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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

7% Local and 93% 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 - 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, during COVID virtually platforms were 100% functioning.

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 and external AP exams as well.

Results in these examinations

The 2022/2023 IBDP average was 34. This is well above the world average by 4 points.
The highest grade achieved was 41 out of a possible 45.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Students will be working on internal assessments and research projects not the daily homework approach.

Approximate hours of homework given

IB Diploma students need to work an average of 4 hours a day to complete their work.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

We provide a variety of support programs from English language support all the way to one-on-one support to students who require this level of support.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The school offers a gifted and talented program that develop individual plans based on identified exceptionalism to extend the students' learning journey.

Student access to education psychologist

The school employs 3 full time comprehensive school Counselors.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

MAP Testing for grades 1 and 2, CAT4 testing for grades 3 and above in addition to play based assessments depending on age for the early years.

Waiting list

Depends on the Grade and the availability of seats at the time of application.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have rolling admissions throughout the year subject to KHDA Approvals and timeframes, also based on availability of space per grade.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

7.45am for the whole school.

School finish time

12:45pm for Pre-K and KG1
3:15pm for KG2 - Grade 12
Extended day offered until 6pm from grades PRE-K to Grade 6.

Supervised care before/after school

UAS provides the LEAP Junior program until 3:15 pm
The full LEAP Program provides supervised activities until 6pm for grades PRE-K through to Grade 6.

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

Paid After school activities through our third party activity provider "Activitee", also the school offers a variety of free after school activities.
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, badminton and track and field.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes. UAS participates in the DASSA.

Facilities at the school

70,000 square meter landscaped campus, media and design hubs, information hub research and literacy, expansive science labs, innovation hub problem solving and creation, language specialist rooms, well-being center and multi-purpose hall.

Sports facilities at the school

Fully equipped athletic field and track, multi-sport gymnasium, natural grass football pitch, 25m swimming pool, extensive indoor and outdoor covered play area.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Universal American School was founded in 2005. Since then we have served our students every day, helping them become compassionate, confident learners who know who they are and what they stand for. As you learn more about UAS the term “community” will resonate with you again and again. We are a small, not-for-profit school in the heart of family-friendly Festival City. There is a wonderful feeling about our school which comes from our mission: To Nurture an International Community of Integrity and Academic Excellence.
Equally exciting is that UAS has recently become a not-for-profit school governed by the Al Futtaim Education Foundation. There are two
important developments here. The first is that parents will know that any surplus generated by their school fees will be put back into the school. The second is that working alongside an organization like Al Futtaim, we are uniquely positioned to provide real-world learning experiences to our students that other schools simply cannot offer. Universal American School is a wonderful place to grow and learn.
Whether you want to participate in our Fringe Festival, one of our four annual school productions, watch one of our 30+ sports teams, debate politics with our Model United Nations students, or learn about our Emirati committee or the National Honor Society, UAS has something to offer everyone. I invite everyone to come visit our school and feel the wonderful energy here.

Teaching approach of the school

Personalized and project-based teaching and learning.

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