Best IB Schools In Dubai: The List

How did Dubai's IB schools fare in this year's Diploma results and KHDA inspections? takes a look at the city's 'pure' IB schools to find out what the KHDA thought of them this year, their exam results, facilities and more...
Best IB Schools In Dubai: The List
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GEMS World Academy

Name: GEMS World Academy
Rating: Good
Location: Al Barsha
Age: 3 to 18 years old
Fees: AED 64,414 to AED 111.813
Teacher turnover: 18%
Teacher/student ratio: 1:10

2017 IB Diploma Results: 32.3 Average score/97.3% pass rate
Update: Read the review for the latest results.

What the KHDA says: KG and PYP at GEMS World are without doubt, Outstanding, however, the MYP and DP programmes remain Good, throughout the majority of indicators.

Curriculum design and implementation are Outstanding, as are health and safety, personal development and relationships with the community.

Arabic language and Islamic education remain Weak through to Good.

This year, inspectors highlighted, “significant differences exist between teaching, learning and assessment in the lower and the upper phases of the school despite some recent improvements in MYP and DP. These improvements include monitoring individual students' progress. However, there is insufficient rigour in analysing and evaluating students' assessment data within year groups and across subjects in those phases.”

Innovation: An innovation committee is proactively supporting pilot innovative initiatives in the school. These are monitored and amended in consultation with parents and students. 

Facilities: IT Labs, 3 Mac Labs, 2 language labs and a design technology lab, library, computer and ICT resources,  technologically advanced Planetarium, centre of science, robotics, design technology and arts clusters, 600+seater auditorium, peace garden, KG indoor and outdoor play areas, 400m athletic track,  all-weather artificial pitch, 6-lane, 50m covered swimming pool,  training pool, covered tennis courts, large gymnasium, fitness centre, junior gym, indoor climbing wall, black-box theatre, 12 dedicated practice rooms, music rooms, ensemble suite,  iMac music technology lab, recording studio,  live recording room, green screen room, editing suite,  art rooms, language labs.

Notes: Although GEMS World Academy has been ranked across critical indicators as Outstanding, what seems to hold this school back from a higher rating is the gap between student attainment and progress in the KG/PYP sections and student attainment and progress in the MYP/DP sections. The report makes it clear that there needs to be more consistency across the school as whole with students achieving in all sections. Furthermore, this year’s report notes that “there was also a requirement to ensure that students followed the school's code of conduct and behaviour policies,” which hints at possible student behavior issues holding the school back from attaining a higher ranking.

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