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Best Schools in Abu Dhabi – School Ratings – Update

So what are the best schools in Abu Dhabi? By our reckoning the number of schools considered high performing has decreased in terms of percentage (although not by number of schools) over the last year (2016 over 2015), falling from 15% to 14.14%.

However even this number is not ‘official’ and includes information released to WSA by the schools themselves with corresponding reports not currently on the ADEC/Iritqaa web site.

According to the information we have collated, there are 191 schools in the emirate, of which only two are currently rated Outstanding (A1), 10 (5.24%) are rated Very Good (A2), and 16 (8.38%) are rated (A3). These are the “high performing” schools in Abu Dhabi.

This is likely to be a little behind the times for two reasons.

Firstly, schools seem to be aware of new ratings long before the information is released on ADEC’s web site – we assume the inspection have a preiod of editing and refinements before reports are released. Schools have disclosed some of the new ratings – but it is unlikely to be completely comprehensive.

Secondly, Abu Dhabi schools are rated every two years – meaning a school can have improved, but its rating yet to reflect that new level of performance.

That said according to our calculations, there are 79 (41.36%) schools said to be Satisfactory, and 85 (44.5%) of schools said to be in need of significant improvement – i.e. considerably more than the number considered performing well.

Note: Have your say on Abu Dhabi schools – complete the 2015 School survey here.

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Given the ratio of good to satisfactory to poor, parents clearly have their work cut out getting into one of the best schools in Abu Dhabi.

Eight factors are measured for each institution by the regulator to determine a school’s performance: pupils’ achievement and level of progress, pupils’ personal development, teaching and learning quality, meeting pupils’ needs within the curriculum, protection and guidance for pupils, quality of the schools’ buildings and premises, school resources and effectiveness of leadership and management.

Based on their performance, schools are then ranked as High-performing (Band A), Satisfactory (Band B) or Needing significant improvement (Band C). These bands are themselves subdivided into a total of eight ranks, with Band A schools – effectively the list of the best schools in Abu Dhabi – ranked as outstanding, very good and good, Band B divided into satisfactory and improving, and satisfactory and Band C ranked as unsatisfactory, very unsatisfactory and poor.

Inspectors have found no link between a school’s fees and its rating. “There are schools that have very low fees, not high fees, and the performance was excellent,” Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, Adec’s director general said. Inspectors found that the scores were only weakly linked to the type of curriculum offered. “Many of the schools who apply the British curriculum in the right way have achieved satisfactory or high ratings but many schools in American, Indian and Ministry of Education curriculum received good ratings as well,” Mr Al Dhahiri said. “The curriculum is not a main factor but it’s an important one.”

Asked where schools needed to improve the most, Mr Al Dhahiri said: “Teaching”.

“Schools must concentrate on professional development and they should also invest in teachers,” he said.

In these terms, the highest performing, best schools in Abu Dhabi are:

The best schools in Abu Dhabi

A1 – Outstanding Schools
Al Muna Primary School Abu Dhabi 
Al Bateen Secondary School
Al Mushrif Primary School
Raha International School

A2 – Very Good Schools
American Community Private School
Al Ain International School
Brighton College
Al Yasmina School
Brighton College Al Ain (Bloom Gardens)
Merryland International School
Pearl Primary School
The British International School, Abu Dhabi
GEMs American Academy

A3 – Good Schools
Lycee Louis Massignon
Abu Dhabi International Private School Secondary
Cranleigh School
Al Danat Private School
Al Ittehad National Private School – Abu Dhabi
Al Sanawbar Private School
Canadian International School
GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi
German International School
Japanese Private School
The British School – Al Khubairat
The Cambridge International High School
The Model Private School Secondary
The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for girls
Al Ain International School Al Dar Academy
Liwa International Private School
The Cambridge High School
Al Rabeeh School LLC

 

Full List ordered by Most Improved schools

Name 2013 2014 2015 # Position Change
The British International School, Abu Dhabi B4 A2 +2
Diyafah International School LLC C6 B4 +2
Emirates Private School Al Ain C6 B4 +2
Summit International School C6 B4 +2
Rosary Private School C6 B4 +2
Rosary Private School Secondary C6 B4 +2
The Gulf International Private Academy C6 B4 +2
Horizon Private School C8 C6 +2
American Community Private School A3 A2 +1
Al Ain International School A3 A2 +1
Lycee Louis Massignon B4 A3 +1
Al Muna Primary School-Abu Dhabi A2 A1 +1
Abu Dhabi Australian School C6 B5 +1
Belvedere British School C6 B5 +1
Emirates Education Academy Private School C6 B5 +1
GEMS Winchester School Abu Dhabi C6 B5 +1
International Community – Branch C6 B5 +1
Middle East Private School C7 C6 +1
Oasis International School C7 C6 +1
Horizon Private School – Branch B5 B4 +1
Our Own English High School – Al Ain C6 B5 +1
Private International English School C6 B5 +1
Sunflower Private School C6 B5 +1
Al Sorouh American School C7 C6 +1
Al Yaher Private School Al Ain C7 C6 +1
Asian International (Zayed City) C7 C6 +1
Grace Valley Indian School C7 C6 +1
Manar Al Ilm C7 C6 +1
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Arab Pakistan Private School C7 C6 +1
Al Seddeeq Private School C8 C7 +1
Ambitions Private (Al Tumooh) C8 C7 +1
Brighton College A2 First
Abu Dhabi International Private School Secondary A3 First
Al Mushrif Primary School A3 First
Cranleigh School A3 First
Al Bateen Secondary-Al Mushrif Private School A1 +1
Al Yasmina School A2 First
Brighton College Al Ain (Bloom Gardens) A2 First
Merryland International School A2 First
Pearl Primary School A2 First
Raha International School A2 First
Al Danat Private School A3 First
Al Ittehad National Private School – Abu Dhabi A3 First
Al Sanawbar Private School A3 First
Canadian International School A3 First
GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi A3 First
German International School A3 First
Japanese Private School A3 First
The British School – Al Khubairat A3 First
The Cambridge International High School A3 First
The Model Private School Secondary A3 First
The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for girls A3 First
Al Ain English Speaking School B4 First
Al Ain Juniors Private School B4 First
Al Andalus Private Academy B4 First
Al Shohub School B4 First
American International School Abu Dhabi B4 First
GEMS Cambridge International School B4 First
Glenelg School Of Abu Dhabi (Secondary) B4 First
Islamia English School B4 First
Liwa International Private School B4 First
Lycee Theodore Monod B4 First
Manor Hall International School B4 First
The Model Private School – Primary B4 First
Zakher Private School British B4 First
Abu Dhabi Indian School Primary B5 First
Abu Dhabi Indian School Secondary B5 First
Abu Dhabi Island Pvt School B5 First
Al Adhwa Private School B5 First
Al Bashair Private School B5 First
Al Dhafra Private Schools – Al Ain B5 First
Al Ittihad National Private School – Al Ain B5 First
Al Manhal International Private School B5 First
Al Nahda National School – Boys B5 First
Al Nahda National School – Girls B5 First
Al Najah Private School B5 First
Al Rabeeh School LLC B5 First
Al Rawafed Private School B5 First
Al Safwa Private School B5 First
Al Salam English Private School B5 First
Al Wathba Private School B5 First
Bani Yas International Private School B5 First
Beit Al Maqdes International Private School B5 First
Choueifat International Private (Rowais) B5 First
Darul Huda Islamic School B5 First
Emirates National Private School – Al Manaser B5 First
Emirates National Private School – Al Nahyan B5 First
Emirates Private School – Abu Dhabi B5 First
GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi A2 +3
Glenelg (Madinat Zayed) B5 First
International Community School B5 First
International School of Choueifat – Abu Dhabi Primary B5 First
International School of Choueifat – Al Ain B5 First
International School of Choueifat – Khalifa A B5 First
New Indian Model School Al Ain B5 First
Repton School B5 First
Abu Dhabi Grammar School (Canada) C6 First
Al Ain American Private School C6 First
Al Bahya Private School C6 First
Al Dar Private School C6 First
Al Hamadanya Grand Private School C6 First
Al Iman Private School C6 First
Al Nash’e Assaleh Private School C6 First
Ashbal Al Quds Private Secondary School C6 First
Asian International Private (Rowais) C6 First
Dar al Uloom Private School Al Ain C6 First
Emirates Falcon International Private School C6 First
Emirates Future International Academy C6 First
Emirates National Private School – MBZ C6 First
First Lebanon Private School C6 First
Future International School C6 First
Ibn Khaldoun Islamic Private School C6 First
Indian School Al Ain C6 First
International Jubilee Private School C6 First
International Private School Al Ain C6 First
Madar International School C6 First
Pakistani Islamic Private School C6 First
Palestine Private Academy C6 First
Scientific Distinction Private School C6 First
Sunrise English Private School C6 First
Universal Private School C6 First
Ain Al Khaleej Private School C7 First
Al Ain Iranian Private School C7 First
Al Ettehad Private School C7 First
Al Maali International School C7 First
Al Worood Academy Private Schools C7 First
Baraaim Al Ain Private School C7 First
Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladish Islamia Private School LLC C7 First
Tawaam Model Private School C7 First
United School of Baniyas C7 First
Western Private Model School C7 First
Zakher Private School Boys C7 First
Abu Dhabi Grammar School -Branch1 B4 First
Abu Dhabi International Private School Primary B4 First
Al Basma School B4 First
Al Bateen Scientific Private School B4 First
Al Dhafra Private Schools B4 First
Al Yasat Private School B4 First
Emirates National School Al Ain B4 First
Future International School Al Ain B4 First
Ajyal International Private School B5 First
Al Dhabiania Private School B5 First
Bright Riders Private School B5 First
Good Will Children Private School B5 First
Good Will Children Private School B5 First
Mayoor Private School B5 First
Ryan Private School B5 First
Abu Dhabi Indian – Branch1 C6 First
Al Khalil International Private School C6 First
Al Saad Indian Private School C6 First
Crescent international private school C6 First
Global English School C6 First
Grace Valley Indian School C6 First
Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan Generations School C6 First
Philippine Emirates School C6 First
Philippine National School C6 First
Reach British Private School C6 First
Shining Star International School C6 First
Vision Private School C6 First
Yas Academy School C6 First
Abdullah Bin Zubair Private School C7 First
Al Manahil Private School C7 First
Al Tharawat National Private School C7 First
Creative British School C7 First
The National Torches Private School C7 First
Abu Mousa Al Ashaari Private School C8 First
Al Ain International School Al Dar Academy A3 First
The International School of Choueifat – Abu Dhabi City Secondary B4 First
Theodore Monod French Private School B4 First
Indian School B5 First
Al Saad Private School C6 First
First Steps Pre-School and Nursery, Abu Dhabi C6 First
The International School of Choueifat – Abu Dhabi City Primary C6 First
The International School of Choueifat – Khalifa A C6 First
Al Marfaa International School C7 First
International Community Kindergarten LLC C7 First
Al Ekhlass Private School C6 C6 NM
Al Manara Private School C6 C6 NM
Aliaa International School C6 C6 NM
Bright Riders School llc Branch 1 C6 C6 NM
Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi (Gayathi) C6 C6 NM
Polaris Private Academy C6 C6 NM
Twenty First Century Private Academy C6 C6 NM
Glenelg School Of Abu Dhabi (Primary) B5 B5 NM
Glenelg School, Ruwais, Abu Dhabi B5 B5 NM
Baraem Al Ain Private School – Bani Yas C6 C6 NM
The Iranian Private School C6 C6 NM
United School of Al Yahar C6 C6 NM
Dar Al Uloom Private School C7 C7 NM
Emirates Private School – Bani Yas C7 C7 NM
Pakistan Community Welfare School C7 C7 NM

 

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  1. Haseeb says
    August 24, 2016, 2:50 pm

    Hi,

    Does any one know about the repute of Elite Private School in Mussafah? They are offering american curriculum. Please share your findings about this school. I am interested to get enrolled my daughter in Grade 1.
    Thanks,
    Haseeb

    Reply
  2. Khalaf says
    July 17, 2016, 2:31 am

    I am looking for a school to my daughter. She will attend kg1 on 2017/2018. Which schools do you recommend that I can register her in?

    I am living in Abu Dhabi near Al Bateen private airport.

    Reply
  3. Mustansar says
    July 14, 2016, 10:49 am

    Hi,

    Can you guide me how to check the school’s main priority i.e academic or extra curriculum activities or both?

    Reply
    • August 8, 2016, 10:20 am

      Dear Mustansar,

      Apologies for the delay in answering your question. In all likelihood, you will not get a real sense about the school’s priorities until you visit and can ask such questions directly. However, if the school has a website, they will usually mention what extra curricular activities are offered and you should be able to gauge from this how high a priority ECA’s are. The other way to learn more about the academic focus and success of any school in Abu Dhabi is to check the reviews on Whichschooladvisor.com and also the ADEC Irtiqaa’ reports which are issued every two years. It should be evident from the report as to how well the school is performing both academically and also in terms of its pastoral care. You can find the latest ADEC reports with the reviews of the schools on Whichschooladvisor.com or on the ADEC website.

      Reply
  4. Nikesh Narayanan says
    May 22, 2016, 12:19 pm

    My kids are studying in British International School and it is a very good school as per latest ADEC report. School has a very good infrastructure provide very good options for after school activities. They follow IGCSE up to 11th and then IB Diploma program. I don’t know much about IGCSE and IB results. It would be helpful if whichschooladvisor can provide IGCSE and IB exam results data of all schools for comparison.

    Reply
    • May 24, 2016, 4:28 pm

      HI Nikesh,

      Thanks for your comments on BISAD. Schools are not obliged to publish their results in the UAE and neither the UK exam boards or the IB Organisation publish this information by school either. We have encouraged UAE schools to make this information public and there are some schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that have done so. We will continue to ask!

      Reply
  5. Claire Russell says
    April 22, 2016, 7:20 pm

    My Husband has been offered a job in Abi Dhabi and our main concern is a school for our two children who are 11 and 3. We currently live in Scotland so would prefer a school that follows a British curriculum.
    It seems that getting a space in a school can be a real difficulty and I am am even more concerned by the fact that our eldest child has dyslexia, so needs to be in a school that will support him appropriately!
    Any advice? I don’t want to make the move to discover we can’t get school places! Thanks!

    Reply
    • April 24, 2016, 10:22 am

      Dear Claire,

      Many thanks for your enquiry. Finding schools places in Abu Dhabi has been a challenge because demand currently outstrips supply – particularly at the youngest end of the school. However, new schools are opening and existing ones expanding. Your younger child may be too young to be in school unless s/he will be 3 years and 8 months old by 1st September. This is the minimum age for children to start school in the British curriculum in Abu Dhabi. Other curricula do not usually accept children until a year later.

      One of the challenges you will face is in terms of deciding where you want the school to be located. If you know where your husband will be based, it is worthwhile looking at the residential areas that are most likely to work for you all and then try to find suitable schools based on that criterion. ADEC (the Abu Dhabi Education Authority) has an application on their website (School Finder) that can help you pinpoint schools to approach; the link is on this page – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Parents/ParentsGuide/Pages/SelectaSchool.aspx.

      You can also read the reports of the Inspections carried out by ADEC every two years (these can be sorted by curriculum), which will enable you to find out more about the schools’ ratings and support in relation to children with additional needs -https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx.

      The main point I think you should urgently consider is that the school year starts at the end of August and many schools will close for the summer – so it is important that you start the application process as soon as possible.

      Reply
  6. Idrees says
    April 19, 2016, 3:08 pm

    Hello,

    Could you please guide me which one of the following schools is better:

    1) GEMS American Academy
    2) Belvedere British School

    Thanks

    Reply
  7. Alan says
    April 13, 2016, 5:55 pm

    I heard that Raha was given an outstanding in March this year. I believe it’s the only K-12 school to be outstanding in Abu Dhabi.

    I could be wrong.

    Reply
  8. Fernando says
    January 28, 2016, 1:09 am

    I got an offer too from gulf kings academy… Also to pay in al Abbas travel.. I think this is fake offer

    Reply
    • January 28, 2016, 10:56 am

      Yes. This will be fake. Avoid anyone offering you a job if you a) have not applied to it, and b) wants to take your money.

      Reply
  9. January 19, 2016, 7:30 pm

    Thank you for this forum,you are doing a great job! I was given a teaching appointment in Gulf King’s Academy Abu Dhabi asking me to resume on the 30/1/2016 while the notice was just less than two weeks. I was also told to contact Al Abbas travels for my visa processing, and I am to pay USD1500 to complete the visa processing. Please, confirm the authenticity and existence of these school and travel agency before I get committed into the financial task. Kindly respond as quickly as possible, please. Thanks.

    Reply
    • January 19, 2016, 8:26 pm

      This will be a scam, and will be trying to take your money. Any business that asks you for money to process a visa is not going to be real. Please do not correspond with the “school”.

      Davud

      Reply
  10. DOMANIC SOPHY says
    December 22, 2015, 9:17 am

    Sir, please let me know if there is a British curriculum school named Gulf King’s Academy. And they are asking to refer to Alabbas travels for the visa processing. Please is it really existing of not.
    Thanks
    Sphy

    Reply
    • December 27, 2015, 10:18 pm

      This is not a school known to WSA. In these cases please contact the KHDA for verification.

      Reply
  11. Mrs Zaini says
    December 21, 2015, 12:44 am

    Just want to let you know that ADEC has recently recognised British International School Abu Dhabi (BISAD) Nord Anglia as a Band A, High Performing School. More information can be found in the school website http://weblog.abudhabi.nordanglia.com/2015/12/15/adec-inspection-report/

    Reply
    • December 23, 2015, 8:10 am

      Thanks for letting us know Mrs. Zaini. We have already updated the Review for BISAD to reflect this excellent news.

      Reply
  12. Stefan says
    December 19, 2015, 11:52 am

    Hello,

    I have my son registered in a nursery that teaches FS1, but in order for my employer to refund me for this payment they require a letter to state that this nursery is approved by ADEC. Can you please provide me with this letter?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • December 19, 2015, 7:52 pm

      Hi Stefan, the only organisations that would be able to facilitate this are the nursery and ADEC itself. I would start with the nursery itself.

      Reply
  13. m salim says
    December 2, 2015, 6:02 pm

    I have been offered a postion at the following school , but am unable to find an information about the school. would anybody be abler to help in regards to wether the school exists .

    EMIRATES COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE(ECI)-UAE
    P.O.BOX 016
    Address: Sector # ME5, Shabiya Khalifa, Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi.
    United Arab Emirates.
    Tel: +971 527819607

    Reply
    • M S says
      December 4, 2015, 7:45 pm

      To M Salim – I was offered the same role and I think its fraud. I have contacted the UAE embassy to see if this is a real school which I don’t think it is.

      Reply
      • m salim says
        December 8, 2015, 6:38 pm

        Thank you , I have also written to them and the partner school(Repton school) and am awaiting response.

  14. Faraz Khalid says
    October 24, 2015, 2:19 pm

    My son is currently 3 years old and goes to Bright Beginnings nursery. He will be going to school from next year on and I’m looking for a good school that has a focus on Islamic education and values while not compromising on educational standards. So far I haven’t come across any decent school during my research that offers a good blend of both and it’s really disappointing. Any advice would be highly appreciated.

    Kind Regards,
    Faraz Khalid

    Reply
    • October 27, 2015, 7:17 am

      Dear Faraz,

      Have you checked the Irtiqaa reports issued by ADEC? These provide a very useful guide to the focus and ethos of schools – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx. You can initially search for schools in the location(s) you are seeking using their school finder application -https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Parents/ParentsGuide/Pages/SelectaSchool.aspx and then narrow your focus on the reports of the schools that meet your location criteria. You will need to check the reports individually.

      Reply
  15. September 5, 2015, 7:43 pm

    On Yas Island I couldn’t find Yas School (currently known as Al Mostakshif Al Zagheer) on the list of schools.

    Reply
    • Lyn Soppelsa says
      September 6, 2015, 1:39 pm

      Dear Elsabe,

      The list we have provided is of private international curriculum schools since this is the type of school that is open to the majority of expats living in the UAE. I believe that Yas (Al Mostakshif Al Zagheer) school is actually located in Al Rathba and is a KG1/KG2 public school (so for Emirati families only).

      Reply
  16. Madde Srikant says
    August 25, 2015, 9:16 am

    I received an job offer from Gulf Coast Modern School having the details as:
    (Mr.Alfred Marc

    HR DIRECTOR
    GULF COAST MODERN SCHOOL ABU DHABI (UAE)
    Address:28th St albateen, Nera Khalifa Bin Shakhbout Street,
    Al Rowdah -United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 5 223 14818
    Email: enquiries@gulfcoastmodernsch.besaba.com
    Email :info@gulfcoastmodernsch.besaba.com
    http://www.gulfcoastmodernsch.besaba.com)

    Please help me whether this school really exist in Abu Dhabi or not?
    What are necessary steps I should take?

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    • August 27, 2015, 9:48 am

      Dear Madde,

      We have approached the Abu Dhabi Schools regulator to verify this school. However, the school certainly does not currently operate and there are some inconsistencies on its website that make it which would suggest that you respond with great caution. Firstly, the website implies that the school is already operating, but there are only 2 schools in the area mentioned and this one is not listed. Secondly, the website mentions the KHDA; this is the Dubai-based school regulator and there is no reason for a school in Abu Dhabi to mention them. If we receive further information from ADEC, we will update you.

      Reply
  17. Brani Beocanin says
    August 23, 2015, 8:07 pm

    Concerning Millenium International School Abu Dhabi, I’ve got also an offer and checked it out. This school does not exist ! It is pure fraud ! There is only the school with the same name in Saudi Arabia, the Dubai school is called Millenium School, not Millenium International School.
    If you get an offer with very professional acceptance letter, please check for yourself carefully and do not get into that trap ! They really mixed up the name and so are trying to hoax people into paying the money for the travel and work permit papers promising to pay it back within 5 working days. Also there is a passage in the contract saying canecellation of contract without reason is possible. So for them this is a sure haven that they can cancel the contract at any time without any reason.
    I hope the police will catch these cheaters !
    Wishing you all the best, Brani

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  18. Sandy whitt says
    August 8, 2015, 10:29 am

    I got offer from millennium international school and i sent my friend who is in Dubai she went to the school and confirmed is real, this morning i received mail from Courier service to deliver the followings to me Residence and Work Permit / Visa, Air Ticket, Job offer Letter (Hard Copy), Job offer Certificate, New-Hire Instructions (Pamphlet)

    Reply
    • August 11, 2015, 9:39 am

      Dear Sandy,

      Thank you for your feedback and congratulations. Can you please confirm where the school from whom you have received the offer is located and to whom it belongs? There are 2 Millennium schools in Dubai belonging to the GEMS group; these are not associated with the Abu Dhabi Millennium school. The regulator in Abu Dhabi, who has to approve all school operations there, has informed us the Millennium International School in Abu Dhabi is not licenced by ADEC.

      Reply
  19. johny says
    August 7, 2015, 12:55 pm

    We could not able to trace out Millennium International School, Abu Dhabi in CBSE board, New Delhi website or in wikimapia. The local people can help me trace out this school… here is the address…

    Mr. Donald Alfred
    Human Resource Manager
    MILLENNIUM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
    Alreen Island Shams Area,
    Near The Sand Tower.
    P.O.BOX 455666
    Abu dhabi.
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 (5) 22148788

    Reply
    • August 9, 2015, 5:46 pm

      Dear Johny,

      We have enquired with ADEC and have received the following reply:

      “Thank you for your email and enquiry. I have checked our records and we do not have a licensed school in that name. I have tried both mobile numbers on their contact list and found them working numbers but with no reply at the other end of the line.

      My advice would be not to pay any monies as normally good reputed schools will not charge teachers for their visas. You can report to the police and check if they have cyber tracking for such websites.”

      Please therefore be very cautious about making any payments related to this institution.

      Reply
  20. saba kajuli says
    August 6, 2015, 11:34 am

    Is there a school by the name of Millennium International School. Their contact details : Mr. Donald Alfred
    Human Resource Manager
    MILLENNIUM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
    Alreen Island Shams Area,
    Near The Sand Tower.
    P.O.BOX 455666
    Abu dhabi.
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 (5) 22148788
    info@milenniumschools.com
    info.millenniumschlrecruit@gmail.com
    http://www.milenniumschools.com

    and they are asking to contact GREENLANDS TRAVELS AND TOURS Details Below:
    Ms Margaret Johnson
    (Customer Relation Manager)
    Lulu tower (2nd floor)
    Opposite bus station (taxi stand)
    Muroor road,
    P.O Box 144722
    Abu Dhabi.
    greenlandtravel@hotmail.com
    Info@greenlandstravels.com
    http://www.greenlandstravels.com
    Fax +971 522147956

    for the acquisition of your work/residence permit papers which will Empower you to live and work in U.A.E. The expenses incurred are promised to be refunded in 5 working days!

    Is this a hoax? have others also got it??

    Reply
    • August 7, 2015, 10:38 am

      Dear Saba,

      I am not aware of this school. However, if it is a new school, its details would not have been published as ADEC does not permit schools to promote themselves until they have achieved a specific level of completion and readiness. I would advise you to contact ADEC’s Licencing department directly and ask for their feedback on this school – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

      Reply
    • Hilaria says
      August 7, 2015, 1:57 pm

      My husband got an offer too, they ask us to send USD1450 through western union. For me i dont believe this.
      Please advice.
      Thanks

      Reply
  21. Navaid says
    July 9, 2015, 12:59 pm

    Hi All,

    Am moving to Abu Dhabi sometime late August/early September to work with an Oil & Gas major. My (almost) 7 year old daughter is in 1st standard in an ICSE Board School in India. Request if members can help with picking the right school. Also, I have been given to understand that timing will be very important and it might be difficult, but am ready to pursue. Most guides have given a laundry list of schools. I will most probably be based on the mail island…probably somewhere near Corniche. Please guide.

    Reply
  22. benneth says
    May 25, 2015, 8:50 pm

    hi i think phillipine schools are not in the list? if im not mistaken. yhe philippine school baniyas and philippine emirates private school.

    Reply
  23. Bhaskii says
    May 24, 2015, 4:00 pm

    Howard International School : http://www.hisabudhabi.com/contact/. Fake website, there is no such school.

    I got the same offer letter from arabiantours.com which is travel and tours company.
    There is no such address. Biggest scam is the address of the school. There is P.O. box address and you can never reach it. The phone number given +971 55105 2301 will direct you to HR department.
    Offer letter received without any interview and without salary negotiation.

    Reply
  24. Rajan says
    May 21, 2015, 7:56 pm

    I got an offer from Howard International School, Abu Dhabi for a teacher position.

    I was asked to pay $1250 to the account:

    MR.HINOTO YEPTHO acc number : 3381041338 ifsc code : CBIN0284791 Pan no : BPWPK9807M Branch : DIMAPUR CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA

    Is it a fake offer…

    Reply
    • Nass says
      May 22, 2015, 1:12 pm

      Obviously fake… I also received their offer and found it suspicious, I made some researches and didn’t find any data about this school, this Blog made me think it over and I realised I was going to commit a big mistake by signing the contract and getting in touch with the Arabian Agency, I wanted to make sure of the thing before I forget about this issue so I sent them an email asking to delay the commencement date of the contract and my notice period is 2 months, the reply was simply disappointing:

      “””further to your email,resuming on August 1st will be arrange but first you must have to complete with your traveling papers before the end of the month for us to be sure that you are coming to work with us”””

      ALL THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IS MONEY =)

      Reply
    • santhosh says
      May 26, 2015, 10:06 am

      Hi Rajan,

      I also got the same offer from Howard International School.I hope its really fake.Because they didn’t conduct any interview.So please don’t give any type of payments for them.

      Once you signed the contract,you will be in trap….so change your all online bank account passwords ASAP.

      Reply
  25. Rajan says
    May 21, 2015, 7:55 pm

    I got an offer from Howard International School, Abu Dhabi for a teacher position.

    I was asked to pay $12500 to the account:

    MR.HINOTO YEPTHO acc number : 3381041338 ifsc code : CBIN0284791 Pan no : BPWPK9807M Branch : DIMAPUR CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA

    Is it a fake offer…

    Reply
  26. Mae says
    May 21, 2015, 5:48 am

    I also received a job offer from Howard International School and I’am really confused because their offer is too good to be true.

    Reply
    • May 21, 2015, 4:37 pm

      When something is too good, it probably means too good to be true. ADEC has told us that they have no record of this school. Please also ask yourself what school offers so many jobs all at the same time.

      Please be wary.

      Reply
  27. Nassiba says
    May 19, 2015, 4:31 pm

    OMG OMG OMG !!!!

    I also received a job offer from Howard International School, I don’t know why I felt uncomfortable with their offer, the rapidity of their answers was suspicious, I now understand…

    Reply
  28. marwa says
    May 17, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Thank you for all the valuable comments. My son at Chouiefat school- Abu Dhabi grade 7.He is doing very well but I want to move him to another school as Chouiefat curriculum at the bigger graded gets confusing and I heard that students will need to get other certificates than Sabis high school certificate in order to be able to join any university and that the school is facing problems with ADEC to get it’s curriculum accreditation. Any information about this.?

    Reply
    • May 19, 2015, 7:31 am

      Dear Marwa,

      I am not aware of issues that Choueifat may be facing with ADEC, but there is a strong move both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to ensure that schools offering an international curriculum do have proper accreditation. My understanding is that Choueifat offers students the opportunity to study both for UK A Levels and also US SATs to support College entrance, which is generally a requirement in addition to a High School Diploma in any case. My advice would be that you speak with the school in this respect before making a decision to move him to another school, since he is making good progress.

      Reply
    • Sonya Anjum Saba says
      May 20, 2015, 6:09 pm

      Shah Mahmood and Deepak,

      I got their offer to. I filled 15 question questionnaire and also got the appointment on 17th May’2015. But if ADEC has not record of the school then plz beware that its a scam. Unfortunately they have our data base as we sent them our CV believing it to be genuine. But its better that you report about them to Abu Dhabi govt. Such scam sites can have their actual headquarter in some other part of the world, and who knows they are only using the brand name like Howard and AD location to trap people.

      Good luck with your job searches too but don’t get carried away with attractive salaries and benefits without a single interview, cause if something is too good to be true… its fishy.

      Reply
  29. Nitin Mhaskar says
    May 14, 2015, 9:26 am

    Hi everyone,
    I have received a job offer from Howard International school, Abu Dhabi. But this institution is not listed here on this page.
    Website address os school : http://www.hisabudhabi.com

    Can you please advise me about Howard International school.
    Regards,
    Nitin

    Reply
    • Saba says
      May 18, 2015, 4:07 am

      I have also received a job offer from them, but I am unable to cross check or verify their existence. If you come to know something plz post a reply. Thanks

      Reply
      • Saba says
        May 18, 2015, 4:16 am

        I think the best way is to confirm from the UAE Embassy in our respective country, plus once you apply for visa, everything will be clear.

    • May 18, 2015, 6:49 am

      Dear Nitin,

      I am sorry to inform you that I have checked with ADEC and they confirm that this school does not exist. Please do not make any form of payment to them.

      Reply
      • Sonya Anjum Saba says
        May 18, 2015, 7:14 am

        I also received a job offer from this school on 17th May, but there were some vital mistakes in the appointment letter which made me suspicious about the existence of the school. I couldn’t find it anywhere then came to this page and found Nitin’s comment. They referred to a travel agency for visa by the name of http://www.arabiantours.com and surprisingly that company did not have any info about contact until I searched. I called on the numbers and no body picked. U can call to UAW embassy and also inform/ confirm about this school.

      • Sonya says
        May 18, 2015, 7:17 am

        I also received a job offer from this school on 17th May, but there were some vital mistakes in the appointment letter which made me suspicious about the existence of the school. I couldn’t find it anywhere then came to this page and found Nitin’s comment. They referred to a travel agency for visa by the name of http://www.arabiantours.com and surprisingly that company did not have any info about contact until I searched. I called on the numbers and no body picked. The contact number under my name in the appointment letter is of Saudi, which was strange. There was no info about the contract validity period, plus the water mark and font size on the appointment letter was non-professional and vague. Anyone who has seen a professional letter before can recognize these mistakes.

        U can call to UAE embassy and also inform/ confirm about this school.

      • Engr. Shah Mehmood says
        May 19, 2015, 11:24 pm

        I have also received a job offer from Howard International School AD.I received the appointment letter of an indian person, which is not a professional way of recruitment, because no company/organization can make such a big mistake.but as someone get some more info regarding this school then please post that.

      • Deepak says
        May 20, 2015, 10:41 am

        I received the offer letter from the concern after the initial mail and a questionaire.In the initial mail they asked me to send my CV and once done they sent a questionaire.Following the same I was send the appoinment letter,which should have been named offer letter.Like others I have spotted the errors in the letter ,which was not thoroughly professional.I am not convinced about the fact that I have to obtain the work permit and then to get in touch with the travel agency(http://www.arabiantours.com).I need other’s suggestion on ho to proceed.

    • Nass says
      May 20, 2015, 10:57 am

      Hello Everyone,

      Is there any feedback abot Howard International School ?

      Thanks

      Reply
      • May 20, 2015, 3:38 pm

        Hi Nass, we have not been able to identify any details regarding the school from ADEC and we would be wary of passing on any information to it.

    • Sonya Anjum Saba says
      May 20, 2015, 6:15 pm

      Shah Mahmood and Deepak,

      I got their offer to. I filled 15 question questionnaire and also got the appointment letter on 17th May’2015. But if ADEC has no record of the school then plz beware that its a scam. Unfortunately they have our data base as we sent them our CV believing it to be genuine. But its better that you report about them to Abu Dhabi govt. Such scam sites can have their actual headquarter in some other part of the world, and who knows they are only using the brand name like Howard and AD location to trap people.

      Good luck with your job searches too but don’t get carried away with attractive salaries and benefits without a single interview, cause if something is too good to be true… its fishy.

      Reply
    • Rajan says
      May 21, 2015, 7:53 pm

      Hi Nitin,

      This is to share that I too received an offer letter from Howard International School, Abu Dhabi.

      I got the saying I need to pay $12500 to a Arabia Tours(info@arabaintours.com) company on the details: MR.HINOTO YEPTHO acc number : 3381041338 ifsc code : CBIN0284791 Pan no : BPWPK9807M Branch : DIMAPUR CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA

      Did u receive the similar info.

      Regards,
      Rajan

      Reply
  30. Rania says
    April 16, 2015, 4:26 pm

    Hi, i am moving to abudhabi in september and i have a 7 year old boy who is currently following the in in british school in saudi arabia. I was told about raha international school any advise about the kevel of education? Any chances for enrollement now or i am too late? Thank you

    Reply
  31. Ishtiaq Masoodi says
    April 14, 2015, 10:45 am

    Hi,

    I am planning to move to Abu Dhabi, please suggest a good school with moderate fee structure for my two daughters, elder one is in 3rd grade and younger one is in 2nd grade. I planning to move in June, will I be able to get admission. Please advise. Thanks

    Reply
  32. Rach says
    March 30, 2015, 5:03 pm

    Hi

    We will be moving to Abu Dhabi from UK and will hopefully be living in Raha Beach area. We will require a school for my 3 year old to enter year FS1 in September 2015. I would appreciate knowledge on what schools are best from a parents perspective who kids at a school. Any advice would be great

    Reply
    • Mrs.Ahmed says
      April 1, 2015, 1:26 am

      hello, getting addmission in schools is really a big deal in Abu Dhabi. As u may have read in newspapers shortage of school seats.. I suggest try ur best in ur selected school but if u dint get addmission than get addmission wherever u r getting and try next year again in ur selected school. Wish u good luck.

      Reply
  33. Inna says
    March 16, 2015, 9:09 pm

    Hi all,

    I need feedback about AISA and GEMS American Academy, especially for the high school students. I have 2 kids who will be moving from USA to Abu Dhabi (they will be at 10 & 11th grade this summer). Any experience that can be shared? Picking the right school is really critical for them.

    Thanks, Inna

    Reply
    • Noreen says
      March 18, 2015, 12:31 pm

      My advice for you is to sign up your kids from now at ACS-AD, GAA, and AISA. And I would rank them in that order. Hopefully, you can get your kids into one of them, but you really be aiming for those 3 as far as US curriculum schools. All 3 are pretty good schools and have good facilities, faculty, programs, etc.

      I’d suggest you and your kids visit all 3, but if you guys are in the US, that might not be feasible for you. In any case, sign them up for these 3 schools asap and hope for the best.

      Reply
      • Inna says
        March 22, 2015, 10:18 pm

        Thanks Noreen.

        I’ve signed them up at those schools and received positive feedback. I choose those schools because of its curriculum and hopefully to have smoother transition from their current school. I had a chance to visit all of those schools, but still not sure about their graduates profile look like. One of them said that their graduate students were accepted at several top Uni in North America, UK, and UAE. Any comment?

      • Noreen says
        March 25, 2015, 12:38 pm

        Hi Inna,

        Abd Dhabi has lots of good schools, but demand still outstrips supply. Options for American curriculum are better than before, but still not enough, I think. These 3 schools I listed are not only among the top American schools in AD, but they are probably the best choice for your kids as far as “transitioning” to life in the UAE. There are some other good US curriculum schools here, but they cater to a more local and/or less Western clientele than the 3 schools listed, culturally and socially.

        Of the 3 choices I gave you, ACS is probably the most Western, AIS the least, and GAA somewhere in-between. AIS does have lots of locals and non-Westerners, but it’s still a good choice for Western students as well. But, FYI, they do segregate their students by gender at a certain point.

        As I said, low supply means you cannot be too picky. If your kids get into any one of those 3 schools, be glad and sign them up for it. As I said, all 3 of them are good solid overall choices.

        As far as acceptances, all 3 schools send their graduates to good schools, and there are students who place at top universities and colleges. Just remember, though, at the end of the day, it also depends on how hard your kids work for it as well. If they give it their best, then they should have no problems getting into a top/good school.

  34. Jane says
    March 8, 2015, 3:43 pm

    Why is the British School not ranked? Isn’t it supposed to be the best school in AD?

    Reply
    • March 8, 2015, 5:13 pm

      Hi Jane, I think you may have missed the text box to the right of the article which mentions the British School of Al Khubairat as being among the best schools in Abu Dhabi. It is also listed in the detail further down the page.

      Reply
      • Ali says
        March 10, 2015, 10:47 am

        On this page it is ranked A3, in the review page you have it listed as A2…which is correct?

      • Professor says
        March 10, 2015, 11:20 am

        This page is completely up to date – and will always be going forward. We are monitoring any changes to ratings.

        We are presently going through the AD reviews and updating and adding additional information. It’s not a small job, so please do bear with us. We are on the case…

  35. Zem says
    March 7, 2015, 5:43 pm

    Hi,

    I will soon be moving to Al Ain. My son will be 3 this October and I am looking to find a best school in Al Ain. I am looking for US, Canadian or UK curriculum. What about Al Ain International school? In review, it is ranked as A3?

    Can anyone guide?

    Reply
    • March 9, 2015, 9:40 am

      Dear Zem, since your son will only turn 3 in October according to your message, it is unlikely that you will be able to enrol him in school for another year. The Ministry of Education and ADEC regulations require children to be 4 by 31st December if enrolling in US or Canadian curriculum schools (so 3 years and 9 months at the start of the academic year in September). UK curriculum schools can admit children provided they are 3 years by 31st August, but unfortunately, your son is also too young for that option. You will therefore need to wait until September next year before he would be able to gain admission.
      To find out more about the school options, please check the ADEC Inspection Reports which you can find on the following link: https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx. You can search for schools located in Al Ain.

      Reply
  36. Andy says
    March 7, 2015, 10:49 am

    Why is GEMS American Academy ranked as B5 on this list, but if you open the link to their individual page, they’re ranked A2? Sloppy work on this site.

    Reply
    • Professor says
      March 7, 2015, 11:49 am

      Hi Andy, not us I am afraid. The latest report by ADEC – Jan 2014 inspection date – rates GEMs American Academy as B5. The school needs to update its site.

      Reply
  37. rima says
    March 2, 2015, 11:30 am

    Any information about Summit International School i need a feedback and the rating please.

    Reply
  38. Arvind says
    February 27, 2015, 9:19 pm

    Hi,
    What is the rating stand for? What are the criteria achieved for this rating?
    How is Merryland International School?

    Reply
    • Professor says
      March 2, 2015, 2:07 pm

      Merryland is currently rated A2, which is a high performing school.

      We note the criteria for the ratings in the article above:

      “Eight factors are measured for each institution by the regulator to determine a school’s performance: pupils’ achievement and level of progress, pupils’ personal development, teaching and learning quality, meeting pupils’ needs within the curriculum, protection and guidance for pupils, quality of the schools’ buildings and premises, school resources and effectiveness of leadership and management.

      Based on their performance, schools are then ranked as High-performing (Band A), Satisfactory (Band B) or Needing significant improvement (Band C). These bands are themselves subdivided into a total of eight ranks, with Band A schools – effectively the list of the best schools in Abu Dhabi – ranked as outstanding, very good and good, Band B divided into satisfactory and improving, and satisfactory and Band C ranked as unsatisfactory, very unsatisfactory and poor.”

      Reply
  39. Mrs. N says
    February 27, 2015, 10:17 am

    Hi,

    My daughter is a year 10 student at Al Bateen Secondary School. As much as I am overwhelmed with the skills and the new techniques that my daughter is learning at the school, as much as I am confused with the way students are placed between sets. Is there any parent who can help me with that? She moved this year, and I don’t want to move her again but I am confused.

    Thanks a lot

    Reply
  40. Bas says
    February 26, 2015, 6:55 pm

    Hi all,

    I will be moving with my family to Abu Dhabi in mid August, and looking for a school for my 8 yrs old girl.
    Any advise regarding admission? Can we apply that late, or we need to start contacting schools from now?
    I just received the offer few days ago, and honestly the review of schools is kind of confusing!
    We will be probably living at ADU Campus!
    Been reading good comments about GEMS Cambridge, yet my daughter comes from a french/Quebec system! Any one has experience with french schools?
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
  41. Rima says
    February 14, 2015, 3:03 am

    The full name is Summit International School located at madinet Zaid beside Gold center

    Thanks

    Reply
  42. harshani says
    February 12, 2015, 8:39 am

    what about The Reach British School ?

    Reply
  43. Rima says
    February 11, 2015, 11:50 pm

    Dear,,,

    Can I have an idea about Summit school actually I didn’t find it on the list

    Best regards

    Reply
    • February 12, 2015, 5:23 pm

      Hi Rima,

      Can you tell us the full name and location of Summit School and we will investigate?

      Many thanks.

      Reply
    • February 17, 2015, 3:51 pm

      You can find the ADEC inspection report from 2014 on the ADEC website – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx# – it’s on page 20. The school was rated Band C, grade 6 – in need of significant improvement.

      The main areas for improvement are:
      • students’ progress in many classes
      • developing students’ skills, such as how to work with partners and in groups
      • adapting the curriculum implementation to ensure that it is to meet the needs of all students, particularly those whose first language is not English
      • curriculum implementation to effectively develop students’ 21st century skills  
      • teachers’ use of assessment and marking to help students to know how they can improve their work and set targets.

      Positive comments from the inspectors were:
      • the strong commitment of the, owners, director, principal and vice‐principal to further improve the school
      • the positive impact made by the principal and vice‐principal in a very short time
      • the school is a harmonious community and a good team spirit has been created
      • students’ behaviour in class and around the school is much improved from the beginning of the school year
      • the introduction of new strategies and methods is beginning to improve teaching and learning in a few classes
      • students are happy, and are proud of their school.

      Based on these comments it sounds very much as though the school is making significant progress and heading in the right direction.

      Reply
  44. rana says
    February 9, 2015, 10:28 pm

    Al ittihad national private school is band A3 not B4 …

    Reply
    • February 10, 2015, 10:31 am

      Rana, many thanks for your comment. Indeed the Abu Dhabi branch of Al Ittihad School was rated A3 during the 2014 inspections; the Al Ain branch is rated B5 during their last inspection. We will update the Reviews and list.

      Reply
    • Professor says
      February 11, 2015, 10:34 am

      Hi Rana,

      We’re actually in the process of updating all of the information on this page to include more details – curricula, contact details, gender info, etc. Keep tabs. We’re working on it.

      Reply
  45. Oneil says
    February 5, 2015, 4:56 pm

    Can anyone share their experience on the performance of Abu Dhabi International School. It does not seem to figure in the ADEC list?? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • February 5, 2015, 5:21 pm

      Dear Oneil,

      If you follow this link, you will be taken directly to the ADEC reports for both the Primary and Secondary schools – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx. Abu Dhabi International School is extremely unusual in that it offers multiple curricula (3 in fact!). The US curriculum is available through the Primary School, but students are also able to follow the British GCSE programme for grades 9 and 10 and either A Levels or the IB Diploma programme in grades 11 and 12. The Primary School was rated Band B and the Secondary Band A – this is about as good as it gets in Abu Dhabi. Certainly the Regulator seems to feel that this is a high performing school.

      Reply
      • Mohd Aftab Alam says
        February 8, 2015, 7:37 pm

        Dear Sir,
        With reference to high performing school for Quality education ensuring by Abu Dhabi Authority is good for the future of Child as well as Nations.
        I like to bring to your attention that seat availability for KG1 in CBSC Indian curriculum academic year 2015-2016 impossible in Abu Dhabi, as I observe during Admission Lottery dated on 3rd February 2015 at Abu Dhabi Indian School for 55 Seats out of 6675 applicant (approximate)
        Please advise the child unfortunate not got admission in KG1 academic year 2015-2016 in CBSC Indian Curriculums due to seat limitation, what I should do the next course of action??
        Please advice how can save future of child under such circumstance which is beyond our control.
        Regards,

      • February 9, 2015, 8:42 am

        Dear Mohd Aftab Alam,

        There is no doubt that finding school places is Abu Dhabi is a challenge. You can find out more about CBSE schools on the ADEC website – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/pages/schoolscontacts.aspx and another useful link https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Parents/ParentsGuide/Pages/SelectaSchool.aspx#app=f30a&1c3f-selectedIndex=1. Do also check through the following link on Whichschooladvisor – http://edu2021.com/reviews/abu-dhabi-primary/.
        Also do keep a check on our availability information – http://edu2021.com/guides/latest-admissions-info/. There are also new schools opening in Abu Dhabi – Global Indian International School has a Facebook page with further information. https://www.facebook.com/giis.abudhabi?fref=ts. Unfortunately, we cannot take the research out of the process for you (unless you are interested in our paid-for school consultancy service), but we hope to be able to offer routes through which you can research further. As we learn of other schools, so we will inform our visitors.

    • Professor says
      February 11, 2015, 10:37 am

      You can also check out the review on WSA itself: http://edu2021.com/review_article/abu-dhabi-international-school/

      Reply
    • mohd afiq says
      April 15, 2015, 9:59 pm

      Hi Oneil, AIS is listed 9th (secondary) and 26th (primary)… very reasonable fee. I had my kids enrolled there from 2009 to 2014, until i moved to Doha.

      My kids are telling me that their teachers there are far better than they are now in Doha. Problem is, even last year AIS waiting list is way too long as they have limited seats. But really a good school. Great admin staff and very supportive, Ms.Vera in particular was extremely helpful even when arranging for our exit clearance with Adec. Good luck…

      Reply
  46. Allam says
    January 25, 2015, 8:37 pm

    I need any feedback about the three schools Gems Winchster, Al Bateen Scientific Private School and Al Najah Private school which one is the those school. Please if any have any feedback please share with me the information because I am just new in Abu Dhabi and my kid will be in KG1. So I need to admin him with a good school

    Reply
  47. Mohd Aftab Alam says
    January 17, 2015, 12:09 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am looking KG1 admission for academic year 2015-2016 my son Rayyan Mohd Alam his date of birth 23. 11.2010, Indian national and resident of Abu Dhabi.

    Please advise for KG1 admission in Abu Dhabi.
    Regards

    Reply
  48. Imran says
    January 15, 2015, 9:21 am

    Nice one

    Reply
  49. Sara says
    December 2, 2014, 9:31 pm

    I am yr 10 student who studies gcse and as u know education is not as tough , next year I will be studying in Abu Dhabi but I need a school that you will fulfill my needs in education and my love for art and pe , I heard Sherwood school ( don’t if they changed the name ) has a good education And after school tuition where weak children catch up with studies which I am in need of ,it would have been a perfect school that I would go to but I heard that they do not take sports seriously nor do they have a curricular for Art , so which school would be the best for me

    Reply
  50. Randy says
    December 1, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I am planning on transferring my kid to International Community School next year for year 11 and I was wonding if any of you know anything about the fees. Are they under 25K? And when should I register my child? Do you know anything about the available space in the year 11part

    Reply
  51. Marwah says
    November 25, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Hi,
    My son is currently studying at Ajyal Intl School, and I would like to move him to a different school next year. Im considering International Community School in Abu Dhabi. Does anybody have any feedback or info about the school, it curriculum, and academic performance? Any information will be helpful.
    I’ve seen the ADEC rating, but im looking for more ‘on-the-ground’ info.

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Lyn Soppelsa says
      November 27, 2014, 4:21 pm

      HI Marwah,

      You are right to seek feedback from parents with children already in the school, but in addition to the ADEC rating, please do also review the actual inspection report – https://www.adec.ac.ae/en/Education/KeyInitiatives/Pages/Irtiqaa-Reports.aspx – which is available through this link. This provides you with very clear information about how the Regulator arrived at their rating and the areas of improvement required.

      Reply
  52. Sarwat says
    November 25, 2014, 10:02 am

    My 4yrs 7month daughter has been offered a place for KG 1 at the Indian high school Dubai, but I am looking for KG 2, and in that school KG 2 is not available. How about the school, and what should I do for kg2 admission?

    Reply
    • Lyn Soppelsa says
      November 27, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Hi Sarwat,

      You will find details of other schools offering the Indian curricula on Whichschooladvisor.com both in the “Schools” section (under Dubai Primary) and also in our availability listing which appears on the Home Page. The KHDA inspection reports – http://www.khda.gov.ae – can also be searched by curriculum. Once you have completed your research, you will then need to approach the schools directly. New schools – such as Credence High School and Springdales School in Al Qouz, are more likely to have places than the older, more established schools.

      Reply
  53. Maria says
    November 17, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I am looking for a school for my autistic 10 year old son. My son is highly functioning (intellectually very able, can read and communicate), but needs special provisions in terms of SLT, OT and behaviour management. Could you please recommend special school units or education centres that provide both exposure to UK / US curriculum and access to therapies/ autism intervention strategies. Any suggestions and recommendations are most welcome.

    Reply
    • November 21, 2014, 1:59 pm

      Hi Maria, sorry it’s taken me a little time to come back to you on your query. Provision of additional learning support in the UAE is still a difficult area, with many schools not well resourced to assist. Added to the fact that many schools are full in Abu Dhabi, the task becomes still harder. There are specialist centres such as Future Centre for Special Needs – 971-2-6669625 and The New England Centre, 971 2 642 9550 or email admissions@neccuae.org who specialise in working with Autistic children, Stars for Special Abilities – http://www.starzuae.com – +971 2 446 2048, email: starzuae@eim.ae and the Sheena Wilson Centre – +971 50 348 8625, info@thesheenawilsoncentre.com. These groups will almost certainly be able to suggest mainstream schools that may be supportive. Please let us know how you get on.

      Reply
  54. Umarfaruk says
    November 12, 2014, 11:26 am

    My daughters are studying in Al Basma Y-1 and Y-4. For Y-1 seems they are very slow on teaching, if i compare with other schools like Winchester or CBSE…etc. Has anybody observed this?

    Reply
  55. Mazahir Abbas says
    November 10, 2014, 12:33 pm

    I am looking for good Pakistani school in Al Ain, can any body help me that which Pakistani school is good?

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  56. Arshia Sultana Ahmed says
    October 31, 2014, 9:02 pm

    I have been looking for information about Giggles English school which has now shifted in Al Bahia with a new name, Al Basma British school. But there is no mention of the school.Can someone help.

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    • Professor says
      November 1, 2014, 10:22 am

      Hi Arshia, this is the review page – http://edu2021.com/review_article/al-basma-british-school-giggles-english-school/. We’re about to add our JWI section (what WSA sees when we ‘Just Walk In’), so keep tabs on the review.

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    • umarfaruk says
      February 9, 2015, 8:58 am

      My daughters are studing in Al Basma British school,
      Islamic education is very good, But now they seems they are improving from last 6 months the school has started, all the terchers are from UK,

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      • February 9, 2015, 10:07 am

        Dear Umarfaruk,

        Many thanks for your valuable feedback.

  57. omarr frey says
    September 29, 2014, 12:02 pm

    Wow, this is a very good list! However, most of the schools are too far from my area. Are there any schools from the list which are near the Corniche? I found out about Ajyal International School (http://www.ajyal.sch.ae/) through a neighbor but it already started on 11th. Have you heard anything about it? And do you think they would still accept my 7 year old even though the year has begun?

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    • Lyn Soppelsa says
      September 30, 2014, 5:03 pm

      HI Omarr,

      If you could please post this query on the Q and A section of the site, we will ask one of our consultants to assist you.

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      • omarr frey says
        October 1, 2014, 11:10 am

        Thanks! I will…

      • omarr frey says
        October 1, 2014, 11:21 am

        Hi! I can’t seem to post a question on the Q and A page because it says my email has already been used.

      • Professor says
        October 1, 2014, 7:08 pm

        Have you signed in Omarr?

      • Professor says
        October 11, 2014, 8:45 pm

        Hi Omarr – the sign in issue on the Q and A site has been fixed.

  58. Sarah says
    September 5, 2014, 11:08 am

    This is VERY out of date and contains many inaccuracies even at the time of creation.

    For example Raha International School is an A2 school (narrowly missing an A1) in April 2014 inspection. I know this because I work at Raha International School and coordinated the inspection.

    I believe that they have the Gems schools ratings the wrong way around too. But that is for this website to research and update. Parents are advised to contact the schools directly themselves and ask for copies of the ADEC reports. The ADEC website is yet to be updated as it currently shows reports up to December 2013 only.

    It’s a mine-field trying to choose a good school, and my advice as a teacher and as a parent of 3 young children is to visit the schools and get a real “feeling” of the school. Does it have a nurturing, happy, supportive feeling. Does the school seem to be organised in structure and try and meet the Head of the school or Head of section. Does he/she have a strong vision of where they are leading their school?

    Inspection reports only give parents a snapshot of one week in the life of a school. There are another 37 weeks to take into account.

    With lots of new schools opening in Abu Dhabi, there is an increase in competition and this is good news for parents!

    Good luck with your choice 🙂

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    • DR.FIDA says
      September 6, 2014, 1:17 am

      Very nice piece of advice. Just visit the school personally and look it is going to fulfil your wishes or not.
      See, for grooming of your child, the triangle should be completed i.e. Efforts of teachers, Efforts of the parents and that of your child.
      Ranks of the schools may be changed ,the next year.
      Good luck for all parents, all respectable teachers and their students.

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    • Professor says
      September 6, 2014, 9:15 am

      Hi Sarah, this was a consolidated list by ADEC itself, so certainly at the time of creation there should not have been any errors. It is possible some schools have been updated – but not too many as ADEC does not do annual reports. For individual schools we ask them to update their information here: http://edu2021.com/wsa-review-required-information/

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  59. Aliaa says
    August 4, 2014, 9:48 pm

    Hello everyone

    Can anybody share his/her experience of Belvedere British School. Thanks in advance.

    Aliaa

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  60. Safiyah says
    July 29, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Does anyone know what Glenelg school in ruwais is like? Do they have a challenging curriculum? Do they have a variety of extra curricular activities?

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    • Professor says
      July 31, 2014, 2:37 pm

      We have just updated our review of the school. It provides information on the curriculum, parent feedback, as well as its current rating.

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  61. Farzana says
    March 12, 2014, 11:22 pm

    Hi!
    My both children attended , The Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi & from primary till “A” Levels. I appreciate this school’s Principal ,Teachers , Staff & management team. We are very so happy that we , as parents selected such a good school for our children. Fees is reasonable & they many activities for children in school. I would highly recommend this school to other parents too.

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    • ramya says
      October 9, 2014, 10:09 am

      hi Farzana,
      Thanks for your info… Is this school different from GEMS Cambridge International School? How about safety and security in the school? And their co-ordination with parents?

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      • Farzana says
        October 10, 2014, 1:02 am

        Hi! Ramya ,
        yes this is The Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi, it moved to Mussafah 1997.This is the link http://www.gemscis-abudhabi.com/
        Its very good regarding safety & security. They have parents teacher meeting also on regular basis. My kids started school from Grade 5 till A Levels. Teachers & all staff are good.We were very satisfied regarding education& all. hope this will help you.

  62. Tilly says
    February 26, 2014, 7:48 am

    Just wondering what everyone has heard about the Canadian International School? I am considering working there and want to know how the teachers are treated.

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  63. Beata says
    February 23, 2014, 10:03 pm

    My kids have been at Yasmina since the opening in 2008. I agree its an awesome British school. Great teachers and challenging curriculum, professional attitude of the management, easy and efficient contact with the administration, friendly and creative atmosphere, all systems in place, lots of extracurricular activities. Strongly recommend.

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    • FahaDUKE says
      March 12, 2014, 5:54 am

      My 3 yr old girl has been offered a place at Al Yasmina & Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. I will be working in one of the clinics at Al Bahia ( near Shamama ). Which school would you recommend and where to find a place to live as I am due to relocate in April.

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      • Professor says
        July 31, 2014, 2:42 pm

        Both very good schools. Please look at the reviews of both to get an idea of their strengths…

  64. Tahira says
    January 26, 2014, 4:51 pm

    Hi Danny J, i don’t know about american international school, but my one of my kids in Yasmina school and the other one is in Pearl Primary. Both of them are great. Yasmina is the best I feel.

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  65. Mahmoud Hay says
    January 21, 2014, 6:23 pm

    I was shocked by the rating of ISC-KC, I thought it was a good school but the report says unsatisfactory.

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  66. DannyJ says
    September 17, 2013, 11:40 am

    Dunno if anyone can help, but looking at making the big jump and plying my trade in Abu Dhabi. Had a look at the expatarrivals abu dhabi schools guide and liked the way the american international school sounded, so this was good validation. Has anyone had experiences of these schools? And, am I wasting my time with that guide? It seems very good but can anyone recommend anything else?

    Thanks in advance,

    Danny.

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  67. Faisal Ali Al Katheeri says
    September 3, 2013, 10:09 am

    I would like to share my experience

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    • Bill says
      September 3, 2013, 11:48 am

      Hi Faisal, please do 🙂

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