What are the best schools in Abu Dhabi?
There are 196 schools (seven of which are new for 2017/18 academic year), in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, of which only four are currently rated Outstanding, 19 rated Very Good, and 56 rated Good.
The 2017/18 inspection process saw one new school rated Outstanding - Merryland International School - by the regulator's inspection teams and one school - Emirates National School at Mohammed Bin Zayed City - moved up to Very Good.
What Is the Top Curriculum In Abu Dhabi?
The highest performing curriculum in Abu Dhabi is the British/UK with all but one Outstanding rated school utilising this curriculum. The exception to this rule is Raha International, one of the few full IB curriculum schools in the emirate.
The British curriculum also outperformed the others across Very Good rated schools too, with a total of eight of the 19 schools.
Interestingly, across the Good ratings things differ, with the 22 schools in this category using the US curriculum, whilst 12 offer the UK curriculum and 10 the Indian curriculum.
However, it should be noted that curriculum alone does not determine the quality of a school. There are three British and two US curriculum schools rated Weak or Very Weak by ADEK too.
Just How Expensive Are Abu Dhabi's Top Schools?
Well, first the good news, Abu Dhabi's top schools ARE significantly cheaper than their counterparts in Dubai, however, fees can still be significant, depending on the school you choose.
The average early years fees for an Outstanding school is AED 45,237 rising to AED 66,248 for later years.
The most affordable Outstanding option is Raha International School with fees between AED 36,100 and AED 56,900.
In the Very Good rated schools the average cost of Early Years is AED 41,728, while the senior years cost an average of AED 59,784.
There are bargains to be had however, the German International School charges only AED 41,600 per senior year, while Merryland School is even more affordable at AED 41,100.
The schools rated Good vary greatly in price. With the Indian schools often charging less than AED 10,000 per year through to the premium offering such as the US curriculum West Yas Academy asking over AED 60,000 per year.
How Do Inspectors Rate Abu Dhabi's Schools?
In 2015 ADEK introduced the new unified inspection framework for school inspections. In addition to offering more insight, the big change was the move away from the 'old' alpha/numeric inspection grades to a new 'simplified' ranking of Outstanding through to Very Weak.
As Abu Dhabi works on a two-year inspection cycle, all Abu Dhabi schools now have at least one new inspection report using issued with the new grading system.
Why this isn't the whole picture...
Abu Dhabi schools are rated every two years - meaning a school could well have improved, but its rating does not yet reflect that new level of performance.
In addition, ADEK inspectors can and do visit schools during their first year of operation. Depending on scheduling this can fall after just a few short months of operating, a tough time for any new school!
What about Abu Dhabi's Exam Results?
There's no doubt, parents also want to know how well the school performs in external testing and exams.
WhichSchoolAdvisor.com acknowledges that increasing numbers of schools in Abu Dhabi are now choosing to publish their GCSE/A Level and IB Diploma results. And in 2018, Abu Dhabi's schools did really rather well, with some of the UAE's top scores coming from the emirate's schools.
The British Schools Overseas Inspections
As well as inspections by ADEC, British schools can opt into British Schools Overseas (BSO) accreditation and inspection. These usually take place every three-years and involve a team of OFSTED inspectors visiting from the UK.
Abu Dhabi has several British Schools which have opted for these additional inspections, visit here to find out which they are and how they did.
According to ADEC Inspectors the best schools in Abu Dhabi are:
Outstanding Schools in Abu Dhabi:
Al Muna Primary School Abu Dhabi (UK Curriculum)
Brighton College Al Ain (UK Curriculum)
Merryland International School (UK Curriculum)
Raha International School (IB Curriculum)
Very Good Schools in Abu Dhabi:
American Community Private School (IB Curriculum)
American International School of Abu Dhabi (US/IB Curriculum)
Al Yasmina School (UK Curriculum)
Al Ain American Private School (US Curriculum)
Al Ain Academy(UK Curriculum)
Brighton College Abu Dhabi (Bloom Gardens) (UK Curriculum)
Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi (UK Curriculum)
Emirates National School MBZ (US/IB Curriculum)
GEMS American Academy (US Curriculum)
GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi (IB Curriculum)
German International School (German Curriculum)
Japanese School of Abu Dhabi (Japanese Curriculum)
Lycee Louis Massignon School (French Curriculum)
Pearl Academy (UK Curriculum)
Repton Foundation School (UK Curriculum)
Sheikh Zayed Academy for Boys (US Curriculum)
Sheikh Zayed Academy for Girls (US Curriculum)
The British International School, Abu Dhabi (UK/IB Curriculum)
Good Schools in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi International Private School (US/IB Curriculum)
Abu Dhabi International Private School, branch (US/IB Curriculum)
Abu Dhabi Grammar School Canada (Canadian Curriculum)
ADNOC School Ruwais (US Curriculum)
ADNOC Sas Al Nakl (US Curriculum)
Ajyal International School Al Falah (US Curriculum)
Al Adhwa Private School (US Curriculum)
Al Andalus Private Academy (MoE Curriculum)
Al Bashair Private School (MoE Curriculum)
Al Basma British School (UK Curriculum)
Al Bateen Academy (UK Curriculum)
Al Bateen Scientific School (US Curriculum)
Al Danat KG Private School (US Curriculum)
Al Dhafra Private School (UK/US Curriculum)
Al Dhabiana Private School (MoE)
Al Ittehad National Private School - Abu Dhabi (US Curriculum)
Al Ittihad National Private School Al Ain (US Curriculum)
Al Mamoura Academy (UK Curriculum)
Al Nahda National School Boys (US/UK Curriculum)
Al Najah Private School (UK/IB Curriculum)
Al Nash'e Alsaleh Private School (US Curriculum)
Al Rabeeh School LLC (UK Curriculum)
Al Yasat Private School (US Curriculum)
Amity International School (UK Curriculum)
Asian International Private School Ruwais (Indian Curriculum)
Bright Riders Private School (Indian Curriculum)
Belvedere British School (UK Curriculum)
Canadian International School (Canadian Curriculum)
Diyafah International School (UK Curriculum)
Emirates National School Al Ain (US Curriculum)
Emirates Private School (UK/US/MoE Curriculum)
Future International School Al Ain (US Curriculum)
GEMS Cambridge International School (UK Curriculum)
GEMS United Indian School (Indian Curriculum)
GEMS Winchester School Abu Dhabi (UK curriculum)
Good Will Children Private School (UK Curriculum)
Horizon Private School (US Curriculum)
International Community School Branch (UK Curriculum)
International Indian School (Indian Curriculum)
International Jubilee Private School (US Curriculum)
Liwa International School (US Curriculum)
Liwa International School for Girls (US Curriculum)
Mayoor Private School (Indian Curriculum)
Our Own English High School Al Ain (Indian Curriculum)
Private International English School (Indian Curriculum)
Rawafed Private School (US Curriculum)
Rosary Private School (MoE Curriculum)
Ryan Private School - now Indian Modern Private School (Indian Curriculum)
St Joseph's Indian School (Indian Curriculum)
Sunrise English Private School (Indian Curriculum)
The Cambridge High School (UK Curriculum)
The Gulf International Private Academy (US Curriculum)
The International School of Choueifat (Khalifa City) (Sabis Curriculum)
West Yas Private School (US Curriculum)
Does any one know about the repute of Elite Private School in Mussafah? They are offering american curriculum. Please share your findings about this school. I am interested to get enrolled my daughter in Grade 1.
I am looking for a school to my daughter. She will attend kg1 on 2017/2018. Which schools do you recommend that I can register her in?
I am living in Abu Dhabi near Al Bateen private airport.
Without knowing which curriculum interests you it is not possible to advise. I suggest that you use the search function on Whichschooladvisor.com to check out Abu Dhabi primary schools. Alternatively, there is a very helpful tool on the ADEC website called Schoolfinder which allows you to search by location - https://www.adec.ac.ae/School%20Finder%20Assets/eng/SchoolFinderV5_new.html#.
Can you guide me how to check the school's main priority i.e academic or extra curriculum activities or both?
Apologies for the delay in answering your question. In all likelihood, you will not get a real sense about the school's priorities until you visit and can ask such questions directly. However, if the school has a website, they will usually mention what extra curricular activities are offered and you should be able to gauge from this how high a priority ECA's are. The other way to learn more about the academic focus and success of any school in Abu Dhabi is to check the reviews on Whichschooladvisor.com and also the ADEC Irtiqaa' reports which are issued every two years. It should be evident from the report as to how well the school is performing both academically and also in terms of its pastoral care. You can find the latest ADEC reports with the reviews of the schools on Whichschooladvisor.com or on the ADEC website.
My kids are studying in British International School and it is a very good school as per latest ADEC report. School has a very good infrastructure provide very good options for after school activities. They follow IGCSE up to 11th and then IB Diploma program. I don't know much about IGCSE and IB results. It would be helpful if whichschooladvisor can provide IGCSE and IB exam results data of all schools for comparison.
Thanks for your comments on BISAD. Schools are not obliged to publish their results in the UAE and neither the UK exam boards or the IB Organisation publish this information by school either. We have encouraged UAE schools to make this information public and there are some schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that have done so. We will continue to ask!
My Husband has been offered a job in Abi Dhabi and our main concern is a school for our two children who are 11 and 3. We currently live in Scotland so would prefer a school that follows a British curriculum.
It seems that getting a space in a school can be a real difficulty and I am am even more concerned by the fact that our eldest child has dyslexia, so needs to be in a school that will support him appropriately!
Any advice? I don't want to make the move to discover we can't get school places! Thanks!
Many thanks for your enquiry. Finding schools places in Abu Dhabi has been a challenge because demand currently outstrips supply - particularly at the youngest end of the school. However, new schools are opening and existing ones expanding. Your younger child may be too young to be in school unless s/he will be 3 years and 8 months old by 1st September. This is the minimum age for children to start school in the British curriculum in Abu Dhabi. Other curricula do not usually accept children until a year later.
One of the challenges you will face is in terms of deciding where you want the school to be located. If you know where your husband will be based, it is worthwhile looking at the residential areas that are most likely to work for you all and then try to find suitable schools based on that criterion. ADEC (the Abu Dhabi Education Authority) has an application on their website (School Finder) that can help you pinpoint schools to approach; the link is on this page - https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Parents/ParentsGuide/Pages/SelectaSchool.aspx.
You can also read the reports of the Inspections carried out by ADEC every two years (these can be sorted by curriculum), which will enable you to find out more about the schools' ratings and support in relation to children with additional needs -https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx.
The main point I think you should urgently consider is that the school year starts at the end of August and many schools will close for the summer - so it is important that you start the application process as soon as possible.
Could you please guide me which one of the following schools is better:
1) GEMS American Academy
2) Belvedere British School
I heard that Raha was given an outstanding in March this year. I believe it's the only K-12 school to be outstanding in Abu Dhabi.
I could be wrong.
Yes indeed, Raha was given an "Outstanding" in all categories in 2016's report.
Here's the link to the report:
you can also access it from ris website:
Many thanks for this Lea - the report has not yet been officially released by ADEC, but if it has been released to the school, it is good for us. We will update the site.
The last published report for Al Raha was 2014, so it is due a new report. At the moment its rating is A2...
I got an offer too from gulf kings academy... Also to pay in al Abbas travel.. I think this is fake offer
Yes. This will be fake. Avoid anyone offering you a job if you a) have not applied to it, and b) wants to take your money.
Thank you for this forum,you are doing a great job! I was given a teaching appointment in Gulf King's Academy Abu Dhabi asking me to resume on the 30/1/2016 while the notice was just less than two weeks. I was also told to contact Al Abbas travels for my visa processing, and I am to pay USD1500 to complete the visa processing. Please, confirm the authenticity and existence of these school and travel agency before I get committed into the financial task. Kindly respond as quickly as possible, please. Thanks.
This will be a scam, and will be trying to take your money. Any business that asks you for money to process a visa is not going to be real. Please do not correspond with the "school".
Sir, please let me know if there is a British curriculum school named Gulf King's Academy. And they are asking to refer to Alabbas travels for the visa processing. Please is it really existing of not.
This is not a school known to WSA. In these cases please contact the KHDA for verification.
Just want to let you know that ADEC has recently recognised British International School Abu Dhabi (BISAD) Nord Anglia as a Band A, High Performing School. More information can be found in the school website http://weblog.abudhabi.nordanglia.com/2015/12/15/adec-inspection-report/
Thanks for letting us know Mrs. Zaini. We have already updated the Review for BISAD to reflect this excellent news.
I have my son registered in a nursery that teaches FS1, but in order for my employer to refund me for this payment they require a letter to state that this nursery is approved by ADEC. Can you please provide me with this letter?
Hi Stefan, the only organisations that would be able to facilitate this are the nursery and ADEC itself. I would start with the nursery itself.
I have been offered a postion at the following school , but am unable to find an information about the school. would anybody be abler to help in regards to wether the school exists .
EMIRATES COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE(ECI)-UAE
Address: Sector # ME5, Shabiya Khalifa, Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi.
United Arab Emirates.
Tel: +971 527819607
To M Salim - I was offered the same role and I think its fraud. I have contacted the UAE embassy to see if this is a real school which I don't think it is.
Thank you , I have also written to them and the partner school(Repton school) and am awaiting response.
My son is currently 3 years old and goes to Bright Beginnings nursery. He will be going to school from next year on and I'm looking for a good school that has a focus on Islamic education and values while not compromising on educational standards. So far I haven't come across any decent school during my research that offers a good blend of both and it's really disappointing. Any advice would be highly appreciated.
Have you checked the Irtiqaa reports issued by ADEC? These provide a very useful guide to the focus and ethos of schools - https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx. You can initially search for schools in the location(s) you are seeking using their school finder application -https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Parents/ParentsGuide/Pages/SelectaSchool.aspx and then narrow your focus on the reports of the schools that meet your location criteria. You will need to check the reports individually.
On Yas Island I couldn't find Yas School (currently known as Al Mostakshif Al Zagheer) on the list of schools.
The list we have provided is of private international curriculum schools since this is the type of school that is open to the majority of expats living in the UAE. I believe that Yas (Al Mostakshif Al Zagheer) school is actually located in Al Rathba and is a KG1/KG2 public school (so for Emirati families only).
I received an job offer from Gulf Coast Modern School having the details as:
GULF COAST MODERN SCHOOL ABU DHABI (UAE)
Address:28th St albateen, Nera Khalifa Bin Shakhbout Street,
Al Rowdah -United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 5 223 14818
Please help me whether this school really exist in Abu Dhabi or not?
What are necessary steps I should take?
We have approached the Abu Dhabi Schools regulator to verify this school. However, the school certainly does not currently operate and there are some inconsistencies on its website that make it which would suggest that you respond with great caution. Firstly, the website implies that the school is already operating, but there are only 2 schools in the area mentioned and this one is not listed. Secondly, the website mentions the KHDA; this is the Dubai-based school regulator and there is no reason for a school in Abu Dhabi to mention them. If we receive further information from ADEC, we will update you.
Concerning Millenium International School Abu Dhabi, I've got also an offer and checked it out. This school does not exist ! It is pure fraud ! There is only the school with the same name in Saudi Arabia, the Dubai school is called Millenium School, not Millenium International School.
If you get an offer with very professional acceptance letter, please check for yourself carefully and do not get into that trap ! They really mixed up the name and so are trying to hoax people into paying the money for the travel and work permit papers promising to pay it back within 5 working days. Also there is a passage in the contract saying canecellation of contract without reason is possible. So for them this is a sure haven that they can cancel the contract at any time without any reason.
I hope the police will catch these cheaters !
Wishing you all the best, Brani
I got offer from millennium international school and i sent my friend who is in Dubai she went to the school and confirmed is real, this morning i received mail from Courier service to deliver the followings to me Residence and Work Permit / Visa, Air Ticket, Job offer Letter (Hard Copy), Job offer Certificate, New-Hire Instructions (Pamphlet)
Thank you for your feedback and congratulations. Can you please confirm where the school from whom you have received the offer is located and to whom it belongs? There are 2 Millennium schools in Dubai belonging to the GEMS group; these are not associated with the Abu Dhabi Millennium school. The regulator in Abu Dhabi, who has to approve all school operations there, has informed us the Millennium International School in Abu Dhabi is not licenced by ADEC.
We could not able to trace out Millennium International School, Abu Dhabi in CBSE board, New Delhi website or in wikimapia. The local people can help me trace out this school... here is the address...
Mr. Donald Alfred
Human Resource Manager
MILLENNIUM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Alreen Island Shams Area,
Near The Sand Tower.
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 (5) 22148788
We have enquired with ADEC and have received the following reply:
"Thank you for your email and enquiry. I have checked our records and we do not have a licensed school in that name. I have tried both mobile numbers on their contact list and found them working numbers but with no reply at the other end of the line.
My advice would be not to pay any monies as normally good reputed schools will not charge teachers for their visas. You can report to the police and check if they have cyber tracking for such websites."
Please therefore be very cautious about making any payments related to this institution.
Is there a school by the name of Millennium International School. Their contact details : Mr. Donald Alfred
Human Resource Manager
MILLENNIUM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Alreen Island Shams Area,
Near The Sand Tower.
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 (5) 22148788
and they are asking to contact GREENLANDS TRAVELS AND TOURS Details Below:
Ms Margaret Johnson
(Customer Relation Manager)
Lulu tower (2nd floor)
Opposite bus station (taxi stand)
P.O Box 144722
Fax +971 522147956
for the acquisition of your work/residence permit papers which will Empower you to live and work in U.A.E. The expenses incurred are promised to be refunded in 5 working days!
Is this a hoax? have others also got it??
My husband got an offer too, they ask us to send USD1450 through western union. For me i dont believe this.
I am not aware of this school. However, if it is a new school, its details would not have been published as ADEC does not permit schools to promote themselves until they have achieved a specific level of completion and readiness. I would advise you to contact ADEC's Licencing department directly and ask for their feedback on this school - https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Pages/ContactUs.aspx
Am moving to Abu Dhabi sometime late August/early September to work with an Oil & Gas major. My (almost) 7 year old daughter is in 1st standard in an ICSE Board School in India. Request if members can help with picking the right school. Also, I have been given to understand that timing will be very important and it might be difficult, but am ready to pursue. Most guides have given a laundry list of schools. I will most probably be based on the mail island...probably somewhere near Corniche. Please guide.
hi i think phillipine schools are not in the list? if im not mistaken. yhe philippine school baniyas and philippine emirates private school.
Howard International School : http://www.hisabudhabi.com/contact/. Fake website, there is no such school.
I got the same offer letter from arabiantours.com which is travel and tours company.
There is no such address. Biggest scam is the address of the school. There is P.O. box address and you can never reach it. The phone number given +971 55105 2301 will direct you to HR department.
Offer letter received without any interview and without salary negotiation.
I got an offer from Howard International School, Abu Dhabi for a teacher position.
I was asked to pay $1250 to the account:
MR.HINOTO YEPTHO acc number : 3381041338 ifsc code : CBIN0284791 Pan no : BPWPK9807M Branch : DIMAPUR CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA
Is it a fake offer...
I also got the same offer from Howard International School.I hope its really fake.Because they didn't conduct any interview.So please don't give any type of payments for them.
Once you signed the contract,you will be in trap....so change your all online bank account passwords ASAP.
Obviously fake... I also received their offer and found it suspicious, I made some researches and didn't find any data about this school, this Blog made me think it over and I realised I was going to commit a big mistake by signing the contract and getting in touch with the Arabian Agency, I wanted to make sure of the thing before I forget about this issue so I sent them an email asking to delay the commencement date of the contract and my notice period is 2 months, the reply was simply disappointing:
"""further to your email,resuming on August 1st will be arrange but first you must have to complete with your traveling papers before the end of the month for us to be sure that you are coming to work with us"""
ALL THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IS MONEY =)
I got an offer from Howard International School, Abu Dhabi for a teacher position.
I was asked to pay $12500 to the account:
MR.HINOTO YEPTHO acc number : 3381041338 ifsc code : CBIN0284791 Pan no : BPWPK9807M Branch : DIMAPUR CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA
Is it a fake offer...
I also received a job offer from Howard International School and I'am really confused because their offer is too good to be true.
When something is too good, it probably means too good to be true. ADEC has told us that they have no record of this school. Please also ask yourself what school offers so many jobs all at the same time.
Please be wary.
OMG OMG OMG !!!!
I also received a job offer from Howard International School, I don't know why I felt uncomfortable with their offer, the rapidity of their answers was suspicious, I now understand...
Thank you for all the valuable comments. My son at Chouiefat school- Abu Dhabi grade 7.He is doing very well but I want to move him to another school as Chouiefat curriculum at the bigger graded gets confusing and I heard that students will need to get other certificates than Sabis high school certificate in order to be able to join any university and that the school is facing problems with ADEC to get it's curriculum accreditation. Any information about this.?
Shah Mahmood and Deepak,
I got their offer to. I filled 15 question questionnaire and also got the appointment on 17th May'2015. But if ADEC has not record of the school then plz beware that its a scam. Unfortunately they have our data base as we sent them our CV believing it to be genuine. But its better that you report about them to Abu Dhabi govt. Such scam sites can have their actual headquarter in some other part of the world, and who knows they are only using the brand name like Howard and AD location to trap people.
Good luck with your job searches too but don't get carried away with attractive salaries and benefits without a single interview, cause if something is too good to be true... its fishy.
I am not aware of issues that Choueifat may be facing with ADEC, but there is a strong move both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to ensure that schools offering an international curriculum do have proper accreditation. My understanding is that Choueifat offers students the opportunity to study both for UK A Levels and also US SATs to support College entrance, which is generally a requirement in addition to a High School Diploma in any case. My advice would be that you speak with the school in this respect before making a decision to move him to another school, since he is making good progress.
I have received a job offer from Howard International school, Abu Dhabi. But this institution is not listed here on this page.
Website address os school : http://www.hisabudhabi.com
Can you please advise me about Howard International school.
This is to share that I too received an offer letter from Howard International School, Abu Dhabi.
I got the saying I need to pay $12500 to a Arabia Tours(email@example.com) company on the details: MR.HINOTO YEPTHO acc number : 3381041338 ifsc code : CBIN0284791 Pan no : BPWPK9807M Branch : DIMAPUR CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA
Did u receive the similar info.
Shah Mahmood and Deepak,
I got their offer to. I filled 15 question questionnaire and also got the appointment letter on 17th May’2015. But if ADEC has no record of the school then plz beware that its a scam. Unfortunately they have our data base as we sent them our CV believing it to be genuine. But its better that you report about them to Abu Dhabi govt. Such scam sites can have their actual headquarter in some other part of the world, and who knows they are only using the brand name like Howard and AD location to trap people.
Good luck with your job searches too but don’t get carried away with attractive salaries and benefits without a single interview, cause if something is too good to be true… its fishy.
Is there any feedback abot Howard International School ?
Hi Nass, we have not been able to identify any details regarding the school from ADEC and we would be wary of passing on any information to it.
I am sorry to inform you that I have checked with ADEC and they confirm that this school does not exist. Please do not make any form of payment to them.
I received the offer letter from the concern after the initial mail and a questionaire.In the initial mail they asked me to send my CV and once done they sent a questionaire.Following the same I was send the appoinment letter,which should have been named offer letter.Like others I have spotted the errors in the letter ,which was not thoroughly professional.I am not convinced about the fact that I have to obtain the work permit and then to get in touch with the travel agency(http://www.arabiantours.com).I need other's suggestion on ho to proceed.
I have also received a job offer from Howard International School AD.I received the appointment letter of an indian person, which is not a professional way of recruitment, because no company/organization can make such a big mistake.but as someone get some more info regarding this school then please post that.
I also received a job offer from this school on 17th May, but there were some vital mistakes in the appointment letter which made me suspicious about the existence of the school. I couldn't find it anywhere then came to this page and found Nitin’s comment. They referred to a travel agency for visa by the name of http://www.arabiantours.com and surprisingly that company did not have any info about contact until I searched. I called on the numbers and no body picked. The contact number under my name in the appointment letter is of Saudi, which was strange. There was no info about the contract validity period, plus the water mark and font size on the appointment letter was non-professional and vague. Anyone who has seen a professional letter before can recognize these mistakes.
U can call to UAE embassy and also inform/ confirm about this school.
I also received a job offer from this school on 17th May, but there were some vital mistakes in the appointment letter which made me suspicious about the existence of the school. I couldn't find it anywhere then came to this page and found Nitin's comment. They referred to a travel agency for visa by the name of www.arabiantours.com and surprisingly that company did not have any info about contact until I searched. I called on the numbers and no body picked. U can call to UAW embassy and also inform/ confirm about this school.
I have also received a job offer from them, but I am unable to cross check or verify their existence. If you come to know something plz post a reply. Thanks
I think the best way is to confirm from the UAE Embassy in our respective country, plus once you apply for visa, everything will be clear.
Hi, i am moving to abudhabi in september and i have a 7 year old boy who is currently following the in in british school in saudi arabia. I was told about raha international school any advise about the kevel of education? Any chances for enrollement now or i am too late? Thank you
I am planning to move to Abu Dhabi, please suggest a good school with moderate fee structure for my two daughters, elder one is in 3rd grade and younger one is in 2nd grade. I planning to move in June, will I be able to get admission. Please advise. Thanks
We will be moving to Abu Dhabi from UK and will hopefully be living in Raha Beach area. We will require a school for my 3 year old to enter year FS1 in September 2015. I would appreciate knowledge on what schools are best from a parents perspective who kids at a school. Any advice would be great
hello, getting addmission in schools is really a big deal in Abu Dhabi. As u may have read in newspapers shortage of school seats.. I suggest try ur best in ur selected school but if u dint get addmission than get addmission wherever u r getting and try next year again in ur selected school. Wish u good luck.
I need feedback about AISA and GEMS American Academy, especially for the high school students. I have 2 kids who will be moving from USA to Abu Dhabi (they will be at 10 & 11th grade this summer). Any experience that can be shared? Picking the right school is really critical for them.
My advice for you is to sign up your kids from now at ACS-AD, GAA, and AISA. And I would rank them in that order. Hopefully, you can get your kids into one of them, but you really be aiming for those 3 as far as US curriculum schools. All 3 are pretty good schools and have good facilities, faculty, programs, etc.
I'd suggest you and your kids visit all 3, but if you guys are in the US, that might not be feasible for you. In any case, sign them up for these 3 schools asap and hope for the best.
Abd Dhabi has lots of good schools, but demand still outstrips supply. Options for American curriculum are better than before, but still not enough, I think. These 3 schools I listed are not only among the top American schools in AD, but they are probably the best choice for your kids as far as "transitioning" to life in the UAE. There are some other good US curriculum schools here, but they cater to a more local and/or less Western clientele than the 3 schools listed, culturally and socially.
Of the 3 choices I gave you, ACS is probably the most Western, AIS the least, and GAA somewhere in-between. AIS does have lots of locals and non-Westerners, but it's still a good choice for Western students as well. But, FYI, they do segregate their students by gender at a certain point.
As I said, low supply means you cannot be too picky. If your kids get into any one of those 3 schools, be glad and sign them up for it. As I said, all 3 of them are good solid overall choices.
As far as acceptances, all 3 schools send their graduates to good schools, and there are students who place at top universities and colleges. Just remember, though, at the end of the day, it also depends on how hard your kids work for it as well. If they give it their best, then they should have no problems getting into a top/good school.
I've signed them up at those schools and received positive feedback. I choose those schools because of its curriculum and hopefully to have smoother transition from their current school. I had a chance to visit all of those schools, but still not sure about their graduates profile look like. One of them said that their graduate students were accepted at several top Uni in North America, UK, and UAE. Any comment?
Why is the British School not ranked? Isn't it supposed to be the best school in AD?
Hi Jane, I think you may have missed the text box to the right of the article which mentions the British School of Al Khubairat as being among the best schools in Abu Dhabi. It is also listed in the detail further down the page.
On this page it is ranked A3, in the review page you have it listed as A2...which is correct?
This page is completely up to date - and will always be going forward. We are monitoring any changes to ratings.
We are presently going through the AD reviews and updating and adding additional information. It's not a small job, so please do bear with us. We are on the case...
I will soon be moving to Al Ain. My son will be 3 this October and I am looking to find a best school in Al Ain. I am looking for US, Canadian or UK curriculum. What about Al Ain International school? In review, it is ranked as A3?
Can anyone guide?
Dear Zem, since your son will only turn 3 in October according to your message, it is unlikely that you will be able to enrol him in school for another year. The Ministry of Education and ADEC regulations require children to be 4 by 31st December if enrolling in US or Canadian curriculum schools (so 3 years and 9 months at the start of the academic year in September). UK curriculum schools can admit children provided they are 3 years by 31st August, but unfortunately, your son is also too young for that option. You will therefore need to wait until September next year before he would be able to gain admission.
To find out more about the school options, please check the ADEC Inspection Reports which you can find on the following link: https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx. You can search for schools located in Al Ain.
Why is GEMS American Academy ranked as B5 on this list, but if you open the link to their individual page, they're ranked A2? Sloppy work on this site.
Hi Andy, not us I am afraid. The latest report by ADEC - Jan 2014 inspection date - rates GEMs American Academy as B5. The school needs to update its site.
I meant the individual page for them ON HERE, which still says they have the A2 ranking. You need to update it to show it is B5 here, not A2.
Hi Andy - this has been updated.
Any information about Summit International School i need a feedback and the rating please.
What is the rating stand for? What are the criteria achieved for this rating?
How is Merryland International School?
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."
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
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
The full name is Summit International School located at madinet Zaid beside Gold center
what about The Reach British School ?
As a new school, there has not yet been a published inspection report for Reach British School, but you can read our Review, based on our visit to the school last term - http://whichschooladvisor.com/review_article/reach-british-school/.
Can I have an idea about Summit school actually I didn't find it on the list
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.
Can you tell us the full name and location of Summit School and we will investigate?
Al ittihad national private school is band A3 not B4 ...
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.
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.
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.
Hi Oneil, AIS is listed 9th (secondary) and 26th (primary)... very reasonable fee. I had my kids enrolled there from 2009 to 2014, until i moved to Doha.
My kids are telling me that their teachers there are far better than they are now in Doha. Problem is, even last year AIS waiting list is way too long as they have limited seats. But really a good school. Great admin staff and very supportive, Ms.Vera in particular was extremely helpful even when arranging for our exit clearance with Adec. Good luck...
You can also check out the review on WSA itself: http://whichschooladvisor.com/review_article/abu-dhabi-international-school/
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We can't give you direct advice on schools to which to apply, but you can find out about Indian curriculum schools on www.Whichschooladvisor.com by checking the following link:
Also ADEC has details of all schools and their inspections on their website: http://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx. You will need to select the schools that are of interest to you and contact them directly.
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
My suggestion would be that you review the reports published by the Abu Dhabi Education Council and see which schools they rate most highly. The list of these schools appears on Whichschooladvisor.com and you can check the individual reports on the ADEC website : www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx.
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
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!
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.
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?
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 - 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org who specialise in working with Autistic children, Stars for Special Abilities - www.starzuae.com - +971 2 446 2048, email: email@example.com and the Sheena Wilson Centre - +971 50 348 8625, firstname.lastname@example.org. These groups will almost certainly be able to suggest mainstream schools that may be supportive. Please let us know how you get on.
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?
I am looking for good Pakistani school in Al Ain, can any body help me that which Pakistani school is good?
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.
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,
Many thanks for your valuable feedback.
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.
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?
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.
Hi Omarr - the sign in issue on the Q and A site has been fixed.
Hi! I can't seem to post a question on the Q and A page because it says my email has already been used.
Have you signed in Omarr?
Thanks! I will...
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 :)
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/
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.
Can anybody share his/her experience of Belvedere British School. Thanks in advance.
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?
We have just updated our review of the school. It provides information on the curriculum, parent feedback, as well as its current rating.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Both very good schools. Please look at the reviews of both to get an idea of their strengths...
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.
I was shocked by the rating of ISC-KC, I thought it was a good school but the report says unsatisfactory.
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,
I would like to share my experience
Hi Faisal, please do :)