Message from the Principal
Thank you for visiting our website. This website is designed to introduce you to GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi and provide you with a window in to our learning community where we provide an educational program that strives to exceed parent goals and students prior experiences as learners.
GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi, located in the downtown area on Najda Street (6) on Abu Dhabi Island, is a GEMS School, a global multi-faceted education company which owns, operates, and provides education support services to both the public and private sectors. Our mission at GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi is to provide every child with a school experience that is joyous and meaningful. Our program of inquiry feeds each child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn so that children develop deep understandings, skills and dispositions necessary for accepting diversity and embracing change. We educate every child to take a positive world view and accept the responsibilities of citizenship and environmental stewardship. As Founding Principal/CEO of GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi, I bring eighteen years of experience as a Principal from a small elementary school in New Hampshire (USA) coupled with three years of recent international experience as Elementary Principal at Dubai American Academy (a school of 1250 plus students).
Having completed a successful first year as GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi, we are looking forward to another great year in 2012-13. We proudly boast a blend of highly qualified and experienced staff, a plentiful supply of resources and educational learning tools, and a spacious and secure campus that includes an updated facility fully suited and designed to house primary years’ learners. We have many returning veteran teachers, while others have gained experience elsewhere in the world, having been recruited for their talents and expertise. All have done a wonderful job of blending their experiences as members of the GEMS World Academy Faculty in order to deliver a participatory, active, hands on, enjoyable and outstanding educational experience to our students.
As is consistent with GEMS premium schools, parents can expect the GEMS World Academy experience will include high academic standards, cutting-edge practices and a variety of after school activities geared toward young children. We are creating a community of young learners and will continue to celebrate achievements both social and academic throughout the year as children experience the process of learning to learn. As an IBO World candidate school, we celebrate internationalism, recognize the uniqueness of each nationality represented among our students and build appreciation of all cultures and approaches to education. Our standards are derived from the IB’s Primary Years Program curricular framework and have been blended with educational standards which are from the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA.
We have been accepted by the International Baccalaureate Organization as a Candidate School for their Primary Years Program. GEMS Core Values which include: World Citizenship, Universal Values, Leadership, and Forward Thinking are infused into our programs and offerings as we continue down the path leading to full Primary Years Program (PYP) accreditation. Recognizing the qualities and benefits that we will derive from gaining PYP accreditation, we value and focus our energies on developing the “whole” individual—social, emotional, intellectual and physical. As a new, emerging premium school, we recognize accreditation as an important process as we develop and commit to continuous improvement. I am a firm believer in the excitement and privilege that adults who have chosen education as a career derive from being educators! Education + Learning certainly make for a wonderful “ED”VENTURE! After visiting our web site and possibly touring our facility, it is my belief you will most certainly consider the GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi educational adventure that lies in store for you and your child.