United Arab Emirates / Sharjah / Al Rahmaniyah / American Gulf School Sharjah

American Gulf School Sharjah Review

American Gulf School Sharjah is a new school that opened in August 2021.
At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Availability 2022/23
No data
Availability 2023/24
No data
Annual fee average
AED 53,000
Annual fees
AED 34,940–74,840
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2021
School year
Aug to Jul
Principal
Mr James Lynch
Community
Does your child attend this school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.
LET'S GO
favorite favorite_border Save
American Gulf School Sharjah
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Availability 2022/23
No data
Availability 2023/24
No data
Annual fee average
AED 53,000
Annual fees
AED 34,940–74,840
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2021
School year
Aug to Jul
Principal
Mr James Lynch
Community
MORE arrow_drop_down

American Gulf School Sharjah is a new school that opened in August 2021.

The story so far...

American Gulf School is a new US curriculum school that, according to the SPEA (Sharjah Private Education Authority) website and a spokesman who provided information to the UAE press, opened in August 2021. There appears to be some confusion surrounding the school - it has been named both as American Gulf and Gulf American in various press statements.

We know that the school is based in the Al Rahmaniya/Shaghrafah 4 area of Sharjah and that the school is currently open from pre-KG to Grade 9; High School grades will follow as the school grows.  Since opening, the school has achieved accreditation through Cognia - a vital step to ensuring that any High School Diploma is may issue will be recognised both in the US and internationally.

The school motto is 'Aspire, Grow, Succeed'
Its Vision states "We aim to create an environment where everyone aspires to build a peaceful world, to grow through intercultural understanding and respect, and to succeed in the 21st century."
And the school Mission is to provide a "Safe and friendly environment, innovative 21st century curriculum, promotes design thinking skills, nurturing academic excellence, fun engaging lessons."

In Autumn 2022, the school announced the appointment of a new Principal - highly regarded Mr. James Lynch, who has been Principal of two IB based schools in Dubai - Ambassador International Academy (which uses the UK-curriculum for content, and the IB programmes for its delivery), and Dubai International Academy Al Barsha, where he was the Founding Principal of what is an all-through IB World School.  It would seem the the owners of AGS are showing full commitment to the plans to offer an IB-based curriculum in place of a pure US curriculum going forward - a key differentiating factor for the school.

What about the curriculum?

In an apparent change of direction, whilst the school teaches the content of the US Common Core curriculum for students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, AMG is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme. American Gulf School will also pursue authorization for the IB Diploma and IB Courses Programmes to become an IB World School. The school curriculum is project-based and student-centered. It encourages, requires, and builds critical thinking, driven by inquiry combined with both knowledge and comprehensive skills. This allows learners to make authentic connections between different theories and be able to apply this knowledge in unfamiliar real-life situations.

What about the facilities?

The school states that it occupies a brand new, world-class campus, with facilities that include but are not limited to a multipurpose sports complex, three STEAM/Robotics labs, two canteens, two libraries with digital and print books, one resources center for KG, two special resources rooms, one indoor soft play area in the KG, Sciences labs, visual and performing (Drama/Music) arts rooms, a media studio, design cafe, and state of the art playgrounds.  Certainly the virtual tour of the school, available on its website, is impressive. 

The Buzz

With the early confusion over the school's name and curriculum plans, relatively little is currently known about the success of the school in its first year, nor the opinions of parents towards it.  Clearly, the decision to follow International Baccalaureate curriculum route and to replace the former Principal with someone who is clearly highly skilled and experienced in leading a school following this programme, is a significant commitment on the part of the school's owners.  

If you are a parent, teacher or older student at American Gulf School, please share your opinions and experiences with other potential members of your community and complete our Survey.

What about the fees?

Tuition Fees, which incorporate a 30% discount on the SPEA approved fees for 2022-23, start at AED 25,058 for pre-KG, rising to AED 45,148 for Grade 9. Fees for Grade 12 will be AED 52,988. 

 

 

If you are the owner or the principal of the school and note any inaccuracies, or would like to update data, you can now open an account with us. You will also be able to add admissions availability per year group, and advertise current job vacancies. This is a free service. Please help us keep prospective parents up to date with your latest information.

Are you looking for a place for your child, and want help from our school consultants? If so, click on the link below, and we will forward your request for information to the school or schools of the same type that we are confident have availability. This is a free service for our readers. Request Information

Comments
Latest UAE articles
New Schools

First School for Dubai South to Open Sept 2024

Dubai South has signed an agreemenet with school investor and operator, Bright Capital Inv…

Society

Heavy Rain: Which UAE Schools Have Closed?

With heavy rain in Dubai and the northern emirates on Wednesday, and more falling Thursday…

Society

Schools to Remain Open Despite Rain - KHDA

The KHDA has confirmed via social media that schools will remain open on Thursday despite …

Choosing A School

Are School Based Nurseries the Best Option?

As of 2021, KHDA has eased the path for Dubai schools to open early childhood centres with…

Interviews

Inspiring Women in Education, Diana Zeidan

At WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, we actively seek out those in the education sector driving posi…

University

UK Uni Applications: Major Changes to Format

The UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has announced its plan …

Interviews

Interview: Brian Rogove, CEO, XCL Education

International school groups are growing in size and number worldwide – and among the…

Choosing A School

BSO, KHDA, ADEK Inspections: Why ALL Matter

Trying to choose a school and feeling confused about inspection ratings? With acronyms apl…

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All