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GEMS Modern Academy (Dubai Modern High School)

GEMS Modern Academy (Dubai Modern High School)

An all through school GEMS Modern Academy, previously, Dubai Modern High School, looks after children from four to 18 years of age. The school is only one of two Indian schools to be ranked Outstanding by the KHDA (the other being The Indian High School) . Dubai Modern High School is a GEMS Education school.

The school was originally located in the Karama area of Dubai. It opened with 200 students in 1986 but grew rapidly firstly after its move to a campus located near the Mazaya Centre just off Sheikh Zayed Road, and most recently to Nad Al Sheba where it now based. It is currently home to over 3741 students (up 1000 in two years, and almost 1,500 in three years) with 228 teachers and 68 support teachers. Teacher turnover is 11%, low for the UAE, but more in line with Indian schools that suffer less from teacher attrition.

The teacher to student ratio is a 1:17 – mid to low for an Indian curriculum school.

The school follows the Indian ICSE curriculum with the IB Diploma offered for the post 16 phase. GEMS Modern has offered the IB DP since 2014, and the curricula makes some sense with the ICSE, certainly more so than with the CBSE which is less broad based.

According to the Dubai regulator, Dubai Modern High School provides an Outstanding quality of education, with attainment and progress across age groups (Primary, Middle and Secondary) ranked Outstanding for English, Maths and Science. Islamic Education and Arabic as a second language fall a little behind standard set elsewhere. Islamic education is rated Good, while Arabic is Good in Primary and Middle school, and Acceptable at Secondary level.

Outstanding leadership is noted by the KHDA.

As with other GEMS Education schools, Dubai Modern also aims to develop the person as well as the student, acknowledged by the KHDA which notes the school produces well rounded and confident individuals, as well as fostering talent at the school. In their most recent report (2016) inspectors note “very high levels of attention were given to each student in both the personal and academic fields.

This is important. Previous feedback from parents to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com had suggested too strong a focus on the academic over the ‘human’. GEMS Modern seems to have taken this on board and acted upon it.


While GEMS Education does not allow its schools to publish how well it does (or does not) do in external examinations, some clue that GEMS Modern does well is given by the note by the KHDA that “performance on external examinations and outstanding academic achievement allowed students to pursue their personal aspirations and career goals…”

The last exam results we have seen however were from the 2012- 2013 academic year, when 41 percent of GEMS Modern Academy students received an aggregate of 90 percent or above in the ISC ( Grade 12 ) Examinations and students achieved a 100 percent pass rate. Eleven of its students scored 100 percent in Mathematics. The school’s 10th Grade students obtained a 100 percent pass rate in the ICSE (Grade10) examinations with 45 percent receiving an aggregate of 90 percent or more in the examination…

It would be interesting to see how well the school has fared at the IB, where a more international benchmark can be applied.

If hard work is any indicator our guess is well: “The commitment of students and their dedication and devotion to the school made significant contributions to the dynamic learning environment.

Dubai Modern does publish university destinations. By far the biggest destination is the United States, which receives more students from the school even than India. Destinations include Columbia, Northeastern, University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech, Wharton and Yale. The school also sends a significant number of good Redbrick universities in the UK. The US bent for school leavers supports as commonsense the switch away from to ISC to the IB DP as an examination that carries international weight.

GEMS Modern Academy’s strong points clearly considerably outweigh the areas it needs to focus on. Students make outstanding progress in most key subjects, and the school serves as an example of parents as partners in their children’s learning. Students’ display excellent behaviour, “confidence, personal and social development and work ethic,” and there is a high quality of teaching across almost all the school, and outstanding support for students with special educational needs (1 in 10 students has been identified as having some form of SEN requirement).

Fees at Dubai Modern are relatively affordable for a GEMS school, ranging from 33,056 AED at KG1 rising to 49,011 AED at Grade 12. Compared to Indian curriculum schools, the fees are top end. Compared to IB schools, they are in the Value range.

A registration fee of AED 500 is due at the time of application. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable – a practice which is increasingly raising concerns among parents.

When an offer of a seat in the school is extended, there is an additional fee of AED 1000 “needed to secure the seat”. This again is non-refundable, but is adjustable against the first term’s fees.

Tuition fees must be paid by the 10th of every month, and are collected in 10 installments except the months of July and August.



Pre primary 26870
KG 1 33056
KG 2 33056
GRADE 1 37435
GRADE 2 37435
GRADE 3 39472
GRADE 4 39472
GRADE 5 41636
GRADE 6 41636
GRADE 7 41636
GRADE 8 41636
GRADE 9 44378
GRADE 10 44378
GRADE 11 49011
GRADE 12 49011


KHDA Rating

2009-2010 Good click here
2010-2011 Good click here
2011-2012 Outstanding click here
2012-2013 Outstanding click here
2013-2014 Outstanding click here
2014-2015 Outstanding click here
2015-2016 Outstanding click here





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Update on May 16, 2016 | Reviewed by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com on October 17, 2012


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  1. ABCD says
    June 19, 2016, 1:59 pm

    I studied in this school from Grade 4 to Grade 12. Apart from academics, what stands out in this school is the day boarding programme. Apart from the actual activity/sport that you learn in this programme, it teaches students to manage time and be involved in a number of activities and still not be left behind academically. This experience specially helped me in college where I could stay in college and work for extra curricular activities and still not worry that I have a test the next day or classes in the morning because I had learnt from school on how to plan these things in advance/deal with them as they come.

  2. Victor says
    May 11, 2016, 8:18 pm

    My child studied at GEMS Modern from KG through Year 12.

    Children at Modern High are very well behaved. This is in sharp contrast to the kids at other schools especially Western schools which have a more “laissez faire” attitude to raising kids.

    Birds of a feather flock together. Parents who expect their children to be academically focussed will choose Modern High.

    Many of the teachers show amazing level of commitment considering how poorly paid they are both in isolation as well as compared to their peers at Western schools. There is no link between teachers salaries and their ability or commitment when one compares teacher pay across schools with high fees and low fees.

    Note all teachers are competent. Sending our child for tuition [in a specific subject] resulted in the marks going from 50 to 95 which is where they stayed thereafter.

    The school lays too much emphasis on academics. It is absolutely vital that the School encourage a base level of sport so that every child develops a sound body to house a sound mind. Not to forget the team building and leadership skills that sport provides.

  3. Mohammed says
    December 17, 2015, 9:42 pm

    I’m here to ask if this school accepts Arab/ Non- Indian students to be enrolled

  4. suchi says
    March 17, 2015, 9:07 am

    The school info here needs to be updated. E.g Darryl Lancelot Bloud is no more the Principal now. It is Ms Nargish Khambatta.

    • Professor says
      March 17, 2015, 2:04 pm

      This has been updated.

  5. suchi says
    November 28, 2014, 10:35 am

    Hi: Can anybody provide me an insight into the admission tests for Grade 1 kids at Gems Modern Academy – What is the school looking for and what kind of questions/subjects does the kid need to prepare for. Thanks in advance to those who reply.

  6. Rahman says
    October 25, 2014, 12:21 pm

    One of the top 3 Indian schools in Dubai, for sure.

  7. avi says
    December 9, 2013, 1:44 pm

    Can we get some feed back about Gems Modern Academy!!!!

    • C Thomas says
      September 1, 2014, 4:12 pm

      I have my child enrolled in this school. I have to say that although the ratings are excellent and the school seems structured, I find the teaching staff could be better and the focus should be on developing well rounded individuals. Teachers are given a target and that target soon becomes a problem for the parent if your child interferes with the 100% success rate and outstanding KHDA rating. I think the Indian curriculum is great, but we should focus on the joy of learning. If I could go back, I would have enrolled my child in another school

      • Daniel says
        October 25, 2014, 4:53 pm

        “becomes a problem for the parent if your child interferes with the 100% success rate”

        That is always an issue with “for profit” schools.

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