International Schools in Abu Dhabi

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

The Abu Dhabi International School offers various systems of education for kindergarten through to Grade 12 students. Depending on age, the student seeking entrance may be subject to interview. Read more

Gender: Co-educational   
Curriculum: American, Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.aisschools.com

Abu Dhabi Grammar School

The Abu Dhabi Grammar School is situated on-island in the Tourist Club Area and has more than 1,000 students from 50 different nationalities. The school teaches the Canadian curriculum from Nova Scotia. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.agsgrmmr.sch.ae

Al Ain English Speaking School

Al Ain English Speaking School (AAESS) is a co-educational independent school that features Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form education, catering for students aged from three to 18. The school was founded in 1978, and has been expanded and enhanced considerably since then due to its popularity. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: National Curriculum of England, Cambridge IGCSE
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.aaess.com 

Aldar Academies, Al Ain Academy

Al Ain Academy opened in September 2011 providing high-quality education to the region. The children are taught the English National Curriculum – tailored to be meaningful to children living in Al Ain, alongside the local curriculum of Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.aldaracademies.com

Aldar Academies, Al Bateen Academy

Rated "Outstanding" by Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in Oct/Nov 2015, Al Bateen Academy provides high-quality education for students from the ages of 11 to 18. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 11 to 18
Website: www.aldaracademies.com

Aldar Academies, Al Muna Academy

Al Muna Academy opened in September 2009 and is located in the heart of the city. The primary school is popular with English-speaking expats and hosts an international community with families from more than 50 countries. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 11
Website: www.aldaracademies.com

Aldar Academies, Al Mamoura Academy

Al Mamoura Academy is a mixed primary and girls-only secondary school located near the Sea Palace off the East Ring Road, Abu Dhabi. Upon opening, Al Mamoura Academy’s mixed primary school incorporated students that previously attended Al Mushrif School, which was rated “Outstanding” by Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). Read more

Gender: Mixed primary and girls-only secondary school
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 16
Website: www.aldaracademies.com

Aldar Academies, Al Yasmina Academy

 

Al Yasmina Academy, part of the Aldar Academies community, is one of the organisation’s longest established schools, having opened in September 2008. Read more


Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 18

Website: www.aldaracademies.com

Aldar Academies, The Pearl Academy

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 the Abu Dhabi Education Council. Read more 

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 11
Website: www.aldaracademies.com

Aldar Academies, West Yas Academy

West Yas Academy is an American Curriculum school located on Yas Island and first opened its doors to students in August 2016. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American Massachusetts State Curriculum 
Ages: 3 to 14
Website: www.aldaracademies.com

American Community School

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

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.acs.sch.ae

American International School

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

Gender: Co-educational and girls-only options
Curriculum: American and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 10
Website: www.aisa.sch.ae

Brighton College

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

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 3 to 18 
Website: www.brightoncollege.ae

The British School Al Khubairat

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

Gender: Co-educational   
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.britishschool.sch.ae

British International School Abu Dhabi

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

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/abu-dhabi

The Cambridge High School

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, a variety of opportunities and good facilities make the school one of the best in the city. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.gemscis-abudhabi.com

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

A prestigious British-curriculum school, academic life at Cranleigh is balanced with rich sporting, cultural and arts extra-curricular activities, competitions and trips. The school also places a strong focus on character development through their Moral Education: Learning for Life Programme. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 3 to 19
Website: www.cranleigh.ae

GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi

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

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 3 to 13
Website: www.gemsaa-abudhabi.com

GEMS World Academy

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

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 11
Website: www.gemsworldacademy-abudhabi.com

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

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 13
Website: www.reptonabudhabi.org

Aspen Heights British School

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 11
Website: www.ahbs.ae