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 Baccalaureate and 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 The School of Research Science reviews
The School of Research Science (SRS) is an all-through school from foundation stage to pre-university level, offering a world class British curriculum education and American curriculum pathway. It the central educational hub of the Research Science Institute (RSI) which exists to enlighten young minds with the gift of powerful knowledge. The bilingual character of the school is a defining feature of its successful operation. Since its beginning in 1998, the school has made massive leaps and achieved huge success, as demonstrated by the acquisition of a large number of renowned global accreditations and awards.
The RSI value of diversity promotes curriculum access to students of varying backgrounds and starting points, thereby deepening the memorable learning experiences that are showered upon them on a daily basis. Intellectual growth of students and staff is continuously promoted through the value of inquiry. The big family concept defines the community-based approach to working in a large and diverse organisation, where individual care and wellbeing of every student is the number one priority.
At the heart of all this sits the RSI value of excellence, embedding high expectations in the professional life of every adult and child.
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 American Academy for Girls reviews
American Academy For Girls (AAG) is a world-class Taaleem school that was developed to provide a rigorous American education that will prepare the next generation of women to be innovative leaders in their local and global community.
Our school follows the American Common Core which identifies high standards that are aligned to the expectations of colleges in America and abroad. These rigorous standards provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school, regardless of where they live. The standards promote equity by ensuring all students are well prepared to collaborate and compete with their peers in the UAE and abroad.
Embedded in the Common Core curriculum are opportunities for students to develop socially, emotionally and academically. The American Academy for Girls is committed to recognizing each student’s unique talents and abilities. In an all-girls’ environment, our students focus on developing their individual voice, perspectives and opinions. During these formative years, their views of what constitutes a well-educated and well-balanced young woman are free of the influences often present in a co-educational school.
Read Dubai Arabian American Private School reviews
Dubai Arabian American Private School caters to students from KG1-G12 providing a US curriculum for their education pathways. Located in Muhaisnah 1, the school is in a strong community that values education. Student activities and opportunities consider the American flair infused with traditional Arabic culture and values. We seek to provide opportunities for students to have a voice in their educational processes and understand their role in supporting society both is present and future.
Dubai Arabian American School is entering an exciting time in its journey toward academic excellence. We are very excited about continuing our mission to prepare students for the future. Providing students with a warm, nurturing, and supportive environment is key to helping them develop into fulfilled and productive adults.
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 (AIS) 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 strong support from the community since its commencement in September 2003.
American International School is a school that strives to develop a love for learning in each student. Our aim is to foster independent learners, skilled communicators and inquiring students who are willing to challenge the accepted and move into the unknown. It is a state-of-the-art school that will provide the tools and guidance to allow students to sift through the massive information available to them and make informed decisions.
AIS is the place for students who are willing to accept the challenge of excellence, dedicated to becoming global citizens with pride in their culture and an appreciation for the cultures of the world. In our students, we inspire a passion for learning, encouraging emotional and intellectual vitality, and empower them with the confidence and courage to contribute to the global community and to achieve their dreams.
Read American School of Creative Science - Nad Al Sheba reviews
The American School of Creative Science Maliha (ASCS Maliha) welcomes prospective parents and students from all nationalities. We aim to provide a unique education that is second to none. Our curriculum nurtures, cultivates, and fosters creative and critical thinking skills. We strive for academic excellence with strong moral values to develop successful and contributing members of a global society. ASCS’s aim is to provide the very best of both the American curriculum and UAE national education for Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies.
We are fortunate to be able to draw on two decades’ educational knowledge and expertise from our sister school (ISCS) in combining the very best of internationally renowned pedagogical best practices.
ASCS has state-of-the-art facilities including effective systems for communication between parents and the school. Through ASCS’s experienced and dedicated staff, we are committed to providing a safe, secure, positive, and supportive learning environment for your child. It is integral to the school's aim to instill confidence, self-esteem, moral values, and life skills in every student from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
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.
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