Dubai
American curriculum
Ages 4 to 18

GEMS Nations Academy

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Fees / Price

School fees, for a twelve year old child

Yearly fees: Dirham 80,640
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: Dirham 500
Total first year fees: Dirham 81,140
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School Information

Number of students

We are a new school starting in September 2016.

Number of nationalities represented in the school

We will have a diverse international student body similar to our host city Dubai.

Most common nationality

We expect a broad range and no majority of any one nationality.

Ratio of local students to international students

Not known yet.

Max. number of students per class

KG1 - 18
KG2 - 20
G01-12 - 24

Average number of students per class

KG1 - 12 to 18
KG2 - 14 to 20
Gr.1-Gr.8 - 24

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Co-teachers will serve in the capacity filled by teacher’s aides in other schools, they will be trained as teachers in their own right with superb English language skills, able to devote high-quality teacher attention to all students in the classroom.

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Our teacher will be native English speakers and the language of instruction will be in English for all classes except our other language classes - Arabic, French & Spanish plus mother tongue classes in the extended day program.

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

There will be English as a Second Language support offered by trained full- time specialists.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic from KG1 - G12
French & Spanish from G06 - G12
Mother Tongue language experiences
Coding Language from KG1 - G12

Use of technology in the classroom

Classrooms are equipped with I-pads, laptop computers, large screen touch -screen displays, and WiFi. Design technology, maker-hacker design labs, and music technology labs will be equipped with state of the art digital editing equipment.
All students will become proficient in computer programming--our third language.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Homework loads will be calibrated to student grade level and subject area.
Our expectations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours or more.

Uniform required

Yes, students will have a school uniform wardrobe.

Waiting list

We are currently enrolling qualified students at all grade levels.

Entry evaluation for students

For younger students we conduct a group admissions assessment program in a simulated classroom environment.
For Grades 1 through secondary school, a computer adaptive assessment will be performed in our Nations Academy Enrollment Center.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Measure of Academic Progress System (MAPS) by NWEA is used to determine applicants' skill level in Math and Language.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We offer rolling admissions until enrollment targets are reached.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations/assessments available

MAPS and IBDP, PSAT, SAT, ACT.

Results in these examinations

No data at this time.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

All Muslim students are required by law to take Islamic Studies.

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

Alternative study experiences are made available to non-Muslim students to enhance their own cultural understanding during those times when Muslim students are attending classes in Islamic Studies.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, the faculty at Nations Academy will include professional educators who are explicitly trained to meet the requirements of students with special learning needs.

Learning support offered

A combination of methods will be utilized, including a) specialist teachers integrated into the classroom for support of those who have special learning needs, and b) individualized instructional support outside of the classroom setting.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The teaching faculty will utilize a combination of challenge exercises and ability grouping to ensure a rigorous and inspiring learning experience for the most able students.

Student access to education psychologist

We will have full-time counseling services available on staff.

School start time

Doors open at 7:30 am for before -activities. Daily academic schedule begins promptly at 8:30 am.

School finish time

School will finish at 3:30pm, and extended day opportunities will begin from 3:30pm - 4:30pm and 4:30pm - 5:30pm.

Supervised care before/after school

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Currently under development, but offerings will be expanded in response to student interest.

School provided lunches

Yes

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

Yes, all food will be Halal and there will always be a vegetarian and vegan option.

Sports activities included

Soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, track & field, cross-country running, badminton, rowing, riding, and dance will be offered. Additional offerings as the school grows, with expanded options according to student interest.

Sports facilities at the school

400 meter track; 52-meter Swimming Pool with ability to split into 2 25-meter pools; learner pool; Main Sports Hall equal to 3 full-size basketball courts with retractable seating; tennis courts; Soccer/Football fields; Elementary Sports Hall, indoor running track; fitness trail; shaded play areas;

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Competitive, interscholastic sports teams available from grade 3.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Outstanding faculty and facilities, next-generation 21st-century American curriculum, broad range of activities and experiences, global awareness, technology integration, excellence in Arabic, Lead Teacher / Co-Teacher model, and computer-programming/coding as the "third language" on campus.

Teaching approach of the school

Influenced by the "Project Zero" program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, the curriculum and pedagogy of the school will focus on design thinking for all learners, including the faculty and leadership of the school, as well as the students. Life-long learning, rather than rote memorization will be the objective of the academic program.

Location in Dubai

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About GEMS Nations Academy

Hessa St, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
CurriculumAmerican
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate No
Avg. students per class 24
Max. students per class 24
Students enrolled in the school -

Qualities and characteristics of the school:

Outstanding faculty and facilities, next-generation 21st-century American curriculum, broad range of activities and experiences, global awareness, technology integration, excellence in Arabic, Lead Teacher / Co-Teacher model, and computer-programming/coding as the "third language" on campus.

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Additional Information

GEMS Nations Academy will open in September 2016.