Dubai American Academy Gems, Dubai

About Dubai American Academy Gems

Dubai American Academy Gems is a top-notch educational institution that provides a world-class learning experience to its students and empowers them to become future global leaders and innovators. With a rigorous pedagogical structure, exceptional diversity, and a handful of extra-curricular experiences, the organisation aims to focus on the holistic development of every individual associated with the school.

Global Education Management Systems (GEMS) Education is an international organisation that is renowned as the largest private school operator in the world. It has more than 60 schools under its aegis, extending excellent academic support to thousands of students across Asia, North America, and Europe.

Established in the year 1998, Dubai American Academy Gems has been ranked as an outstanding school by KHDA (the only school in Dubai with this ranking since 2011) and is one of the most sought-after American schools in Dubai.

Initially, the school was addressed as Modern American Private School, which started with only 21 enrollments in Jumeirah. By the end of the academic year, the school's strength increased to 51 students of 26 various nationalities and has kept growing since then, catering to the educational needs of the international population who required high-standard American education in Dubai.

With more than 25 years of experience in the field of delivering academic and individual excellence, Dubai American Academy Gems encourages technologically advanced styles of learning through its future-focused programs. The teachers believe in inculcating lifelong learning based on real-life global issues that nurture integrity, excellence in academics, and individual achievement and growth.

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In Brief

School Details

Grading System at Dubai American Academy Gems

The Dubai American Academy GEMS offers education in 4 different phases:

SECTION

GRADES

Kindergarten

KG-1 and KG-2

Elementary School

Grade 1 – Grade 5

Middle School

Grade 6 – Grade 8

Secondary School

Grade 9 – Grade 12

Dubai American Academy GEMS Syllabus

Dubai American Academy GEMS follows the American curriculum for students of preschool to Grade 10 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme for students of Grades 11 to 12.

The primary language of educational instruction is English, and the pedagogy includes core subjects, electives, digital learning experiences, visual and performing arts, and world languages. Islamic education is offered to Muslim students, while native/non-native residents can focus on fundamental concepts like learning Arabic language, arts, Maths, other languages, science, and social studies.

KINDERGARTEN (KG-1 AND KG-2)

GEMS Dubai American Academy focuses on learning readiness skills, socialisation, and a holistic self-concept in Kindergarten I and II. Applying the latest and trending technological means, the curriculum is based on the ‘Inquiry-Based/Design Thinking Model of Learning’ that encourages innovative thinking and ensures that the little ones develop and sharpen their foundational skills of literacy and numeracy.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADE 1 – GRADE 5)

The curriculum for students in Grades 1 - 5 is rewarding and interactive, and it introduces higher-level skills to stimulate the thinking and interests of students.

  • The curriculum focuses on core curricular areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Special attention is given to the participation of students in physical education, music, art, library science, and instructional technology.
  • Arabic language and Islamic education are introduced depending on individual demands, and special emphasis is laid on the promotion of future-focused learning.
  • The DAA Elementary School Division offers English Language Learners (ELL) in the mainstream classroom.                                    
  • The Inclusion Program (SEND), under the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework, is available for students who require additional support in all grades.
  • Counselling Services are provided to offer academic, emotional, social, and personal support and development to each student.
  • Activities included are Arts and Crafts, Musical productions, Dance class, Mask making, Coding, Drama, Karate, and World languages.
  • DAA athletics teams are encouraged in Soccer, Track and Field, DAA swim squads, and Basketball
  • 1:1 iPad Program that enhances learning through Common Sense Education on Digital Citizenship, with ‘Everyone Can Code’ lessons regularly.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADE 6 – GRADE 8)

Dubai American Academy GEMS offers a holistic Middle School learning program that encourages active engagement and independence through a range of exploratory and elective offerings in addition to mandatory core subjects. It includes:

  • The Middle School academic program aims to promote a developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering, and equitable culture in all learning experiences.
  • The curriculum focuses on practical know-how with the upgradation of skills that students need to succeed in the future.
  • Introduction of the ‘Transformation and Discovery’ (T&D) program that encourages Future-focused mindsets and advanced technology applications.

The Middle School curriculum consists of both core subjects and electives:

CORE SUBJECTS

ELECTIVES

English

Art

Mathematics

Coding & Robotics and Design & Technology

Science

Drama and Music

Social studies

French

Physical Education/Health

Spanish

Arabic language for native and non-native speakers

Sports Studies

Islamic Education for Muslim Students.

 

The High School follows an American school curriculum for grades 9 through 12, which is a pre-university program that is academically challenging. Its key features are:

  • Students in Grades 11-12 are given the option to choose from a full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, IB Certificate courses, and Advanced Placement (AP) classes.  
  • Graduation requirements include community service for each year at DAA and a minimum of 22 credits.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities and think of career aspirations and future educational plans while working in partnership with teacher and parent guidance.  

The curriculum is based on U.S. national standards and best practice research

CORE SUBJECTS

ELECTIVES

Reading and the language arts

Digital video, visual, and performing arts

Mathematics

World languages

Science

 

Social studies

 

Arabic language for native and non-native speakers

 

Islamic Education for Muslim Students.

 

Admission and Fees

How to Apply for Dubai American Academy Gems - Step-by-Step Process

Here is the procedure to apply to Dubai American Academy Gems

Step 1 – Online Application

Parents must apply online and click on the Apply Now link, which can be accessed on the school’s website. After an inquiry is submitted, you will receive an Inquiry number as a reference for all future correspondence and queries. An acknowledgement will be emailed containing the next steps.

Step 2 – Registration Process

After paying an Application Fee of AED 525, parents are required to upload documents to proceed with the registration process. Supporting Documents required are:

  • Sponsor's Emirates ID
  • Student’s Photo
  • Parent's (sponsor) Visa and Passport
  • Student’s recent school/nursery report (at least two years if applicable)
  • Student’s Visa and passport
  • Student’s immunisation

Step 3 – Appear for the Assessment Test

Assessment tests include:

KG1 and KG2 - All students must meet the age level requirements, meet academic grade level requirements, listen to and follow directions, and display classroom readiness. They should be able to separate from their caregiver, be bathroom independent, and demonstrate fine and gross motor skill development at age appropriate level.

Grades 1 -12 - The evaluation process includes a review of the student's application, past school records, and Dubai American Academy entrance assessments. An online computer-based testing system (CAT4) is based on testing skills in Math, Reading, and Language.   

Step 4: Admission Confirmation

After receiving a confirmation of the selection of the child, you must secure the seat by making a payment of the tuition fee and registration amount as stipulated.

ENTRY AGE BY AUGUST 31ST

GRADE

GRADE

YEAR

YEAR

YEAR

YEAR

CLASS

3 years old

__

--

FS1 (Nursery)

--

--

Pre-School

PS

4 years old

KG1

PreK

FS2 (Reception)

KG

--

Pre-School

MS

5 years old

KG2

KG

1

Prep

Reception

Pre-School

GS

6 years old

1

1

2

1

1

P1

CP

7 years old

2

2

3

2

2

P2

CE1

8 years old

3

3

4

3

3

P3

CE2

9 years old

4

4

5

4

4

P4

CM1

10 years old

5

5

6

5

5

P5

CM2

11 years old

6

6

7

6

6

P6

Sixieme

12 years old

7

7

8

7

7

S1

Cinquieme

13 years old

8

8

9

8

8

S2

Quatrieme

14 years old

9

9

10

9

9

S3

Triosieme

15 years old

10

10

11

10

10

S4

Seconde

16 years old

11

11

12

11

11

 

Premiere

17 years old

12

12

13

12

12

 

Terminale

Dubai American Academy Gems School Fees Structure

The fee structure of Dubai American Academy Gems has been given below:

GRADES

2023-2024 FEES (AED)

KG 1 - KG 2

AED 63,026

GR 1 - GR 12

AED 88,848

Parents can use the following modes of payment:

  • Online fee payment
  • Bank transfer payment
  • Cash or Cheque payment
  • Credit cards
  • Parents can use the GEMS FAB Mastercard to pay annual tuition fees in advance and SAVE 4.25% on GEMS school fees.

Dubai American Academy Gems also offers sibling discounts:

TYPE OF SIBLING

APPLICABLE DISCOUNT

4th Sibling

25% discount for the fourth child

5th Sibling

50% discount for the fifth child

 There are some additional fees as well:

FEE TYPE

ANNUAL FEE

Registration Fee (New students)

10% of the total tuition fees

Re-Registration Fee (Existing students)

5% of the total tuition fees

Admission Fee

AED 525

Transport

AED 6,250 to 9,950

Canteen

AED 20 to 3,600

Class photograph

AED 100 to 500

Educational Local Trip

AED 20 to 500

Extracurricular Activities

AED 0 to 6,000

Learning Support Assistants

AED 64,000 to 68,000

School Facilities

Transportation Facility at Dubai American Academy Gems

Dubai American Academy Gems has partnered with School Transport Services or STS, a transportation organisation offering safe school commute services. The commitments of STS include a secure, timely, and safe journey of students to school, and it is the only ISO-certified school transport provider. To apply for the transport facility, parents must complete the following steps and submit them to the onsite Service Delivery Executive.

  • Student Registration Form
  • Agree to the bus Terms and Conditions
  • Review and sign the Student Bus Behavior Document
  • View the STS Transport Rate List for Dubai American Academy
  • Pay bus fees online or visit the STS Website

Sports Facilities at Dubai American Academy Gems

Dubai American Academy Gems provides a range of sports options encouraging students to discover new interests. It has three basketball courts, an Olympic-size pool, a tennis court, a running track, a soccer field, fitness trails, running tracks, and access to training and development programs. Students can participate in gymnastics, baseball, softball, and golf.

Contact Details

  • Phone Number: +971-4-704-9777
  • E-mail ID: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.gemsaa-dubai.com/
  • Fax No: NA
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gems_daa/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GEMSDubaiAmericanAcademy/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/gems_daa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

 Dubai American Academy Gems for students of Grades KG 1 – 5, from Monday to Thursday, operates from 07:40 am to 2:45 pm.; on Friday, it releases at 11:50 am; for students of Grades 6-12, from Monday to Thursday, operates from 07:40 am to 2:55 pm.; on Friday, it releases at 12 pm

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

Yes, Dubai American Academy GEMS offers both Internal (teacher-led/ complimentary) and External (Paid) activities for students after school. The GEMS Music Hub also provides private music lessons to students while from Grade 2 onwards, students can take part in school sports teams.

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

Dubai American Academy GEMS offers classes from KG 1 to Grade 12.

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

Since 1998, Dubai American Academy GEMS has enrolled more than 900 students from 75 different nationalities

5. What is the format of the academic calendar of Dubai American Academy Gems?

GEMS Dubai American Academy Al Barsha starts in the last week of August and ends in the last week of June.

6. What is the range of tuition fees charged by Dubai American Academy Gems?

The tuition fee charged by Dubai American Academy Gems, ranges between AED 63,026 to AED 88,848, depending on the grade.

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

 The cafeteria is outsourced to SLICE, a catering service that serves students fresh meals.

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

The school takes its students on frequent field trips throughout the year.

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