Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar of Dubai American Academy

Thursday

August 11

Leadership Team reports; division offices open

Friday-Saturday

August 12-13

New teachers arrive in Dubai

Sunday 

August 14

Orientation Week for new teachers begins - first day

Sunday 

August 21

Counselors - first day

Tuesday

August 23

All returning faculty, staff and nurses - first day

Wednesday

August 24

Professional Development

Thursday

August 25

New student orientation
HS - 9:30; MS - 10:30; ES - 11:30; PS - 12:30

Sunday

August 28

First day of school for students in Grades 1-12

Monday

August 29

First day of school for KG1 and KG2 students

Sunday-Tuesday 

September 11-13   

* Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha (school closure only if announced by KHDA)

Tuesday

September 20

Professional Learning Day - faculty in attendance; no school for students

Sunday

October 2

* Islamic New Year (school closure only if announced by KHDA)

Tuesday

October 11

Professional Learning Day - faculty in attendance; no school for students

Wednesday-Thursday   

October 19-20

Parent-Teacher Conferences: PS and ES Only

Sunday

October 30

** Diwali, GEMS announced half-day holiday; school dismissal at 12:00 pm

Wednesday-Thursday

November 16-17

Parent-Teacher Conferences:
    November 16: MS only
    November 17: MS and HS

Thursday

November 24

Thanksgiving (no school)

Wednesday

November 30

* Martyrs Day (school closure only if announced by KHDA)

Thursday

December 1

End of Trimester 1: PS and ES only

Friday-Saturday

December 2-3

* UAE National Day (any school closures related to this holiday will become official only when announced by KHDA)

Sunday

December 4

Start of Trimester 2: PS and ES only

Monday

December 12

* Prophet Mohammed's Birthday PBUH (school closure only if announced by KHDA)

Thursday

December 15

Beginning of Winter Holiday; school dimissal at 12:00 pm

Monday

January 2

Classes resume

Thursday

January 26

End of Semester 1: MS and HS only

Sunday

January 29

Start of Semester 2: MS and HS only

Tuesday

February 7

Professional Learning Day - faculty in attendance; no school for students

Sunday

March 5

Professional Learning Day - faculty in attendance; no school for students

Wednesday-Thursday

March 15-16

Parent Teacher Conferences
    March 15: PS, ES and MS
    March 16: PS, ES, MS and HS

Thursday

March 16

End of Trimester 2: PS + ES only

Sunday

March 19

Start of Trimester 3: PS + ES only

Thursday

March 23

Beginning of Spring Holiday; school dismissal at 12:00 pm

Sunday

April 9

Classes resume

Monday

April 24

* Isra'a Miraj (school closure only if announced by KHDA)

Thursday

June 1

Grade 12 Graduation

Thursday 

June 22

Last day of school for students and teachers; school dismissal at 12:00 pm

* subject to change due to lunar sighting/government declaration


Timings:

KG1:  7:45 a.m. - 12:00 (noon)
KG2-Grade 12:  7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
TUESDAY Dismissal - Students in Kindergarten 2 through grade 12 dismissed at 1:45 p.m.