Admissions FAQ

  • Where is DAA located?

    Our location is at the crossroads of Hessa and Sheikh Zayed Road in the heart of Dubai. 
    We are  located right next to Al Zahra Hospital. 
    Here’s the Google Map link:,55.181007,699m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en-US

    We are located right next to Al Zahra Hospital. 

  • What is your Curriculum?

    Dubai American Academy delivers the American Curriculum following the Common Core Standards. Our students have the option to pursue the IB Diploma program (in Grades 11 and 12). With this option they graduate with both the American High School Diploma and the IB DP. DAA also offers a few courses in Advance Placement (AP).  

  • What foreign languages do you offer?

    English is the main language of instruction. Students also take Arabic as per the Ministry requirements. Spanish and French are also on offer from grade 6 onwards as part of the curriculum. 

    After school activity providers offer additional language programs i.e. Mandarin, French, Spanish etc.

  • What is the total capacity of the school?


  • What are the class sizes for each year group?

    KG1 & KG2:  22 

    G1 – G.12: Average of 25

    For K through grade 2, there is one teacher and one educational assistant in each class. 
    For grades 3-5, there is an educational assistant shared between two classes.  

  • How many sections are there per year group?

    There are between 7 and 9 sections in each year group. These are adjusted every year.

  • What are the school hours?

    All students begin class at 7:40am

    Dismissal: K1 – Grade 5  2:45pm

    Dismissal: Grade 6 - Grade 8 2:50pm

    Dismissal Grade 9 – 12 – 2:55pm 

    The school week runs from Monday to Friday. Friday is an early-release day with staggered dismissals.  K-Grade 5 dismissed at 11:50 am, Grades 6-12 dismissed at 12:00 pm.

  • When do the extra-curricular activities start?

    Roughly two weeks into the start of the school year depending on the grade level. Most after school activities take place on campus and for an hour after school. 

  • What extracurricular activities do you offer? What are the most popular?

    We offer a wide variety of activities, depending on the academic year/grade level/division.  Some examples include Lego club, running club, forensics (debate), mindfulness club, di, yoga, gymnastics, karate, soccer, basketball, golf, choir, parkour, dance, photography, chess, zumba, Quran recitation, pottery, MUN, student council, film making, poetry, math competition club.  All are very popular as the students are interested in a wide variety of options. 

    Some activities are internal and complimentary.    Others are external and offered through ESM and Delta Learning. 

    DAA is a member of MESAC and Junior Emirates Athletic Conference (Jr EAC), which is specifically designed for Grade 4, 5 and 6, Boys and Girls for soccer, track and field and basketball.  This year, our teams included also students from grades 2 and 3. 

    Middle School (Open to Grade 6, 7 & 8) 

    Sports: Volleyball, Swimming, Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country and Track n’ Field

    Academic and Arts - Junior Fine Arts (Art/Band/Choir/Drama)


    Junior Varsity (Open to Grade 8, 9 & 10) 

    Sports: Volleyball, Swimming, Golf, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Cross Country, Badminton, Baseball, Softball & Track n’ Field 

    Academic and Arts - Academic Games, Senior Fine Arts (Art/Band/Choir/Drama) and Forensics (speech/impromptu/debate)


    Varsity teams (Open to Grade 10, 11 & 12) 

    Sports: Volleyball, Swimming, Golf, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Cross Country, Badminton, Baseball, Softball & Track n’ Field 

    Academic and Arts - Academic Games, Senior Fine Arts (Art/Band/Choir/Drama) and Forensics (speech/impromptu/debate)


    In addition to the teams listed above, DAA is part of a Junior Emirates Athletic Conference (Jr EAC), which is specifically designed for Grade 4, 5 and 6, Boys and Girls (in 19/20 – this has also included our Mini Leopards from Grades 2-3 as well) in the following sports: 

    Season 1 – Soccer

    Season 2 – Track and Field

    Season 3 – Basketball



  • What additional activities trips can the children get involved in?

    Day trips in the elementary grades are aligned with the unit of study in the class. I.e. Trip to the Garden Center for KG1.   Trips to Kidzania, the aquarium, the wildlife center.  Trips to Apple for coding workshops.  Grade 5 attends an overnight trip to an adventure camp. 

    Extended Trips: 

    Middle School

    Week Without Wall for Middle School includes local and international trips. For example, students have options of local stay trips such as Padi Diving, Exploring Dubai, Volunteering, Belgium Space Camp, Nepal, Tanzania, London, Silicon Valley are examples.  Art students were able to visit the Dubai Museum of Illusions.  A variety of cultural and service based trips are on offer.  

    High School Service Trips and Career Week

    Higher Level classes (Gr. 11 and 12), Service trips (Gr. 9) and Careers (Gr. 10-internships and/or trips).

    Students will be given the option of either signing up for an overseas trip or to opt for a more local experience. These more local experiences may be day trips, in-school workshops, or camping excursions.  

    Also, travel through Model United Nations i.e. PAMUN and SPIMUN. (Paris and St. Petersburg Russia). 

    Dramatic productions/ musicals/ talent shows also take place.

  • What type of assessments are used?

    Varies depending on the specific Grade and subject.  Both formal and informal assessments are used.  CAT 4 Testing for certain grades. MAP assessments are conducted three times a year from Grade 1 to Grade 10. IB assessments are conducted, including mock exams.  

  • What are the nationalities of the teachers?

    Teachers are recruited from all over the world but most are North American. 

  • What are the top 5 nationalities of teachers and students?

    Our highest percentage of nationalities are American, Canadian, Indian, Egyptian, South Korean, Lebanese and Turkish.  We do have a student body of 105 nationalities.  

  • What is the provision for SEN children?

    DAA believes that every student is unique in his or her own way.  We actively support our students in a safe, caring and enriching environment that allows them to mature academically, emotionally, physically and socially.  Accordingly, DAA supports students with special educational needs, who demonstrate a reasonable ability to be successful in our academic programs.  Students identified as having SEN have full access to our curriculum and are integrated into all aspects of the school so that they may reach their full potential. 

  • Is there an application fee?

    We charge a non-refundable Application Fee of AED 500 + AED 25VAT upon submission of an application and prior to assessment. Following an offer of admission, a registration deposit of 10% of the total tuition fee is payable and is deductible from the total tuition fees for the academic year.  

  • What are your tuition fees?

    Please click here for breakdown

  • How do I apply?

    We accept inquiries online via our Apply Online page on our website.  An email will be sent to you to complete some details and upload supporting documentation.   Our registration team will reach out to you to schedule an assessment. For any questions, please contact [email protected]

  • Can I make an appointment to discuss my child’s application? 

    Yes. Our admissions team is here to help and will be more than happy to meet with you in order to guide you through the application process and answer any questions you may have. Please contact [email protected]  in order to schedule an appointment.

  • Where can I purchase the school uniform? 

    Our DAA uniform is sold at Threads and the uniform guidelines can be found in your School Handbooks or on the Uniform page of our website.  Threads is located in Times Square Centre.  

  • Do you have bus service? 

     STS Bus Transport operates the bus service for our students to and from DAA.  One way routes are also an option. Forms and registration information are found at the STS counter in our main atrium on campus and can be found on our website
  • How will the school prepare the children for Higher Education/University across the world?

    This is predominantly managed from the High School Counselling office. Counselors meet with students to support with course selection and assist with the process of university applications. They also schedule regular visits by  universities and colleges.  

    There are five high school counselors and an IB coordinator, along with a Dean of Students. 

  • What subjects will be offered at IB? 

    Download the Course Offerings here. 

  • Do you offer tours? 

    Tours are offered at 8:30am Monday through Thursday.

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