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West Yas Academy Q & A

West Yas Academy Abu Dhabi, located on Yas Island, is the first US curriculum school to be operated by Aldar Academies.
Parents' Rating
3.7 out of 5 based on 31 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 57,500
Annual fees
AED 52,470–63,280
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Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
Mr Steve Lewis
Aldar Academies
Main student nationality
United Arab Emirates
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Welcome to the West Yas Academy 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 are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

West Yas Academy is a purpose built, exceptionally well-resourced school. Our well designed classroom spaces enable interactive learning by all students across all subjects. We have purpose-built play facilities for our Kindergarten and Elementary students.
Our technology resources are exceptional, and we have a very well curated library that inspires a love of reading and research for all students.
We offer excellent facilities for a broad range of sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer. Both the large and small playing fields have third generation AstroTurf (3G) for use in all kinds of weather. The Lower school, Middle and High School sports areas also include indoor and outdoor viewing galleries. In addition, there are two large swimming pools which allow swimming to be delivered to as a core part of our curriculum offering.
The school has abundantly equipped music and choral rooms for vocal and instrumental lessons, along with a large auditorium and smaller black-box theatre where assemblies and dramatic performances are regularly held.
West Yas Academy also has a well-resourced and fully staffed medical clinic with qualified health professionals on duty throughout the school day.
STEAM subjects are delivered in specially designed practical science laboratory spaces, art, design and textile studios, as well as engineering workshops and industry standard culinary arts kitchens.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

At West Yas Academy we assess the learning of children in the Kindergarten very frequently, using a range of indicators of cognitive and emotional development. Older students’ learning is formally assessed using Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests to assess achievements in the core areas of learning. These tests are developmental and allow all students to experience success during the assessments. In all subjects, students of all ages will have their learning monitored continuously using a variety of methods.
Our older students will have their learning assessed at the end of Units of Inquiry, each term and end academic year. Assessments are in the form of tests, examinations, extended writing, projects, culminating activities, presentations and performances. Summary assessments form a significant part of the final grades that students earn. Senior students will write Advanced Placement examinations in May of their graduating year. The school is also a center for SAT assessments.
These two major assessments will facilitate access to universities and colleges in the US and other countries. The school provides assessments of students’ learning in Arabic and Islamic studies according to the policies of the UAE Ministry of Education.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?

Food Nation LLC., was established in 2016 to and the aim was to provide nutritious, innovative food offerings bursting with flavor to schools across the UAE. Food Nation uses only quality raw products and all products are made from scratch, ingredients are non-processed, additive free and use healthy fats over trans-fats that are found in many processed foods. Food Nations, ‘Eat Bright’ program creates products with specifically targeted nutrients to improve academic performance; ensuring essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy fats are included in our meals. Use of clever food combining and alternative cooking techniques results in delicious foods, packed with “hidden goodness”, which children love.
Food served in our cafeterias, and menus are rotated on a three weekly basis to ensure variety and a balanced nutritious program. Payment can be made via payment cards or online.

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

The school day will begin for all students at 7:45 AM. Students who arrive at school from 7:30 AM onwards will be supervised. Students are not permitted to enter the school before this time without adult supervision. Kindergarten students will finish their school day at 2:45 PM. Elementary and Middle school students will finish at 3:00 PM. High School students will finish timetabled lessons at 3:00 PM and may choose to study additional Electives or participate in ECA activities until 4:30 PM. During the day all students will have time for a recess break and a 45 minute lunch.

Is there a school uniform?

Aldar Academies uniforms are available exclusively from Magrudy's Uniforms.
Items can be purchased online or by visiting Magrudy's store at World Trade Centre Mall, Abu Dhabi.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

The Academy is dedicated to raising aspirations, expectations of success, educational achievement and will empower students to be active global citizens. Our reward and positive behavior for learning policy aims to promote an environment that develops our students into confident, well-motivated and hard-working individuals who enjoy learning.
We passionately believe that every member of West Yas Academy should feel valued and respected, which adheres to our Academy ethos and the UAE Child Rights legislations. Central to this is the expectation that students who attend West Yas Academy will display high standards of behavior and treat other people as they would wish to be treated. Our Academy expectations are regularly communicated with students through student notifications, house assemblies and they are also displayed in each classroom and homeroom. The key principles are related to the ‘West Yas Way’; We Respect Ourselves, We Respect Others, We Respect our Environment.

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

Formal school reports will be sent to parents three times yearly, at the ends of terms one and three. These reports link the students’ achievements to the expected levels in the Massachusetts curriculum. The reports give detailed information about all subjects, including the next steps for learning and development. We hold two parent-teacher conferences each year, providing opportunities for results to be discussed and the next steps to be planned. West Yas Academy’s strong community ethos means that informal conversations regarding students’ achievements will take place throughout the school year.

Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?

West Yas Academy provides on-site prayer-rooms for all Muslim students and staff. In addition, the school has positive community links with a new mosque located only 150 meters away from the school.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Our gifted program is supported by curriculum enrichment activities. Opportunities will include trips to observe music and speaking master classes and competitions with other Aldar Academies

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

We recognize that some students find aspects of school life or learning difficult, while others may excel in particular areas. We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of all of our students, starting with personalized learning opportunities for every student in class with their regular teachers. For some students this may mean receiving help from our learning support team.

This school is in a Best School by parents ranking

West Yas Academy is a Best of school, a ranking determined by parent surveys on the site. It can be found in the following Best of rankings:

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