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Japanese School Abu Dhabi

Japanese School Abu Dhabi

The Japanese School in Abu Dhabi is a private K-9 school. It was established in 1978 by the Embassy of Japan as a school for Japanese expatriates living in the capital. In 2012 the school relocated to new premises in Al Muroor Street. It currently caters for approximately 76 students and has 16 teachers. That is a teacher to student ratio unlikely to be bettered anywhere.

Class sizes are naturally very small. Most students are Japanese, but since 2006, due to a unique programme supported by his HH the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, a small number of Emirati students have also been enrolled each year.

At present 25% of the students are Muslim, with Arabic as their first language.

The school follows the Japanese – Monbukagakusho –  Ministry of Education curriculum with subjects being primarily taught in Japanese. Arabic, for both Japanese students and the native speakers, as well as Islamic studies for the latter, are also offered by the school. Traditional Japanese sports, such as stilt walking and bamboo dragonfly spinning have also been introduced. The school teaches students from KG 1 to Grade 9, and during the most recent inspection it was rated as a High Performing – Grade 3 (A3) school.

The level of attainment in core subjects, independence, attitude to learning, excellent social skills and cultural awareness were some of the main points commended in the report. The help and support afforded the Emirati students attending the school was particularly highlighted as they achieve speaking, reading and writing levels in Japanese on a par with those of the native speakers. This is a fantastic achievement for any teaching institution.

Some areas for improvement were noted, relating to ICT skills, which are not taught in dedicated lessons in the Japanese curriculum, but through cross-curricular teaching – resulting in slightly patchy skills; there were also recommendations to improve provision for the highest achievers attending the school.

Core subjects include English, Japanese, Mathematics, Social Studies, Music, Sport, Art and Craft, Gardening, Technology and Moral studies. There is a broad range of extra curricular activities on offer, as well as a number of field trips throughout the year. There is a strong sense of community about the school and students are encouraged to keep their classrooms tidy and clean themselves.

Most students are expected to return to Japan for the rest of their education, and receive excellent preparation as well as advice and support to assist with this.


The school’s website is in Japanese only.

Fees for the school (the latest provided by ADEC) are relatively affordable, ranging from 17,255 AED for KG1 to KG3, rising to 33,360 AED from Grades 1 to 9.





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Update on August 13, 2016 | Reviewed by David on August 10, 2012

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