2016-17: Dubai's IB Diploma Schools

If you're planning the IB Diploma (IBDP) for your child, then you need to know which schools offer the most effective teaching, which are the most cost-effective and which achieve the all important results.
2016-17: Dubai's IB Diploma Schools
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GEMS World Academy

GEMS World Academy

KHDA Rating: Good

Additional Ratings/Accreditations: CIS, MEIBA, ISS

Published Results: Across the GEMS IB Schools the pass rate in 2016 was 92 percent and the average score 33

Programmes: PYP, MYP, Diploma

Additional Curriculum:  None

36 Diploma Options: biology, business and management, chemistry, design tech, economics, English A language, English A literature, English B, environment and society, history, maths studies, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, visual arts, Turkish A literature, Spanish B, Spanish AB, Russian A literature, Persian A literature, Norweigan A literature, Malay A literature, Korean A literature, Italian A literature, French B, French AB, French A literature, Dutch A literature, Danish A literature, Arabic B, Arabic AB, Chinese A literature,  theatre, Spanish A literature, business management.

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Al Barsha South, Dubai

Diploma Fees Per Annum:  Dhs 107,928

Contact: here


2016 KHDA Analysis of the DP years

English: Very Good
In English, attainment and progress were very good. In both internal and external assessments the large majority of students were highly effective language users. Persuasive speeches were well crafted and presented, built on high quality analysis of research and a thorough understanding of effective presentation skills. Students demonstrated a strong personal opinion in their formal speeches and showed empathy, analysis and self-knowledge. Small group conversations were almost always focused and purposeful. Written products were consistently of high quality, demonstrating the ability to analyse and interpret text at a very high level. Students showed a clear control of the writing process, sentence structure, and grammar. Literary analysis both in writing and in conversation showed a sophisticated understanding of literature elements, themes and stylistic devices.

Mathematics: Good
In mathematics, attainment was acceptable and progress good as measured against the DP levels. Diploma results were stronger in higher level mathematics where students exceeded the world wide average. Students in the larger groups of standard level mathematics and mathematics studies performed below world averages. Diploma results over the last three years showed an upward trend. Mathematics learning was applied to the real world making the work more interesting and relevant. Students demonstrated analytical thinking skills in lessons and were able to describe their mathematical learning confidently using accurate vocabulary. Those with SEND received good support and were well integrated. They made the same progress as their fellow students.

Science: Good
 In science, attainment and progress were good overall by the end of Grade 12. This was true across all the sciences. An enquiry-led approach helped most students to demonstrate their understanding of the scientific method, including mathematical calculations such as those using Hess' Law. The majority of students understood complex ideas very well. Too many other students, particularly at standard level, lacked confidence due to gaps in their knowledge. Their progress slowed and did not help attainment to rise quickly enough. Enquiry skills to develop critical thinking were also only improving slowly for these students. The progress of students with SEND was good. 

Learning Skills in the DP: Good

Diploma Level Teaching for Effective Learning: Good

Diploma Curriculum Quality: Outstanding



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