International Schools in Abu Dhabi


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There are many international schools in Abu Dhabi catering to the international community. These schools follow various curricula, with the most prominent being the British, American and International Baccalaureate (IB). 
 
Seat scarcity is a serious problem at international schools in Abu Dhabi, and finding an open slot can prove challenging. Parents should make an effort to begin the admission process as early as possible. Fees at these schools can also be exorbitant and expats should consider this when negotiating a contract for relocation to Abu Dhabi with their family.
 

International schools in Abu Dhabi

 

Abu Dhabi International School

www.aisschools.com
Gender: Co-educational   
Curriculum: American, British or International Baccalaureate (IB)
Ages: 3 to 18
The Abu Dhabi International School offers various systems of education for kindergarten through to Grade 12 students; though, only the American system is available until after the completion of Grade 8. Depending on age, the student seeking entrance is subject to interview. Read more
 

Abu Dhabi Grammar School

www.agsgrmmr.sch.ae
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian
Ages: 3 to 18
The Abu Dhabi Grammar School is situated on-island in the Tourist Club Area and has 750 students from 36 different nationalities and teaches the Canadian curriculum from Nova Scotia. Read more
 

Al Ain English Speaking School

www.aaess.com
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 18
AAESS follows the National Curriculum of England and is a member of the Association of British Schools in the Middle East and the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools (UK). Read more
 

Al Ain International School

www.alaininternational.sch.ae
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 18
The curriculum broadly follows the English National Curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage (kindergarten), through to Year 8, modified to reflect the UAE’s rich culture. Read more
 

Al Bateen Secondary School

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 11 to 18
Al Bateen is run by the ALDAR Academies group. The doors opened in September 2011 and their facilities are state-of-the-art. The school aims to provide its students with a world-class, holistic, international education. Read more
 

Al Muna Primary School 

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 11
Situated in downtown Abu Dhabi, the Al Muna Primary opened in September 2009, and was the third school to be opened by the ALDAR Academies group and has become a popular choice with English-speaking expats. Read more
 

Al Mushrif Primary

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 11
The Al Mushrif Primary School opened its doors in September 2011. The school benefits from being part of the established ALDAR education group and shares facilities with the Al Bateen Secondary School. Read more
 

Al Yasmina School

www.alyasmina.sch.ae
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 18
Al Yasmina School follows the English National Curriculum for children from three to 18 years, with additional lessons in Arabic, Islamic and UAE Social Studies to meet the requirements of the UAE ministry of education. Read more
 

American Community School

www.acs.sch.ae
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 3 to 18
Founded in 1972, this not-for-profit institution has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest schools in Abu Dhabi. There are over 1,000 students in the school, 59 percent American and the rest from 49 different countries. Read more
 

American International School

www.aisa.sch.ae
Gender: Co-educational and girls-only options
Curriculum: American and IB
Ages: 3 to 10
The American International School has two sections, a co-educational section and a girls-only section, and offers an American style of curriculum from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12. It’s necessary to submit report cards with the application. Read more
 

Brighton College

www.brightoncollege.ae
Gender: Co-educational and girls-only options
Curriculum: British and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18 
Situated on Abu Dhabi Island, Brighton College is a joint venture between Brighton College in the UK and Bloom Properties, which opened its doors at the end of 2011. Read more
 

The British School Al Khubairat

www.britishschool.sch.ae
Gender: Co-educational   
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 18
Not to be confused with Abu Dhabi's other British school (located off-island), The British School Al Khubairat was established in 1971 and offers students a British style of curriculum from the ages of three to 18. Many expat parents assert that it is the best international school in Abu Dhabi. Read more
 

British International School of Abu Dhabi

Gender: Co-educational   
Curriculum: British and IB
Ages: 3 to 18
The British International School Abu Dhabi has developed an accomplished reputation since it opened in 2009. The institution is part of the Nord Anglia Education group which has vast experience in delivering excellent education to expat communities around the world. Read more

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

www.cranleigh.ae
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 18 years (sixth form opening September 2017)

Based on the rich academic heritage and family values of Cranleigh UK, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi was established in 2014 to support the community on Saadiyat island.
 

GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi

www.gemsaa-abudhabi.com
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 3 to 13
GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi is a modern and prestigious international school in Abu Dhabi. The state-of-the-art campus caters to students from over 40 nationalities, from KG to Grade 10. The academic programme captures the best of both worlds by offering an enriched American curriculum within the International Baccalaureate framework. Read more
 

GEMS Cambridge High School

www.gemscis-abudhabi.com
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 18
Established in 1988, GEMS Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi provides high-quality education based on The National Curriculum for England to students from kindergarten to Year 13. Set in a spacious campus, the school is divided into two sections: the Junior (Year 1 to Year 6) including the kindergarten and the Senior School (Year 7 to Year 13). Outstanding teaching, variety of opportunities and good facilities make the school one of the best in the city. Read more
 

GEMS World Academy

www.gemsworldacademy-abudhabi.com
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: IB
Ages: 3 to 11
GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi offers children an exclusive kindergarten and Early Elementary (ECE) programme. It provides the very best of teaching and learning practices for students from kindergarten to Grade 5. Read more
 

The Pearl Primary School

www.pearlprimary.sch.ae
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 11
The school follows the National Curriculum for England, with additional lessons in Arabic language, Islamic Studies and Social Studies to meet the requirements of the UAE Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Education Council. Read more
 

Repton School Abu Dhabi

www.reptonabudhabi.org
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3 to 6
Welcoming families from all nationalities, Repton School Abu Dhabi offers the very best in British education, within the context of an international environment and epitomised by the school’s philosophy of ‘the best for every child’. Read more

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