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GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi

School name GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi
Type of institute private profit-making K-12 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality US
Qualifications or Courses IB (pending approval)
Head of school Mr Ian Deakin (Principal and CEO)
Executive body or owner GEMS Education, Varkey Group
Date founded September 2007
Number of students (approx) 400
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Khalifa City A, Mussafah - location map
Postal address PO Box 110273, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone +971-2-5574880
Fax +971-2-5574990
Email info_gaa@gemsedu.com
Website www.gemsaa-abudhabi.com
School fees structure 31,500-66,780 dhs per year (2011-2012)
Teacher salary range 7,100 - 17,500 dhs per month (estimate only)
Student satisfaction rating
4 stars from 53 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 30 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
3.5 stars from 15 votes.    

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GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi (GAA-AUH, GAAA, GAAAD) fee schedule and information
Grade Pre-KG KG1 KG2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Annual fees (AED) 2011-2012   31,500 47,880 66,780 66,780 66,780 66,780 66,780 66,780 66,780 66,780        
Annual fees (AED) 2010-2011 25,000 38,000 39,900 55,650 55,650 55,650 55,650 55,650 55,650 55,650          
Annual fees (AED) 2009-2010   25,000 38,000 53,700 53,700 53,700 53,700 53,700 53,700 53,700                                             
Annual fees (AED) 2008-2009   25,000 38,000 53,700 53,700 53,700 53,700 53,700 53,700            
Annual fees (AED) 2007-2008   25,000 38,000 53,700 53,700 53,700 53,700 53,700              
  • 2011-2012 admission registration fee AED 1,000 (non-refundable).
  • 2010-2011 registration fee AED 500, bus transport AED 3,000.
  • 2009-2010 fee schedule supplied by GEMS American Academy assumed to be for 2009-2010, but not explicitly stated. Fee figures in italics for Grades 6-7 in 2008-2010 is not confirmed, fee schedule provided by GAA only lists up to Grade 5. Tuition fees include textbooks (on loan basis), but not uniforms, meals, or transport. Registration fee (non-refundable) AED 500, reservation or admission fee is AED 4000.
  • Postal address given in some sources as PO Box 145161 Abu Dhabi, UAE. Might be for the new GEMS Cambridge International School in Baniyas City?
  • Location: corner 3rd and 16th streets, Khalifa City A (KCA).
Teaching jobs at GEMS American Academy of Abu Dhabi
  • Benefits package for overseas hire teachers includes relocation allowance, annual economy return flights, medical and dental health insurance, furnished accommodation, free tuition for up to 2 children, end of service gratuity. Salary scale not supplied.
  • Email CV and application letter to careers_gaa@gemsedu.com, or apply online through GEMS Education website.
16 January 2012
  • Full name is GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi.
13 December 2011
  • New location of GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi in Khalifa City was opened by former US president Bill Clinton.
  • New facilities include auditorium, planetarium, sports hall, climbing wall, 2 swimming pools, 4 tennis courts, rugby pitch, basketball court.
  • Secondary school start date planned for September 2012.
  • Contact details updated (previously telephone +971-2-6416333, fax +971-2-6428803). Previous location was Al Najdah St, off Baniyas Street, between 3rd & 5th St, near ADWEA office (which is now where the GWA-Abu Dhabi is).
20 February 2011
  • GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi fees updated.
  • New GEMS AA-AD campus in Khalifa City will have capacity for 2,300 students. Students aged 3-14 years old accepted for September 2011, full K-12 range expected to be offered in September 2013. Contact email registrar_gaa@gemsedu.com for registration and admissions.
  • Email for enquiries updated to info_gaa@gemsedu.com. Previously admissions@gaa.sch.ae, unknown if still valid.
15 December 2010
  • GAA is moving from Najda Street to a new campus in Khalifa City A for academic year 2011-2012. Registrations for new campus start 04 January 2011.
  • GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi (GWA-AD) to open in the current American Academy campus from September 2011?
  • GAA-AD planning to submit an application to IBO in September 2011 to become a candidate school.
04 June 2009
  • The Gazelle GAAzette (GEMS-AA newsletter - why it's called the GAAzette, not Gazette) announced Mr Ian Deakin as the new principal to replace Jason McBride who has moved to the GEMS World International School Dubai as Elementary School Principal. Mr Deakin was the deputy head at Jakarta International School (JIS)?
  • GEMS AA planning to move to new location for September 2010, either K-12 with IB or secondary school only with primary school remaining in current location. Khalifa City A under consideration.
31 August 2008 review
  • Full name is "GEMS American Academy - Abu Dhabi" (GAA, AAAD, GAA-AUH)
  • No fee increase for 2008-2009 at GAA according to a report in The National.
  • Contact details updated (previously fax +971-4-3411048, email gaaregistrar@daa.sch.ae). Postal address not confirmed.
  • Abu Dhabi Educational Zone (ADEZ) calls the school "American James Academy Pvt Sch".
  • GAA Abu Dhabi website at www.gemsaa-abudhabi.com and www.gemseducation.com.
26 June 2007 review
  • GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi will open with classes from KG to Grade 5 and progress to Grade 12 in future years.
  • Accreditation applications with NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and CIS (Council for International Schools).
  • The Abu Dhabi Academy will also apply to IBO to offer IB (International Baccalaureate).
  • Tel and fax numbers are temporary until school opens.
  • GAA fees information for September 2007 (10% discount offered if registering before 01 September 2007).
  • School fees include loan books but not uniforms and transport. Registration fee 500 dhs and reservation fee 4000 dhs.
  • GAA (or AAA? ADAA?) is being promoted as a sister school to Dubai American Academy (DAA) which has quite a good reputation amongst parents, teachers and students in Dubai, so GAA should be an attractive choice. It ought to be, as it's one of the more expensive schools in the UAE.


Last update 10 October 2013
General comments - might not apply to GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi
  • Many popular schools are full for 2018-2019. New schools in Abu Dhabi might have places.
  • Allow extra for books, extra-curricular activities, uniforms, trips, etc if not included in school fees.
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