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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 23 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Dirham 41,200
to: Dirham 117,552
Address: Al Barsha south,Al Khail Road Dubai United Arab Emirates
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Number of students

Approximately 1417 students

Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

We are a truly international school. Less than 11% represent the highest nationality.

Ratio of local students to international students

Local students make up 6% of our student body.

Native English speaking teachers

Our teaching faculty are mostly native speakers of English. Non native speaking teachers have international educational background and IB experience.

Language support for students not fluent in English

We offer English as Additional Language (EAL) to students in need of extra support.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic as per Ministry of Education, in addition to French and Spanish from Grade 6. We also offer a mother tongue programme within the curriculum in Grade 1 - 5, which is complementary for our students. As part of the mother tongue programme we currently offer Hindi, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Italian, German, Turkish, Dutch, Korean, Portuguese and Swedish.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class

PreK; 16, KG1: 18, KG2: 20, Grade 1-5; 24, Grade 6-10: 25, Grade 11-12: 22

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, all PreK - Grade 5 classrooms have a full time teaching assistant alongside the classroom teacher.

Use of technology in the classroom

Through the usage of laptops, iPads, interactive boards, VR headsets and more. Technology is an integrated part of our way of learning.

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)

We offer Distance Learning Option for students when required.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Muslim students have Islamic studies. No other religion studied.

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

Muslim students - Islamic studies. Non Muslim students - focus upon the other aspects of the IB learner profile.

External examinations or assessments available


Results in these examinations

SAT tests are not mandatory - we do not release individual student results.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, from Grade 1 onward.

Approximate hours of homework given

It varies depending on the grade level.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, we offer SEN (Special Educational Needs).

Learning support offered

Support is determined on a case to case basis for a variety of learning needs. Parents can contact the school for further information.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

IB is adaptive to students needs and challenge students at different levels.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes. The school has a specialized counseling team for Elementary and Secondary school.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

One - on - one assessment in English and Math for Elementary School. Computerized standardized testing in English and Math (on campus) for Secondary School.

Waiting list

We currently have availability in all grades.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Enrollments take place throughout the year for PreK to Grade 11.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

Monday - Thursday 08:00am, Friday 07:30am for the whole school.

School finish time

Monday to Thursday 15:10, Fridays 12:00 noon for the whole school

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available

Yes, through STS.

School provided lunches

Lunch is available for purchase from our canteen and Cafes around the school. For the younger students classroom delivery option is available.

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


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We usually offer 130 activities ranging from sporting, art, language and more.

Sports activities included

A full PE curriculum including, swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball and football.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, at GWA we believe sport should be available for all students. Therefore, we offer sports teams for students of all availabilities.

Facilities at the school

Newly refurbished Auditorium, planetarium, dance studio, art rooms, science labs, library, food tech room, Design Technology rooms, VR room etc.

Sports facilities at the school

50 metre Olympic sized swimming pool + junior pool, tennis courts, basketball court, soccer field, 400 meter running track, multipurpose gym, junior gym, fitness suite, and cricket nets etc.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

We are a truly international school with more than 90 different nationalities represented in our student body. No nationality is higher than 9% which makes our school truly unique. As a Premium Plus school, with world class facilities including a planetarium, a green screen room, an auditorium which seats 600+, a fully equipped recording studio, an Olympic sized swimming pool, design technology labs etc., we are proud to provide our students with a tremendous range of opportunities. Our school has four pillars - the Language Institute, our entrepreneurship programme, the environmental group and revolutionized learning. These together create a school which we call "IB Plus". Give us a call to book a school tour, to hear more about what this means.

Teaching approach of the school

The priority of our school is nurturing the family atmosphere and the intimate feeling of a small community, where everybody knows and respects one another. Overall, our school climate is warm and inviting.

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