Abu Dhabi

  • Language(s) of Instruction


  • Students


  • Principal

    Robert Rinaldo

  • Age Range

    3 to 18 yrs

  • Fee Range

    AED 56,370 - 78,540

  • Location

    Madinat Khalifa A

  • Curriculum

    IB Curriculum

    American Curriculum

  • Grade

    Pre KG to Grade 12

Established in 2007, GEMS American Academy – Abu Dhabi, is a modern American curriculum international school located in the heart of Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi in the UAE. We welcome pupils aged from 3 -18, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, into our classrooms, offering a world-class education in line with high United States Common Core State Standards.

From our planetarium to our music technology lab, our campus in Khalifa City A is equipped with outstanding, cutting—edge facilities, designed to help our pupils get the absolute most from their education – and from their natural abilities. 

We're passionate about providing our students with internationally recognised qualifications that give them a ticket to a bright, global future. But we're also committed to helping young people of all backgrounds and abilities discover their “personal best”, whether they're a talented swimmer or an aspiring actor.

On the sports pitch, pupils at GEMS American Academy – Abu Dhabi have the opportunity to play, compete and work together with their peers. Our outdoor pitches, indoor gymnasiums, swimming pool and indoor courts give all pupils the chance to find their favourite fitness class, from football to dance.

But it's not all fun and games! We also believe in nurturing creativity and curiosity. Perhaps your youngster is crazy about astronomy? Our planetarium will fuel their interest. Maybe your child has a musical talent? Our recording studio and diverse music classes will help them unleash it!

Would you like to learn more about GEMS American Academy – Abu Dhabi? Discover so much more about our educational ethos, curriculum and opportunities  on our school website. To speak directly with a member of our team, please get in touch today using the contact details below.

Robert Rinaldo

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to GEMS American Academy – Abu Dhabi. At GAA, we are committed to “developing global citizens who have the confidence to pursue their dreams and impact the world, in a caring international learning community offering a rigorous, relevant, and holistic education.”

What distinguishes a GAA education is our commitment to developing a spirit in students that enables learning through project development to impact and improve humanity. We do this by building structures that support personalized and caring learning environments and by meaningfully knowing each of our students.

Teaching and learning at GAA offers students the opportunity to take ownership of the outcomes they are trying to achieve and to identify and develop the necessary skills that will enable them to assimilate and adapt to change throughout their lives.

At GAA, we believe in the benefits of a holistic education, where students are motivated to take part and contribute to campus life. Student expression, self-discovery, and perseverance are encouraged through participation in the visual and performing arts. Wellness, balance, and character development – like winning with humility and losing with dignity – are promoted through athletic competition. We create a sense of belonging through sharing and participating as active members of our community.

Achieving this ambitious mission requires the intentional effort of all members of the community. We are centered on building collaborative relationships, based on trust and open communication, while continuing to develop a school-wide definition of what it means to be student-centered in our instruction and relationships.

I cordially invite you to learn more about the GAA experience through the pages of this website, and I look forward to welcoming you to our campus to get a sense of the incredible kindness and talent displayed by our students.

Warm Regards,
Robert Rinaldo
Head of School


  • Athletics Tracks
  • Auditorium/Theatre
  • Basketball Courts
  • Indoor Sports Hall
  • Library
  • Makerspace Room Fitted With a 3D Printer
  • Medical Centre
  • Parent Café
  • Performing Arts Centre/Black Box Theatre
  • Planetarium
  • Playground
  • Recording Studio With Green Screen Room
  • School Cafeteria
  • School Transport
  • Science Laboratories
  • Secure Campus
  • Sports Field/Pitches
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • WiFi


GEMS American Academy - Abu Dhabi
  • Madinat Khalifa A

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