School Description

Welcome to GEMS Dubai American Academy
GEMS Dubai American Academy (DAA) is GEMS Education's flagship American school. Offering both an enriched American Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma to students from around the world, DAA prepares its students for success in the world's most prestigious universities and colleges.

DAA is the only American curriculum school in Dubai to receive the KHDA rating of Outstanding, and has received this rating since 2011.

With over 20 years of history and academic excellence,  DAA is one of the most sought after American schools in Dubai.  The school's outstanding heritage is coupled with its future-fluent program which embeds creative design, cutting-edge robotics and digital fluencies at its core.   Through teaching, learning and innovation, students develop a mastery of multiple literacies and fluencies to support genuine world-class learning, personal growth and future readiness. DAA offers a diverse range of extra-curricular, athletic, and leadership opportunities to enrich the holistic development of each student.

Our staff teaches and inspires excellence in academics and life-long learning skills by continually reviewing and building an enriched American curriculum, promoting student achievement, encouraging integrity and nurturing a desire to learn.

At GEMS Dubai American Academy, we aim to be good citizens who are:

- Respectful and inclusive, celebrating diversity
- Aspirational and inspirational in pursuit of excellence
- Committed to the well-being of people and of the environment
- Open-minded, creative, resilient and reflective
- Passionate and determined in embracing and driving positive change
- Ethical in our actions and accountable for them

Join GEMS Dubai American Academy on the journey of student development.

School Contact Information

Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Barsha - Al Barsha 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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    Dr. Ethan Hildreth
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Extra Curricular Activities

We offer a wide variety of activities, depending on the academic year/grade level/division. Some examples include Lego club, running club, forensics (debate), mindfulness club, di, yoga, gymnastics, karate, soccer, basketball, golf, choir, parkour, dance, photography, chess, zumba, Quran recitation, pottery, MUN, student council, film making, poetry, math competition club. All are very popular as the students are interested in a wide variety of options.

Some activities are internal and complimentary. Others are external and offered through ESM and Delta Learning.

DAA is a member of MESAC and Junior Emirates Athletic Conference (Jr EAC), which is specifically designed for Grade 4, 5 and 6, Boys and Girls for soccer, track and field and basketball. This year, our teams included also students from grades 2 and 3.

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