• Language(s) of Instruction


  • Principal

    Ethan Hildreth

  • Age Range

    4 to 18 yrs

  • Fee Range

    AED 64,665 - 91,158

  • Rating

    Outstanding (KHDA)

  • Location

    Al Barsha

  • Curriculum

    American Curriculum

    IB Curriculum

  • Grade

    KG to Grade 12

Dubai American Academy (DAA) is GEMS Education's flagship American school. Offering both an enriched American Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma to students from around the world, DAA prepares its students for success in the world's most prestigious universities and colleges. 

DAA is the only American curriculum school in Dubai to receive the KHDA rating of Outstanding, and has received this rating since 2011.   

At GEMS Dubai American Academy, we aim to be good citizens who are:

  • Respectful and inclusive, celebrating diversity
  • Aspirational and inspirational in pursuit of excellence
  • Committed to the well-being of people and of the environment
  • Open-minded, creative, resilient and reflective
  • Passionate and determined in embracing and driving positive change
  • Ethical in our actions and accountable for them

Our staff teaches and inspires excellence in academics and life-long learning skills by continually reviewing and building an enriched American curriculum, promoting student achievement, encouraging integrity and nurturing a desire to learn.

Our New Campus

Our world-class campus with premium infrastructure and benefits offers the very highest of international standards, while retaining our outstanding heritage, values and traditions. The location is strategically located at the intersection of Sheikh Zayed Road and Hessa Street at the heart of Dubai in Al Barsha. It puts the school within minutes of the city’s arterial roads such as Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, with easy access to the Dubai Metro.

Our students benefit from:

  • A rigorous curriculum delivered by internationally recruited teachers.
  • A one-to-one iPad Program in Elementary School, now recognized as an Apple Distinguished School.
  • A Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence with exponential technologies at their disposal.
  • Partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Microsoft, American University in Dubai and more.
  • A robust Athletics and Activities Program with leadership opportunities and global experiences.
  • A strong Guidance and Counseling Program with a team of experienced International College Counselors.

Ethan Hildreth

Dear Parents,

At Dubai American Academy (DAA), our community includes classmates, faculty, staff, and parents who encourage and love each of our students. When you know you’re loved, you are free to think BIG.

Our college-placement success and academic performance place us in the top educational tier in Dubai as well as globally, with arts, athletics, and tech innovation programs to match. We target the highest international standards for our students, with an enriched American curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma designed to create innovators in the classroom and around the world. Yet what undergirds all success is our culture of kindness and the relationships developed here, the daily interactions that create character and change lives.

From their earliest ages, DAA students are loved and develop a love for learning. We introduce them to the joys of inquiry, curiosity, and the science of learning. At DAA, excellence means stretching and extending personal limits. We help students learn resiliency in a world requiring such ability. As their world broadens, they internalize habits of daily growth and their sense of responsibility to themselves, their family, their community, and the world. By graduation, our students are prepared as innovators, exceptional thinkers, and visionaries. In a word, leaders.

Beyond exemplary, DAA is an amazing place you must see to fully appreciate. Join us, take a tour, and see all that we have to offer!

Ethan Hildreth


  • Shared Learning/ Break-Out Zones for Each Grade Level
  • Dedicated Arabic Language Rooms Throughout
  • Library and Achievement Center
  • 10 Cross Discipline Science Labs Suitable for Chemistry, Physics and Biology
  • Technology Suite – Workshop
  • Textiles
  • Studios for 3D and 2D Art
  • Ceramics / Kiln room
  • Photography Dark Room
  • Music Rooms
  • Band Rooms
  • Individual Music Practice Rooms
  • Music Technology Suite
  • Recording Studio
  • Ultra-Modern Auditorium - 565 Seating Capacity
  • Two Black Box Theatres
  • Digital Theater
  • Drama Classrooms
  • TV Studio / ‘Green Screen’ Room
  • Radio Suite
  • Mac Lab / Editing Suite
  • Digital / Blended Learning Zone
  • Main Sports Hall Accommodates 3 Full Basketball Courts-With Retractable Seating
  • Elementary Sports Hall Large Enough for Full-Sized Basketball Court
  • Indoor Running Track / Fitness Trail
  • Fully Equipped Fitness Suite
  • Sports Science Classrooms / Performance Analysis
  • 400m Running Track
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Courts and Soccer Field
  • Shaded Playgrounds
  • Roof Play Areas
  • 3 Soccer Pitches
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Rooftop Tennis Courts
  • 50m Olympic Pool With Moveable Boom to Create 2 x 25m Pools
  • Learner Pool
  • Café/Dining
  • Main Dining
  • Elementary Dining
  • High School Snack Bar
  • Middle School Snack Bar
  • Parents Café


GEMS Dubai American Academy
  • Al Barsha

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