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Best Schools in Abu Dhabi – Full School Ratings

Best Schools in Abu Dhabi – Full School Ratings

Any list of the best schools in Abu Dhabi is going to be a small one: Just 15 per cent of the private schools in Abu Dhabi, numbering 23 institutions, are considered to be high-performing by ADEC, the emirate’s education regulator. None of the 146 schools it has inspected have achieved the regulator’s top score of “outstanding”.

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The best schools in Abu Dhabi are: Yasmina SchoolGEMS American Academy, German International School, Pearl Primary SchoolThe British School – Al KhubairatThe Cambridge High School

A further 19 per cent, or 29 schools, currently have satisfactory educational standards at present.

A total of 100 private schools, representing 66 per cent of the schools, need significant improvement in their educational standards.

Given the ratio of good to satisfactory to poor, parents clearly have their work cut out getting into one of the best schools in Abu Dhabi.

Eight factors are measured for each institution by the regulator to determine a school’s performance: pupils’ achievement and level of progress, pupils’ personal development, teaching and learning quality, meeting pupils’ needs within the curriculum, protection and guidance for pupils, quality of the schools’ buildings and premises, school resources and effectiveness of leadership and management.

Based on their performance, schools are then ranked as High-performing (Band A), Satisfactory (Band B) or Needing significant improvement (Band C). These bands are themselves subdivided into a total of eight ranks, with Band A schools – effectively the list of the best schools in Abu Dhabi – ranked as outstanding, very good and good, Band B divided into satisfactory and improving, and satisfactory and Band C ranked as unsatisfactory, very unsatisfactory and poor.

Inspectors have found no link between a school’s fees and its rating. “There are schools that have very low fees, not high fees, and the performance was excellent,” Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, Adec’s director general said. Inspectors found that the scores were only weakly linked to the type of curriculum offered. “Many of the schools who apply the British curriculum in the right way have achieved satisfactory or high ratings but many schools in American, Indian and Ministry of Education curriculum received good ratings as well,” Mr Al Dhahiri said. “The curriculum is not a main factor but it’s an important one.”

Asked where schools needed to improve the most, Mr Al Dhahiri said: “Teaching”.

“Schools must concentrate on professional development and they should also invest in teachers,” he said.

Full details of the best and worst schools in Abu Dhabi, according to their ratings at least, below.

 

School Name Current Rating Fee category Type Grades Location
Al Bateen Secondary School A2 Premium Private KG1-Grade11 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Muna Primary School – Abu Dhabi A2 Premium Private KG1-Grade5 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Yasmina School A2 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
Bloom Gardens School (Brighton College) A2 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Brighton College Al Ain (Bloom Gardens) A2 Private
Merryland International School A2 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Pearl Primary School A2 Premium Private KG1-Grade5 Abu Dhabi Island
Raha International School A2 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
Abu Dhabi International Private School Secondary A3 Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Ain International School A3 Private KG1-Grade8 Central District
Al Ain International School Al Dar Academy A3 Premium Private
Al Danat Private School A3 Affordable Private KG1-KG2 Asharej
Al Ittehad National Private School – Abu Dhabi A3 High Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
Al Mushrif School A3 Premium Public KG1-Grade7 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Sanawbar Private School A3 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
American Community Private School A3 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Canadian International School A3 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
GEMS World Academy – Abu Dhabi A3 Premium Private KG1-Grade5 Abu Dhabi Island
German International School A3 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Japanese Private School A3 High Private KG1-Grade9 Abu Dhabi Island
Sheikh Zayed Academy A3 Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
The British School – Al Khubairat A3 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
The Cambridge High School A3 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
The Model Private School Secondary A3 Very Affordable Private
The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for girls A3 Private
Abu Dhabi International Private School Primary B4 Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Ain English Speaking School B4 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Al Ain Juniors Private School B4 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Al Andalus Private Academy B4 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Al Dhafra Private School B4 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Al Shohub School B4 Private KG2-Grade12 Khalifa City
American International School in Abu Dhabi B4 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Emirates National School Al Ain B4 Premium Private
GEMS Cambridge International School B4 Private KG1-Grade8 Baniyas
Glenelg School Of Abu Dhabi (Secondary) B4 High Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
Islamia English School B4 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Liwa International Private School B4 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Lycee Louis Massignon B4 High Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Lycee Theodore Monod B4 Private
Manor Hall International School B4 High Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
The British International School, Abu Dhabi B4 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Zayed City
The International School of Choueifat – Abu Dhabi City Secondary B4 High Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
The Model Private School – Primary B4 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Theodore Monod French Private School B4 Medium Private KG1-Grade7 Abu Dhabi Island
Zakher Private School British B4 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Abu Dhabi Indian School Primary B5 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Abu Dhabi Indian School Secondary B5 Affordable Private
Abu Dhabi Island Pvt School B5 Private KG1-Grade5 Al Towayya
Al Adhwa Private School B5 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Al Bashair Private School B5 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Al Dhafra Private Schools – Al Ain B5 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Al Ittihad National Private School – Al Ain B5 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Al Manhal International Private School B5 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Nahda National School – Boys B5 Medium Private Grade1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Nahda National School – Girls B5 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Najah Private School B5 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Al Rabeeh School LLC B5 High Private KG1-Grade6 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Rawafed Private School B5 Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
Al Safwa Private School B5 Affordable Private
Al Salam English Private School B5 Private KG2-Grade11 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Al Wathba Private School B5 Affordable Private KG1-Grade3 Baniyas
Bani Yas International Private School B5 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Baniyas
Beit Al Maqdes International Private School B5 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Choueifat International Private (Rowais) B5 High Private KG1-Grade12 Al Ruwais
Darul Huda Islamic School B5 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Emirates National Private School – Al Manaser B5 Private KG1-Grade4 Abu Dhabi Island
Emirates National Private School – Al Nahyan B5 Premium Private Grade6-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Emirates Private School – Abu Dhabi B5 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
GEMS American Academy B5 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
Glenelg (Madinat Zayed) B5 Premium Private KG1-Grade8 Madinat Zayed
Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi (Al Ruwais) B5 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Al Ruwais
Glenelg School Of Abu Dhabi (Primary) B5 High Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
Good Will Children Private School B5 Private KG1-Grade10 Madinat Zayed
Good Will Children Private School B5 High Private KG1-Grade6 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Horizon Private School – Branch B5 High Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
Indian School B5 Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
International Community School B5 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
International School of Choueifat – Abu Dhabi Primary B5 Private
International School of Choueifat – Al Ain B5 High Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
International School of Choueifat – Khalifa A B5 Private
New Indian Model School Al Ain B5 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Repton School B5 Private
Abu Dhabi Australian School C6 HIgh Private KG1-Grade12 Shakhbout City
Abu Dhabi Grammar School (Canada) C6 High Private KG2-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Ain American Private School C6 Medium Private KG1-Grade9 Asharej
Al Bahya Private School C6 Medium Private KG1-Grade6 Khalifa City
Al Dar Private School C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Hili
Al Ekhlass Private School C6 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Baniyas
Al Hamadanya Grand Private School C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Agabiyaa
Al Iman Private School C6 Affordable Private KG2-Grade10 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Khalil International Private School C6 Affordable Private KG2-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Al Manara Private School C6 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Baniyas
Al Nash’e Assaleh Private School C6 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Al Towayya
Al Saad Private School C6 Affordable Private
Aliaa International School C6 Private KG1-Grade8 Al Dhaher
Ashbal Al Quds Private Secondary School C6 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Shakhbout City
Asian International Private (Rowais) C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Ruwais
Baraem Al Ain Private School / Bani Yas C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Baniyas
Belvedere British School C6 High Private KG1-Grade8 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Bright Riders School C6 Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Crescent international private school C6 Low Private KG1-Grade6 Khalifa City
Dar al Uloom Private School Al Ain C6 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Markhaniya
Diyafah International School LLC C6 Private KG1-Grade5 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Emirates Education Academy Private School C6 Affordable Private
Emirates Falcon International Private School C6 High Private KG1-Grade11 Falaj Hazza
Emirates Future International Academy C6 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Emirates National Private School – MBZ C6 Premium Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Emirates Private School Al Ain C6 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
First Lebanon Private School C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Future International Academy C6 Medium Private KG1-Grade9 Al Sarooj
Future International School C6 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Central District
GEMS Winchester School C6 Private KG1-Grade9 Abu Dhabi Island
Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi (Gayathi) C6 Private KG1-Grade4 Ghayathi
Global English School C6 High Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Ibn Khaldoun Islamic Private School C6 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Yahar
Indian School Al Ain C6 Very Affordable Private
International Community – Branch C6 Private KG1-Grade6 Abu Dhabi Island
International Jubilee Private School C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade9 Abu Dhabi Island
International Private School Al Ain C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Jahili
Madar International School C6 High Private KG1-Grade12 Al Towayya
Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan Generations School C6 Low Private KG1-Grade6 Falaj Hazza
Our Own English High School C6 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Pakistani Islamic Private School C6 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Palestine Private Academy C6 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade9 Al Muwaiji
Polaris Private Academy C6 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Private International English School C6 Low Private KG1-Grade8 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Rosary Private School C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Scientific Distinction Private School C6 Affordable Private KG2-Grade12 Al Khabisi
Summit International School C6 Private KG1-Grade8 Abu Dhabi Island
Sunflower School C6 Medium Private KG1-Grade4 Falaj Hazza
Sunrise English Private School C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
The Gulf International Private Academy C6 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
The International School of Choueifat – Abu Dhabi City Primary C6 High Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
The International School of Choueifat – Khalifa A C6 High Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City
The Iranian Private School C6 Very Affordable Private KG2-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Twenty First Century Private Academy C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade10 Abu Dhabi Island
United School of Al Yahar C6 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Al Yahar
Universal Private School C6 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Vision Private School C6 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Yas Academy School C6 Affordable Private KG1-Grade6 Abu Dhabi Island
Abdullah Bin Zubair Private School C7 Premium Private KG1-Grade4 Al Maqam
Ain Al Khaleej Private School C7 Low Private KG2-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Al Ain Iranian Private School C7 Very Affordable Private Grade1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Al Ettehad Private School C7 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade8 Falaj Hazza
Al Maali International School C7 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Al Manahil Private School C7 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Al Marfaa International School C7 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade10 Al Marfa
Al Sorouh American School C7 High Private KG1-Grade7 Shakhbout City
Al Worood Academy Private Schools C7 Medium Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Al Yaher Private School Al Ain C7 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Yahar
Asian International (Zayed City) C7 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Madinat Zayed
Baraaim Al Ain Private School C7 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Al Muwaiji
Dar Al Uloom Private School Abu Dhabi C7 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Baniyas
Emirates Private School – Bani Yas C7 Very Affordable Private KG2-Grade10 Baniyas
Grace Valley Indian School C7 Affordable Private KG1-Grade9 Falaj Hazza
International Community Kindergarten LLC C7 Very Affordable Private
Manar Al Ilm C7 Low Private KG1-Grade9 Madinat Zayed
Middle East Private School C7 Affordable Private KG1-Grade10 Baniyas
Oasis International School C7 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade10 Mezyad
Pakistan Community Welfare School C7 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade8 Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladish Islamia Private School LLC C7 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Arab Pakistan Private School C7 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Abu Dhabi Island
Tawaam Model Private School C7 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
United School of Baniyas C7 High Private KG2-Grade7 Baniyas
Western Private Model School C7 Very Affordable Private KG1-Grade10 Ghayathi
Zakher Private School Boys C7 Affordable Private KG1-Grade12 Falaj Hazza
Abu Mousa Al Ashaari Private School C8 Very Affordable Private KG2-Grade5 Al Wathba
Al Seddeeq Private School C8 Affordable Private KG1-Grade10 Central District
Ambitions Private (Al Tumooh) C8 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Madinat Zayed
Horizon Private School C8 Low Private KG1-Grade12 Khalifa City

 

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  1. rima says
    March 2, 2015, 11:30 am

    Any information about Summit International School i need a feedback and the rating please.

    Reply
  2. Arvind says
    February 27, 2015, 9:19 pm

    Hi,
    What is the rating stand for? What are the criteria achieved for this rating?
    How is Merryland International School?

    Reply
    • Professor says
      March 2, 2015, 2:07 pm

      Merryland is currently rated A2, which is a high performing school.

      We note the criteria for the ratings in the article above:

      “Eight factors are measured for each institution by the regulator to determine a school’s performance: pupils’ achievement and level of progress, pupils’ personal development, teaching and learning quality, meeting pupils’ needs within the curriculum, protection and guidance for pupils, quality of the schools’ buildings and premises, school resources and effectiveness of leadership and management.

      Based on their performance, schools are then ranked as High-performing (Band A), Satisfactory (Band B) or Needing significant improvement (Band C). These bands are themselves subdivided into a total of eight ranks, with Band A schools – effectively the list of the best schools in Abu Dhabi – ranked as outstanding, very good and good, Band B divided into satisfactory and improving, and satisfactory and Band C ranked as unsatisfactory, very unsatisfactory and poor.”

      Reply
  3. Mrs. N says
    February 27, 2015, 10:17 am

    Hi,

    My daughter is a year 10 student at Al Bateen Secondary School. As much as I am overwhelmed with the skills and the new techniques that my daughter is learning at the school, as much as I am confused with the way students are placed between sets. Is there any parent who can help me with that? She moved this year, and I don’t want to move her again but I am confused.

    Thanks a lot

    Reply
  4. Bas says
    February 26, 2015, 6:55 pm

    Hi all,

    I will be moving with my family to Abu Dhabi in mid August, and looking for a school for my 8 yrs old girl.
    Any advise regarding admission? Can we apply that late, or we need to start contacting schools from now?
    I just received the offer few days ago, and honestly the review of schools is kind of confusing!
    We will be probably living at ADU Campus!
    Been reading good comments about GEMS Cambridge, yet my daughter comes from a french/Quebec system! Any one has experience with french schools?
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
  5. Rima says
    February 14, 2015, 3:03 am

    The full name is Summit International School located at madinet Zaid beside Gold center

    Thanks

    Reply
  6. harshani says
    February 12, 2015, 8:39 am

    what about The Reach British School ?

    Reply
  7. Rima says
    February 11, 2015, 11:50 pm

    Dear,,,

    Can I have an idea about Summit school actually I didn’t find it on the list

    Best regards

    Reply
    • February 12, 2015, 5:23 pm

      Hi Rima,

      Can you tell us the full name and location of Summit School and we will investigate?

      Many thanks.

      Reply
    • February 17, 2015, 3:51 pm

      You can find the ADEC inspection report from 2014 on the ADEC website – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx# – it’s on page 20. The school was rated Band C, grade 6 – in need of significant improvement.

      The main areas for improvement are:
      • students’ progress in many classes
      • developing students’ skills, such as how to work with partners and in groups
      • adapting the curriculum implementation to ensure that it is to meet the needs of all students, particularly those whose first language is not English
      • curriculum implementation to effectively develop students’ 21st century skills  
      • teachers’ use of assessment and marking to help students to know how they can improve their work and set targets.

      Positive comments from the inspectors were:
      • the strong commitment of the, owners, director, principal and vice‐principal to further improve the school
      • the positive impact made by the principal and vice‐principal in a very short time
      • the school is a harmonious community and a good team spirit has been created
      • students’ behaviour in class and around the school is much improved from the beginning of the school year
      • the introduction of new strategies and methods is beginning to improve teaching and learning in a few classes
      • students are happy, and are proud of their school.

      Based on these comments it sounds very much as though the school is making significant progress and heading in the right direction.

      Reply
  8. rana says
    February 9, 2015, 10:28 pm

    Al ittihad national private school is band A3 not B4 …

    Reply
    • February 10, 2015, 10:31 am

      Rana, many thanks for your comment. Indeed the Abu Dhabi branch of Al Ittihad School was rated A3 during the 2014 inspections; the Al Ain branch is rated B5 during their last inspection. We will update the Reviews and list.

      Reply
    • Professor says
      February 11, 2015, 10:34 am

      Hi Rana,

      We’re actually in the process of updating all of the information on this page to include more details – curricula, contact details, gender info, etc. Keep tabs. We’re working on it.

      Reply
  9. Oneil says
    February 5, 2015, 4:56 pm

    Can anyone share their experience on the performance of Abu Dhabi International School. It does not seem to figure in the ADEC list?? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • February 5, 2015, 5:21 pm

      Dear Oneil,

      If you follow this link, you will be taken directly to the ADEC reports for both the Primary and Secondary schools – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx. Abu Dhabi International School is extremely unusual in that it offers multiple curricula (3 in fact!). The US curriculum is available through the Primary School, but students are also able to follow the British GCSE programme for grades 9 and 10 and either A Levels or the IB Diploma programme in grades 11 and 12. The Primary School was rated Band B and the Secondary Band A – this is about as good as it gets in Abu Dhabi. Certainly the Regulator seems to feel that this is a high performing school.

      Reply
      • Mohd Aftab Alam says
        February 8, 2015, 7:37 pm

        Dear Sir,
        With reference to high performing school for Quality education ensuring by Abu Dhabi Authority is good for the future of Child as well as Nations.
        I like to bring to your attention that seat availability for KG1 in CBSC Indian curriculum academic year 2015-2016 impossible in Abu Dhabi, as I observe during Admission Lottery dated on 3rd February 2015 at Abu Dhabi Indian School for 55 Seats out of 6675 applicant (approximate)
        Please advise the child unfortunate not got admission in KG1 academic year 2015-2016 in CBSC Indian Curriculums due to seat limitation, what I should do the next course of action??
        Please advice how can save future of child under such circumstance which is beyond our control.
        Regards,

      • February 9, 2015, 8:42 am

        Dear Mohd Aftab Alam,

        There is no doubt that finding school places is Abu Dhabi is a challenge. You can find out more about CBSE schools on the ADEC website – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/pages/schoolscontacts.aspx and another useful link https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Parents/ParentsGuide/Pages/SelectaSchool.aspx#app=f30a&1c3f-selectedIndex=1. Do also check through the following link on Whichschooladvisor – http://whichschooladvisor.com/reviews/abu-dhabi-primary/.
        Also do keep a check on our availability information – http://whichschooladvisor.com/guides/latest-admissions-info/. There are also new schools opening in Abu Dhabi – Global Indian International School has a Facebook page with further information. https://www.facebook.com/giis.abudhabi?fref=ts. Unfortunately, we cannot take the research out of the process for you (unless you are interested in our paid-for school consultancy service), but we hope to be able to offer routes through which you can research further. As we learn of other schools, so we will inform our visitors.

    • Professor says
      February 11, 2015, 10:37 am
  10. Allam says
    January 25, 2015, 8:37 pm

    I need any feedback about the three schools Gems Winchster, Al Bateen Scientific Private School and Al Najah Private school which one is the those school. Please if any have any feedback please share with me the information because I am just new in Abu Dhabi and my kid will be in KG1. So I need to admin him with a good school

    Reply
  11. Mohd Aftab Alam says
    January 17, 2015, 12:09 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am looking KG1 admission for academic year 2015-2016 my son Rayyan Mohd Alam his date of birth 23. 11.2010, Indian national and resident of Abu Dhabi.

    Please advise for KG1 admission in Abu Dhabi.
    Regards

    Reply
  12. Imran says
    January 15, 2015, 9:21 am

    Nice one

    Reply
  13. Sara says
    December 2, 2014, 9:31 pm

    I am yr 10 student who studies gcse and as u know education is not as tough , next year I will be studying in Abu Dhabi but I need a school that you will fulfill my needs in education and my love for art and pe , I heard Sherwood school ( don’t if they changed the name ) has a good education And after school tuition where weak children catch up with studies which I am in need of ,it would have been a perfect school that I would go to but I heard that they do not take sports seriously nor do they have a curricular for Art , so which school would be the best for me

    Reply
  14. Randy says
    December 1, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I am planning on transferring my kid to International Community School next year for year 11 and I was wonding if any of you know anything about the fees. Are they under 25K? And when should I register my child? Do you know anything about the available space in the year 11part

    Reply
  15. Marwah says
    November 25, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Hi,
    My son is currently studying at Ajyal Intl School, and I would like to move him to a different school next year. Im considering International Community School in Abu Dhabi. Does anybody have any feedback or info about the school, it curriculum, and academic performance? Any information will be helpful.
    I’ve seen the ADEC rating, but im looking for more ‘on-the-ground’ info.

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Lyn Soppelsa says
      November 27, 2014, 4:21 pm

      HI Marwah,

      You are right to seek feedback from parents with children already in the school, but in addition to the ADEC rating, please do also review the actual inspection report – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx – which is available through this link. This provides you with very clear information about how the Regulator arrived at their rating and the areas of improvement required.

      Reply
  16. Sarwat says
    November 25, 2014, 10:02 am

    My 4yrs 7month daughter has been offered a place for KG 1 at the Indian high school Dubai, but I am looking for KG 2, and in that school KG 2 is not available. How about the school, and what should I do for kg2 admission?

    Reply
    • Lyn Soppelsa says
      November 27, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Hi Sarwat,

      You will find details of other schools offering the Indian curricula on Whichschooladvisor.com both in the “Schools” section (under Dubai Primary) and also in our availability listing which appears on the Home Page. The KHDA inspection reports – http://www.khda.gov.ae – can also be searched by curriculum. Once you have completed your research, you will then need to approach the schools directly. New schools – such as Credence High School and Springdales School in Al Qouz, are more likely to have places than the older, more established schools.

      Reply
  17. Maria says
    November 17, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I am looking for a school for my autistic 10 year old son. My son is highly functioning (intellectually very able, can read and communicate), but needs special provisions in terms of SLT, OT and behaviour management. Could you please recommend special school units or education centres that provide both exposure to UK / US curriculum and access to therapies/ autism intervention strategies. Any suggestions and recommendations are most welcome.

    Reply
    • November 21, 2014, 1:59 pm

      Hi Maria, sorry it’s taken me a little time to come back to you on your query. Provision of additional learning support in the UAE is still a difficult area, with many schools not well resourced to assist. Added to the fact that many schools are full in Abu Dhabi, the task becomes still harder. There are specialist centres such as Future Centre for Special Needs – 971-2-6669625 and The New England Centre, 971 2 642 9550 or email admissions@neccuae.org who specialise in working with Autistic children, Stars for Special Abilities – http://www.starzuae.com – +971 2 446 2048, email: starzuae@eim.ae and the Sheena Wilson Centre – +971 50 348 8625, info@thesheenawilsoncentre.com. These groups will almost certainly be able to suggest mainstream schools that may be supportive. Please let us know how you get on.

      Reply
  18. Umarfaruk says
    November 12, 2014, 11:26 am

    My daughters are studying in Al Basma Y-1 and Y-4. For Y-1 seems they are very slow on teaching, if i compare with other schools like Winchester or CBSE…etc. Has anybody observed this?

    Reply
  19. Mazahir Abbas says
    November 10, 2014, 12:33 pm

    I am looking for good Pakistani school in Al Ain, can any body help me that which Pakistani school is good?

    Reply
  20. Arshia Sultana Ahmed says
    October 31, 2014, 9:02 pm

    I have been looking for information about Giggles English school which has now shifted in Al Bahia with a new name, Al Basma British school. But there is no mention of the school.Can someone help.

    Reply
    • Professor says
      November 1, 2014, 10:22 am

      Hi Arshia, this is the review page – http://whichschooladvisor.com/review_article/al-basma-british-school-giggles-english-school/. We’re about to add our JWI section (what WSA sees when we ‘Just Walk In’), so keep tabs on the review.

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    • umarfaruk says
      February 9, 2015, 8:58 am

      My daughters are studing in Al Basma British school,
      Islamic education is very good, But now they seems they are improving from last 6 months the school has started, all the terchers are from UK,

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      • February 9, 2015, 10:07 am

        Dear Umarfaruk,

        Many thanks for your valuable feedback.

  21. omarr frey says
    September 29, 2014, 12:02 pm

    Wow, this is a very good list! However, most of the schools are too far from my area. Are there any schools from the list which are near the Corniche? I found out about Ajyal International School (http://www.ajyal.sch.ae/) through a neighbor but it already started on 11th. Have you heard anything about it? And do you think they would still accept my 7 year old even though the year has begun?

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    • Lyn Soppelsa says
      September 30, 2014, 5:03 pm

      HI Omarr,

      If you could please post this query on the Q and A section of the site, we will ask one of our consultants to assist you.

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      • omarr frey says
        October 1, 2014, 11:10 am

        Thanks! I will…

      • omarr frey says
        October 1, 2014, 11:21 am

        Hi! I can’t seem to post a question on the Q and A page because it says my email has already been used.

      • Professor says
        October 1, 2014, 7:08 pm

        Have you signed in Omarr?

      • Professor says
        October 11, 2014, 8:45 pm

        Hi Omarr – the sign in issue on the Q and A site has been fixed.

  22. Sarah says
    September 5, 2014, 11:08 am

    This is VERY out of date and contains many inaccuracies even at the time of creation.

    For example Raha International School is an A2 school (narrowly missing an A1) in April 2014 inspection. I know this because I work at Raha International School and coordinated the inspection.

    I believe that they have the Gems schools ratings the wrong way around too. But that is for this website to research and update. Parents are advised to contact the schools directly themselves and ask for copies of the ADEC reports. The ADEC website is yet to be updated as it currently shows reports up to December 2013 only.

    It’s a mine-field trying to choose a good school, and my advice as a teacher and as a parent of 3 young children is to visit the schools and get a real “feeling” of the school. Does it have a nurturing, happy, supportive feeling. Does the school seem to be organised in structure and try and meet the Head of the school or Head of section. Does he/she have a strong vision of where they are leading their school?

    Inspection reports only give parents a snapshot of one week in the life of a school. There are another 37 weeks to take into account.

    With lots of new schools opening in Abu Dhabi, there is an increase in competition and this is good news for parents!

    Good luck with your choice :)

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    • DR.FIDA says
      September 6, 2014, 1:17 am

      Very nice piece of advice. Just visit the school personally and look it is going to fulfil your wishes or not.
      See, for grooming of your child, the triangle should be completed i.e. Efforts of teachers, Efforts of the parents and that of your child.
      Ranks of the schools may be changed ,the next year.
      Good luck for all parents, all respectable teachers and their students.

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    • Professor says
      September 6, 2014, 9:15 am

      Hi Sarah, this was a consolidated list by ADEC itself, so certainly at the time of creation there should not have been any errors. It is possible some schools have been updated – but not too many as ADEC does not do annual reports. For individual schools we ask them to update their information here: http://whichschooladvisor.com/wsa-review-required-information/

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  23. Aliaa says
    August 4, 2014, 9:48 pm

    Hello everyone

    Can anybody share his/her experience of Belvedere British School. Thanks in advance.

    Aliaa

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  24. Safiyah says
    July 29, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Does anyone know what Glenelg school in ruwais is like? Do they have a challenging curriculum? Do they have a variety of extra curricular activities?

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    • Professor says
      July 31, 2014, 2:37 pm

      We have just updated our review of the school. It provides information on the curriculum, parent feedback, as well as its current rating.

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  25. Farzana says
    March 12, 2014, 11:22 pm

    Hi!
    My both children attended , The Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi & from primary till “A” Levels. I appreciate this school’s Principal ,Teachers , Staff & management team. We are very so happy that we , as parents selected such a good school for our children. Fees is reasonable & they many activities for children in school. I would highly recommend this school to other parents too.

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    • ramya says
      October 9, 2014, 10:09 am

      hi Farzana,
      Thanks for your info… Is this school different from GEMS Cambridge International School? How about safety and security in the school? And their co-ordination with parents?

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      • Farzana says
        October 10, 2014, 1:02 am

        Hi! Ramya ,
        yes this is The Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi, it moved to Mussafah 1997.This is the link http://www.gemscis-abudhabi.com/
        Its very good regarding safety & security. They have parents teacher meeting also on regular basis. My kids started school from Grade 5 till A Levels. Teachers & all staff are good.We were very satisfied regarding education& all. hope this will help you.

  26. Tilly says
    February 26, 2014, 7:48 am

    Just wondering what everyone has heard about the Canadian International School? I am considering working there and want to know how the teachers are treated.

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  27. Beata says
    February 23, 2014, 10:03 pm

    My kids have been at Yasmina since the opening in 2008. I agree its an awesome British school. Great teachers and challenging curriculum, professional attitude of the management, easy and efficient contact with the administration, friendly and creative atmosphere, all systems in place, lots of extracurricular activities. Strongly recommend.

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    • FahaDUKE says
      March 12, 2014, 5:54 am

      My 3 yr old girl has been offered a place at Al Yasmina & Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. I will be working in one of the clinics at Al Bahia ( near Shamama ). Which school would you recommend and where to find a place to live as I am due to relocate in April.

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      • Professor says
        July 31, 2014, 2:42 pm

        Both very good schools. Please look at the reviews of both to get an idea of their strengths…

  28. Tahira says
    January 26, 2014, 4:51 pm

    Hi Danny J, i don’t know about american international school, but my one of my kids in Yasmina school and the other one is in Pearl Primary. Both of them are great. Yasmina is the best I feel.

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  29. Mahmoud Hay says
    January 21, 2014, 6:23 pm

    I was shocked by the rating of ISC-KC, I thought it was a good school but the report says unsatisfactory.

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  30. DannyJ says
    September 17, 2013, 11:40 am

    Dunno if anyone can help, but looking at making the big jump and plying my trade in Abu Dhabi. Had a look at the expatarrivals abu dhabi schools guide and liked the way the american international school sounded, so this was good validation. Has anyone had experiences of these schools? And, am I wasting my time with that guide? It seems very good but can anyone recommend anything else?

    Thanks in advance,

    Danny.

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  31. Faisal Ali Al Katheeri says
    September 3, 2013, 10:09 am

    I would like to share my experience

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    • Bill says
      September 3, 2013, 11:48 am

      Hi Faisal, please do :)

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