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CurriculumsIB and American
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 25 students / class
Maximum 27 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Dirham 34,605
to: Dirham 78,968
Address: Dubai Festival City Dubai United Arab Emirates
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

10% Local and 90% International

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, we support with an ELL program.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish and Arabic

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

All students have iPads up to Grade 2 which are provided by the school. For Grade 2 - 3, students are welcome to bring their own device. Grade 4 -5, students must bring their own device and this must be an IPAD. MACBOOKS are required from Grade 6 and above.

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)

Yes. UAS offers 100% in school learning however, for those students who cannot join us in school, we offer online classes.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Islamic Studies is compulsory for all Muslim students.

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

Non-muslim students attend alternative classes

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

The 2020/2021 IBDP average was 32. This is well above the world average.
The highest grade achieved was 44 out of a possible 45.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Yes, this information is available at time of joining

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

We provide Inclusion in accordance to the KHDA requirements

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

UAS support all students with additional needs including those who are gifted and talented.

Student access to education psychologist

The school employs 4 full time comprehensive school Counselors.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

MAP Testing or play based assessment depending on age.

Waiting list

Depends on the Grade

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have rolling admissions throughout the year subject to KHDA Approvals and timeframes.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

7.45am for Middle School and High School students
7:55am for Elementary students

School finish time

12:45pm for Pre-K and KG1
3:10pm for KG2 - Grade 12
Extended day offered until 6pm

Supervised care before/after school

UAS provide the LEAP Junior program until 3:10pm
The full LEAP Program provides supervised activities until 6pm.

School bus service available


School provided lunches


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


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

9 Sports teams
Student Government
Student Council
Emirati Club
Arts and Drama
Experiential Learning - internships at Al-Futtaim Group
Various other clubs depending on demand

Sports activities included

Swimming, athletics, basketball, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, badminton, golf, cross-country, track and field and softball

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes. UAS particiapte in the NESAC and Emirates Junior Sports Association.

Sports facilities at the school

400m running track, Olympic size soccer field, softball pitch, basketball courts inside and out and 6 lane 25m swimming pool.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Universal American School prides itself on offering students a variety of personalized learning pathways. Beginning in elementary school and culminating at graduation, students receive academically rigorous instruction designed to meet their individual needs and interests.

The elementary school offers a personalized curriculum that is aligned to both the US AERO standards as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).

In grades 6-10 students are provided the opportunity to explore a variety of course offerings aligned to the US AERO standards. This exposure is designed to help students make informed choices as learners in their culminating pathway selection. During their 10th grade year, students, teachers, counselors, and parents work together closely to select an appropriate, personalized graduation pathway.

UAS has an extremely diverse student body with graduating seniors attending university all over the world. Our vision is to provide pathways to graduation which allow students to attend their top choice university. In order to accomplish this, UAS allows students in grade 11 to choose either the IB Diploma Programme or the Advanced Placement (AP) and AERO pathway. Both paths lead to an American high school diploma; additionally, students in the IB Programme earn an IB Diploma and students in the AP/AERO pathway receive university credits earned from successfully completing AP exams.

Through our personalized pathways, we strive to build confident, empowered, and globally aware citizens.

Teaching approach of the school

Personalized and project-based teaching and learning.

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