Participation in extra-curricular activities takes equal importance alongside academic performance at GEMS Dubai American Academy. Through participation in these events, students enrich their school days.
In addition to physical development and the exploration of interests, students learn the thrill of challenge and competition, the importance of concentration, the spirit of teamwork and a sense of accomplishment.
GEMS Dubai American Academy provides a rich extra-curricular program that supports student’s all-round development, providing opportunities for students to develop talents and explore new interests. Activities include both individual pursuits and team building activities for students from KG2 onwards. Students may choose from a wide variety of activities that can include:
Elementary Internal Activities K-5
- Leading Leopards
- Ball Games
- Cricket Club
- Science Club
- Chess Club
- Dancing and Movement
- Arabic Reading
- Book-Craft Club
- Math Games
- Mindful Art
- Creating with Minecraft
- Stop Motion Animation
- Choir Club
- ES Video News Club
- Innovative Arabic Projects
- Everyone Can Create (IPAD)
- Board Games
- Quran Narratives / قصص القرآن
- Creative Writing Club
- Table Tennis
Middle School Internal Activities
- Model United Nations
- Fitness Club
- Arts and Crafts
- Islamic Art
- Ukulele Club
- Short Film Club
- 3D Printing
- Arabic Homework Club
- Book Club
- Creative Writing
- Harry Potter Crafts
- Creative Expression
- Create Arabic Videos
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Touch Rugby
Activities vary per term. The above is a reflection of the internal activities for Elementary and Middle School.
Term 1 2023/24 Internal Activities
These activities are included in tuition fees (unless otherwise specified)
KG2 - Grade 8 students: Schedules of activities and the link to register is via the ESM portal.
NOTE: High School Internal activities are student-led as students are invited to create and run their own clubs under the supervision of the teacher, and sign up during our Club Fair in September.
ACTIVITY DAY GRADE LEVEL Rhythmic Gymnastics Monday Grade 1-5 Girls Empowerment Monday Grade 4-5 Choir Monday Grade 3-5 Chess club Monday Grade 3-5 Drawing club Monday Grade 1-2 Coloring and drawing club Monday Grade 2-4 Novel navigators club Monday Grade 3-5 Dance club Monday Grade 1-2 Cross stitch Monday Grade 4-5 Zumba Monday Grade 1-5 Paper plate crafts Wednesday KG2 - Grade 1 Math club Wednesday KG2 - Grade 1 Create with lego and blocks Wednesday Grade 2 Lego club Wednesday Grade 1 Coding Wednesday Grade 3-5 Keyboard Cadets Wednesday Grade 3-5 Running club Wednesday Grade 3-5 Robotics Wednesday Grade 4-5 Robotics Thursday Grade 4-5 Movie club Thursday Grade 3-4 Creating with Apple Thursday Grade 5 Arabic reading club Monday Grade 6-8 Bullet journalling Wednesday Grade 6-8 Diamond painting Wednesday Grade 6-8 English club Wednesday Grade 6-8 Foundational Rugby Wednesday Grade 6-8 3D modeling Wednesday Grade 7-8 Board game club Thursday Grade 6-8 Quran Club Thursday Grade 6-8 Wrestling Thursday Grade 6-8
All school divisions host a Student Council, which introduces them to the concepts of responsibility, representation and accountability. Representatives are elected for a period of one year. The Councils meet regularly with their Principal of the school to discuss issues raised by the students themselves. Our Student Innovation Team also contribute to enhance the learning opportunities using technology and innovation.
GEMS Dubai American Academy comprehensive physical education program emphasizes both physical and social development. Physical education is a continuous process to motivate each student to make wise choices. Through this program students will demonstrate an understanding of sportsmanship, cooperation, respect for and acceptance of self and others, self discipline and confidence. Concepts of safety, knowledge of rules and game strategies, and the promotion of a lifelong physical fitness program are emphasized. Dubai American Academy provides a wide variety of physical experiences using diverse equipment and facilities.
Related programs include:
- Activity days
- Walking/running programs
- Intramural programs & tournaments
- Swimming competitions
- MESAC and Junior EAC sports opportunities
The core curriculum is enriched with a number of other programs to provide a well-rounded education for Dubai American Academy students
The Elementary program incorporates drama skills into their everyday class activities and presentations. In the Middle and High schools, drama is offered as an elective.
The Drama program covers many topics including the history of theater, the principles of stage direction, voice and movement techniques, scene design, dramatic criticism, pantomime and melodrama.
Exemplary theater productions are presented annually by all division level schools. A school-wide goal is to host events that permit all students the opportunity to perform on stage!