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We have currently 89 nationalities, with no dominant country.
GEMS International School goes by its name, we are an extremely international community. There are no nationality that are a higher majority than others.
We have a 11:1 teacher ratio, ensuring personalized teaching to our students.
Enrollment is currently open, however spaces are filled quickly so early enrollment is always recommended.
We focus of building a safe environment for all students and employees. We have a focus of high academics and rigor, child centered learning, developing student leaderships and outcome focused results.
PE is highly regarded within the curriculum, all students partake in numerous PE lessons through the week. We have launched a program called MyHealth which is a program that is integrated into the curriculum through health and fitness testing and also included in our extensive range of Extra Curricular Activities.
Through the curriculum, the units of inquiry are centered on healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle. We participate in out of school challenges such as the 30x30 challenge and support Dubai health and fitness incentives.
Through the curriculum, the units of inquiry are centered on healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle. As well as offering well balanced and nutritious menu's in our school canteen.
The school has a specific catering service who supplies both healthy and nutritious meals and snacks. We have two canteens, one for grades 2 to grade 5 and the other located in our MYP building for grades 6 +. The early years student are able to pre-order hot lunch options which are delivered to their home rooms.
Yes we serve hot, healthy options from an international cuisine.
Lunch meals cost between 12-17 Dirhams.
We are open from Sunday - Thursday 8:15am - 3:25pm, with an early dismissal every Tuesday at 1:00pm.
Yes, we have different uniforms for different sections of the school. Such as primary, secondary and DP uniforms and PE uniforms.
To accept responsibly for their own actions and reflect on their behavior.
Through teacher to parent conference, student lead conferences and three-way conferences. Day to day interaction with parents, newsletters, social media and use of the seesaw application in primary years.
We hold parent and teacher meetings three times and Report cards are given twice a year.
English is the language of instruction.
As per KHDA requirements, Arabic A is taught to Arabic speakers and Arabic B is taught to non-native speakers. These classes are given from KG1 - Grade 12.
As an IB one of our key principles is to encourage and develop mother tongue languages. French and Spanish is offered from Grade 4. Our extra curricular program extends to more languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Mandarin and more.
GIS offers English language support for non native English speakers, there is a dedicated ELL team at our school who works along side the subject teachers to ensure students are able to access the curriculum.
An Arabic education is offered in both English and Arabic for Muslim students.
GIS has both male and female prayer rooms which students and staff can access.
We have the following internal departments who are there to support students within the school. Achievement center, Gifted and Talented Program, School councilors PYP & MYP, ELL Program (English language learners), Guidance Counselor.
We have an Achievement Center, which specialises in supporting students with learning needs.
We do have two school Counselors for our PYP students and our MYP students and also a Guidance Counselor for MYP. We also have a range of support departments including an Achievement center, Gifted and Talented program and an English Language Learners department (ELL).
We have a Parents Association called GISPA, which stands for GEMS International School Parent Association. GISPA are very involved with parent feedback, communications, events, activities and implementing positive progress and change.
Yes, we do have an active Parent Association board who regularly assist with activities and events in the school, as well as having parent participation through our 'Home Room mums'.
We have yearly events at the school such as National Day, International Day, Spirit Day, etc. which parent are involved with and attend. As well as weekly 'Connect Ed' meetings where we talk through or discuss different topics, this is lead normally by the head of department or Head of School for the parents.
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