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Al Ain International School

Al Ain International School, located in Al Sarooj, Al Ain,  was officially opened in September 2011. It was the first Aldar Academy to open outside the capital. Despite its rapid growth it not only secured an A3 rating close to its launch, it has since moved up one grade to A2 (2016). This is seriously impressive,and few school groups could have achieved that kind of level of performance so quickly.

A2 is the second band in its high performing schools category – the ‘A’ schools. Abu Dhabi presently has very few A1 schools (Outstanding), the exact number not yet known as ADEC has yet to release its latest reports to its web site.

The curriculum is British in design, but modified for the UAE. There is an Arabic curriculum in place from Foundation Stage. According to the school’s Web site, “the Al Ain International School welcomes families of all nationalities and offers the best of both worlds – an exceptional combination of the best of British-style education delivered within a truly international community, enriched by the UAE culture to meet the needs of the 21st century in our increasingly global world.” Teachers are recruited based on their “experience in the delivery of the English National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage Curriculum.”

The school is in a very well renovated government building, has a capacity to hold up to 960 students with over 40 classrooms. The majority of current students are either Emirati (44.7%), UK (14.1%), American (9%) although 44 nationalities are represented in total. The school 7th and 8th Grade opened in September 2012. The school now offers classed up to Year 10 (Year 11 will open September 2016).

Students are said in general to come from “advantaged backgrounds”.

In total, 14% of students have been identified as having some form of special educational needs (SEN) – all mild in nature. The school does not admit or have the resources for children with complex SEN support.

Teaching is said to be strong, with a differentiated approach within classrooms – children are given work and supported based on their different abilities. Children make very good academic progress, while personal development is said to be Outstanding.

The school has a number of new ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities, with PE resources described as outstanding. These include two swimming pools, a sports hall, and a full sized football pitch. Classrooms are well equipped and generously sized. The schools has a library and a number of computer suites.


The school offers a range of extra-curricular activities on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. These are generally open to pupils from Year 2. Clubs on offer include football, swimming, basketball, art, music, cooking, drama, construction and sewing to name but a few.


School Report

Iritqaa Report for Al Ain International School





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Update on January 21, 2016 | Reviewed by David on June 30, 2012


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  1. Afzal Noor Mahomed says
    February 12, 2016, 10:13 am

    I am enquiring about admissions and the transport system.
    Will you have place for 2017 and how efficient is the public transport system for learners to use getting to and from school. Does the school have a school bus doing its rounds?

  2. Fatma says
    January 13, 2016, 1:20 am

    Are you planing to have seperate classes for girls In future ?

  3. Anthony Haggar says
    April 14, 2014, 9:51 am

    Will you have 7th, 8th and 9th grade for next year?
    Thank you

    • Professor says
      July 31, 2014, 3:01 pm

      Yes, the school currently has grades up to Year 9.

  4. Anthony Haggar says
    March 23, 2014, 8:15 am

    I am inquiring about school admission.
    I have 3 children attending a charter schools in the US. Currently my son is in 6th grade, my daughters in 5th and 3d grade. They all are honor students. We will be relocating to Al Ain in September 2014.
    Please reply to my email: antoine2040@gmail.com
    Anthony Haggar,MD.


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