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Schools in DubaiAs often happens in a Guide written by expats and parents ever on the move, our Dubai editor had to bow out before she could complete this fact, she completed everything but the actual school write-ups.

Until we replace her, we hope these articles and list of schools will help you with your search. From interviews with parents and her research thus far, she intended to cover (but had not yet visited) the schools we've noted with "GSGI write-up pending".

American School of Dubai (-pending)

(formerly Jumeirah American School)

Al Mafraq Road,  (316)

Al Barsha,

opp. Saudi German Hospital on Hessa St(331)

opp. Saudi German Hospital on Hessa St(331)         

Post: PO Box 71188, Dubai, UAE


Phone: (+971 4) 395 0005
Fax: (+971 4) 395 0008

American curriculum; Advanced Placement courses; independent (privately owned), co-ed, day school. Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12. Currently 1619 students split two-thirds USA/Canada, one third Asia and Europe, non-westerners in single figures. One of the more established schools with good reputation. Moved in the recent past to its current campus in Al Barsha. Accredited by MSACS.

Cambridge High School

PO Box 60835, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 282 4646
Fax: (+971 4) 282 4109

English National Curriculum; private (for-profit; a GEMS managed school); Kindergarten through Year 13 (ages 3 - 18).

The Dubai American Academy

PO Box 32762, Al Barsha, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 347 9222
Fax: (+971 4) 347 6070

American curriculum as well as the IB Diploma Programme; private (for-profit) managed by GEMS, co-ed; preschool through Grade 12 (ages 4-18).

Dubai British School

PO Box 37828, Springs 3, Emirates HIlls, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 361 9361
Fax: (+971 4) 360 9294
Principal: Val Thomas-Peter

English National Curriculum; 800 students, ages 3-18; uses Key Stages and standardised assessment tests, with adaptations to reflect the uniquely local aspects of surrounding Dubai.

Dubai College (-pending)

PO Box 837, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 399 9111
Fax: (+971 4) 399 9175

English National Curriculum (GCSEs, A Levels); independent (non-profit), coed, day school. 750 students, ages 11-18; the majority are British, but the student body still represents over 50 nationalities. Well established with good reputation locally.

Dubai English Speaking School (DESS)(-pending)

PO Box 2002, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 337 1457/ 337 0973
Fax: (+971 4) 337 8932

English National Curriculum; primary school (ages 4-11); 800 students. Recently opened its own Secondary School (Dubai English Speaking College - DESC) in Academic City, aiming to provide quality British education for children up to age 18.

Dubai International Academy

PO Box 118111, Emirates Hills, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 368 4111
Fax: (+971 4) 361 9050

Offers IB Middle Years and IB Diploma Programmes; 1,050 students from 66 countries; 11:1 student to faculty ratio.

Dubai Modern High School

PO Box 53663, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 344 4244
Fax: (+971 4) 349 2329
Principal: Mr. Darryl Bloud

A co-ed, day-boarding school with an Indian Curriculum. Recognized by the Ministry of Education, Dubai, for teaching the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).

Emirates International School (-pending)

Jumeirah Campus
PO Box 6446, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (04) 348 9804
Fax: (04) 348 2813 - senior school; (04) 348 2586 - primary/junior school

The Senior School uses the IB Diploma Programme as well as IGCSE exams, while the Primary/Junior School follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Co-ed, kindergarten through Grade 12 (ages 4-18). 

Meadows Campus
PO Box 120118, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 362 9009
Fax: (+971 4) 362 9229

An IBO World School, EIS Meadows offers IB Diploma Programme; 1,200 students, kindergarten through Grade 11 (ages 3-15).

The English College

PO Box 11812, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 294 2465
Fax: (+971 4) 394 7242

1,100 students total. Follows the English National Curriculum.

GEMS World School (new)

PO Box 126260, Al Barsha South, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 341 7857
Fax: (+971 4) 341 7858
Mobile: (+971) 50 550 4272 (available 7am - 8pm Dubai time, 7 days a week)

Founded on the IB philosophy and principles with the intention of seeking authorization and eventual IB World School status. A Pre-kindergarten through Year 13 (ages 4-18). Hopes to be approved for the IB Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes.

International School of Arts and Sciences

Al Warqa, PO Box 35001, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 341 7788
Fax: (+971 4) 341 7878

ISAS will initially admit 200 students for kindergarten through Grade 6, and follow an American curriculum; private. By 2011, the school is expected to have 1,200 students up to Grade 12.

Jebel Ali Primary School ( - pending)

PO Box 17111, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 884 6485
Fax: (+971 4) 884 5373

Follows the English National Curriculum; independent, co-ed, day school. 530 students total.

Jumeirah College (-pending)

PO Box 74856, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 395 3950
Fax: (+971 4) 395 4586

Years 6 - 13 (ages 11-18).

Jumeirah English Speaking School (-pending)

PO Box 24942, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 394 5515
Fax: (+971 4) 394 3531

English National Curriculum; independent (non-profit); 665 students total (ages 3-11). Long standing school with excellent reputation if shabby campus, considered to be one of the top primary schools in Dubai, from which students typically go on to JESS II, American School of Dubai, or Dubai College.

Jumeirah Primary School (-pending)

PO Box 29093, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (+971 4) 394 3500
Fax: (+971 4) 394 3960

Follows the English National Curriculum; co-ed day school for children in Foundation Stage through Year 6; after Year 6, students generally make the natural transition to nearby Jumeirah College.

Kings Dubai (-pending)

PO Box 38199, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (04) 348 3939
Fax: (04) 348 3223
Head Teacher: Kevin Stedman

English National Curriculum; co-ed day school for students in Foundation through Year 6.

Raffles International School

PO Box 122900, Dubai, UAE

Phone: +971 4 427 1200, 1 800 723 3537
Fax: +971 4 427 1201
Head of School: Anna Kizirian

Offers the American Diploma, and uses A level exams in conjunction with an adapted curriculum. A private, independent, day school for students ages 3-18 (Preschool through Year 12).

Regent School

PO Box, 24857, Dubai, UAE

Phone: +971 4 360 8830
Fax: +971 4 360 8831

Offers the English National Curriculum for the Primary and Middle Schools, and the IB Diploma Programme for the Senior School. Foundation through Year 12 (ages 3-18).

Pristine Private School

PO Box 60830, Dubai, UAE

Phone: (04) 267 4299
Fax: (04) 267 5844

Follows an adapted curriculum in tandem with the English National Curriculum. Co-ed, Kindergarten through Year 7 (ages 3-12).

Repton School (-pending)

PO Box 299331,  Dubai, UAE
(physical location) Nad Al Sheba 3 & 4, Dubai

Phone: (+971 50) 274 2659

English National Curriculum; private (for-profit); Co-ed, ages 3-11; Senior school and boys boarding open September 2008; 6th form and girls boarding open September 2009; new school with very expensive facilities located in Nad al Sheba.


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