West Yas Academy, Abu Dhabi

About West Yas Academy, Abu Dhabi

West Yas Academy is one of the initiatives of Aldar Academies, a renowned educational group under which seven academies are established in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. Since 2007, the Aldar Academies have grown from a mere 247-student establishments to 7500-plus student organisations delivering exceptional educational opportunities to children.

Besides the curriculum, the school has well-established resources, technology-enriched classrooms, a learning culture that revolves around real-life global situations, and several state-of-the-art amenities.

The school has been accredited by the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), which is a sheer depiction of the academy’s credibility, quality, and integrity. This accreditation is proof of the high commitment of the institute to deliver the highest standards of professional performance that is essential for the overall growth and development of children.

West Yas Academy boasts of following the number one US common core curriculum, catering to 40+ nationalities, and delivering 60+ extra-curricular activities. The average class size is 24 students, and besides teaching them basics, the academy aims to extend their learning with performing arts facilities, culinary arts programs, engineering-based methodologies, and technologically advanced learning styles.

The teaching staff of West Yas Academy is passionate about delivering lessons to master educational and specific skills and building values and virtues set in world-class facilities.

Most of the faculty come from English-speaking countries like Australia, UK, USA, and Canada. They strictly follow the American Massachusetts State Curriculum, which is a forward-thinking design and is more demanding and more progressive than the American Common Core Curriculum. Its student-centric approach is recognised by leading universities across the globe, which makes it easier for students to devise the best educational pathway after they complete their education with the Academy.

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In Brief

School Details

Grading System at West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi

West Yas Academy is for students from grades KG1 to Grade 12. Although the school is currently running till middle school, there are stringent plans in place to expand the Academy till Grade 12. These are the different phases of grade-based education:

STAGE

GRADE

Kindergarten

KG1 and KG2

Elementary

Grade 1 to Grade 5

Middle School

Grade 6 to Grade 8

High School

Grade 9 to Grade 12

West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi Syllabus

The syllabus is entirely based on the Massachusetts State Curriculum at West Yas Academy, which is considered one of the highest educational standards in America, with close associations with Harvard and MIT. The curriculum offers a student-centric syllabus, holistic development of children, practical and modern assessments, and an efficient student competency framework that helps students become globally aware citizens.

West Yas Academy has imbibed special educational programmes like My Identity that incorporate Arabic, citizenship, and culture. Another initiative is its Digital Literacy Computer Science (DLCS) to technologically and scientifically strengthen the curriculum. Here are some details about the syllabus for each phase of education.

KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM (KG1 and KG2)

Kindergarten is the most critical stage, where children are taught some fundamental concepts based on 6 units. Each semester carries three units besides preparing the children for engaging activities, theme days, and play-based activities. The following subjects are included in this KG curriculum:

English Literature

Arts

Arabic

Science

Mathematics

Social Studies

Health and Physical Education

Creative Arts

ELEMENTARY STAGE CURRICULUM (Grade 1 to Grade 5)

This stage covers students from Grade 1 to Grade 5, which strengthens their foundations. This stage allows students to explore the concepts that are taught in the classroom and enquire about various aspects of the pedagogical approach. It includes:

  • Expertise in subjects like mathematics, social science, Arabic, physical science, history, and arts and physical education.
  • This stage introduces the Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLSC) programme, which builds computational thinking skills and helps students understand the concepts of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • The school introduces two Arabic programmes for foreigners and native speakers differently.
  • From Grade 2, the subject of social studies is taught, while Islamic Studies is mainly meant for Muslim students.
  • Arts as a concept includes subjects like Music, Drama, ICT, and Art.

The subjects offered in this stage are:

Mathematics

English

History and Social Studies

Science

Arabic

Islamic Studies

UAE Social Studies

Arts

Health and Physical Education

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM (GRADES 6-8) 

It follows the Massachusetts State Curriculum, and its key features are:

  • The curriculum introduces an increased level of complexity in every subject.
  • The curriculum includes a range of elective courses for students.
  • These courses inspire students to choose their areas of specialisation and decide the best course of action for high school studies.
  • The pedagogy is designed to help students learn innovative and interactive learning techniques that will help them in the higher stages of education.

The core subjects taught in Grade 6 to Grade 8 are:

Science

Arabic

English Language

ICT

Fine Arts

Islamic Studies

History and Social Studies

Health and Physical Education

Mathematics

Students can also choose from the following elective course options:

Economics

Information Technology

Pre-calculus

Business Education

United States History

 

HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM (GRADES 9-12)

West Yas Academy currently educates only the middle school phase; however, the Academy will initiate the high school phase soon. This phase will include:

  • A range of core and elective subjects.
  • It will help students to better prepare for the American High School Diploma.
  • Introduction of the Advanced Placement (AP) test that will help students to get through universities and colleges in the USA and Canada.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply for West Yas Academy, Abu Dhabi - Step-by-Step Process

Admission in the West Yas Academy, just like in all other academies that come under the aegis of the Aldar Academies schools, gives admission on a first-come-first-serve basis and it accepts applications from all. To gain admission to West Yas Academy, follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1 – Fill out the Online Enquiry Form

The first step is filling out the online inquiry form, after which the official Parent Relation Executive of this school will contact you in two business days to assist you in completing the admission process.

Step 2 – Take a School Tour

The school leadership encourages you to book a school tour with the senior leadership. It is important that, as parents, you learn about all the opportunities that are prevalent for your child in the environment and understand the facilities that are available in the school.

Step 3 – Start with the Registration Process

Once you are satisfied with the resources and environment, you can start the registration process by completing the application form. You must fill in the correct information and credentials. Within two days, you may get a call about the assessment that you must bring your child for.

Step 4 – Accept the Admission Offer

If your child clears the assessment, you must accept the admission offer, and secure a seat for your child by submitting the registration fee within 48 hours result.

Step 5 – Submit the Important Documents

At the time of registration, you must submit important documents:

  • Submit the acceptance letter
  • Submit a copy of the child’s birth certificate and passport-size pictures
  • Submit proof of registration and or tuition fee paid
  • Submit a copy of the child’s Emirate ID card and the passport of the candidate and parents
  • You must show a document proof of address
  • If your child is not an Emirati or a citizen of GCC countries or a diplomat, you must submit a copy of the residence visa of the candidate and parents

The age-grade criteria and guidelines for admission are:

GRADE

MINIMUM ENTRY AGE

MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE

MINIMUM ENTRY AGE FOR OVERSEAS TRANSFERS

Kindergarten 1

4

Kindergarten 2

5

Grade 1

6

Grade 2

7

9

6

Grade 3

8

10

7

Grade 4

9

11

8

Grade 5

10

12

9

Grade 6

11

13

10

Grade 7

12

14

11

Grade 8

13

15

12

Grade 9

14

17

13

Grade 10

15

18

14

Grade 11

16

19

15

Grade 12

17

20

16

West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi School Fees Structure

Here is the latest fee structure of West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi in a tabular form:

YEAR GROUP

SCHOOL FEES PER ANNUM (IN AED)*

TERM 1

TERM 2

TERM 3

REGISTRATION FEE

PRE-KG

53,940

21,576

16,182

16,182

2,000

KG1 – KG2

53,940

21,576

16,182

16,182

2,000

Grade 1 – Grade 5

56,060

22,424

16,818

16,818

2,000

Grade 6 – Grade 8

60,300

24,120

18,090

18,090

2,000

Grade 9 – Grade 12

65,060

26,024

19,518

19,518

2,000

Tuition fees can be paid by:

  • Bank transfer
  • Cheque or via the Payit app
  • The Finance Officer in the school will be able to assist you with the whole process.

West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi also offers sibling rebate:

TYPE OF SIBLING

NUMBER OF CHILDREN

APPLICABLE DISCOUNT

3rd Sibling

3

Annual tuition fee reduction of 10%

3rd Sibling

4

Annual tuition fee reduction of 15%

5th Sibling Onwards

More than 4

The annual charge is reduced by 15%.

There are some additional fees as well: 

FEE TYPE

ANNUAL FEE

Registration Fee

AED 2000

Activity Fee

Most teacher-led extra-curricular activities (ECA’s) are free of charge and included in the tuition. However, some ECAs led by external providers will be paid to them directly.

External Exam Fee

Contact the finance team.

Uniforms

Uniforms can be purchased online here or in person at Magrudy, Al Wahda Mall.

School Facilities

Transportation Facility at West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi

School transport is provided to students who live far from the school. West Yas Academy has outsourced the school transport services to Emirates Transport, an ADEK-approved contractor that manages the fleet of air-conditioned buses with safety and security features. Drivers and conductors are well-trained and fully comply with the Department of Transport Abu Dhabi.

The cost per year for a return journey is approximately 5,000 AED but it varies upon distance and number of children travelling. It is also subject to change.

Sports Facilities at West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi

The West Yas Academy is well-equipped with large and small grounds for various sports. The school offers excellent facilities for a range of traditional US sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer. Other facilities include an Astroturf pitch, 2 swimming pools, Indoor and outdoor viewing galleries, and Softball courts. The school hosts annual sports competitions, and it also connects with ‘Action’ – a part of the CAS programme followed in IB schools as an extra-curricular programme that includes activities like Rugby, Sailing, etc. in all kinds of weather.

Contact Details

  • Phone Number: +971 2 885 7000
  • E-mail ID: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.yasamericanacademy.ae/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/west_yas_academy/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AAWestYasAcademy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are the specific hours or time slots during which the school operates?

West Yas Academy operates between 07:30 am to 04:30 pm. On Saturday, the school operates from 8 am to 1 pm.

2. Does the school organise extracurricular activities after regular school hours?

Currently, the after-school care programme at West Yas Academy is merged with the extra-curricular programme. Most of the extracurricular activities offered to students are available as after-school care activities.

3. What is the total number of grade levels or academic years in the school?

West Yas Academy offers grade levels from Pre-KG to Grade 12 within the school.

4. What is the current enrollment count of students in the school? Furthermore, how many different nationalities are currently represented among the student body?

West Yas Academy has 638 students covering 60 plus nationalities enrolled in three phases of education. The school plans to expand the number to 1,500 students.

5. What is the format of the academic calendar of West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi?

An academic year at West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi begins in August and ends in July. It is split into three terms.

6. What is the range of tuition fees charged by West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi?

The tuition fee charged by West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi, ranges from AED 53,940 – AED 65,060, depending on your grade.

7. Does the school have a cafeteria or canteen facility available within the campus?

There is a canteen that provides nutritious food at affordable prices (veg/non-veg/hot/cold meal options) to children.

8. Does the school host holiday camps during winter, spring, or summer breaks?

The school takes its students on frequent field trips that help children link the lectures taught in classrooms with the practical world. Some noteworthy field trips arranged by West Yas Academy include recreational visits to Fun Works Dubai for Grade 1 students, cooking workshops at Wagamamas for Grade 1 students, international trips to elder students, etc.

9. What is the current number of teachers employed at the school?

The school has a faculty of 74 teachers and 26 teaching assistants.

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