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GEMS American Academy Fees & Availability

GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi is a highly rated (Very Good) US/IB curriculum school located on the outskirts of the city near the airport catering to 2,000 students from a wide range of nationalities.
Parents' Rating
3.8 out of 5 based on 26 reviews
At a glance
School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 70,500
Annual fees
AED 52,870 - 73,670
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Opening year
School year
Sep to Jun
Dr. Kathryn Miner
GEMS Education
Main teacher nationality
US Citizen
Main student nationality
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Fee History

Annual fees

Grade Int'l / UK 2019/20 2020/21
KG 1 / FS2 AED 52,870 AED 52,870
KG 2 / Year 1 AED 52,870 AED 52,870
Grade 1 / Year 2 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 2 / Year 3 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 3 / Year 4 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 4 / Year 5 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 5 / Year 6 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 6 / Year 7 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 7 / Year 8 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 8 / Year 9 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 9 / Year 10 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 10 / Year 11 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 11 / Year 12 AED 73,670 AED 73,670
Grade 12 / Year 13 AED 73,670 AED 73,670


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11 Archived Comments
Archived 10th Mar 2015, 10:56

This school dropped from A2 to B5 in 1 year...I think that says it all, no?

Archived 19th Mar 2015, 12:32

For me, the issue isn't that the school's ranking has dropped, but rather, how much it dropped. We see every year, schools will up or down a ranking slot. But to drop 3 spaces in one year? That shows there was a miscalculation by the administration of the school (and possibly by GEMS as well).

I do hope they get it together; the UAE needs more good schools that don't just offer a US curriculum, but also are more orientated towards a Western culture socially (not just Western academics). This way, parents wanting to put their kids in an American school have more options.

Archived 10th Mar 2015, 11:18

It says the school has grown, and there is a significant number of new staff members. GEMs will no doubt resolve the issues, but there is always a period of normalisation after such growth.

Archived 10th Mar 2015, 15:38

I don't know, to me it says the school seems to be run more like a corporation than a school. Good management can and should have factored in how such rapid expansion should affect the students (and if not, that SHOULD be their first priority).

I'm not saying this is a bad school. I do hear wonderful things about the faculty and facilities. And I understand that the demand for schools is increasing, and some schools are expanding to meet the demand. I am just saying, the school (and GEMS in general) should maybe realize "slow and steady wins the race", even if it is a cliche.

Archived 10th Mar 2015, 16:27

Personally I would agree with that Ahmed.

Archived 11th Aug 2014, 16:33

I have four children at GEMS AA. We are pleased with the education they received last year as well as the rigor! Yes, we will miss the staff and administrators that we respected (danx2). However, as an international educator, I know that teachers fulfill contracts and need to decide for their families the next best move. We are encouraged by meeting the new administrators and look forward to another academic year at GEMS AA....

Archived 10th Nov 2013, 20:26

I have had my children at GAA for three years, and have observed the quality decrease each year. This year, my son in middle school has had his schedule changed at least five times, has had teachers that barely speak English, and has had teachers send home requests for students to bring supplies from home. My child's teacher in the elementary school reports that she is lacking essential materials for her class. The root problem at GEMS is that the corporation controls the local budget, and has not allocated sufficient funds for materials and qualified teachers.

Archived 1st Dec 2014, 10:33

My opinion: Move your kids to ACS-AD. It is a much better school.

Archived 11th Nov 2013, 22:06

So why don't you move your kids? Why jeopardize your children's quality of education? Why nothing has been done till tody?

Archived 29th Jun 2013, 13:32

GEMS is only concerned with image. Necessary services are subcontracted. GEMS profits from these services, but takes no responsibility for the poor service provided by these monopolies (uniforms, school lunches, after school activities). The community is good in spite of the corporation, not because of it. Don't be fooled by the beautiful building. We have loved the teachers but the good ones leave as quickly as possible. The poor quality, expensive, restrictive uniforms, change every year. Despite charging the highest tuition of any school in the area you will be continually asked for money for field trips, fundraisers for the class activities etc. High achieving children are asked to complete meaningless busy work so that they don't get too far ahead of their peers.

Archived 18th Sep 2013, 10:20

"High achieving children are asked to complete meaningless busy work so that they don’t get too far ahead of their peers."

What do you mean?

I came to know there are different levels in many of the subjects!

Why do good faculty leave Gems?

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