Dubai American Academy (DAA)


Dubai American Academy is a vibrant international community, deeply rooted in a culture of kindness, that creates and empowers leaders and independent thinkers with integrity, character, and drive.

Identity Statement

Dubai American Academy offers an enriched American curriculum to students of all nationalities culminating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and/or an American high school diploma. Beyond its rigorous academic program, DAA prepares students to lead successful lives through the exceptional diversity of its community and the extra-curricular experiences that contribute to the development of the whole person.


GEMS Dubai American Academy 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..  The new DAA campus will provide premium infrastructure and benefits that will match the very highest of international standards, whilst retaining our outstanding heritage, values and traditions.

Learning Overview

Building an inclusive and caring community is integral to our work.

As we develop each child’s personal feelings of safety, competence and self-worth, we emphasize the development of caring and respectful attitudes towards others.

An atmosphere of trust enables children to question, to take risks, to collaborate, to assume responsibility for independent work and to pursue individual interests. We explore, as much as possible, all the cultures that this world has to offer and at the same time not only explore our differences but realize our common oneness. We believe our commitment to advocating, teaching and respecting a diverse student body from cultures throughout the world, fosters peace, justice and global understanding.

We teach to needs of the individual child and know how to use a variety of methods, strategies, and instructional techniques and understand their appropriate fit into the curriculum. We strive to look at curriculum, instruction and assessment as an integrated whole.

Student Recognition

Throughout the school we seek opportunities to recognize and celebrate student’s achievements. Merits, subject awards, effort certificates, trophies, and medals ensure that many students have a tangible reward for their efforts and achievement.

Service Standards

Parents and students receive priority attention in an open and friendly environment that promotes open communication between school, parents and students. Frontline personnel are available to provide information and assistance to parents and to make each interaction with the school a pleasant one.

American / IB Curriculum