British International School Abu Dhabi (BISAD)

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Students at the British International School in Abu DhabiAddress: Behind Abu Dhabi University, off Al Ain Road (E22)
Telephone: +971 2 510 0100
Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Ages: 3 to 18

The British International School Abu Dhabi has developed an accomplished reputation since it opened in 2009. The school is part of the Nord Anglia Education group which has vast experience in delivering excellent education to expat communities around the world. The school upholds the English National Curriculum from EYFS to Year 11, offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Years 12 and 13, and accepts students of all nationalities with open arms. Its well-qualified staff provides an international context to British-style teaching; parents are encouraged to get involved in their student’s school life; and students are encouraged to become confident, open-minded and respectful members of their classroom, and well-rounded contributing members of a global community.

What the school says

The British International School Abu Dhabi is a vibrant, friendly, international learning community offering an outstanding education for students aged 3 to 18 years. Upon enrolment, your family will join Nord Anglia Education’s global campus which offers:
  • A friendly community: your whole family will be welcomed into our school's community that extends far beyond the classroom; where teachers, parents and students take pride in welcoming new families.
  • High academic challenge: your child will be excited and inspired by their learning, guided by highly qualified and experienced teachers.
  • Amazing opportunities: your child will receive exclusive global experiences through our family of 43 schools worldwide, such as the Global Orchestra in New York or Service expeditions to Tanzania.


The British International School Abu Dhabi offers a curriculum that provides students with an international passport to the best universities in the world, with the English National Curriculum from EYFS to Year 11, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13.


Annual fees cover the cost of tuition, text books and associated materials. They range from 47,900 AED in the Early Years Foundation Stages to 63,200 AED for Years 12 and 13, and can be paid annually or per term. A non-refundable registration fee of 5 percent is payable for all new students in the 2016/17 academic year.

From the Principal

In today’s world, a school needs to offer so much more than classrooms and lessons. A school needs to be the hub of its community and I am extremely proud to say that BIS Abu Dhabi is achieving just that. The strength of the communication between teachers and parents means that students achieve outstanding academic results, plus they excel in learning beyond the classroom and in their personal and social development.
Not only do we want our students to benefit from attending a school such as ours, we want the parents to benefit too. A school succeeds on the strength of the relationships and the sharing of information between school and home. Parents at BIS Abu Dhabi frequently talk about the warmth of the community and also how the teachers are always available and willing to do whatever is required to help each individual child.
The British International School Abu Dhabi is part Nord Anglia Education, a world-renowned organisation specialising in international education. Our students have opportunities to work with others from 43 schools across the world, providing experiences that help them develop as truly international citizens prepared to make a difference to our world as it is today and in the future – Patrick Horne, Principal

From the parents

“The British International School Abu Dhabi is a fantastic school, with great teachers who care about the wellbeing of my children. I could not ask any more than that!” – Parent Survey
“The school is very approachable in terms of staff and teachers. The environment is healthy and encouraging for young minds” – Parent Survey

“There is a good vibe when you walk through the gates. You always see children smiling and laughing which means they are happy to be there” – Parent Survey