Admissions Process

How to begin your child's journey...

Step 1: To begin the application process, please submit your enquiry through the Online Student Enquiry and Registration page.

Step 2: Once you have completed the online application, you will receive an Enquiry number. Please print a copy of this Receipt and keep it for your records.  If you cannot print this page, please ensure that you write down the Enquiry Number for all future correspondence and queries. Without the Enquiry Number, we cannot verify your Enquiry submission.  An acknowledgement email containing the next steps will be sent to the email address you provided.  

Step 3: After receiving the acknowledgement email containing your enquiry number, please follow the steps listed.  You will be requested to pay a Registration Fee of AED500.  This fee is non-refundable, non-transferrable, and non-deductible, and is required along with the requested documents, to proceed with the registration process. 

Parents who wish their children to be registered at GEMS Dubai American Academy must complete online registration form and pay a non-refundable AED500. Registration fees are accepted in the form of AED cheques, cash or bank transfer. 

Supporting Documents

The supporting documents that are required when a registration is submitted are: 

  • Student Passport Copy
  • Student Visa Copy
  • Student Emirates Card ID Copy (both sides)
  • 2 recent Passport size photographs
  • Immunisation Certificate Copy
  • Most Recent School report/nursery (previous 2 years) copy
  • Sponsor Passport Copy
  • Sponsor Visa Copy
  • Sponsor Emirates ID Copy

 

*The UAE Residence Visa and Transfer Certificate are not needed at application processing time, but will be needed at actual enrollment. These are required documents for the registration of the child by the Ministry of Education in Dubai.

Without the above listed documents the entry process for your child cannot be completed.

Please ensure that all relevant information regarding your child is included with the online Registration Form:

  • Information regarding allergies, special medical conditions, etc.
  • Up to date contact details, and emergency telephone numbers for both parents. 
  • Please also check that your child has received all necessary vaccinations; consult your physican, if in doubt

 

Transfer Certificate

A Transfer Certificate is an official  document issued by a school to certify that the certificate holder (student) attended the issuing school. The original school transfer certificate must contain the following information:

  • date of enrollment at your child’s previous school
  • year group placement at previous school
  • date the child left the previous school
  • school stamp and signature

In the case of overseas transfer, the school transfer certificate should also be duly attested by:

  • Ministry of Education in the country the school is located in
  • UAE Embassy in the country the school is located in

Attestation is not required for transfers from schools in UK, US, Canada, Australia and Europe.

All students in Grades 2 to 12 require a TC.

Students in KG1, KG2 and grade 1 require a TC if they enroll after November 15.

A TC is not the same as school records or school transcripts.  A TC should clearly state to which grade a student was promoted at the end of the year (if enrolling in August), or in which grade the student is currently enrolled (if enrolling mid-year).  It is a good idea to use the sample form provided in this package. TCs must be in English or Arabic. A TC is required by the MOE in the U.A.E.

Stamp requirements are dependent on school location. Find your school’s location below:

TCs must be stamped by the authorities listed.

  • North America, Western Europe, Australia or New Zealand:
    1. School stamp and signature
  • Middle East (except for the UAE), South and Central America, Asia, former Russian States, Eastern Europe and Africa:

To be complete in the country you are leaving

    1. School stamp and signature
    2. Ministry of Education (in the country of the school’s location)
    3. UAE Embassy (in the country of the school’s location)
  • Another emirate of the UAE:
    1. School stamp and signature (TC must be in Arabic)
    2. Ministry of Education of the Emirate
  • Dubai:
    1. School stamp and signature (TC must be in Arabic)
  • Attestation is not required for transfers from schools in UK, US, Canada, Australia and Europe.

 

Entry Criteria

GEMS Dubai American Academy prides itself on an admission policy that does not discriminate against any child or family. All children are welcome to apply to GEMS Dubai American Academy, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or religion.

GEMS Dubai American Academy is a truly international institution which has limited spaces for children with additional learning needs.

GEMS Dubai American Academy offers a high standard US/IB education to a range of students with varying learning needs and requirements. Teachers are expected to teach each student as an individual and meet their learning needs accordingly. For this reason, prospective students are required to undergo assessment tests before a place can be offered.

Wherever possible, the student will be offered a place within 48 hours of the assessment. The offer letter is sent to the parents by email and will include detailed information on how to accept the offer and pay entry fees.

Throughout this process, the family is guided every step of the way by our friendly and efficient Registration Team.

Assessment tests include:

Primary and Elementary School

KG1 and KG2

All students must meet the age level requirements, meet academic grade level requirements, listen to and follow directions, and display classroom readiness.  They must also conduct themselves in a respectful manner throughout the assessment.  The children are assessed and observed in groups of four to eight. Five main criteria are considered for successful entrance into the program: 

  • Children must be age appropriate for requested grade level;
  • Be able to separate from their caregiver and demonstrate a readiness to participate in the classroom;
  • Be bathroom independent;
  • Be able to engage in an activity following direction;
  • Be able to demonstrate fine and gross motor skill development at age appropriate level. 

Grade 3 – Grade 5

The MAPS assessment is administered to all students who do not require an English Language Learning Assessment.  MAPS is a computer-based testing system built on 30 years of research and refinement.  Basic skills of Math, Reading, and Language are assessed.  MAPS is a test that self-adapts to the child in realtime, as the test progresses for a pinpoint picture of learning, achievement, and readiness.    

English Language Learners (ELL):   At the time of registration, parents complete a Language background questionnaire.  If an ELL assessment is needed, it becomes part of the enrollment process.  During this process, the student will complete the ELL entrance assessment with an ELL Specialist, and then will complete a Math assessment with a Counselor.

If the ELL program is recommended for students entering Grades 1 - 5, the student is offered the Sheltered Immersion Model (SIM) or Beginner English Course (BEC) model of ELL support.   

Middle and High School

GEMS Dubai American Academy employs a holistic approach to the process of evaluating students for entrance into the middle and high school.  The evaluation process includes a review of the student's application, past school records and Dubai American Academy entrance assessments. 

At the time of application, students are evaluated to determine their level of mathematics ability.  Along with past grades, this test is used to determine correct placement in the appropriate mathematics class.  Students applying for entrance into grades 9 or 10, take the High School Math Placement Test, and students applying for grades 11 and 12, take the International Baccalaureate Maths Test.  Students are encouraged to show all of their work in addition to providing a solution.  Results are reviewed by the Mathematics Head of Department to ensure an understanding of the student's mathematics concept development. 

Another integral part of the evaluation process is an assessment of the student's overall language skills.  There are two parts to this assessment:  an essay written by the students, and administration of the Stanford Test of Basic Skills.  Although these measures all contribute to a better understanding of the student's skill development, the essay is considered to be of paramount importance in determining the student's level of ability in language arts and in English language skills. 

The MAPS assessment is administered to all students seeking placement in sixth through twelfth grade.

If the student is overseas at the time of the application, we can arrange the assessment with their current school.

 For more information about assessment or requirements for entry, please call 04 704 9777.