Course Guidance

Course Options

Careers education and guidance is a key element of the school's Personal & Social Health and Careers Education (PSHCE) programme. It aims to develop the skills of young people so that they are able to make informed decisions about their life.

Students have access to the school Careers Library that contains a wide variety of printed and electronic media. The guidance process continues as students choose courses for their American School Curriculum Diploma or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Students will be provided with a flow of information about a wide variety of career opportunities complemented with a work experience placement in Year 10.

Course Structure

Kindergarten & Primary School

In Kindergarten I and II, emphasis is placed on the development of a positive self-concept, appropriate socialization and readiness skills. The foundations are laid for a happy and successful school experience. Fundamental skills in reading and mathematics are taught in an active, stimulating and accepting environment. 

Curriculum for students in grades 1 through 5 emphasizes basic skills in all subject areas and introduces higher level skills to challenge students and stimulate their interests. The curriculum fosters the concept that learning will be enjoyable and rewarding throughout the students' lives.

In grades KII - 5 a continuous progress approach is used in the core curricular areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to the core subjects, students receive instruction in physical education, music, art, Arabic language for native and non-native speakers, Islamic education for muslims, library science, and instructional technology. Our curriculum is essentially traditional, but the instructional program makes a variety of provisions to support individual learning differences.

Students are provided opportunities to demonstrate their many talents, communication skills, and leadership qualities through curricular and co-curricular activities. Teachers encourage and assist students in becoming active learners, integrating their ideas, feelings and experiences into the instructional program. Students are encouraged to accept responsibility for their conduct, thereby enhancing their feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Middle School

The Middle School includes grades 6 through 8. It is based on an enriched American instructional model and provides an environment in which all children can be creative and successful. Dubai American Academy has incorporated many middle school concepts in recent years as we strive to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of middle level students. 

Each student is placed with teachers who teach the core curriculum requirements of language arts, mathematics, science, social science, Arabic language for native and non-native speakers, Islamic education for muslims, and physical education.

Middle School teachers meet regularly to plan integrated units, to discuss student concerns and successes and to coordinate testing, assignments, and homework. Students in grades 6 through 8 participate in elective programs, which include a wide variety of course selections including instrumental music, world languages, art, drama, and information technology.

The High School

The High School serves grades 9 through 12. The curriculum in the high school is an academically challenging pre-university program with an American school curriculum focus in grades 9 and 10. The International Baccalaureate (1B) curriculum is offered for grades 11 and 12. The course of study will lead to a US High School diploma at the end of grade 12, as well as the IB diploma for those who qualify.

To be successful, students must begin to think of career aspirations as well as educational plans for their years after high school and then set realistic goals for their academic program at Dubai American Academy. 

In addition, students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities to supplement their academic program. At Dubai American Academy, it is expected that students assume responsibility for their own achievements in education while working in partnership with teacher and parent guidance.

Dubai American Academy welcomes enquiries about the US/IB curriculum. If you would like to know more information, please call 04 347 9222.