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GEMS Modern Academy Q & A

An all through school, GEMS Modern Academy (previously, Dubai Modern High School) educates children aged three (pre-KG) to 18 years of age. The school is the only Indian curriculum school to be ranked Outstanding by the KHDA and offers the CICSE curriculum to grade 12, with an alternative International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme option in grades 11 and 12.
Parents' Rating
4.1 out of 5 based on 43 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
radio_button_unchecked Limited
Availability 2020/21
fiber_manual_record All grades
Annual fee average
AED 43,000
Annual fees
AED 28,646 - 52,427
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Apr to Mar
Teacher turnover help
Ms. Nargish Khambatta
GEMS Education
Main teacher nationality
Main student nationality
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10 Archived Comments
Archived 19th Jun 2016, 13:59

I studied in this school from Grade 4 to Grade 12. Apart from academics, what stands out in this school is the day boarding programme. Apart from the actual activity/sport that you learn in this programme, it teaches students to manage time and be involved in a number of activities and still not be left behind academically. This experience specially helped me in college where I could stay in college and work for extra curricular activities and still not worry that I have a test the next day or classes in the morning because I had learnt from school on how to plan these things in advance/deal with them as they come.

Archived 11th May 2016, 20:18

My child studied at GEMS Modern from KG through Year 12.

Children at Modern High are very well behaved. This is in sharp contrast to the kids at other schools especially Western schools which have a more "laissez faire" attitude to raising kids.

Birds of a feather flock together. Parents who expect their children to be academically focussed will choose Modern High.

Many of the teachers show amazing level of commitment considering how poorly paid they are both in isolation as well as compared to their peers at Western schools. There is no link between teachers salaries and their ability or commitment when one compares teacher pay across schools with high fees and low fees.

Note all teachers are competent. Sending our child for tuition [in a specific subject] resulted in the marks going from 50 to 95 which is where they stayed thereafter.

The school lays too much emphasis on academics. It is absolutely vital that the School encourage a base level of sport so that every child develops a sound body to house a sound mind. Not to forget the team building and leadership skills that sport provides.

Archived 17th Dec 2015, 21:42

I'm here to ask if this school accepts Arab/ Non- Indian students to be enrolled

Archived 17th Mar 2015, 09:07

The school info here needs to be updated. E.g Darryl Lancelot Bloud is no more the Principal now. It is Ms Nargish Khambatta.

Archived 17th Mar 2015, 14:04

This has been updated.

Archived 28th Nov 2014, 10:35

Hi: Can anybody provide me an insight into the admission tests for Grade 1 kids at Gems Modern Academy - What is the school looking for and what kind of questions/subjects does the kid need to prepare for. Thanks in advance to those who reply.

Archived 25th Oct 2014, 12:21

One of the top 3 Indian schools in Dubai, for sure.

Archived 9th Dec 2013, 13:44

Can we get some feed back about Gems Modern Academy!!!!

C Thomas
Archived 1st Sep 2014, 16:12

I have my child enrolled in this school. I have to say that although the ratings are excellent and the school seems structured, I find the teaching staff could be better and the focus should be on developing well rounded individuals. Teachers are given a target and that target soon becomes a problem for the parent if your child interferes with the 100% success rate and outstanding KHDA rating. I think the Indian curriculum is great, but we should focus on the joy of learning. If I could go back, I would have enrolled my child in another school

Archived 25th Oct 2014, 16:53

"becomes a problem for the parent if your child interferes with the 100% success rate"

That is always an issue with "for profit" schools.

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