn while promoting integrity along with dispositions, understandings and skills to make a difference. Our approaches build compassion and empathy along with self-efficacy and resilience so our students take action, seek diversity and embrace change toward a more positive world view.

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