The American curriculum starts from age 4 (Kindergarten) through to grade 12 (age 17 or 18 years). As with the National Curriculum of England, the English language is at the heart of learning and ensures all students are fluent.
Unlike English schools, there is no 'American Curriculum' - each state or district in the US sets its own education standards. Many schools will be linked with specific regional accreditation bodies such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools so check which one your school of interest is connected with. The result of there being no single curriculum is that many American style schools focus on core values taken from the American system and have a lot of flexibility in how the education is delivered. Good reasons to make sure you read real reviews from real parents.
In High School, students work towards a High School Diploma. Often this can be in combination with other curricula such as the International Baccalaureateand student earn credits across their education. Another difference from English schools, students often keep a broad range of subjects across the entire High School.
American Schools in Dubai
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Read Dunecrest American School reviews
Dunecrest American School has a mission “to provide a holistic American education that inspires students to discover their talents, pursue their passions, and make a positive impact on their communities and the world beyond.” We will achieve this mission by living our principles every day and in every endeavor. We will also achieve our mission by being active participants in our vision “to be a vibrant learning community that nurtures global leaders.” Dunecrest American School seeks to graduate young people whose creativity and independence of thought sustain their continuing inquiry and reflection, whose interest in others and the world around them surpasses their self-concern, and whose passion for learning impels them beyond what they already know.
Read GEMS United School reviews
GEMS United School is a GEMS Education school, offering the US curriculum for students from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Our Common Core and Advanced Placement curriculum integrates international elements of learning and is tailored to the global students of today who will graduate as the innovators of tomorrow. Complementing our strong academic program is a robust athletic and after-school activity curriculum, developing the whole child.
The wealth of knowledge and the personal characteristics students gain while at GEMS United School will shape and strengthen their identities once they graduate and enter the world beyond school. As a GEMS Education school, we are part of a family of international schools that embody educational excellence and believe that school teaches children how to learn and inspires them to always look for the lesson in everything.
Read Nibras International School reviews
Nibras International School (NIS) in Dubai is part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP). Catering for children from ages 4 to 18 (KG through to Grade 12), NIS offers an affordable American education that exposes students to the rigor of American academia, as well as providing a future-proof skill set designed for them to excel in an international environment.
Nibras International School is also one of the few mid-market American curriculum high schools in Dubai offering Advanced Placement courses for high school students, and we have some of the best indoor and outdoor sports facilities of any school in Dubai.
Read Al Mawakeb School reviews
Al Mawakeb School Dubai was founded in 1979 as a private international school. Currently, it boasts a student body of over 5500 with over 60 nationalities represented in its schools (Al Mawakeb Al Garhoud and Al Mawakeb Al Barsha). The schools provide the most comprehensive college preparatory education to students of all backgrounds and nationalities.
Al Mawakeb schools are managed by AMSI and provide a comprehensive university preparatory education to students of all backgrounds and nationalities. Although our medium of instruction is English, we have a multilingual learning environment. Students study the English, French, and Arabic languages from K-12. Upon completing twelve years of education, students receive a high school diploma which enables the graduates to pursue higher education worldwide.
Read Dubai National School Al Barsha reviews
Dubai National School Al Barsha (DNS) was founded in 1988 and has established an excellent and well deserved reputation in the United Arab Emirates for providing high quality education for students from Kindergarten to the High School. DNS Al Barsha embraces a commitment to high standards.
There is a strong emphasis on teaching Muslim students to live in the Islamic faith within the context of the American Education Program with a vision of internationally-minded future leaders. Traditional values such as patriotism, good discipline, respect for all and especially the elderly, respect for religious beliefs, loyalty, Silat Al Rahim (family relations) & devotion to truth are highly respected and integrated into the curricula.
Dubai National School Al Barsha staff embodies a wide range of experience and a wealth of enthusiasm. Our parents are tremendously supportive. Our students throughout the school are lively, enthusiastic, and highly motivated. We pride ourselves on having a family atmosphere and a strong sense of community spirit which has resulted in a supportive, caring environment and positive relationships between students, parents and staff.
Read American International School reviews
American International School is a private, independent institution that serves students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It has an international program of studies which meets the needs of the multinational community in the UAE. It was inaugurated in August 2003. It has enjoyed the strong support from the community since its commencement in September 2003.
Read Clarion School reviews
Clarion is the only progressive American school in the UAE and is redefining the meaning of educational excellence. Our unique program, facilitated by highly qualified Master Educators, deeply engages your child in intentional and meaningful learning. Built on a solid academic foundation, our mission is to ignite and keep alive each child’s endless quest for discovery. A child with a curious mind will forever be empowered for the possibilities of an undefined future.
Read American School of Dubai reviews
American School of Dubai (ASD), an independent, not-for-profit, U.S. curriculum K-12 international school, provides learning experiences designed to promote the maximum potential of its students. Founded in 1966 by the Dubai Petroleum Company and formerly known as Jumairah American School, ASD has a rich and vibrant history.
ASD is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. With enrollment of approximately 1,900 students, world-class facilities, highly experienced leadership, professional, dedicated, and certified faculty, staff, and counseling teams, a college-preparatory U.S. curriculum and AP program that integrate technology to support student learning, hundreds of extracurricular and student activities in the Arts, Athletics, and service learning, and an engaged community of parents, alumni, and friends - an American School of Dubai education is intentionally designed to prepare every student to be future ready.
Read Ignite School reviews
Ignite School Dubai is an excellent option for families seeking an authentic American Educational experience. Our vision is for all young people to experience that learning has lasting value beyond their life at school. We do this by educating the whole child, not just academically but socially, emotionally, physically and civically.
Our students are learning to become future entrepreneurs and career-minded individuals who will positively contribute their skills and talents to Dubai and the world at large.
Read Collegiate American School reviews
Collegiate American School (CAS) is a vibrant and welcoming learning community located in the heart of Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai, away from the traffic and towers. CAS staff are committed to the holistic development of every learner while supporting students to reach the highest levels of achievement. From Pre Kindergarten through grade 12, our values-driven educational program engages a highly international group of students. Many of our students walk or cycle to school from nearby though they come from all over the world. As a neighborhood school, Collegiate American School knows first-hand that developing warm relationships among students, teachers and parents creates an environment where students thrive. No matter where they live in Dubai and no matter where they come from -- Collegiate American School students can't wait to get to school each day!
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