Sunday 29 March 2020 (UAE)
[Renamed] GEMS Nations Academy
GEMS Nations Academy in Dubai
|School name||GEMS Nations Academy|
|Type of institute||private primary school|
|Curriculum or Student Nationality||US|
|Qualifications or Courses||KG1 to Grade 8|
|Head of school||Mr Thomas Farquhar (Founding Principal)|
|Executive body or owner||GEMS Education|
|Date founded||September 2016|
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|Number of staff (approx)|
|School area, location map||Al Barsha 1|
|Postal address||Dubai, UAE|
|School fees structure||84,000-135,000 dhs per year (2016-2017)|
|Teacher salary range||14,000 - 23,000 dhs per month (estimate only)|
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GEMS Nations Academy Dubai (GNA, GNAD) school tuition fee structure, general information
Renamed as GEMS Dubai American Academy from September 2017. GNA merged with DAA, location continued at GNA campus but school name became GEMS-DAA.
|Annual tuition fees (AED) 2017-2018|
|Annual tuition fees (AED) 2016-2017||84,000||90,000||102,000||102,000||102,000||102,000||102,000||118,000||118,000||118,000|
|Annual tuition fees (AED) 2015-2016||84,000||90,000||102,000||102,000||102,000||102,000||102,000||118,000||118,000||118,000|
- 2017-2018 fee schedule will be same as Dubai American Academy.
- [School not open until September 2016] 2015-2016 Admission fee AED 5,000, Registration fee AED 1,000 (non-refundable).
- Facilities at GNA include interactive classrooms, dedicated science labs, technology suite, visual arts, dance and drama studios, auditorium, broadcasting studio, sports fields, sports hall, library.
- Location: junction of Hessa Rd and Sheikh Zayed Rd in Al Barsha 1, next to Al Zahra Hospital, near the American School of Dubai. Location is not Emirates Hills (unknown if that was information error or initial plan).
Teaching jobs and vacancies at GNA
- Website Home > About Us > Careers. Or visit GEMS Education careers site at www.gemseducation.com/organisation/careers/.
- 2015-2017: Mr Tom Farquhar (Founding Head). Previously headmaster at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC, USA.
20 March 2019
- GEMS Nations Academy, open September 2016, merged with GEMS Dubai American Academy (GEMS-DAA) September 2017, renamed as Dubai American Academy Nations then GEMS Dubai American Academy. Website www.gemsnationsacademy-dubai.com redirects to www.gemsaa-dubai.com.
14 June 2017
- For fee schedule, GEMS Nations Academy website says see Dubai American Academy fee schedule.
13 April 2017 GNA merger with Dubai American Academy
- GEMS Nations Academy will merge with Dubai American Academy (DAA), also a GEMS school and also in Al Barsha 1 (near Mall of the Emirates), to become Dubai American Academy Nations. Students from DAA will start at the new DAAN from September 2017. The head of DAA, Tammy Murphy, will take over as head of the new DAAN from Mr Tom Farquhar who will retire. Reference: GEMS Education press release.
- Fees at DAAN will follow the DAA fee structure, subject to a possible increase of 4.8% because DAA was rated as an "outstanding" school by the KHDA.
- KHDA information: Tel +971-4-4401500, American curriculum, date opened September 2016, location Al Barsha 1, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.gemseducation.com.
- DAA offers American and IB curriculums. GNA doesn't say anything about IB curriculum, but as it is currently a primary school, presumably the senior high school students from DAA will continue with the IB program at DAAN.
23 December 2015
- Fee schedule and message from founding principal available on GNA website. Says school will open September 2016. Contact and location information: Hessa St off Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, tel +971-4-4401500 or 600-567771, email email@example.com. Fee schedule only for KG1-Grade 8 which conflicts with previous information from KHDA that it was a K-12 school, unless GNA plans to expand, or KHDA information referred to a different school (location was different).
- GNA says "Our advanced teaching pedagogy is based on Harvard Project Zero, a system developed at Harvard University School of Education". Which is ... er ... something ... looking up what Harvard themselves say (reference: pz.harvard.edu/who-we-are/about) ... "Today Project Zero is an intellectual wellspring, nourishing inquiry into the complexity of human potentials ..." The Project Zero center was founded in 1967, but that sounds like something Aristotle, Plato (knowledge will not come from teaching but from questioning), or Socrates could also have said a couple of thousand years earlier.
20 April 2014 review
- School name not confirmed by GEMS, but is GNA according to KHDA and an article in Forbes magazine 02 April 2014 which said ... In Dubai he [Sunny Varkey] plans to open the ultrapremium GEMS Nations Academy (annual fees: $40,000) next year, offering an American curriculum "for the 21st century."
- Other possible names might include GEMS World Academy (another one) or GEMS American Academy Dubai but that might be confused with the already existing GEMS Dubai American Academy. Name also seen as GEMS National Academy (Dubai) in at least one reference. Or perhaps GEMS International Academy?
- Location possibly Emirates Hills area (KHDA information March 2014). Capacity 2,600 students, KHDA said was K-12 US curriculum school.
09 February 2014 (WAM)
- Headmaster or principal will be Tom B. Farquhar. Currently headmaster of the Sidwell Friends School, an elite private school in Washington, USA. School students and ex-students include children of several US presidents (Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Theodore Roosevelt). School name not given, press release said "... a ground-breaking new American-curriculum school which will open in September 2015 in Dubai."
Last update 20 November 2019
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