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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 21 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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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, UK and Russian but not more than 12% of any one nationality

Ratio of local students to international students

We have 35 local students at the moment across the whole school

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish and Arabic. We have also introduced Mandarin, initially as an ECA in primary but also timetabled in secondary. We also run after school activities in other popular languages.

Max. number of students per class

18 for Pre K
22 for KG1
22 for KG2
25 for Grade 1 onwards

Average number of students per class

20 - 22 students

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

We are a Bring Your Own Device (BYOB) school from Grade 4 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.

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)

Absolutely, and the school has been commended for its innovative and thorough use of technology to enhance learning.

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 PYP and MYP we run a Personal, Social, Citizenship, Education (PSCE) class during the Islamic Studies class. In our IB Programmes throughout the school, the Learner Profile is followed, which encompasses values such as principled, open-minded, caring and reflective.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma exams post 16 and the school has recently introduced Career-related Programme but first cohort yet to sit this.

Results in these examinations

32 point average in IBDP, which is second highest GEMS average for a second year cohort

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 students get older and prepares students for demands of the IB Diploma Programme. The key point of homework is to reinforce the learning that has taken place at school, and should be sharp, incisive and useful.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

95% (some opted for Gap Year and others had military service in specific countries)

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes. We have an excellent Inclusion Department with broad-ranging expertise.

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. We have Levels 1-3, in terms of severity of need, and customize our support accordingly to ensure personalised learning.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

All our teachers receive professional development on how to stretch the most able. Our Gifted and Talented students are encouraged to go beyond the curriculum and many enrichment opportunities are offered. Our Inclusion Department staff work 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 alongside students in class as the need and occasion arises.

Student access to education psychologist

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

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, CAT4 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 3 onwards sits the CAT4.

Waiting list

Several year groups have waiting lists.

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.

School start time

School opens at 8:00am, class starts at 8:15am
In our current situation (pandemic), timings have changed to accommodate our families

School finish time


Supervised care before/after school

We have a soft start to the day, and outside a COVID situation, 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.

School bus service available

Yes, catering from Pre K onwards

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.

Uniform required


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 enrichment such as MUN, debating, mock trials, chess and World Scholar's Cup.

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 teams or sport competitions available for students

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

Sports facilities at the school

Basketball ball courts, tennis courts, soccer pitches (4G), a 25 meter swimming pool and a smaller training pool, two gymnasia and a smaller outdoor area.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

GEMS International School Al Khail prides itself on its strong multicultural community, bringing together students and teachers many different nationalities and promoting Global Citizenship as one of our core values. GIS is an IB all-through school, offering PYP, MYP, DP and CP. We are a Center of Excellence for aviation, aeronautics and space, which offers a really thorough STEM+ experience for all ages. Student leadership and opportunities abound at GIS and our students drive many initiatives here and across the GEMS network. Through critical thinking and service learning, our students aspire to become philanthropic leaders of the future.

Teaching approach of the school

All our lessons should be personalised, applied (real world links), relational and purposeful. 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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