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GEMS World Academy Dubai Q & A

GEMS World Academy, Dubai is a private Pre K-12 international school located in Al Barsha, Dubai. The school was first established in September 2007 by GEMS Education, although its first year of operation on its permanent site was in 2008. It is a pure International Baccalaureate curriculum-based school.
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4.1 out of 5 based on 41 reviews
At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
radio_button_unchecked Limited
Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 90,500
Annual fees
AED 65,747 - 114,128
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Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2008
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
14%
Principal
Mr. Stuart Walker
Owner
GEMS Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Welcome to the GEMS World Academy Dubai official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

We are a truly international school representing over 90 different nationalities with no dominant ethnic group. We celebrate what makes us similar, but also what makes us different (think International Day and Winter Festival for example). Our aim is to develop world citizens who live together peacefully and in tolerance and respect for other cultures.

Even though GEMS World Academy Dubai is very strong in areas such as Design, Music and Sport, we are committed to a holistic excellence. We have a balanced program in other fields as well and support our students in their areas of needs challenging and extending their gifts and talents.

Again, we are a school committed to providing outstanding learning opportunities. Within the curriculum, students have access to an extensive range of 1-to-1 IT devices. This is to support learning and skill development by using the latest equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters to create models of the student’s designs as well as recording studios/green screen rooms for different projects within the school. We are striving to develop the potential of our students providing them with the tools on how to “think outside the box”.

After 9 successful years, GWA – Dubai has established a reputation of world class facilities in combination with a devoted staff who strives to get the very best out of every student and prepare them for a life as global world citizens. We are also a school with conscience and our students are provided with several opportunities to lead and participate in charitable activities.

Parents have described our school as a melting pot where multi-cultural differences are respected and celebrated. Our “Open Door policy”, in combination with a very active parent community has resulted in a friendly and positive ambience for all members of the GWA family. We strive to ensure that the school culture and climate “feels” different than any other school in Dubai – and we think that we do.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

Over 90 different nationalities.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

No, the highest nationalities only represents around 9% of the total numbers.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

• 2 / 16 Nursery
• 2 / 16 Pre K
• 2 / 18 KG1
• 2 / 20 KG2
• 2 / 24 Grade 1 to 5
• 1 / average is 22 students/class Grade 6 to 12

Does your school have a waiting list?

For some of the grades yes and as Dubai is a transient country, we might be able to offer a small amount of places throughout the year. To register, please visit our website. For further information regarding availability, please email info_gwa@gemsedu.com or registrar_gwa@gemseducom.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

Physical Education and Swimming are both part of our curriculum starting from Nursery. Our students have many opportunities to join the try-outs for the different athletic school teams such as Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Cross Country, Tennis etc. We also offer a wide array of After School Activities such as Horseback Riding, Skiing, Karate, Jazz Dance and Capoeira just to name a few.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

We are promoting a healthy lifestyle throughout every department of the school. Our cafeteria serves plenty of healthy options and our menu is published on our webpage as well the school cafeteria for everyone to see the proteins and carbohydrates. Along with the salad station with different types of salad every day we also serve vegetarian options. Our Parent Association GWAPA organize many healthy lifestyle options by selling smoothies and hand out fruits during sports events. We are aiming to encourage all our students from a young age to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes, our Grade 2 to 12 students are eating in the cafeteria while Nursery to Grade 1 have lunch and morning snack in their classroom. We are also serving breakfast for those who want. Our DP students also have their own cafeteria lounge where they can enjoy their lunch.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes, we do and we offer several different warm meals every day.

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

A regular meal including water/milk/juice costs around 20 AED. In order to avoid long queues, students are encouraged to pay for their emails with their individual ID cards which parents are recharging online with their credit card.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

PreK to KG1: 8:00am - 1:15pm
KG2 to Grade 5: 8:00am - 3:00pm
MYP: 8:00am - 3:00pm
DP: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Every Thursday: 8:00am - 1:15pm

Is there a school uniform?

Yes. Our uniform provider is called Threads and our allocated outlet is located in Motor City. We also have a uniform shop on the school premises which is open drop off time (morning) and pick up time (afternoon).

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

We are conducting both Student Led Conferences as well as Parent Teacher Conferences every academic year. Above that, we are sending report cards to parents 3 times per academic year. Parents also receive results from MAP testing and can track the progress of their child through our parent portals via their individual login details. We have an open door policy and parents are more than welcome to discuss their child's academic progress throughout the year with the teacher.

What is your medium of instruction?

English.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

Yes it is.

Which other languages are taught?

Students are to choose between Spanish and French from grade 4 but a wide range of languages are also taught during our many After School Activities.

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Yes, we do.

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?

Yes.

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?

Yes, we do.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes, we do. Currently we have 5 Learning Support teachers, 4 Learning Support Teaching Assistants and 7 Teaching Assistants as shadow teachers.

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

There is no upper level for support; all students are considered on a case to case basis.

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Yes, we have a dedicated team of school councilors from Nursery up to Grade 12, all with degrees in psychology and responsible for different year groups. The councilors look after the learning and emotional needs of the students as well as conduct assessments and help students with their university applications among many other things.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

We have a very active parent community in our Parent Association GWAPA. By automatic, every parent is a member of GWAPA but you choose your level of involvement. Parents who wish to participate and engage themselves a bit more apply for a position in the GWAPA committee where every member is responsible for certain areas of the school: Event coordinator, Food Service, Eco-School Coordinator etc. Parents outside the committee can volunteer to engage themselves in events like Spring Fair, Sports Days, International Day among other things.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes absolutely; all parents with students in Elementary school are invited to participate in the Morning Assemblies and the assemblies are also live streamed so even when parents are travelling or families in the home countries can follow the assemblies. Parents are also frequent story readers for our younger students in their classrooms and participate as chaperones on field trips. Parents are also invited to the weekly coffee mornings and/presentations held by members of our Senior Leadership Team and many parents take the opportunity to step up as guest speakers during our career days in Secondary school in order to inform students about different career paths. We welcome all forms of parent engagement and are always open to new ideas from our parent community!

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

We hold specific information sessions to all our new parents as well as training days for how to manage the parent portals etc. Our Parent Association GWAPA is also arranging special Welcome Coffee Mornings for newcomers. GWAPA also assist new parents with limited knowledge in English so they can have an introduction of the school in their native language by a "buddy".

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Comments
3 Archived Comments
Marc Dawson
Archived 2nd Feb 2015, 18:00

Dear Sirs,
while researching GEMs Wellington Academy, Al Khail on WSA, I find that your listing points to GEMs Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO). I cannot find a relevant review
Thanks
MD

Professor
Archived 8th Feb 2015, 13:29

Hi Marc, apologies for this, and apologies for the delay in replying. We have been working on rectifying this. The review may be found here: http://whichschooladvisor.com/review_article/gems-wellington-academy-al-khail-dubai-first-review/

David
Archived 25th Oct 2014, 11:25

You have to wonder, while many of the facilities are impressive...are they really necessary? A planetarium is nice and all, but how many students actually end up using it to it's full potential?

Hopefully this school puts education before profits. But since the parents seem happy, the school must be doing something right.

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